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The Uber Car Lease Program Sucks – How to Escape

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Did you see the article about the pregnant lady who was driven into further debt by leasing a car from Uber?  One of my friends actually just lived through an Uber lease experience, and it is truly crappy.  $180 a week for leasing a car. THAT’S $720 A MONTH FOR A CAR LEASE! WHY??? Why did my friend or the pregnant lady in the article take on a super expensive lease like this to start with?  Because my friend’s credit is bad, she only had stressful experiences with car buying, and Uber made it easy. But buying a car, hell, even leasing a car regularly, would have been so much cheaper even with bad credit! How to Escape an Uber Lease If you ever thought about leasing a car through Uber, DON’T. If you already have, here are a few steps I’d suggest taking right now: Get it through your head that you are getting screwed in a very not-fun way. A cheap Uber lease is $180 a week…that’s $720 a month.  $720 a month for a regular car!!! Let’s say you don’t have the cash to buy a used car cheap off of someone.  Even with not stellar credit and no down payment, … Read more

Complete 10 Step Guide – How to Sell a Car on Craigslist

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Ah Craigslist! It's an excellent place to buy things, but I've never thought about using it to sell my car before. These ten easy steps tell you exactly how to sell your car on craigslist and put some cash back into your pocket without getting scammed.

Long time readers may remember my first post about selling my car on Craigslist.  Well, in my ongoing effort to make this site better for you, I fleshed it WAY out and created a complete 10 step guide!  I hope this makes selling your car on Craigslist EXTREMELY easy!!!  No reason to lose thousands at the dealerships! In 2008, my husband bought his 2007 Toyota Prius and needed to sell his 2003 Hyundai Sonata.  The dealership only offered us $2000 to trade it in, so I sold it myself on Craigslist for $4800.  Yay!  In 2014, I bought my 2013 Honda Fit and needed to sell my 2005 Chevy Aveo.  The dealership once again offered me $2000, so I sold it on Craigslist for $3400.  Woot! To summarize, dealerships always offer way less than your car is worth.  If you have the title, sell your car way more on Craigslist.  Plus, save a ton of time since I’ve already done it twice – just follow the steps below! 10 Steps to Sell Your Car on Craigslist: 1.  Determine the Value of Your Vehicle Check out these sites to set your price: Kelley Blue Book Edmunds Comparables on Craigslist Add at least 10-15% I mainly use Kelley Blue … Read more

The Pros and Cons of a Prius – From an Owner’s Mouth

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We originally bought our used 2007 Toyota Prius in early 2008 when gas prices were reaching $4 a gallon here in Houston, TX and there was a 200 person waiting list for a new Prius. Long story short, they wanted $32,000 for a new Prius or $27,000 for a used 2007 Prius with 30,000 miles on it already. After a few hours of negotiation, we settled at $21,500 for the 2007 model. With financing at 4% and everything else, we ended up paying it off early and put in a total of $23,400. (Slightly unrelated, but if you own a Prius, these trash cans seem to be a favorite accessory that fits in the doors…) In December 2011, I posted about our Prius since they were getting popular. I wanted to check in again now that our Prius is 9 years old and just hit 155,000 miles. Prius Pros It still makes 44-47 miles per gallon on road trips and 47-52 miles per gallon with in-city driving. Yep, that seems backwards but it isn’t since the breaking system is part of the battery re-charging process. It still has great amount of storage space for us. It regularly carries 4 men and their reffing … Read more

Hometown Hybrids IS AWESOME! Bought Us Time and Money!!!

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This is an amazing customer service story! Shopping around for car batteries and Prius maintenance can save so much money on owning a car. These people are great and would totally get my loyalty for life.

