Tag Archives: Car

Becoming a One Car Household

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

For the first time since I got my driver’s license, I don’t have a car. Just this past weekend, we sold my Honda Accord and George and I have officially become a one-car household. I know plenty of people do it all the time, but I’ve been a little apprehensive. After all, I grew up in the suburbs where a car is practically a necessity.

Too bad this rad ride isn't our one car.

Too bad this rad ride isn’t our one car.

But Why?
George and I have talked about downsizing our car situation for quite some time in order to gain extra cash. We both work from home, so our daily travel needs are very low.

Buying a Used Car at a Dealership

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George just purchased a new (used) car this week. Today he shares his process and tips for buying used cars on your own!

My car accident two months ago left me without a car.   Based on research and friends’ recommendations I decided that I wanted my next car to be a Mazda3.  I stopped by a local dealership to try one out in person, and I was very impressed by its responsiveness and tight turning radius. From there I set out to find the right one for me!

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I started at NadaGuides.com and used their calculators to find what a fair value for a Mazda3 would be on the used market. I liked this site because I could switch between trim levels and years and see how that affected value. I decided that I wanted to look for car that was 3 or 4 years old but with a higher trim level. That led me to decide on the 2010 Mazda3 S Grand Touring. (I didn’t know what the “S” versus “I” meant in the car’s model, so I asked one of the sales people via their online chat!)

Foggy Headlight? Clean it up!

For some reason unknown to me, one of my car headlights was significantly foggy while the other is crystal clear. I have the worst night vision in the world, and a foggy headlight certainly wasn’t helping.

I had looked online for an at-home fix so I didn’t have to completely replace the plastic. A couple sites suggested using toothpaste, and I decided to give it a shot. I just squirted on some toothpaste and rubbed circularly with a rag. When I was finished, I rinsed off my car and viola! Here are my results: