Archive for December, 2017
Start Paying On TimeWe realize this isn’t always easy. There are some things you can do to make it easier, though. First, if your finances are tight, cancel any monthly expenses you don’t need. That means cable TV, Spotify, and anything else you can do without. Next, set up payment reminders. Most of your utilities and services provide this feature but you can simply put the due dates of all your bills on your calendar, if you’d like. A calendar that sends you a text or email when a bill is almost due is the best kind. Lastly, use credit cards sparingly. You don’t want to end up with more bills than you can afford anymore. If you do these things, you’ll have a better shot at paying bills on time.
“Look” OKDave Jones, retired president of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, says it’s a good idea to appear to be in good financial condition. There are different ways you can do that. Making partial payments or charging more for you services are things you should avoid. Credit agencies don’t like these things. Taking cash advances or even spending money at pawn shops or divorce attorneys’ offices are also hints that you’re becoming risky to creditors (companies that loan money to you). People who always pay on time rarely spend money at those places, Jones says.
Keep at ItWe know. It’s a corny thing to say, but it’s important. Stay cool and persist. You got this! The improvements might not happen as quickly as you’d like but don’t get frustrated. Keep your head in the game. You can check your credit score up to three times per year without causing it to decrease. There’s no reason not to do that. Before you know it, your score will be rising and you’ll be on your way to the dealer to buy or lease your new vehicle. When it’s time to buy or lease a car, start by getting free quotes from local dealers. You’ll have a clear picture of the local market in minutes. Click here.
It’s time to rethink Buick. Yes, it’s still an “entry-level” luxury brand. The primary feel of every Buick is still rather soft and domesticated. There’s still no Buick you cannot imagine your grandma driving. But think about it. Unless you drive a Hellcat or a Rubicon, you’re not really driving anything your grandma wouldn’t drive anyway. And Buick has made huge strides to update its brand. The commercials may or may not be convincing but hear us out. The Buick Regal is top-notch even when compared to the Hyundai Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Jaguar XE. Here’s why.
Engine and TransmissionAWD Regal models come equipped with 8-speed transmissions whereas 9-speed transmission comes with front-wheel-drive variants. Both are twin clutch. By the way, the all-wheel drive we’re talking about is the real deal. None of that assistive braking stuff. This is actual torque vectoring all-wheel drive. The most basic Regal has 250 horsepower, as does the top-of-the-line model. There’s a lack of engine options here but 250 horsepower should work for most of us. We’ll explain how this power compares to the Buick Regal’s competitors later.
TechThe most basic Regal comes with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless entry, a seven-speaker audio system, LED daytime running lights, and a 7-inch touchscreen, says Motor Trend. You won’t have the typical luxury (now becoming standard across the board) safety features like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist unless you purchase a driver confidence package that can be added onto the GS trim. The Regal’s exceptionalism isn’t due to technology, but it’s not behind the times.
Styles and OptionsOne of the most exciting new developments in the Buick repertoire are the new Sportback and TourX (wagon) styles. These designs are refreshing and attractive. They’re also practical and roomy, making both variants great family cars.
Options become available at the Preferred trim ($27K) and include Bose speakers, premium infotainment system, rear park assist, power moonroof, remote start, lane change alert, wireless charging, and a line of safety features such as lane keep assist.