Category Archives: Buying A Car

What are the true costs of buying a new car?

What are the true costs of a buying new car vs. maintaining your current vehicle? You might be surprised at the answer. Don’t just take our word for it or that of the new car salesperson but review the facts about the costs associated with buying a new car before you take that leap of faith. The average new car price has jumped in recent years. Kelly Blue Book analysts reported earlier this year the estimated average transaction price for U.S. light vehicles as $34,428 in December 2015. That’s a $297 (0.9%) jump vs. the same period the previous year. … Continue reading

‘When car is dirty, drive into the car wash’ and other ‘helpful’ tips from car owner’s manuals

Does your car's owner's manual contain any of these helpful gems?

Have you ever joked about some consumer warnings that seem blatantly obvious? We’re thinking of the very cautious, “Don’t use the hairdryer in the bathtub,” or the reminder for those who didn’t excel in Home Ec, “Remove cardboard from pizza before placing in oven.” It seems carmakers have jumped on the bandwagon and are dumming down their vehicle owner’s manuals. “If the windshield is covered with snow, remove the snow,” advises the manual for a 2014 Subaru Outback. A bit later in the whopping 254-page manual, you’ll find these helpful instructions: “To sound the horn, push the horn pad.” Jim … Continue reading

Buying a used car? 3 reasons to schedule a pre-purchase inspection

A regular inspection at Auto Lab in Libertyville is cheap insurance

Question: We’re looking for a reliable used vehicle in Lake Forest for our daughter, who’s going to be taking it to college this fall. We’re looking at cars that are just 3-4 years old with 50,000 – 60,000 miles on them. Is there still a need for a used vehicle inspection? Answer: Yes, absolutely. Why? Reason #1: A pre-purchase inspection is cheap insurance. For $75, one of our ASE-Certified Master Technicians will inspect the car from bumper to bumper to determine the overall condition of the car, what (if any) auto repairs are needed, and what preventive maintenance is due … Continue reading