3 Affordable Cars for New Drivers in Dallas

Whether you worked all summer to purchase your first car or you’re a recent college graduate looking to upgrade from the clunker you had at UT-Dallas, finding a vehicle without breaking the bank isn’t as hard as you may think. Many new and used cars offer affordability, reliability, and the features you want at a price that will have you floored. Here are just a few of the best vehicles for new drivers in the Dallas area. 

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3 Killer Cars for Dallas City Driving

Although driving in Dallas is far better than many other major cities in America, that doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing. When it’s rush hour, traffic can get hectic whether you’re on the North Central Expressway, Uptown, or on I-35. When this occurs, the last thing you want is a bulky car or one without the handling to take you around obstacles and other motorists. For heavy driving in Dallas, check out a few of these killer cars.

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3 Small Sports Cars

Once upon a time, sports cars were the smallest vehicles on the road. Economy cars weren’t yet a necessity, and the massive muscle car craze hadn’t hit the country. Instead of opting for massive engines, the best way to build a sports car, it seemed, was to lower the weight as much as possible. The popularity of such a car has definitely had its ebb and flow over the years, but something alluring about the small sports car keeps drivers coming back. Navigate with ease, accelerate quickly, and blaze up the road in these small sports cars.

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4 Great Six-Cylinder Cars for Dallas Driving

The six-cylinder engine is normally thought of as the Goldilocks of car engines: not too big, not too small, but just right. It’s not the most powerful engine, and it’s not an economical gas sipper. Instead, it’s a nice, average balance between the monster V8s and the planet-saving four-cylinders. Six-cylinder cars have come a long way, though. Since Formula One race cars are required to use a six cylinder, chances are you can find a great six-cylinder car to cruise around Dallas. (more…)

Fix Your Squeaky Brakes on Your Own

Along with nails on a chalkboard, a snoring spouse, and a dripping faucet, what noise irks you more than squealing brakes? Can you stop this menace without paying the brake shop? Yes, you can! First, you need to understand why the noise is happening. Then you can diagnose the problem and fix it without too much expense.

Why the Squeaking?

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Sound is vibration and vibration is natural. Your brakes will not always be silent, but they shouldn’t be persistently noisy. How long has it been since your brake pads have been replaced? It could be time. (more…)

Don’t Get Scammed Into Buying a Flood-Damaged Car

Looking to buy a used car in Dallas? Not sure about its history? Don’t get scammed into buying a flood-damaged car. Look deeper, and don’t just take a car at face value by using the following tips when checking out potential cars.

Run a Complete Car History Check

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If you’ve found a car that you like, then one of the best things you can do is to run a full audit of the car’s history. Yes, it’s laborious but it can save you thousands of dollars down the line. There are free tools you can use such as the database of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Another free option you can use is VehicleHistory. The data you obtain (more…)

Pacifica Recall: Who’s Affected

Hang-tight curve-peeling soccer moms and dads. Before you go on your next joy ride, make sure your vehicle is not part of the Fiat Chrysler recall. Fiat Chrysler engineers discovered a problem with Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Learn:
  • what is wrong with Pacificas and if your vehicle is affected
  • why the problem exists
  • what scenario you should avoid
  • Chrysler’s plan to fix the problem
  • what you can do to keep your family safe

What’s Wrong With the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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The Fiat safety engineers discovered a safety issue with the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacific with the optional 8-passenger seating. There are situations in which (more…)

Upcoming Autumn Events in Irving

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to get outside and take in the beauty of the season. Enjoy Irving’s extensive calendar of local events, festivals, and family-fun celebrations while you immerse yourself in regional interests. Explore the area and embrace the festival of fall when you visit Irving this season.

Ringo Starr & The All-Starr Band

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The Beatles’ Ringo Starr may have been the first rock drummer you ever listened to, and Ringo and his All Starr Band are performing Nov. 3 at The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory. (more…)

5 Shockingly Cheap Sports Cars

If you have always dreamed of driving a fun sports car, you can make your dreams come true without breaking the bank. Sports cars are not just for people who have a lot of money; even the average person can buy one if they want to splurge just a little. Whether you want to buy new or used, here are some shockingly cheap sports cars.

2017 Ford Mustang

Ford redesigned the Mustang in 2015, and the 2017 model brings both style and performance to the table. It comes in both a coupe and a convertible with a choice of engines that include a turbo inline-4 that gets 310 horsepower or a 3.7-liter V-6 for 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Mustang offers excellent handling and a comfortable ride, and it even has above-average fuel economy, so you can drive your fun sports car even on your everyday commute.

Porsche Boxter 986

Porsche produced the Boxter from 1997 through 2004. This was the first two-seater convertible from Porsche since the ’50s, and it was one of their biggest sellers. You can find these iconic cars without looking too hard, and you’ll see that the prices are equivalent to a mid-level economy car. This little sports car features a mid-engine design, and it offers an excellent handling experience. The first generation came with a 2.5-liter, flat-six engine that produced 201 (more…)

What Brings Down Your Dallas Car’s Fuel Economy?

Texas may be full of black gold, but that doesn’t mean you want to guzzle through all of it yourself. Why isn’t your car getting the fuel economy you expect? How can you drive more efficiently?

Tires

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Maintaining proper tire pressure can improve your fuel economy by up to 10 percent. It’s a very simple fix. Each time you fill your tank, walk around the car with a pressure gauge. If your PSI doesn’t match the manufacturer’s recommendation, hit the air compressor before you leave the gas station. This will also improve your handling and prolong the life of your tires. (more…)