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Nicole Arata

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NerdWallet
08/08/2017
What Does a Tesla Really Cost? - NerdWallet

Advertiser Disclosure Tesla's luxurious, all-electric speedsters have everyone's head turned. But before you trade your kid's college fund for one, let's evaluate how much it will actually cost you. There are two models available for immediate purchase from Tesla: the Model X crossover SUV and the Model S sedan.

Heally
03/20/2019
Zapped Energy? Here's How to Get it Back |Natural ways to restore energy

We all know the feeling - third cup of coffee, yawning through meeting number two, forgetting important things and dragging through daily tasks. You swoon thinking about the weekend, but when the time comes, you never seem to catch up on energy - only to start all over again Monday morning feeling exhausted.

MarketWatch
11/03/2017
5 ways to upgrade your old car with new-car tech

No word yet on when cars will be able to take the wheel while dressing you in a suit, a la "The Incredibles," but today's car makers are still coming up with some pretty fancy new technology. As the industry barrels toward autonomous vehicles, new cars include increasingly advanced ways to protect drivers, such as automatic braking and blind spot monitoring.

latimes.com
11/19/2016
Why the L.A. Auto Show is a good place to shop for your next car

The auto show season is under way, and if you think these events are only for car superfans, think again: They're actually perfect places to shop for your next new car. Although you can't purchase a vehicle at an auto show, for about the same ticket price as a movie, you're free to compare as many models as you'd like.

NerdWallet
11/13/2017
How to Trade in Your Car When You Owe Money on It - NerdWallet

Many people trade their old ride in at the dealership on the same day they buy a new car. It's convenient and helps lower the purchase price. But what if you want to trade in a car - and you owe money on it? You still can, and the dealership will handle the process in-house.

The Christian Science Monitor
07/11/2016
Car-buying services: Skip the dealership stress.

If you've ever dreaded going to the car dealership, you're not alone. That's why services exist that help people buy cars without ever setting foot on a lot. Once you decide on a car model, car-buying services use certified representatives to do all the searching and haggling for you.

SFGate
05/19/2017
What to Do When You're Upside-Down on a Car Loan

If you get into an accident, your insurance will generally cover the damage only up to the value of the car - not how much you owe - and, if your situation changes and you need to sell your car, you'll do so at a loss.

USA TODAY
Why you shouldn't (usually) buy a salvage title car

If the term "salvage title" stops you in your tracks, you're not off base. Salvage title cars attract some buyers because they're priced significantly below market. They might seem like a bargain, but ultimately they have a lot of risks. We suggest getting a safer deal by buying a cheap used vehicle and being preapproved for financing.

MarketWatch
11/03/2017
Swap your lease, and other ways to end a car lease early

When life throws you a curveball and you need to tighten your budget, you might need to break your car lease. People generally lease cars because they prefer the flexibility of making only a three-year commitment and want less expensive monthly payments than if they bought an equivalent car.

USA TODAY
5 ways to live in the city car-free ... and carefree

Cars are not the ticket to freedom they used to be. In fact, more and more Millennials are deciding they don't need to own at all. Tight streets, constant traffic and scrambling for parking (and paying for that parking) can make driving in the city stressful.

NerdWallet
09/11/2017
10 Top Car-Buying Apps - NerdWallet

Shopping for a car online requires diligent research and repeated checking of listings, usually on multiple websites. Car-buying apps cut out some of that work. They can send mobile alerts when prices drop or new cars surface, and they have abilities their company websites don't, like scanning a window sticker or vehicle identification number for price estimates.