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Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys Or Registration - Part III
Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys Or Registration - Part III

“Old school” car dealers tend to use tired and worn out tricks to get their customers to pay more than they should or want to. One of their favorite tricks is to keep a customer’s keys and registration after they evaluate the trade to force them to continue negotiations. A Rude...Read More»

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Car Dealer Tricks: Monthly Payments VS. Purchase Price - Part I

As the economic downturn continues to play havoc on a national scale, individuals are being forced to reduce expenses to simply stay afloat financially. A major monthly expense for many Americans is the cost to operate their primary vehicle. This can include car payments, maintenance costs...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
Ford Posts $2.6 Billion Second-Quarter Profit

Ford often gets a lot of undue credit for surviving the financial econo-storm without needing government aid--most forget that Ford actually ran out of cash before General Motors and Chrysler, but was able to get private financing because it happened before the lending landscape self-destructed...Read More»

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Right To Repair: The Massachusetts Version

AllCarAdvice covered the federal Right to Repair act back in May and at the time it looked like the federal law called the Motor Vehicles Owners Right to Repair Act was on its way to some sort of resolution. There were both senate and house versions circulating both of which had bi-partisan...Read More»

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Study: More Car Buyers Paying With Cash Rather Than Borrowing

It appears the recent economic downturn and spate of fuel price rises has not only changed the types of cars we buy, but also the way we pay for them. The latest study by independent vehicle pricing and information authority Kelley Blue Book has revealed that new car buyers are almost twice as...Read More»

1999 Ford F150
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part I)

Even car dealers know that they have a bad reputation for good reason. Most won’t admit it, but they know it nonetheless. Part of that bad reputation results from using tricks to get customers to pay more than they want versus being upfront and transparent in their business dealings. Over the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Car Dealer Tricks: Buyer Beware

This begins a series of articles on how to avoid a long list of tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I saw first-hand how subtle some of these tactics can be. Still, they pack a wallop, costing...Read More»

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Subaru Could Be In For An Extreme Makeover

Subarus are many things: sporty, reliable, fun to drive, and a favorite among tuners. But there's one thing Subarus aren't, at least by conventional standards: pretty. One man has been given the task of changing that. Since its U.S. launch in 1968, Subarus have been compared (unfavorably) to...Read More»

Driven: 2010 BMW 750Li
More Summer Savings For New Car Buyers With BMW And MINI

A sagging national economy and slumping new car sales have lured two more auto manufacturers into the summer frenzy aimed at kick starting a depressed market through the use of incentive programs. BMW and MINI are offering low interest rate programs as they attempt to attract new buyers back into...Read More»

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Renault-Nissan Hires Former Toyota Golden Boy And Chrysler Exec Jim Press

Renault-Nissan has confirmed this week that Jim Press, formerly the vice chairman and president for Chrysler and president of Toyota North America, will be hired as a consultant for the French-Japanese duo’s global sales and marketing. We don’t normally report on executive shuffles within the...Read More»

2010 Nissan Maxima
Nissan Offers Big Incentives - July 2010

The auto industry was hit hard in June when month-to-month sales took a big hit. Many car makers recorded a drop of between 10 and 15 percent in new car sales between May and June. Even Honda--one of the strongest manufacturers--recorded a decrease of nine percent. A lack of incentives to lure...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Americans Downsizing At Rapid Rate

The United States has long been a bastion of the large car. Even in Europe, where many of the world's large sedans and SUVs hail from, economic and government pressures have pushed buyers to seek increasingly smaller vehicles and now that trend is growing here. Smaller, more fuel efficient and less...Read More»

Gran Turismo 5 at the Nurburgring
How To Sell Cars: Put Them In A Video Game

OK, let’s get one thing clear: I suck so bad at video games that I gave up on them at the tender age of 12 when my cousin whipped my derriere at Intellivision Battleship because he discovered that the little  cruiser could outrun and kill everything, and I kept getting my battleship sunk every...Read More»

1969 MGB roadster
Your Taxes At Work: Congress Deems Today Collector Car Appreciation Day

Never let it be said that the U.S. Congress doesn't pay attention to car buyers and owners. The U.S. Congress has deemed today, Friday, July 9th, to be the first Collector Car Appreciation Day. The designation was created to raise public awareness of the "vital role" that the auto restoration...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
Toyota Promises Longer Development Times For Future Models

Still reeling from the aftermath of the unintended acceleration issue, as well as a spate of vehicle recalls that are still ongoing, Toyota has promised to extend the time it takes to develop new vehicles, focusing the extra time on more quality checks. The information comes directly from...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Gloomy Outlook In U.S. Auto Sales

First look at June 2010 auto sales in the U.S. indicates improvement, with hope for an ailing economy. However, a closer inspection of sales figures reveals a gloomy outlook for car sales in particular, and the economy as a whole. Auto sales in June grew 14 percent over June 2009.However, what...Read More»

2003 Honda Accord
Beware Of Scammers When Buying A Used Car

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I made my living selling cars online. However, not once did I ask someone to buy a car sight unseen by wiring me money. It turns out that one of the latest scams emerging around the country has what appear to be legitimate car dealers doing just...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid
Car Buying Guide: When NOT To Get A Car Loan From A Dealer

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We have been discussing how an unprepared car buyer can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary by not arranging for a car loan prior to walking into a car dealership. We’ve...Read More»

2011 Smart electric drive
Smart Co-Founder Hayek Dies

One of the founders of the Smart brand has died. Nicolas Hayek, the chairman and founder of Swatch Group, passed away in Switzerland at 82, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hayek led the company that reinvented the Swiss watch (conflated into "Swatch") with an inexpensive, stylish range of plastic...Read More»

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