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Why Good People Buy Bad Cars

“What are you going to do about this?” I was in my mid-30s and staring straight into the eyes of a young woman who could play linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. No joke. She was a professional bodybuilder who could have easily lifted me over her head while performing the Y-M-C-A cheer for a live… Read This Article

How Buying A Great Car Is Exactly Like Buying A Great Stock

The way you make money in the stock market is almost a mirror image of how you avoid losing money in the car market. 1. Have As Few Transactions As Possible Imagine if every time you bought a stock you had to pay about 10% of your transaction price. That’s what happens when you buy… Read This Article

Ford Taurus Reliability : America’s Cheap Car All-Star

Sometimes reliability isn’t quite what you think it is when it comes to cars. Like that high school sweetheart who doesn’t age that well, some models that once had a golden reputation for value quickly become rolling money pits once they get out into the open road and hit the rough pavement of daily driving. The… Read This Article

What Was The Dumbest Thing You Ever Did To Your Car?

About 15 years ago, a twenty-something me drove a flamingo pink Chrysler minivan to the nearby Blockbuster to pick up some overpriced videos. I smelled oil on my way back to the van but, like most young parents, my mind was elsewhere in the Himalayas of parental thought. Mostly, I wondered whether I would get… Read This Article

2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited vs. 1996 Toyota Tacoma: A Tale Of Two Tacomas Duking It Out In The Deep South

My neighbors are attacking me! “How much is it?” “Wow, this is quite nice color. What do they call it?” “Can I open the door and look at it a bit?” The verbal barrage was all my fault. Like an oblivious Yuppified fool, I decided to park my brand new Toyota Tacoma within 50 feet… Read This Article

How To Buy Cars From Strangers

Sounds crazy. But that’s what it boils down to when you’re searching for a used car. You don’t know them and you don’t know ‘it’. The car could be a rolling masterpiece with a maintenance history a mile long and an owner who worshiped that hunk of metal. Or, it could be a rolling deathtrap… Read This Article

Better Than New – 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid

“Dear God. Please Don’t let anyone else buy this thing.” I had been at an auto auction way out in Georgia’s Deliverance country. The accents were thick, the bidding action was surprisingly thin, and a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid stood in all of its squarish two-ton glory on the auction block. Nobody was biting. $6,000… Read This Article

If Your Car Was The President, Would You Vote For It?

It always amuses me whenever I hear someone espouse an economic theory as a means for humanity to be saved. Libertarianism, socialism, capitalism… all ISMs MISS the details. Capitalism without checks and balances often leads to corruption and price gouging by the limited few who hold the pricing power in the marketplace. Socialism leads to… Read This Article

How Trust Influences The Cars We Buy

“Should I get a Toyota or a Honda?” “Well, that depends on whether the prior owner took care of that car or not.” “Good point. But, um…  all things being equal, which one’s better?” Picking the right car is a lot like picking your favorite child. Yes, you may have a very slight bias deep… Read This Article

BEATERNOMICS : How To Commute On 60 Cents A Day

Here’s how you can commute on 60 cents a day. 1) Take a $100 car like this 1995 Ford Taurus SE I just bought at a local auction. 2) Find four co-workers you can easily blackmail or extort with little effort. Threaten them with some extreme form of punishment such as being forced to write… Read This Article

The Oil Change: Who, What, When, Where, Why… And… Huh?

Oil changes. Should they be done every 3000 miles? 5000 miles? 10,000 miles? Or should you pay a premium and go for that ultra-long marathon of 15,000 miles with the right oil and filter combination? Those of us who drive our cars for quite a while are usually focused on mileage above all else. But… Read This Article

The Inner Beauty Of Boring Old Used Cars

I was walking to my car when I heard a stranger’s voice ask me about my daily driver. “How old is that thing?” “Umm… you remember Beanie Babies?” “Oh my God! Really? It’s older than that?” “Older than even you buddy!”

How The Fonz Gave Me The Right Jukebox Kick

By the way, did you know that Arthur Fonzarelli changed my life?

Why The Poor Pay More For Used Cars – And You Do Too

Car dealers are often called to the whipping post of public outcry because a not so small army of them will charge you a bogus finance or documentation fee. It’s a stupid and pointless exercise of greed – but it’s done for one simple reason.

Toyota Quality : Then And Now

A third of a century ago, give or take a year, my brother Paul became the first in the family to drive a Toyota. A 1984 Toyota Celica-Supra. It was a true shifting of gears for the Lang Gang. Everyone up to that time had bought a GM. Mom and Dad drove Cadillacs (only one saw 100k)…. Read This Article

Making Money With Old Iron: The 1996 Buick Roadmaster

It’s one of my favorite cars. Don’t ask me why. Engine straight from a Vette. Rear wheel drive as God rightfully intended. Big trombone case red seats that are as fluffy as a cotton candy machine, and a ride that Norman Rockwell would approve of. This late great Roadmaster has 209,000 miles and nary a… Read This Article

Can You Drive A Brand New Car For Free? It Depends On “You”

$265 a month on a three year lease. No gas. No maintenance. No repair costs. Not even a limit on the amount of miles you can drive. This 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is the rolling version of an accountant’s wet dream. When you drive it, Hyundai will actually cut you a monthly check for the energy… Read This Article

How To Repair A Flooded Car – Right Before You Have It Crushed

The used car business has a lot of dirty secrets. Odometers that can be rolled back with either a computer or basic tools. Replacement body parts that are made out of cheapest metals, plastics, and fiberglass. We even have mechanical components that are designed to fail after a certain point, so that the purchaser gets… Read This Article

How A Car From Yesterday Defines Tesla’s Tomorrow

Tesla is experiencing a pinnacle moment where technologies are defining the brand. But what will happen to the Tesla brand once many of those advanced technologies become universal?  Recent history already offers a chronological blueprint for what will likely become Tesla’s next chapter. Twenty-five years ago a small army of automotive journalists descended onto a… Read This Article

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