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  • How to save big with a salvage title (14 comments)

    This article is by staff writer William Cowie. What was your first reaction when you saw "salvage title" in the headline? Cringe and shudder? Outrage, that anybody could seriously suggest something...

  • Don’t let your emotions drive your car-buying decisions (35 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Sam, the Financial Samurai. I was in the 6th grade when I first laid eyes on her. She was a 1989 BMW 635i Coupe that did donuts in the school's parking lot after cla...

  • One expense you have control of in ways you never thought (38 comments)

    This article is by staff writer William Cowie. What do you spend most of your money on? For most people, their two biggest expenses are their home and car(s). If you remember the post comparing ex...

  • Deals on wheels: Should you buy your child a car? (80 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. As far as I know, only one reader of Get Rich Slowly knows me personally. And last week, I was having lunch with my one-person fan club. (Actually, I am...

  • 5 car maintenance services you can get for free (26 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. We get a lot of pitches at Get Rich Slowly. Despite the underlying marketing agenda, sometimes these pitches contain useful information that is worth s...

  • Big wins: The quickest way to wealth (106 comments)

    Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.'s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about the difference between tenacity a...

  • Saving money with my feet: The joys of a walkable neighborhood (73 comments)

    Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.'s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about the regrets of the dying. On S...

  • Ask the Readers: Would you let your insurance company monitor your driving for a discount? (103 comments)

    Privacy is a big issue for people these days, what with every website able to see where you go, what you’re searching for and serve up ads. With the NSA looking at emails and phone calls from regula...

  • That time I got hit by a drunk driver (55 comments)

    This post is written by staff writer Kristin Wong. I've never liked Sundays. Especially Sunday evenings. They feel like denial to me. It's like I'm clinging on to the last bit of weekend, and sometim...

  • Why I plan on driving my car into the ground (147 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Kristin Wong. Over the weekend, a friend and I were enjoying a couple of beers in my neighborhood. As we sat outside people watching, he drooled over every fancy car ...

  • Reader Stories: Starting to see financial fitness muscle! (31 comments)

    This story comes to us from reader EmJay. EmJay's story is the epitome of getting rich slowly, and readers can learn from her effort. This post is part of the Reader Stories series. Some reader sto...

  • Driven crazy by car loans (95 comments)

    My long commute means my car has a lot of miles on it. Right now, it's cruising up to 180,000 miles and still going strong. While we're hoping to make it to 250,000, approximately 30,000 miles goes ...

  • Ask the readers: Do you repair your own car to save money? (82 comments)

    This post is from Ollie Geiger, a personal finance writer who contributes to MoneyRates.com. As a former auto mechanic and service manager, my dad's car expertise has saved our family from countles...

  • When Seizing the Day Backfires (55 comments)

    A little over a month ago, I experienced one of those moments in life where everything was as it should be. You know those moments—when work, love, friendships, etc., are all operating smoothly, in ...

  • Tips for the Introverted Negotiator (80 comments)

    In my last article, I talked about saving money on the big things, like cars and houses. Multiple readers contributed good reasons why we don't save as much money as we should on cars and houses. B...

  • Cutting Costs on Transportation (Even When Biking and Walking Aren’t Options) (83 comments)

    Until the end of this week, we're sharing "audition" pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay...

  • Reader Story: Saying Good-Bye to a 16-Year-Old Car (91 comments)

    This guest post from Joel Berry is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or f...

  • The Best Way to Buy a New Car (44 comments)

    Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the author of The Predictioneer's Game, a book about using game theory to get what you want in day-to-day life. Mesquita argues that we can predict and engineer the future b...

  • Transportation: Friction Versus Finance (71 comments)

    This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. Though I've been car-free for years, I was recently left to ponder how we make transportation decisions when my local transit authority unveiled a new ...

  • Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Best and Worst Cars for 2012 (58 comments)

    If it's March, it must be time to talk about cars. The annual auto issue of Consumer Reports landed in my mailbox this week, and I spent some time skimming the pages. I'm not nearly as interested ...

  • Reader Story: How to Buy a Car at Auction (58 comments)

    This guest post from Jacq is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or...

  • Why I Love the Megabus: A Closer Look at a Seldom-Used (but Cheap!) Way to Travel (128 comments)

    This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Survi...

  • Ask the Readers: Is a Used Car Still a Good Deal? (138 comments)

    Because new cars tend to lose value rapidly, the conventional wisdom is that it usually makes more sense to buy a used vehicle instead of a new one. But is this rule of thumb always true? Has it chang...

