Buying

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

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys or Registration - Part II

When car dealers evaluate your trade, they ask for the keys and registration. They need the keys to drive the car. They need the registration to make sure it’s current, and to confirm ownership information, the vehicle description, the vehicle identification number (VIN), and so on. In...Read More»

Dealer
How To Know When To Leave A New Car Showroom

You know when to leave a car showroom when you've bought a new car--but how do you know when to leave when you're not getting anywhere? There’s a tipping point in every new-car negotiation, when the buyer and the seller know the other won't budge. It happened to me once, and the car salesman...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»

Traffic in China
Nielsen: Chinese Car Buyers Are Feeling A Little Hungover

2009 was a year that many would like to forget, and that goes double for the auto industry. In China, however, 2009 was a boom time for car makers -- a year of steep government subsidies, an auto market that saw 45% growth, and a frenzied population of buyers, many of whom still find owning a car a...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Big Savings On Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, And Cadillac Vehicles In July 2010

The list of car makers offering incentive programs in July 2010 keeps growing. Incentive financing or cash back is at the forefront of programs from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. Offers include zero percent financing and up to $5,000 cash back on some models. Big SavingsHow much can you save...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
Secret Shoppers Give Mercedes-Benz Top Marks For Customer Experience

UPDATED: Pied Piper's Fran O'Hagan sent in some additional comments about this study. See below. If you've ever had the pleasure of working in retail or the service industry, you already know how much fun secret shoppers can be. (For the rest of you: not very.) Over the past four years, the folks...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
What's Slicker, The Nissan Leaf iAd Or The Nissan Leaf?

Change is in the air. Less is more. Up is down. It's true, I read it somewhere on the Internet. Americans are actually buying smaller cars. Car makers are making engines with two cylinders and not 12. And in some cases, no cylinders, merely batteries that weigh hundreds of pounds, kilos or stones...Read More»

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
Roadside Assistance: Needed Coverage Or Wasted Money?

Everyone likes the security of a roadside assistance program. Someone is there to help you regardless of the time of day or the weather conditions. It’s great to have someone to call when you are dressed to go out and the car won’t start or you come out to find a flat tire in the driveway. But...Read More»

2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8
60-Day Regret-Free Purchase Program From Chrysler

In an almost unheard-of move, Chrysler is offering a “60-Day Regret-Free Purchase” program that allows new car buyers to return their car within 60 days if they aren’t happy with it. Plus, the company will make the first two months’ payments for the buyer, up to $500 per month, for a...Read More»

2009 GMC Acadia
Save Money On CPO Vehicles With Incentive Financing

Yesterday we discovered that there are two ways to win (and save) when buying a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. First, negotiate a great deal. Making a good buy doesn’t diminish the many value-added benefits of CPO programs. Topping the list of benefits includes a vehicle that meets a higher...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Impala
Consumers Can Save Twice When Buying A CPO Used Car

One of the problems consumers face when buying vehicles is banks and financial institutions charging a higher interest rate on used cars compared to new ones. The differences can add up to a large chunk of change. However, there is a sizable list of certified pre-owned vehicles that--for a limited...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»

2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
Top 10 Tips for New Car Buyers: Competition Is Key

Car buying has changed significantly over the past 10 years. In today’s market, consumers have multiple options for everything they buy. As a result, it no longer makes sense to walk into a single dealership and haggle with just one salesman. According to FindtheBestCarPrice.com, in order to get...Read More»

2000 Mazda 626
How To Get Used Car Value

Buying someone else’s lemon is an old school expression when it comes to describing the purchase of a used car. Today, that’s where to find real value when buying a vehicle. Here are some ways to insure that the value is real. Identify Your Purchase: Take some time to figure out what kind of...Read More»

2009 Audi A4 4-door Sedan Auto 2.0T quattro Prem Angular Front Exterior View
Why Do Car Leasing Deals Differ So Much?

If you’re knowledgeable about car leasing, or what they tend to call here in the UK contract hire, then you’ll have noticed a plethora of online brokers offering all sorts of deals. If you have searched online (and 85 percent of people do before they acquire a car) then you’ll have received...Read More»

Pink MINI
Style, Not Alarms, Stops Car Thieves

A new study in the Netherlands suggests that choosing an unpopular color for your car can be as effective at stopping car thieves as using an expensive alarm system. The study discovered that thieves are more concerned about the resale value of the cars they steal than the fear of being caught. So...Read More»

2010 Honda Ridgeline
Too Many Test Drives And Not Enough Sales: Discouraging For Dealers

“It’s discouraging for all of us,” said my friend Stephanie. I worked with her in sales when I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer; she continues to sell cars. I had asked her about customers who test drive new cars, but walk away before making a purchase--a let-down, it seems, for...Read More»

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