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Buying a car should be (a) painless, (b) fun, or (c) joyful?
Buying a car should be (a) painless, (b) fun, or (c) joyful?

Shopping for a new car can be pretty exciting--until the point that you have to head to a dealership. That's when the migraine meds can come in handy. At least one dealer wants to improve the experience, though. He's got his work cut out for him, because there are many reasons people hate...Read More»

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Why buying a car alarm from a dealership is a bad idea

Growing up, you probably received plenty of advice about the car-buying process from your parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors. Today, few of you would consider shopping for a new ride without getting pre-approved for an auto loan or carving time out of your day to take a test drive. But what...Read More»

Money and car keys
Dealership's 'Closing Fees' Ruled Illegal In South Carolina, Court Hands Down $2.8 Million Judgment

South Carolina's Supreme Court has handed down a hefty win for auto shoppers. In a 3-2 ruling, justices found that Hendrick Honda of Easley shouldn't have been charging customers a $299 "closing fee" between 2002 and 2006. The decision will cost Hendrick some $2.8 million in actual (not punitive)...Read More»

 CarMax auto superstore in Raleigh, North Carolina (pic by Ildar Sagdejev)
Is CarMax Selling Unrepaired Recalled Vehicles? You Betcha -- And So Are Other Used-Car Dealers

If you're planning to do some used-car shopping this weekend, take extra care to ensure that your next pride and joy doesn't have any outstanding recalls. Two consumer watchdogs -- the California Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (CALPIRG) and the Consumers for Auto Reliability and...Read More»

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FTC Investigates 10 Dealers For Deceptive Ads, With More Probes Planned

If you're a car dealer and you're unfamiliar with the term "best practices", listen up, because the Federal Trade Commission may soon be knocking on your door. The FTC has investigated consumer complaints at ten U.S. auto dealerships, all of whom were accused of deceptive advertising. The agency...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Power: Sonic, Volt, MINI Coupe More Appealing Than Larger Cars

Smaller vehicles, chosen wisely, can be more appealing than larger ones. That's a message that we've delivered quite a bit over the past several years, in reviews of some excellent new small cars. But now we have some numbers to confirm that trend—from the latest J.D. Power and Associates...Read More»

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The Nine Things That Affect Your Car's Resale Value

Some drivers obsess on it from the day they drive their new car off the lot--and some don't give it a thought until it comes time to move on to a new set of wheels. Either way, both drivers face the reality of resale value, and it can be either a pleasant surprise or a cold wake-up call. Resale...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
Nine New Car Features You Don't Really Need

Pricing, financing, warranties, insurance--it's one hurdle after another to make it through the car shopping experience without paying a dime more than you must. Sometimes, it's not the dealer or the bank that costs you extra money. It's you. By ordering optional features that don't add much to the...Read More»

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Need A Used Car? Buy This Summer From A Downtown Dealer

If you're in the market for a used car, now might be a good time to get serious about shopping. New data, paired with time-honored auto industry trends, could add up to big savings for consumers in the coming weeks. Last month, we told you that used car prices were slipping. According to the...Read More»

2011 data on car customers from CarWoo
Women Are More Practical Shoppers, But Men Get Better Deals: Infographic

UPDATED: See below* So, you're in the market for a new car. You've skimmed through our extensive collection of news and reviews, and you're ready to hit the showroom. What should you expect? If you're a man, you might negotiate a slightly sweeter deal, however, your female friends will probably pay...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Corvette
TrueCar Picks Biggest Black Friday Car Bargains

Thanksgiving's schedule includes three NFL games and one other major contact sport: Black Friday sales busting the doors earlier than ever. For diehards it's all about the deals, mashed up (sometimes literally) with the rush from conquest. There is a way to save thousands more than even the most...Read More»

2011 Nissan Titan
New Car Shopping? Here Are September's Best Deals

If you’re in the market to buy or lease a new car, TrueCar says there’s no time like this weekend. In fact, the vehicle-transaction-price tracking website estimates that this Saturday, September 24, will be your best shot at getting a good deal in the month of September. If you’re...Read More»

2012 Lincoln Navigator
Ten Ways to Organize Weekly Family Errands in Your Car

In cities, towns, suburbs and rural areas all across America, one thing is nearly universal: the need to use a car to do weekly errands. Families trying to economize by saving money on gas as well as maximizing their use of time can use all the help they can get. In line with this, here are ten...Read More»

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Beware Flood-Damaged Vehicles Entering Your Local Used Car Market

Receding flood waters along the Mississippi River, deadly tornadoes leaving havoc in their wake in the Midwest, and above-average rain creating flood conditions throughout many parts of the country are prompting experts to warn consumers of a new danger that’s likely to spread well beyond the...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Buying Guide: Know You’re Getting A Good Deal

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, the most frustrating issue my customers faced was not knowing if they were getting a fair and reasonable deal. It was this not knowing—this black-hole of uncertainty—that created such anxiety, it transformed making a final decision to...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Today at High Gear Media: Holiday Driving, Trashed Porsches

Thanksgiving is creeping up on us--and so are gas prices, in advance of the biggest travel holiday of the year. [TheCarConnection] Naked and armed is no way to go through life, son--but if you're going to do it, do it in a Bentley. [MotorAuthority] If you missed the New York Marathon in all its...Read More»

2003 Ford Windstar Wagon SE
Replacing An Ailing Car? Check Your Timing

From the data found in a recent study by Kelley Blue Book and reported on PR Newswire, there are a truckload of car buyers sitting on the fence contemplating a purchase. It reminds me of the undecided independent voter that each side attempted to reach with endless ads at the end of a campaign. The...Read More»

2007 Audi A6 3.2L
Are We Driving Family Cars Longer?

A new study released by R.L. Polk this week says that consumers are holding onto their cars far longer than just a year ago. On average, say Polk researchers, consumers are keeping a new vehicle just over five years (63.9 months), which is up 4.5 months from this time last year. Hmm… that...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail
Five Vehicles In High Demand

The purpose of the Internet is to make information free. That much is clear by now. And nowhere has it had a bigger impact than the once-secretive auto industry. Two decades ago, car shoppers walked into dealerships with the deck stacked against them -- the dealer had all the best information, and...Read More»

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