Whitney Vandiver writes for NerdWallet about ways car owners can save money on ownership and maintenance. She previously wrote in the oil and gas industry, where she was published in national journals and international magazines. Whitney became a writer out of enjoyment and finds stories that highlight or help the LGBTQ+ community the most rewarding to craft. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading and walking with her Irish wolfhound. She is based in Houston.
- Education: B.A. in English from University of Central Oklahoma, M.A. in linguistics from Purdue University, Ph.D. in linguistics from Purdue University
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What Is the Total Cost of Owning a Car?
Total car costs include a lot more than a loan payment. Use NerdWallet’s calculator to see how much you’re spending.
When and How Often to Replace Your Tires
When the tread depth gets too low or your tires hit the six-year mark, it's time for new rubber.
OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts: When One Makes More Sense for Your Car
When selecting parts for a car repair, it pays to know the pros and cons between original and aftermarket parts. Whenever possible, get estimates for both.
Should I Sell My Car or Repair It?
Repairing a car might save you money in the long term, but selling might be smart if the car isn't worth the repair bill.
Find an Affordable Auto Body Shop That Does Quality Work
Finding the cheapest auto body repair can backfire. Make sure to pick the right type of repair shop, read reviews, gather estimates and ask the right questions.
How Much Routine Car Maintenance Costs
Costs climb with your car's age, but basic maintenance services can start at a few hundred dollars a year.
How Do I Find a Good Mechanic?
Here are things to look for when searching for a good, reliable mechanic.
How Much Is My Car Worth? Find Its Used-Car and Trade-In Value
Your car's value depends on its condition and history, and how you plan on selling it.
How to Build an LGBTQ-Friendly Investment Portfolio
Here's how to find a financial advisor that is familiar with LGBTQ+ finances.
Auto Repairs: Dealership vs. Independent Mechanics
Your local mechanic beats the dealership service department in price and customer satisfaction, but you may value specialized technicians and brand authority more.