Scars still linger from the powerful hurricane but important lessons have been learned By Craig Hlavaty Updated 8:38 am CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos from this traumatic hurricane event... less PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos ... more Photo: Johnny Hanson, Staff / Houston Chronicle See some of the most powerful images from Hurricane Ike, collected by Houston Chronicle photographers Painful task | Vicky Dearman, left, gets a hug from her friend, Sandra Ysassi, as Dearman sifts through the rubble of her … [Read more...] about Hurricane Ike hit the Houston and Galveston areas a decade ago this week
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You’re looking at a $1,200 repair estimate for your ailing car when an ad catches your eye: a brand new set of wheels for a mere $450 a month. At first, dumping your old car might seem like a no-brainer — and you can’t help picturing how good you would look in that new car. But automotive experts say you’ll almost always come out ahead — at least financially — by fixing old faithful. There are, however, other important considerations when deciding whether it’s time to say farewell. THE COSTS OF BUYING NEW “Even though the repair cost might hurt, you really have to think about buying a new car as a tremendously more expensive proposition,” says Jim Manelis, head of direct lending for Chase Auto Finance. At the very least, for a reliable used car, expect to spend a minimum of $2,000, plus tax and registration fees, says Mark Holthoff, editor at Klipnik.com, a community website for used car enthusiasts. Depending on the severity of … [Read more...] about Should you fix up or break up with your car?
Tweet TweetBuying a car goes through a number of steps like taking a test drive to financing for the car, getting an insurance and much more. For many buying a car is a daunting task and things cannot be good if you are doing it for the first time. For many buying a car is a lifetime experience and they spend in hours and days to find the model they love. There are some who will simply walk into a dealer’s store and come out rolling a car. This simply means you don’t have a set time frame to choose and buy a car but there is a specific checklist which you can follow to make the buying process smooth and meaningful. Consider your options Start with what you can see out there. You can look for the car companies, models, colors, price as well as reviews. Comparing them can help you narrow down the search. To check out the Dealer reviews you can go for the websites which are specialist in car reviews. Get a list of the features which you want in your car You need to bifurcate … [Read more...] about Planning To Buy A Car? The Checklist To Follow
Your car may be the most valuable thing you own. You’ve worked hard and made many payments to get that title. Whether looking for a new vehicle or just letting go of the monthly gas expense, you deserve to get the most you can out of selling your car. To this end, we’ve put together 12 no-fail steps to help you get the maximum money possible from a buyer. Step 1: Selling Your Car Starts With Documentation Used cars are harder to sell to private individuals. Most people worry that there may be something hidden in a vehicle’s past that could lead to major repairs or make it unsafe to drive. What you need to do is ease their concerns with as much documentation as possible. There are a few ways of doing this. You can provide all of your maintenance and repair records, and you can purchase a CARFAX report to show potential buyers. 1. Gather up those repair and maintenance records if you have them. This shows that you’ve given the car regular oil changes, tune ups, … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide To Selling Your Car For Top Dollar
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Our stint with the i3 is nearly at an end. It’s facelift time, see, though you’d be hard pressed to tell from the car (above) unveiled in Frankfurt. Blacked-out A-pillars and roof lines, some fresh paint choices, reprofiled bumpers and a chrome strip running across the rear are about your lot.What is new is the i3 S, a warm hatch with 10mm lower suspension, 20mm wider tyres and 0-62mph in 6.9sec. Count us as interested…You can read our full BMW i3 S review here. By Tim PollardThis month's big picture (above) is what the i3 is all about: it's a reminder that electric cars can be fun to drive! This is heartening news in an age where it's easy to be sucked into a vortex of negativity about the future of motoring, automotive pleasures as know them crippled by taxation, emissions, congestion and headline-grabbing ministers pledging to eradicate … [Read more...] about Our BMW i3 has been superseded by a facelift