Aug 24 2012

Most-Stolen Vehicles

Top 10 list of most-stolen vehicles filled with foreign sedans, American pickups. YAHOO! Autos

 

As it has for several years, the 1994 Honda Accord retained its title in 2011 as the nation's most-stolen vehicle in the National Insurance Crime Bureau rankings. The rest of the top 10 looked familiar as well, with crooks maintaining their preference for imported sedans, Detroit pickups and the occasional minivan. Yet this year's list comes with a warning: After a decade of losing targets to electronic deterrents, thieves are getting smarter.

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2011 RankingModel              2010

1.  1994 Honda Accord           1

2.  1998 Honda Civic             2

3.  2006 Ford F-150              5

4.  1991 Toyota Camry          3

5.  2000 Dodge Caravan         7

6.  1994 Acura Integra           8

7.  1999 Chevrolet Silverado   4

8.  2004 Dodge Ram             6

9.  2002 Ford Explorer           9

10.  1994 Nissan Sentra        NR

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Aug 24 2012

Affordable Gadgets

Affordable gadgets for back to school. USA TODAY

Between tuition costs, books and more, higher education can really wallop a wallet. Even high-school students living at home can feel the pinch — or rather, their parents can.

And then there's technology to consider, whether mandatory machines — such as an Internet-connected computer — or optional but highly convenient gadgets used to remain productive, in touch or entertained.

The good news is that there are relatively inexpensive gadgets and gear that won't break the bank. They might not be "best in class" products, mind you, but "best bang for your buck" tech tools.

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Aug 24 2012

Best Time to Trade in Your iPhone

Best Time to Trade in Your iPhone is…Now. YAHOO! Finance

If you're looking to trade in your "old" iPhone for cash, there's no better time than right now.

Rumors are rampant that Apple (AAPL) will announce the iPhone 5 on September 12, with a release date soon after that. But if you want to offset the cost of your new phone by scoring the highest value possible for your old one, trade-in experts say you'll need to lock in your trade now -- before everyone else gets the same idea.

"We always get a rush of people who wait to get a quote until they have the new [iPhone] in their hands," said Jeff Trachsel, the chief marketing officer for trade-in service NextWorth. "But as the volume increases, the value of your phone declines."

Trading in now will help you avoid that rush and score more cash. Most trade-in services simply ask for you details about your device, like its storage size and condition, and offer up a price that's guaranteed for 3 weeks to a month. In turn, the companies typically refurbish and resell the devices.

Smart traders play arbitrage: Lock in a price now, then wait until you have the new phone in hand to actually send in your old model.

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