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Not Enough Parking is such a pain

Tweet I declined to join my friends for a happy hour last night because, well, I didn’t want to deal with the parking. Let me explain: this particular bar has a reputation for having a horrible parking situation. There isn’t enough parking (or there are too many cars, depending on your point of view)… anywhere […]

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Meet Our New Baby, er, Car!

Tweet CB and I are now the proud owners of a brand-new 2013 Honda Civic LX Sedan in Taffeta White. She is so pretty that she positively gleams. Our BABY! I first started thinking about a new car last summer, but a big reason for the delay is my dread of going to car dealerships! […]

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Talk Me Out of Getting More Car Than I Need

Tweet One of the best piece of advice for would-be car buyers is: do not buy more car than you need. Auto costs are a big part of many Americans’ budget, and if you purchase a car you can’t afford, you can drive yourself into the poorhouse (har har har, pun intended!) I thought I […]

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My Tips to Having a Good Test Drive at Car Dealerships

Tweet This past weekend, aside from a lovely Mother’s Day dim sum trip with my parents, comprised of hopping from one car dealership to another, test-driving cars. So far, CB and I have driven the following: Honda Fit Nissan Versa Fiat 500 Honda Civic Mazda3 Ford Fusion Honda Accord Here are some tips I’ve realized […]

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Mega commutes: painful but (somewhat) avoidable?

Tweet Studies have long shown that a long commute is one of the most stressful experiences in a workers’ day. The unpredictability, the lack of control over the situation…it all contributes to deep unhappiness and/or severe road-rage that extreme commuters have all faced at one time or another. Slate just came out with an interactive graph […]

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I NEED a Car… Now, New or Used?

Tweet When I first moved to School City, my intention was to NOT buy a car. I even canceled my auto insurance and AAA membership. Now that I’ve been settling in for a week or so, I’ve realized that while going car-free is technically feasible, it’s not very fun. Or even practical. I don’t think there’s […]

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Living Without A Car: Am I Crazy?

Tweet Living in Southern California and having a 35-mile commute means that I drive. A lot. So one of the things I am most looking forward to graduate school is to living close to campus and trying out the car-free lifestyle for a couple of years. Until I got into the awesome school I am […]

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Dear Old Car: 250,000+ Miles and Going Strong

Tweet The picture says it all, no? In case you can’t tell, I am driving an old car with flaming Sweet Sixteen candles on top of it, crossing over the 250,000 miles banner. The car is also disproportionally big compared to the driver. My 1996 Honda Accord sedan is running strong, running long after sixteen […]

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My First Car Accident

Tweet For the first time since I’ve gotten my license in 2003, I got into a car accident. Worse of all, I was at fault. Chalk it up to a case of stop-and-go traffic, a sudden braking by the cars in front of me, and my look down to change the radio station to country […]

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Red Light Camera Tickets: Don’t Pay if You are in LA

Tweet Want to really get drivers worked up? Just ask them about expensive tickets issued as a result of those ubiquotous cameras above traffic lights. THEN tell them that they didn’t actually have to pay the fine. Apparently, red light camera tickets, are really just… voluntary. According to a Los Angeles Times article: City officials this […]

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Carmageddon 2011

Tweet If you live in Southern California (or maybe if you even live outside of the area), you probably have heard about Carmageddon – a heavily trafficked stretch of the I-405 will be closed between the I-10 and I-101 for this weekend. The I-405 is the basic artery of north-south traffic on in West Los […]

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Giving Friend Money For Car Accident

Tweet This weekend I spent some wonderful time with a very good girl friend whom I haven’t seen since 2009. We had a blast eating, sight-seeing, eating, and eating some more. Through a series of unfortunate events, however, my friend’s car got damaged and she had to spend over $300 for a tow and two […]

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The High Cost of Free Parking

Tweet Do you have a car? Do you pay under $100 a month to park your car? If so, chances are you are enjoying an effective subsidy.  And by “you,” I am also talking about me. I have never thought much about the cost of parking (except when I had to valet my car in […]

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Modern Necessities: But I Need It!

Tweet In life, there are luxuries then there are necessities. The true necessities are a certain level of food of appropriate nutritional value, health care, clothing, and shelter. But in a middle-class existence in a developed country, what we deem as “necessary” has a much broader scope than basic subsistence. Here are several modern conveniences […]

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Buy New Car vs. Keep Old Car

Tweet Possible new car purchase? When it comes to the buy new car vs. keep old car dilemma, the financially prudent answer seems to always lean towards the latter. Of course, a new car is a significant drain on one’s monthly cash flow, but when is the right time to finally buy a new car? […]

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Joint Car Insurance Policy Between Unmarried Couples

Tweet CB and I discussed the possibility of us combining our car insurance policies once we move in together. As it does with many unmarried couples, it took us some time and research (and discussions) to decide how we wanted to proceed. I actually couldn’t find too much information on joint car policy for unmarried […]

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Moving vs. Not Moving: Where I Prize Life Over Money

Tweet Thank you everyone for your input on the dream apartment vs. shorter commute dilemma … the moving vs. not moving camps are surprisingly equal (or so it seemed to me), with many more people than I would’ve thought encouraging me to give staying in my dream apartment a try. I was also surprised to […]

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