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Help! Doug: Why The Discrepancy Of Subaru Engine Ratings By Consumer Reports?
Help! Doug: Why The Discrepancy Of Subaru Engine Ratings By Consumer Reports?

Question: The April 2010 Consumer Reports' "Annual Auto Issue" gives the 2004 Subaru Legacy's four-cylinder engines the worst possible rating. I read this, but still had a mechanic look a 2004 Subaru Legacy over I might have purchased, except the mechanic told me: "It's got Subaru's classic head...Read More»

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The Benefits of Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

The economic downturn is changing how people do business in this country. Yet, a recent upsurge in car sales is sending a new wave of buyers to automobile dealers across the country. Why do consumers continue to deal with major dealers when it’s understood they have a bad reputation for a...Read More»

Manfred Fitzgerald
Vehicle History Reports – Use Them Every Time!

When I was an Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I compiled a list of the most common mistakes my customers made when buying used cars. Making any one of these mistakes can create unnecessary stress and bother. Worse, it can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary...Read More»

1997 Eagle Talon ESi
Discover the Gas Mileage of Any Vehicle

The fluctuating price of gasoline continues to be a serious concern for many new and used car buyers. This results in more buyers researching the gas mileage of the makes and models that make their short list before looking at cars in person. When I was an Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I...Read More»

2010 Toyota Matrix
Buying A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle: Part I

My daughter was surprised. She had asked for help in choosing a used SUV and I recommended that she and her husband look at a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. “But Dad,” she said, “you literally wrote the books on how to buy and sell used cars and you want us to pay a dealer extra for a...Read More»

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Points To Consider Before Buying A 2010 Ford F150

As a family vehicle or a heavy hauling machine, the Ford F150 provides features that cater towards the needs of a variety of individuals. As the 2010 Ford F150 emerged from concept to reality, a few key features seem to stick out and take a shot at its competitors. If you’ve ever passed a...Read More»

Nashville flood car
How to Avoid Flood-Damaged Cars in Tennessee and Everywhere Else

  This weekend's historic rain in Nashville seems like just the latest in a string of catastrophes and calamities--and even if you're not a Music City resident, you should know what happens in the aftermath of disasters like this one when it comes to your next car. First, the good news. Our...Read More»

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How To Use The Web To Find Your New Car

It wasn’t that long ago that buying a new car involved flicking through the classified section in your local paper or picking up an Autotrader, before making countless phone calls to garages that had already sold the cars, wrong numbers and kids who didn’t know when daddy would be home, but did...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»

2009 Chevrolet Suburban
Vehicle Attachment Or Just Sentimentality

“America’s love affair with the automobile” is an overused expression. But sometimes there’s nothing like trite to get a point across. I was talking to a woman the other day and she said that she was out for lunch with friends who, like her, were widows. The conversation turned to how they...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Mazda: Miles Of Smiles, But A Little Too Smiley

Mazda is in the middle of its Claim Your Mazda sales drive and is trying to get buyers in the door. When those buyers arrive, theyre going to be greeted by some seriously unappealing cars. Take a look at the new Mazda 3, for example. It's got a face like a maniacal clown. The grille is upturned...Read More»

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Get Your Used Car in Shape... To Sell! (part 2)

In Part one of this series, I introduced the idea that selling your used car in this market is about taking car of the details.  As the seller, its your job to remove all of a buyers potential objection to buying your car.  Lets talk about what it is you need to do to get your car ready...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Sedan 4-door I4 Auto LX Side Exterior View
Shop Right: The Business Manager Is Just Another Salesman

If you read the first part of our buying guide to new cars, this is where we left off: everyone at the dealership is way off balance because you've thrown monkey wrenches into their carefully scripted and choreographed way of doing business. In case you didn't read the first part, let's rehash a...Read More»

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So You Drive an Import... but How Much of It Is Actually Imported?

I've heard lots of people talk about their decision to buy a particular vehicle based on where it's from. Obviously, Japanese and European cars are foreign or exotic, and American branded cars are born on U.S. soil. Buying American cars is a good way to support our own economy, but the Japanese...Read More»

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Frugal Shopper: Compare New And Used Vehicles Before You Buy

This year may go down in history as one of the best for frugal car shoppers. Thanks to incentive programs from automakers and the federal government and return policies from companies like Hyundai and GM, 2009 has been mostly a buyer's market (at least for buyers who've been able to score loans in...Read More»

2009 Suzuki Equator
Should You Buy a Nissan Frontier or a Suzuki Equator?

How about neither? When was the last time you picked up a car or truck magazine and saw a compact pickup truck on the cover? The reason for this is that while full size pickup truck sales have grown year over year (Ford F-150, Dodge Ram), sales of compact trucks like the Toyota Tacoma and...Read More»

2009 Honda Accord Sdn EX
Buying a Car: the End of the Month Is the Right Time

Believe it or not there are secrets that the auto industry wants its customers to know about, but really never goes out of its way to tell them that the industry would like them to know about them. The first is simply this: if you are looking for the best deal on a car, wait until the end of the...Read More»

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CarMax Releases List of Ten Features Car Buyers Want, World Ignores Them

CarMax, those automotive supermarkets full of overpriced used cars, have decided that they too want to be a vital information resource for car shoppers. As such they polled a number of their detainees/customers and asked them what sort of features they wanted in their next car. The answers ranged...Read More»

From THE GOODS
New Cars More Affordable Than They've Been Since 2004

Attention, shoppers: new cars are more affordable today than they've been in over five years. According to Comerica Bank's Auto Affordability Index, it now takes the average family 21.9 weeks of income to pay off an average-priced vehicle. Sadly, that's not because household income has risen, but...Read More»

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