Automotive

How to Decode Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Say you’re buying or selling a used car. At a certain point in the transaction, asking for the car’s VIN is inevitable. Why is this series of seemingly random numbers so important in the car selling process? Simply put, the VIN reveals to you, the owner (or the prospective buyer) of the vehicle, a whole …

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The Complete List of Things You Need to Prepare Your Car for a Disaster

What to Pack in Your Car for a Disaster Car Survival Kit Items Bottled water Food Cash First aid kit Flashlight Blankets Map or Compass Whistle Clothes Basic Tools Radio Extra phone battery / charger Matches / Lighter Documents Self-Defense Tools Personal Products Pre-Disaster Car Maintenance Tire Pressure Oil Changes Fuel Check the Battery Other …

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You vs. Your Car Insurance: How to Negotiate a Total Loss Claim

There are few things more infuriating than faithfully paying your car insurance premiums year after year only to feel that they failed you when you need them most. Why? You struck a deer or got yourself in a car accident, but the insurance company’s valuation of your totaled car is way too low. It was …

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Here’s Why You Win (and Sometimes Lose) by Buying a Car at Auction

Buying a car is an expensive and often stressful endeavor. For many, it’s one of the biggest financial decisions they make for several years, and an important investment. Going to a dealer and talking with motivated salespeople can be a challenge. Buying a car from a private party might be a little bit cheaper, yes. …

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Auto Auctions: How to Get in and Buy Cars Like a Dealer

Getting the best deal on a car has become something of an art for automotive aficionados. Strolling through lines of used cars at the dealership or scanning through private listings online may leave you wondering if you’re going to overpay. You also may not be too keen on negotiating the price with a salesperson or …

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