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Attention Car Shoppers: Get Vehicle Values To Go (If You're Lucky) On NADAguides.com
Attention Car Shoppers: Get Vehicle Values To Go (If You're Lucky) On NADAguides.com

In days of old, research-minded car buyers would toddle into showrooms armed with brochures and Blue Books and printouts of web pages. But for today's savvy shopper, it's all about the smartphone. There are lots mobile apps to help buyers determine the value of trade-ins and purchase models --...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Countryman: The Golf For Really, Really Cool People

MINI--the brand, the car, the lifestyle--took the automotive world by storm with the first generation, which included a great product and stellar advertising that was and still is part of an integrated, complete effort that has drawn hundreds of thousands of devotees (notice I didn’t call them...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 Hyundai Equus
Study: Hyundai Leapfrogs Nissan, Becomes Fifth Most-Considered Brand In U.S.

It's been one heck of a ride for Hyundai these past couple of years. The company's Genesis sedan was named North American Car of the Year in 2009, its Hyundai Assurance Program generated both business and press, and somehow, the automaker weathered the economic storms of 2008 and 2009 and came out...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 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 Nissan Maxima
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part I

You finally found the perfect car on sale in the local Sunday paper. The price is so low you don’t dare miss this opportunity to finally get the car you’ve wanted for months. You grab your check book and drive down to the dealership that placed the ad. When you arrive you’re surprised that...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Save Big With Summer New Car Incentive Programs - While You Can

Now is a great time to buy a new car.After disappointing sales in June, car makers are lining up with huge incentive programs to lure buyers back into dealerships. The two biggest incentives being used are low interest rates--many down to zero percent--and cash back that effectively discounts the...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»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Wants No Regrets: Return Your New 2010, If You Want

Living without regret: it's something we try to do every day here at TheCarConnection, and Chrysler's been following our lead. Earlier this year, the automaker allowed buyers of its Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans to return their new vehicles within 60 days, if they...Read More»

2011 GMC Acadia Denali
Car Buying Guide: More Car Loan Do’s And Don’ts

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! Paying a higher interest rate than necessary on your car loan can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more than necessary over the term of a loan. That’s why doing nothing about your...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
A New Internet Resource For New And Used Car Buyers

BestCarBuyingAdvice.com recently went live on the Internet. It’s the latest addition to High Gear Media’s growing list of specialized websites: a unique model of publishing multiple automotive media sites to address every interest and lifestyle. What’s the specific interest of...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS
Buying Your Next Car: We Can Help!

BestCarBuyingAdvice.com is dedicated to providing a consumer-oriented perspective of the car buying experience so shoppers will be better informed on how to buy their next vehicle quickly, with less stress, on or below budget. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I’ll show you: The...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
The Car Industry: An Insider’s View

The car buying process is one of the most stressful experiences a person will go through. Most of us only buy a handful of vehicles in our lifetime, making it difficult to master all the steps. It’s easier for some and harder for others. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I saw the...Read More»

Toyota 0% financing ad
Looking For A Sweet Deal? Vehicle Incentives Hit Record Highs

If you're in the market for a new ride and you've been waiting for the current wave of incentives to peak, you might want to head down to your dealer now. According to a study from Edmunds, more auto shoppers scored 0% financing last month than at any time in recent memory, and we're not so sure...Read More»

Spanish-language ad for the 2009 Ford Flex
Automakers Put The Brakes On Marketing To Hispanic, African American Shoppers

We all know that the recent recession was tough. Surrounded by bankruptcies, layoffs, and general economic tsoris, companies of all sorts had to re-examine how they did business. Across every sector, budgets were cut, and the trimming often began in marketing departments. Particularly hard hit? The...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
Test Drive Tips: Acceleration, Braking and Maneuvering

Continuing our series on test-drive tips, here are some more ways to put your potential new vehicle to the test. Low-Speed Maneuverability Chances are, the dealership where you're shopping has a cramped back parking lot. Instead of waiting for the sales associate to bring the car our front, ask him...Read More»

2009 Nissan Versa 5dr HB Auto S Front Exterior View
Frugal Shopper: Five Most Miserly Models

Run all the numbers for overall ownership costs—including depreciation, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and the like—and you'll almost always find that holding on to that used car, or getting a 'new' used one, is going to be cheaper. But sometimes even cheapskates want a new car. If you simply...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
Choose Your New Car In Five Easy Steps

Before you get too caught up in the excitement of buying a car, take a minute to set up a strategy. You'll have a much better chance of getting the things you want and need by the end of the process, and it's a good way to avoid a vehicle prone to problems. 1) Set a Budget Choose a maximum dollar...Read More»

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