Buying

Study: Americans Avoiding Japanese, Korean Autos In The Wake Of Earthquake, Tsunami
Study: Americans Avoiding Japanese, Korean Autos In The Wake Of Earthquake, Tsunami

To say that things have been tough in Japan since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11 would be a gross understatement. With thousands of lives lost, homes destroyed, families separated, and up to 150,000 living in shelters, it seems almost crass to talk about the effect on business. But...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»

Online shopping
Projection: By 2016, 20% Of Auto Sales Will Be Made Online

As more of our lives move to the web, it's only natural that we'll spend more time getting information there, too. And as we acquire that information -- as a growing number of consumers are doing-- more purchases will be made online, too. In fact, one research firm has estimated that within five...Read More»

Kia storefront on eBay
Kia Gets A Sleek New Storefront On eBay

Remember when auction sites were the hot new thing? When eBay was groundbreaking? When authors around the globe made a pretty penny selling books and pamphlets and CD-ROMs (remember those?) showing you and your grandmother how to make a fortune selling your posessions online? Yeah, it's a distant...Read More»

Teen driver
41% Say 'Buying American' Is Most Important When Shopping For A Car (But What's 'American'?)

Each of us has a slightly different set of criteria when we go shopping for a new ride. Some are obsessed with horsepower, some want airbags, and some marketing folks believe that cupholders are still the key to many buyers' hearts. But for 41% of Americans, the most important criteria is simply...Read More»

Generation Y
Is Social Media Driving Young People Away From, Well, Driving?

If you read our sister sites, you already know that shoppers over 50 account for nearly two-thirds of all new car purchases. What you may not know is that the stats on shoppers under 35 -- better known as Generation Y or Millennials -- are in the tank, and they may not improve much. When news first...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Impala
Chevy Hands AARP Members $1000 Toward A 2010 or 2011 Impala

If you've reached the Big 5-0 and you're in the market for a new sedan, you might want to renew your AARP card: for the month of November, GM is offering AARP members a $1,000 discount off the price of a new 2010 or 2011 Chevrolet Impala. At a time when much of the auto world is marketing to...Read More»

2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan A5 Value Edition
Buying From A Car Dealer: Why People Dislike The Process

I received a call from a desperate car buyer yesterday. She told me her 2007 VW Jetta had just been written off by her insurance company after being in an accident. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, with the exception that the car would never be driven again. The loss of the car was sad...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring
Selling Your Car Online: Setting Yourself Apart From Dealers

The economic downturn is forcing more Americans to sell their cars privately rather than trading them in with a car dealer. For those brave souls venturing online to post their used car ads, it can come as a surprise to discover just how many dealers are posting individual used cars on both premium...Read More»

2008 Ford Taurus SEL
Buying From A Car Dealer: Getting The Most For Your Trade

The world of car sales—private sellers or at a dealership—is like the Wild West. It’s free-wheeling and whoever does the best job negotiating the terms of the deal, wins. It’s the unpredictable nature of the business that turns off many people to selling vehicles themselves...Read More»

Screencap from CarWoo!
Looking To Buy A Car? CarWoo! Could Offer You An Edge

Buying a new car is many things, but rarely is it fun. Sure, it's nice to window shop, to zip through a few test drives, but there are also loads of important decisions to be made, questions to ask, and often, contentious arguments with a significant other. The new web service CarWoo!* can't help...Read More»

2001 Toyota Camry sedan
Selling Your Car On Craigslist: Be Honest

A friend of mine needed help selling her 2001 Toyota Camry on Craigslist. No wonder. The car was beaten up: someone side-swiped this sedan, breaking off the driver-side mirror, leaving scraped metal down the side. There were other cosmetic issues, including stained seats and torn-up fenders. The...Read More»

2011 RTR Mustang
Car Dealer Tricks: Getting The Best Deal Possible

Today’s car buyers are using the Internet to make great deals when buying cars from dealers. It’s now become the exception for consumers to pay the full sticker price for new cars. Instead, the norm is to have customers walk into a showroom knowing the dealer’s actual invoice cost...Read More»

2010 Volvo V50
Car Dealer Tricks: Multiple Profit Points

The Internet has changed everything when it comes to buying cars. Consumers no longer have to begin their car buying search by walking through the front door of a local car dealer. In fact, if you’ve been following this website, you know that I frequently tell my readers that beginning your...Read More»

Car shopping
Shoppers Over 50 Account For Most New Car Purchases

Ever since Baby Boomers came of age in the late 1950s and 60s, America has been obsessed with youth culture. Each week, it seems there's a new report talking about the spending power of Millennials or Tweens or some new, even younger demographic. But when it comes to cars, young people are just kid...Read More»

2007 Saturn Relay 4-door Wagon Relay 1 Trunk
Why Choose a Saturn

If you’re currently thinking about buying a new car but aren’t sure which manufacturer to go with, you should know that Saturn is a great choice. This popular car manufacturer, a General Motors subsidiary, has been making great cars since 1985. That’s almost twenty-five years of...Read More»

Car Dealer
Is Carfax Better Than Its Competitors?

Carfax promises the world in their ads. I've used Carfax once, but the information wasn't impressive. Have they improved? Is their competitor AutoCheck better or worse? Carfax can be as good as their ads promise, but is not consistently that good, nor is it always better than the two other services...Read More»

2006 Nissan Sentra
Great Advice: Buying A Nissan Sentra Makes Dollars And Sense

A friend of mine recently asked me what car I would recommend for her to buy. She needed an affordable used car, one that would be reliable for years to come, and she was on a tight budget. When someone tells me they need a car that will be reliable for years to come, that usually means they need a...Read More»

2007 Honda Civic
Why You Should Consider A Certified Pre-owned (CPO) Vehicle

When my daughter informed me that her Toyota Matrix was too small for her growing family, I found myself extolling the virtues of certified pre-owned vehicles (CPO). I knew her budget didn’t warrant a new car, and didn’t want my daughter and her young family riding around in just any...Read More»

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