Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Can I buy a car with an ITIN number in Illinois?

Sunday, May 24th, 2020
A man and woman shake hands with a mysterious signed form on the table.

Financing a Vehicle Without a Social Security Number in the Chicago Area

For individuals that don’t have a social security number, it can be difficult to get a car loan. This is unfortunate, since some of these individuals include immigrants living in the U.S. on a visa. Such temporary residents find themselves in a unique situation, as they likely still need a vehicle but can have a hard time buying one unless they have the entire cash value on hand.

One idea that may come to mind is to use an ITIN number to apply for and receive a car loan. Can one finance a vehicle using an ITIN number in Illinois?

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Can I buy a car with a foreign driver’s license in Illinois?

Sunday, May 17th, 2020
A happy woman yells into a megaphone. Text reads, "JUST ANNOUNCED! ITIN Accepted. MORE FINANCING OPTIONS to Get EVERYONE Approved! We Work With Several Banks. No Credit No Problem. Foreign Driver's License Accepted. 1st Time Buyers. NO Money Down. Learn More >>"

There are a whole lot of issues and hurdles that arise to jump through when you’re living in Illinois as a foreigner. One of these can be the whole problem of driving. And before you can worry about driving, you have to worry about obtaining a car.

Is it legal to use a foreign driver’s license to buy a car in Illinois?

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Where can I buy a car online in the Chicago area?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
Two women enjoy a computer, presumably shopping for a new Mitsubishi online in the Chicago area.

While the coronavirus is keeping most Chicagoans (and their neighbors) hunkered down in their homes for the foreseeable future, there are still some essentials that require the use of a car. And if one doesn’t have a car, how is a person to obtain one without leaving home?

Luckily, there’s this thing called the internet. But can it be used for vehicular purchases? Where can an individual buy a vehicle online and have it delivered near Chicago, IL?

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Where can I get my car serviced from home near Chicago, IL?

Friday, April 10th, 2020
Mechanic wearing blue looks under the hood of a car

Free Vehicle Pick-Up/Drop-Off for Service in the Chicago Area

Many citizens of the Chicago area have recently found themselves in a bit of a conundrum: though they still need to get service or maintenance done on their vehicle, they’re being told not to leave the house unless absolutely necessary due to the #stayhome measures put in place to combat the coronavirus.

One possibility that may cross their mind is the idea of getting their car serviced without leaving home. Is it possible? Does any dealership/service center offer to pick up and drop off vehicles from customers’ homes in the Chicago area?

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Where can I recycle brake fluid near Chicago, IL?

Monday, January 27th, 2020
An aerial shot of part of Chicago.

Brake fluid works hard for you. It sits in that brake line and provides the ability for you to stop your vehicle when you want. That’s a pretty important job.

But once brake fluid has served its purpose, what’s next? Where can brake fluid go to enjoy a peaceful retirement as a reward for its labors? Where can one recycle brake fluid in the Chicago area?

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Where can I find EV charging stations in Chicago?

Friday, December 13th, 2019
Two green electric charging stations stand proudly in a parking lot.

Chicago Electric Vehicle Charging Locations

If you drive an electric vehicle or are thinking about starting to do so, it’s good to know where you can charge up. One element making some people hesitant about EV rides is their unfamiliarity with where, when and how to perform charging.

Luckily, there are plenty of electric charging stations in Chicago. Where are they? How does one find them?

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Which vehicles are best for the Chicago winter?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
A lone individual walks up a snow-covered road in a neighborhood, with slushy tire tracks.

Best Mitsubishi Models for Winter Driving in Chicago

Be ready, Chicagoans: the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a particularly snowy winter in Chicago this year. And folks would do well to heed its warning; as weird as the weather was last year, the almanac was 80.5% accurate at predicting it.

In addition to the extra snow, temperatures are predicted to be warmer than usual. This may sound pleasant, but it could mean even more driving danger if temperatures hover around the freezing points and keep roads slick.

With an imposing winter on the way, citizens of Chicago and the surrounding area are looking to stock up on able vehicles that can take it on. Which vehicles are best for staying safe and secure during winter in Chicago? (more…)

Where can I get my credit approved for buying a car near Chicago, IL?

Sunday, October 13th, 2019
A banner ad for the Credit Clinic at Continental Mitsubishi. A 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage emerges riding a psychedelic wave of color.

Continental Mitsubishi Credit Clinic Event

Getting credit approved to buy a car can be difficult for some. And many individuals need just such an opportunity for the chance to pay responsibly and increase their credit score. Where can a person get their credit approved for buying a car in the Chicago area? (more…)

Are museums in Chicago free?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Aerial view of area of Chicago bordering Lake Michigan, with several museums in view.

Best Free Art Museums in Chicago

Going to a museum can be an enjoyable, educational and even enlightening experience. Oftentimes admission to a museum is provided for free by a city or organization for the general benefit of the populace or to boost tourism. How about in Chicago? Are museums in Chicago free? (more…)

Why should I switch to snow tires on my car during winter?

Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Car tires on winter road covered with snow

Benefits of Winter Tires in Snow

Now that the winter months have hit us here in the Midwest, drivers know that road conditions can be a hassle at best, and dangerous at worst. If you’re in the Chicago area and are looking for peace of mind behind the wheel this winter, consider switching your vehicle’s tires out for specially designed winter tires.  (more…)