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Buying a new car entails more than just the sticker price, as even new motorists can tell you. In addition to taking on a monthly payment for your auto loan, you'll have to pay for annual registration fees, as well as auto insurance. If you happen to live in Virginia or New Hampshire, you can legally get away with no insurance, but you'll have to pay a fee to forego insurance in Virginia (which infers none of the benefits of insurance), and New Hampshire residents without insurance are held responsible for up to $75,000 in damages in the event of an accident.
The point is, cars will cost you, and the last thing you want to do is shell out more money for potentially costly repairs. The good news is, new cars and many certified pre-owned vehicles come with some form of warranty. While there are various types of vehicle warranties, the two popular types are: powertrain and bumper-to-bumper.
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The COVID-19 crisis has left plenty of people stuck at home and trying to figure out how to do things they normally leave to professionals. Perhaps you've become a master of the culinary arts and you're churning out bread like a bakery. Maybe you've become adept at cutting your spouse's hair, or even your own. If you're a parent, you've also taken on the role of teacher, complete with relearning basic math, science, and grammar rules.
Although you may be using your car a lot less these days, that doesn't mean you want to let it sit and gather dust. To maintain maximum value, you need to continue with proper care. This means doing more than hosing off the exterior once a week.
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Websites like Carmax have made it easier than ever to find the exact vehicle you want, with listings from all over the U.S., and arrange to pick it up or have it shipped (often for a fee, depending on your location). Then there are sites like Carvana that take the experience to the next level by offering delivery right to your door or shipping your vehicle to the nearest Carvana Vending Machine for convenient pickup.
This modern form of car buying certainly has its advantages, but there are downsides, as well. Here are a few of the pros and cons to consider before you buy a car from a vending machine.
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Summer is the busiest travel season, and with airline travel uncertain at the moment, many more people may opt to take road trips to nearby destinations. The first prerequisite for any road trip is a reliable vehicle. How can you make sure your car is ready to handle the heat of summer? Here are a few tips to prep your car for fun in the sun.
Getting Ready for Road Trips
Even if you visit the dealership or your preferred local mechanic for regular maintenance, it's always best to consider a check-up before you hit the road. Or, if you're handy with car repairs, you can do some prep on your own.
Start by checking fluid levels and topping off oil, coolant, and brake, transmission, and power steering fluids if necessary. If brakes are spongy, you may need to bleed the lines. In fact, it's probably a good idea to have your brakes checked out by professionals if you haven't done so in a while. You should also check tires and tire pressure (including the spare) and fill to proper PSI.
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There's nothing quite like seeing your reflection in the high shine of a perfect finish on a new car, so it's no wonder owners want to preserve it as long as possible. You might think the best way to do this is with frequent washing, but the truth is, you could end up doing more harm than good. Which method of car washing is the least harmful? How often should you wash your car. How much washing is simply too much?
How to Wash Your Car
Let's start by examining the different methods of washing your car. Many DIYers like to go old-school with at-home hand washing; however, there are a couple of caveats. If you want the best chance for a gentle wash that won't damage the finish, skip the dish soap and shop rags.