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Weak economy to blame for risky car repair delays

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As the nation inches toward economic recovery and struggles to revive an ailing job market, many families find themselves cutting corners in order to make ends meet. This trend applies to everything from grocery bills to vacation spending – and unfortunately, routine auto repairs are no exception. But as ABC News reported last month, while some personal budget cuts are entirely justified, others – like postponing auto maintenance — can result not only in bigger long-term bills, but in serious safety hazards as well.

Salvage-title vehicles: an affordable alternative or a dangerous scam?

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These days, most of us are looking for ways to save cash; and when it comes to used cars, a 5%-below-market price sticker spells music to budget-conscious ears. Many salvage-title cars carry such a discount, and eager shoppers often find themselves seduced by the prospect of scoring a quality model at a bargain price. But according to Fox Business News, Consumer Reports estimates most salvage-title vehicles to be worth a mere 50% of their Blue Book value – and that’s the best-case scenario.

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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Spring Tea to be held by Del Mar Community Connections April 18, 2014
    All things “Downton Abbey”— from ‘20s tunes to exotic teas — will be featured as Del Mar Community Connections holds its annual spring tea on Wednesday, April 23, at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 324 14th St., Del Mar. The 2-4 p.m. event includes music from the “Downton” era performed by entertainers “Janet and Jay” and piano music provided by Lori Ritman, who al […]
  • Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Solana Beach and Del Mar April 18, 2014
    Cathedral Catholic extended its winning streak to 11 games as the Dons opened Western League play with a 7-2 victory over Patrick Henry on April 9. The victory followed a 7-4 nonleague win against Mater Dei Catholic two days earlier. Will Law had three hits including a home run and a double and drove in four runs to lead the Dons in the Patrick Henry game. […]
  • Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case April 17, 2014
    A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation. Christopher ``Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison. […]