The Shabana Motors Auto Blog

Looking Out for Lemons: Tips for Getting the Best Used Car

By now, most people have heard about lemons—those cars that may look good, but come riddled with problems. While there are lemons in the new car world, you’re more likely to get one when buying used. And those who have had the experience ...
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Why Should You Buy a Car at Tax Time?

It’s that time of the year. Tax time is quickly approaching and soon many taxpayers will be filing their returns and thinking about ways to use their refunds. There are many options for how to spend that much-anticipated windfall, but one ...
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Getting a Car with No Employment History

  It would be nice if everyone who needed a car could walk into a dealership and get a loan that fit their budget and drive off in their newly purchased vehicle. However, loans are never quite that simple. Different scenarios affect a ...
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Building Good Credit from the Ground Up

While it may not feel easy not to have a credit history, it can be an excellent place to start from. Imagine not having any debt—it’s basically a clean slate. You have the capability of directing your credit in a positive direction. It’s ...
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Will Trading in Your Car Get You Lower Monthly Payments?

For whatever reason, at some point during car ownership you may need lower car payments. Whether it’s because you have more expenses or took a reduction in income, a more affordable installment may be the only way you can have a car ...
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Can Refinancing Your Car Loan Hurt Your Credit?

There are a lot reasons people refinance their auto loans. For some, they purchased when they still had bad credit and now have an improved score so they want to refinance at a better rate. Others need a lower monthly payment. No matter ...
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Start 2018 with 10K from Shabana Motors

At Shabana, we know Houston had to be extra strong in 2017.  That's why we're giving away $10,000 to get 2018 started off right, and give one family the gift of cold, hard cash! 
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New Year's Driving Safety Guide for Houston

New Year’s Eve is a notoriously unpredictable night to drive—and worse, it can be very dangerous. It’s pretty much impossible that the nation will kick off the New Year without a traffic fatality of some kind. However, it’s good to note ...
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The Guide to Giving a Car for Christmas

Other than earning the title of best gift giver in the world, there are a lot of reasons people give a car to someone for Christmas. However, before you leap into the big purchase and making a dream come true, there are some things you ...
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Getting a Car with No Credit History

Buying a car is an exciting prospect. However, for many people, the lack of credit can become a roadblock to purchasing a vehicle. Luckily, there are more and more places willing to work with people with no credit history. Before you begin ...
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Reasons You Should Put a Down Payment on Your Used Car

A lot of auto dealerships like to advertise zero-down specials where you don’t have to put anything down to purchase a car. While it may be tempting to go this route, there are actually a lot of good reasons to put money down when buying a ...
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Auto Financing Tips You Need to Know

Getting a car is an exciting prospect. There are so many choices, and between the wide array of vehicles, there is literally something for everyone. One of the biggest parts of a vehicle purchase is financing. Most people can’t afford to ...
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Cash For Your Car: A Guide to Selling Your Car

When you’re ready for a new ride, you have to decide what you’ll do with your old vehicle. In many cases, if your old vehicle is still working, there’s a chance you can make some cash. Like any big investment, you can maximize the value by ...
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Why Should You Work with Bad Credit Auto Dealers?

Bad credit auto dealers sometimes get a bad rap. People believe the myth that traditional lending is your best option, or that all bad credit auto dealers are out to scam customers. Neither is completely false, but sometimes a bad credit ...
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Celebrity Rides: Will Smith

The world of celebrities holds an air of intrigue, and for car lovers, it’s often a source of envy. Imagine being able to fill your garage with names like Rolls Royce, Maybach or Ferrari. Think about adding a classic Porche or old-school ...
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How to Ready Your Car for a Hurricane in Houston

Houston was reminded this year what a severe hurricane was like, and many people ended up sustaining damage to their homes and cars. Cars are an essential part of people’s lives, and with the hurricane damage and loss, many were left ...
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4 Places to Take Your Ride for Halloween 2018 in Houston

Somehow the summer crept by and suddenly, it’s October again. For many, October means a favorite holiday, one that allows people to slip out of their normal lives and put on a new character for a day. That could only mean Halloween. In ...
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What Are the Key Components of an Auto Loan?

Many of us secure an auto loan without fully understanding what it is. However, the more you know about what you are signing, the more likely you’ll get a loan that meets your needs, and that will help you avoid being taking advantage of ...
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Picking the Best Used Car Dealership in Houston

Drive down certain sections in Houston, and you’ll find an abundance of used car dealerships. Each has a display of tempting vehicles, and you start to wonder, which one should I shop at? The truth is, not all used car dealerships are ...
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Understanding a Vehicle History Report

Many used car dealerships promote vehicles with a “clean Carfax” or a “clean vehicle history report”. While this is a positive sign, it can be helpful to understand exactly what that means. There are many components to vehicle history ...
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Can You Remove a Repossession from Your Credit Report?

A vehicle repossession can affect your life in numerous ways. Not only can the stress of losing your vehicle take its toll, but its long-term impact on your credit report can make your overall financial picture challenging. It’s easy to ...
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Celebrity Rides: Missy Elliot

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has been in the game a long time, since around 1991 to be exact. With around 26 years under her belt, she shows no signs of slowing down. Known primarily as a rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer and producer, she ...
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What are Second Chance Auto Loans?

No one is immune to financial difficulties whether they are the results of poor choices, the loss of a job or other unexpected issues. While most people are trying to their best, once you get into that bad credit hole, it’s hard to dig ...
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Budgeting Tips for Back to School

Back to school can be an expensive time. Between clothes, shoes and other odds and ends, costs can add up quickly. This can cause family to miss important deadlines, like not being able to make a car payment. Plus, more and more schools ...
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The Benefits of Buying from a Family-Owned Used Dealership

In recent years, there has been a push to shop local. While many people look at local shopping as farm-to-table food, small boutiques or independent bookstores, it can also include any small business in your city. Buying cars from a major ...
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What Happens if Your Credit Isn't Approved for a Car Loan?

Sometimes you know that your credit isn’t necessarily the best, but that doesn’t stop you from hoping. And then you apply for a loan: Denied! Even if you knew it might happen, it doesn’t always ease the sting. Worse, you may have really ...
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Celebrity Rides: JJ Watt

  Over the past years, J.J. Watt has taken the NFL by storm. Even though he’s already been a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, he has plans to continue to build on his legacy. After recovering from a serious groin injury and a ...
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Celebrity Rides: David Beckham

In the sports world, it’s known that nobody bends it like Beckham. While that may not mean much to a car enthusiast, his love for high-end vehicles certainly does. David Beckham wowed the world with his incredible soccer skills, then ...
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Protecting Your Car from Theft in Houston

Having things stolen can feel like a huge violation. Our belongings are personal, and often hard-earned. When they disappear, it can be challenging, especially with something as essential and large as a car. While Houston is a pretty great ...
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How to Refinance Your Car Loan

Refinancing your car loan can be a great way to get your payments into a more comfortable range or save money with a better rate. However, it’s always important to understand what you’re doing before taking the plunge.
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My Bankruptcy was Dismissed, Can I Finance a Used Car?

Bankruptcy can be an attractive option for anyone who finds themselves deep in debt and unable to work their way out. That said, bankruptcy is also complex, and can come with its own set of issues. One thing many people don’t know is the ...
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How Military Discounts Help Used Car Buyers

Serving your country is one of the most honorable things you can do. It is also something that takes a lot of time, energy and often doesn’t leave you with a lot of extra cash. In many ways, what businesses can offer military personnel is ...
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Can a Used Car Downpayment Save You Money?

It’s tempting to jump into the car-buying process without a lot of thought. Most people are ready for that sweet new ride, however, taking a little time to plan can save you some money in the long run. Two places that can elevate the cost ...
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The Worst Roads in Houston

According to a recent study by TomTom, Houston ranks 11th in the nation for traffic—bad traffic that is. In other surveys, Houston typically ranks high, which basically means it has a bad report card.  What does that mean for drivers? It ...
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Celebrity Rides: Samuel L. Jackson

No one can beat the delivery of Samuel L. Jackson’s one liners. For example, who else can make, “That is a tasty burger,” sound so dang cool. But that’s not all Jackson is known for—he’s also managed to stay with his wife for over 35 years ...
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Getting Your Used Car Ready for Summer

Summer is a time that many people look forward to across the nation. The weather warms up, school gets out and there is a lot of fun events and gatherings to look forward to. That said, summer weather can take its toll. High temps, ...
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Win $10,000 and Kendrick Tickets with Shabana Motors and The BOX

Kendrick Lamar lit up the billboard charts this year when he droped his new album. Since then, he's been getting airplay and planning a tour - one that is stopping right here in Houston. Shabana wants to send you and your friends to see ...
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The Benefits of Buying from a Used Car Dealer

A new car is an exciting prospect, and while it’s tempting to buy brand new, a used car can be just as good. In fact, there are several benefits to buying used, especially if you do your research and purchase an excellent ride. If you are ...
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4 Things to Look for When Inspecting a Used Car

Buying a car is an exciting prospect, but because it’s a big purchase, it’s not something you should take lightly. Used cars can be an excellent investment—you avoid the first-year depreciation, which is 19% on average. You typically will ...
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Settling Debt to Buy a Used Car

According to a study done by NerdWallet, in 2016 the average American household had $134,643 of debt. You could start looking closer at the amounts owed and what it’s for—like student loans, credit cards, mortgages—but the bottom line is ...
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Celebrity Rides: Lewis Hamilton

Car collectors come in all shapes, sizes and celebrity categories. You see comedians, actors, sport stars, rappers and rock stars all have a deep love of cars and beautiful collections of them. However, who would you expect to have the ...
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Should You Cosign on Your Used Car Loan?

Buying a car is an exciting prospect, but for some, it’s not always easy. There are a few situations that make lenders wary, and it may mean you are unable to get a loan. Some of these situations including being someone with no credit or ...
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3 Reasons to Get a Warranty on Your Used Car

Warranties are tricky things, and often something consumers don’t fully understand. They get that a warranty can be a good thing—but they’re not always sure what it covers, and how to get things “fixed” when it’s under warranty.
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Prepping Your Used Car for a Spring Break Trip

Spring Break inspires images of vacation, warm weather, beautiful beaches and good times. However, not everyone has the ability to fly to their destination—in many cases Spring Break becomes the ultimate road trip as well. Most people have ...
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Celebrity Rides: Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne (or Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) may be small in stature at 5’5”, but he is big in personality, and in his love for cars. Although Lil Wayne is no stranger to controversy, or run-ins with the law, he still works to give back ...
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The Most Reliable Used Cars for Your Family

For families, cars are an essential part of life. With school, activities, social events and any other number of outings, being able to get from one place to another is very important. It’s also well-known that both kids and cars aren’t ...
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Financing Your First Car: What You Need to Know

Buying your first car is an exciting prospect. There is so much out there to choose from, and each vehicle has its own appeal. But before you get wrapped up in what you’re going to buy, it’s more important to address how you’re going to ...
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Tips to Save Time at the Used Car Dealership

Time is one of our most precious commodities these days, and whenever you can save a little, it makes life a bit easier. Often, buying a car takes up a good portion of your day. But if you plan ahead, you can save time at the dealership.
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How to Get the Most from Your Tax Return (And Get the Car of Your Dreams)

Tax time brings many a feeling of dread, and yet, it can also be an opportunity to score an extra chunk of money. For some, that amount is the needed down payment for the car of their dreams, which is why this year you should look at all ...
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Celebrity Rides: Nelly

Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr (aka Nelly), is a hip-hip superstar with a remarkably long career under his belt. Not only does Nelly continue to stay valid and produce new music, he has found other outlets for income, like his own Nike shoes, ...
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Used Cars That Look Luxurious

It’s true that a car is primarily for getting you, your friends and your family to and from destinations. It’s an essential tool for commuting to work, and can also provide you with a way to travel and explore new places. That said, it’s ...
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Used Car Buying Tips for Retirees

Today’s retirees are living longer, which means their finances have to stretch further. Compounded with the rising costs in senior care and housing, it means making informed, careful decisions with each dollar is essential. Just because a ...
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Money Mistakes that Could Affect Your Credit

Our culture is all about having it, and having it now—however, that’s an easy way to dig yourself into a large hole. Debt is a part of the American lifestyle. In many ways, it’s not bad, unless you allow it to get out of control. When debt ...
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Celebrity Rides: Fabolous

John David Jackson is not a name that necessarily stands out in a crowd, but “Fabolous” is certainly an attention grabber. That’s probably why John, aka Fabolous, created his well-known stage name. Fabolous is a rapper with a long history ...
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Tackling Bad Credit in 2017

Each year, one of the top New Year resolutions is to battle debt and get out of the hole many Americans dig themselves into. Today’s society encourages borrowing and spending, which can lead to a grim financial state. In fact, this holiday ...
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2017 Tax Tips to Save for Your Car Downpayment

Although taxes are a stress for many, there are some positives to getting them done. If you are one of many getting money back this year, think of it as an excellent opportunity to get something you really want—a car. One of the biggest ...
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4 Reasons a Used Car is Perfect for 2017

For many, the thought of buying a used car doesn’t cross their mind. They have visions of used car lots offering lemons or Grandpa Bob’s old Plymouth that won’t make it through the year. They believe in the myth that used cars are not as ...
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Start Your New Year Right with 10K in Your Pocket

At Shabana, we're always feeling generous. That's why we're giving away $10,000 to get the New Year started off right! 
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Celebrity Rides: Johnny Manziel

It’s no secret that Johnny Manziel is the bad boy of the NFL. Whenever his name pops up in media outlets, people wait to see what he’s done now. From drunken displays of aggression to nonstop trouble in his NFL career, this 24-year-old ...
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Fixing Your Credit in 2017

It’s easy to destroy your credit in today’s world. With all of the loans and cards available, it can be overly tempting to spend money you don’t have. While building credit is essential to make big purchases, taking on too much debt can ...
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What is the Texas Aircheck Program?

There’s a program in Texas causing a buzz in the auto world. The program, AirCheckTexas, was designed to help those who have limited funds to repair or replace their vehicle so it complies with current emission standards. The AirCheckTexas ...
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4 Holiday Events You Have to Check Out in Houston

The holidays are here, and amidst the chaos, overspending and stress of extended family functions, it’s nice to get out and enjoy a few wonderful events that lighten the mood. Houston is a city that embraces the season, and makes sure that ...
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Celebrity Rides: Carmelo Anthony

On the court, New York Knick’s Carmelo Anthony wows with masterful skill and prodigious scoring abilities. Over the years, Anthony has been the source of a few controversies, but has also done a lot of charity work, and has made ...
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Budgeting Apps to Help You Prepare for Your Used Car Purchase

Buying a car is a thrilling thought, but there is a large financial responsibility that goes along with it. It’s easy to solely look at the cost of the vehicle, but the truth is, you’re committing to a number of monthly expenses. A vehicle ...
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CJ Pony Parts Brings a Street-and-Track Mustang to SEMA

When you name your company after the most recognizable car in the history of American motoring, people make certain assumptions about what you’ll bring to the car show. The team at CJ Pony Parts has delivered custom builds for the past ...
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Can I Get a Car if I File for Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a difficult decision for many people, and often brings up questions. People wonder; how will bankruptcy affect me in the long run, will I be able to buy the things I need, or what if I can’t get the essentials, like a car? ...
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What Gas Should You Use in Your Car?

  Have you ever stood at the gas station trying to choose the right gas? Your wallet begs you to go with the value, but you wonder if the higher-priced fuel will help your ride drive better. It’s a conundrum—one that many people struggle ...
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Celebrity Rides: Tyga

Tyga is one of those rappers that while talented and popular, has made far more headlines with his relationships. His most current sidekicks, 19-year-old Kylie Jenner and 21-year-old Demi Rose Mawby are the latest in a long list of ...
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I Lost My Job, How Do I Keep My Car?

Losing a job is always a stressful time, however, if it means you may lose things that are essential to getting more employment, it can affect you even more. Cars have become a crucial part of our lives. They are used for work, to shuttle ...
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4 Houston Halloween Parties to Show Off Your Ride in 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start making plans for your Houston Halloween. The city offers plenty in the way of entertainment, which can make it difficult to decide exactly which party best fits your ...
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The Best Places to Get Your Car Washed in Houston

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a freshly-cleaned ride. Vehicles consistently face commutes, bad weather, dust, kids, pets and a host of other dirt-inducing situations, which can make it can start to look a little dull and ...
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Are Online Financing Applications Safe?

Living in the digital world affords people a lot of extra conveniences. Bills that used to be mailed can now be paid online, and shopping can be done in your PJs from the comfort of your own home. The possibilities of the online world are ...
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4 Ways to Help Your Gas Mileage in Houston

Prices are rising across the nation. It’s no secret that more Americans than ever are struggling to keep up with house/rental payments, childcare, food costs and a variety of other bills. Cars are an essential part of our lives, and they ...
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7 Tips When Renting Cars

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 ...
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Understanding Your Credit Report Before a Car Purchase

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 ...
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Celebrity Rides: Missy Elliot

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 ...
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Driving Tips to Save Gas

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 ...
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Proving You Have a Cash Income

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, ...
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Win 10K and See Beyoncé!

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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Texas Auto Insurance: What You Need to Know

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 ...
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Celebrity Rides: Taylor Swift

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, ...
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4 Tips to Avoid Car Repossession

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 ...
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The Best Family Cars if You Have Bad Credit

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 ...
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Paperwork and Car Buying: What You Need to Know

Buying a car isn’t as simple as going to a dealership and plunking down cash—especially if you plan to finance your vehicle. In the great State of Texas, there are certain requirements and paperwork you’ll need to complete a transaction. ...
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No Job and Need a Car Loan: What Are My Options?

One of the most challenging issues people can face is buying a car with no proof of income, job or a non-traditional employment situation. While it is important that loans and credit are regulated to some extent, it can also leave those in ...
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Celebrity Rides: Funk Master Flex

Before you tour someone’s garage, it’s important to know who they are and a little about them. That’s because garages are often a personal space filled with the most treasured of items, cars. Cars reflect personality, finances and taste. ...
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Creating a Bill Schedule to Avoid Repossession

Getting behind on your bills is a frustrating and stressful issue. Many Hpustonians live paycheck to paycheck, leaving very little room for unforeseen circumstances. It also means if you make a few poor choices, you can easily find ...
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Little Known Ways to Build Your Emergency Fund

It’s understandable why it’s a challenge to create an emergency fund in today’s world. Many people live paycheck to paycheck, and daily needs consume money quickly. Even though it may seem impossible, establishing an emergency fund can be ...
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The Best Used Car Models for Houston

It’s no secret that Houston has more than its share of interesting driving conditions. Whether it’s battling inclement weather, dealing with bumper-to-bumper traffic or excruciating heat—it can be a nightmare. One thing that gives drivers ...
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What Makes the Perfect Used Car Dealership?

Buying a car is a daunting enough task without the added stress of finding a reliable, honest dealership. When buying a used car, finding someone with a solid reputation is essential. If you’re about to begin the search for a used car, ...
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Celebrity Rides: The Rock

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is known as an all-around good guy. Although he got his start in the WWE, The Rock has made his name bigger as an actor, producer and a genuinely nice person that both genders appreciate for a variety of reasons. ...
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4 Places to Spring Clean Your Car in Houston

Over the winter your ride may have taken a beating. Wind, rain and other elements encrust your car in a shell of dirt and grime. When spring hits, the pollen comes, and that fine yellow layer of dust attaches itself to the winter mess, ...
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Finding a Bad Credit Car Loan With a New Job

Congratulations! You’ve finally secured that new job and are ready to buy a car. But wait—your credit score is still less than perfect and your brief job history has dealers turning you down. Worse, maybe the prospective car is the only ...
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4 Things to Know About Driving in Houston During Heavy Rain

Everyone in the nation heard about Houston’s recent torrential rain. But unless you lived it, it’s hard to describe how challenging and devastating it was. While rain is nature’s garden helper, sometimes it takes a turn into something more ...
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Celebrity Rides: Blac Chyna and Amber Rose

  💦 A photo posted by www.Lashedbar.co (@blacchyna) on Mar 31, 2016 at 3:28pm PDT Two names making waves in the world of celebrity these days are BFFs Blac Chyna and Amber Rose. Both woman are surrounded by gossip and have been immersed ...
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5 Benefits of In-House Financing

For people with no credit or bad credit, there aren’t always a lot of options for financing a car. One way that some high risk people are able to get a much-needed loan is through in-house financing. However, the benefits aren’t solely for ...
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Celebrity Rides: Steph Curry

Steph Curry has undoubtedly made a splash in the basketball world. However, he has gained a reputation in the world of automobiles as well. Other than being a lover of sleek rides and overall car enthusiast, Curry has managed to keep a ...
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First Time Car Buyers with Bad Credit: What You Should Know

Have you ever gotten frustrated because every job advertisement in your chosen career field tells you that you need experience to get the job, even if you’ve gone to school for it? You wonder how you’ll ever get the experience if no one ...
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Test Drive Tips for Houston Drivers

It’s easy to get wrapped up in how a car looks, or in a favorite make and model. You may be enchanted by the technology or love the cherry-red color. It’s essential to remind yourself throughout the car-buying process that while looks are ...
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Repainting Your Car: What You Need to Know

The information generation has made being a DIY guru easier than ever. Whether you want to build bookshelves, fix the annoying leak in your bathroom or knit socks, there’s a tutorial or blog out there that will help you do it. Cars are a ...
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5 Spring Break Destinations Near Houston to Drive Your Ride

Spring break is that exciting time in March or April when escaping town and heading to a new locale is a time-honored tradition. With warming weather and plenty of events, parties and attractions, spring break is an ideal week to make ...
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6 Ways to Maximize Your Tax Return and Buy a Car

April 15th has gotten a bad name, but in reality, tax time can be looked at as a good time for many. It’s true, some people will owe a large amount of taxes, but the average everyday person is most likely looking at a nice refund. If ...
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Celebrity Rides: NFL Players

The Super Bowl is over and Peyton Manning has another ring. While that’s fascinating, the buzz is already dying down and people are ready to focus on something else. One topic that’s always a great conversation is cars. With all the funds ...
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The Danger of Late Car Payments

A late car payment may not seem like a big deal, especially if you end up paying it eventually. Many people assume that the worst that can happen is a small ding in their credit, if anything should happen at all. When they think about ...
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Protecting Your Car from Spring Pollen

Spring is almost here—warmer weather, beautiful blooming plants and that not-so-wonderful irritant, pollen. Most people have come to accept that pollen is an important inevitability. It has a job to do. However, the side effects can often ...
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3 Places to Get Your Car Wrapped in Houston

Car wrapping has exploded onto the scene as a personal trend that allows people to change the appearance of their ride without permanency. Car wraps give you flexibility, and serve to protect the original finish of your car. Although wraps ...
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Celebrity Rides: DJ Khaled

Read about Khaled Mohamed Khaled and you’ll learn that he’s loved rap music since he was just a tyke. It was that love that transformed him into the infamous DJ Khaled. DJ Khaled is a radio personality, DJ, producer, CEO, and all-around ...
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4 Benefits of Spending Your Tax Refund on a New Car

While many people dislike tax time, there are some benefits to getting your taxes done. The minute you get your W-2s, you have the potential to finish your paperwork and get some cash back. While it may seem fun to take a vacation or buy ...
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Can a Used Car Save You Money?

While buying the latest and greatest thing is often urged by society and advertisers, there are actually many reasons why buying a used car may be an excellent money-saving investment. Beyond the common knowledge that your new car ...
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Tips for Buying a Car on One Income

There are a lot of benefits to cruising through life single, footloose and fancy free. However, one place it can have a downside is income. Existing in today’s economy on a single income is a struggle for many—including numerous hard ...
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Start Your Year Debt-Free with Our New 10K Giveaway!

Shabana is partnering with our friends at 97.9 The Box once again to make you $10,000 richer in 2016. Forget the Powerball and enter our content today. 
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Celebrity Rides: Kylie Jenner

Most people are driving outdated Civics or grandma’s old Buick at the age of 18—and that’s only if you are lucky enough to have a car. The majority of 18 year olds are still waiting for that magical gift from mom and dad, or working their ...
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Car Buying Resolutions to Make for 2016

It’s almost that time of year—the New Year, where you set fresh goals and work like mad to uphold them. It’s common to think about exercise, health-related behaviors and even cutting back on your spending. But what about your ride? Do you ...
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4 Houston New Year's Events to Show Off Your Ride!

Five, four, three, two, one—Happy 2016! It’s hard to believe another year has almost gone by. After all, 2015 will be over in a couple weeks and you’ll be moving into a fresh new year of goals, resolutions and opportunities. That means ...
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Holiday Travel Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

The holidays are upon us, and so is one of the busiest travel months of the year. As families pack up and load into cars, trains, buses and airplanes to head off to see family and friends, there is always some concern in the back of your ...
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Buying a Car When You Live Paycheck to Paycheck

For many Americans, living paycheck to paycheck is a way of life. With the costs of living skyrocketing and wages remaining low, people find it harder to budget, plan and save. The problem with the reality of paycheck to paycheck is the ...
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Celebrity Rides: Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jeanelle Jean once said, “I think the greatest thing about America is the American Dream.”  The Haitian-born rapper-musician-actor-presidential candidate knows very well how it feels to actually achieve it. Wyclef Jean has seen ...
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4 Tips for Picking the Right Used Dealership

It seems like many car dealerships get a bad rap these days, especially in the used car industry. While there are many dealerships that are less than appealing, you can also find some gems.  The key is to know what to look for and what ...
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Unlawful Car Modifications in Houston You Should Know

Tricking out—or modifying—your vehicle holds a big appeal. If your car is older, less than attractive, boring or you crave more power, adding some bells and whistles can make all the difference. It’s also easy get into the “Pimp my Ride” ...
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What is the Best Ride to Cruise Houston?

No one wants to hear that their beloved city is top ten in the nation for worst commutes, or that they lose an average of 61 hours a year because of the drive times. It’s also not always pleasant to take a close look at what hot, muggy ...
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Celebrity Rides: 2 Chainz

It seems one of the rites of passage for a budding hip-hop celebrity is building a drool-worthy car collection. 2 Chainz, whose birth name is Tauheed Epps, has created a garage that instills envy in the heart of diehard car lovers. ...
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Licensing Your Vehicle: Quick Tips to Get on the Road

The ins and outs of car ownership can sometimes feel endless. Between researching and buying a new car to knowing about and procuring insurance, driver’s licenses and car licenses, there’s a lot of information that you have to know. One of ...
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The Texas AirCheck Program is Back

We're excited to announce that the Texas AirCheck program is back! This program gives eligible motorists financial assistance to replace cars or trucks that give off high emission levels. The goal is to get the cleanest possible cars on ...
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Celebrity Rides: Bow Wow

Rental, gift, purchase—does it really matter how you got to be driving the car you’re in? At that moment, it’s yours. Bow Wow—aka Shad Gregory Moss—seems to have a new vehicle du jour frequently. He acquires them through various and sundry ...
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Getting an Auto Loan on Social Security Income

You may ask yourself if you’re able to purchase a car when your sole income is social security. The answer is yes, given the right circumstances. Like any income, social security is a set amount of money that comes in each month, so as ...
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The Benefits of Full-Coverage Car Insurance

Everyone knows that having car insurance is a must, but there is always the question of how much is enough. Navigating the insurance world can be tricky, and one asset that can become a huge expense when not properly covered is your car. ...
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The Beginner's Guide to Car Warranties

Warranties are one of those things you don’t always fully understand until you’ve bought something and it breaks within the first few years. Most of the time, the items you purchase do just fine without you putting a lot of thought into ...
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Online Tools to Help You Save for a Down Payment

If you’re ready for a new ride, but are lacking a down payment, today’s technology can come to the rescue. The digital age has taken us far beyond ledgers, accountants and Quickbooks. Online tools and apps make it simple to manage your ...
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Asking Someone to Cosign a Loan: Find the Right Person

There are many reasons you may have to ask someone to cosign your auto loan.  You might have bad credit and can’t afford a high interest rate. Maybe you have no credit, and need someone to help get you started. Other reasons include low ...
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Celebrity Rides: NWA

Straight Outta Compton brought the legendary N.W.A back to into the spotlight. The group is iconic, as are its original members. Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young), Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson),  Eazy-E (Eric Lynn Wright) and Arabian Prince (Kim ...
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3 Things to Do for Labor Day in the H!

  • Shabana Motors
  • 09/02/2015
Known as the “workingmen’s holiday”, it’s ironic that too many people will still have to put a shift in this coming Labor Day. However, whether you have to work or not, you’ll still have some free time available Labor Day Weekend—and what ...
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Places to Take Your Dog in H-Town on National Dog's Day

Your dog is your best friend—an unfailing companion. Pooches are there for you through good times and bad, and they are faithful no matter what you do. If you have a dog, celebrating National Dog Day is an excellent opportunity to pay him ...
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Shabana Motors Now Offering You a Warranty!

We’re changing things up a bit at Shabana, and we think you’re going to like it.
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Can I Buy a Car with No Driver's License ?

A driver’s license and car seem to go hand in hand. The thought of looking for a car without a license may seem like a foreign concept. However, there are people that have a good reason to purchase a car even when they don’t have that ...
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4 Things to Know When Trading in Your Car

Your trade-in can make a big difference in what kind of vehicle you’ll be able to purchase. Often, it’s the down payment toward your next car. The goal is to get the most value out of it, and there are a few ways to prepare your current ...
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Celebrity Rides: James Harden

It’s no secret professional sports pay big. Contracts are at record highs, and players like James Harden - shooting guard for the Houston Rockets - are reaping the rewards. Harden is a player that demands notice—he possesses point-making ...
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Can I Buy a Car While on Unemployment?

Although the economy has improved over the last few years, it still isn’t as stable as it once was. Companies can’t or won’t always hold onto their employees, and while searching for a secure job, unemployment is the only option. One issue ...
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4 Places to Get Your Car's Air Conditioning Fixed in Houston

Summer in Houston is a pretty great time. There are festivals, concerts and activities that all take advantage of the nice weather. Summer can also get hot, with temps soaring into the 90s, and sometimes even the 100s. One amenity you ...
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Can I Finance a Car with Outstanding Credit Collections?

It’s easy to feel as though you’re suffocating under bills and collections. However, getting back on your feet financially takes a job and the ability to get there. One of the first questions someone may ask themselves is, am I able to get ...
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Celebrity Rides: Akon

Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, better known as Akon, loves cars. His collection, like his career, is prolific. You have to hand it to the man—he’s managed to stay busy since 1996, and shows no sign ...
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Where to Take Your Ride This July 4th in Houston!

Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to cruise around and head to the best events in Houston. The 4th of July has long been a favorite national holiday. It means freedom, friends, family, food and fun. In fact, if you’re ...
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My Car Air Conditioning Broke! Now What?!

  • Anne-Marie Axilrod
  • 06/24/2015
Having a car is beneficial for many reasons, but it’s easy to forget that there are some costs that come with it. If you don’t have the luxury of owning a brand spanking new vehicle, you will probably run into some maintenance issues from ...
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4 Places to Road Trip to in Houston (Under an Hour!)

Do you ever just feel the need for a mini-adventure? The kind where you get in your car and take a little road trip? It doesn’t have to be far—or anywhere fancy—something different will do. Houston residents are in luck. You have things to ...
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3 Places to Celebrate Juneteenth in Houston

In some places, the day known as Juneteenth slips by unnoticed. That’s not the case in Houston, Texas. On June 19th, 1865, slavery was officially ended in the United States. Although Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took place two and a ...
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Celebrity Rides: The Kardashian Clan

It’s a notable day if the internet doesn’t come up with some sort of Kardashian headline. The notorious family has made quite the name for themselves since Kim’s infamous tape release in 2007. Since then, each member of the clan has had ...
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Enter the 5 for 10K Giveaway at Shabana Motors!

Are you ready to win $10,000 courtesy of Shabana Motors and 97.9 THE BOX? Then you're in luck, because it's time to enter our 5 for $10,000 contest. Entering is simple. Contestants should stop by Shabana Motors at 9811 Southwest Freeway, ...
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Do I Need a Big Down Payment to Get a Car?

A car can make a big difference in your life. It may be the thing you need to get to a better job, go to school and work at the same time or get your kids from point A or point B. There are a couple things that have people worry about when ...
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Can You Trust In-House Financing for Your Next Car?

Buying a car is a big process. There are a lot of things that are helpful to know before you jump in. One aspect that can be confusing for many is auto loans. With so many options out there, what do you choose? More importantly, if you ...
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5 Elements of a Basic Car Tune-Up

Giving your car basic care tune-ups can give it a much longer life. Of course, if you don't know what a basic car care tune-up is, then the first thing you need to do is learn more about it and how often it needs to be done. Putting in an ...
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4 Places to Get Expert Car Repair in Houston

It's important to remember that your vehicle is a bit like yourself. Without proper care, you can run into some issues. We also have accidents or unexpected breakdowns every once in a while—so do our cars. When that happens, what do you ...
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What Happens If You Can No Longer Afford Your Car Payments

Most of us have been there—hard times. Paying your bills feels out of reach, and the stress it causes can amplify the entire situation. One thing many people fear during a tough economic time is the loss of their car. People rely on ...
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I Just Turned 18! Can I Buy a Car by Myself?

Happy Birthday! You've just reached the big 1-8. You're legally an adult—that means lotto tickets, a vote and the potential of getting a loan—maybe even purchasing your first car. What does it take? Can you even get a loan when you have ...
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Can I Get a Nice Car with In-House Financing?

When you’re searching for a car, it’s always nice to dream about what you would get if you could afford it. However, bank terms and traditional financing often puts you on a strict budget—one that places a nicer car just out of your reach. ...
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Celebrity Rides: Kevin Hart

It pays to be funny. Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno have proven that. One comedian who has been laughing his way to the bank since his break in 2000 is Kevin Hart. He’s an actor, producer and acclaimed funnyman who also likes to use some of ...
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Can I Buy a Car If I Have Student Debt?

Does student debt keep you from buying a car? Will the dealership take one look at that debt and run the other way? The answer to both questions is no. You’ll absolutely be able to buy a car—but before you jump into it, you should ...
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Car Keys Locked Inside? Check Out These Houston Locksmiths

Many people have done it—they’ve walked away from their car and suddenly realized, “uh-oh.” There is no familiar jingling in their pocket or their purse feels a little lighter. Maybe they even forgot their purse. It’s a sixth sense— you ...
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3 St. Patrick’s Day Events to Take Your Whip To in Houston

So you’ve got a new whip (or maybe you just have an amazing one,) and you want to take it out to celebrate the luck of the Irish this March. Well, before you get in the car and drive, here are few festivals and events that you may want to ...
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Celebrity Rides: The Most Expensive Celebrity Cars

Cars have been a status symbol for a long time. While there are luxury cars within reach of the average person, some have been exclusively saved for top-level businesspeople and celebrities. In fact, celebrities often have cars that are ...
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Say Hello to Our Newest 10K Winner

Congratulations to Felicia Mattox for winning the Shabana Motors and 97.9 The Box's Mad Hatta's latest 10K giveaway. Felicia walked away from Shabana Motors 10K richer! 
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The Worst Intersections in Houston

Car accidents are bad. Besides the obvious reasons—injury and car damage—they can also cause many other issues. Some of those issues are the time it takes to get your car fixed, and having to deal with the insurance company. Insurance ...
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3 Houston Radio Stations to Get Your Hip Hop Fix

Hip-hop and Houston may not seem a likely combination. However, Houston has a pretty strong scene when it comes to music, and that includes R&B, soul and hip-hop. Radio has always been a way to keep up with the most current up-and-coming ...
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Tax Return: The Perfect Car Down Payment

If you’re looking at a decent amount for your tax refund this year, you may have a lot of things you’d like to spend it on. However, before you go on that vacation or buy your season tickets, think about using it toward the purchase of ...
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Celebrity Rides: Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg has entertained the world in so many different ways. He is also famous for many reasons, including his nickname (given to him by his mother), his lyrics, and his famed phrase “fo shizzle”. His impact has been so profound you can ...
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So You're in Sugar Land and Need a Ride? Shabana Has You Covered

Car shoppers from Sugar Land, Texas should expand their search for their next ride to Shabana Motors located in Houston. Dedicated to providing clients with a wealth of vehicle options to meet their budget and driving needs, even in ...
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No Credit? No Worries. Get into a Ride with These 3 Key Steps

Navigating the world of credit and loans can be a challenging task, especially when you’re just starting out. Most young people haven’t quite figured out what it all means, or how to make it work for you. After all, they don’t tend to ...
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Celebrity Rides: TI

Cars have long been a way to show status. There are certain names associated with luxury—like Bentley, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi and Range Rover. There are also brands that portray speed and power. It’s not all about status either. These cars ...
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Making Sure Your Fours Stay Yours

Rims can be the most expensive single part of a customized car and can be sold quickly with little questions asked of the seller, making them a particularly attractive target for thieves. Additionally, it is often easier to remove rims ...
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Merry Christmas from Shabana Motors!

Shabana Motors Is Wishing You a Merry Christmas! * Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net and jannoon028
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Custom Paint Jobs: Where to Go in Houston

A well done custom paint job makes your ride uniquely yours, a way to express your own personal style while getting where you need to go. While looking for the right shop to makeover your car, you should consider the level of skill and ...
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The 4 Coolest Cadillacs of All Time

Cadillac is among America’s oldest car companies, and arguably the most luxurious and popular. Since its founding by Henry Leland in 1902, from what remained of the defunct Henry Ford Company, Cadillac has made a reputation for being the ...
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Rosenberg, Texas: Buy a Used Car Today

Drivers in Rosenberg, Texas can find their next car at Shabana Motors in Houston, even if local dealerships and lenders were unable to work with their credit. Shabana Motors prides itself on getting credit-troubled clients the right deal ...
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Celebrity Rides: Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are one of the hottest and richest celebrity couples, and they have an incredible assortment of extravagant marital property including a collection of luxurious cars. Whether purchased for themselves, received ...
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Shabana Motors!
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Thanksgiving Celebrations: 3 Places to Show off Your Ride

Thanksgiving is about family, gratitude, food, and for proud car enthusiasts, finding an event to attend at which they can show off their ride and check out the rides of others. Houston car lovers have a few great events around town that ...
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Pasadena Residents: Have You Considered Shabana Motors?

