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Are you in auto debt? This podcast is dedicated to helping educate and inspire people like you. To enable you to kick auto debt to the curb.

Helping you invest in yourself, not things.

Cash Car Convert James Kinson

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Are you in auto debt? This podcast is dedicated to helping educate and inspire people like you. To enable you to kick auto debt to the curb.

Helping you invest in yourself, not things.

    CCC063: How Can I Get 200,000 Miles Plus?

    CCC063: How Can I Get 200,000 Miles Plus?

    To start this episode, I want people to take a reality check. Most of us are too optimistic when it comes to our futures. I'm all for positive thinking, but we most often expect the future to be better than our pasts. This isn't always the case.

    This concept is illustrated by a Prudential Insurance ad where they ask people to place magnets, one each, for something that happened to them in the past and, one each, for something they expected to happen in the future. Good things were represented with yellow magnates and bad things were represented with blue magnates. For the past it was pretty even good and bad, but when looking into the future, people anticipated much more good than bad coming their way.

    Click here to view the Prudential commercial.

    What does this have to do with cars. Well, most people buy cars on credit and base the payment on at worst their life not getting any worse and at best getting a promotion, raise, or some other type of monetary increase. This leads to all manner of problems  and people over extend their income.

    Be realistic about your future. Expect the best, but plan for the worst. That way, you will always be prepared.

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    My friend Ellory Wells, has been telling me for a long time I should recommend specific vehicles to my listeners. I have resisted because I want to teach the car buying process. I want to teach someone how to fish, not give them a fish.

    Having said all that, I have come across two articles that help me point my listeners in the direction of some vehicles that will with the best chance to go over 200,000 miles.

    Ever wonder what vehicles can go 200,000 miles most often?

    If you are like me you have. I want to know that my vehicle has the oomph to last. No car is cheap and we all work too hard for our money to just throw it away.

    Luckily, there are a couple of articles that share some of the vehicles which most often make it past 200,000 miles.

    One is from our friends at Consumer Reports, Best cars for making it to 200,000 miles, 10 models most likely to run for the long haul.

    Consumer Reports' Top 10:
    Toyota Prius
    Toyota Camry
    Honda Odyssey
    Honda Pilot
    Toyota Corolla
    Honda Accord sedan (4-cyl.)
    Honda CR-V
    Toyota Sienna
    Toyota Highlander (V6)
    Honda Civic (non-hybrid)

    The next article is from I See Cars. Their article, Top 10 Longest-Lasting Vehicles in iSeeCars.com Study Are All Trucks and SUVs. I didn't know much about I See Cars, but they are a site that allows one to search and compare cars. They also have a research tab.

    Top 20 Longest Lasting Vehicles:
    Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
    Chevrolet Suburban
    Toyota 4Runner
    Ford Expedition
    GMC Sierra 2500HD
    Chevrolet Tahoe
    GMC Yukon XL
    Toyota Sequoia
    GMC Sierra 1500
    GMC Yukon
    Honda Accord
    Dodge Durango
    Subaru Legacy
    Toyota Tacoma
    Toyota Avalon
    Ford Explorer
    Ford F-150
    Lincoln Navigator
    Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    I See Cars also had lists that excluded trucks and another that was only listed with cars.

    These two studies came at the information from very different points of view. I would recommend checking out both articles for all the details.

    Give this episode a listen!

    Links:

    Ellory Wells: http://ellorywells.com

    Consumer Report - Best cars for making it to 200,000 miles 10 models most likely to run for the long haul: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/03/ten-for-the-long-haul/index.htm

    I See Cars Article - Top 10 Longest-Lasting Vehicles in iSeeCars.com Study Are All Trucks and SUVs http://blog.iseecars.com/2014/02/24/top-10-longest-lasting-vehicles-in-iseecars-com-study-are-all-trucks-and-suvs/

    Prudential Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3pFHPgH3oU

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    • 22 min
    CCC062: Steve Stewart and the Cash Car Story

    CCC062: Steve Stewart and the Cash Car Story

    Steve Stewart back on the Cash Car Convert show to tell his Cash Car Story.

