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What they DON’T want you to know about buying used cars!

This post is a sponsored post, however my opinions are my own. Always.

Don't Buy Another Used Car Without Reading This First

Finding a new previously loved vehicle can be a pain.  Especially if you are buying out of necessity and need to get one quickly!  We recently had that experience and I can give you a pretty decent list of things I should have done differently.  Humorously, with the knowledge I’m sharing with you below, I could have saved a lot of time and troubles.  Go figure.  On the bright side, I shouldn’t make the same mistake again.  Well, we will probably make the buying out of necessity mistake again, but not the rest!

Here’s Some Great Things to Know BEFORE You Buy:

The statute of limitations on vehicle, according to the NHTSA is ten years to have it fixed at no charge.  You can find any vehicle recall on Cars Dot Com.    If the vehicle is less than ten years old, dealerships will repair it a recall within this limit at no charge.

You can get a fair price estimate for repairs from nearby service centers in just a few seconds!  No more overpaying for work to be done!

Make sure the dealer has the title on hand!  I recently purchased a used car and it has been 4 months.  I still don’t have a title.  Fortunately, I could get a tag with a letter from the dealer but it has been unpleasant.  It still makes me nervous not having the title.

Do your research!  Knowledge is an ever powerful thing in all situations.  Get the VIN number from the seller and run it.  You need to know the history.  Has it been wrecked? Sold repeatedly? If the seller won’t give you that information, move on to another lot.  Trust me, you won’t regret NOT buying it but you may regret doing it without knowing anything about the vehicle.

What To Know About Buying a Used CarTake it to a mechanic you trust and have them check it out.  You can also run by auto zone and have them hook their diagnostics tool up, something is better than nothing!

Even if you know nothing about cars, check under the hood for any dents, rust, corrosion, or other damage.  You don’t have to know what something is to be able to tell that there is a problem with it.  Even if the seller says it’s not important, get a second opinion.  It could be nothing, or it could be something that is huge just waiting to happen.

Check the mileage.  High mileage is obviously not good, especially if it is a newer vehicle.  Of course, regardless of mileage the most important thing is how well the vehicle was maintained previously.

I hope these help you out before you buy your next vehicle.  Remember, most of this can apply to most things with an engine!  Boats and motorcycles aren’t much different in this regard!

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My Old Friend, the Big Green G #Spon


Let me get this party started by letting you know that this is a sponsored post.  If you have read some of my past reviews, you should know by now I have absolutely no problem saying something negative if it is my opinion, so I hope you know that the opinions and thoughts listed below are my own.  Now that the ‘ugly business’ is taken care of, let’s move on!

For whatever reason, Groupon is like a long lost friend for me.  You know, the kind that doesn’t live close anymore, whom you think of so very fondly.  The one that always kept you out of trouble or rushed to your side when you were deep off in it.  Though you may not see them often, when you do it is like time stopped and you are completely and utterly happy.  When looking for sales, deals and special ways to treat myself, I quite frequently forget about my beloved Groupon.  I search and search and then, suddenly, I come across the perfect deal, gift or getaway package and alas, I am back sitting with my friend.

The latest way my old friend has saved my bacon yet again.  One could say literally, since all the money they save me could quite easily buy a few cases of high quality, fabulous bacon!  LOL.  So, let me tell you how!  So, hubs and I are super hot sleepers.  To the extent that even though the days may be averaging low 70’s, we have 3 fans running in our bedroom to sleep at night.  I would rather not even begin to talk about our electric bill from that fun little habit.

SO, as I’m trying to think of some alternative way to keep cool while sleeping, I literally am hit with Groupon Mattress Toppers!  Mattress toppers are expensive so it didn’t seem like a great idea but Groupon, as is that good old habit of theirs, offers a variety at a much more discounted price than I have been able to find at box stores.  Groupon has a Gel Memory Foam mattress cover at a fabulous price that will help channel away body heat, not to mention a little additional comfort to our already amazingly comfortable bed!groupon-mattress-topper-deal

In case you are in doubt, let me confirm for you, that is a deal that is normally $300 but now just $54.99!  Made even more awesome since I have a King size bed, which always means a little more on the price tag.  Now that I’ve solved that problem, I’m thinking my niece needs one for her dorm room bed.  We all know how very important it is to get a good night’s sleep, especially when spending one’s day’s studying so that you can support your Auntie in her old age….buy your Auntie a nice sport’s car….get a quality education!

If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got more shopping to do!  Hubs never has to know when the electric bill goes down, I’ll just change that to my secret shopping budget…  (For each and every time he has said he reads/follows the Zoo, yet another little secret poured out that he will miss, LOL)  You can get updates so that you never miss a fabulous deal (I’m following now) on facebook and twitter!

Have you found any fabulous deals from Groupon lately?

Tell me all about them!  I’m always looking for them!