There Are Still Some Great People Working At Car Dealers

I’ve mentioned before that even when you do your best to negotiate the sale price of your car, you still need to keep your guard up when you get to the finance office. Often this is where the dealers make the most money, and can be a bit pushy about it. My recent trip to the F&I office was surprisingly pleasant. »4/20/15 12:02pm4/20/15 12:02pm


Insanely Long Loans Mean Americans Are Buying Loaded Cars More

Thanks to the gradual economic recovery and an abundance of credit at a level we haven't seen in years, Americans are buying record numbers of cars every month. And with ultra-long car loans becoming the new normal, that means Americans are buying more expensive, more loaded vehicles than ever. »10/03/14 4:50pm10/03/14 4:50pm

Will a No-Haggle Car Dealership Really Get Me a Better Deal?

Dear Lifehacker,
I'm going car shopping soon, and while I love the idea of a new car, I'm not thrilled about having to deal with the buying process. I thought about going to a no-haggle dealer, but will they really give me better prices, or is it just "you'll pay what we want and like it?" Should I suck it up and… »6/16/14 1:10pm6/16/14 1:10pm

Should I Repair or Just Replace My Old Car?

Dear Lifehacker,
I love my car, but it's getting on in years. It's paid off, which is great, but even routine maintenance now runs me a few hundred bucks, and the mechanic is always upselling me on additional repairs that are hundreds more dollars. Is it time to just retire my ride and buy a new car, or should I stick… »4/29/13 1:22pm4/29/13 1:22pm

Price of Cars Relative to Income Higher, It's The Economy Stupid

The Auto Affordability Index found that it's getting more expensive to buy a new car, as if we needed another reason to consider buying a vintage RWD import instead of something from a dealer's lot. In the third quarter of 2007, it took 24.8 weeks of median family income to buy an average-priced car or truck, compared… »11/09/07 12:30pm11/09/07 12:30pm