I know there’s sort of a stereotype about a certain sort of painfully obsessed Tesla fan/Elon Musk worshipper that is, likely, an unfair categorization of most Tesla fans. But then you see something like this recent discussion on Reddit’s r/TeslaMotors forum, and you remember that, oh yeah, sometimes stereotypes do come from somewhere. The OP has since deleted their original proposal, likely once they saw the resulting backlash, but quick screengrabbers like this noted Tesla-watcher were there to once again prove that the Internet Never Forgets: So, if you read that, you can see that Tesla-Tesla there is wondering if maybe it wouldn’t be a good idea for Tesla owners who use Tesla’s planned Uber-competing ridesharing app to make some extra money to just, you know, give Tesla half or more of the money they’d make giving people rides? Here’s how Tesla-Tesla puts it: “Let’s say Tesla takes a minimum of 30%, but allows you in the app’s … [Read more...] about Reddittor Wonders: Should I Just Give Elon My Money?
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Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT May 8, 2019 Margaret Trimer has one of those financial horror stories that could keep anyone awake at night. In one brief moment, she saw roughly $9,000 being debited out of her checking account. She spotted the trouble when she went online to check her bank statement and immediately alerted the bank that the money was ready to be paid to a credit card account — an account that wasn't hers. And then, there were a few other pending transactions in the wings, again for items that she didn't buy and accounts that had nothing to do with her. "A $300 here, a $450 there," said Trimer, who lives in Grosse Pointe Farms. The problem? It's likely, her bank later told her, that she somehow was caught in a scam in late March where con artists access your money in your bank account via electronic money transfer accounts, such as PayPal. More from Susan Tompor: Trump's threat to raise tariffs … [Read more...] about Payment apps are latest way for scammers to get your money
Back in 1976, I used to beg my mom each morning to get me to school early, just so I could play an insane inner-city game called Suicide. I was 10 years old, and while the St. Anselm nuns copped a smoke next to the rectory, trying to steady their nerves for yet another day without debauchery*, 50 testosterone-filled boys gathered to throw a raggedy tennis ball against the church wall. The object of the game was simple. Catch the ball without fumbling or the mob pummeled you. It was the greatest game ever… unless you dropped the ball. Then it was your ass. That’s what I think restoring a car is like. Your energy level at the start of the process is as high as Rick Ross’ cholesterol. That’s the exciting part. But you also have to figure out how to make a thousand teeny tiny decisions without dropping the ball, because if you drop the ball, your financial ass will be handed to you. And that’s where a bit of indecision creeps in and you suddenly become That … [Read more...] about My Chevrolet Corvair Project Gets Stripped To The Metal As Its Racing Story Begins
It’s a well-known fact that if you trade in your car, you’ll probably get less money for it than you would by selling it privately yourself. However, the “for sale by owner” route can take a lot of time and effort, oftentimes more than people are willing to invest in the process. That’s part of why nearly half of all car purchases include a trade-in. But what can you do to get the most money for your trade-in? Here are 8 tips you can use now to do exactly that. 1. When You Trade in Your Car, Keep the Trade and Purchase Negotiations Separate It’s a common question people ask when they decide to trade in a car: How can I get the best value for my trade? One of the most important things you should do is keep the negotiations about your trade-in as separate as possible from negotiating the price of your next ride. The next question is to figure out which one happens first. Some argue for negotiating the price of your next vehicle first, then figure out … [Read more...] about How to Get the Most Money When You Trade in Your Car
Buyer’s Remorse is very common in the car industry. You signed on the dotted line for a car. Maybe you rushed into it, getting carried away in the showroom. Or perhaps you bought one car and then spotted a better one advertised cheaper elsewhere – and now you’ve changed your mind. What can you do about it? On the TCE forum, Chris asked: “I recently went to purchase a new vehicle & paid £250 deposit to ‘hold’ the vehicle. The following morning I no longer wished to purchase the vehicle as I had found a much better offer. I called them up, explained the situation and asked for my deposit back but they refused. Am I entitled to get my deposit back?” Buying a car in the UK differs from most retail industries in that you don’t usually choose your car, pay for it and drive it home on the spot. Finance, insurance and registration requirements mean there’s usually a gap of up to a week before you collect your new pride and joy. In … [Read more...] about I bought a car and now I’ve changed my mind