Car & Auto Articles List

How Long Should I Keep My Car? When Should I Buy a New One?

How long Should I Keep My Car? - Should I Keep My Car or Sell It? 3 women pushing their black car next to a grassy field.

“How long should I keep my car?” is a question we are often asked. When things start breaking on a car many people think the only solution is to replace it with a new car. 

But is there a point in time when keeping your current vehicle becomes more expensive than selling it?

Making the decision to keep a car and repair it or sell it and buy another one is always tough. But if you follow our 3 step evaluation system, you’ll know the answer to whether it’s time to sell or keep your wheels.

A reader asked us, “How Long Should … Read more »

Used Car Buying Checklist: 7 Easy Things to Do When Buying from a Private Seller

Use Car Buying Checklist

We created this used car buying checklist to help our young adult kids evaluate their next car purchase.

With the recent rise in the cost of used cars due to Covid shortages of new cars, it’s more important now to carefully evaluate the car you want to buy.

We’ve always bought used cars from private sellers in Arizona. Our state doesn’t charge sales tax on cars purchased from individuals and this saves us 8.6 percent on the purchase price.

But we’re always careful when dealing with private party sales and follow the tips in this article. We also use the checklist at the … Read more »

Free Air For Tires Near Me: 100+ Places to Inflate Your Tires 

Places to get free air for your tires.

If you are looking to cut the cost of driving your car, then finding free air for your tires can be a good place to start. By keeping your tires properly inflated you’ll save money on gas, your tires will last longer and your car will drive better.

There are likely to be 15+ places near you that will give you free air for your tires.

Best Car Rental Hacks: 8 Unusual Ways to Save on Renting a Vehicle

These Rental Car Hacks will save you hundreds of dollars on your vacation!

Want to save money on your next rental car? You’re going to love these 12 cheap and clever car rental hacks. We’ve tried most of these and they really work to cut the cost of your trip.

First, we’ll tell you a story about our BIGGEST savings. Then we’ll give you 11 other tips!

How these Rental Car Hacks saved us $200+! 

We were traveling to Richmond, Virginia to speak at a conference and to spend a few days vacationing with family and friends.

There were six of us traveling, plus luggage for one week … and 24 cases of our books.

Keep reading … Read more »

Should You Buy Your Teenager a Car? This Dad Gave a 1965 Mustang!

Have you wondered if you should give your teen a car?

Are other parents in your area doing it and you’re getting pressure from your child?

Should Parents Give A Car to a Teen?

Is it MoneySmart to give your kids a car and a computer?

One dad thinks so.

We didn’t give any of our kids a car. But we did help them save and shop and buy their first cars for cash.

When we heard about this dad who gave his teenager a 1965 Mustang, we thought he’d lost his mind.

Why We Think This Dad is MoneySmart

The dad of the family wrote the … Read more »

Need a Key Copy Made Nearby? 31 Places to Get Duplicate Keys Made

Places to get Keys Copied near you - inexpensive and quick.

Do you need a key copy made? Are you looking for a convenient place near you? This is a pretty common need and very cheap and easy to get done.

We’ll provide you with more than 30 options and prices. We researched home stores, grocers, drug stores, self-serve kiosks, and locksmiths.

Types of Keys

Most of the time, when we’re talking about getting key copies, we’re meaning keys that will get you into your home.

Getting car keys duplicated is not as easy. Many of today’s car keys are more costly to copy due to their anti-theft and electronic features. We do have some … Read more »

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter – Free Winterizing Checklist

Prepare Your Car for Winter

Do you want to prepare your car for winter so you can get where you want to go safely? Do you live in a part of the country with the potential for severe winter weather?

We’ll share some of the best and least expensive ideas for what to keep in your car and how to get your car ready for winter. That way you can go over the hills and through the woods, to whomever’s house you go.

If you winterize your car, despite harsh weather conditions, you’ll still keep yourself safe and you’ll be less likely to be stranded.

Winterizing Your … Read more »

Auto Purchases/ Car Buying – Money Saving Tips Page

Auto/Car Buying Money Saving Tips & Ideas!

This Auto Purchases/ Car Buying Tips Page contains a growing list of money saving ideas for acquiring a car.

This Car Buying page contains the following money-saving tips:

Pickups aren’t for Kids;   Less Car — More Funds and More Fun!;   Car Payments No More!; Used Cars: Again and Again


1 Car Buying Tip #1 – Pickups aren’t for Kids2 Car Buying Tip #2 – Used Car? — More Funds & More Fun!3 Car Buying Tip #3 – Car Payments No More!4 Car Buying Tip #4 – Used Cars: Again and Again5 … Read more »