tommcparland
Tom McParland
tommcparland
Tom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs AutomatchConsulting.com. He saves people money and takes the hassle out of buying or leasing a car. (Facebook.com/AutomatchConsulting)
Jan 15
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Tom as a Former CarMax sales person I want to add one point on having your mechanic inspect the vehicle; Read more

Jan 15
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As a former TSX wagon owner (upgraded to V60 wagon) I have to urge you, DO NOT BUY one. these are in theory excellent cars that are very well equipped, particularly for their age, with Honda reliability. Read more

Dec 29
10

The credit reporting process is set up so that you can shop around for loans, so running another auto loan credit request so soon as the first one won’t have a negative impact.

Dec 29
14

My understanding (I work with credit reports but not specifically car credit pulls) is that multiple inquiries within a short period of time don’t negatively affect your score, for example if you’re shopping around for a mortgage or auto loan. Most likely the new dealer, yes, will pull your credit. 

Dec 22
3

Chris Christie is also famous, white, a know it all and a Trump sycophant, and I will argue that he’s the worst Chris lumbering about this earth.

Dec 22
12

My feel good movie choice (and I’m sure I’ll get backlash over it) is National Treasure. It’s a textbook popcorn film. Just a fun adventure that doesn’t require you to think too hard. Solid cast (anything with Sean Bean automatically warrants consideration). One of those movies that if it’s on, I’ll immediately be Read more

Dec 21
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I mean when they brought the freaking dark saber at the end of season 1 I pretty much lost it. And yeah, season two really dug deep into the good stuff of the EU. Bo-Katan, the Nite Owls, Ahsoka, Thrawn. Just give Filoni all the Star Wars money.

Dec 17
20

OP/Question asker here (THE Chris). All these suggestions are great! Mercedes, I KNEW a bus was going to be yours. I went down some pretty deep Marketplace/Craigslist rabbit holes looking at camper vans, Sprinters, and all nature of other vehicles. I omitted a couple details that I realize would have been helpful. Read more

Dec 17
19

Mazda Bongo!!! It’s 4WD and can be imported to the US and should come in around the $5k usd price range...maybe a little more but oh how cool!!

Dec 15
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I assume in the very least it’s like any other modified/custom car. You need to get a specific policy that not only covers the car, but also the cost of modifications & additional equipment.

Dec 15
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It’s nice that there are more options for WAVs now than just minivans. While a minivan is obviously the most practical choice for disabled drivers (and families, small businesses, contractors... The majority of Americans, actually), you may be surprised to find out that they’re not cool or stylish. And yes, disabled Read more

Dec 15
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It’s worth noting that there are often programs/grants that can assist with the cost of converted vehicles, and that Braun has an in house finance department that does a great job helping interested customers locate that info.

Dec 14
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It is like they took what I had been thinking/saying/shouting and made it into a sketch. I don’t know of anyone that makes a major purchase without talking it over with their significant other especially something that they are going to be interfacing with almost daily. What if they don’t like the color or it doesn’t