Car buyers from Pasadena, Texas can now find the perfect used car for them, at a competitive buy-here-pay-here financing prices, at Shabana Motors located in Houston. Anyone who has had their credit get in their way of getting into a car ...
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The Best #ThrowbackThursday Celebrity Rides

Extravagant, unique and attention grabbing vehicles have been a staple of celebrity culture since long before social media made it instantly easy to show off a killer ride. A look back, in honor of #ThrowBackThursday, at the best celebrity ...
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5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Chrysler 300

Since its initial unveiling in the 2005 model year, the modern Chrysler 300 series has risen through the ranks of American cars to become one of the most popular full size luxury sedans on the market. The 300 has been a part of Chrysler ...
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Be Careful: You May be Driving the Most Stolen Car in Houston

Car thieves, in Houston and everywhere else, have a tendency to target certain makes and models of vehicles, with variations of their preferences shifting somewhat dependent on the city in which they commit the crime. Generally speaking, ...
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Conroe Car Shoppers: Buying a Car in Houston

Shabana Motors is now helping residents of Conroe, Texas get behind the wheel of the right pre-owned car for their lives and budgets. Located in Houston, Shabana Motors specializes in providing great deals and in-house pricing on a huge ...
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Celebrity Rides: Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid athlete on the planet, which is made abundantly clear by the boxer’s absurdly extravagant spending habits. Needless to say about a man who travels with a brief case full of hundred dollar bills in ...
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Happy Halloween

Shabana Motors Is Wishing You a Wonderful Halloween! * Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
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Chevy: The Ultimate Movie Car

Chevorlet has been a major name in American car companies for over a hundred years. A history that long, and having so many immediately recognizable classic vehicle models under its belt, has contributed to a number of Chevys making it big ...
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Shabana Motors: Now Serving Spring, Texas

Shabana Motors has become a leading name in buy-here-pay-here auto sales in its home base city of Houston, Texas. However, you don’t need to live in Houston to benefit from all that Shabana Motors has to offer. Residents of ...
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Meet 8 Generations of the Chevy Malibu

After being off of the market for over a decade, the Chevrolet Malibu reemerged in 1997 as a front wheel drive sedan. The Chevrolet Malibu has changed a lot across its eight generations of models, slowly transitioning from a high-end off ...
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5 Places to Pimp Your Rims in H-Town

The final touch to any stylishly customized ride is a set of pimped out eye catching rims. Like the perfect jewelry that ties together a killer outfit, rims add the perfect bit of accenting detail to the look and feel of a car. Around the ...
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Grand Theft Auto: 4 Tips to Keeping Possession of Your Ride

Every driver dreads the possibility of walking to where they parked their car to discover it has been stolen. For a moment, most auto theft victims will try to convince themselves that they were mistake about the where the car was parked, ...
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Can I Get a Car for $500 Down?

A number of people who qualify for reasonable car loan options, even those with credit issues, can’t afford the large down payments often recommended when purchasing a financed new or late model used car from a dealership. While it may ...
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3 Tips for Purchasing a Car with Cash

Buying a car with cash means you don’t need to commit to financing your car, won’t risk defaulting on a loan unexpectedly, and can be the best way for someone with credit issues to purchase an affordable used vehicle. The process of ...
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Celebrity Rides: The Game

Hip-hop superstar The Game has more than a handful of enviable attributes, and his collection of unique and eye-catching rides is far from the least of those noteworthy lifestyle and career notables. The rapper, actor and producer has ...
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4 Tips to Stress-Free Student Car Loans

Students, more often than not, are on extremely limited incomes and have limited credit histories. These factors can make securing a car loan difficult for the average student. There are ways to make car loans easier to get and keep up ...
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4 Cool Events to Drive Your Slab to This Summer

Throughout the summer there are cool and fun events to which you and your friends or family can drive. Concerts, festivals and expos are not only excellent ways to enjoy some summer fun; they also give you a chance to show off your ride. ...
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Car Care in the Palm of Your Hand: Top Car Apps

Thanks to smart phone apps, car care has never been easier. Everything you need to know to maintain, repair and otherwise care for your vehicle is in the palm of your hand via these useful applications. Even as someone new to DIY car care, ...
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Get a Good Deal: 5 Things You Must Know before Selling Your Car to a Dealership

The choice to sell your car to a dealership can save you a lot of time, effort and even money compared to trying to sell it someone on your own. However, before you head to a dealership to sell them your car, there are five steps you need ...
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3 Proven Ways to Get a Great Car Loan

The terms of your auto loan are just as important as the final asking price for the car. Shopping around and negotiating the best car loan terms possible can save you a substantial amount of money and help you avoid getting into a ...
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Keep Your Car: How to Stay ahead of Your Monthly Car Payments

Car loan payments are a long term responsibility with lasting effects on your credit, monthly budget and ownership of your vehicle. Throughout the term of your car loan, staying on top of those regular payments will ensure you keep your ...
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Buying Your Teen a Used Car: First Consider These 4 Essential Qualities

The first car most teenagers drive after getting a driver’s license is purchased by an adult. This rite of passage is, more often than not, the first time that teenager has been given that level of freedom and responsibility. Before you ...
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What Makes a Good Trade-in Car?

When you decide to trade your existing vehicle in as part of your next car purchase you obviously want to get the highest trade in appraisal possible. A good trade-in car will knock a substantial amount off of the asking price of your new ...
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Celebrity Rides: Rob Dyrdek

Professional skateboarder and pop culture personality Rob Dyrdek has built a successful career that encompasses nearly every corner of the entertainment world. Given all of that success, it is unsurprising that the realty show host has ...
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Happy Labor Day

Shabana Motors Is Wishing You a Wonderful Labor Day!  
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5 Tips to Save on Your Car Insurance in Texas

Car insurance is an unavoidable expense if you want to safely and legally drive your vehicle in Texas. As with every required ongoing bill, it is in your best interest to keep that expense at an affordable price-point. The following tips ...
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The 5 Best Cars from the Fast and the Furious

  • Cory Lowe
  • 08/26/2014
“The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise has given fans a massive collection of drool-worthy cars made larger than life on the screen. The best of those cars combine style, power, and unforgettable scenes in one of the blockbuster “Fast ...
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5 Common Driving Violations in Texas

Most drivers in Texas, and every other state, will at some point get pulled over and ticketed for some kind of traffic violation. An awareness of the most common driving and traffic violations in Texas can help you avoid making these ...
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5 Things to Consider before Cosigning a Loan

The decision to cosign a car loan for someone should be taken seriously. There are five things to consider prior to signing onto any loan as a cosigner.
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Car Dealership Shopping: Bring the Right Documentation

The best way to improve your car buying experience is to make it as hassle-free as possible, and that means doing your homework and showing up to the dealership prepared. Have everything you need with you when you arrive at the dealership ...
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How Important Is Your Credit Score?

We all know our credit score is important, but few actually understand why it is such a big deal. Nearly every adult’s financial life is heavily reliant on credit, making the health of your credit report extremely important. An ...
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Voluntary Car Repossession: What You Need to Know before Surrendering Your Car

A voluntary repossession involves turning your car over to your lenders or creditors instead of waiting for the car to be forcibly repossessed. Consumers who voluntarily turn over the keys to their vehicle have either already fallen behind ...
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Finance Your First Car and Get Behind the Wheel

Your first car purchase is, in all likelihood, the first long term financial commitment you will make. Even those with experience making such important decisions can hit a snag when it comes to the financing process. As you prepare to ...
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Ridin' Dirty in the South: A Guide to (Hip Hop) Car Culture in Houston

Houston's car culture and the Southern hip hop sounds of chopped and screwed music go hand-in-hand. In fact, few experiences here can compare to the sound of DJ Screw blaring out of a SLAB. SLABs have definitely carved their place in ...
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Celebrity Rides: Gucci Mane

Rapper Gucci Mane has owned an impressive array of expensive and eye-catching vehicles that inspire envy among car lovers both in and out of the hip hop community. The fleet has changed and rotated somewhat over the past several years, but ...
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Car Dealer Terminology 101: 5 Essential Terms to Help You Get a Good Deal

Car dealers speak a language all their own, with jargon and shorthand slang that may sound confusing or nonsensical. As a consumer, an understanding of what car dealers are saying to you and among themselves can go a long way toward ...
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Researching Cars Online: What to Look For

The internet is an extremely helpful resource for anyone thinking of buying a new car. Even though most actual car purchases take place in person, the first several car shopping steps can be easily completed online from the comfort of your ...
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Beat the Heat: 3 Tips for Car Care in Extreme Heat

High temperatures, humidity and extended sunlight are all tough on your car throughout the summer. Aside from not being the most comfortable months for driving, the summer season can take a toll on your car’s tires, engine, and more. Beat ...
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4 Ways to Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

Anyone who has ever gotten into a car on a hot summer day knows how important it is to get the car cooled down quickly, as well as the benefits of keeping the car as cool as possible while it’s parked. The following tips will help you stay ...
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Cash Vs. Credit: What Should You Choose When Buying a Used Car?

The decision to use either cash or credit to purchase a car should be settled before you are sitting in a dealership preparing to finalize the deal. Dealerships, especially those who specialize in working with credit-troubled buyers, are ...
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The History of the Cadillac

Since its inception in 1902, Cadillac has become as synonymous with American cars as its competitive colleagues at Ford. Throughout its history, Cadillac broke new ground, set design and manufacturing trends and continues to impact the ...
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Driving without Insurance: What Are the Consequences?

Every state requires drivers to have a minimum level of insurance coverage or proof of financial responsibility being met. While skipping a routine oil change or other small maintenance task can be an acceptable risk, driving your car ...
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Can't Make Your Car Payment? Here Are 3 Options to Consider

Even someone relatively responsible with finances can be subject to unforeseen issues that mean a monthly car payment is no longer in the budget. No matter the reason, such as a lost job or unexpected extra expense, there are steps you ...
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Celebrity Rides: Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa proliferates across the entire entertainment community, well known as a rapper, actor, singer and songwriter. The hip hop star is also known for the enviable cars featured in his videos and owned by him personally. Even if ...
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Top 3 Houston Rappers and Their Slabs

Houston is home to the Slab car customization trend, which involves adding unique and flamboyant style to older model cars. Exotic, one of a kind, and luxurious vehicles have long been one of the most popular symbols of wealth and success ...
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Cosigned and Divorce: How to Deal

Divorce is a complex and stressful event that impacts nearly every aspect of your personal and financial life. One of the things a divorcing couple may need to handle is a car loan one of them has cosigned for the other. There is a way to ...
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How to $ell Your Used Car and Maximize Your Profits

You obviously want to get as much money out of selling your used car as possible. Maximizing the profits from selling your car depends on how long you have to make the sale, the current state of your vehicle and the amount of time and ...
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3 Celebrities Who Wrecked Their $100,000 + Cars

High profile, high price, car crashes are a staple among notorious celebrities. Car accidents aren’t uncommon among non-celebrity drivers, but the class of vehicles involved when the rich and famous crash are what sets their fender benders ...
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Pimpin’ Your Ride on a Budget

Customized upgraded features and accessories can help your car reflect your personal style and taste, no matter how standard the car model is. Installing new pimped out features to your car can get pricey, but you don’t need to break the ...
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5 Car Accessories to Get Your Dad for Father’s Day

Car accessories make great Father’s Day gifts for dads who take almost as much pride in their cars as they do their children. The five best car accessory Father’s Day gifts are versatile, fun and affordable for a loving child on a budget. 
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Celebrity Rides: Diddy

Sean Combs, known to the world as Diddy, is one of hip hop’s most notable car collectors. Diddy’s impressive fleet of luxury, exotic and one of a kind vehicles are a direct reflection of the mogul’s lavish and fashionable taste. 
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Meet the "Who the F Said It" Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Nakeisha Oaks for winning the Shabana Motors and 97.9 The Box's Mad Hatta's "Who the F Said It" giveaway. Nakeisha walked away with $10,000 in cash just in time for summer.
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Detailing a Car Like a Professional

There is an immediately noticeable difference between a clean car and a car that is well detailed. Instead of simply cleaning your car with soapy water and a vacuum, you can take the time to detail your car like a professional. The right ...
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How to Repair Bad Credit after Identify Theft

Identity theft can have a long term negative impact on all aspects of your life, especially your finances and credit report. The process of repairing bad credit in the wake of identity theft should start right away and be done with ...
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Selling vs. Trading-In Your Car: What's the Best Option?

While you are shopping for your next car you also need to decide whether it is best to sell your current car or trade it in to the dealership. There are benefits and drawbacks to each choice, and the final decision comes down to how each ...
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Happy Memorial Day

Shabana Motors Is Wishing You a Wonderful Memorial Day! *Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
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To Buy an Extended Warranty or Not, That Is the Question!

One of the questions you will need to answer when buying a new car is whether or not you want to purchase an extended warranty. Extended warranties cover repairs that aren't included in your car’s manufacturer’s warranty. An understanding ...
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10 Steps to Selling Your Car

There are a number of reasons you might want to sell your car on your own instead of trading the vehicle in or selling your car to a dealership. The 10 steps to selling your car help you maximize the sale while reducing the overall stress ...
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FICO 101: Understanding Your FICO Score

FICO scores provide lenders a tool for predicting the likelihood of applicants repaying their loans. An understanding of how your FICO score is calculated and how it can impact your life will make your general financial management and ...
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How Does Child Support Get Calculated in Auto Loans?

Child support payments have an impact on your reported income and how car loan companies calculate your financing offers. Before you start applying for car loans, you should understand how the child support you receive can affect the ...
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Happy Mother's Day

Shabana Motors Is Wishing You a Wonderful Mother's Day! *Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
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5 Tips to Pay off Your Car Loan Early

An outstanding car loan affects both your financial situation and the value of your car by increasing the amount of your total debt and reducing the amount of your car’s equity you own. You should do what you can to pay off your car loan ...
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Celebrity Rides: Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade has spent years earning the love and admiration of basketball fans while playing for the Miami Heat. While becoming one of the best known basketball players in the league, he found time to accumulate an impression collection of ...
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Bad Credit and No Cosigner? What Can I Do?

The most effective way to finance a car purchase despite having no credit, or a low credit score, is through the use of a cosigner on the auto loan. When you don’t have a friend or family member capable of cosigning your car loan, your ...
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The Quick Guide to Qualifying for Auto Financing

A clear picture of what it takes to get an auto loan approved will help remove the guesswork from your car buying experience, and help you prepare your financial situation for the car financing commitment you’re about to undertake. The ...
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When is the Best Time to Buy a Car?

