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Leasing vs. Owning a New Car: Which is Better for You?

Leasing vs. Owning a New Car: Which is Better for You?

  Photo by Nikola Johnny Mirkovic on Unsplash When the time comes to get a new car, the typical path for most consumers is to get a loan, trade an old car in, and buy a vehicle outright. Many consumers will tell you that leasing a new car also offers some desirable advantages. But which option is best?  The answer is, keep your current car repaired! This is a terrible economy to have to take on a car loan or even a lease. Invest in keeping your current vehicle to last as long as possible. But when that's not possible, you must find that option that is best for YOU. The pros and cons of buying vs. leasing will not boil down to one single choice. Rather, the decision you make should take into consideration all the var ... read more

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How to Figure Out if Your Car is Worth Keeping

When money is tight, most car owners opt to maintain the car they have rather than buy a new one. But, if the car they currently have isn’t worth keeping, the desire for a new car or a “new” used car grows. When looking at all factors in a logical sense, not an emotional sense, how do you figure out if your car is worth keeping? If you have an emotional attachment to purchasing or leasing a newer vehicle, that’s fine. We get it. New or “new” cars are appealing! They are clean. They smell good. They look brighter and shinier. They hold the promise of a better experience. We understand all of this. Emotions are what drives people (no pun intended) to acquire a new vehicle. But let’s look at your current car from a logical perspective. Is it worth keeping? Here are some questions to ask yourself about your current vehicle:   Is it reliable? If not, what would it take to improve its dependability? Does it function well for you, your fami ... read more

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How to Beat The Heat in Your Vehicle This Summer

How to Beat The Heat in Your Vehicle This Summer

Photo by Felipe Galvan on Unsplash Yay, June! Summer is here and a lot of us are motivated to get outside more while also following social distancing guidelines. Now that we are allowed to go enjoy state parks, golf courses, hunting, and fishing, so many of us are excited to travel this Summer. If you plan to hit the road to go hiking, golfing, fishing, or hunting, that’s great. Chances are good we may see you out there as well...at least 6-feet apart. But before you finalize your travel plans, we have a couple of suggestions on how to beat the heat in your vehicle this Summer. Get a complete safety check. A lot of our friends and neighbors haven’t been driving their cars as frequently or as long as they did in the pre-COVID ... read more

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Possible Road Trip Ideas Around Seattle After COVID Lockdowns End

Possible Road Trip Ideas Around Seattle After COVID Lockdowns End

Possible Road Trip Ideas Around Seattle After COVID Lockdowns End With our beautiful backyard, there are so many places to adventure to and dream of visiting. Let's take a look at some of the highlights within 150 miles of us. The beautiful San Juan islands are simply glorious. If you have the time to make the trip, you truly will be glad that you did. Once you are out of the city and crossing the twin bridges over to Fidalgo Island, on your way to Anacortes, you will feel the difference in the air. There is something about the islands that feels magical. Taking the time to smell the salt air and ride a ferry over to a quiet island is a unique experience. Do you like mountains and lakes? Orcas is the island for you if you love rugged beaches and tranquil pastureland, Lopez is the place to go if you love lighthouses and a little nightlife, be sure to stay on San Juan. Do you love bridges? Thinking a little sun and a case of keeping it weird is just what the doctor ordered, head t ... read more

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How To Turn Off Those Pesky Lights On Your Dashboard

How To Turn Off Those Pesky Lights On Your Dashboard

How To Turn Off Those Pesky Lights On Your Dashboard Seeing a check engine light on, lighting up your dashboard causes a disconcerting feeling that often overwhelms and brings up a lot of racing questions through your mind. Is there something seriously wrong with your car? Is the repair going to be expensive? Is your vehicle safe to drive? The fact of the matter is that there are a couple of steps you can take to see if the light turns off before calling on the professionals. It is essential to know what your dash lights mean. They come in a variety of colors, ranging from yellow to orange and red. Each dash light has a different meaning. There are lights on your dash notify you of your brakes, your lights, fuel, traction control, airbags, tires, low oil, engine temperature, check engine, and so many other things. It is a good idea to sit down with your owner’s manual and become familiar with what each dash light means on your car. If you have a check engine light turn on, the ... read more

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