Buying

Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part III
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part III

When I helped a friend buy a used car from a major dealer, I knew we were vulnerable to manipulation around the trade’s value. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major dealers and someone who teaches people how to buy and sell cars, I made sure I used every insider secret that I knew about the...Read More»

2006 Honda Accord Sedan EX AT Angular Front Exterior View
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part II

I recently helped a friend buy a used car. We worked with two major dealers and our experience at each one could not have been more different. The first one was a reflection of every bad experience anyone has ever had while buying a used car. We were lied to, manipulated, our expectations were not...Read More»

2000 Nissan Pathfinder
Arizona Curbstoning: A $100 Million Problem: Part II

Car buyers in Arizona have a choice: buy from a dealer and pay sales tax or buy from a private seller and don’t pay sales tax. Sales tax in Arizona varies by the county and city, but averages around 9 percent. If you are forced to pay Arizona sales tax on a $15,000 vehicle, it adds $1,350 to...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
Why Choose A Foreign Car?

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’ve probably heard arguments both for and against foreign cars. Some people will swear up and down that buying domestic is best, while others will stand beside their foreign cars wholeheartedly. In truth, there really is no “right”...Read More»

2010 Subaru Outback
Car Dealers: Stay In The Driver's Seat Or Pay More For Your Next Vehicle

I learned a lot as Internet Manager for a major car dealer. One of the biggest lessons was that customers are encouraged to go to sleep in the process of buying a car so the dealer can direct them in a way that maximizes their profits. This isn’t a good or bad thing; it’s simply how the...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
Free Credit Report: Save Money On Your Car Loan By Managing Your Credit: Part II

Yesterday we discovered that managing your credit is crucial if you hope to get the best interest rate on your car loan. See Part I here. If you end up paying a few percentage points more than necessary, it can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than it should over the term of the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
Buying Cheap Used Cars - Questions You Need To Ask

When it comes to buying second hand cars, people are quite skeptical because they think these cars are not worth trusting. But if you inspect the automobile closely and then buy it, you are sure to get a good car. There are lots of used cars for sale in the market and you should seriously consider...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150
The Benefits Of Owning A Ford F-150

Making the decision to purchase a Ford F-150 could be one of the smartest choices you’ll ever make. These beautiful full sized pickup trucks have a solid reputation in the motor vehicle industry. They are considered to be safe, reliable, and incredibly strong trucks, which backs up one of the...Read More»

Woman driving
Zoning Out While Driving: Some Explanations

If, after buying a new car, you have ever reached for a non-existent gear shift lever or headlight switch, you get an idea of how at home we become in our cars. Some studies have shown that the average time a person spends in their car is 540 hours per year. In 2005 the Telework Exchange found that...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber RT
Car Loan Interest Rates Continue To Fall

Do you qualify for a zero percent offer from an auto manufacturer during the 2010 model year clearance sales that are taking place across the country? Only 1 in 20 new car buyers do. If not, you’ll be happy to hear that interest rates on car loans are continuing to drop.  According to...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Car Shopping Advice: Lower Your Stress At The Dealership (And Save Money)

We’ve discovered that shopping for a car at a dealership is stressful. In fact, a recent study by AutoTrader.com found that shopping for your next vehicle is more stressful for women than men. One of the biggest stresses for most car buyers is negotiating the selling price. You don’t have to...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus (Korean-market vehicle)
Hyundai Sees Global Resurgence

With Hyundai’s recent, and successful, resurgence here in the U.S., it is no surprise that India’s second largest automaker, Hyundai India is predicting a 20 percent increase in domestic sales. Hyundai has began to reap the benefits of its turnaround with better reliability and a new emphasis...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
Hyundai Trying Harder To Win Customer Approval: Part I

Hyundai continues to earn the approval of savvy car buyers with the roll out of another consumer-based program designed to A) educate Hyundai owners, and B) save them money. The new program sounds simple enough: make all factory-recommended maintenance for Hyundai cars available online. Yet the...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna
Is It Cool To Own A Minivan?

Toyota is employing a brand new marketing campaign for the Toyota Sienna by coming up with a music video to show that it really is cool to own a minivan. Called the ‘Swagger Wagon’ the video shows a young family rapping about the benefits of “sporting” a minivan. They show the entire family...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus
2011 Hyundai Equus: A Way To Avoid Dealer Showrooms

If the only thing that has prevented you from buying a luxury car is the inner turmoil that visiting the new car showroom causes, Hyundai has a car for you. In its inaugural year in the U.S. the 2011 Hyundai Equus can be purchased from your living room. Hyundai’s U.S. CEO John Krafcik has...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Smart Car Shopping: Who's In Control Here? Part II

Car dealers train their sales staff to stay in control of a customer’s buying process at all times. There is a well established sequence of events that begins when customers first step onto the sales lot, and ends when they drive away in their new car. Dealers know that if sales staff does not...Read More»

2010 Subaru Forester
Smart Car Shopping: Who's In Control Here?

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, it was my job to stay in control of my customers. If I couldn’t stay in control, I was obligated to "turn them" to another salesperson. When that happened, I lost half my commission. Yet, experienced sales people understand that unless you’re...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
Ford's Sale Of Volvo To Chinese Automaker Geely Nearly Complete

Just yesterday we got word that the Chinese commerce division will OK the sale of Ford-owned Volvo to Chinese firm Geely Automotive. Perhaps no foreign acquisition has more ramifications for the auto industry than the sale of Volvo to a Chinese company. With Geely comes the first global scale...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part II

We’re looking at a tactic that car dealers use to entice customers into the showroom with a low priced ad car, and then switch them to a higher priced model. As long as the dealer will actually sell you the lower priced car, nothing illegal is taking place. This is simply good old American...Read More»

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