Top 5 Car Maintenance Tips

  1. Check Your Oil Level


Nothing is more vital to ensuring a long life for your engine than regularly checking the oil and having it changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles.

  1. Use the Right Type of Gasoline


Certain cars require certain types of gas, it is important to know what kind your car needs.

  1. Rotate Your Tires


Make sure to have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles. Tires wear differently in the front than in the back so it is important to have them rotated to even out the overall wear on the tires.

  1. Wax


Cars are given a protective coat when they are manufactured to protect the paint job but this is the only defense given. Waxing provides another line of defense to scratches and sun damage to keep your cars color looking vibrant and new.

  1. Replacing Your Windshield Wipers


Many people don’t realize when it’s time to replace their windshield wipers and risk the chance of driving with a dirty or damp windshield. Mechanics say your windshield wipers should be replaced every 12-18 months.

Top 7 Cars for College Students

Summer is winding down and if your child falls into the college freshman category this year you probably have a long list of items he or she will need already. One of those items depending on their situation might be a car. Maybe the car they drove in high school doesn’t make sense to take to college or maybe this is the first time they will be getting one. Either way college students are a very unique group of people with unique needs. Below we have found the top 7 cars that will fit those needs and help your child transfer into their new life with style but not breaking the bank.


  1. Honda Accord

Honda Accord

With space and style the Honda Accord is way more than just practical.

  1. Mazda3

Mazda 3

Great fuel economy and style make this hatchback a consistently high rated vehicle.

  1. Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Consistently praised for its excellent fuel economy the Prius is a no brainer for saving money on gas for that college budget.

  1. Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

With a spacious interior and a hip look the Subaru Forester will be a smart and cool choice for your college student.

  1. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

With good quality and a low price tag the Ford Fiesta is practically a steal.

  1. Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

A top safety pick with a roomy and stylish interior.

  1. Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima

Often characterized as a luxury car with a moderate price tag the Nissan Maxima is a solid choice for your college freshman.

Top 5 cars for family road trips

Five friends in convertible car, waving arms in air, rear view



It’s officially summer and that means thousands of families across America will load up their cars and head out on the open road. When planning your family’s great American road trip consider these top 5 cars to get you where you want to go.


  1. Subaru Forester

With comfortable seating for five and 32 mpg on the highway the Subaru Forester was practically created for the great American road trip. The Forester has an advanced collision avoidance system and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You can enjoy your dream vacation knowing your precious cargo is safe and your wallet is not taking a hit.

Subaru Forester 

  1. Honda Accord Hybrid

If fuel costs are one of your biggest concerns when it comes to planning your summer road trip look no further than the Honda Accord Hybrid. With an impressive 47 mpg on the highway this efficient car will take you from point A to point B with very few stops for gas.


  1. BMW 3 series

If luxury is what you are wanting for your cross-country trip then the BMW 3 series is the car for you. With an elegant design and fuel efficiency to match the 3 series will get you where you need to go and save you some gas money that you can put toward those higher car payments.


  1. Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid boasts high safety ratings and a high mpg to match. With a combined mpg of 45 and a spacious interior the Jetta will make for an efficient and comfortable experience.


  1. Ford Mustang

If you are willing to sacrifice some space for an amazing top down adventure then go for a Ford Mustang and get ready for the ride of your life. With style and a high mpg to boast the Ford Mustang will make you the cool kid on the open road with the best view of the open sky.



7 Tips for Buying a Used Car

7 Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used vehicles can be a confusing process for car shoppers. People tend to shy away from pulling the trigger, in fear their lack of knowledge will lead to a poor purchase. Fear no more, we have compiled a list of 7 tips to help you in your quest to buy confidently.

1.  Set a strict budget– Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. Whether you are looking through web platforms or going to a dealership, have a specific budget decided and make it clear you are only staying in that price range. This will help keep you from spending more than you wanted to.
2.  Do your research– If you find a car you like make sure to check other sources for what it is really worth. Don’t take the first number you hear as the accurate one.
3.  Take the car to your mechanic– Take the car to your mechanic before you make the purchase. Sometimes there are problems that were not obvious during a test drive.
4.  Get the proper reports– Just because the seller promised the car was not a salvage and it looks to be in good condition does not mean it is. Get both a history and a safety report on the car before purchase.
5.  Know the seller/dealership– If buying from a private party, see how the owner behaves. Do they seem trustworthy or sketchy like they would give you a bad deal. Trust your gut.
6.  Don’t purchase the car immediately– Don’t get caught up in the moment. Make sure you get as much information on the car aside from its physical appearance as you can. Just because it may be less of a formal process compared to buying a new car does not mean it still isn’t a big purchase.
7.  It’s OK to say no– Be ready to say no whether it is to a private party or an overly enthusiastic used car dealer. Especially if you have done all the suggested steps and spent a good chunk of your time and the previous owners time, be prepared to say the car did not work for you.

The Ins and Outs of Auto Financing


In 2015, the average price for a new car is $31,252, while a used car comes in at around $16,335, and both of those numbers are constantly changing. With the price of both new and used cars increasing each day, buyers should consider financing their vehicle purchase as a helpful way to assure they get the car they want.

The first thing that every buyer should know when it comes to financing a car, is that there are two types of financing available. The first type is called Direct Lending. Direct Lending means that an applicant gets financing directly from a financial institution; such as a bank, finance company, or a credit union. When you use direct lending, you are entering an agreement to pay the amount financed plus a finance charge over a period of time. There are several benefits to Direct Lending.

Two main advantages of Direct Lending:

1. You can ask several lenders about your financing options before you agree to them

2. You can also learn about your credit terms in advance before you go to the dealership.

The second type of financing is Dealership Financing. Dealership Financing refers to when an applicant gets financing through the car dealership where the vehicle is purchased from. The dealer may retain the finance contract, but more often than not, they will sell it to a bank or finance company, which is called an Assignee. The Assignee will then service the account and collect the payments. There are several benefits of financing through a dealership, too.

