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Buying a car from another state? Here's a handy tip
Buying a car from another state? Here's a handy tip

The internet offers some exciting opportunities for automakers and dealerships--for example, Fiat Chrysler's new partnership with Amazon. But with those opportunities come plenty of headaches, and nowhere is that more apparent than when consumers shop across state lines. Of course, interstate...Read More»

The 10 New Rules of Car Buying
Buying A New Car: The 10 New Rules

You're in the market for a new car, but it's been a while? It's time for a refresher course. Car shopping and buying have changed in dramatic ways, and you need to know the new rules. Your budget and your needs are still the most important factors when it comes to buying a new car--but these days...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul Vs 2013 Kia Soul
2014 Kia Soul Vs. 2013 Kia Soul: Up-Close Impressions

The completely redesigned 2014 Kia Soul begins arriving at dealerships just a few weeks from now. And even if you've already read our first drive of the 2014 Soul from last month, you might wonder, after first seeing the 2014, if you should hold out for the new model or look for a deal on a 2013...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry XLE
2012 Cars And Crossovers Sized Right For Small Families

When you have a small family consisting of Mom and Dad, one or two kids, maybe a dog, you may not want or need a big sport utility or a minivan. Often, a small or mid-size sedan or crossover will suit your needs nicely. Here we take a look at six the 2012 cars and crossover SUVs that seem to add up...Read More»

2011 Toyota Avalon
Car Buying Tips For Savvy Older Drivers

No disrespect here, but older drivers can sometimes use a little help in figuring out the whole car-buying process, and being happy with the results. With that in mind, we offer the following tips to the oldsters among us on how to navigate buying a car. (1) Do your research. You wouldn’t...Read More»

Flooded car in parking lot. Photo via Flickr user waitscm/CC2.0
California Mandates Red Warning Stickers For Salvage Cars

Hard on the heels of our warning about scams involving flood-damaged vehicles, well, flooding the market, lawmakers in California have mandated that, come next July, all salvage title vehicles sold by dealers in the state will have to carry red warning stickers. Red is the color of caution...Read More»

Nashville flood car
Flood Waters May Be Receding, But Flood-Damaged Car Scams Are On The Rise

One scam is on the rise and consumers are wise to be leery of used car deals that sound too good to be true. The old adage of “Buyer, beware” holds doubly true when it comes to the torrent of flood-damaged vehicles that may be hitting the market in your area. Think that you...Read More»

Car being loaded onto flat bed tow truck
The Repo Man Cometh -- But Not On Facebook

Late last summer, we sent a warning to anyone who might be behind on a car note, credit card, or mortgage: don't accept that mysterious Facebook friend request! At the time, we'd begun hearing stories about creditors tracking borrowers' activities on social networks, then using those same networks...Read More»

2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R
Life At The Dealership: A Moral Sales Dilemma

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I was helping a young family of four buy a used car. Their budget was limited, along with their down payment. They also needed a fuel efficient car and one that was inexpensive to maintain. The final requirement was a safe vehicle. After all, they...Read More»

2004 Dodge Durango Limited
Life At The Dealership: Help Buying A Used Car

I prefer telling my friends that I was Internet Sales Manager for a major car dealer than telling them that I was just a used car salesperson. It’s true that my official role was that of Internet Manager. I not only developed an online marketing system for used cars, but I also sold used cars...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 XLT
2011 Ford F-150 Buyer's Guide: Which Truck Is For Me?

2011 Ford F-150 V-6: First Drive 2011 Ford F-150 5.0 and 6.2: First Drive 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost: First Drive 2010 Ford F-150 full review When the 2011 Ford F-150 begins to arrive in showrooms this fall, it will mark the most extensive overhaul of the big pickup's powertrains in almost 62 years...Read More»

Dealer - Sale
Shopping Tip: Buy Now, As Car Prices May Go Up This Winter

If you're in the market for a new car, you should be prepared to buy this summer.  Prices have been on the way down for months, but they're expected to level out in a few months, and even rise by winter. That's the conclusion the car pricing experts at TrueCar.com reach when they look at the...Read More»

Mint.com's 'Goals' section, powered in part by KBB
Getting Ready For Your Next Car? Mint & KBB Want To Help You Save

When it comes to personal finance, there are three things we know for sure: 1. America's love affair with credit cards has not gone well. 2. By and large, Americans seem to have realized that and are now spending more wisely. 3. Thanks to the internet, there are a number of free tools to help them...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
June Auto Sales Suggest The Market Isn't Recovering

We're accustomed to seeing some gamesmanship when automakers reveal their monthly sales figures, but this month, the spinning was unusually intense.  The take-away, though, may not be good for those in the market for a new car.Many are pointing out that they beat last June's sales figures, and...Read More»

Used car salesman
Latest Threat to Carbuyer Safety: The Evil of 'Curbstoning'

Have you heard of "curbstoning"? We hadn't, and we like to think we're up on new automotive trends. But if the National Automobile Dealers Association has its way, you will. Curbstoning, you see, is a dangerous threat to used-car buyers, who put themselves and their families in dire peril by buying...Read More»

2006 Toyota Corolla 4-door Sedan LE Auto (Natl) Trunk
Test Drive Tips: Cargo and Storage

Most people don’t know how to take full advantage of a test drive. We drive the car around the block a few times. Maybe even get it up to a decent pace on the freeway. We pop the trunk, look under the hood, and push all the levers and buttons. Maybe we ask a few questions about horsepower or gas...Read More»

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