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Back in January, we reported on Ford’s plan to launch a car lease-sharing program in Texas where buyers could “split” car ownership between as many as six people. We wondered if there were going to be any takers, especially since Lyft and Uber later became scarce in that part of the country.
You’ve heard the commercials: “We will give you a minimum of $500 for your trade no matter the condition!” This is usually just a shell game to get you to pay more for the car you are buying, and dealers that advertise this way should probably be avoided.
The true cost of owning a car goes beyond the sticker price. Maintenance, for example, is an expense that can add up quite a bit over time. However, your mileage will vary depending on the car.
I recently heard what is possibly the worst piece of car buying advice I’ve ever heard: my father-in-law, who is in the market for a car, was told that rather than get a car loan, he should take a home equity loan instead. Here’s why that is a horrible idea.
Memorial Day kicks off the start of summer and some of you will be using to holiday to shop for a new ride. This weekend can be a great opportunity to catch some sales, so here are some of our top tips to score a great deal.
Buying a brand new car for the first time is exciting. However, dealerships too often see first-time car buyers as easy targets because many of them lack the experience and knowledge on how to get a new car without being taken for a ride.
Just because you negotiated a great deal on your next car doesn’t mean you have a handle on the total cost. Some people go to the dealer and are shocked at all of the extra charges that are tacked on to the price, but there are several ways to tell which ones are legit and which are bogus.
Just because you want something that won’t leave you in an oily stupor on the side of the road doesn’t mean that you’ll have to empty your bank account to do it. Last week I asked you to find the most dependable cheap cars on eBay, and you delivered on time, and most importantly, under budget. You can’t afford not to…
If you want to drive a fun car, it’s going to be something you do for yourself. Maybe one other person at most, but primarily for yourself. And for that reason some people are always going to think you’re an asshole.
About once a week I come across an article that claims to give “car buying hacks,” or purports to tell “secrets the dealer doesn’t want you to know.” While some of this advice is helpful, other tips are just blanket statements that maybe won’t result in you getting the best deal.
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Life is all about compromises. If you have come to the point where you need a midsize four-door sedan, but you want something enjoyable to drive, there are two ways to go: A European sport sedan, or a brand new “sporty” version of a mainstream sedan.
Today, I’ve decided to address certified pre-owned programs. More specifically, I’m going to tell you why certified pre-owned programs actually benefit car companies with a reputation for poor reliability.
As Volkswagen’s diesel-cheating saga finally starts moving toward resolution after seven months, the automaker will offer to buy back some 500,000 TDI diesel cars and compensate owners. There are going to be a lot of folks with money to burn on another ride. If that includes you, here are some vehicles to consider if…
Some people lease a car and decide they like it so much they would rather keep it. Completing what’s known as a lease buyout is usually fairly straightforward, but a lot of people don’t realize that a trip to the dealership is not required to purchase your leased vehicle.
Looks aren’t everything when it comes to cars. Around here we believe the Subaru WRX is the best all-around enthusiast car, especially if you have a family, but the ‘Rex has never been much in the design department. Some people demand more beauty in their cars.
If you’re like any other semi-narcissistic person out there, you probably enjoy owning something desirable and expensive, if only for the virtue of its exclusivity. And if you’re a cheap-ass like me, you’ll enjoy that feeling even more if you don’t go broke chasing it. Thankfully, here are five automotive examples of…
The Dodge Dart is not a bad car. It’s just not quite as good as some other offerings in a very crowded segment. Now that Dodge is phasing out Dart, the fire sale has begun and you can pick up a nice compact with crazy discounts and insane financing offers.