... If you know the type of used car you're interested in, you can start with an online appraisal tool -- like this one from Edmund.com -- to find out how much the car you're interested in should cost based on things like make, model, year, mileage and condition, among other factors. This particular calculator also asks for your zip code and alerts you to used cars for sale in your area. Once you have a general number in mind for what seems to be a fair price, then you can start shopping around.
2. Start the Bidding Low
Don't be the first to offer up a price (what if they were going to gasp! actually offer something lower?!), and know that in this situation, it's always okay to haggle for a lower price. You're not being annoying by doing this that's ...
Gas prices: ugh.
If, like most Americans, you drive to work, you've no doubt
felt the pinch at the pump. I don't know about you, but it pains me
deeply to put $50, $60, even $70 into my gas tank every week. (And
my wife fills up even more often.)
Needless to say, you should always look for the station with
the cheapest gas. Even if you save only 10 or 20 cents per gallon
every time you fill up, it adds up.
Ah, but how can you make sure you're getting the best price?
Maybe there's a station just around the corner that costs 15 cents
There's an app for that: GasBuddy.
The price of gas sure does stink these days, but what are you
gonna do about it? While many will treat that as a rhetorical
question, choosing simply to pay up and grumble as the national
average price for regular gas creeps toward the $4.00 mark, others
will take a more practical approach to the issue and look for ways
to ease the financial burden. You therefore have to wonder:
Can something as simple as a rewards credit card help weather
the storm of rising gas prices?
Absolutely! The right gas
credit card can save you upwards of 5% per gallon, which would
basically be the equivalent of paying last year's prices. The
trick is finding the offer that best matches your lifestyle and
While there isn't much you can do about the rising cost
of gasoline, there are plenty of ways to save money on gas by changing some
simple habits. Just by making a few of these adjustments, you will notice that you're
putting less gas in your car and saving money on the gas you buy.
Rising oil prices are great news if you're Exxon Mobil,
but not so much for the rest of us. And, while those of us who drive
regularly were hoping that the cost of hybrid cars would drop, it
instead looks like car manufacturers are moving away from hybrid cars altogether. What's a cost-conscious commuter to do?
I'm a little frustrated at the moment with the users of Craigslist, and by that I mean the entire population of this country. Its bad enough that when placing an ad we all have to worry about the flood of spam we know is going to come, and don't want to list our phone number lest we get robocalls. Then when the shoes on the other foot we have to call and call or email again and again and get no response. So I figured I'd set out a few guidelines, and also vent my frustrations.