5 Auto Accessories Every Dog Owner Needs

Taking your furry friend along on car trips can be a hassle. By nature, dogs are frisky four-legged creatures that thrive on running wild and free. Traveling in a car is unnatural to dogs, but with the right pet accessories, you and Sparky can have a comfortable ride together. Check out five car accessories every dog owner needs in their arsenal.

Waterproof Seat Covers

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Top 6 Underrated Used Cars

Sometimes there are great cars that just don’t sell well. Whether it’s because of the name or current car trends that prevent buyer interest, there have been some great cars that didn’t sell well but could make fantastic, affordable used cars today.

Acura NSX, 1990-2005

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Let’s start off with an oldie but a goodie. There’s no good reason why this car wasn’t truly a big hit, other than it was a sporty car made by Honda. The modest exterior was hiding a fantastic, aluminum V6 engine and all-aluminum chassis. It’s time to go looking for a throwback of this car that was made from 1990 to 2005, as it’s been re-released in 2016.

Ford Focus, 1998

As the first mid-size hatchback to have independent rear suspension, we have no idea why this car wasn’t a huge success. The 1998 Focus featured a bold design and radical engineering as well as great driveability as a bonus. Though most people bought it only for the hatchback, this truly was one of the best driving Ford cars released in the last 20 years.

Porsche Boxter

Surprised? Yeah, so are we. The Porsche Boxter is a well-known car, but not always a well bought car. This fantastic car is sometimes considered the cheap Porsche or a Porsche for girls. We have to say, if that’s true, boys have bad taste. There have been many iterations of the Boxter released, and each one has its own great qualities, but the most recent has a great engine sound and aggressive handling.

BMW E46 M3, 2001-2006

Talk about an underrated car. This BMW resells for just $16,000. If you’re looking for a great-looking used car that also handles well, this is the one to look for. The V6 engine, good suspension, fantastic steering, and fat tires all combine to create a great drive.

Chevy Spark

Unlike many cars that are designed to be short and tiny, this doesn’t make you feel like you’re driving in a packed clown car. The interior is designed to be cute, with motorcycle-inspired instruments and paneling. The perky, quick handling only adds to the greatness of this car. It’s cheap to run and the outside doesn’t look so bad. What more could a used car buyer ask for?

Ford Taurus SHO

Why buy new when you can buy used? Ford has released a 2016 version of the Taurus SHO, but we think this is a great used car to buy. The Fusion is not the only Ford Sedan we should be talking about. The Taurus is about 10 inches bigger than the Fusion and has an EcoBoost V6 engine that can pack a punch with 365 horsepower. You should definitely give this all-wheel drive car a chance if you’re looking for something to buy used.

No matter what style of car you’re looking for, we’ve included some great options for the discerning driver who’s looking to buy used and save money without sacrificing driveability, look, or comfort. Don’t take it from us, there are plenty of cars that fit this description.


Four Driveable Weekend Getaways for Dallas Car Owners

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or you just want to get the family out of the house for a weekend, Dallas has several locations that aren’t too far away and give you a satisfactory mini-vacation. From outdoor excursions to other family friendly ventures, you’ll find something that’s sure to please every member of your party. Here are just a few places close to the “Big D” that offer entertainment and a fun drive to boot.

Hamilton Pool

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3 Infamous Cars and Their Scandals

Some cars gain admiration and capture headlines for all the right reasons, but some vehicles become infamous due to unforeseen problems. Let’s  look at some of those cars and the associated circumstances that have caused car enthusiasts to raise their eyebrows.

The Ford Pinto

Since gasoline is highly flammable, it could be argued the mere act of sitting in a gas-powered car is dangerous enough in itself. However, car manufacturers usually take proper precautions to keep fiery explosions from happening. Then, if problems occur, they’ll fix the issues. However, that’s not what happened with the Ford Pinto.

Avoid Title Jumping During a Car Purchase

Buying a car online can be a more budget-friendly option and may give you more access to a wider variety of vehicles. However, title jumping is an issue when buying a vehicle online. Title jumping occurs when car owners do not get their names registered with the vehicle. This lack of registration could happen for many reasons: poorly completed paperwork, shady deals, or lack of knowledge. Discover some helpful information to make sure that you don’t end up in a situation that could pose legal problems for you in the future.


Not Just Cars: Manufacturers Branch Out

Quiz: Which one of the following products was created by car manufacturers in recent years? A. Cars, B. Jets, C. Smartphones, or D. Sausages. The answer is E. All of the above! Yes, even the last one is true. In 2015, Volkswagen actually sold more of their currywurst sausages than vehicles. By now, you’re probably scratching your head and wondering what strange parallel universe you must have stepped into. Worry not, you’re in the right place, but you’re about to be surprised by the ventures into which well-known car companies have explored.


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The 3 Best Cars No One Bought

Consumers sometimes miss out on movies nobody saw, books nobody read, and cars nobody bought. In the latter group, dozens of perfectly well-engineered vehicles go unnoticed, partly because today’s drivers have so many choices on dealerships’ lots. Following are three such vehicles that nobody chose, but that should have ranked better in sales numbers.

Nissan Juke

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4 Car Buying Myths to Ignore

A lot of people feel anxious about buying cars, so they rely on myths that they believe will help them get better deals. Unfortunately, following these four myths could waste your time and money.

Dress Like You Don’t Have Any Money

This myth might have made sense once upon a time, but you can ignore it now. The idea is that salespersons will charge you a higher price if you’re wearing nice clothes. By dressing like you don’t have any money, the salesperson won’t waste time trying to squeeze a few more dollars out of you.