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What is GAP Insurance, and is it Necessary? For most drivers a regular insurance policy is enough to cover the car in an accident. However, if you owe more than the car is worth you might consider Gap insurance, or what is more commonly called “GAP Protection”. GAP is protection against negative equity on your…

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Generally people want a safe and reliable car. A salvaged car falls short on both accounts. But what is a salvaged car and should you buy one? Cars are built to rigid specifications for safety reasons. There is a built-in integrity that is engineered so that the car can withstand accidents without collapsing. Although specific…

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Cars that start a revolution are rare in the automotive industry, and often controversial. That is until they become so popular that it becomes an industry standard. For instance the unusual Volkswagen Beetle achieved worldwide cult status as an inexpensive and reliable car but had to fight off the naysayers. GM tried to follow up…

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In the car buying world it seems a lot can go wrong, and it does. That is unless you take certain steps that, if followed, will result in a great experience. Most people begin the process of buying a car with a sense of fear if not outright dread. It’s hard to feel good about…

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At most gas stations you have a choice between three grades of gas: high, medium and low octane, commonly referred to as Premium, Plus and Regular. Most people assume that high octane is the best fuel, but unless you have a high performance engine you are completely wasting your money. Watch my video below: Let…

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Bankruptcy is a very hard decision to make. What leads up to it is one of the most difficult phases people will go through in their lifetime. It is a desperate grasp at the last straw that is available to them. The last thing you would think about in this situation is going even deeper…

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Recently I had a client ask me about Kelly Blue Book and if it should be considered the best way to determine the price on a used car. In other words, can I expect to pay what the “book” says? And if I am selling my car, is it best to look up the value on my car,…

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I often get the question “leasing vs buying” when a client is ready to get a new car. The reasons given for leasing has more to do with the fact that leasing seems easier and has the added benefit of not having to deal with repair cost. Let’s face it; a lease is just a glorified rental…

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Most people claim they want to have a good reliable car to drive in existential bliss, to enjoy the commute without having to worry about the check engine light suddenly illuminating or having any problems arise that distract us from our daily driving expedition. We want that our sturdy chariot magically transports us to our destination…

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When choosing between a new or used car it pays to consider everything that is involved. The most cited reason for buying new is that there is very little risk. True, the new car will have a full factory warranty that you will have for a number of years and there is something to be…

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