The right time to purchase a car is dependent on a number of factors working together to get you the best possible deal at the optimal point in your current car’s lifespan. There are a number of theories regarding what time of day, month, ...
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Enter to Win $10K from Shabana Motors!

It's time again to walk away with $10,000 courtesy of Shabana Motors and 97.9 THE BOX. Entering is simple. Contests should stop by Shabana Motors at 9811 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074 to fill out an official registration form before ...
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Car Loan Shopping: The Dos and Don’ts

Unless you are financially lucky enough to be able to pay for your next car upfront, you will need to finance the purchase with an auto loan. One of the most important parts of financing your car is loan shopping. Keep the following tips ...
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Happy Easter

Shabana Motors is Wishing You a Happy Easter! *Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
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How Do Car Loans Affect Your Credit Score?

Car loans begin to affect your credit long before you start making, or not making, your monthly payments. Auto loan shopping does have an impact on your credit rating, as does the loan’s initial approval and disbursement. You should be ...
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4 Tips for Test Driving a Car at a Dealership

One of the most important, and fun, parts of a car buying experience is the test drive at the dealership. While behind the wheel of your potential new vehicle for the first time, you should be paying attention to aspects of the car that ...
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Drive Clean with the AirCheck Texas Program

AirCheck Texas has initiated the Drive a Clean Machine Program which provides financial assistance to Texas drivers who want to trade their old, environmentally harmful, cars in for newer energy efficient models. The program strives to ...
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Repair or Replace? Pros and Cons

No car can last forever, and at some point, every car owner will need to decide whether to make a necessary repair or replace the car once and for all. A number of factors contribute to that decision, the most important of which being the ...
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How Do Auto Loan Calculators Work?

A realistic monthly budget is an important part of financing the purchase of a car. Auto loan calculators are online tools used by consumers as they attempt to determine budgetary comfort zones. The overall effectiveness of auto loan ...
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Celebrity Rides: Ice-T Loves Coco and His Sweet Rides

Ice-T and Coco are well known for their flashy and enjoyment of their luxurious lifestyle. A big part of that lifestyle is Ice-T’s love of high-end cars. The legendary rapper’s social networking activity includes a flood of images showing ...
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First Time Car Buyers: Important Tips to Secure Your Loan

The average person, when buying a car for the first time, will find the financing process the most stressful aspect of the vehicle shopping experience. Many first time car buyers have a limited or troubled credit history and a lack of ...
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Repossessed Celebrity Cars: The Good Life Ain't That Great

Celebrities can have the same financial issues as everyday people, just on a grander scale and in a more visible way. Fame does not always mean lifelong financial security. Irresponsible money management has resulted in many celebrities ...
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Cool Movie Cars: 1.21 Gigawatts! Great Scott!

Some of the most popular action movies in film history prominently feature unforgettable cars. The best of these car movies excite car enthusiasts and thrill seekers by offering a glimpse at fast, exotic, and one of a kind dream cars. 
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4 Ways to Get Your Car to 100,000 Miles

Most drivers want their car to run as long as possible, which means reaching and exceeding 100,000 miles without needing to replace the engine or the entire vehicle. There are a few ways car owners can make sure their car hits the 100,000 ...
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5 Best Cars for Single Parents

Single parents have specific and important criteria for the car they drive. Safety, reliability, and convenience all come in to play while busy single parents are shopping for their next car. The best cars for single parents address all of ...
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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Shabana Motors is Wishing You a Happy St. Patrick's Day! *Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
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Which Car Seat is Right for Your Child?

The right choice of car seat for your child depends heavily on the age of the child and the kind of car you purchased. As your child gets older and grows, you will need to switch car seats to ensure safety while driving. Follow general ...
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Celebrity Rides: Started From the Bottom Now Drake is Here

Drake is a multi-talented superstar with one of the music industry’s most impressive and varied collection of expensive cars. There are celebrities with more cars than Drake, but few can boast as many super-luxurious rides as the young ...
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The Coolest Rap Video Cars of All-Time

Cars are used in rap videos to set the stage and tell the story. These cool rides transcend the usual prop distinction, taking on vibrant and memorable roles in the videos in which they are featured. 
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5 Car Tricks to Impress the Ladies

Car tricks, like those seen in blockbuster driving action films, can be a fun way to impress the ladies. Before attempting any of these tricks, remember that what is seen in the movies is done by professionals in controlled environments, ...
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10 Car Trends Shaping the Auto Industry’s Future

The future of the auto industry is being shaped by innovative new trends in both design and technology. The top 10 car trends address every concern facing both consumers and auto manufacturers. You may want to consider these trends when ...
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Ballin': 7 Coolest NBA Player Cars

Professional players like Kobe Bryant are known for extravagant status symbol purchases, especially when it comes to buying cars. Basketball stars, in particular, can be seen driving around in some of the most noteworthy attention grabbing ...
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Lights, Camera, Action: The 4 Coolest Movie Cars

The coolest movie cars of all-time take on personas of their own, becoming characters in their own rights. Everyone remembers seeing their favorite movie car for the first time and the excitement generated by these vehicles leaves a ...
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H-Town Fun: Best Places to Take Your Ride in Houston

Everyone who drives a cool car wants to show off their ride at the best destinations around town. There are a number of popular hot spots in Houston, Texas where you can make sure your car is admired while enjoying a fun night out. Take ...
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4 Signs You Need to Buy a New Car

Purchasing a car is a large financial commitment, so it makes sense to avoid taking on that expense for as long as you can. However, there are several noticeable signs that you need to take the plunge and get a new car. 
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Happy Valentine's Day

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Changing a Tire? Here's What the Tire Numbers Mean

The numbers and letters printed on the sidewall of your car’s tires represent all of the information you could ever need about the tires. When it is time to replace, repair, or service your tires, you may need parts or all of the ...
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Mark Your Calendars: Top 3 Car Shows in Texas

The best car shows in Texas give families and car enthusiasts an opportunity to check out vehicles while enjoying a wide variety of entertainment. All over the state, these celebrated car shows feature a number of different vehicles, ...
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Celebrity Rides - Marc Ecko

In 2006 Ecko Unltd and Nissan teamed up to design a pair of co-branded promotional sport utility vehicles and a line of apparel and fashion accessories. The Nissan Armada had laser-etched wheels, a custom grille, a cream Landau roof and ...
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Online Car Shopping: Save Time & Make Better Car Buying Decisions

Online car buying allows you to shop for the car you need from the comfort of your own home, eliminating some of the more stressful aspects of the traditional car buying process. Before buying a car online, you should know how it differs ...
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Blast from the Past: Top 5 Coolest TV Cars

Since television became a staple pastime in most homes, cars have been prominent features in a number of popular broadcasts. Decades after some series go off the air, the noteworthy cars are still remembered fondly by viewers. The coolest ...
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The Best Car Super Bowl Commercials

Memorable commercials, including some of the best car commercials on television, air during the Super Bowl. The best Super Bowl car commercials stay with viewers for months, years, and decades after they air. These commercials help inform ...
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Best Places to Drive in Texas

Texas is full of beautiful scenic roads and driving destinations that make driving in your car in the expansive state an experience to remember. The best places to safely drive in Texas capture the natural beauty of the landscape and the ...
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The Five Coolest Concept Cars

A concept car is a specialty vehicle designed and manufactured in extremely limited quantities, sometimes one at a time, as a way to show off new advancements in technology, design, and amenities. You may never be able to walk onto a ...
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The Coolest Rims for Your New Ride

The best rims for your used car collection will combine durability and style. Many drivers choose to replace the standard factory rims on their car with an upgraded set of aftermarket rims. A high quality set of rims will add personality ...
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Meet Our 'Countdown to Cash'mas' 10K Winner

Congratulations to Tiffany Fox for winning the Shabana Motors and 97.9 The Box's Mad Hatta's "Countdown to Cash'mas" giveaway. Tiffany walked away with $10,000 in cash just before Christmas.
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Questions to Ask Your Car Salesman

There are several questions you should always ask a car salesman before driving off the lot in a new vehicle. Especially when purchasing a used car, these questions will help you evaluate the car’s condition and provide important ...
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Transferring Car Title to Someone in Your Family

After gifting or selling a car to a family member you will need to transfer the car title into that person’s name. The process of transferring a car title to someone in your family is simple, as long as you follow the steps applicable to ...
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The Top 10 Cars in the NFL

Successful NFL players are notorious for flashy purchases, especially expensive and unique cars. For many young men making millions in professional football, a high profile vehicle is a symbol of achieving a lifelong dream. The best cars ...
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Happy New Year's Eve

Happy New Year! Here is to another great year. Enjoy the New Year's Eve parties and make sure to stay safe.
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Travel Safely with These Holiday Car Tips

Everyone hopes their holiday driving experience is safe and stress-free. With so many people traveling the roads on holidays, this can seem like a difficult experience to orchestrate. The following holiday car travel tips will help you ...
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Have a Wonderful Holiday Season

Shabana Motors is wishing you a happy holiday season.
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Texas Laws For Gifting a Vehicle

Gifting a new used car to someone means you are giving that person ownership of your car without any money changing hands. The process for gifting a car to someone in the state of Texas involves transferring the car ownership title into ...
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The Complete Auto Financing Glossary

Auto financing documents contain a lot of formal legal language that the average consumer is not familiar with. A basic understanding of the common auto financing terms will help you navigate car loan negotiations and keep you from signing ...
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See How Easily You Can Save for a Car Down Payment

A down payment is a percentage of an asking price you pay upfront toward a purchase. The average car down payment is no less than 5% of the car’s total cost, though it is recommended to put forth as much as you can afford on your budget. ...
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5 Auto Loan Myths You Should Know

The most common auto loan myths are based on seemingly logical assumptions consumers make due to a lack of information on the auto financing process. Auto credit myths are easy to dispel once you have all the correct knowledge and ...
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What is Negative Equity and How Will it Affect Me?

Negative equity means owing a lender more than an asset, like your car, is worth. While you are working on paying off your car loan, and ideally before you commit to the loan terms in the first place, you should understand how to avoid and ...
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Little Known Ways to Get the Most Out of Auto Tax Deductibles

  • Cory Lowe
  • 12/06/2013
Every driver knows how expensive owning on a vehicle can be. You can recoup some of that money spent, however, if you are aware of deductible car related expenses and use your car for business related driving. Keep complete records of ...
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The Guide to Car Loan Credit Reports

Your credit report is going to be checked by the dealership or outside lender when you apply for a car loan. Not only should you be prepared in terms of knowing your current credit rating, you should also have a grasp on how the credit ...
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Auto Recalls: What You Need to Know

Car companies recall certain makes, models, or even a single part on one of their vehicles when a safety concern is discovered. Recalls are more common than most people realize, as even the smallest safety problem immediately triggers a ...
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Safe Driving: Best Apps to Get you to Your Destination

There are millions of smart phone apps, a number of which try to make driving your car a better experience. The most helpful driving apps can reduce the stress of driving, keep you safe while driving your car, and connect you with ...
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The Complete Guide to Reviewing an Auto Sales Contract

A car sales contract contains a lot of legal language that is well beyond the full understanding of an average consumer. Don’t let the lofty wording intimidate you or keep you from reviewing the contract in full. Instead, know what to look ...
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Refinancing Your Car Loan: Advantages vs. Disadvantages

The choice to refinance your car loan can be beneficial to your immediate expenses, but you should understand both the advantages and risks before starting the process. Snap decisions about your finances are never a good idea, so consider ...
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Benefits of Military Car Loans When Financing an Automobile

Military personnel earn the privilege of discounts and other incentives from a number of major retail and financial companies. The car loan industry is no exception, and any active duty or retired member of the military should know the ...
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4 Ways to Find the Perfect Mechanic

The right mechanic will extend the life of the car you love, save you money on repairs and maintenance, and make your driving life less stressful. The large number of mechanics available in most areas means you can be discerning with your ...
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Meet the "Fall Into Cash" 10K Winner!

Congratulations to Felicia Bellard for winning the Shabana Motors and 97.9 The Box's Mad Hatta's "Fall Into Cash" giveaway. Felicia walked away with $10,000 in cash on 10/21/13.
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Car Shopping Payment Options: Cash, Lease or Finance

You have three payment options when buying a used car. Those options are cash, lease, and financing. Each option has its benefits and potential drawbacks, depending on your specific circumstances. The best way to know which car buying ...
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Celebrity Rides - LeBron James

On August 16, a police officer on a motorcycle escorted NBA superstar LeBron James to a Jay Z and Justin Timberlake performance at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. They drove on the wrong side of the street and avoided traffic.
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Student Car Loans: How to Get Auto Financing While in School

College students rely on vehicles for work, school, and other important aspects of life just as much as older and established consumers. However, unstable incomes and limited credit histories make it harder for some students to get ...
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Questions to Ask Before an Auto Loan

An auto loan is a long-term financial commitment. Before signing an auto loan contract, make sure you fully understand what you are getting yourself into. The following questions should be asked before finalizing your car financing ...
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Is Your Credit History Affecting Your Auto Insurance Rates?

