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My daughter-in-law asked me to help her with a new car purchase. Her present car is a Jeep Grand Cherokee with 4 wheel drive. She uses this car to go to and from work about 30 miles round trip and also for the occasional family trip. Her lease is up in September and she wants to buy her next car instead of leasing. She also wants to get better mileage ...
Our 1997 gas guzzling Jeep Cherokee is in need of $1450 of repairs (Power steering pump broke and took with it the fan belt, which in turn took out a bracket and a bolt which spun out and got lodged in the engine.). We drive a lot, and I end up spending about $10 in gas a day commuting. I fill the car up every 6 days. The questions are: Is it worth it ...
Ah, you are a God-send! I just read about you in the Providence Journal. I*m a single woman, retired and don*t have any family or male friends to help me with car buying. I*ve been wishing there was someone I could go to to help me with this big financial decision. I looked up female friendly dealers and there are none with in 50 miles. Here*s the ...
About 8 weeks ago,I hired for one week because i wanted to use it for a small holiday with my family. A friend of mine asked me whether we could hire it together because he had some few things he wanted to do; so we decided incase i wasnt using the car he could use (for a short period of one or two hours). So my name was on the car rental contract (i was ...
Family returning home from out of town,check engine light came on today,60,600mi. no visible problems car running fine,what is likely prob? Not the the gas cap.
Hello Patty, Well our family needs a new car and we only have 1000 dollars in our account. Our credit is pretty bad but our income okay. We need a car for our four kids what should we do. How do we negotiate with small amount of money? My husbands job just cut down his hours and we need a car for the family . Any advice on trying to close a deal?
Best 7+ seater under $10k? I would like to get something that can fit more than just my family of 4 but I am not interested in a minivan. What are the best for around $10k or less?

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