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Even in the age of internet car shopping, I still hear stories from people who spent half their day at a dealership to purchase a car. Cars are one of the few purchases that take a marathon to buy. According to a recent study, once a customer is at the dealer longer than 90 minutes, satisfaction rapidly declines.
I just bought a new car. I wanted something with better gas mileage so I got a smaller vehicle; now I'm starting to regret my decision. It saves me on gas, but it's not very comfortable and is a little sketchy while driving on the highway. How I can I avoid this mistake next time?
We all know that certain cars that are either limited production models or high demand will often be "marked up" above sticker price. In some states this is illegal if not documented correctly. But you could be paying too much for that car even if you are not buying a hot model.
Every profession has their own jargon or slang and automotive sales is no different. Most of the vocabulary is meant to streamline communication, but knowing these terms could make the difference of you being ripped off or not.
You slow down for a red light and the moron behind you is texting. He doesn't stop in time and hits you from behind, not hard, but just enough to damage your bumper. You make a claim with your insurance and pay your deductible. Then you go to trade your car and find out that the accident has cost you in the way of…
I desperately need a new car, the one that I have is becoming an unreliable money pit. The problem is I owe $4000 more than it is worth. I have no cash for a down-payment, but I can handle $350 per month. How do I get into another vehicle and break the cycle of being underwater on a car loan?
Having two lead writers here on Car Buying is great because we have very different perspectives. Tavarish plays the inexpensive pre-owned market like a pro and thinks financing is for fools. Since my focus is mainly buying cars from dealerships, I say it is a bit more complicated than just dollars and cents.
Labor Day Weekend is one of the most popular times to buy a car. Dealerships advertise "huge savings" and many manufactures have some great incentives in the way of factory discounts or super cheap financing. So how many of you have a new car in your driveway?
I am shopping for a new car and I keep seeing dealers advertise an "internet price." Often it is lower than the other dealers. Sometimes the ad says "call for internet price," but it won't say a number. Is it really the lowest price?
The auto industry is constantly trying to capitalize on the next big "target market." Seeing as female buyers influence more than 80% of carbuying decisions, dealers and automakers are trying figure out what makes them tick, but it is really not that complicated.
Last week gave I you dealerships folks an opportunity to tell the most off-the-wall and unbelievable customer stories. What surprised me the most is the amount of criminals that make their way into the showroom. So I decided to dedicate an entire post to some of the more unsavory characters.
Pretty much everyone buys a car at some point in time. Car dealers face folks from all walks of life that come into that showroom. Most of the time a dealer will help a buyer select a car, go on a test drive, and negotiate pricing, but sometimes some real characters make their way onto the lot.
As a motorist, you are one of the good ones. You're part of the solution; you do the right thing. Alas, you have the situational awareness of a half-grapefruit, so you make moves in the moment that could get someone killed. Here's how not to let that happen.
I know we ask this a lot, but where else but in Florida would something so absurd happen? The manager at a CVS in Port St. Lucie, Fla. saw Alyson Strosser stealing tampons, cheap wine, and other ingredients necessary for a romantic Florida evening, and called her out on it.
Jorge Sanchez appeared to know exactly where he was headed when he walked into a Burbank, Calif. Costco last week: straight to the oil aisle. When he showed up at the register a few pounds heavier, Costco employees knew something was up.
Attention meth cooks and Walter White wannabes: Please don't throw your used meth lab equipment in the trash. They've been known to start fires inside of moving trash trucks.
Ever gone through a state and wondered "what is shoved up the asses of every cop here?" Jalopnik readers know where the absolute worst traffic cops reside.
It seems that nobody is blase about police in their area. They are either great or they're the worst, there is no middle ground.
Electric cars: some people love them and others hate them, but it's generally agreed upon that they pollute the air less than Hummers. But a proposal from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell could have less people buying electric cars.