Is Your CAA Membership Worth It?


Every year for Christmas my Grandmother used to get me a Canadian Auto Association membership. You Americans reading this have something similar, called AAA. I'll let you figure out what that stands for. Here's how it works. For a minimum cost of about $83 per year in Alberta (certain plans are more), you get all sorts of perks. The big one is free roadside assistance, which covers locking your keys in your car, tire changes, battery boosts, towing to the nearest garage, and running out of gas. They offer other stuff as well. If you want information about a certain place,…

Ease the Pedal to the Metal: Gas saving Tips for your next road trip


Are you planning to hit the road for your next vacation? Road trips are great if you don’t mind long drives, bugs on your grille and the occasional snoring of one of your passengers. How you drive affects the overall budget of your trip because aside from your accommodations, fuel is probably the other major thing you have to consider in allocating your vacation fund. Save money on gas and add it to your fun budget by following these tried and tested fuel saving tips. Drive a Fuel Efficient Car OK, this is pretty obvious, but if you plan to…

6 Signs that Your Car is a Rolling Piece of Junk


How do you know if you're driving a clunker? If your car's name includes the words Gremlin or Pacer, stop reading and go buy yourself a new car this minute. You know these cars are bad when Disney calls them out by basing characters called "The Lemons" on these vehicles in the movie "Cars 2." For the rest of you who need help discerning whether your car is, in fact, a rolling piece of junk, here are your six signs. Sign #6: A Bucket of Bolts You say your car makes noises that sound like a bunch of bolts rattling…

Top of the Line: What Makes a Vehicle Luxurious


Few high-dollar items carry the allure and instant prestige that come with luxury vehicles. People achieve instant status and earn envious looks as they sit behind the wheel of a luxury brand car or SUV. What are the characteristics that make a vehicle luxurious? Whether you're in the market to buy or just like to dream, check out this list of six must-have luxury car features. Lavish Interior Options Peek inside a luxury vehicle to see what just how comfortable a ride down the street can be. If you do a luxury SUV comparison, you'll find most have power driver…

7 tips: How to choose the car loan that’s right for you


If you want to get the best deal on your car loan, you need to know what to look for and where to look. Finding the best car loan means comparing all your options to find a car loan that is affordable, that fits within your budget, and that offers the features you need.  Work out how much you can afford Before you even start looking at cars, you need to work out how much you can afford to spend. There’s no point looking for cars, finding the perfect one, and then working out you can’t afford it. Instead, create…

Better Know A Sustainable Investment: Tesla Motors


Let's start this post with a little thought exercise. If you had 18 billion dollars, which of the following three investments would you invest in: Investment A: You'd own approximately 36% of a company that made $3.8B in profit last year. They sold $152B of product in 2012, and have grown production over 12% since 2010. They do not currently pay a dividend, but will most likely pay one in the near future. Investment B: You'd own approximately 27% of a company that made $5.99B in profit last year. They sold over $134B worth of product in 2012. As a…