Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

A new study suggests that women who don’t appear knowledgeable about the cost of a car repair may pay more than men.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

A new study dispels the idea that all-new cars are more problematic than car models that haven’t been redesigned.

Monday, November 05, 2012 11:43 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Japanese-brand cars are tops in reliability, while Ford, previously in the top 10, has dropped dramatically.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Auto mechanics provide advice to drivers on how to make your car last longer in a new survey.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 6:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

More Americans are choosing to keep cars that are 8 years old and older and repair them …

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:48 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

With tax season over, many Americans are making plans for their refund checks, and for some that means buying a car …

Wednesday, January 04, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Forty percent of drivers polled in a recent Consumer Reports study are delaying key repairs and maintenance on their cars. The nonprofit says that the delay can increase their risk of a safety issue that can lead to a car accident. Ignoring necessary repairs can also result in larger, more costly problems later. Delays in

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Winter arrived with a full-fledged bang this past weekend, leaving numerous drivers with their cars unprepared. If you live in an area affected by cold temperatures, snow and ice, then taking a few steps to prepare your car for winter now will help ensure you are not caught off guard when winter weather hits and

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 10:08 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The total cost to own a car is always top-of-mind for any financially-savvy consumer. This cost includes not just the monthly payment, but car insurance, the cost of gas, repairs, maintenance and depreciation. While it’s always best to run the numbers yourself for car insurance and fuel cost needs, there are numerous resources that┬ácan provide

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:06 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

AAA has a new survey out this month illustrating the impact of the tough economic environment on car owners. The survey finds that 1 in 4 American drivers couldn’t afford to make a car repair of $2,000 if they faced one today. That finding is pretty troubling, considering how many car repairs can run that