Month: June 2017

Kids in the car? It is possible to have fun on a long road trip

Most of the websites I review regularly are auto-industry related. Shocker, I know. But, when I need a break from my everyday routine, I love to peruse iMOM.com. Why? Because in addition to getting some real-life, every day, down-to-earth information about mom-related car stuff, it’s very entertaining. Take, for example, their best April Fools’ Day pranks to play on your kids. Who needs to wait for April Fools’ Day to roll around? I’m thinking any random Monday works at our house. Maybe even a Tuesday. It’s also a great place to find the best water games to play this summer. And reading about them gives you the edge for not being the first one soaked. I think. But one of my favorites is their road trip ideas. My husband and I like to take road trips. Our daughter, not so much. Making our family time in the car more entertaining is a challenge – one for which iMOM.com has convinced me I can take on with no problem. For example, at the start of a road trip, try giving each kid a one-time use camera and some simple instructions like: Take pictures of anything you want as long as they’re taken during this road trip. Later, when you retrieve the prints from wherever you dropped off the cameras for processing … Read More

Great used vehicles for under $10,000

The thought of buying a used vehicle can send chills up the spine of some car shoppers. Don’t even go down the road of buying an older or high-mileage car. That could cause instant heartburn. But the hard, cold truth is, not everyone can afford a new vehicle. Nor is a new vehicle appropriate or necessary for every situation. Luckily, there are used vehicles in many different price ranges to suit a buyer’s needs. In a recent article, Best 10-year-old cars for less than $10,000, Autoblog.com included the 2007 editions of three FCA US vehicles – the Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Jeep® Grand Cherokee. If you’re in the market for a full-sized sedan, but not looking for a full-sized sticker price, Autoblog senior editor Greg Migliore says you can’t go wrong with a used Chrysler 300. “The 2007 Chrysler 300 remains a solid choice for used car buyers with an enthusiast bent. In an era when weak four-and-six-cylinder engines were common,” Migliore points out, “the 300 offered a 340-horsepower variant, reinforcing a performance halo for Chrysler that it still relies on today. Even a decade later, the design holds up inside and out – you won’t be embarrassed to pull up to the valet in a nicely maintained 300.” Remember the Dodge Magnum? It was only made for model … Read More