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Don’t Buy New, Refurbish!…and the Weekly Round-Up


It is such a natural tendency to buy new things in our society today. If something doesn’t look quite right or doesn’t work exactly as planned, the first reaction is to just get a new one and to throw the old one away! Not only is this wasteful, but it’s expensive! My case and point is with my car.

Crazy Headlights

When I bought my 2001 Honda Civic almost a year ago, I wasn’t particularly fond of the headlights. The body of the car was without rust and the paint job was still pretty good, but man oh man, those headlights were ug-ly! One of them was actually yellow (from the many years of wear), but even if it wasn’t, the purple low beams just didn’t do it for me. Every time I pulled into my corporate job, I secretly hoped that no one would see me driving my car, mainly because of these stinking headlights.

My yellowed headlight

Three Solutions

I really had three solutions to this problem (well, four if you count “just dealing with it”, but I really didn’t like that option), (1) trying to clean the headlamp, (2) replacing the headlamp, or (3) selling this car and buying another one.

I know that third option sounds silly, but did you know how many people would have gone with option #3? Of course they wouldn’t say that that was the reason, but they would be all impressed with a different car (that had shiny, non-discolored headlights), and then make up some excuse that their current car didn’t provide them with the room that they really needed (or some B.S. like that).

As you may have guessed, I started with the cheapest option (go figure! :)) and tried to clean the headlamps. It definitely cleared up the fog, but it was still yellow and ugly (and still purple! LOL). Needless to say, I still wasn’t satisfied. $9.95 down the hole.

My next option was to replace the headlamps back to the original. I found a great deal online for some new ones and it would only cost me $75 for the pair. After purchasing some new bulbs, the total purchase came to about $100. It took me a little longer to install than what I would have liked (I needed to replace the entire front fascia), but they sure are looking pretty now!

My new headlights!

For only $100, I now feel like I’m driving an entirely new car. Instead of going out and scouting the used car market for a new ride, I am now content to drive this one long through the winter. The investment was small, but it made a huge difference! If you ever have the option to refurbish some of your possessions, I say give it a try. You might be impressed with the results.


Weekly Round-Up

How Can You Tell If a Guy is Rich If He Displays Little Material Wealth? at Financial Samurai

When Life Makes It Easier, Push It at Luke1428

What To Do After Your Debt Free at Common Cents Wealth

Financing a Car For The First Time? 5 Things You’ll Need to Know at Debt Roundup

How Mutual Fund Expense Ratios Work at Financial Ramblings

Retirement – How Much Will You Need at Modest Money

20 Ways to Save Money Long Term at MoneyNing

How Much Savings is Enough at Money Counselor

2013-2014 Guide to Getting Student Loans at Student Loan Sherpa



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


    • You’re welcome Kurt!

  1. I can so relate to this. Our van lights are beginning to get that distinct yellow tint as well! Sounds like I need to skip the cleaning and go straight for replacements. Thanks for mentioning my post as well Derek. Appreciate it!

    • Yep. For sure. I bet you can find a decent deal on Amazon.

  2. Awesome! I can remember when my one of my in-laws used to refer to her husband’s cars as an eyesore because the bumper was bent a little and the grill was broken. They bought a replacement vehicle and were happy that the same payments only extended another 2 years. DOH! 🙁

    • Haha. Yeah, not a good move there, but it’s not uncommon! I’m going to try to hang onto this car as long as I can (especially with the 36mpg I’m getting!).

  3. Great job in purchasing refurbish headlamps online. It’s cheaper than the new ones. Have a great week, Derek!

    • Thanks SF. Hope you have an excellent week yourself!

  4. Sounds like a great deal! Thanks for sharing the weekly round-up, it always leads me to new articles and blogs to check out.

    • You’re welcome Monica. I absolutely love my new headlights. It seems a little silly, but now I actually like looking at my car. By spending a hundred bucks, I have increased the appeal of my transportation by 10 times! 🙂

  5. I’ve heard scrubbing those headlight covers with toothpaste can really clear them up… I haven’t tried it before, so you anyone else inclined to try should probably verify.

    • I have tried that too. And it works okay at best. The real problem was that my one headlight was yellow. Once it’s discolored, you’re pretty much screwed. I was really excited to go back to the original style headlight though. I wasn’t a big fan of the purple beam. 😉

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