    Okay, Steve agreed to be on to get me back behind the microphone. The things some people will do to help a friend. He continues to be a great supporter of this show. I'm humbled and appreciate his support.

    Let's just say he has "bought" into the cash car lifestyle.

    It was great to see Steve at the Podcast Movement 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  We didn't get to hang out too much, but it was great to see him and his cash car.

    He does have a great cash car story and we will get to it now.

    Steve bought a cash car in Dallas Texas in April this year. This wasn't a typical transaction. Steve lives in St. Louis!

    Why did Steve come to Dallas to buy his cash car?

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    It all started when I posted a Craigslist ad on the Cash Car community page on Facebook on April 2nd.

    Steve's response to my post was the following, "an I send you a check and a little extra for your trouble to look at it for me? I'm 75% serious here (and it's no longer April Fools Day)."

    Steve and I spoke on the phone and agreed I would look at the car for him.

    I went to look at the car and liked what I saw. I also spent about an hour plus at Christian Brother's Automotive having the car looked over by professional mechanics. This is a service Christian Bother's offers for about ninety dollars.

    While they did find a few things that long term needed attention, their overall assessment was this is a sound vehicle. The mechanic went out of his way to tell me the late 90's Honda Civics have historically been great cars. He called a Civic sweet spot.

    I called Steve and after a lengthy conversation, he agreed to buy the car if we could get some price relief. The car was originally priced at $3,800. Steve finally purchased it for $3,400. A little more than a 10% discount. To be fair Steve had to buy a plane ticket to travel to Dallas and had other expenses.

    When all was said and done, Steve was out $4,000.

    Steve is on today's show to talk about how the car has been performing since April.

    I won't steal Steve's thunder, but he has had this car on the highway traveling between Dallas and St. Louis, St. Louis and Fort Worth and back, and St. Louis to Philadelphia and back. He has had this car on the highway for an estimated total of over 40 hours. That's a lot of time on the road.

    To me, this is important because most people are happy to drive their $4,000 car around town, but would be afraid to take a 10 hour one way trip. This car has held up to the demands put on it.

    1998 Honda Civic EX as advertised on Craigslist.

     

     

    Steve Stewart's cash car parked in Fort Worth at Podcast Movement 2015. Note the Cash Car Convert bumper sticker.

    Give this episode a listen, I know you'll enjoy Steve Stewart's Cash Car Story!

     

    • 43 min
    CCC061: Lauren Bowling from L Bee and the Money Tree

    CCC061: Lauren Bowling from L Bee and the Money Tree

    What a great show we have today!

    Today, we have a young lady, Lauren Bowling, on who was a theater major and graduated with no student loan debt. Her parents made sure she had no student loans. The foe of most every college student got her though, credit cards. She finished college with thousands in debt and a dream.

    Lauren Bowling dreamed of being an actor in New York city. With $300 and her dream, she left home for New York.

    Soon after she arrived between the debt and lack of acting jobs, Lauren was forced to take an administrative job at a hedge fund company. Lauren spent her time there paying down her debt and learning from the fiscally responsible people working at the hedge fund.

    After Lauren paid off her debt, she started to pursue her acting, only to find she didn't really enjoy it. She didn't really love the audition process. She said her nerves would often get the best of her. She often didn't perform at her best.

    Lauren decided to head back home and take up residence with her parents. Lauren didn't stay with her parents' house too long. She received a bonus from the hedge fund and decided to put it towards a house.

    Lauren's dream house quickly turned to a house of horrors when her home repairs outstripped her home repair loan and she found herself in $8,000 in debt. Reeling from a recent breakup and in debt Lauren spent a year finding her equilibrium.

    In 2015, Lauren regained her footing, she got serious about her. Lauren set up a plan to pay off $8,000 in 90 days. Lauren hit her goal of paying off $8,000 in 90 days.

