Archives for February 2012

Budget Now, Travel Later

Have you heard? Economists and other various “experts” are predicting summer gas prices to reach or exceed $5.00 per gallon. It’s almost starting to sound cliche as each time we approach vacation and road travel season, we hear about astronomical gas price potentials. Whether this happens or not, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and save, especially if you are planning on traveling this summer.  We’ve put together a list of budget considerations and some thrifty ways some families are saving money while hitting the road.

Pre-Travel Budget Considerations

  1. tips to save money traveling 2012 high gas pricesAlways check your tires, proper air pressure, tread, and need for rotation are essential. Not only will this help you get the most efficient gas mileage, you’re more likely to arrive safely and without headaches along the way.
  2. Choose your most gas efficient vehicle that will also accommodate your family. If you are squished in and can’t move for 3 days, it may not be worth the savings. Instead, see if you can borrow or barter with a friend or grandparent for their vehicle. Can you house sit while they are on vacation, mow lawn or look after pets in exchange?
  3. Make sure your chosen vehicle has a a fresh oil change and tune-up before the long drive. You want to avoid towing charges or exorbitant repair expenses (and unbudgeted hotel stays, etc)  if you can anticipate any issues. [Read more…]

What’s the Oddest Item Left in Your Vehicle?

strange items left in your vehicle
Are you a fan of “Storage Wars”? If so, you likely catch yourself wondering the history of so many strange items left abandon in storage units. Just like storage units, public transits and rental car companies can give you a long list of strange items left by people who don’t seem care or don’t take the time to retrace their steps to locate their prosthetic limb or television remote. Can you imagine the person digging the house apart looking for the remote, or why he/she brought it on the bus in the first place?

Anyone who owns and drives a vehicle has passengers who occasionally forget items. The frequency of items left laying in the vehicle increases exponentially when the frequent passengers are kids. Owners are left cleaning out their vehicles wondering who left a sock or why a school text book hasn’t been missed yet. So to create our own fun survey, leave a comment answering the question, “What is the oddest item left in your vehicle?” Is there a short story you can share about it?

You may be interested in our related story, “10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle”.

photo credit: crabchick

Buying Used Tires Instead of New, or New Tires Instead of Used

new or used tires, when to buyEvery vehicle owner’s needs and circumstances are different. Sometimes buying new tires is the best option, and sometimes used tires fit the situation best. Read our “Top 8 Reasons for Buying Used Tires” for ideas when new or used might be the better solution, and stop by either of our locations or call to speak with one of our technicians who can help you decide.

When we talk to our customers, it’s nice to hear that we exceeded their expectations on price and the time it takes to get them on their way.

One happy customer says:

“I needed new tires for my VW Jetta. Last time I purchased new off-brand tires and paid $1,000. This time I went to TireZoo and got a set of Michelin tires with 75% of the original tread wear remaining for $300. Not only did I save money, but the staff had me in & out in about 45 minutes. I love these guys!” Brian

Another used tire customer shares:

“I thought I needed a new set of 4 tires. I gave them a call and they had my tire with a similar (50%) tread depth. Cost me 10% of what a new set would have cost. The guy said it would take about 45 minutes to get the car in and get the tire on, but I was out of there in 20 minutes. Very happy!” Jonathon

Do you have a story to share with us? Leave a comment below or fill out our review form. We look forward to hearing from you.