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The Shabana Motors Auto Blog

7 Tips When Renting Cars

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Renting a car comes in handy for numerous situations, including when you’re traveling or when you need a car while yours is getting repaired. However, there are some things to know about car rentals before you jump into a contract. Like any legal, binding deal, there is fine print that’s essential to understand; otherwise you may find yourself out some extra cash. If you are looking at renting a car in the near future, here are 7 things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Tags: Around Houston

Understanding Your Credit Report Before a Car Purchase

Posted on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Credit reports are an essential part of your financial picture. As nice as it would be to opt out of credit scores, good debt, bad debt and collections—it’s impossible—especially if you want to rent, buy a house or get one of many types of loans. In fact, credit is necessary for many everyday things, including the purchase of a car. Before you apply for a car loan, it’s important to know your what your credit report looks like, and how to interpret the information.

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Tags: Credit

Celebrity Rides: Missy Elliot

Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Missy Misdemeanor Elliott has been a fixture in the rap world since 1991, which gives her an incredible 25 years in the industry. She is a talented songwriter, rapper, singer, dancer and producer. She also happens to has a deep and abiding love of cars.

Like the bulk of celebrity collectors, it’s difficult to know what Missy has at any given time. That said, it’s important to highlight the best of the best from over the years, especially since in 2012 she was thought of as one of the 20 biggest car collectors. Here are a few whips that have made her notable.

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Tags: Celebrity Rides

Driving Tips to Save Gas

Posted on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

It’s true that gas prices have taken a nice dip in the last year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a big monthly expense, especially in a city that has its fair share of traffic problems. Fuel economy is an art form. Maximizing it means balancing several factors—and the more you optimize, the more money you save. Here are some ways you can get the most from your gas mileage using the right driving skills, especially with the inevitable rise of price per gallon on the horizon.

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Tags: Car Maintenance

Proving You Have a Cash Income

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Not everyone has a nine-to-five job, just like not everyone has employment that pays with a paycheck and stub. In a world where steady employment and loyal companies are getting hard to come by, many people are contracted or self-employed, and income isn’t necessarily as easy to prove by bank or lender standards. So what happens if you’re one of those people and you happen to need a car? Chances are you’ve run into a situation where your cash income or bank statements weren’t enough proof to get the loan. If your income is less traditional, here are some ways to prove you have it.

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Tags: Car Financing

Win 10K and See Beyoncé!

Posted on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Beyoncé already brought her Formation tour through Houston this year, and she's coing back in November to bring NRG Stadium down once again.

Shabana wants to send you and nine friends to see Miss Third Ward in action. 

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Tags: Sweepstakes

Texas Auto Insurance: What You Need to Know

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Every state varies slightly for car insurance. You’ll see different requirements and prices due to weather, theft rates, driving conditions and more. However, car insurance is a necessity, and it can save you thousands if the unexpected occurs. For residents of Texas, here are the things you’ll want to know before signing up for car insurance.

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Tags: Car Maintenance

Celebrity Rides: Taylor Swift

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Taylor Swift—love her or not—is a young woman who has stayed valid for almost half her life. Recently her Bad Blood came to life as a years long feud with Kanye West hit an all time high. Sure, she’s changed a bit over the years, transforming from an innocent young country star to a pop vixen that hangs with pals like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. However, that seems to have only increased her already rabid fan base.

One thing Swift has in common with many celebrities is cars. She’s seen in different vehicles frequently, some her own, some borrowed and some just a ride she’s passenger in. She seems to have an affinity for luxury, and her cars over the years have reflected that. Here are a few of Swift’s whips, and a little about each.

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Tags: Celebrity Rides

4 Tips to Avoid Car Repossession

Posted on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

No matter how you got into a sticky situation, you always have the chance to learn from it and do better in the future. However, that advice doesn’t always help you if you’re going through the situation now. Vehicle repossession is a scary thought. How will you function if you don’t have a car? Sometimes people invest in a car that’s not affordable for their budget, sometimes unexpected life circumstances happen or maybe you just made some really bad decisions—the end result is still the same, the possibility of losing your car because you’ve gotten behind on your payments, and you don’t have a way to come up with the money quickly. If this sounds familiar, you may be asking, what do I do?

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Tags: Car Financing

The Best Family Cars if You Have Bad Credit

Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Families with bad credit often struggle with having a car that fits size and safety needs. Life happens, and sometimes you make less than perfect choices, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want the best for your loved ones. If you’re dealing with a poor credit score, but need a car that’s reliable, safe and roomy, here are some used vehicle options that are ideal for your situation.

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Tags: Used Car