Car Ownership

News and tips related to being an automobile driver and owner

Holiday shopping made easy

It seems like most of the articles I read lately begin with some version of “It’s that time of year. …” To me, that can only mean one thing – shopping. Oh, yay!? Shopping ranks right up there with things like having to change a light bulb. It doesn’t really brighten my day. Luckily, like many people, online shopping has made my life much easier. … Read More

Do you need winter tires?

Driving through winter landscapes can be breathtaking, but the cold hard truth is that it often poses extra risks. One of the things you can do to prepare your vehicle for a safe journey is to equip it with winter tires. However, when is that really necessary? If you’re driving in temperatures that are in the low 40 degrees Fahrenheit and below then winter tires, … Read More

Why you should maintain your vehicle

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, or someone who has retired many vehicles over the years, you probably know that acquiring a new ride is just one step in the life of car ownership. Driving off the lot and into the years ahead, part of your “job” as auto owner is making sure you keep your vehicle in optimum running condition. Not to mention avoiding any … Read More

Best states for car enthusiasts

Buying your first car can feel like a rite of passage, and that special moment is something many of us get to enjoy. With 289 million vehicles on the road and 17 million vehicles bought each year, it’s clear America is a car-loving country. From car clubs where enthusiasts can congregate and compare rides to racetracks to watch the latest NASCAR, IndyCar and other races, … Read More

How much does owning a car really cost?

Does this sound familiar? Your tires are getting worn, so you get all new tires for your vehicle. Shortly thereafter, new brakes. And then, upon returning home from the brake shop, your insurance bill for the next six months just happens to be in the mailbox. Fabulous. More than just the initial price Vehicle ownership is much more than the initial purchase and fuel costs. … Read More

Our top 10 tailgating tips and tricks

With the arrival of autumn, comes many of our favorite things. Leaves changing color, fall flavors and scents, cooler weather, and oh yes, football. There’s something about the first kickoff under Friday night lights that perfectly ushers in this time of year. Then there’s the college games making for wonderful Saturdays. And NFL games on Sunday. And Monday. And Thursday. Lots of opportunities to embrace … Read More

When to expect your title after paying off an auto loan

You’ve made your final vehicle payment – congratulations! That is an exciting step as a vehicle owner, and one you should be proud of. Now, you may be wondering when you’ll receive your title. Great question! Let’s take a look at the journey your title is about to take on its way to you. Ensure your information is updated Have you moved or otherwise updated … Read More

What is a car title?

A car title is one of the most important documents you’ll sign when you purchase a vehicle. It establishes you as the vehicle’s legal owner and is often used for the vehicle to be registered and for ownership to be transferred. The title is issued by the state where you live. And while information included on the document can vary between states, you’ll generally see … Read More

Summer is here. Is your vehicle ready?

Ahhh, summertime. Warmer weather, barbecues, flip-flops and swimming pools. This time of year, people across the United States typically load up the car and hit the highway to enjoy one of the great traditions of the season … the road trip. Prepare for happy travels As you head out this year, be sure you don’t get stuck with maintenance issues in the middle of your … Read More

Safest States for Student Drivers

It is estimated by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) that it takes most people 45 hours of lessons to learn how to drive, plus an additional 22 hours of practicing on average. As young drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years old account for around 6.4% (13.3 million) of total drivers on the road, we have decided to investigate which states … Read More