After writing my last post about our car accident problems with our 2007 Toyota Prius, I really couldn’t believe Geico decided not to cover the hybrid battery – it just coincidentally started dying the same day of an accident. At that point late Tuesday night, we had paid out $1000 for our deductible including the repairs we already had covered, would be receiving a $1600-$1700 check from Geico for the cosmetic damage, and were going to pick up a battered 2007 Toyota Prius with a malfunctioning hybrid battery Wednesday afternoon. The dealership quoted us $3800 to replace the battery and that just wasn’t going to happen for a car worth, at best, $4600 even before the accident. Also, our Prius with a dead hybrid battery could only be traded in or sold for $500-$1000 just for someone to part it out. Problem was that we couldn’t find our ideal used car to buy this week – a 2013 or 2014 Certified Pre-Owned Prius 3 with 36,000 or fewer miles. Sleeplessness I ended up staying awake until 2-3am researching what makes a “Certified Pre-Owned “ Toyota and got sidetracked by a Forbes article on a company started in Houston that literally … Read more

Car Accident, Dead Prius Battery, Total Coincidence – NOT

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As I mentioned, we are on the hunt for a new-to-us Prius because my husband got into an accident with his 2007 Toyota Prius last Thursday.  He was fine physically but the car needed two new tires ($22, done), a straightened out engine cradle ($385, done), and then the hybrid battery started crapping out.  Poop. Insurance Cries Coincidence Our Geico car insurance claim experience was chugging along just fine until SPLAT.  The insurance adjuster gave us a call yesterday afternoon. “I have some bad news.  The dead battery won’t be covered.” You know, the $3800 hybrid battery – the whole point of the insurance claim itself – won’t be covered by our insurance because it can’t be proven that the accident caused it to die.  She says the car was at 150,000 miles and they’ve been known to wear out around then anyway.  And there was no external damage.  It was just a coincidence.  And the service department at Fred Haas Toyota actually agreed that it probably was a coincidence too. YEAH, WHATEVER. YOU JUST SUCK! Coincidences happen but this is just bullshit.  But, in the spirit of being more positive regularly, this at least seals the deal on getting a new-to-us … Read more

Another New-to-Us Car Hunt

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Mr. BFS was in a traffic accident last Thursday. He was and is physically fine but our 2007 Toyota Prius didn’t fare as well. The Damage At first, it was just two popped tires ($22 total to replace thanks to our Discount Tire warranty) and some cosmetic damage that we didn’t care about. But then we discovered a bent engine mount. Okay, so that was $386 to bend back into place and have an alignment done. And then the shit really hit the fan… The hybrid battery was broken after all and needs to be replaced.  Crap. That’s a $4000 battery. The poor car was only valued at $4600 according to Kelley Blue Book before the crash. So a $4000 battery, plus $408 in repairs already done, plus the unknown amount to fix the cosmetic damage…yeah, I bet our insurance company will just write us a check for $4000 or so and consider the car either totaled or not their problem any more. That said, we have started looking into finding a new-to-us Prius.  Luckily, I’ve done this before.  Interest rates are just generally lower right now, so I’m considering this a small blessing in disguise as much as I … Read more

We Replaced a Prius Passenger Side Mirror – Another DIY Car Repair…

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Last month, Mr. BFS accidentally clipped a black, full-sized trash can that was in the street at night with his 2007 Toyota Prius.  He thought he had veered enough to miss it, but the trash can thought differently.  It was hit with the back side of the mirror, which smacked it into the passenger side window, which cracked the mirror all to hell like you see below.  I was surprised as all hell the window seems okay. Dealing with a Broken Mirror – DIY Car Repair The first thing we did was jump online to see what sort of monetary hit we were going to take.  We would need a whole new passenger side mirror panel with adjustable mirror options. Based on other people’s experiences in our area, I found that a mechanic would charge around $250-$300 to replace the mirror panel.  Ouch.  A friend and I then started looking around just for the part itself online.  We found generic brands that cost around $30-$50 and the certified Toyota part was around $90-$120. The main difference was that the generic part would come in all black.  My husband’s mirror backing is silver.  So I asked Mr. BFS if he’d care.  He was worried about making it harder … Read more