  • Biking vs. Driving Calculator (111 comments)

    For the past two months, I've been conducting an informal experiment. Spurred by the high cost of gas — $4 per gallon to fill my Mini!?! — I decided to use alternate transportation: my fee...

  • Traffic Violations and Your Auto Insurance (59 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. California newspaper The Daily Breeze recently published an article about a man who was issued a $35 ticket for failing to come to a complete stop, whi...

  • Reader Story: The Costs and Savings of Bicycle Commuting (186 comments)

    This guest post from Duran Valdez is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success &m...

  • How to Dispute Your Mechanic Bill (105 comments)

    This article is by freelance writer Roger White and staff writer April Dykman. It originally appeared on Roger’s blog in a different format. April As many GRS readers know, last year I quit my j...

  • Save on Gas with Auto Maintenance (49 comments)

    This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I'm awful at maintaining my vehicles. Spectacularly bad. I have always relied on someone else to take care of oil changes, check tire pressure, and what...

  • Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Best and Worst Cars for 2011 (61 comments)

    It's that time of year again! The annual auto issue of Consumer Reports landed in my mailbox yesterday, and I spent some time browsing its pages. I'm not nearly as interested in car info as I used to ...

  • Ask the Readers: Should I Sell My Car? (180 comments)

    The Friday "Ask the Readers" column generally follows a set format: I introduce the topic, share a reader e-mail, give my best advice, and then ask for your feedback. Today's column is a little differ...

  • Reader Story: Pedaling Toward Financial Freedom (82 comments)

    This guest post from Tammy Strobel is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success &...

  • Reader Story: How We Bought a New Car (87 comments)

    This guest post from Nicole is part of the "reader stories" feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — ...

  • How Much Should You Spend on a Car? (52 comments)

    There are all sorts of rules of thumb about how much you should spend on a home, but what about that other major expense in your life — your vehicle? Have you ever wondered how much to spend on ...

  • How to Sell Your Car on eBay Motors (15 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently released a guide to help people attack and sell their excess clutter entitled "Sell Your Crap". Several weeks ago, I wrote about the early...

  • Insurance Basics: How Car Insurance Works (59 comments)

    This is the third part in a short series about insurance basics. In the first part, I explained how insurance works. In the second, I shared some general tips about how to save on insurance of all typ...

  • Should I Sell My Car On eBay? (43 comments)

    This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Follow Baker on Twitter @ManVsDebt or connect with him on Facebook. Over the last few months, I've spent countless hours researching the process of selli...

  • Planning for Budget Busters: Transportation (42 comments)

    This video post is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker previously featured a post on his own blog entitled, 67 Ways NOT to Sell a Car. Courtney and I apply a fun name to any expense in our lives that...

  • Ask the Readers: Should I Take Out a Loan to Buy a Car? (114 comments)

    If smart money management were just about math or opening the highest interest savings account, this stuff would be easy. But there are a variety of complex factors that come into play when we have to...

  • Ask the Readers: Sell the Car or Keep It? (141 comments)

    I love the sometimes-weekly Ask the Readers feature, even if I'm not great about sticking to my intended schedule. And usually I'm able to work with folks to condense their questions to a small space,...

  • Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Top Cars for 2010 (40 comments)

    It's that time of year again! The annual auto issue of Consumer Reports landed in my mailbox last week, and I spent some time leafing through it over the weekend. (You can read my summaries of past au...

  • When to Replace Your Car (124 comments)

    This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new articl...

  • Frugality in Practice: Alternate Modes of Transportation (118 comments)

    I've always been a car guy. It's not that I'm mechanically inclined or that I get into the latest makes and models — neither of these is anywhere close to the truth — but that a car has al...

  • Common Car-Dealer Tricks (105 comments)

    When I bought my used Mini Cooper in April, things didn't go exactly as I'd planned. Part of this was because I hadn't done enough research. But a lot of it was because the dealer had some tricks up i...

  • Reader Story: The Secret Millionaire and the Mathmobile (43 comments)

    I keep telling myself I'll share reader e-mail more often. You folks send me great stuff. For example, here's Ruth's story about her own millionaire next door. I loved reading about J.D.'s "secret ...

  • Using Fuelly to Track Your Gas Mileage (50 comments)

    With gas prices rising, people are beginning to talk about fuel economy again. This year, there's an added wrinkle to my own concerns. In April, I ditched my 2000 Ford Focus for a 2004 Mini Cooper. Th...

