My Honda Accord

My current vehicle is a leased one. There are a few reasons for this. I didn’t always lease, however. I owned a car for many years. The one I owned was a Honda Accord. There’s one reason I don’t still drive it. It broke!

At the time, it was right around 10 years old. I purchased it in late 2006, in Pensacola, FL. A few months later, I drove it all the way up to Virginia, where I’ve been since. The car was always reliable. Honda vehicle is known for that. Well, I should say that they are reliable only if the owner takes care of them. They don’t even need extensive maintenance. But there are a few minor things that are a must.

I remember the day I purchase my Accord. It looks brand new, even though it was 4 years old. The day was sunny and it was Fall. I had never purchased a car before. I was ecstatic! For the first months, I would clean it meticulously. Over time I became a bit busier with a full-time job and school.

I would always change the oil before the oil ran out. In the later years, sometimes I would wait until the red light blinked letting me know to take the car in. But now I know that it’s too late to do that! During one of my oil changes, they also inspect the vehicle. They told me I needed to change the timing belt. This is the main belt that goes through the engine. I wanted to save money and declined. I believe the price was about $150. Well, later that year, or next, the timing belt broke. With it, the engine was destroyed because of the snapping of the timing belt. Oops!

Yes, I learned my lesson. I’ll never decline regular maintenance again. Because I’m leasing now, I get a new vehicle every 2-3 years. I don’t have to worry about it breaking down. That being said, if I ever own again, I’ll make sure to take great care of my vehicle!

The College Car

When I was in college my car was not flashy. It was not necessarily a jalopy either. But it was not expensive I drove a minivan from the early 1990s and I am not ashamed to admit that!

For a college student even having a car at all is a big deal. Not everyone has one. Many students in larger cities simply use public transportation to get around. Some students have bikes which will get them around for free. Other options these days are ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft.

Does a college student need a car? That would depend on whatever goes in during their college years. For example, someone with a college job might need a car to get to work. Other times, college job can be found in and around campus. Smart students can earn money through tutoring, especially in subjects such as math, business, or economics.

The college student should know that there are many costs which come with having a car. First, the person needs car insurance. This might be somewhere around $70 a month. Then, they need to save up to pay for gas. This might be somewhere around $50 a month, given the current states of inexpensive gas. They also need to remember about regular oil changes. Don’t forget the state inspection and registration fees. Oh, and there’s also car property tax if your state has that. Cars aren’t cheap for a college student! And most college students have strict budgets.

Maybe that’s why I had a minivan throughout college. I didn’t mind it. I was just happy I had something to bring me from Point A to Point B. Some students did not have that luxury. For those that did not, they were always happy if they could find a ride with someone.

6 things you should do before buying a car

Buying a car is still a tough task. There are unscrupulous salesmen who are always ready to take advantage of uninformed or inexperienced customers. But there are some simple things you can do to avoid getting duped and buy the car you want at the best possible price.

 

Here are some of the top things you should do before buying a new or used car.

 

Check Your Credit Score

 

Finding out your credit score in advance is quite helpful. Knowing your credit score gives you an advantage in negotiations and potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This way, you don’t have to let the dealers run their credit. Besides, if there is an error on your credit score, you can fix it in advance.

 

Plan For Financing

 

Before visiting any dealership, plan your budget and financing. Find out an estimate of how much money you will need and how much monthly payment you can afford. Find out all the available auto loans and check whether or not you qualify for it.

 

Research Different Cars

 

Research all the cars that you are interested in before visiting any dealer. Never go to the dealership unprepared. Here, the internet will be of great help to you. Just searching on google will help you find the best cars and all the information about them. Take your time to compare different cars and decide which one you want to buy based on the features, model, price, style and other factors.

 

Know The Trade In Value

 

This is also something you should do before going to the dealership. You can’t trust the car dealers to give you a good offer. If you have a trade-in, find out what it is worth in advance so you can know whether or not you got a good offer. You can also sell your trade-in separately in a private sell to get the most out of it.

 

Research The Dealership

 

This is something that is ignored by 90% of car buyers. Before visiting a dealership, go on the internet and look up their reviews and ratings. Ask the past customers about their experience with the dealership. This will save you a lot of trouble later because if the dealership is bad, you will know in advance and it is important because this is one of the best ways to avoid getting ripped off when buying a car.

 

Compare Prices

 

It is important to get all the price information from the dealers in advance. Go to multiple dealerships and compare prices of different dealers. By doing this, there is a good chance that you will get the best possible price for your car. This also will help you in negotiation and will save you a lot of money.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Shopping for a car can be overwhelming, but with the right knowledge, you can do it more confidently and minimize the regrets you might have. Now you know what to do whenever you are planning to buy a car for yourself.

 

Good Luck!

The Favorite Car

Everyone has a favorite car. And by favorite, I don’t mean they have a poster of this car on their bedroom wall. They don’t need to fantasize about driving the car. They don’t even need to be a “car lover”. However, there is one car that people like the best.

For many people, their favorite car is the one they own. This is great! Expectations are met. For others, perhaps their favorite car is one they’ve never seen in person!

Consider the Aston Martin Vanquish. This is a James Bond car! Ever since I saw the vehicle in the movie “Die Another Day” I always wanted one. There is only one problem with me owning a Vanquish. Yes, I have my driver’s license. That is not the issue. The issue for me is a choice I’d have to make. What do I want more, a house, or an Aston Martin Vanquish? I chose the house like most people do. The price of a 2017 Vanquish is $287,000.

It’s been awhile since I looked at the Vanquish. What a beautiful work of art that car is. I’m not normally one to fantasize about driving a car. However, the Vanquish is making me want to take it for a test drive! I’m not even sure if a test drive would be free with that particular car.

Other cars, in the past, have been part of my favorites list. When I was in high school, I used to like the Porsche Boxster. There was also a period of time I liked the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4. The difference between the VR-4 and the Vanquish is only about $280,000!

To learn more about my favorite car, check out the video below about the Vanquish. After watching it, the Vanquish might be your new favorite car too!

Welcome to the Challenger Blog!

Every story starts with a beginning but not every story has an ending. This blog is based on my love of cars, specifically Dodge Challengers. My infatuation with Challengers was inspired by NCIS (the tv show). I dreamed of owning a sports car just like the ones Gibbs fearlessly drove. This blog is dedicated to my nostalgic memories of childlike activities and my dreams of future accomplishments. I am not there yet, but I will update this blog and YOU on my daily steps in getting there. Welcome and Enjoy 🙂