Car insurance is a financial agreement between you and the insurer, much like how your car loan is an agreement between you and your lender. Insurance companies look beyond your driving record and the kind of car being insured, and your ...
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A Step by Step Guide to the Car Loan Application Process

The experience of applying for a car loan does not need to be stressful or intimidating. An understanding of the steps you need to take and proper preparation before filing the paperwork can help simplify the process. Follow these steps ...
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Survive Your Commute with These Easy Steps

Slow traffic, other drivers, nasty weather and other frustrating elements can make your daily commute to work an extremely uncomfortable experience. Being stressed or angry while driving is unsafe and unhealthy, but by keeping the ...
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Cheap Ways to Customize Your Car

A customized car stands out on crowded streets, makes an impression upon arrival and lets everyone know that you take pride in its appearance. Car customization doesn't need to come with the same price tag as the vehicle's down payment. ...
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The Keys to Avoiding Online Auto Scams

The Internet makes many shopping experiences faster, more convenient and potentially less expensive. Scams and fraud make big online purchases, like a car, more dangerous as well. Information and awareness go a long way toward making sure ...
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Celebrity Rides - Beyonce and Jay Z

Although she earned $53 million last year, and she's ranked at No. 4 on Forbes' list of The World's Most Powerful Celebrities, Beyoncé Knowles has proven she's just like us.
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Everything You Need to Know About Auto Repossession

An auto repossession disrupts your life in a number of ways, such as long-lasting credit rating issues and the immediate removal of the transportation you rely upon. While you are still paying off a car loan, lenders are able to repossess ...
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Are You Hurting Your Credit Score?

Credit scores are determined using complex formulas that draw information from every corner of your financial life. These formulas vary among the three major credit reporting agencies, but the general factors that affect the score are ...
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Self-Employed Car Loans: What You Need to Know

A common situation self-employed professionals encounter is a general difficulty obtaining certain kinds of financing, such as car loans. The need to maintain reliable proof of income and a solid credit rating can be challenging if you run ...
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Unlock the Secret of Test Driving a Used Car

Nearly everyone does a test drive before committing to buying a used car. And yet, few people actually know how to make the most of a used car test drive. The secret to effectively test driving a car is knowing what you should be looking ...
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The Guide to Understanding Car History Reports

Before you buy a used car, especially from a private seller, you should check the car's history report. There is a lot of useful and important information in a complete car history report, and you should make sure you can understand what ...
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Do You Know the Importance of the Texas Bill of Sale Form?

A Texas bill of sale is required if you are selling your car. The importance of this document should not be overlooked, as the car sale cannot be legally completed until you properly file a Texas bill of sale. Before you sell your car, ...
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Selling a Car with a Lien: Tips from the Pros

A lien against your car's title can make selling the vehicle more difficult, but not entirely impossible. Whether the car lien is the result of the auto's loan not being fully repaid, the car being used as collateral for another loan or ...
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Fall Into Cash With Shabana Motors and 97.9 The Box

Shabana Motors is excited to announce that we’re teaming up with 97.9 The Box once again to give away $10,000 to one lucky winner. This is the fourth time we have partnered with The Box to bring the gift of cash to people in the Houston ...
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What Everybody Ought to Know About Emission Tests

Despite needing to undergo regular emissions tests, many car owners do not know what everyone ought to know about emissions testing. You should understand what the test is looking for, how to address the results and other important aspects ...
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Settling Debt: 4 Steps to Eliminating Your Car Debt

Financial hardship, especially which results in filing for bankruptcy, can result in a need to settle outstanding car debt. If you haven't finished paying off your car loan, the lender will require you to settle the debt somehow. Depending ...
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How to Stop Car Repossession: The DOs and DON'Ts

A car repossession is most people’s financial worst case scenario. It is possible to stop a repossession, but you have to understand the DOs and DON'Ts of how to halt the process. Keep these important facts in mind while you attempt to ...
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The Secrets of Online Auto Loan Companies

Online auto loan companies provide a direct financing option to consumers, usually geared toward those with limited or bad credit history. The secrets to how these online auto loan providers work will help you weigh the benefits, drawbacks ...
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Car Loan After Foreclosure: What You Need to Know

A foreclosure has a long-term negative effect on your credit rating, but does not need to necessarily stop you from financing a car loan. There are financial strategies you can employ that could help you get an affordable auto loan after ...
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Bad Credit Auto Loan? A Guide to Finding Strong References

Anyone who tries to get a car loan with bad credit will need to provide references as a part of the financing application. Depending on the lender you are working with, anywhere from three to 10 references may be needed. Similar to ...
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Things to Know When Transferring a Car Loan to a Credit Card

There are both benefits and risks associated with transferring the balance of a car loan on to a credit card. When this strategy is done effectively, it will allow you to own your car ahead of the loan term's schedule and potentially ...
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Cosigner Release: Removing Your Name From a Joint Auto Loan

As a cosigner on a loan, you or the primary borrower may eventually decide you no longer want or need to be jointly responsible for the loan's repayment. Should you want to be removed from the loan, there are a few options that can help ...
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What is the Average Length of a Car Loan?

The average length of car loans has increased over recent years, reaching up to around five years. An affordable monthly car payment should be a factor when you buy a car, but so should the length of the loan. Ideally, by the end of a car ...
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How to Buy a Car While Maintaining Child Support Payments

Child support income can make it more difficult to get a car loan, especially auto loans for those with bad credit. The complications can arise whether you pay child support or receive it as a portion of your income. It is possible to buy ...
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How to Fix Errors on Your Credit Report

There is a lot of information in your credit report that is gathered from nearly every official aspect of your life, from bankruptcy records to residency histories. Errors on your credit report can have a negative impact on your rating, ...
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5 Factors to Finding a Car Loan Without a Job

There is no circumstance more frustrating than not having a car while being unemployed. Without proof of income, many car loan companies won’t even consider approving your financing application. On top of that, trying to find a job without ...
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How to Get an Auto Loan While Living on Disability Income

A household income derived entirely from disability benefits can make buying a car difficult, even more so if you also struggle with bad credit. If you're dependent on disability income and are in need of a car, there are ways you can get ...
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Celebrity Rides - Nicki Minaj

For the month of August, we are drawing attention to Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj and her giving ways. Yes, the original Harajuku Barbie is one generous babe.
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Selling a Repossessed Car: The Ultimate Guide

When you fail to make payments on a car loan, the defaulted loan will negatively impact your credit score, and your vehicle may be repossessed as well. After a car has been repossessed by creditors, they have the option of selling the car. ...
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Cosigning a Loan: Do Not Cosign for a Loan Before Reading This!

Cosigning a loan means agreeing to be held responsible for that loan’s repayment. Before taking on responsibility for someone else's loan, you need to review the requirements for being a cosigner. You should also understand what cosigning ...
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Rent-to-Own Cars: The Good, the Bad and Everything Else You Need to Know

Buying a car with bad credit or no credit history at all can be very difficult. Unlike financing the entire purchase of a car at once or signing a traditional lease, rent-to-own cars allow drivers to make smaller weekly or biweekly ...
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Will They Check My Spouse's Credit When I Buy a Car?

Marriage is a combining of two lives into one working towards a common goal. While it may not be the most romantic thing to think about, married couples need to remember that their individual credit histories affect their partner's ...
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3 Reasons to Stay Away From Car Title Loans

Title loans are short-term loans with high interest rates backed by a borrower's car as collateral. These loans are understandably tempting to those struggling with financial hardships, but experts say these loans should be avoided. By ...
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How to Prove Income With Bad Credit

When trying to finance the purchase of a car, proof of income is required for approval by nearly every financing company, both in-house with the dealership and through outside lenders. Proving income becomes even more important when an ...
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Celebrity Rides - Flo Rida

One of Flo Rida’s most prized possessions is his Bugatti Veyron. It has been with him through the good times and the bad times.
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Military Discounts: Save Thousands on Your Next Car!

Military discounts allow soldiers and their families to save a lot of money on car purchases. These discounts make it possible for members of the U.S. Armed Forces with poor credit or other financial concerns to buy vehicles that are ...
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Secured Credit Cards: How to Rebuild Your Credit Score Fast

A limited credit history or low credit rating can impede your ability to finance large purchases, get approval on a car loan, or even be accepted into a new job. Secured credit cards are a fast and easy way to start initiating or ...
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4 Benefits of Buying an Extended Warranty for a Used Car

An extended warranty for a newly purchased used car presents potential benefits to drivers. By understanding how an extended warranty (or service contract), secured through your dealership or an outside warranty provider, actually works ...
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Auto Loan Cancellation

A car loan cancellation is an immediate end to the financing agreement you have with your auto lender. The cancellation can be initiated by either the lender or by you, the borrower, for a few specific reasons that are always detailed ...
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Things to Do After Buying a Used Car

After purchasing a used car, there are steps you should take in order to be driving a legal and safe vehicle. Most of the post-purchase process for a used car is identical to that for a brand new vehicle, but there are steps you should ...
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Can't Make a Car Loan Payment: What to Do if You're Short on Cash

For most drivers, access to their car is paramount to their ability to work and earn an income. For this reason, an inability to make a required car loan payment causes a great deal of stress and uncertainty. However, there are steps you ...
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Tips for Getting an Auto Loan After Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy has a lasting effect on your credit rating, which can make it difficult to get approval on a car loan. It is possible to get the financing you need for your next car purchase. The following tips will help you get a car loan ...
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Celebrity Rides - Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

The past couple of months in the life of Kanye West have been very interesting, to say the least. The rapper and father-to-be recently sat down for an interview with The New York Times and talked candidly about his career and public image. ...
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Auto Depreciation: What Factors Determine the Resale Value of Your Car?

Depreciation of your car’s value begins the moment you take it on the road. While depreciation is impossible to avoid, there are ways you can slow it down and preserve more of your car’s market value. Forethought and good ownership habits ...
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How to Avoid Common Car Buying Mistakes

A car is one of the biggest purchases most people make, generally second only to buying a house. Given the amount of money changing hands, it is good to know the mistakes most often made so you can avoid them.
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Buying a Used Car: Checking for a Lien

  • henry lee
  • 06/04/2013
A car lien represents an unpaid debt to a lender, but it’s not always a car-related debt. Before you purchase a car, you should check whether or not it has a lien filed against its equity. If you skip this fact-finding step, the lender who ...
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Unsecured Auto Loans: Everything You Need to Know

An unsecured car loan allows you to finance the purchase of a car without needing to put forward any collateral or down payment. You should know the important facts about unsecured car loans before you sign the financing agreement for your ...
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Cosigner Requirements for Your Auto Loan

A cosigner can help you get the purchase of a car you need financed by providing an additional assurance of repayment. Those who have issues with their credit history can add a cosigner to the loan, which improves the credit worthiness of ...
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Tips for Refinancing Your Car Loan

There are potential benefits to refinancing your car loan. When done effectively, a refinanced loan can save you a substantial amount of money while allowing you to repay your car loan sooner than you originally anticipated. By keeping a ...
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How Defaulting on a Car Loan Affect Your Credit Score

A defaulted car loan will affect your credit rating in a negative way that can impact your ability to get financing in the future. While dealing with either an impending or already defaulted car loan, it is important to understand how it ...
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How to Get Auto Financing After Repossession

Vehicle repossession on your record can make it difficult to get financing for the purchase of a new car. Many lenders consider applicants who have had a previous car repossessed extremely high risk and choose not to extend approval on a ...
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Buying a Used Car: Documents to Get From the Dealership After Purchase

After you purchase a used car from a dealership you are given a lot of paperwork beyond the financing contract. The best way to keep all of this important documentation in order is to anticipate what you are going to be given.
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Monthly Car Payments: How Much Can You Afford?

Before finalizing the deal for your newly purchased car, be sure to know the monthly payments you can afford. There are a number of recurring expenses to consider while determining an affordable monthly car payment budget. Keep your ...
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Financing a Car? Liability Insurance vs. Full-Coverage Insurance

Proper insurance coverage is not only essential to legal driving habits, it also protects you from a potentially horrendous financial dilemma. An understanding of your financing terms and insurance options will help you decide the level of ...
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Auto Loans: Step-by-Step Guide to Car Financing

Many car shoppers, from first-time buyers to those who have owned several vehicles, find themselves overwhelmed more so by the financing steps than the process of choosing the right car. By following the proper steps and keeping a few ...
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How Long Do Negative Items Stay on a Credit Report

Unlike positive information, negative information does not stay on your credit report forever. The general rule is that negatives on your credit report will be removed after seven years. However, different kinds of information may stay on ...
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How are Auto Loans Transferred?

When responsibility for an auto loan is being taken over by someone else, the loan needs to be officially transferred. You will need to transfer an auto loan if you are privately selling a vehicle that is not yet paid off, are giving the ...
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Buying vs. Leasing: Advantages & Disadvantages

One of the most important decisions you will need to make while purchasing a car is whether to buy or lease the vehicle. There are a number of factors to consider before you choose to lease or buy. The following tips will help you make the ...
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How to Pay Off Your Car Loan Fast

No one likes to have loan debt hanging over their head. Paying off a car loan early can remove a serious financial stress from a monthly budget. The following strategies will help you finish paying off your car loan ahead of schedule, ...
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Effects of Paying Cash for a Used Car

One of the most important decisions you make while buying a used car is how you are planning to pay for the purchase. The choice comes down to either financing the car or paying in cash. There are benefits and drawbacks to paying in cash ...
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Things to Do Before Selling Your Car to a Dealership

The increased lifespan of used cars, thanks to improved manufacturing and heightened maintenance habits of the average driver, has made it easier and more profitable to sell your unwanted used car to a dealership for a maximum profit. By ...
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Are Automatic Car Washes Safe for Your Car?

