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10 Ways to Use Groupon's Awesome New Customer Coupon

Groupon is giving new customers an extra 25% off one local, goods, or getaway deal. That's the best discount we've ever seen at the site, so it's an ideal time to give Groupon a try. We've come up with 10 ways you might use the coupon, on everything from photo printing to oil changes.

The Complete Guide to Senior Discounts

Are you afraid to ask for a senior discount? Once you see some of the deals that are available, you'll reconsider! To help you get started, we've rounded up some of the best senior citizen discounts.

The Top 5 Geekiest Picks From ThinkGeek's Clearance Sale

At ThinkGeek, a selection of clearance items are currently marked up to 80% off. To help you find some new toys, we've chosen five fun items from the sale that you didn't even know you needed.

11 Essential Things to Know Before Buying a Used Car

Not only are used cars expensive, but buying one is stressful. You want a good deal on a safe and reliable vehicle that won't cost a lot of money in repairs. To ensure that you make a smart purchase, read up on these 11 things you should know before buying a used car.

Here's Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Tire Sealant

If you're stuck with a flat tire, sealant can offer a quick fix to get your car up and running again. But using it can have drawbacks. Before plunking down some cash for a can, weigh the tire sealant pros and cons.

48 Major Retailers That Offer Free Shipping, and How to Get It

A lot of online stores will ship your orders for free, but those bargains often come with limitations. To help you navigate, we've put together a list of 48 retailers that offer free shipping, and some tips on how these deals work.

How to Choose the Best Motor Oil for Your Car

Changing your oil is an easy way to maintain your car, but the options can be overwhelming. What's the difference between regular and synthetic, and what do all those numbers on the label mean? We cut through the confusion of buying motor oil.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter (And Prevent an Auto Disaster)

There are more driving dangers this time of the year than others, from snow and ice to wet leaves and early sunsets. To ensure the safety of you and your entourage as you embark on your holiday travel plans, it's smart to take steps to winterize your car now.

Harbor Freight Tools Black Friday Ad Analysis: Tools From Just $15

Harbor Freight Tools recently released its Black Friday ad preview, allowing even DIY shoppers an opportunity to save during the holiday shopping season.

8 Simple Auto Repairs That Save Big Bucks in the Long Haul

The red warning light on your dash can ruin your day, but putting off dealing with it can not only be dangerous, but costly. These eight minor repairs warrant your immediate attention and will save you from losing money in the long haul.

If You Own a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or Fiat, You Need to Read This

Security researchers found the onboard computer system could be hacked, even stopping the car in the middle of the road. But Chrysler is already taking action.

A Guide to the Best Student Discounts on Apple, Tech, Travel, and More

Your student ID is good for more than just 10% off at the movie theater. Get discounts on Amazon Prime, computers, and even cars.

10 Crazy 'Jurassic Park' Collectibles for Super Fans

Jurassic World is coming, so we rounded up the strangest and wildest toys, set pieces, and costumes from the franchise — including old cereal and William H. Macy's pants.

Has Your Car Been Recalled? 8 Questions You Need to Ask

With both Kia and Ford recently issuing recalls that collectively affect 420,000 vehicles, automotive recalls are back in the news. We look at how these work, and what you need to do to get the proper repairs for free.

Save Money With These 5 DIY Car Repairs

Wiper blades, motor oil, fuses: these and more can be replaced or repaired cheaply and easily without a trip to the mechanic. Check out what tools and parts you'll need, plus step-by-step guides for each task.

VIDEO: Is Installing Cameras in Rental Cars Creepy?

Car rental company, Hertz, made some waves, recently, when they started installing cameras in some of their cars... and by "made some waves", we mean "people really freaked out." The company swears they're not functional, but that the cameras are there in case they want to start using video chat for customer service! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts try to decide if we should be creeped out by this, or not!

Get These 8 Things to Help Prepare For Emergencies

With much of the country under snow (including some regions that barely see an inch), now is a good time to review what you need to prepare for unexpected extreme weather, car breakdowns, and other emergencies.

Tools You Should Always Have in Your Car in Case of Emergency

It's a cold, windy, and slushy winter day, so of course that's when your car decides it doesn't want to operate properly. Are you prepared for a flat tire or a dead battery? How about a loose screw or a blown fuse? Now is a good time to make sure you've got the tools you'll need to deal with minor car troubles. We've compiled this list of the best tools and supplies you'll want to keep in your trunk.

