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Is Carfax Better Than Its Competitors?
Is Carfax Better Than Its Competitors?

Carfax promises the world in their ads. I've used Carfax once, but the information wasn't impressive. Have they improved? Is their competitor AutoCheck better or worse? Carfax can be as good as their ads promise, but is not consistently that good, nor is it always better than the two other services...Read More»

Third-gen Toyota Prius test drive
Recalls In Mind, Should You Buy a Toyota Prius?

I've wanted a Toyota Prius, well... forever. However, now that we are ready to buy, my husband is deeply concerned about "that stuff about Toyotas not stopping." Your old "Toyotaphobia" article was helpful. Has anything changed that would justify his fear? His fears are real. His fears are...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus SHO
Smart Car Shopping: Six Great Deals This Week

As summer turns to fall, the strategy for getting a great deal on a new car changes. All summer, dealers have been trying to get rid of 2010 models as the 2011s arrive. Now, they've done that...for some cars. But some haven't cleared out like they should. Bargain hunters should target these. Look...Read More»

2006 Nissan Sentra
Great Advice: More Reasons You Should Choose A Nissan Sentra

We’re exploring why I consistently recommend the Nissan Sentra when someone on a tight budget needs an economical and reliable used car. The Sentra is up against a few other vehicles in its class when vying for my “best value” honor. However, there aren’t many makes and...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Mind Tricks, Reality Distortion, and Other Car Sales Tactics

My son's totally-optioned-out 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was declared a total loss by State Farm. A "Total Loss Specialist" called me and said, if we'd sign this and that, we'd get a check for $27,240. That sounded about right. So we signed this and that, my wife took off work, and a nice, very...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Smart Car Shopping: Six Great Deals This Week

Car dealers expected August to look bad. When financial analysts measure the health of the auto industry, they traditionally compare monthly sales figures to the same month in the previous year -- and last August had been the high point of the Cash for Clunkers craze. So when automakers said their...Read More»

2006 Saturn Ion
A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Always Have a Plan B

I recently helped a friend buy a used car. The problem was that she had to trade in a high-mileage older car. Even though I had pre-negotiated its trade value in advance with the dealer, that value could not be confirmed until the dealer inspected the car in person. If you’re reading this...Read More»

2010 Audi Q7
Five Cars You Can't Talk Down

Buying a new car? Working on your negotiating skills? This month, it won't take much to talk down the price of most cars--especially the 2010 models still on the lot. Dealers are still facing slower sales than they had prepared for, and they're willing to talk. Except when they aren't. Our pricing...Read More»

Money, money, money
Cash Or Credit: Five Things Vehicle Shoppers Should Consider

If you're just getting in the market for a new car, one of the first things you should consider—along with what kind of car you want, and what you can afford—is whether you should finance or pay cash. While more than 90 percent of car buyers finance their new vehicle in some form...Read More»

2010 infiniti g37 convertible teaser 03
No Deal For You! The Five Least Discounted Cars in America

Sales are slower than most automakers had expected. The economy remains in a funk. There are more leftover 2010 models than we normally expect to see at the end of summer. Conditions are just right for negotiating a great deal. Unless you're buying one of these. Our pricing partners at TrueCar.com...Read More»

2011 Honda Accord Sedan
In Defense of Strippers Everywhere

Look, we don't know what you do with your spare time. That's your business. If you want to stuff dollars somewhere besides your own bank account, that's your business too. But we love strippers. Strippers have such a bad name, we feel the need to rise to their defense. They aren't just out there...Read More»

1999 Ford Taurus SHO
How To Avoid Endless Car Repair Bills

You can’t keep a car forever. Sooner or later you will reach a point of diminishing returns and that Ford Taurus you have been driving since Bill and Hillary were in the White House will cost you more that it is worth. But how do you avoid that money pit that develops when a vehicle drops...Read More»

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ask TCC: Chevy Silverado or Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Each day, the editors here at High Gear Media get questions from car shoppers who want a direct opinion on what they should buy. We're always happy to give our hands-on experience out in the form of advice (though we're also keen on getting you to share your brains and to write for High Gear Media...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Five Great Labor Day Deals

by Sean Tucker It might be the only time of year that TV commercials tell you the truth. Our pricing partners at TrueCar.com confirm it: Labor Day weekend is a great time to buy a car. The best deals of the month may actually be found a few days before the holiday -- but don't be afraid to shop on...Read More»

2010 Nissan Rogue
Five New Car Leases for Under $200 a Month

by Sean Tucker $200 a month: It's less than $7 a day. Sacrifice your daily latte habit, and voila! You have the budget for a new car. In today's market, you have options. There are a number of appealing cars you'd genuinely enjoy owning available for less than $200 a month. They're lease deals...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Smart Car Shopping: Six Great Deals This Week

This summer, car sales have been even slower than automakers had expected, leading some of them to counter with aggressive discounts.  But, as fall approaches, we've seen them cut back on the deals they're offering.  This month, many of the best options for shoppers are domestic, but even some...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Today at High Gear Media: Recalls, Drunk Driving, and Charger

Toyota's latest recall involves more than a million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks. It's been long in the works--and Toyota says it's a "voluntary service action." [TheCarConnection] Stat of the day: we spend almost $100 billion on accidents, from repairing vehicles to repairing people...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
Today at High Gear Media: GM's IPO, Aston V12 Vantage

General Motors has filed with the SEC for its IPO. Who will save the acronyms? [TheCarConnection] There's a new electric car headed for the 2010 Paris auto show--the Kia Pop EV gives us a charge with that rectangular window, what about you? [AllCarsElectric] The 2011 Kia Sportage has been named a...Read More»

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
Today at High Gear Media: We Drive the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

Your weekend was great, right? We spent some hot quality time with the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia. That was pretty cool. Oh, you went to the bookmobile and had lunch with your aunt? Oh. That's cool too, I guess. [MotorAuthority] All of this makes us sad that Italias seem to be biting it way more...Read More»

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