When a car is kept clean, it looks better and retains its value longer. Many drivers are hesitant to bring their car to an automated car wash for fear of damaging the vehicle. There is a possibility of an automated car wash damaging your ...
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How to Pick the Right Car for a Teenager

Parents of teenagers often buy their teen a car as soon as one is wanted without considering all of the factors that should go into such a big purchasing decision. The most important thing to remember is that not every teenager with a ...
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Things You Never Knew Affected Your Credit

  • Jeff Martin
  • 04/02/2013
Most people are aware of the obvious things that affect their credit score. However, there are a number of unexpected ways you may be hurting your credit rating which you need to understand. If you are trying to rebuild or improve your ...
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Bad or No Credit: What's the Difference?

There are important differences between no credit and bad credit scores. The distinguishing elements between these two situations contribute to the differing strategies for improving and building upon your credit. Before you can improve ...
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Car Buying Tips: First Time Buyers

There are many factors you should consider when purchasing a new or used vehicle. Financing, fuels costs, insurance and inspection reports should all factor into your decision to buy a car. From new cars to used cars, here are a few tips ...
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Use Your Tax Refund Towards Your Used Car Payments

The money you receive from your income tax refund can be used as payment toward a high-risk car loan. There are two ways the refund can be used toward your high-risk car loan, either as the initial down payment or as a payment toward the ...
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Getting a Car Loan on a Cash-Based Income

Car loans can be difficult to get approved for if you have both bad credit and cash-based income. One of the biggest drawbacks to getting paid in cash is that income verification can be more complex when you are applying for loans and ...
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How to Get Out of an Upside Down Loan

A car loan is “upside down” when the amount that you owe on the loan is more than the dollar amount of the car. There is a way to help yourself out of a bad upside down car loan situation. By following a few steps and keeping in mind a ...
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How Divorces Can Affect Credit Loan Terms

The breakup of a marriage will affect every aspect in the lives of both spouses, including loans. Be sure you understand how breakups affect poor credit loan terms you and your spouse previously agreed to before making assumptions based on ...
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Beware the Wrong Way of Repairing Credit

Car shoppers dealing with a poor or bad credit rating are often tempted to try the easiest or fastest option for credit help. It is important for you to keep in mind, however, that there is a wrong way to go about improving your credit so ...
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What to Know Before Buying a Car

There are certain things every car buyer should know before they borrow. The more information you absorb about financing a car purchase, both within or outside the dealership you are working with, the more likely you are to receive the ...
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First Time Car Buyer Checklist

First-time car buyers should keep a checklist of important tips and guidelines in mind while shopping for their vehicle. Preparation and an understanding of the options available to you can make the first time you buy a car an enjoyable ...
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How to Establish Credit with Limited Credit History

A limited credit history can be just as much of an obstacle as a poor credit score. Without an established credit history it can be difficult to get approval for new credit cards, loans and other structured financing that are necessary for ...
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Tips for Buying a Used Car

Car buyers on a tight budget, or those just interested in getting the best possible price for the car they need, should always consider used cars throughout the vehicle shopping process. While shopping for a used car, there are buying tips ...
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What is In-House Financing?

In-house financing is a loan offered by car dealerships to prospective buyers. There are benefits to in-house financing that extend to both you and the dealership itself. It is important for you to understand in-house financing, how it ...
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Tax Refunds Make Great Down Payments!

The down payment you make for your newly purchased used car should be at least 20 percent of the vehicle’s purchase price. Many car shoppers have incomes that support monthly car financing payments, but are unable to set aside enough money ...
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No Credit? How to Build Good Credit

A lack of credit history, or no credit score, can make getting approval for a home or car loan just as difficult as it would be with a poor credit rating. There are ways to both work around a limited credit history and work on building a ...
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Shabana Motors All-Star $10 Grand in your Hand

Hey everybody! We wanted to remind all of our past and future Shabana Motors customers that the All-Star $10 Grand in your Hand contest is ending soon! Contestants must stop by Shabana Motors at 9811 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074 to ...
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Use Your Tax Refund to Buy a Used Car

An influx in cash thanks to your income tax refund can be used to buy that pre-owned car you’ve needed for a while. Dealerships are prepared for shoppers looking to use their income tax refunds toward the purchase of a used car. There are ...
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How to Build & Improve Your Credit

A low credit score or lack of credit history can get in the way of making important financed purchases of cars and homes. There are ways you can work to improve your credit score so that you are able to get approval on future purchases and ...
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First Time Car Buying Tips for Teens

First time car buyers are often intimidated by the process of purchasing a vehicle. However, by keeping in mind a few tips about the car buying experience, first time buyers can avoid common mistakes made by less prepared shoppers.
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Upside Down Car Loans: Owing More than the Car is Worth

An upside down car loan is the result of owing more on your car than it is worth. The best way to avoid this frustrating financial situation is to understand upside down car loans and how they happen.
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What is a "Buy Here, Pay Here" Dealership?

The phrase "buy here, pay here" means that you make regular payments to the place from which you made a purchase. Car dealerships that offer "buy here, pay here" financing specialize in providing their customers with in-house loans to ...
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First Time Car Buyer Tips

First time car buyers are usually unsure whether or not they are buying the right car, making a good deal, or financing their purchase in the right way. Tips for first time buyers will make the process of buying a car easier to navigate ...
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In-House Financing: Pros & Cons

There are both pros and cons to taking advantage of in-house financing options the next time you purchase a car from a dealership. Consider both the advantages and disadvantages of in-house financing carefully to figure out if it is the ...
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Down Payments: How Much is Enough?

Unless you plan on paying the entire purchase price of your new car upfront, you will need to make a down payment in order to drive off of the lot. While almost every financing option requires you pay some kind of down payment, the exact ...
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Buying a Car Can Help Bad Credit

People with bad credit who need a car in order to work and run their lives should consider purchasing a used car from a dealership that offers in-house financing options. Used car dealerships that also specialize in “buy here pay here” ...
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Car Shopping for Single Moms

Single moms are often intimidated by the concept of car shopping. The stereotype is that women are less skilled than men at negotiating the best possible deal on the purchase of a car. With a few simple tips kept in mind, any single mom ...
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Bad Credit Myths

The three most commonly believed myths about bad credit can deter someone from attempting to finance big purchases, such as buying a car. By understanding the truths behind these bad credit myths, you can feel more confident shopping for ...
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How to Buy a Car with Bad Credit

Bad credit does not mean you cannot buy a car. There are financing options available to people with bad credit. These options can not only help you finance the purchase of the car you need, they also help you start to rebuild toward a ...
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How to Choose the Right Car

The first step in buying a car is determining what kind of car is right for you. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding which make, model, and buying style is the best fit for your life.
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Tips on Buying a Car with Poor Credit

  The ability to buy a car you need for day to day life can be made more difficult by a bad credit rating. However, there are tips you can keep in mind while trying to buy a car that can help you overcome bad credit and get on the road.
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Advantages of Trading in a Used Car

  When you purchase a new car the question of what to do with your existing car always comes up eventually. There are a number of benefits to trading your used car in to the dealership when you purchase the new vehicle.
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Reasons to Buy a Used Car

  Used cars are becoming increasingly popular among car shoppers looking to stretch their budget. Modern car technology has extended the functional life of cars, making used cars a better value than they once were. Keep the benefits of ...
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Common Mistakes When Buying a Car

  Cars are an indispensable part of most people’s everyday lives and every driver will inevitably need to purchase a car. There are mistakes you should do your best to avoid when buying a car or you may wind up with buyer’s remorse.
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Buying a Car: How to Save Money

  No matter your financial circumstances, no one likes to spend more than they need to on a car. There are ways you can save money on your next car purchase while still driving away in a car you love.
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Financing a Car with Bad Credit

  A bad credit history often makes financing a car difficult to manage. There are steps you can take, however, to get the financing you need despite a less than positive credit rating.
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In-House Financing: Buying a Car with Poor Credit

  A bad credit history can make it difficult to get the financing you need in order to purchase a car. Some dealerships offer guaranteed credit approval financing packages that present benefits to those who may have a less than positive ...
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Should You Donate or Sell Your Car?

  Restrictions on tax deductions claimed for donating a car to charity have made the process of donating and deducting the value of your unneeded vehicle more complicated. Most car owners are unsure whether or not it is worthwhile to ...
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Pros & Cons of a Manual Transmission

Even though most cars come equipped with an automatic transmission, many drivers prefer to operate manual transmission vehicles. Consider the pros and cons of choosing a manual transmission versus an automatic.  
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What to do if your Car is Stolen

  Having your car stolen can be a devastating experience. It’s important to know what to do in the event your vehicle is stolen so that if that time happens, you will be better prepared to deal with the situation.
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How to Flip a Car

  Many people are able to make a sizable profit by flipping cars. To flip a car means to purchase a car that you can make a few improvements to and then resell for a profit. There are certain steps you should take when you flip a car.
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How to Install a Car Alarm

  A car alarm provides you peace of mind by preventing the theft of your vehicle. With the right preparation, even someone with little to no experience working on their car can correctly install a new car alarm.
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Prevent Your Car from Being Stolen

  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure-that’s not only true for your health but your automobile as well. Preventing your car from being stolen can be easier than dealing with the theft after it occurs, and some simple steps will ...
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Prevent a Blown Car Engine

  A car with a blown engine requires complicated repair work that can often cost more than the value of the vehicle. After an engine blows the entire engine needs to be taken out and replaced due to consequential damage to vital components.
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Save Money on Gas

  One of the highest on-going expenses most people have to contend with is the cost of keeping fuel in their cars. There are several ways you can save on fuel without truly sacrificing the convenience of driving your car.
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Dealing with Road Rage

  Road rage can lead to car accidents, violent confrontations and legal consequences when it is not dealt with correctly. While you are driving, the best course of action is to avoid road rage incidents with other motorists. The following ...
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Top Causes for an Overheated Car

  An overheating car engine can be caused by one or more of the engine’s temperature regulating components malfunctioning. As soon as you notice your car’s engine overheating it is important to determine the cause of the high temperature ...
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Upgrading Your Car's Headlights

  Bright reliable headlights make driving at night and in inclement weather safer and easier. Dim older headlights can be replaced to upgraded newer headlights. Whether you choose to upgrade to a higher wattage bulb or switch to xenon gas ...
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Steps to Touch Up Car Paint Job

  A small scratch in your car’s paint job can ruin the aesthetic appeal and resale value of the vehicle. You can touch up your car’s paint job yourself easily and avoid paying a professional automotive painter to fix a small problem.
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How to Sign Over a Car Title

  • Jeff Martin
  • 10/19/2012
A car’s title contains all of the pertinent information like the make, model, and owner of record. When you sell your car or give it to someone you have to sign the title over to the new owner. The following steps will show you how to sign ...
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How to Perform a Basic Car Tune Up

  Though the term “tune up” may be outdated for the modern car, the routine maintenance it implies is still important to a properly running vehicle. By taking care of the following regular tune up projects you can increase the long term ...
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Clear Coat Paints: Cleaning Compounds

  Clear coat paints that protect your car’s colored paint job require different cleaning products than a varnish or all-in-one paint. To avoid damaging the important top clear coat, be sure to understand which kinds of cleaning compounds ...
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What is Tri Coating?

