Day: August 6, 2020

Don’t Let Car Repairs Break the Bank — Here’s How To Cut Costs

No one ever looks forward to getting their car repaired, but given enough time, it’s an inevitable certainty. You can’t avoid repairs, but you can take some steps to reduce the amount they set you back. When you feel a knock, hear a squeal or notice a rattle, do the following before you drop your car off at the shop — and prevent the most expensive repairs in the first place with a few proactive tips.

Last updated: March 11, 2020

Know Your Car

One of the best ways to save money on repairs is to do something you should do anyway no matter what you drive: Learn a little about your vehicle. Check out the manufacturer specs online and get to know your manual to prevent costly repairs and unnecessary wear and tear in the first place. That includes things like ground clearance, which tells you how much

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Fear of job loss, uncertainty stalls car buyers — so Ford came up with an idea

Karl Brauer went to work in mid-June doing a job he loved, and he ended the day with news it had come to an end.

“I was let go the day after my seventh anniversary,” said Brauer, 50, a longtime industry authority as executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader.  “I’ve got a wife and we’re a single-income family with two kids, 21 and 19, with one on the autism spectrum and both in college.”

He had no warning he was going to lose his job. A few weeks before, he had been out new car shopping, but held off.

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“There are plenty of people out there who just have no idea what is going to happen,” Brauer said. “They may feel completely confident in their job, but they’ve got friends or relatives

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