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Car Dealer Tricks: Increasing the Term of the Loan

Car Dealer Tricks: Increasing the Term of the Loan

Dealers are between a rock and hard place. The downturn in the economy has decimated their ranks and consumers are using the Internet to get great deals on the selling price of new cars. One way that dealers make up the lost profit is to work hard at increasing their profit margins at the many... read more

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Video: Volkswagen's Talking Newspaper Ad

Times are getting mighty weird, folks. It took me a while to get used to people talking to themselves in their cars before I realized they had hands-free devices for the... read more September 23, 2010 by 


 
2009 Infiniti G37

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... read more September 15, 2010 by  1


 
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... read more September 8, 2010 by 


 
2010 Mazda6

What Are The Insurance Costs For A 2011 Mazda6?

Many people are very curious to know what the insurance costs for the 2011 Mazda6 will be. Unfortunately, since the car has not yet been released in the United States... read more September 1, 2010 by 


 
2003 Ford Windstar Wagon

Ford Recalls 575,000 Minivans Due To Axel Issue

The Ford Motor Company has issued a voluntary recall on Windstar minivans because of a problem with axels that may crack after exposure to road salt. The issue could result... read more August 29, 2010 by  1


 
2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros and Cons: Part I

It’s a lot easier to trade-in that old clunker taking up space in the driveway compared to selling it privately. The problem is you probably won’t get as much for it at a... read more August 26, 2010 by 


 
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... read more August 23, 2010 by 


 
2009 Pontiac G5

Free Credit Report: Save Money On Your Car Loan By Managing Your Credit: Part I

Managing your credit is crucial if you hope to get the best rate on your car loan. Paying a few percentage points more than necessary can translate into shelling out... read more August 22, 2010 by  1


 
2010 Nissan Titan

Help! Doug: Why Are Auto Lease Details Kept Secret From Consumers?

Q. My accountant says that I should lease a new truck. However I don't understand auto leasing and when I try to negotiate with the dealer, the things I consider important to... read more August 5, 2010 by 


 
2010 Buick LaCrosse

Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys Or Registration - Part III

“Old school” car dealers tend to use tired and worn out tricks to get their customers to pay more than they should or want to. One of their favorite tricks is to keep a... read more July 25, 2010 by 


 
2010 Chrysler 300

Car Loans Easier To Get As Interest Rates Stabilize

Lenders are easing credit restrictions as car loan interest rates settle to manageable levels. The result is more consumers qualifying for car loans, including sub-prime... read more July 20, 2010 by 


 
car battery

Die Harder: Power, Juice, Thousands of Fun Watts

What is the sexiest, most appealing part of a car, you ask? Ok, no one asks that except for slightly deranged hot-rodders who fantasize over curvaceous sheet metal after... read more July 20, 2010 by 


 
2002 Chevrolet Impala LS

Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part II)

We’re looking at tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. This compares to being upfront and transparent in their business... read more July 19, 2010 by 


 
Semi trailer

Truck Tire Change Made To Look Easy

If you have seen truck tire carcasses on the highway, you have probably wondered how that truck could continue on without the missing piece. Most likely it didn’t. What the... read more July 18, 2010 by  1


 
2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

Crosley On A Pole Has Future Up In The Air

In an age of variable message signs and LED digital displays, does a car on a pole have any chance of surviving into the next calendar year? Possibly not unless a Hanover... read more July 18, 2010 by  1


 
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