If you live in southern California, you've no doubt heard about next weekend's "Carmageddon," when a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for construction. From July 15th through 17th, the 405 North will be closed between the 10 and the 101.
This week, I bring you a wacky tech product that really serves a purpose. I mean, I've gone through twenty-seven years without an LED license plate holder…but I'm really not sure how. It's been such a deprived life, I now realize, as all this time I could have been putting up funny and nerdy custom messages on the back of my car. This simply must be remedied!
For those of you equally out of the loop and deprived in your lives, I give you: the LED License Plate Holder.
Greetings from sunny California where today it was about 80. I used to be like you, I used to live in the Great White North, and I'm here to help. Unlike you, I've never gotten my car stuck in the snow or ice. Sure, I've lost traction and had the tires spin and been unable to proceed momentarily, but never was there a time when I had to give up and call the tow truck or walk home.
What does this have to do with saving money? Well, it may save your life, it could certainly save your job, and at the very least it will save you time. If I can help you avoid damaging your car, then that is an extra benefit. I promise the few minute you spend reading this in the warmth of your house will be worth it when time is ticking and your wheels are spinning in the snow.
As we've all noticed in the last few weeks (even out here in L.A.), winter is coming. The days are getting shorter, coats and sweaters are coming out of the closets, the leaves are falling, and the Christmas lights are going up. Soon there will be real rain and snow falling--and getting to work will seem even more like work.
So, here are a few tips to keep you rolling all winter long:
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.
So besides my usual "miser" like tendencies, I have been lucky to
score a good deal on my last auto purchase (over 15 years
And no, this new car isn't even for me (I'm still driving
around in my 1994 Honda Civic EX Coupe), it's for my wife,
LOL. Anyway, chalk this up to a little research and knowing
the right people.
We went shopping for cars for a few months and ended up with a
great new Mini Cooper (it's actually on order now, but you can
see how sweet it's gonna look).
The bottom line here is definitely consult some online shopping
tips on buying new cars. I used the information I learned
online to get about $800 off MSRP (on a Mini, that's
great). I also found out I had a friend who's dad ran a
local Mini dealership, so that saved us another $500.