If Car Commercials Were Honest (Video)

If Car Commercials Were Honest (Video)

As everyone knows around here, buying new cars is the equivalent of draining your 401k, cashing it out in small bills, and setting them on fire as they drop off a cliff into the ocean. I've always wondered what convinces people to buy a new car, and how anyone can listened to the garbage spewed at car dealerships who's sole purpose is to make a VERY large profit off of you. Cracked.com has created an awesome video which is exactly what I envision WOULD be said if car dealerships were honest. Check it out below, and let me know what you think in the comments! Have you been screwed over … [Read more...]

A Tale Of Two Drivers (Part 2)

A Tale Of Two Drivers (Part 2)

If you haven't read Part 1, read it first HERE, then come back and finish the story :) Driver #2 "This sucks." Not only has today already been a long day at the office, but you still have a ton of stuff to do at the house. Fixing the car is now a priority because you rely on it for work, so you're going to have to re-prioritize. But good thing you took Jake's advice and learned some basic car maintenance, so you know you way around the car's engine. You pop the hood, and there's coolant everywhere. Hmmmm. You check around for a leak, but you can't quite tell where it's coming from. You … [Read more...]

A Tale Of Two Drivers (Part 1)

A Tale Of Two Drivers (Part 1)

It's been a long day. You've been at the office for 9 hours, absolutely killing it at your job, but at the end of the day, you just can't wait to get home. You finally shut it down around 5:30pm, pack everything up and head out to your car. It's hot. You open the door, the sun almost blinding you as you step outside. You instantly feel the heat. For a quick moment, all you can think about is ice cubes. As you adjust to the heat, you start heading to the parking lot toward your trusty, 304,000+ mile mid-nineties Honda. Most people that own these probably don't have the luxury of air … [Read more...]

Man Risks His Life Everyday Driving A Used Car

Man Risks His Life Everyday Driving A Used Car

If you haven't read through my archive of posts on used cars, you should check them out HERE. I usually tout the virtues of the tens of thousands of dollars saved every decade by buying used. But I can no longer stand by that statement. I have recently obtained a top secret video of a man, who shall remain nameless, and his perilous daily journey of driving a used car. I cannot express how deep my concern is for his well-being, and wish, for the love of bleeding wallets, that he would have wised up and listened. He should have bought a new car so he wouldn't live in constant fear of … [Read more...]

Reader Question: How Do I Convince My Wife That Used Cars Are Awesome?

Reader Question: How Do I Convince My Wife That Used Cars Are Awesome?

I love my readers. Not sure if I've said that before. But I do! You send me awesome questions, which I get to answer, and often they are thought-provoking enough to turn into a fun post. Today's reader question bring me it back to one of the most costly and wasteful things we spend our money on: new cars. Our reader, Dave, has seen the light and agrees that buying a new car is a complete waste of hard earned dollars. But he has a dilemma! He needs to convince his wife of this. Let's see what Dave says: I've read and agree with your articles on reliable older Hondas/Toyotas. My problem … [Read more...]

Used Cars Are Not Money Pits. New Cars Are.

Used Cars Are Not Money Pits. New Cars Are.

And it's time again for my monthly car rant, the game where I show you, the readers, how buying new cars and getting car loans is single-handedly keeping the middle class broke. For those that aren't familiar, feel free to review a few of my favorites, including: You Don't Need A New Car Things I Couldn't Do If I Had A Car Payment How To Buy A Used Car Like A Boss Wisdom About Cars From My Grandpa We Only Drive Fancy Cars And of course… Your Hybrid Car Is A Waste Of Money Today we're going to tackle the ridiculous idea that "cars with high mileage are too unreliable … [Read more...]

Your Hybrid Car Is A Waste Of Money

Your Hybrid Car Is A Waste Of Money

Hybrid cars are an amazing invention and an important step toward reducing waste in a world filled with 10 MPG, gas-guzzling hunks of metal. I appreciate the engineering and technology that goes into creating a vehicle that can quietly hum along and get over 50 MPG. But there is something seriously wrong with how people seem to approach the hybrid car purchase…. And that something is math. How People Decide To Buy Hybrid Cars I have been around a few of these conversations. Everyone involved is always so well-intentioned, the sincerity almost passes it off as an intelligent conversation. … [Read more...]

We Only Drive Fancy Cars

We Only Drive Fancy Cars

It's that time of month again where I talk about cars! If you don't know where I stand on these wonderful machines, you can read about them here and here. I love to find a great deal on a car, and am an advocate for using MATH to determine what you can afford and what is a waste of money. Today I want to let you in on a little secret that has allowed us to enjoy luxury without breaking the bank. I'll show you how awesome it is to buy cars like we do, and allow you to enjoy luxury as well. We Only Drive Fancy Cars It's true. Ever since we got married, Michelle and I have been blessed to be … [Read more...]