Two main advantages of Dealership Financing:

1. Dealership financing is definitely the most convenient, as they sell the cars and finance in one location and are often open late and on weekends.

2. Dealers work with a range of different banks and financial institutions, which means that they often have more options for customer financing, and they also have access to manufacturer sponsored, low-rate incentive programs.

Regardless of what type of financing you chose, it is important to be fully aware of all that financing entails. Research federal and state auto financing laws; these will help you better understand the process, ensuring that you get the best financing options available to you. You should also determine what you can actually afford when it comes to monthly payments and money down. The price you end up paying each month will depend on several factors – total price you negotiate for the vehicle, the annual percentage rate (APR), and the length of the credit contract.

A few final points to keep in mind:

1. If you are looking to trade in your current vehicle make sure that you have not gone into negative equity and that the dealership you are working with will accept trade-ins.

2. If you have a credit deficiency, you may need to get a co-signer. Be prepared and talk to someone who you think would be a good co-signer for you.

3. You should be prepared for a credit check and all that that entails.

Ultimately, if you do your research and prepare yourself, it shouldn’t be hard to get a financing option that works for you!


Throwback Thursday: Chevrolet Suburban

Did you know that one of the oldest car models still in production is the Chevrolet Suburban? The first model was built in 1933 for the National Guard, and most of its body was made out of wood. In 1935, Chevy rebranded it is a station wagon for the general population, and they have since produced 12 generations. To this date, the suburban has been around for a whopping 82 years!

1935 Model:


2016 Model:



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The Top 10 New Cars: 2015 Edition

Searching for the right car can be overwhelming, especially because there are so many amazing options on the market today. Below is a list (in no particular order) of the best 10 cars of 2015 to help you on your search!

1.) Tesla Model S:  This is the car to watch these days, and one of the few cars that Consumer Reports gives an overall rating of 99/100, the highest rating of any car on the market. The Tesla Model S combines the experience of a luxury car, a high performance car, and an eco-friendly car all into one stunning package. It gets an astounding 84 MPG, but one of it’s coolest elements is that it’s technology is designed to update, meaning that you can upgrade the technology without having to upgrade your car. If you’re looking for a luxury car that’s going to last, this is the best option.


2.) Kia Soul: Despite the ridiculous commercials, the Kia Soul has slowly emerged as a stylish, refined, and practical vehicle choice. This car features a smart interior, solid build, and a 130-hp 1.6 liter four cylinder engine. Behind the wheel it boasts a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, four wheel disc-brakes, stability control, and a total of 6 airbags. If you’re looking for a unique car that drives with ease, look no further.


3.) Volkswagen Passat:  Although one of the more underrated Volkswagen models, the Passat has long been known for its around town flexibility. With an impressive turbocharged engine, the 2015 model also features upgraded shocks, springs, and a much more efficient exhaust system. If you’re looking for a more luxurious ride at a standard price, the Passat is a sure bet.

2015 volkswagen passat

4.) Toyota Tacoma: When you think of the mainstay of the truck world, it’s hard to think of anything else besides the tried and true Toyota Tacoma. It has long been the de facto car of choice for an active lifestyle; mainly because it transitions so easily from mainstream driving to off-roading. It offers the storage and power of a pickup truck, but is perfect for someone who lives an active and adventurous lifestyle.


5.) Audi A7: If you’re are looking for a luxury vehicle that is incredibly versatile, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option than the Audi A7. With all the amenities of a luxury car; modern interior, LED headlights, and subtle grill, this model also features two engine options and four wheel drive. Audi also only offers the only ZF 8-speed torque converter on the US market.

2015 audi a7

6.) Toyota Prius: Without a doubt, the Prius is virtually unmatched in the fuel efficiency by any other standard vehicle. The basic model gets up to 50 MPG and can travel up to a mile on electricity alone. One of the best things about how popular the Prius is, is that Toyota now produces it in a variety of options. The 2015 model comes in the original hatchback, the compact, the Prius C, the Prius V wagon, and a plug in version.

2015 Toyota Prius

7.) Jeep Wrangler: The Wrangler is the car that comes to mind when someone says the word Jeep. The 2015 edition is no exception, bringing back everything we loved about the old Jeeps and updating the things we didn’t. The new model offers a 3.6 liter V-6 torque engine, as well as four wheel drive, ample ground clearance, and nimble suspension. But the best thing about this car? It can transform from a cozy shield against winter weather, to a summer cruiser in minutes.


8.) Honda Odyssey: When it comes to cool cars, a mini-van isn’t generally the first thing that comes to mind. However, we think there are some pretty awesome reasons why you should check out the Honda Odyssey. Firstly, it’s generally accepted as one of the best minivans to drive. Secondly, it’s incredibly roomy, with enough room for your whole family, and then some. And for all you parents out there, the 2015 model features a built in vacuum cleaner!


9.) Honda CR-V: In 2015 Honda brought the CR-V back, and they were not messing around. Almost everything about this model has been updated. With improved handling, suspension, and brakes, the CR-V is no joke. The 2015 is the most stylish version yet, and has an amazing fuel economy. Standard models also feature Honda LaneWatch, which makes parking a breeze!


10.) Ford Mustang: Of course, we couldn’t make a list without mentioning the quintessential American car; the Ford Mustang. The 2015 model features the latest and greatest technology, and is one of the more powerful cars on our list. The Mustang’s seamless transition makes driving it a breeze, but sets it apart from other sports cars by making it easy to drive on a day to day basis. You can never go wrong with a mustang!

2015 ford mustang

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