I've been taking my Honda Ridgeline to a Honda dealer in Rockville for service for the last 18 months of ownership, and I just need to rant about one thing: the mechanics. Let me say this up front, though, that the guy's checking in the vehicles are … [Read more...] about Rant: The Dealer’s Mechanics are Messing with My Truck
Last weekend, we took the Honda Ridgeline truck home to PA for the holiday. During the entire trip, we drove 650 miles. During the drive, Stacie wondered how much more we were spending in gas by taking the truck versus the MINI Cooper or even the … [Read more...] about Challenge: Premium Fuel Car versus Regular Octane Truck
A few weeks ago, we sold our 2005 Chevrolet Malibu sedan. Basically, it was cheaply made and we wanted something projected to be more reliable. Oh, and it didn't have a number of safety options like side-curtain airbags and ABS. I saw the crash test … [Read more...] about Do we miss our car?
Madame X at My Open Wallet hosted this week's Carnival of Personal Finance. The Carnival is a collection of finance-related articles submitted by various sites. Of these articles, here are my favorites: No Credit Needed explains how to talk to … [Read more...] about Best Finance Posts from Carnival of Personal Finance #113
Getting tired of my talking about our Malibu? Well, you may only have to endure a few more days. Here's the latest status: I confirmed with the MVA that I am not required to get the inspection prior to sale, contrary to what their site says. … [Read more...] about Chevy Malibu sale update #2
I'm going to finally admit to the world how much we screwed up in our past auto purchases, in hopes that you don't do the same. In college, I purchased a brand new 2001 Saturn L300 for about $20,000. Actually, I did the GM SmartBuy method, which … [Read more...] about How we lost $14,500 by stupid mistakes