4 Safe Used Cars for Teenagers (Plus a Few Free Tips)

Are you planning on buying a car this fall for your high-schooler? Having a car is a rite of passage for teenagers yet can be a source of stress for parents. It means less ferrying them around but more worrying when they’re late. (Did they have an accident or are they just goofing off with friends?)

We can’t help you with the challenges of parenting teenagers but we can help you find a safe used car for them to drive.

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The Alarmingly High Costs of Putting Off Low-Cost Car Maintenance

It can be easy to ignore small issues with your car when that car continues to function, even if you know the repair will be inexpensive. After all, sometime soon you’re going to make time and set that appointment, right? However, there are a few car repairs that people delay out of lack of urgency, only to discover the small repair evolve into a more expensive and frustrating fix. When you know that cheap car maintenance is within your reach, make sure you do it!

Here are some of the hidden costs you might incur when putting off common car problems.

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Brake Pads

Brake pads wear down gradually, so it can be tempting to get all you can out of them. However, besides the obvious danger of driving without sufficiently functioning brakes, wearing completely through your brake pads can eventually impact your wallet, too. Continue reading “The Alarmingly High Costs of Putting Off Low-Cost Car Maintenance”

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Used Cars in 2018

Used-car sales have been up since 2015 thanks to a growing U.S. economy, according to PR Newswire. More used than new cars have been finding new owners, and folks who study trends don’t think that’s likely to change in 2018. Of course, the debate of new vs. used cars isn’t just dependent on factors like how well the economy is doing, or the trends in automotive manufacturing; sometimes it’s just about the benefits of buying a used car.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider going pre-owned in 2018.

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5 Unique Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Garage

Now that the winter is winding down, it’s time for spring cleaning fever! And what better place to start than your garage? Whether you need more space for your car or simply want to get rid of some old tools, sprucing up and organizing your garage is a perfect weekend activity. Plus, the results can be magical. Here are our spring cleaning tips for your garage, so your car can finally be a part of the household—somewhat.

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How Will Self-Driving Cars Affect the Used Car Market?

Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality. While Elon Musk predicts fully self-driving vehicles within two years, others suggest that it might be longer, but most people close to the technology and car industry are talking about when, not if, the switch will occur.

This advancement is going to bring widespread change to a lot of people and companies. Cities and states are preparing their legislative guidelines for the needs of an autonomous reality, and industries that currently use drivers are thinking through what these changes will mean for them. One area that is certainly going to be impacted is the car industry. While we can’t completely predict the future, we can look at trends and data to make some observations about the likely impact the self-driving car is going to have on manufacturers and car dealerships.

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What’s the Difference Between Horsepower & Torque?

You often see them listed as one spec — X horsepower and X pound-feet of torque. But what does that mean, really? Is one more important when it comes to MPH? How do they relate?

If you’re a car aficionado, you’re probably laughing by now, but the truth is that many average car buyers don’t fully understand the differences between HP and torque. Sure, they see that the bigger number is usually better, but that’s not always the case!

So, for the benefit of all our non-motorhead readers, here’s what these terms are really telling you about a particular car’s performance.

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The Best Vehicles with High Resale Values

You always want to make sure you receive the best value for anything you purchase, and that includes vehicles. While some vehicles hold their value very well—mostly due to dependability, safety features, spaciousness, and fuel efficiency—others aren’t so lucky. Here’s a list of the new(er) models that have high resale values.

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7 Christmas Gifts That Breathe New Life Into Old Cars

It might seem like a long way off, but before you know it, those vivid leaves littering the ground will be covered with freshly fallen snow. Yes—it’s the gift-giving season! If your friends and family members are driving around in older vehicles, they’re sure to appreciate these unique car gifts to spruce up their rides. Check ‘em out!


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Budget-Friendly 2017 Halloween Events near Blue Springs, MO

Hello, local Blue Springs-ians! The Halloween season is right around the corner, and even if you’re on a fairly strict budget this fall, there are several free or cheap festive holiday options around Kansas City and right here in Blue Springs for you and your family to enjoy! Check these out, and you won’t have to break the bank this Halloween.

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