How to Check Your Car before a Road Trip

Contributed by Blake Slade

As a young man in my 20’s, I decided that I wanted to drive to a warmer climate. I headed south for Florida. I was impulsive and left by simply driving my car with only a road map for guidance. Eight hours later I discovered my mistake. I came out of the diner where I had stopped in for an afternoon meal to find that my engine would not start. I turned the ignition key and got only a bump noise. The starter had failed. Luckily I had tools in the trunk and I was young. I performed road service myself in the diner’s lot. I jacked the car up and removed the starter. I then hitched a ride to an auto parts store, traded my old starter in for a rebuilt one and hitched back to my ride. I then installed the starter and was on my way again.
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What Every Girl Needs to Know About Her Car

Contributed by Nataliya


Girls love cars – that’s a fact, supported by another fact: a guy’s car might have a lot to do with his level of attractiveness. But there are many women out there who own their own cars and drive them around the city daily. Unfortunately, most of them know little (or nothing) about their cars, except how to drive them. Don’t be that girl! You are a strong women who can multi-task loads of things, from job to kids, so you definitely need to be able to do the basics for your car, like the regular checkups.
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Lodging for Vehicles: How to Keep Your Car Protected during the Cold Months

Tens of thousands of Americans park their vehicles outside throughout the year, and you may be one of them. Whether you do not have enough room in your garage or do not have access to a garage, your car may be subjected to icy winds, sleet, snow and salty roads throughout the late autumn and into the winter months. Guard one of your most important investments by following these four tips for keeping your car clean, protected and shiny.

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Hiking Essentials 5 Tips for You and Your Pup In and Out of the Car

Guest post contributed by June Frazier

For most individuals, spring and fall are usually the best periods of the calendar to go hiking with their dogs. Perhaps it is because spring is known to breathe new and fresh life into both wildlife and vegetation. The land is once again filled with colorful spring flowers as well as green grasses. What’s more, during this period, the overall atmosphere is friendly since the sticky and scorching temperatures are usually gone. Fall is an excellent time to visit your favorite trail and enjoy a variety of the hiking benefits with your lovely dog.
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Baby On Board: 4 Tips To Finding A Family-Friendly Car

One of the main concerns of new parents is keeping their baby and enjoying convenience when it comes to traveling on the road. When you want to travel in a spacious vehicle that accommodates your baby, it’s important to use a family-friendly car. Once you’re ready to find the right vehicle to purchase for your growing family, there are a few important tips to follow.
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Looking To Upgrade? 3 Cars That Scream Style And Sophistication

Guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

Many people look for hot new rides in the New Year. While new model cars release usually in November and December, it isn’t until January that a good selection of new models and trims becomes available. If you are looking to upgrade your car in 2017, here are three models that stand out for their style and sophistication for the modern driver.
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Safety First: 5 Things To Know Before Buying A Family Car

Guest post contributed by Kara Masterson

Purchasing a car is serious business. Besides a home, a car will be one of the biggest purchases that you will make. When you are purchasing a car for your family the stakes are even higher. There are many things to consider before committing to a vehicle. By being an informed consumer you can give yourself the peace of mind that comes with making the best purchase.
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How to Donate Your Car to Charity

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The process of donating a car is easy to accomplish. You can sell your car for extra cash if you want, but donating your car to charity will help those in need. Also, when donating your vehicle to a charitable organization, you can claim it as a tax deduction on your income taxes.

You should avoid any middlemen when giving your car to a charitable organization. You may have seen TV commercials or billboards with people that offer to assist you in awarding your automobile to an organization. The fact is that they will assist you, but they will also require that you pay them between 50% to 90% of the value of the auto. So be sure to work directly with the charitable organization itself.

You may already be a part of a charitable organization. If so, ask if they accept donated vehicles. Not all charities accept donated automobiles. If you do not currently support a charity, you will have to do a little bit of research to find a reputable one. Check and see if there are any in your area. You can do a search online to find this information. Once you have the name of a few, check their reputation with the Better Business Bureau.

In order to claim the donation as a tax deduction, the charitable organization you are thinking about donating to needs to be an IRS approved organization. The IRS can tell if the organization qualifies. Places that normally qualify are churches, temples or synagogues.

It is important to know if/when you will need to report the auto’s market value. If the charitable organization keeps the automobile for its own personal use or for use in their charitable events, you do not need proof of the sales price. Also, if the donation is under $500, you do not need proof. To find the market value of the auto, refer to the Kelley Blue Book.

It is important to keep track of all records involving the donation for tax purposes. If your car’s donation is over $500, you will need to have a copy of the IRS form 8283 to turn in with your tax forms. If the donation is worth over $5,000, you will need to have the car appraised and attach a copy of that appraisal with your taxes.