3 02, 2015

Automotive Series

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Over the last few months, Tri-Town Apple has published a series of articles (7) on the acquisition and care of an automobile. for the most part these were based on material from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC)  web site for consumer information. Series Summary This article is a summary of the seven series articles with links to each of them. Keep it in mind or bookmark [...]

28 01, 2015

Car: Purchase or Lease?

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In a recent New York Times Article (Auto Leasing Gains Popularity Among American Consumers) the author, Aaron Kessler, reported that not only are cars sales up generally, but that the number automobiles acquired through leases as opposed to purchase has risen sharply: The rate of leasing in the United States was higher last year than at any time in more than a decade, according to data [...]

20 01, 2015

Auto Repair Basics

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Buying can be fun, repairing never is! This is the sixth in a series on Auto Buying and Owning. The earlier articles, for the most part, have dealt with the acquisition of a car. Today’s article turns to the need to repair and maintain our purchased vehicles. A list of the previous articles: Buying a New Car Buying a Used Car Used Car Warranties Service Contracts Renting [...]

13 01, 2015

Renting a Car

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Today we continue our series on Buying and Owning a Car (OK, renting is neither buying or owning, but you get the idea). This is our fifth in a series on purchasing owning and automobile. Click on the articles below to view the first four. Content for all articles is taken from the FTC Consumer Information web site, Buying and Owning a Car.  Future articles will cover Repair & [...]

16 12, 2014

Automotive Services Contracts

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Buying and owning an automobile for most all of us, is a life-long experience. The purchase cost, especially for a new car, may be second only to a home purchase or college tuition in size. Buying a used car is fraught with it's own set of hidden pitfalls. And whether new or used, auto ownership will involve maintenance & repair questions, warranty issues, and eventually  questions about trade-in [...]

18 11, 2014

Used Car Warranties

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Buying and owning an automobile for most all of us, is a life-long experience. The purchase cost, especially for a new car, may be second only to a home purchase or college tuition in size. Buying a used car is fraught with it’s own set of hidden pitfalls. And whether new or used, auto ownership will involve maintenance & repair questions, warranty issues, and eventually  questions about trade-in [...]

30 10, 2014

Buying a Used Car

2014-10-30T06:00:13+00:00Spend|0 Comments

Buying and owning an automobile for most all of us, is a life-long experience. The purchase cost, especially for a new car, may be second only to a home purchase or college tuition in size. Buying a used car is fraught with it’s own set of hidden pitfalls. And whether new or used, auto ownership will involve maintenance & repair questions, warranty issues, and eventually  questions about trade-in [...]

14 10, 2014

Buying a New Car

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A new car is second only to a home as the most expensive purchase many consumers make. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States is about $30,000. That’s why it’s important to know how to make a smart deal. – Federal Trade Commission  (FTC)  Indeed, if paying for college education is not classified as “making [...]

11 02, 2014

“R” You Energy Savvy?

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Over the last ten years the price of residential heating oil has risen more than 150% in Connecticut (source: U.S. Energy Information Administration). Judging by the “talk at the water cooler”, the cost of other heating energy has  increased as well. No doubt this inflation in the cost of heating has affected regions beyond New England as well. While we don’t use fuel oil to cool our [...]

30 09, 2013

There’s a Tip Here for Everybody

2013-09-30T20:52:03+00:00Spend|0 Comments

Spend 101 The title of this post could also be Spend 101. It is a short list of basic practices that, if followed, will almost guarantee that you can meet your financial goals. There is nothing here that we haven't heard before at one time, or another. But, even though we see this advice from time to time, it is an unusual person indeed that follows [...]

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