    How you might ask did she do this?

    It turns out Lauren had started a blog, L Bee and the Money Tree to discuss money and her journey with it back in 2012. She also started doing some free lance writing. She over the next two years and 2,000 blog posts, she built her reputation. She also built a know like and trust factor with her audience.

    It was the free lance writing that allowed her to  accelerate the pay off of her debt. She also discovered something else. She discovered she could make enough hustling as a free lance writer to leave her day job.

    What started off as a problem, a house with excessive repair bills, resulted in an opportunity to leave her day job and pursue a new life.

    Lauren also shared a personal story of a shopping addiction. She spoke of how shopping was comfort for what she felt lacking. She attended therapy sessions to get control of her addiction.

    I thought it was brave of her to tell this personal story on my show. I believe her bravery in sharing this story, will touch someone out there who needed to hear her story.

    Give this episode a listen, I know you'll enjoy!

    Links:

    L Bee and the Money Tree: http://www.lbeeandthemoneytree.com

    Lauren Bowling YouTube Channel (Awkward Money Chat: https://www.youtube.com/user/LBeeMoneyTree

     Start with Why - Simon Senik: http://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone/dp/1591846447/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434770697&sr=8-1&keywords=start+with+why

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    • 35 min
    CCC060: The One Thing

    CCC060: The One Thing

    Hey converts!

    It feels good to be back behind the mic!

    April was a busy month!

    Taxes were due to be filed and I had and audit for the previous year's taxes. Yikes!

    My wife and I Bought two houses using the 1031 exchange program to defer taxes on a house we sold in March. We rented both houses in just a couple of weeks. It feels good to have an additional source of revenue.

    I also helped Steve Stewart from MoneyPlanSOS.com buy a cash car.

    I recently read a book called The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. There was a great quote in the book. It really resonated with me.

    "What's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"

    What if I told you if you did this one thing you could retire wealthy?

    Would you want to know what it is? This one thing.

    If you knew what this one thing was, would you do something about it?

    For most people, the answer is no.

    Shocked? You shouldn’t be.

    After all, millions of people smoke, eat unhealthy, or engage in other risky or unhealthy behaviors. These are life and death matters. If one won’t change to extend their own life, why would you or I think one would change simply to ensure a better retirement?

    Well, if you’ve been listening to this show, I’ve been telling. If fact I’ve been telling you since December of 2013.

    It may or may not shock you, but for most of you listening the one thing is the car payment.

    Really, the car payment? Doesn’t everyone have a car payment? Isn’t that just normal?

    Yes it is and there in lies the insidiousness of it. People quietly pay their lives away to drive a newer, sexier, faster, cooler, and whatever other er you can think of.

    Every day someone agrees to pay away their future for a car.

    Why is the car payment the one thing?

    Well, your mortgage is going to something that actually can help you build wealth. We found out in 2008, it doesn’t always, but for most of us and for most of history, this is true.

    What about student loan debt? It’s all over the news, isn’t that the worst debt? No, a bachelor degree is still worth about $800,000 in additional income over the course of a lifetime of employment. While I’m not encouraging anyone to take on this debt, the average student loan debt of $28,000 seems like a pretty good trade for that average return of $800,000.

    Do you still have a car payment?

    Why? Haven’t you been paying attention?

    Haven’t your heard? Auto debt is dangerous to your financial future!

    This is not a throw away line I just like to say on my show. This is what I believe!

    I know, I know.

    You can’t make that change right now because..…because… you know just pick your excuse.

    1. You just “need” a new car.
    2. You drive a lot, so reliability is important to you.
    3. You don’t want your spouse, kids, or any other loved one to be stranded.
    4. You don’t have the cash to buy that first cash car.

    For some who would be honest it would be all about ego.

    Maybe I “need” to look successful.

    Or my favorite, I work hard so I deserve to drive something nice.

