New Year New Car: 2018 Buying Guide

Whether you’re making a new addition to the family, got a new job with a longer commute, or just want a fun car because of an existential crisis, it’s time for a new car in 2018. However, first-time car buyers in Memphis might find that purchasing a vehicle isn’t as easy as they thought. Before heading into the showroom, check out these tips to make the purchase quick, easy, and stress-free.


3 FWD Cars That’ll Spice Up Your Commute

Compared to other Southern or Midwestern cities, Memphis has a relatively mild commute. However, traffic jams, stalled cars, and construction can add minutes and even an hour to your daily commute, so it’s best to have a front-wheel car that’ll spice up the journey. With plenty of power, tech specs, and agility, these cars are sure to add some excitement on your journey across the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge, I-40, and 1-55.

Toyota Prius Prime

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The Toyota Prius Prime is the plug-in hybrid that’s more than just a world saver. Under the hood, the Prius Prime sports a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder with two permanent magnet asynchronous motors and an 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. A full charge takes just 5.5 hours to achieve and can propel you up to 25 miles on electric power alone, making it perfect for those with a short commute or a charging station near their office.


The 3 Best Cars for Your First Time on the Track

Driving on the track for the first time is an exciting venture. You get to satisfy your insatiable lust for speed while learning how to maneuver a vehicle like a pro. If given the option, many first-timers look for the highest amount of horsepower to tackle the course, yet this isn’t always the best option. Because there’s certainly a learning curve (no pun intended), a balanced vehicle that teaches you how to get the most traction and how to use horsepower is the best choice. Here are just a few of the best cars for your first time on the track.


3 Best Daily Drivers for Memphis

Whether you’re driving to and from the University of Memphis every weekday for class, heading in to work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or just taking that daily drive down I-240, you need a car that tolerates frequent use with ease while providing regular comfort. Here are some top possibilities to consider.


The 6 Worst Cities for Parking

Sometimes you can’t live without a car, and sometimes you can’t get rid of it. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist in some of America’s biggest cities, just finding a spot to park your car where you won’t spend a fortune and it won’t get stolen or towed is a nightmare. Which cities in the US will make you want to sell your car rather than park it?

New York City, New York


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With a population of over 8 million crunched into a maze of bridges, water, and skyscrapers, no wonder finding a spot to park a car is hard. If you can find a spot, it’s expensive. Places in Manhattan can cost over $500 a month, and people wait years for those spots to open up. Parking at the Barclays Center or East 11th is slightly less than parking on the moon. At least car theft in NYC has fallen dramatically. (more…)

Find Your Swagger in the 2018 Kia Stinger

The traffic congestion problem in Memphis is not only causing frustration among drivers but also increases the risk of accidents. If you have to deal with this problem on a daily basis, it’s essential that you have a safe and comfortable car. The 2018 Kia Stinger is a suitable car for driving through slow traffic because of its exceptional ride comfort, great entertainment system, and advanced safety features. With its powerful engine and excellent handling, it also performs exceedingly well on highways and country roads. Here’s a closer look at the 2018 Stinger.

Overview of the 2018 Stinger


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While it gained global recognition later than the top American and Japanese automakers, Kia has proven in recent years that it’s capable of competing with these giants on the same level. However, it has lagged behind in terms of car performance. Launched at this year’s North American International Auto Show, the Stinger represents Kia’s first true effort in producing a performance car. So far, it has done nothing but impress, winning two major awards at the North American International Auto Show, the Best in Show award, and the EyesOn Design award. (more…)

Watch Out for These 5 Used Car Shady Dealings

Are you in the market for a used car? Shopping for one can be fun and exciting — but don’t let the thrill overshadow your common sense. Not all used car salesmen are creepy guys in cheap throwback suits. Many are well-dressed women or classically groomed gentlemen with creepy sales tactics. Regardless, the main objective they all have is to sell you a car. Pay close attention to these five shady dealings that used car salesmen may try with you.

Expensive Extended Warranties

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Many used car dealerships will tempt you with an extended warranty costing a few hundred or a few thousand dollars, but they aren’t worth a penny. The warranties typically have ridiculous coverage limitations. Review any warranty information you receive carefully. (more…)

Memphis Is Where To Be This Fall

Memphis is no stranger to festivals and events. There’s always something happening all year round and fall events abound, with something for everyone. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most popular fall events in Memphis.

Gonerfest 14

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Memphis loves music festivals and Gonerfest is definitely a highlight. This is the 14th independent music festival hosted by Goner Records that showcases up-and-coming local and international bands. This four-day festival takes place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 and is one wild party, so don’t expect to get much sleep. Gonerfest is so popular that rockers from all over the world travel to Memphis to attend it. It’s not just for the music, there’s also great grub and gallons of beer. Tickets are (more…)

6 Best Ways to Avoid a Speeding Ticket

Getting speeding tickets is the bane of anyone’s existence. They are expensive and negatively affect your driving history — and were you even driving that fast? Let’s look at some ways to avoid a speeding ticket.

Just Don’t Speed


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This one is pretty obvious. Don’t speed. You are putting your life and other people’s lives in danger. If you have an accident and you are found to have been speeding, you can have serious charges brought against you. These could include intention to do (more…)

Choose the Best Motor Oil for Your Memphis Car

When it comes to motor oil, you’ve got a lot of choices. Instead of risking putting the wrong oil in your vehicle, learn a few key facts about what appears on those labels. We know you love your car, so keep that Memphis car running beautifully.


An oil’s viscosity is how well it resists flowing. What you want is an oil that doesn’t thin out too much when it gets heated. Oil that’s too thin doesn’t have the same lubricating and sealing properties of thicker oil. So check out the viscosity ratings. You’ll see one for cold temperatures and one for hot. What you want is a higher second number, because that means it stays thick even when hot (like 20W-50 over 10W-30.)

Synthetic or Conventional

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Choosing synthetic or conventional oil has a lot more to do with the car you drive than anything else. Some people claim that one is better than the other, but you need (more…)