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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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  • Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders July 28, 2014
    After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking. Passionate about making […]
  • Del Mar Union School District approves new contract for superintendent July 28, 2014
    The Del Mar Union School District Board July 23 approved the new contract for Superintendent Holly McClurg through June 30, 2018. Per the contract, McClurg’s annual salary will be $185,000 with an annual doctoral stipend of $10,000. She will receive a car allowance of $400 a month, 25 vacation days, health benefits and a retirement contribution of $700 a mon […]
  • Carmel Valley 5K and 10K to hit Gonzales Canyon trails in September July 28, 2014
    A new trail running race is coming to Carmel Valley this fall. Jeff Stoner of Del Mar’s Seasick Marketing visited the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board to update the board on the plans for the Carmel Valley Trail 5K and 10K Run, set to take place on Sept. 20. A portion of race proceeds will go toward the Challenged Athletes Foundation. […]