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.
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
Batman drives the coolest car of all: The Batmobile. Of course, it is hidden in a secret cave. However, when Batman gets the call to fight crime, even the criminals cannot help but drool over his uber cool ride. Did you ever stop to wonder how Batman keeps his car so shiny? It is plausible that he would ask his butler Alfred to shop for car care products at Autogeek.
So what products would Batman use to wash and shine the Batmobile?
Last week we started talking about buying a car for less than the price of many bicycles. We discussed where to look and what, or what not to look for.
Now it's time to start narrowing thing down. A quick look around my neighborhood via Craigslist this week turned up a '92 Mercury Grand Marquis, and a '95 Ford Escort Wagon for sale, both under $2,000. Both ads mention condition (running) and registration status (plates)--so two of my standard questions are answered.
Now, what else do you need to know before you commit to go look at the car in person?
Nothing can ruin your day quicker then car trouble. You can avoid many problems, or at the very least catch them before they leave you stranded, through preventative maintenance. You may save $20 getting your oil changed at the quick change chain, but they won't spot problems about to leave you sitting at the side of the road. Having a regular mechanic, who sees your car on a regular basis, is just as important as having a dentist look at your teeth regularly, or a doctor take your vital statistics when you get a check-up. If you don't have one, I have some good suggestions for finding a good mechanic.
The one problem you can't prevent is the sudden unexpected flat tire. Tires have gotten so much better and more durable in the past 50 years, they hardly ever blow out. But they can still be flattened by a common 6 penny nail or a drywall screw in a matter of seconds.
People ask me for car care advice all the
time. I think it has something to do
with the grease under my fingernails. But unless you are going to describe a specific noise your car is
making, or some weird symptom you've noticed, I can't be of much help. I can carry on long conversations with other
car guys about problems and repairs and improvements and modifications, but it's doubtful I can fix your car around the water cooler in the office. Though there was one time I was able to tell
my wife how to fix her car after two minutes on the phone, and she was able to
drive to work, it doesn't happen often.
I can give you advice--and may even be able to diagnose and tell you the solution to your problem,
but if you aren't the type to do it yourself or don't have a
mechanical aptitude, you're going to need to find a mechanic. If you want to save money on your car
repairs, you need to find a GOOD mechanic. One you can trust to diagnose what's wrong quickly, only fix what
needs fixing, do things right the first time, and actually do what they charge