Should I Repair or Just Replace My Old Car?

Dear Lifehacker,
I love my car, but it's getting on in years. It's paid off, which is great, but even routine maintenance now runs me a few hundred bucks, and the mechanic is always upselling me on additional repairs that are hundreds more dollars. Is it time to just retire my ride and buy a new car, or should I stick… » 4/29/13 1:22pm 4/29/13 1:22pm

Want To Look Cool In A Recession? Buy An Old Car

If you can afford a fancy new car, go ahead and buy one. If you're tight on funds, but still want to look awesome, purchase a sweet old car and instead of thrifty you can be thriftastic. » 9/03/10 2:30pm 9/03/10 2:30pm

What's The True Cost Of Power?

The term "horsepower" was coined by James Watt almost purely as a marketing scheme for his steam engine. Horsepower is actually based on another standard, but foot-pounds-per-minute doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. It's now the benchmark for power, though it isn't always indicative of a car's performance. Weight,… » 6/18/08 12:40pm 6/18/08 12:40pm

What's The Best Performance For The Buck?

With news that a greedy dealer is marking up 2008 BMW M3's For $100K and a greedy individual is marking up Corvette ZR-1's to $350K we've started thinking about how much performance is really worth. We've all learned from the 24 Hours of LeMons that $500 and a lot of ingenuity can get you far. Like it or hate it, the … » 3/11/08 11:40am 3/11/08 11:40am

Mo' Money: Compact Vehicles Retain Mo' Value For 17th Straight Month

Seems like every time we're looking at selling a car, we always end up with little more than a couple thousand in credit at the dealership for our next vehicular purchase. It just doesn't seem fair making three to five years worth of insanely high payments — and then basically get nothing back. Well, maybe it's… » 5/16/06 1:30pm 5/16/06 1:30pm