The best car paint jobs, in terms of both appearance and longevity, utilize a tri coating technique. Tri-coating is a car painting process which uses a base, middle and clear coat to achieve depth of color and durability. Each coat adds ...
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Driving Tips for All Drivers

  • Jeff Martin
  • 10/05/2012
  The most important part of safe driving is paying attention. Even with all of the safety features built into newer model cars, it is up to the person behind the wheel to maintain alert and attentive driving habits. The following driving ...
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How to Wax a Car with a Bad Paint Job

  The process of waxing a car with a bad paint job is more complicated than simply applying the wax. A faded or flawed paint job on a car can be made better looking by a carefully-done finishing, including a clay bar treatment, polish and ...
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Routine Engine Checks

  • Jeff Martin
  • 09/28/2012
  Many drivers assume they need a mechanic in order to keep up with engine care. This is not always the case, however. Even someone with no automotive experience can learn warning signs to look out for small engine maintenance projects ...
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How Professional Paint Jobs are Performed

  There is more to a car’s new paint job than the application of the paint. The steps before and after the paint is applied are just as important. A new paint job entails preparation of the car, paint application and protective finishing ...
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The Most Important Maintenance Tips

  The best way to keep your car running well is to keep up with a regular maintenance regimen. Many car owners neglect their vehicles because they believe in the “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” philosophy. Certain maintenance projects ...
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Safe Driving Habits

  Even though modern cars are equipped with a number of newly updated safety features, driving can still be risky if you don’t practice safe driving habits. The following tips will help keep you, your passengers and other drivers safe ...
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Properly Clean a Car's Interior

  A clean car interior is just as important as a well maintained exterior. A well-kept interior will help preserve the resale value and good look of your vehicle. Also, you and your passengers will be more comfortable for both short and ...
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Signs That Your Brakes are Bad

  The warning signs that your car’s disk brakes are bad or beginning to wear are early indicators that you need to have the disks replaced. Pay attention to these four signs of bad disk brakes to avoid an unsafe driving situation.
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Steps to Take After a Car Wreck

  A car wreck is best avoided, but most drivers will encounter one or more accidents over their lifetime. The experience of a car wreck can be disorienting and scary. Keep these important steps in mind while handling an unexpected car ...
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Auto Repair Service Tips

  Having a car break down can cause a lot of stress and money. There are several things that you can do to reduce the headaches and costly repairs of an automobile problem. Below are a few steps and guidelines to receiving good auto repair ...
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Car Washing - The Do's and Don'ts

Aside from the aesthetic appeal of a freshly-cleaned car, keeping your car clean is the best way to protect its paint from damage that can be caused by abrasives such as dirt or other particles and substances that can be found on the ...
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Facts about Engines & Motor Oil

  The engine is the most mechanically-complex part of your car. Even though it has been designed to routinely function under extreme conditions of heat and pressure, no degree of precision engineering can overcome your engine’s greatest ...
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Dismissing Common Myths About Car Wax

  Nothing improves the appearance of an automobile like a good paint job and a shiny coating of wax. Unfortunately, many owners believe that a coating of wax will act like the deflector shields seen on Star Trek when it comes to protecting ...
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How to Identify Car Leaks

A puddle found underneath your car means you have a leak. The first step in fixing a leak in your car is identifying exactly which fluid is escaping. Once you know the kind of leak you are dealing with, you can take steps to correct the ...
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Diagnosing Common Engine Noises

An unexpected noise from your engine can indicate a serious problem that needs immediate attention. By knowing what the different noises mean, you can determine the potential problem with your car more easily.
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Top Car Maintenance Mistakes

Newer model cars may have fewer maintenance requirements, but that doesn’t mean car owners aren’t holding out to outdated assumptions and habits about how to care for their vehicle. The most common maintenance mistakes made by car owners ...
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Routine Car Maintenance Schedule

Providing your car with routine maintenance is a practical way to ensure you keep things running smoothly for the life of your car. Some services are required more often than others. If you’re uncertain when to have your car serviced, a ...
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Common Reasons for a Check Engine Light

Your car’s check engine light turns on when there is a serious problem with your engine. Unlike other dashboard warnings, the check engine light provides no information beyond the blanket warning that something is wrong with the engine. ...
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Maintenance for a High Mileage Vehicle

The average car driven in America is nine years old. Over half of those cars have 75,000 miles or more on the odometer. As vehicles age, they require vigilant care. If you are one of the people who have an older vehicle, follow these ...
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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Car Won't Start

A car that won’t start is frustrating and often confusing. The source of the problem you are having can be figured out if you take the time to calmly assess the situation and symptoms that are happening. The most common reasons a car won’t ...
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What You Need to Know about Car Maintenance

While everyone wants to save money on car maintenance, there are some things that should not be skipped. Routine maintenance can prevent serious and expensive problems later. Many times, mechanics will attempt to sell you things you don’t ...
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Winner of Shabana Motors $10K Giveaway - Sherry Byrd!!!!

The latest winner of our $10K giveaway - Sherry Byrd!
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Give Your Car a Professional Wax Job

A well waxed car looks sleek and clean but looking great is not the only reason to learn how to properly wax your car. A fine coat of wax will serve to protect your car’s paint from the elements and unforeseeable stains. Follow these steps ...
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DIY: Install Car Stereo Speakers

New car speakers are easy to install even for amateur DIY mechanics. By following a few simple steps, you can avoid paying for expensive professional speaker installation and enjoy the satisfaction of completing the work yourself.
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DIY: Replace a Car Battery

It would be nice if your car battery lasted for the life of your car but unfortunately they will all die eventually. Once your battery quits taking a charge, it is time to change it. The following steps will help you change a battery on ...
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Wash Your Car Like a Professional

While a trip through the automated car wash is good for cleaning off mild surface dirt, taking the time to wash your car well will prevent scratches and other damage from dirt and debris. By using proper tools and the following steps you ...
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How to Change Your Car's Motor Oil

Changing oil is a major key to the life of your automobile. Miles driven determine the frequency of oil changes, typically between 3,000 and 7,500 miles. Not changing the oil can cause mechanical failure. If you change your own oil, the ...
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Common Car Killing Issues to Look Out For

Severe mechanical issues can result in the death of your car. When discovered, it is often too late. Looking for problems in the following areas can protect your car against future breakdowns.
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Common Signs of Brake Problems

Your car’s brakes are an important function and safety feature of your vehicle. The following warning signs indicate there is a problem with your car’s brakes that needs servicing.
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Proper Tire Inflation Tips

Tire inflation affects the life of your tires, ease of driving and your car’s fuel economy. Many drivers are unsure how to check for proper tire inflation or maintain the right air pressure. No matter how mechanically inclined you may be, ...
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How to Jump a Car Battery

Every driver should have a set of jumper cables in their car in case they need to jump start a car’s battery. Many drivers have jumper cables but are unaware how to properly use them. The following steps will help you understand the ...
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DIY: Changing Car Brakes

Of all the safety features in your car, the brakes are the most important. Once disc brake pads are worn between 1/8 and ¼ of an inch it is time to replace the pads. DIY car owners who would rather replace the brakes in their car ...
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What Motor Oil Does Your Car Need?

With so many motor oil options filling the shelves of auto supply stores, it can be difficult to know which kind of lubricant is right for your vehicle. There are specific determining characteristics that will help make it easier to figure ...
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Common Causes of Ruined Paint

A well-kept paint job not only adds style and resale value to your car, it also protects the underlying sheet metal from corrosive elements. It is nearly impossible to entirely avoid the most common causes of car paint damage but the steps ...
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Mad Hatta's $10K Giveaway!

Stop by our dealership between 6/11 - 7/5 for your chance to win another $10,000!  No purchase necessary to enter the contest!
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How to Change a Tire

Every driver should know how to change a tire even if they have a membership with roadside assistance. You may not have time to wait for help or be somewhere roadside assistance cannot get to you. In the event you need to change your own ...
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How to Save Money on Brakes

Your car’s brakes are one of the most important safety and functionality aspects. Without properly operating brakes, you cannot safely and effectively drive your car. The cost to repair malfunctioning brakes can be high. In order to save ...
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How to Be Prepared For an Accident

Car accidents create a very stressful and emotional environment. The safety and stress-level of you and any other drives involved in the accident is dependent on how you deal with the unanticipated accident. The following steps should be ...
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Ways to Reduce Your Car Costs

You can lower to price of operating and maintaining your car by developing a few conscientious habits. The process of controlling how much money you need to spend on your car’s upkeep requires attention to detail and plenty of forethought ...
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Summer Car Care Tips

The summer months are the most popular for road trip vacations and present car care concerns not present other times of the year. Before the weather heats up or you embark on your annual cross-country family drive, make sure your car is ...
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Winner of the $10K Giveaway!

Congratulations to Tamyla Webber for winning the "Crack the Vault" contest brought to you by Shabana Motors and Majic 102.1!   Funky Larry Jones of Majic 102.1 and Huggy Low Down of the Tom Joyner Morning show presented Tamyla with a ...
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Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

There are certain essential items every driver should keep in their car in case of malfunction, injury or other unexpected problems. A driver that is prepared for any crisis will be able to keep themselves and their passengers safer.
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Driving Safety Tips

Safe driving habits protect not only the driver and passengers but other motorists as well. By following a few simple driving safety tips you can keep yourself and everyone around you safe and secure while on the road. Every driver should ...
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Ways to Save Money on Fuel

Gas prices are high and are on the rise. Every car owner is trying to find ways to save at the pump. Instead of trading in your current vehicle for an expensive fuel-efficient or electric hybrid model, you can follow five easy tricks to ...
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What to do if Your Car Overheats

As the internal temperature of your vehicle rises you run the risk of your engine overheating. Drivers who pay attention to the temperature gauge on their dashboard are less likely to overheat their car but it is always a possibility. It ...
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What is Octane and Should I Use a Higher Grade?

High octane or high grade gas is more expensive than regular. Many drivers believe that a higher grade and octane rating means it is more beneficial to their car but that may not be the case. While some vehicles call for a higher octane ...
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Top Ten Signs You Should Immediately Pull Over

Every driver should know the signs that their car needs to be pulled over immediately. When one of the following happens while driving, safely pull off the road and handle the issue as quickly as possible.
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Create Your Own Roadside Emergency Kit

A roadside emergency kit can turn an inconvenient or scary situation into a manageable one. Before setting off on a long trip in your car, take the time to create your own roadside emergency kit to ensure you are prepared for unexpected ...
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Crack The Vault Contest

Crack the Vault Contest!
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The Six Most Important Car Warning Lights

The warning lights that appear on your car’s dashboard console are designed to get your attention. The six most important car warning lights in modern vehicles should be dealt with as soon as possible.
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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Your car is the perfect place to start annual spring cleaning projects. A thorough spring cleaning of your vehicle prevents rust damage, cleans off debris from winter months, improves possible resale values and makes your car nicer to ...
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10 Car-Care Tips That Save Gas

Lower Grade Gas An easy way to save on gas is to use the lowest grade or octane of gasoline recommended for your car. Unless you drive a vehicle that requires the high octane premium gas, opt for regular.  Check Tire Pressure Underinflated ...
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Oil Changes

What is an Oil Change? An oil change is when old motor oil is drained from your car and replaced with new oil. This maintenance procedure also includes an inspection and possible replacement of the oil filter. When Should Oil Be Changed? ...
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tire Pressure

What It Is? Tire pressure is the amount of air in your tires and is measured in PSI (pounds per square inch).  A pressure gauge is used to measure each tire’s PSI. It is strongly recommended that car owners check their tire pressure once a ...
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DIY Mechanic? Helpful Hints to Guide You Through

So you want to work on your own car - here are some helpful hints: 1.Start Small It is important to start with small and easy projects once you choose to work on your car yourself instead of paying for professional labor. A novice ...
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Top 10 Car Maintenance Mistakes

Taking good care of a vehicle is important to keeping it in good running order. Here are ten of the most common car maintenance mistakes vehicle owners make. 1. Avoiding going to the Mechanic Many drivers avoid taking their vehicles to the ...
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Trouble Shifting into the Right Gear? Symptoms of Transmission Repair Trouble

The transmission is one of the most important elements of a vehicle. It allows the automobile to shift gears to keep up with the load and speed conditions of the drive. Checking the transmission fluid is essential since the fluid is what ...
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Five Warning Lights You Shouldn't Ignore

Today's cars perform better than ever thanks to improved manufacturing and design. One of these improved designs includes warning lights that alert drivers when something is wrong with the vehicle. While some of these lights can be ...
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What is that Smell? Car Odors You Shouldn't Ignore

Strange or rotten smells coming from your car typically mean that there's an issue with the vehicle somewhere. Since these problems may lead to costly repairs it's best to get your vehicle checked right away to avoid causing further ...
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5 Car Noises Not To Be Ignored

When you hear your car making a funny noise what do you do? Do you ignore it or try to pretend that it's coming from the car next to you instead? Or do you turn up your stereo and hope that it goes away? Actually, what you should do is ...
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Drive Smart: How to Increase Fuel-Efficiency

Many drivers are interested in purchasing a vehicle that is more fuel-efficient than their current personal vehicle but are not prepared to take on the expense of a new car. Even if a new car isn't in your near future, you can change the ...
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Cut Coverage Costs: How to Save on Car Insurance

Car insurance is one of the biggest expenses associated with owning a vehicle. Finding the coverage you need at a price you can afford can be tricky but it can be done using these simple tips.
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SR-22: What You Should Know

Do you need an SR-22 but don't know who to contact or what information you need to provide? Contacting your insurance agency will get you started but here is some information about SR-22s that you should know before you call.
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Sound Advice: How to Buy a Car Stereo System

The stereo system that came with your vehicle when you purchased it is probably fine for most people but what if you're an audiophile. The sound quality of factory installed car stereos tends to be inferior for those with a discerning ear ...
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Tread Lightly: Get The Most Out of Your Tires

Household budgets tend to be tight these days but that doesn't mean that expenses are on hold. Replacing your vehicle's tires may seem like an expense that can be pushed aside for a later date but driving on worn tires can be dangerous. ...
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Rev Up Your Rims: How to Choose Custom Wheels for Your Ride

When you're customizing your vehicle choosing custom rims and tires is the icing on the cake: a customization just wouldn't be complete without them. Selecting the right custom wheels for your vehicle can be confusing but you can take the ...
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DIY Car Detailing: 5 Tips to Make Your Car Shine

  Getting your vehicle professionally detailed can be expensive, and many drivers do not have the budget for professional detailing. It's important to note that detailing is not the same as washing a vehicle, although it is a common ...
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Free Food, Prizes and a Live Broadcast by the Mad Hatta and the 97.9 THE BOX Street Team

Come join us this Saturday, October 29th between 1 PM and 3 PM, for a live broadcast featuring the Mad Hatta and the 97.9 The Box Street Team. We've got free food catered by the legendary Mikki’sSoul Food Café and we're giving away ...
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