We LOVE new cars. Who doesn’t? The new-car smell, the thrill of having picked every option, every color. Then there’s the comfort of knowing it won’t break in any major way until it’s out of warranty (like 80% of registered cars).The one thing that STINKS about new car or truck ownership, however, is the depreciation. Did you know you lose 11% of your vehicle’s value the minute you leave the lot? Bummer.If you’re determined to buy a new car, there’s no way around the ... (Read More)
Everywhere you look, it’s Oscar this and Oscar that, and Team Openbay had to join in… sort of. While we wish we had time to have watched all the nominated flicks, we haven’t even seen half of them. But we’ve got a noble excuse — we’re too busy getting Americas’ cars repaired! Of the Oscar-nominated movies we watched, Boyhood had a particularly memorable car scene, where Ethan Hawke, playing the Dad, can no longer bear his kids’ one-word ... (Read More
Do you look for ways to save money? There are lots of ways to save on car-related expenses by taking advantage of technology and mobile apps. Headlines abound with news of rising gas prices, now for the third straight week. According to Kelley Blue Book’s “Total Cost of Ownership,” a new car that costs about $20K actually costs its owner about $36-38K over five years. Many consumers weigh the pros and cons of buying a new car. One of the big cons ... (Read More
If you’ve been out to lunch, and have only just realized tomorrow is Valentine’s Day — yes, February 14th! You might need a quick little something to celebrate the big day with your main squeeze. As always, we have car-focused ideas in mind. We know your need for speed may not stop at your car, so most of these gifts can be had with a 24-hour turnaround. Ready, set, go!Esslie Nail polish in car-themed colors $8.50Image credit: EssieIf your lovely lady loves cars ... (Read More
So you’ve got your heart set on a new car, and you’re ready to get rid of your current wheels. If you head to the dealership, they’ll take care of every detail – from a thorough cleaning to repairs – and its sale, but you’ll also get lessmoney working through a dealer than if you were to sell it privately. If
you have extra time, and would like to sell it independently, but
don’t know where to start, here’s a quick guide to get the most money for your
vehicle.1. Assess the Value of ... (Read More
Many Americans (especially younger generations) are plagued by stress over money. Two recent reports are linked below, with astonishing facts:American Psychological Association has just released a study that 72% of Americans have felt stressed about money within the last 30 days. A recent Bankrate report shows that 62% of millenials don’t have sufficient savings to cover an unexpected $500 car repair.Few young people don’t plan for car repairs, yet ... (Read More
Much as we hate to admit it, our rear-wheel drive car recently got stuck in the snow. We’re happy to report that it was stuck in our driveway, and not on the road, but it was still a nuisance to free it. In order to save you the humiliation and embarrassment, we’ve compiled some tips to quickly free yourself from the drift.Clear the snow off your car, then around and under itThis may seem obvious, but it’s am important first step. Clear your car first with a telescoping snow ... (Read More
We caught this recent article in Consumer Reports called, “Best Places to Get Your Car Repaired.” Rather than help find a particular shop, CR compared dealerships and independent shops.Here are some of CR’s findings:On the whole, consumers were happier with independent shops than with dealerships.
The only automaker that scored better than independent shops’ ratings was Tesla (which has company-owned dealers)
Among dealers, luxury and upscale brands had the highest ... (Read More
Governors in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have restricted non-essential travel due to extreme weather.
Here’s how the streets of downtown Boston look right now — better suited to a romantic walk than a drive!
Are you blizzard-bound, but planning to throw caution to the wind and drive through the storm? We’ve got 11 different articles with tons of tips to keep you on the right track.
In case you absolutely must drive, here are some of Openbay’s ... (Read More
"There’s a car somewhere under there. …"
Anyone in warmer climes wonder what the New England snow really looks like, beyond the newscasts’ hyperbolic coverage? This is what Openbay team member woke up to this morning. The snow is still coming down, so we hope you’re handy with a shovel, Sam. Even better — we hope you have a vacation planned soon; you might need a proper thaw-out session after this.
Looking for winter-driving tips? Head over to the Openbay blog, where ... (Read More