  • A Very Small Adventure: Riding the Bus (119 comments)

    I had a big day today, though I'm sure many of you will laugh: I rode the bus for the first time. Actually, I've been on buses many times before. I rode a school bus as a child, and I've used publi...

  • My Mini and the Power of Saving (225 comments)

    For the past two years, one of my top financial goals has been to save for a Mini Cooper. Just like a child with a toy catalog, I've spent hours on the Mini website playing with colors and options pac...

  • The Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Best and Worst 2009 Cars (44 comments)

    The Consumer Reports annual auto issue was parked in my mailbox on Monday. As in past years (2007, 2008), I spent the afternoon leafing through it. This year, I think I managed to avoid the new-car it...

  • Why I Drive a 13-Year-Old Car (265 comments)

    This is a guest post from Joel Berry. I recently had a talk with a friend about why I haven't purchased a new car. He can't understand why I still drive a 1995 Geo Prizm. I can afford to buy a new ...

  • Cost To Drive: A Simple Web Tool for Budgeting Road Trips (29 comments)

    Are you making a long road trip for the holidays? Curious about how much it's going to cost you? Cost To Drive can help. When Kris and I took our short vacation in early October, I did something a ...

  • Thoughts on a Scooter-Based Lifestyle (68 comments)

    This is a guest post from Stephen Popick, administrator for the Get Rich Slowly discussion forums. Two years ago when I bought my People 150cc scooter, I was teased ceaselessly by my car-loving fri...

  • Car Talk (22 comments)

    "Go away," Kris tells me every Saturday morning. "This is my time." She turns on the radio in the kitchen, busies herself with some kitchen-y task (baking, canning, crosswords), and she spends the nex...

  • Quick and Easy Car Maintenance: Change Your Oil and Inflate Your Tires (37 comments)

    "The value of proper car maintenance is priceless," writes Liza Barth at the Consumer Reports auto blog. "Regular maintenance of your vehicle can save you money on vehicle repairs and keep it running ...

  • The Inner Workings of a Car Dealership (and How To Use Them to Your Advantage) (86 comments)

    Yesterday a reader named Dave Black left a long comment on an old article about how to buy a new car without getting screwed. This is his glimpse into the inner workings of a car dealership. I've edit...

  • Are High Gas Prices Changing the Way We Drive? (138 comments)

    My friend Craig rides the bus to work every day. His family gets by with just one car. "Do you do it to save money?" I asked him recently. "Well, owning just one car certainly does save money &mda...

  • Use Fuelly to Track Your Fuel Economy (26 comments)

    How fuel efficient is your vehicle? Do you ever get the suspicion, as I do, that your car's gas mileage is getting worse? Have you ever wondered how your mileage compares to other drivers? And what ab...

  • Richie Rich and the High Price of Oil (39 comments)

    You gotta love it when two hobbies come together. In this case, it's my love of personal finance and my love of comic books. Here's the cover of a 1978 issue of Richie Rich Inventions, in which Richie...

  • Ask the Readers: Buy a Car or Pay Off Debt? (124 comments)

    Earlier this week, April wrote with a personal finance predicament. She and her husband need to buy a car, but it's not something they'd budgeted to do any time soon. Fate intervened: My husband ...

  • Motor Trend 1971 — 40 Cars Under $2500 (29 comments)

    While cleaning my office last Saturday, I stumbled upon a pile of old magazines. Most of these are copies of Modern Mechanix from the 1930s and 1940s, but the issue that caught my eye was the July 197...

  • Drama in Real Life: Wrecked Rental (184 comments)

    When we arrived in San Francisco on Thursday, I rented a car. It was the first time I'd ever done so — we've never used one on vacation, and this was my first business trip. The whole car rental...

  • What’s Not to Love About a New Car? (104 comments)

    This is a guest post from Katrina Ramser, a freelance writer who contributes new-car reviews for various websites, newspapers and magazines. She also writes about swimming at SquidKid. I love new c...

  • Consumer Reports Auto Issue: Top Picks for 2008 (30 comments)

    The Consumer Reports annual auto issue landed in my mailbox on Saturday. Like last year, I spent the afternoon leafing through it. Unlike past years, I think I managed to avoid the new-car itch. Here ...

  • How to Buy a New Car Without Getting Screwed (29 comments)

    As a follow-up to yestereday's discussion, if I had decided to get a new car — which isn't the case — I would have had to face the daunting Car-Buying Process: the haggling, the scheming, ...

