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.
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
Although Labor Day traditionally marks the start of the new model year at your local car dealers, these days cars just trickle in over the course of the year with fewer coming at the traditional fall introduction. So whether it is a brand new model or just new options or revised sheet metal, the new ones will be in dealers this month.
I don't know much about fixing cars. For this reason, I always take my vehicles to the dealer for service. Many people don't believe in this, but for the most part, things have always worked out for me.
Unfortunately, I had a bad experience last week which changed the way I feel about car maintenance from the dealership.
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?
A few days ago, DealPro and beauty deal guru Annie reached out to her fellow DealPros for help:
"My husband's car recently kicked the bucket, and
although I'm pretty good at finding good deals on clothes and makeup and
such, car shopping is not my strong suit. I'd love any advice you might
have on scoring the best deal on a car. Thought Savings.com [DealPros] would be
a good place to start."
When you have access to the best money-saving minds around, why not take advantage? Check out what advice Annie's colleagues had to offer: