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A Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati for Credit Card Money? Be Afraid, Very Afraid...

On: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Andrew W Davis

See an old Rolls and run!

There’s a joke that goes, “Do you want to know the easiest way to make a small fortune? Start with a big one.” And it just so happens that there are very few ways to do that faster than buying an aged exotic automobile at auction and then trying to keep it looking/running as-new.

Yes, a Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati can be had for MasterCard money. Just make sure none are ever sold to you.

Sure, these cars were lovingly assembled and packed to the rafters with only the finest in leathers, woods, and wools, but these businesses know from long experience that exotic cars—like any other rich persons’ fashion items—are not meant to be used year after year; it’s all about what’s new, next and never, ever used.

What it means for you, however, is that you can spend a pittance on purchasing a ride that will allow you to—honestly—tell others that you own a Mercedes, a Maserati or even a Rolls-Royce. [Just remember: The operative term here—as I will show you—is “tell”. This is a trio of funds-hungry vampires just waiting to bankrupt you in a thousand different ways, and they will impress no one that even glances at them…]

Seven Tips for Automatic Transmission Care

On: Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:05PM | By: Bill Wilson

The modern automatic transmission is perhaps the most complex system in today’s motor vehicles, more complicated than even most engines. Fortunately, ensuring that it lasts as long as possible is comparatively simple. Here’s a look at seven easy tips that will help you to get more miles and less trouble from this all-important part of your car.

Mecum's Anaheim Sale Shows You Can Be a Big-time, Old-school Baller on an Itty-bitty Modern Minicar Budget

On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:19PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by Author

You, I am afraid, are more than likely a dork.

What do you drive? Some middling import toss-away? An American econobox you think’s cool ‘cause it has a tea tray bolted to its decklid? Look: I’ll bet you my salary for this article if you could pick your car out of a lot filled with a thousand random machines.

I could. In a heartbeat. She’s a 19-foot-long wood-sided station wagon, low and wide, and with just enough chrome to make a Chris Craft boat builder wish they could take credit for her design. Sure, I and the gentlemen at the local Shell station are on a first-name basis, but so many people stop me just to express their admiration for her still existing while memories are all that’s left of her assembly-line sisters that $80 fill-ups are always worth it.

Now station wagons may not be your thing, but that doesn’t exclude you from the Sub-$4k Cool Old Car Club I just started. All you need is a sub-$4k vehicle in great shape inside and out—including relatively as-new performance—a budget of about ten times that (often every month) to refuel and “fiddle” with it (and an AAA card when “fiddling” doesn’t suffice, which it NEVER does). But, hey, nobody ever said supreme coolness came cheap…

Why You Should Drive A Car That You Like

On: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:04PM | By: Nick Bakewell

The world today is full of cars. So full, in fact, that we’ve altered it to suit the car, rather than altering the car to suit it: look at how many tunnels we’ve bored through mountains or forests we’ve demolished to make roads. It may, in fact, be the only thing that remains just as essential to the running and progress of the human race as the computer. This post is aimed at Americans in particular, but that’s not to say that it can’t apply to you if you live elsewhere.


Six Tips for Cleaning your Car's Interior

On: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 7:42AM | By: Bill Wilson

Cars are more than a means to get from one place to another. Nowadays they also serve as social centers, study halls, and even dining areas. That’s why it’s so common to find ketchup, soda, and other stains on auto interiors. 

Fortunately, most of these marks can be removed with a little elbow grease and some common cleaning products. So here are some tips for keeping your vehicle’s interior looking great.

Your Right Foot and Your Bank Balance: Driving Economically

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:29AM | By: Nick Bakewell

These are trying times for those of us fortunate enough to be able to drive cars (it may be a necessity, but it’s not a right); the modern motorist is beset from all sides by inquisitions and assailants. We’re told that our cars are singularly responsible for the planet’s impending death by asphyxiation, that cars as a whole are more dangerous to the human populace than all world wars combined, that cars are the primary contributor to the proliferation of obesity, etc, etc. The list goes on, and while some of that may or may not be true, one issue plaguing the modern driver is readily apparent: the cost of fuel.

In Defense of Small Cars

On: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 4:38PM | By: Nick Bakewell

If you’re among the particular subgroup of people for whom driving can be more than just a necessity, then you probably hanker after a car with “sporty” qualities. Something like a BMW M3 or a Mistubishi Evo. The problem that you’re inevitably faced with, however, is that sporty cars tend to be expensive; automakers levy a “performance tax”, if you will, on the keen driver, and you end up paying not just the dealer, but the insurance company, a premium for the privilege of sharp handling and roaring, snorting engine noises. Even at the bottom of the chart, your least expensive options are things like the Mazda MX-5, Subaru BRZ or Ford Focus ST, all of which will run you $25k at the very least, and for a lot of people, especially in my age group (and let’s face it, the younger you are, the faster you probably want to go), that’s just too much. Allow me, then, to posit a solution that obviates the need for a single purchase in favor of a simple attitude adjustment.

Tips For Selling Your Vehicle

On: Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 9:05AM | By: Nick Bakewell

With the exception of classics, very few people ever buy a car with the intention of keeping it forever. Car ownership is, as a whole, a series of temporary stewardships. We buy, we own, and then after a few years, we sell. If we've worked hard and been successful, then maybe we'll trade up a bit. It's why no one buys cars with highlighter yellow exteriors and fuschia interiors; who's going to buy that five or six years down the line?

Want To Get 150 MPG? Here's How Hypermilers Do It

On: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:45PM | By: Bill Wilson

Drivers have been complaining about high gas prices ever since automobiles were invented. Yet, when it comes to doing something about fuel costs, Americans are long on talk and short on action. That may be why unleaded costs well over $3.00 a gallon across the country. 

Fortunately, there are some ways you can get more out of each drop of petroleum. These methods go beyond the usual advice about staying inside the speed limits and keeping your tires properly inflated. They’ve been developed over the past 10 years by a group of people who call themselves hypermilers. By following their tips, you can greatly increase the distance you go on a tank of gas. Some drivers double their current MPG by using these suggestions. Here they are.

How To Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

On: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:22AM | By: Bill Wilson

Labor Day us almost upon us, and some parts of the country are already feeling the first cool breezes of fall. Autumn is a great time for raking leaves, getting ready for the holidays, and enjoying the spectacular beauty of the season. It’s also perfect for getting your car or truck ready for the coming winter. Here’s a look at how to make sure your vehicle runs trouble-free throughout the cold months ahead.

Clean Your Interior for a Faster Sell or to Impress at Car Shows

On: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 7:52AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

When your car's interior is a mess, it can be very difficult to sell it at a good price. Keeping a clean interior will help maintain a higher re-sell value and turn heads. Here are some of my personal interior detailing tips I learned through many years of cleaning my own interior and helping friends get their cars show ready.