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Buying a Used Car 101

The other day I shared a post about how my husband and I love to buy used vehicles, and wrote a little about why we think it’s a great way to go.

Buying a used car can be intimidating, though. If you’ve never bought a car before, it might seem easier to just buy a new one – but if you shop at a reputable dealership and ask the right questions, buying a used car is not a big deal at all, and it just might help you get a great bargain in the process.

I wrote a post over on the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota blog all about questions to ask when you’re purchasing a used vehicle. One question I always ask?

Can I see service records? Find out if the car received regular oil changes and tune-ups; if any parts that wear down over time have been replaced. You want to make sure the used car you’re purchasing has been taken care of so you don’t have unforeseen problems down the road.

Find out my top question that you should always ask by checking out my guest post!


Buying Used Vehicles: Yea or Nay?

If you’re considering buying a used vehicle and are asked me whether you should or not, you’d get a resounding yes. We’ve owned 8 vehicles between the two of us, and six of those have been used.

We love buying used cars. When you purchase from a good dealership, you know the vehicle will have been thoroughly inspected for any potential problems. And you know that you’ll get much more vehicle for your money, too. If you love the idea of having a navigation system but can’t swing the cost of it as an added feature in a new vehicle, buying a used car with the navigation system is a perfect solution.

I wrote a guest post over on the Fletcher Chrysler blog all about why you should buy used vehicles. Here’s one reason:

Less depreciation of value. A new car can depreciate about 30% in value within the first year you own it, but if you buy a one-year-old car you can take advantage of getting a lower price and minimizing your loss of value.

For more reasons to buy used vehicles, go check out my guest post!

How To: DIY Oil Change With Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Oil

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DIYOilChange #CollectiveBias

There are lots of lessons that parents want to pass along to their kids – one of those life skills is changing your own oil. It’s something I’ve got to admit I didn’t know how to do until recently, when Brian taught our oldest son and I tagged along to watch – and to take pictures, so I could share a how-to with you, too!

First, you’ve got to make sure you’re equipped with all the necessary tools. As you might guess, oil is pretty key to have. We headed to AutoZone and picked up some Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Oil.  We decided to give this oil a try because we’d heard geat things about the complete protection it provides. No other leading motor oil provides better protection from friction, and we wanted to use  high-quality oil that has been specially designed to give our engine complete protection.




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Safelite Windshield Replacement is the Ultimate Convenience

Note: We received a windshield replacement to facilitate our review. We were not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are our own. 

Our city seems to do road work on a regular basis – which I appreciate, and all, except that there’s often loose gravel on the freeway, and our minivan has been a magnet for it. Our windshield is the prime target, and we had five cracks on various places across the glass, including one spot that had spread quite a bit (confession: that crack’s been there for over a year). We’d been putting off getting the cracks fixed because we felt like we just didn’t have time to go in and get it taken care of – little did we know we could’ve used a service like Safelite to get it fixed conveniently.

Since we’d let our windshield accumulate cracks, and since one of the cracks was spreading to the edge of the windshield, it was a better idea to go ahead and get our entire windshield replaced. Travis from Safelite came right out to our office building, new windshield in tow.


Here’s where I feel like I ought to include a public service announcement: Did you know that your windshield might be heated without you ever realizing that? It can! We had no clue ours was heated because there’s not a button to turn the feature on; it’s automatic when we turn on the front defroster. So when Safelite asked me if we had a heated windshield, I said no. Whoops!

Luckily Travis was extremely gracious about having to order a different windshield and reschedule a time for the replacement.

When he came back, he showed us the process of repairing a crack before he replaced the windshield, and it really made me wish we hadn’t put off repair for so long. It takes about 10-20 minutes for Safelite to repair cracks, and they come right to your home or place of business so it couldn’t be easier.  You can see below our crack before and the windshield afterward, along with a few steps of the process along the way:

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