If you’ve ever leased or financed a car, you may have been offered GAP insurance. And, if you’re like me, you may have turned it down—because it’s usually presented along with all the other upsells, like VIN etching, undercoating, and interior protection. But GAP coverage is actually one of the upsells that makes a lot... Continue Reading →
Buying a used car has a lot of advantages—it saves you from the dreaded new car depreciation that hits most cars as soon as you drive off the lot, and it generally makes the car you want a lot more affordable than if you bought it new. It also means that the car you’re buying... Continue Reading →
Few things are as unsettling as the sudden illumination of one of those colorful little lights on our dash. Because that usually means trouble. But most of the time it’s hard to know what kind of trouble, exactly. On top of that, when it really comes down to it… how many of us actually know... Continue Reading →
As car technology improves, insulation, materials, and engine design have also gotten better—which means there’s a lot less noise in the cabin. Less road and engine noise is generally desirable and associated with luxury and higher-end cars. Generally. But certain types of drivers, in certain types of cars, actually want to hear some engine and... Continue Reading →
Gas prices in general seem to always be going up. In May 2021, they reached a 7-year high. But there are fluctuations with each month, day, and even hour. Here are some things to know about gas prices to help you understand the trends and hopefully buy at times that will cost you a little... Continue Reading →
If you have a black car, or even a dark-colored car, you know that keeping it clean can be a full-time job. And even when you spend hours washing and painstakingly polishing it… you’re usually left with swirl marks. It’s enough to drive a slightly obsessive car owner crazy. There are always new car washing... Continue Reading →
The color of your car is a little bit like your wardrobe—it’s an expression of your style. Maybe you just picked something neutral like silver or white, out of practicality—because it’s easy to keep looking clean. Or maybe you chose it very deliberately, to make a statement, like a lava orange or alien green. If... Continue Reading →
Ever wonder whether you really should get that supplemental rental car insurance? In some cases, it might be a good idea...
You’ve probably heard people refer to ‘book value’ when talking about a car’s price. The ‘book’ they’re talking about is usually the Kelley Blue Book.
One question we get a lot here at TRED is 'can I get out of a car lease?' The answer is: yes—and in the current market, just about everyone should be able to sell their car for more than the buyout price. Wherever they are in their lease. In ‘normal’ times, if you had negotiated... Continue Reading →