You Ask, I Answer: First Time Car Buyer

You Ask

One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is the daily interaction I am able to have with readers like you.  Recently, I’ve received a lot of e-mails with questions–some of you want to know where I bought the sweater I’m wearing in a certain video while others have questions about Service Department specials…  A few days ago, I received an e-mail from someone and I want to share a portion of it, along with my answer, for you.  **If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me at  I LOVE hearing from you!**

Excerpt from Mrs. H.:

…my daughter is about to turn 18.  She’s a senior in high school and she’s working two jobs and maintaining her 3.7 GPA.  (Had to brag because I’m proud.) I want to help her find a safe, reliable, and good-looking car.  I’m going to pay for half of it.  Where do I start?  Do you have any tips for me?  What should we pay?  I’m trying to figure this out and I’m overwhelmed.  Do you have any advice for me?

Continue reading for my response to Mrs. H.!

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Top FIVE Annoying Driving Habits

Even the best drivers make mistakes behind the wheel.  I’ve narrowed down the top five annoying habits drivers make.  Did I forget any or do you disagree with me?  Comment below!  (I left out the obvious and abhorrent ones like driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol because–duh!– you shouldn’t do that.  EVER!)


  1. Signaling:  the turn signal is there for a reason–USE IT (please) to warn fellow road warriors that you’re turning or changing lanes.  Once you’ve accomplished said turn or lane change, it’s time to turn off the signal.  Don’t be the person driving six miles with their left turn signal blinking.
  2. Distracted Driving:  whether you’re fighting with your girlfriend on the phone, texting your husband, or eating a double bacon cheeseburger, you’re not focusing on the task at hand and that puts YOUR life AND everyone else’s in danger.  Even if you don’t get in an accident, your distracted driving is BAD driving and BAD driving leads to traffic jams.  (For more on Illinois’ distracted driving problem, click here.) Continue reading