Should Gas Prices Influence Your Next Vehicle Purchase?

February 2015

Over the last few months, falling gas prices have made drivers a little giddy. Just the other day, a friend who drives a compact noted cheerfully that she had filled the tank for just a little over $20, something that hadn’t happened in years. Since gas prices peaked in mid-2014, sales have increased about 8% for large pickups and SUVs while they’ve decreased about 1.5% for small cars (Edmunds.com). Lower gas prices are probably just one contributing factor to this trend, but as an easy-to-see and ongoing cost of driving a car, lower gas prices may tempt you to put that 20 mpg SUV or 18 mpg pickup at the top of your choices as you shop for a new vehicle. Before you sign for that bigger set of wheels, however, think about—and compare—several other costs of owning a car. You could save hundreds at the pump in the short term and spend thousands more long-term.

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What Will You Do With The Old Devices You Replace?

Whenever you get a new electronic device such as a TV, smartphone, game console, computer, or tablet, what do you do with the old one? Throwing it away usually isn't a good option and in some places is illegal. Electronic equipment contains toxic materials such as cadmium, lead, arsenic and needs to be disposed of carefully. Consider the following options instead.

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What's the Gimmick at "Rent-to-Own" Stores?

Have you ever seen a Rent-to-Own ad or commercial? If you haven't, here's an example: "No Credit Check! Rent-to-Own a 50-inch TV for $10 a Week!"

How can you go wrong with that? Just make low monthly rental payments and you can end up owning that mega screen TV, right? Most of these stores even let you bring the item back at any time if you decide you don't want it.

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