QOTD: Inflation Station

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

The other day I was at the grocery store, and I noticed that over the past few weeks I've changed my shopping habits to adjust for inflation. So I started wondering -- if some of us are changing how we shop for food, how are we adjusting for inflation when it comes to automotive?

Are you shopping for auto parts, particularly stuff like windshield-washer fluid that needs to be replaced frequently, at different stores? Are you working harder to find coupons and deals? Are you putting off repairs, both DIY stuff and repairs that need to be done at a shop? Are you even putting off basic maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations? Or are you biting the bullet and saving money elsewhere? Or maybe you have enough income that it doesn't even matter!

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Teddyc73 Teddyc73 on Jan 20, 2023

    If you are angry about or struggling with inflation be sure to thank every Biden voter you interact with. This mess is all their fault. They were warned Dementia Joe was going to do the things he did, in fact he admitted most of it, and they STILL voted for him.

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    • KevinB KevinB on Jan 20, 2023

      Let me guess. You are either a knowledgeable economist, or you spend too much time listening to RWNJ AM radio ranters.

  • Kosmo Kosmo on Jan 20, 2023

    I'm relatively comfortably semi-retired, so I have the luxury of just sighing and carrying on as usual, while shaking my head at the gullibility of USA voters.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 21, 2023

    Lou_BC--I like that and agree erections are for the people and they have consequences and if they frequently occur it is best to see your doctor.

  • Stuart de Baker Stuart de Baker on Jan 25, 2023

    I lower the heat in my New England house. My driving and car care are officially exempt from being subject to inflation-induced behavior changes.