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Need to Get Out of a Vehicle Lease? You Have Options

 


Sometimes life throws you a curveball.


When you first leased your vehicle, it fit right into your budget.


But things have changed and that payment is now a burden you need to get rid of.


Do you have any options? If so, what are they?


Here’s what you need to know if you find yourself in this situation.

Returning the vehicle

You can choose to return the vehicle before the lease is up.


But this isn’t an ideal option.


You’ll still be responsible for the remainder of the payments, PLUS any penalties and fees that result.


There…

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3 Apps to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

The moment your teen gets behind the wheel for the first time is full of emotion.


It’s both exciting and scary. You’re proud, yet concerned for their well-being.


Technology can be dangerous for teen drivers. The number of accidents caused by texting and driving is astounding.


But technology isn’t all bad when it comes to your teens and cars.


There are more ways than ever to monitor their driving habits.


Let’s take a look at 3 of the most helpful apps.

1. Safe Driver

This iTunes/iOs application can monitor your son or daughter’s location…

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Financing Your New Car? Think Through the Pros and Cons of Online Credit Applications

 


There’s no doubt that the internet has revolutionized the way we do almost everything.


Including an online credit application.


The question is SHOULD you do it? Or do the risks outweigh the benefits?


Like everything in life, there are pros and cons.


Let’s take a deeper dive and see if the risks outweigh the benefits or vice versa.

Pros of an online credit application

There are two major advantages of doing your credit application online.


One is probably obvious: convenience.


A little click-click here and a click-click there and your application has been submitted. 


You don’t even…

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How to Clean Leather Car Seats

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/29/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


So, you splurged on leather seats. 


You’re living in the lap of luxury. 


The dream comes to a screeching halt once the leather seats become dingy and dirty.


Properly caring for your car’s leather seats will maintain the level of comfort and luxury you’re used to, and the vehicle’s value, too.

Clean your leather car seats

Follow these steps to take care of your seats.

1. Vacuum the seats. 

Use an attachment and open up the…

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How to Clean Your Car’s Steering Wheel (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/25/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Some areas of your vehicle don’t come to mind immediately when you think about cleaning.


Every time you get in your car, your hands manipulate the steering wheel, which means dirt, grime and oils from your hands touch your steering wheel – pretty much every day.


That can leave behind a lot of germs and dirt, damaging your steering wheel and possibly making you sick, too.

Clean and protect your steering wheel

Follow these steps.


  • Step 1. Gather your supplies…

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Make Memories This 4th of July With These 7 Fun Activities

 



Everyone looks forward to the 4th of July.


You celebrate America’s independence and get to have a ton of fun doing it.


Of course, the biggest part of the day is the fireworks show.


Here are some fun ideas for the whole family while you wait for the grand finale of your celebration.

1. Pre-party bike ride

Let’s be honest. Food is a big part of most 4th of July get-togethers.


Why not…

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Save Time and Money by Trading in Your Car (Updated)



Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/7/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


How do you get the best deal for your old car when you buy another car?


Most people will tell you the best deal is to sell your old car on your own instead of trading it in to the dealership.


We disagree.


We believe most people can save time and money by trading their…

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4 Tips for Safely Driving Around Motorcycles (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/14/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


It’s easy to become complacent in your car.


You feel like you’re in a cocoon.


Invincible.


But there are very real dangers on the road – especially for motorcyclists, and the people who are driving in their vicinity.


Motorcycles are more difficult to see than larger cars and trucks, often coming out of seemingly nowhere.


There are certain steps you can take to ensure that the motorcyclists around you stay safe and that you avoid an accident, too.


Here…

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Trouble Parking? Here’s How to Do It Right (Updated)

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/12/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.




Unless you’re a new driver, it can be embarrassing to admit that you aren’t a pro at parking.


Perhaps you avoid parallel parking with all you’ve got.


Maybe you tell friends you like to park far away from the mall or restaurant so your vehicle doesn’t get damaged or you want to get some extra steps in.


But it’s really because you’re afraid to park in front of your colleagues.


It’s time to…

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Collided With a Deer? Here’s What to Do (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/20/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


In the spring and the following warm months, deer are more active, just like we are!


That means you have a greater chance of coming across one – or more – when you’re out and about.


Aside from deer, other animals may unceremoniously meet their fate during an encounter with your vehicle.


Here’s what you should do if you collide with a deer or other animal.

1. Stop your vehicle

Even if another car causes you to swerve and you…

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