    What can getting rid of your indebted car do for you?
    You can take a big bite out of your current debt.
    You can increase your available cash by the amount of your car payment.
    Save your first $1,000 emergency fund
    Pay off your other debts at an accelerated pace.
    Start saving for your next cash car, retirement, or child’s education.

    4Q 2014:
    Average new car payment - $482
    Average new car price - $33,000
    Average new car loan amount - $28,381
    Average new car loan duration - 66 months

    Today, I want you to make a commitment to me and yourself.

    Today, I want you to do one thing to start on your journey to dump your auto debt.

    It doesn’t have to be a big step, but it has to be a step, a start, a move in the right direction.

    Maybe it’s a plan to sell everything in that storage buildin

    • 30 min
    CCC059: Amy Robles a Woman Enriched

    CCC059: Amy Robles a Woman Enriched

    Hey converts!

    Today's guest is on due to a Facebook post. Wild, right? Well, I was so impressed with the post that I knew I had to have this person on.

    Lucky for me, she was kind enough to agree to be on the show. She has an awesome story and I know you will be inspired and blessed by her story.

    We are blessed today to have Amy Robles from Woman Enriched. Amy and her husband wanted to pay off their debt. Things got off to a slow start, but they then discovered Dave Ramsy's show and his Financial Peace University education. That changed their trajectory. They wound up paying off $25,000 of credit car debt in 2014.

    She continues to work on her student loan debt, but I know with the way she is willing to sacrifice combined with her creative mind, she will succeed.

    All of that is amazing, but now to why she is on my show.

     

    You know what to find out, you just have to listen.

     

    Enjoy!

     

    • 46 min
    CCC058: My "New" Used Cash Car

    CCC058: My "New" Used Cash Car

    My wife and I finally bought our third used car, after thinking about it for a couple of months, and just in time. My mother-in-law arrived tonight. So, we won't have to do the car shuffle.

    After thinking of something sporty or maybe small and super economical, we finally decided on something in the middle. Really practical. We bought a 2010 Ford Fusion SEL for $9,500.
    The owner had already bought a new Ford Edge and was ready, though not desperate, to sell.

    Here are the details from the ad that caught my attention. Can you tell why it did?

    2010 Ford Fusion SEL:
    - Sangria Red
    - Beige leather interior
    - 2.5L V4 engine, has good power and gas mileage
    - 80,736 miles
    Features:
    - Microsoft SYNC voice-activated communications
    - power windows/locks/mirrors
    - keyless remote entry
    - cruise control
    - tilt/telescoping steering column
    - AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system
    - 60/40 split/folding rear seat
    - AdvanceTrac stability/traction control
    - anti-lock brakes
    - front/front-side/side-curtain airbags
    - SIRIUS satellite radio
    - redundant steering wheel controls and fog lamps
    - dual-zone auto climate control
    - full-power and heated front seats
    - leather wrapped steering wheel
    Optional Features:
    - Moon and Tune Package ($1525 MSRP) - power moon roof and a Sony audio system with surround sound, AM/FM stereo/multi(6)-CD player, Sirius satellite and MP3 capability, 12 speakers and 390 watts
    - Add-on pin-striping

    This is a one-owner, non-smoker, well cared for vehicle in very good condition inside and out as demonstrated by the accompanying pictures. No accidents, always garaged at home and office, serviced at all scheduled maintenance intervals with supporting records. Please refer to the free CARFAX report I provided an url to above as it backs up the quality of this vehicle. Recent maintenance includes new brake pads and resurfaced rotors in September 2014 and 2 new premium Michelin tires in October 2014. The vehicle is in perfect working order and is truly in drive away and enjoy condition. This particular vehicle has been very dependable, carries high safety ratings, and the 2010 Ford Fusion was the 2010 Motor Trend Car of the Year. It would make a great first car for someone. Car is being sold only because it is being replaced by a new SUV.

    Original MSRP was $25,595 (please reference included window sticker image), asking $10,000. I will not be accepting any trades or offering financing, full payment only at time of purchase.

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