Despite the convenience of paying for gasoline upfront—and not having to worry about visiting a gas station before heading to the airport—a prepaid fuel option means you’re paying for a full tank of gas, whether you use it in its entirety or not. If you’re renting for a short two-day trip or even driving a few hundred miles and leaving a little left in the tank, this means you’re Hertz and Avis note on their websites that no partial refunds are offered to those renters who use less than the full tank, which is likely the case for most other car rental agencies.) … [Read more...] about Never Prepay for Gas When Renting a Car
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Finally, the most important thing is to do your homework. One study found that car buyers who did two things saved an average of $230 on their cars: learned how much the dealer pays for a car and visited two dealerships. If you can do more research, you’d save an average of $800 on your purchase. Popular car comparison sites can help you do the research you need. Also, check your emotions at the door, since this is primarily a financial transaction. As with any other major purchase, take your time so you can get the right car at the right price. … [Read more...] about Top 10 Things You Should Know About Buying or Leasing a Car
Despite the fact that trains are a great way to travel, Amtrak isn't terribly cost effective in many cases. The farther you plan to go—especially during peak travel season—the more difficult it is to find a bargain. There are some to be had, however; if you can book 14-days in advance and live in the northeast area of the United States (served by trains running between Boston and Washington, DC) you can pick up as much as 25% off your ticket just by booking early. In my experience, I've also found it affordable for short city-to-city trips where a flight would cost the same or more (like Washington DC to New York City, for example). … [Read more...] about The Clock Is Ticking: How to Save Money Booking Your Holiday Travel
"Baby, my favorite for NFL MVP is Peyton Manning of the Broncos! A lot of people are talking Oscar about this new Sandy Bullock space movie. Gripping? YOU BET! Sandy in astronaut hot pants? BEATS A DIAPER. Now, let me tell you about the time ol' Evans took a trip up to outer space. It's true! Back in '75, I was running Paramount and Henry Kissinger—a dear friend—said that NASA had a trio of seats left on board one of the last Apollo missions. Apollo 34: The Revenge of Icarus, I think it was formally called. Well, I wasn't one to waste the chance to gaze upon this crazy planet from the heavens, so I told my darling secretary Beatrice Firmlicker to hold my calls, picked up Nicholson and a little honey pie at his joint, and flew right to Houston for blastoff! … [Read more...] about Why You Can’t Talk About Pop Culture Like You Talk About Sports
Details are, as TechCrunch noted, “scarce,” but there’s a lot of speculation that Uber is investigating autonomous versions of the scooters and bikes of the short-term rental type that have already taken over many major cities. The Telegraph reported that Uber has begun hiring for the Micromobility Robotics team, which it wrote had the goal of developing scooters and bikes that can drive to charging stations themselves, or possibly to go and pick up riders after the prior passenger disembarks. … [Read more...] about Uh Oh, Uber Might Be Thinking About Self-Driving Scooters and Bikes Now
There’s a lot of this project left to do, but being as simple as it is, how hard could that be? I mean, working on this isn’t going to be much of a challenge to most half-way competent backyard mechanics. The question however, is how much would you pay to take on the necessary work? … [Read more...] about At $7,450, Would You Rock-On In This SBC-Powered 1968 Toyota FJ40?