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Five Reasons You Should Buy A Cheap Used Pickup 

I’m not really a truck person. I respect trucks, but never had much of a desire to own one. Then I had to move a bunch of junk from my house when I realized my Volkswagen GTI and our Sienna minivan weren’t going to cut it. After borrowing my dad’s Frontier, I developed a new appreciation for the cheap pickup. Here is… » 7/22/15 10:27am 7/22/15 10:27am

You Can Now Search For Used Cars On Carfax.com

We’ve all been there... you’re searching for a pre-owned car when you come across an awesome deal on what looks like the perfect vehicle. Then you click on the Carfax report only to find that yellow triangle that indicates “accident reported.” Carfax is now offering an online search tool to help filter these cars. » 7/09/15 10:43am 7/09/15 10:43am

You Can Get Crazy Good Deals On A Maserati Right Now

There is something special about driving around in an Italian car. The build quality might not always be perfect, and the reliability may not always be Toyota-grade (read: never), but it makes up for those things with style and passion. Unfortunately for a brand like Maserati, most buyers want to stick with what they… » 6/25/15 9:47am 6/25/15 9:47am

This Is How You Make A Craigslist Ad 

We’ve seen all kinds of ways people have tried to set their Craigslist ad apart from the hundreds of thousands of used car listings. While some have become Internet famous, they haven’t always resulted in a successful sale. This ad for a 1988 205 GTI might not be funny, but it is an excellent model to follow. » 6/24/15 6:05pm 6/24/15 6:05pm

How Do I Buy A Car With A Low Credit Score And No Down Payment? 

My PT Cruiser with 140k miles is becoming a money pit. I need another car, but due to some medical bills my credit score took a massive hit and I have no cash for a down-payment. I’m worried about getting a loan with a high interest rate, but I’m also hesitant to deal with the headaches of another used car. » 6/11/15 10:00am 6/11/15 10:00am

How Do You Sell A Busted Car?

I have a 10-year-old car that just up and died as I was driving to work. My mechanic says the repair could be a few thousand and that isn’t worth it for me. I just bought a new car, so I have to get rid of my old one. Selling a working car is pretty straight forward, but how do you go about selling one that is no… » 6/09/15 9:52am 6/09/15 9:52am

This Is Why We Need To Stop Buying Used Wagons

Well, congratulations Jalopnik. All our complaints about a lack of wagons in the world has turned the few pre-owned examples into a veritable collector’s item. I realize I’m partly responsible for creating this monster, but it’s getting ridiculous. We’ve managed to make the crossover a better buy. Bravo, everyone. » 5/11/15 7:00pm 5/11/15 7:00pm

Report: Criminals Scamming Craigslist Sellers With Fake Bank Checks

We already know that Craigslist transactions can get be dangerous, and that you should take every precaution you can. Now the National Insurance Crime Bureau has issued a warning about a very well organized, multi-state, scam where people are getting fake bank checks and losing their car. » 5/08/15 7:25pm 5/08/15 7:25pm

Do I Have To Pay Income Tax If I Sell My Car Privately?

I was at a luxury car dealer and they clearly gave me a low-ball offer on my trade. When I told them that I would rather sell it privately, they said “Well, if you do that you will have to pay thousands of dollars in income tax.” This sounds fishy to me, can the IRS tax you on a private sale? » 4/23/15 3:29pm 4/23/15 3:29pm

Couple Denied Trade Because CarFax Revealed "Total Loss" Six Years Late

We have already established that CarFax and other vehicle history reports are far from perfect. However, many of us use them as a first line of defense against cars that have been damaged or totaled. But what happens when CarFax doesn't report the information in time? One couple found out the hard way. » 4/08/15 4:48pm 4/08/15 4:48pm

Should I Trade In My Car Or Sell It Privately? 

When it's time to upgrade your current ride, you're faced with the choice of trading it in to the dealership or selling it elsewhere. While a private sale can be a hassle, it often means getting more money for your car. However, it really depends on what you have and your local tax rates that determine the most… » 3/30/15 10:39am 3/30/15 10:39am

Police Departments Offer "Safe Lots" For Craigslist Transactions 

You can find some great deals on bargain automobiles on Craigslist. However, recent stories about buyers and sellers being robbed or even killed illustrates the risk you take when dealing with an online stranger. Some police departments are responding by allocating a portion of their parking lot to ensure a safe sale. » 3/27/15 12:26pm 3/27/15 12:26pm

These Are The Best Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs

If you want to drive a luxury car, you have three options: buy new, lease, or buy used. Tavarish says the smart money buys used and buys on Craigslist for cheap, but if you want a little more peace of mind, certified pre-owned is the way to go. Autotrader ranked their top ten CPO programs, you might be surprised… » 3/24/15 10:06am 3/24/15 10:06am