  • Shaking the New Car Itch: A Tale of Priorities (109 comments)

    When I went to the street to get the mail on Saturday, the latest issue of The New Yorker was in the box. Walking up the sidewalk to the house, I idly began to remove the subscription cards. I stopped...

  • How to Drive a Great End-of-Summer New Car Deal (8 comments)

    While scouring the web for personal finance stories, I found some time-sensitive advice. The Consumer Reports Car Blog notes that Labor Day weekend can be a great time to buy a new car, especially if ...

  • Free Crash Test Videos from Consumer Reports (5 comments)

    On the morning of December 1st, 2000, as I was driving to work, a tractor-trailer rig sideswiped my car on the freeway. The lugnuts of the truck's wheel gripped the side of my car, lifted it, and thre...

  • Edmunds True Cost-to-Own Calculator (15 comments)

    During our ongoing discussion of buying a car, somebody pointed to a handy little tool at Edmunds.com. (Edmunds is an excellent resource, sort of like Bankrate, but for cars.) Here's how their site de...

  • Ask the Readers: Should You Carry a Loan When You Can Afford Not To? (76 comments)

    Monday's collection of car links sparked more discussion than any link dump I've ever posted. A lot of you have strong opinions on the subject. Katie writes that all the talk about cars made her think...

  • Daily Roundup: Cars, Cars, Cars (45 comments)

    Alfonso Piñate has cars on the brain. He didn't just forward one car-related article — he sent me three! And they're all good. From Jalopnik, here's an "Ask the Readers"-type question: "Y...

  • Reader Story: Necessity is the Mother of Frugality (34 comments)

    Daniel wrote with the following story: I work across town, which means I have to fill up my tank at least once a week. With the rising cost of gas, this comes to about $50 a week. What can I do...

  • How to Improve Your Fuel Economy: 23 Top Tips for Better Gas Mileage (82 comments)

    digg_url = 'http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/05/30/how-to-improve-your-gas-mileage-23-top-tips-for-better-fuel-economy/'; Fuel prices have been hovering at record levels around the United...

  • Extreme Personal Finance: The Most Fuel-Efficient Driver in the World (23 comments)

    I don't usually think of Boing Boing as a source for money hacks, but they just posted a blurb about Wayne Gerdes, who "may be the most fuel-efficient driver in the world". Through tricky coasting,...

  • Consumer Reports Auto Issue Round-Up: Top Picks for 2007 (21 comments)

    The Consumer Reports annual auto issue landed in my mailbox on Friday. I spent the afternoon leafing through it, at first looking for tips to share with you, but gradually being seduced by the Mazda M...

  • Ask the Readers: Escaping from an Upside-Down Loan? (29 comments)

    Many of us are in similar positions: we've discovered sound personal finance skills, but only after making some dumb decisions. I'm still paying down a $16,000 home equity loan that represents my resi...

  • Dave Ramsey Says ‘Drive Free, Retire Rich’ (70 comments)

    Dave Ramsey's site has one of the best money hacks I've seen recently. Drive Free, Retire Rich explores the impact of carrying a car payment, and offers ideas on how your money can be used more wisely...

  • Reader Story: Two Approaches to Car-Buying (11 comments)

    Earlier I posted a link to a story that indicates that new cars are more affordable than they have been since 1980. This prompted a couple of you to e-mail me your car stories. An anonymous reader wro...

  • Follow-Up: Buying a Part at the Junkyard (7 comments)

    Several weeks ago I shared Matildaben's question about junkyards. Should I get a car part at a junkyard/salvage yard/auto recycler, and how do I go about it? I need a side mirror assembly for a 19...

  • Reader Submission: Fritz Buys a New Car (16 comments)

    Fritz wrote to share his experience buying a new car yesterday. This story illustrates a number of principles, including the ever important: "it never hurts to ask for a lower price". Last year, ...

  • An Easy Way to Save on Auto Parts (9 comments)

    Here's a tip from Israel in SoCal: Last time I was at Kragen Auto Parts I was charged around $30 for a set of spark plug wires. Online they were priced for 18. It turns out that the price online...

  • Flipping Cars for Fun and Profit (127 comments)

    The No Limits Ladies have posted an article on how to flip cars — how to buy used cars for cheap and sell them again for a profit. I find used vehicles for sale, often times through Cars.com,...

  • How to Buy a Part at the Junkyard (13 comments)

    I grew up next to a wrecking yard. But can you believe it? I've never bought anything from one. GRS-reader matildaben wrote to share a question she posted at AskMetafilter: Should I get a car part...

