Take the Wheel: A Woman's Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self

Take the Wheel: A Woman's Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self

by Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Overview

Take the Wheel: A Woman's Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler

A lot has changed in the four years since Take the Wheel was originally published, but most American women still rely on cars we own to get around. We still control most of the big-ticket household purchases, and we still make up more than half of the registered drivers in this country. We also do a lot of research at home before setting foot in a dealership, which makes us more informed about the particular car we want to buy than the salesperson probably is. But that doesn’t stop them from talking down to us, asking if our husband is okay with us spending so much money, and generally being asshats to us when all we want to do is give them thousands of dollars and drive away as fast as we possibly can from the dealership.

I hope the new, revised, expanded, and improved edition of Take the Wheel is even more helpful than the original. Here’s what you’ll find in this shiny new book:

  • Updated advice on financing and credit scores
  • Complete guide to alternative fuels and green(er) cars
  • New examples, makes, and models
  • Overviews of modern tech and safety systems

Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance automotive journalist and book editor living in Portland, Oregon. She's honed her research and interviewing skills for the New York Times, TechCrunch, How Stuff Works, Popular Science, and more. There are few things she likes better than falling down the rabbit hole of research and emerging with a book or article that others find useful and—she hopes—entertaining while still being based on solid sources. She is also the author of the monograph Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989365802
Publisher: Llyfr Da Publications
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.29(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Arm Yourself

Creating Your Budget

Budgeting for Insurance, Sort Of

Gas and Maintenance

Wait! Do You Even Need a Car?

Part Two: Let’s Go Shopping!

Climbing the Decision Tree

Questions to Ask Yourself

Types of Vehicles

Other Considerations

Back to the Budget

If You Decide You Want New

If You Decide You Want Used

Leasing a Car

Online Shopping

Drive It Like You Own It

Special Section: Your Guide to Green(er) Cars

It’s Pretty Easy Being Green

What Is a Hybrid?

What Is a Plug-In Hybrid?

What Is an Electric Vehicle?

What Is a Hydrogen Vehicle?

What Is a Diesel Vehicle?

What Is E85?

What Is a Liquid Natural Gas Vehicle?

Conclusion

Part Three: Bringing Baby Home

Starting the Conversation

Negotiation Lite

Wading through the Paperwork

Warranties and Service Contracts

It’s Yours! Now What?

Maintenance

If You Make a Mistake

Lemon Laws

Nobody’s Fault but Mine

Epilogue

The 5 Questions Section

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