7 Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Car

The car-buying process can be daunting, but if you walk in as an informed, empowered consumer, you can avoid common — and expensive — mistakes. Before signing those papers, heady from a test drive and that new car smell, learn what you need to know to save money when buying a new car.

Your Smartphone Can Make Your Car a Lot Better

From diagnostics to insurance to safety, here are some of the best smartphone features for car owners looking to make their travels as smooth and safe as possible.

Has Uber Become Unter? How Surge Pricing Affects Uber Ridership

Uber has revolutionized the modern car service industry. But such on-demand taxi-hailing convenience comes at a cost to Uber users. Uber's surge pricing has been met with much criticism and the consumer backlash has resulted in the rising popularity of new real-time car service apps. But will Uber ever become unter?

The Difference Between a Camry & a Civic? The Cost of Brake Repair

It's important to know which car models have the better shot of avoiding a bevy of mechanical issues. Inside, we've got the lowdown on the most common repair issues from a variety of sedans — and what those fixes will cost you in the long run.

The Top 2014 Car Models That Offer the Best Value for Your Money

As it turns out, 2014 car models are priced to sell; high-end car makers are luring potential buyers with lower-priced models, and mainstream brands are loading their vehicles with features that used to be found only on luxury models. But before you hit the showroom, here's some advice about which 2014 models offer the best value and how you can get the best deal.

How to Get Your Car to 200,000 Miles

Whether it;s a source of aggravation or pride (or likely a bit of both), owning a car requires significant investment to keep it in tip-top shape, especially if you're planning on driving it for 200,000 miles. However, there is a payoff: from zero car payments to far fewer cosmetic repairs to worry about once the car is past the 100,000 mile mark, maintaining an automobile is a rewarding endeavor. Just make sure to follow this sound advice.

How to Buy the Best Radar Detector for Your Budget

So long as American highways have speed limits, there's no doubt that State Troopers will hide behind billboards with radar guns poised. For this reason, radar detectors remain popular with even modest drivers — but it can be hard to determine the differences between the variously-priced options.

Which 2013 Cars Have the Highest Resale Value?

Looking for a new car? Kelley Blue Book recently released its Best Resale Value Awards for 2013, naming the cars that retain the most value after five years.

Hit the Road with the Right Tires: How to Understand and Buy Car Tires

Have you ever spent a few moments trying to decipher the gibberish stamped into the sidewalls of tires? While most of us have a vague idea about what some of those numbers and letters represent, there is a world of additional information that you can glean from a careful examination. We've broken down the foreign language of tire-buying to help those with flats and worn out treads find the best tires for the money.

The Best Time to Spend Your Christmas Gift Card, Depending on What You Want

As you bask in the glory that is your stash of gifts from Christmas, you may be pawing over a gift card or two. And today's After Christmas Sales might seem like an extremely tempting place to start redeeming them. But depending on what you're looking for, you might get the most value out of your gift card if you wait to shop.

5 Types of Retailers that Could Be Threatened by Amazon Same-Day Delivery

Amazon's same-day delivery sounds like an online shopper's dream — but it could pose a significant threat to certain types of brick and mortar retailers. Here's our list of the five product categories that are most seriously at risk.

Dude, You Must Chill!: The Cost of Cooling Your Car When the A/C Goes AWOL

This summer's record-breaking heat has been making headlines for weeks. But what'll you do if the A/C in your car goes caput? Here are a few ways to stay cool in your car sans air conditioning.

Make the Most of Motorcycling in the Summer Heat
 with the Right Gear

Many motorcycle riders react to the summer heat by parking their bike, or shedding clothing. Luckily, there are products on the market today that are designed to help keep riders riding throughout the year, while remaining protected and offering the ventilation they require to remain comfortable.

10 Cool Tools for Father's Day

Father's Day is just a few weeks away, and don't you want to bring a smile to your old man's face when he opens up the gift from you? Luckily, most guys are relatively easy to buy for; a new tool usually does the trick. We've compiled a list of 10 cool tools (at a variety of price points) that should delight the shade tree mechanic, the woodworker, or the ardent do-it-yourself on your list this year.