  • The Extraordinary Price of Dents (1 comment)

    Rob Cockerham at cockeyed.com (whom I've already mentioned twice today — he's got lots of good funny money stuff), has a profile on the extraordinary price of dents. In Early May, my frie...

  • 10 Expert Tips for Saving on Car Insurance (18 comments)

    My friend Lynn works for a major U.S. insurance company. I recently asked her for tips to help people save money on auto insurance. I expected maybe a few quick ideas, but she went above-and-beyond wi...

  • How to Sell a Used Car (15 comments)

    An AskMetafilter user recently asked for tips for selling a used car: I'm selling my car. Help me not be stupid. What's safe? How do I handle a test drive? Do I go with them? If they buy, do I insi...

  • A Real Fighting Chance (17 comments)

    Yesterday I mentioned Fighting Chance, a service designed to help consumers get the best price on a new car. Here's one reader's first-hand experience using their techniques. VinTek writes: (more....

  • How to Extend the Life of Your Car (4 comments)

    The true cost of car ownership is greater than most people suspect. But you can get more life out your vehicle, can reduce your cost per mile, by following a few simple suggestions. eHow offers twelve...

  • The Best Way to Buy a New Car (12 comments)

    You probably pay more for your car than for anything other than your home. Though personal finance mavens advise us to buy used vehicles, many people — including myself — feel more comfort...

  • Is the 3,000-Mile Oil Change a Scam? (74 comments)

    Want to save some money on your vehicle? How often do you change the oil in your car? If you listen to advertising from Oil Can Henry and Jiffy Lube, you'd think a change every 3,000 miles was essenti...

  • Luxury Car or Practical Car? (24 comments)

    Another AskMetafilter user wonders whether she should buy a new luxury car: Should I buy a luxury car or a practical car? I'm a 27 year old female. I'm single and have no kids. I want to get a luxu...

  • The True Cost of Car Ownership (43 comments)

    The American Automobile Association (AAA) says that, on average, it costs 52.2 cents to drive one mile. To drive a Ford Focus like mine 20,000 miles per year, the average cost is 37.6 cents per mile. ...

  • Frugality in Practice: Shaking That New Car Itch (19 comments)

    I want a new car. An Audi. Or a BMW. I've got that New Car Itch. I've never been a fan of my Ford Focus. I like the leather seats, it's true, and I know it's relatively safe, but the car just doesn...

  • Auto Insurance Tip: Monthly Sucks (4 comments)

    While doing my finances last weekend, I realized that my monthly auto insurance check hadn't cleared. I have a frugal friend who works with the local agency, so I dropped her an e-mail to ask what I s...

  • Ten Ways to Drive Down Your Car Insurance (4 comments)

    I certainly don't intend to turn this into a "how to save money on transportation" blog, but there's a lot of interest and information out there right now due to increased gasoline costs. Suze Orman h...

  • What Really Saves Gas? And How Much? (1 comment)

    Gas prices seem to reached a plateau at around $3.00/gallon for regular unleaded in the Portland area, but they're expected to rise again before summer. With the high gas prices, people begin to look ...

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Hybrid Cars (0 comment)

    The Car Talk guys have a sub-site devoted to hybrid cars. Topics covered include: How do hybrids work? Frequently asked questions about hybrid cars Should you buy a hybrid? Where to go to get ...

  • Tips on Saving Gas (2 comments)

    Today's Sound Money Tip is a list of common-sense ways to improve your gas mileage: Keep your vehicle in good repair. Check and replace your air filter at regular intervals. Keep your tires pro...

  • What is a Reasonable Offer for a New Car? (3 comments)

    New automobiles are generally poor investments for a number of reasons. That's a topic for another post. Some people don't want the hassle of buying a used car, or prefer the features of a new model. ...

  • GasBuddy (2 comments)

    Gas prices are rising, and there's no end in sight. Thankfully, you can find the cheapest gas prices in your neighborhood with GasBuddy. Gasoline prices change frequently and may vary by as much as...

  • Confessions of a Car Salesman (2 comments)

    What really goes on in the back rooms of car dealerships across America? What does the car salesman do when he leaves you sitting in a sales office and goes to talk with his boss? What are the tricks ...

  • Fix It or Junk It? (3 comments)

    There's a good thread at Ask Metafilter thread this morning: At what point is a car not worth repairing? My ten-year-old 130k-mile Saturn is showing its age pretty badly — leaking oil, distu...