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Take the Wheel Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Book Ordering Info

  • Take the Wheel: A Woman's Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self, 2nd ed.
  • 167 pages
  • Paperback $9.99, 5" x 8", ISBN 978-0-9893658-6-4
  • Ebook $3.99, ISBN 978-0-9893658-7-1
  • Publisher: Practical Fox LLC
  • Published November 2017
  • Distribution: Ingram
  • Contact: info@practicalfox.com
  • Twitter: @practicalfox

About the Book

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

Author Info

Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance writer and book editor living in Oregon. She's honed her research and interviewing skills with the New York Times, TechCrunch, How Stuff Works, Popular Science, US News & World Report, and more. She loves 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 the author of the historical novel Skull and Sidecar as well as the nonfiction books Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self and Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories.

  • Contact: khg@kristenhallgeisler.com
  • Twitter: @kristenhg
  • Instagram: @kristen_hg
Kristen Hall-Geisler

Table of Contents

  1. Preface .............................................................................................ix
  2. Introduction .....................................................................................1
  3. Part One: Arm Yourself ............................................................. 10
  4. Creating Your Budget ....................................................................11
  5. Budgeting for Insurance, Sort Of ................................................19
  6. Gas and Maintenance .................................................................. 23
  7. Wait! Do You Even Need a Car? .................................................. 25
  8. Part Two: Let’s Go Shopping! ...................................................29
  9. Climbing the Decision Tree ..........................................................31
  10. Questions to Ask Yourself ........................................................... 35
  11. Types of Vehicles .......................................................................... 39
  12. Technology .................................................................................... 45
  13. Other Considerations .................................................................. 49
  14. Back to the Budget ........................................................................51
  15. If You Decide You Want New ....................................................... 53
  16. If You Decide You Want Used ...................................................... 57
  17. Leasing a Car ................................................................................. 63
  18. Online Shopping ........................................................................... 65
  19. TrueCar .......................................................................................... 69
  20. Craigslist .........................................................................................71
  21. Apps ................................................................................................ 73
  22. At the Dealership .......................................................................... 75

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