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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

How to Save on Auto Repairs

By Cameron Huddleston





Follow these steps to lower the cost of routine car maintenance and major repair work


JewishWorldReview.com | The majority of auto repairs these days are standard wear-and-tear fixes, according to online auto resource AutoMD.com. But when your car needs major repair work, it can take a big bite out of your budget. You could easily find yourself on the hook for a bill that totals thousands of dollars.

There are several ways you can keep the cost of auto repairs - both big and small - under control, though. Here's how:

Don't neglect routine maintenance. One of the best ways to avoid costly repairs is to follow your vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedule, says Stacey Hamilton, manager of service sales and operations for auto service chain Pep Boys. That means getting your oil changed regularly (follow your owner's manual interval - the "every 3,000 miles" is an out-of-date money-waster), keeping your tires properly inflated and having them rotated, replacing wipers when they get streaky so they don't scratch your windshield, and so on.

Also important, replace your car's timing belt according to the manufacturer's maintenance schedule (about every 90,000 miles), Hamilton says. Having it replaced will cost about $500 to $1,000. But if it breaks, your engine could be ruined, with a replacement costing up to $5,000, she says.

Take advantage of free services. Several auto repair shops offer free battery testing, and some provide free tire rotation, says Mike Smart, an auto expert who writes about managing money and saving on car costs. For example, Advance Auto Parts will perform a free electrical test on your starter, alternator and battery. O'Reilly Auto Parts will test your car's electrical system and battery for free. Select Goodyear Auto Service Centers will rotate your Goodyear tires for free, and most locations offer free tire consultations as well as a complimentary alignment check, Smart says.

Pep Boys offers several free services including Check Engine light diagnosis and alignment check. However, you have to be a member of its rewards program, which is free to join, to receive some of the free services such as brake inspection and tire repair. Before paying for any sort of testing or minor maintenance, check with repair shops in your area to see if any offer these services for free.

Look for coupons and discounts. You can find coupons for services at most of the major auto repair chains on their Web sites. If one shop is offering a good deal but you prefer to have your car serviced at another, ask about price matching. For example, Pep Boys will beat local competitors' prices by 5% if shown proof of the lower price, Hamilton says.

Some of the auto service chains, such as Pep Boys and O'Reilly Auto Parts, have rewards programs that are free to join and let you earn points based on how much you spend that can be redeemed for discounts on services. If there's a repair shop you prefer, ask if it has a rewards program. And many service shops offer discounts for seniors and members of the military, so inquire about special pricing.


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Shop around. You likely compare prices to find the best deal when you purchase big-ticket items. You should do the same when getting your car repaired. You can get a good idea how much common repairs cost in your area by using sites such as AutoMD.com and RepairPal. These sites also can help you find a mechanic from their database of vetted repair shops. AAA also has a list of auto repair facilities that meet its guidelines. Get written estimates from several shops with ASE certified technicians - which means they have been tested and certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Ask a lot of questions. Say you take your car to a repair shop because you know something is wrong with the brakes. But then the mechanic tells you that your car needs several other repairs. Instead of asking how much it will cost, ask why so many repairs need to be made. "Don't accept anything they say at face value," says Chris Barker, technical services manager for lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple. Make mechanics show you how they know something is wrong, he says. If they won't take the time to explain, take your business elsewhere because you don't want to pay for repairs you don't need. The car-care guide at Carcare.org can help you learn about typical repairs and the right questions to ask a mechanic.

Learn how to DIY. You can save a lot by learning how to tackle minor auto maintenance tasks, such as replacing the air filter, wiper blades and even motor oil. Smart recommends searching YouTube for instructional videos. Many of the service chains that sell auto parts offer free instructional guides. Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys and O'Reilly Auto Parts will let you borrow expensive specialty tools to repair your car. You'll have to pay a deposit, but it will be refunded when you return the tool.

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Cameron Huddleston is an online editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.



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