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Even if you have bad credit, you can still buy a car

<strong>Even if you have bad credit, you can still buy a car</strong>
Pull Stock PhotoRegardless of your credit, a new car could be in your future. Don’t take someone else’s word that your credit is bad – check for yourself ■ RICHARD PERRY / Contributed Recently, my wife and I got a new bedroom set with 0 cash down, and 0 percent interest for 40 months. Fortunately for us, we have excellent credit. And the times we need credit it’s nice to know that we can get the best rate and terms available. I have a lot of people who call me for credit advice; I know some people have bad credit. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t buy a car and doesn’t (more…)
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A new invasion of SUV’s is coming?

<strong>A new invasion of SUV’s is coming?</strong>
Photo by PixabayNumbers don’t lie, manufacturers are listening to the consumers. ■ RICHARD PERRY / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, As with everything from the stock market, businesses and the automotive industry it’s had its share of increases, set back and market adjustments in the last 2 years and here is the way I now see it. for example in 2017 the automotive industry had sales of 17.59 million, the highest of the year, and well above forecasts for 17.3 million, but down from 17.9 million in October 2017, when demand soared following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. October marked the eighth month in 2018 the annualized pace of sales (more…)
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9 things all drivers need to know about their tires

<strong>9 things all drivers need to know about their tires</strong>
StatePoint MediaYour tires connect your vehicle to the road, making their construction and maintenance critical for safe, effective driving. Today’s cars are packed with impressive features. Stability control. Ride assist. Ever-more-powerful engines. But no matter what technology makes its way into your car – it’s your tires that connect it to the road, making their construction and maintenance critical for safe, effective driving. So, what do you need to know? The experts at Cooper Tires are offering these helpful insights. Valve stems are crucial. Those little caps on the valve help to keep out moisture and dirt, as well as provide an additional seal to the valve core, holding air in (more…)
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Tips to avoid theft while you Christmas shop

■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! In our previous article, we shared tips on traveling with food. I hope you found it helpful and it saved you from any Thanksgiving mishaps. My mother-in-law, Pam, lives in a town called Magalia just above Paradise, California. As the fires were quickly approaching, her garbage collector being a good samaritan and now local hero, ensured she made it safely down the hill while he personally picked up other elderly folks. This fantastic story was reported across the news nationally and made me think of how important it is to ensure each other’s safety – including the safety of (more…)
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How to tote Fido around for the holidays

<strong>How to tote Fido around for the holidays</strong>
■ By Richard Perry / Contributed File PhotoRichard Perry. Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! I’ve come to realize that some people just love their dogs. For example, when my wife and I are sitting on the couch she finds it perfectly acceptable for the dog, a labrador/pitbull mix named Andy that weighs upwards of 100 pounds, to jump up and carve out a nest for himself between the two of us. I’ve seen thousands of dog pictures via Facebook and plenty of texts that say “OMG look what Drew just did!” When my wife is talking to the dog, I’m referred to as “daddy.” Oh brother! However, nothing is cuter (more…)
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Choose the right tire for your vehicle and season

<strong>Choose the right tire for your vehicle and season</strong>
Metro ServiceTires are one area of maintenance that often goes unchecked, even by the most diligent automobile owners. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Motorists spend hours behind the wheel and spend lots of money on maintenance to ensure their vehicles are in top working order. But tires are one area of maintenance that often goes unchecked, even by the most diligent automobile owners. Tires undergo a lot of wear and tear, which only highlights the importance of proper tire maintenance. But many drivers do not give tires a passing thought until there is a problem, such as a flat or excessive wear. Also, some drivers think that all tires are the (more…)
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Avoid the spill: traveling safely with holiday dishes

File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! Almost every year Bambi and I take a van from the VIP Autos lot and volunteer to pick up folks and deliver Thanksgiving meals. We really have a good time doing it. I see a lot of families travel during the long weekend. If you decide to travel for Thanksgiving this year, you are probably going to be bringing something to the table. Maybe it’s your yummy casserole or a homemade pie. Whatever it may be needs to get to your destination safely, which can be a challenge on a long, bumpy road. There are some (more…)
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How to calculate the cost of a vehicle

File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! If you are budgeting for your family, business or even as a chairperson for a non-profit you should first determine what you can actually afford before you spend. As my grandma always said, “Live within your means.” So you ask: what does that mean in relation to a car? A lot actually. If you’re considering leasing or financing a vehicle, you should understand the total costs involved. That’s because the total amount you can spend is made up of a variety of factors such as: the approved loan amount, cash down payment, and trade-in amount. Consider (more…)
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How to maintain car value over the long-term

<strong>How to maintain car value over the long-term</strong>
Metro ServiceMaintaining a vehicle’s interior can help owners protect its resale value. ■ Metro Service / Contributed When shopping for a new car, savvy buyers know finding the right car involves more than just finding the most comfortable or flashy vehicle. Numerous factors, including resale value, determine what makes a car the right car for a particular buyer. Various websites and automotive resources rank vehicles based on their potential resale value, and drivers can do much to ensure their cars and trucks maintain that resale value over the long-term. Pay attention to the exterior. Much like homes with strong curb appeal can help homeowners get the best price for their homes (more…)
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What to expect when handling a deceased’s property

<strong>What to expect when handling a deceased’s property</strong>
■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Richard PerryBob Martinez. Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! After three months in northern California, my wife, Bambi, is back home. As some friends know, she spent that time at her father’s bedside while he took his last breath from his battle with cancer. After his passing, me, my wife, family and friends met for a “Celebration of Life” in Paradise, California to honor the much loved and respected Bob Martinez. Bob, a retired mental health director for two different counties and Patton State Hospital in California, called me when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and asked if I would sell his motorhome for (more…)