Car-shopping tips for students and grads

<strong>Car-shopping tips for students and grads</strong>
StatePoint MediaStudents and their families will want to ensure they are getting a good value on vehicle purchases. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed College is a time when many young people buy their first cars. But with the rising cost of a degree, students and their families will want to ensure they are getting a good value on vehicle purchases. Here are some great ways to get more bang for your buck: Go certified pre-owned. The last thing busy college students need is to sink time and money into regularly fixing a clunker. Rather than purchase a standard used car with an unknown history, consider a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle. CPOs (more…)

How to touch up your vehicle’s exterior

<strong>How to touch up your vehicle’s exterior</strong>
Metro ServiceMedium-sized chips, nicks and scratches are best addressed with touch up bottles. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Warm weather is synonymous with many things, including summer vacations. But for auto enthusiasts, spring, summer and even fall would not be the same without road trips. Road trips often instill a spirit of rejuvenation in drivers and their passengers, and there’s no reason that spirit cannot be applied to vehicles as well. Vehicle touch ups were once a realm reserved specifically for mechanics or the most ardent auto enthusiasts. But nowadays even weekend warriors can address the minor dings, chips and scratches on their vehicles, saving them both time and money. • (more…)

How to car shop as a new parent

Look for safety, interior design, space, and value File PhotoRichard Perry. Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy! I’m a grandpa now that we have just welcomed Hayden Joseph Collings to the world. My daughter Megan will be a great first-time mom. I remember myself as a first-time dad when she was born 30 years ago: preparing her room, childproofing the house, locking things up or putting them under sink cabinets, etc. In past articles, we wrote about good family cars and I’m sure Megan and Keith will be thinking about that as they take home our family’s newest bundle of joy. So now let’s talk cars with a baby on board! (more…)

Ride sharing takes to two wheels

<strong>Ride sharing takes to two wheels</strong>
Metro ServiceEnjoying the ride of a motorcycle can be easier to do than you think. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Many people who pine for the thrill of the open road feel that nothing beats traversing scenic roadways while riding a motorcycle. The wind in your hair and the vibration of the powerful engine can make for an unforgettable experience. But not every person has the time and resources to devote to owning and maintaining a motorcycle. For people who want the thrills of motorcycles without the work that comes with them, some new services that cater to part-time adventurers may be just the thing they need. Peer-to-peer rental has infiltrated (more…)

Top tips for buying teens their first cars

<strong>Top tips for buying teens their first cars</strong>
Metro ServiceStart teen drivers out with a vehicle that is not too flashy but gets high marks for safety. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Selecting a first car for a teenage son or daughter can be challenging. Newly licensed drivers probably want something sporty that also looks cool, while their parents no doubt want them behind the wheel of something sturdy, safe and reliable. According to the experts at, an automotive research and advice group, involving teens in the process of selecting a car helps teach them responsibility and learn lessons about money that may help them make smart choices in the future. Manage expectations. Cars are generous gifts and (more…)

What are the benefits of ride-sharing apps?

File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy, In past articles I’ve written about the benefits and actual cost comparisons of owning a car versus using Uber and Lyft. All this time I thought the transportation apps were just bringing oodles of money in, and I wished I thought of the idea first. However, according to published sources like Business Insider, Bloomberg, Crunchbase, Future Advisor, and Forbes, it’s said the companies have been racking up substantial financial losses. Uber, which has never recorded an annual profit, lost $2.8 billion in 2016, and another $4.5 billion in 2017, according to published reports. Lyft, which is (more…)

How to recognize potential brake problems

<strong>How to recognize potential brake problems</strong>
Metro ServiceDrivers must address symptoms of a faulty braking system early on to reduce their risk of accidents. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Maintaining a vehicle is more than just a way to protect one’s financial investment. Vehicle maintenance can protect against accidents and make the road safer for drivers and their passengers as well as their fellow motorists. Fully functioning brakes are an important component of automotive safety. In its 2015 Crash Stats report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that brake-related problems accounted for 22 percent of crashes where vehicular failure was cited as the cause of the collision. Bad brakes are particularly notorious for rear-end collisions. Faulty, (more…)

How smaller dealerships are more successful

■ By Richard Perry / Contributed File PhotoRichard Perry. Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy, As a member of our Regional Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, I pay close attention to the monthly add and drop list of the membership. When I drive down Florida Avenue and some of our other commercial streets I see the empty buildings and remember the businesses that were once there. I get it – I know it is difficult, whether you run a business or a non-profit, that there are challenges, regulations, lack of employees, lack of customers and even some people who just simply don’t want you to succeed, so businesses aren’t successful or (more…)

Fluids to check before your next road trip

<strong>Fluids to check before your next road trip</strong>
Metro ServiceChecking fluids before embarking on a road trip can ensure a safe, fun trip. ■ Metro Service / Contributed For many traveling enthusiasts, few things are more enticing than the open road. Road trips have long been popular, and that popularity appears to be on the rise. According to a report from MMGY Global, a travel and hospitality marketing firm, road trips represented 39 percent of vacations taken by United States travelers in 2016. Road trips also remain popular in Canada, where vast, rugged terrain makes for idyllic trips. Before embarking on road trips, motorists would be wise to inspect their vehicles to ensure their getaways are not derailed by (more…)

Fear and loathing on the car-shopping trail

<strong>Fear and loathing on the car-shopping trail</strong>
New cars; you love ‘em but you hate ‘em Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep RamThere’s nothing like a Dodge Ram truck ad to make you want to buy a new vehicle. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor There is nothing like a new car. Even if it’s a used car, it’s new in the heart and mind. There is much angst when you are shopping for a new car. The biggest fear is: “WILL I GET SCREWED? If I do, I don’t want anyone to know about it. A friend of mine is always paying too much for his cars. He is the perfect customer for auto dealers. He pays too (more…)