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For A Deeper Vehicle Discount, Go When The Dealer Needs You
For A Deeper Vehicle Discount, Go When The Dealer Needs You

Savvy car shoppers have traditionally chosen times to buy when they thought car dealers were under the most pressure to make sales: the end of the month or year-end. Both are good bets at most dealerships. Now there is added support for that strategy. TrueCar.com has crunched the numbers and...Read More»

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TCC's Top Rated Vehicles Under $20k

Interested in getting the best vehicle for well below today's new-vehicle average of about $28k? If so, you'll need to do some smart shopping; and that early stage of car shopping can be exciting yet a little overwhelming if you simply Google reviews for a model. As you pore over specs, features...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
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»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Smart Car Shopping: Knowing Your Credit Score Is Not Enough

Savvy car shoppers--and experts on savvy car shopping--recommend that consumers know their credit score before they walk into a car dealership. Why? To stop dealers from padding the interest rate on car loans. When that happens, it increases the dealership’s profit, but that profit comes...Read More»

Gas pump
Analysts: Gas Prices Could Bring Economic Recovery To A Halt

Just when it looked like people were more willing to spend money again on non-essential items—and on more essential (but deferrable) purchases like new cars—rising prices at the pump could grind some aspects of economic recovery to a halt. After a major price spike in summer 2008, when...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»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda Offers 20% Discount On The Miata Via Facebook Deals (Sorry, U.K. Only)

One of 2010's biggest social media stories was the rise of group-buying services like Groupon and Living Social. These companies have been a hit with businesses and consumers alike, offering great discounts on products and raising visibility for entrepreneurs. (Think of the hugely successful...Read More»

Edelman's 2011 Trust Barometer
Automotive Is Second-Most Trusted Industry On The Planet

If any of the world's automakers have a dose of the Monday blues, here's a little something to cheer them up: a new survey from research firm Edelman shows that the auto industry is the second-most trusted in the world, just behind the technology sector. And while that may sound surprising, given...Read More»

2011 BMW 335d sedan
Frugal Shopper: End-Of-Year Deals Extend Into January

The last days of the year are among the best days to shop for a new car. From board rooms to district sales centers to the manager's office at the local dealership, it's the time to add up the year's numbers—and for the most part, the attitude is that a few more cars sold sure would be great...Read More»

Dealer
Frugal Shopper: Men Get Better Car Deals? It Might Just Be A Myth

Men tend to get better deals than women when shopping for new cars, right? Not true in most cases, says at least one company that analyzes sales data. Perhaps you don't need to bring 'the man' along, or change your name on those initial e-mails. It might be a myth, or a relic from another time when...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»

2011 Dodge Charger
2011 Dodge Lineup Revamped With New Models, Trims, Pricing

Chrysler's model line is on the way toward the fruits of Fiat ownership, but for 2011 it's rehabbing its model lines with a refreshed look and feel on most models—repackaged and repriced them, too. Now, for Dodge, its sporty mainstream brand, it's released pricing for several key models: the...Read More»

Screencap of Toyota's Shopping Tool App
Toyota's Updated App Simplifies Shopping

As we learned last week, car shopping isn't always fun -- but thanks to a slew of web-enabled devices, it's easier than it once was. If you own a smartphone or a tablet computer, you can cruise the lots and school yourself all at the same time. Now, Toyota's updated Shopping Tool App aims to make...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»

2011 Toyota Camry LE
Car Dealer Tricks: Car Loan Tactics

It’s crunch time for car dealers. Their ranks have been decimated by the downturn in the economy. If that weren’t bad enough, savvy car shoppers are using the Internet to negotiate great buys on the selling price of new cars. It’s no longer the norm for dealers to sell cars for...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 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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