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Frugal Shopper: The Most Deeply Discounted New Vehicles
Frugal Shopper: The Most Deeply Discounted New Vehicles

If you're looking for a sweet deal and not too picky about getting the latest and greatest, you have plenty of options. Over the past month the 2010 Ford Ranger has sold at 17 percent below MSRP, on average, and is the most deeply discounted new model, while the 2010 Hyundai Sonata and 2010 Jeep...Read More»

2010 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door V6 5-Spd AT Ltd (Natl) Grille
Toyota Recall: Ford, Honda, And Hyundai Gaining The Most

Ford, Hyundai, and Honda—not GM or Chrysler, as some sources have claimed—look to be making the most conquests from customers who've had it with Toyota due to recall uncertainties. In looking at the market share that Toyota has lost, that's what the pricing intelligence service TrueCar found...Read More»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler, Dodge Minivans Get 60-Day Return Policy

Chrysler has announced that for a limited time it will offer a no-questions-asked return policy on its 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country minivans. From today through March 31, if buyers trade in a competing model (owned or leased), they qualify for the Minivan Pledge, which...Read More»

British politicians visit Lotus factory in Hethel, England
Get Your Used Car in Shape... To Sell! (part 1)

In the middle of this recession, new car sales are slow, but used car sales remain strong and competitive.  In this 5-part series you will learn how you can successfully prepare and sell your used car yourself, and come out on top! When it comes time to sell your used car, don't assume that anyone...Read More»

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The 5 New Rules for Selling Your Vehicle Online

Most used car buyers have been online before they ever walk into a car dealership or contact a private seller. This new trend has been particularly difficult for car dealers, who have been forced to adapt (some kicking and screaming) by building an Internet sales department, re-directing...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»

2009 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CXL Front Exterior View
Shop Right: Bring Your Own Car Financing

Although I have written about the sales process before, it's always a good idea to recap what you can expect when you get to a dealership and what you can do about it. As we've noted, when you get to the dealership, unless you have a specific appointment, you can expect to be greeted by at least...Read More»

2010 ford taurus 017
Why Are Cars So Much More Expensive Than They Used To Be?

I'm always amazed when I hear people reminisce about a time when $4000 would get you a really nice car. I haven't been around nearly long enough to remember something like that, so today's car prices aren't quite as shocking to me. Obviously, the cost of everything has gone up--but what besides a...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Build Experience
When Is It Time To Say Goodbye?

My wife and I were having dinner with some friends the other night, and they asked me for some advice on their aging car.  It's approaching 150k miles and starting to cost them more to maintain it every year. Oh, and "I hate it," he said. "How long should we keep it?", they wondered.  They...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
VW'S Show Girl: Hallie Morrissy

  On Wisconsin: The Volks Woman If youve wondered who put together the classy, modernist VW exhibit at the 2009 Greater Milwaukee Auto Show, one answer is VWoAs marketing and auto show specialist Hallie Morrissey. A Green Bay native, Hallie is a University of Wisconsin graduate who studied...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tundra
2010 Toyota Tundra 4X4 Crewmax: New Competition For Ford And GM

The Toyota Tundra stays relatively unchanged for 2010. The biggest change comes with the all-new 4.6-liter i-Force V-8. It replaces the larger 276-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 with 313 pounds-feet of torque, but its stronger, lighter and more efficient. Since the rest of the Tundra remains about the...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 Saturn Sky
Power: People Won't Buy Cars From Companies Headed Into Oblivion

Things haven't looked so hot for Chrysler and General Motors this year. And now it's clear that assurances from the government and CEOs weren't enough to overcome the images of…well, sinking ships. And for the image-conscious, buying a car from a failing company or a retired brand? Not so...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Mazda Reconfigures 2010 Mazda6, Looks At New Option Strategy

The 2009 Mazda6 was, by almost all accounts, an excellent product arriving at an inopportune time—when auto sales temporarily ground to a halt and the market itself underwent a massive recalibration. Mazda had initially offered the Mazda6 in a dizzying array of build combinations, but that proved...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»

2009 Chevrolet Aveo5
Chevrolet Aveo The Most Toxic New Car?

Do you avoid drinking out of clear plastic water bottles, using antiperspirants with aluminum, or cooking in non-stick pans? Use a water purifier and ionizer everywhere you go, always buy organic, mind your cold-water fish list, and have your tap water checked yearly? If so, we've found either a...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
Exterior Styling Review 2010 GMC Terrain

  To put it bluntly, the GMC Terrain is an aesthetic atrocity. The newly introduced SUV is a variant of the Chevy Equinox, and is GMCs first foray into the compact crossover market. In all likelihood, designers were trying to evoke the look of the brands larger Yukon Denali, with heavy...Read More»

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept
Car Shopping A Woman's World? Career, Kids Prompt Purchases

It's no secret or surprise that men and women shop for vehicles in very different ways. A number of studies from market-research firms have shown that while women place the most emphasis on practical attributes when shopping for a vehicle, men tend more often to gravitate to vehicles because of...Read More»

Clunkers
Couple Finds Cash For Clunkers Trade Back On The Used Lot

A Southern California couple who decided to trade in their 2001 Nissan Xterra under the Cash for Clunkers program in August later found the vehicle for sale in the same dealership's used lot. Oops. It seems that the dealership, Volkswagen of Garden Grove, decided to forget about the CARS claim on...Read More»

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