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Buy a car and Hyundai could pay off some of your student loan debt
Buy a car and Hyundai could pay off some of your student loan debt

A trial program that launched Tuesday in California and Arizona may provide new-car buyers saddled with student debt with up to $900 toward their education loans if the take delivery of a new Hyundai by September 30. Hyundai dubs the program Student Assurance, and for now it's only available at...Read More»

Find Your Ford pre-owned vehicle website
Ford begins testing new website tailored to used-car buying

Used car shoppers in the Detroit area will have an easier time finding a pre-owned Ford vehicle with the launch of Find Your Ford, a new website from the automaker. Ford announced the new website Wednesday, which comes from two self-driving and electric vehicle engineers inside the Ford X...Read More»

2003 Ford Mustang V-6 Convertible
Utah lawmakers consider "cash for clunkers" bill that could offer up to $5,500 for jalopies

Utah could offer owners of older, higher-mile cars as much as $5,500 to trade in for new cars. The program proposed under State House Bill 295 that advanced with an 8-4 vote Wednesday is known as the the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program. It isn't unlike the $3 billion federal "cash for clunkers"...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018
Mercedes-Benz to unlock optional tech for a price after cars are bought

Mercedes-Benz will leave the door open to sell owners optional features in its cars even after they've taken delivery. The brand said Tuesday that it will include a new feature within its Mercedes Me application to purchase some features for the A-Class and B-Class small cars and the GLE-Class SUV...Read More»

Honda Dealership
US auto dealer boss: Climbing car prices "unsustainable"

National Automobile Dealer Association's CEO Peter Welch said Tuesday that climbing car prices will reach a point where they're not long sustainable. At the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Welch said that he fears more American buyers will be priced out of the market. Automotive News...Read More»

Buick and GMC dealership
Black Friday saw zero-percent financing return, but don't expect low rates to stick around

As Americans dive deeper into the holiday shopping season, many consumers were tempted with Black Friday new-car deals promoting zero-percent financing. However, buyers shouldn't get too comfortable with interest-free deals again as they continue to evaporate from dealerships' toolboxes to sell new...Read More»

Nashville flood car
Seven ways to tell if a used car has flood damage

Many car shoppers don’t realize just how much damage floodwaters do to a vehicle. That represents a problem—not just to the owner of a car or truck that falls victim to a catastrophic flood, but to prospective buyers unaware of the vehicle’s history. The risk of flooded vehicles...Read More»

Uber app
Hold your hailing: AAA study finds using ride-sharing apps over twice the annual cost of car ownership

Thinking of ditching your car to save money now that you live in an urban area? Think again. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published Tuesday found that using ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft instead of owning a car would cost over twice as much annually on average. The...Read More»

2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive
Care By Volvo plans Netflix-style subscriptions for cars; here are the details

When it goes on sale in March 2018, the 2019 Volvo XC40 will boast a pay-by-subscription model that no other mainstream automaker has offered in recent memory. For a flat-rate fee of $600 or $700 per month, depending on configuration, Care By Volvo subscribers can pay for not only their car, but...Read More»

2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
Porsche races into Netflix-style subscription model

Purchasing and leasing new cars may ultimately become a thing of the past if subscription-based services catch on. Porsche is the latest—and perhaps the greatest—to envision this alternative to traditional car ownership, an on-demand, white glove vehicle service it calls Porsche...Read More»

Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices

Another day, another survey suggesting that Americans would prefer to buy cars online. This time, the data comes from an Autolist poll. While most respondents say that they're okay with the current car sales model, a significant number dislike the muss and fuss of salespeople and haggling. To...Read More»

Car shopping
Study: Men twice as likely as women to buy cars online

Another day, another study proving yet again that, yes, consumers really want to buy cars online. This time, the study comes from eBay Advertising. To gather its data, the company first surveyed over 1,000 U.S. consumers who'd bought a vehicle within the previous six months. Then, it took a close...Read More»

GM's Shop-Click-Drive online car-shopping program sends users to local dealers to complete the sale
Consumers want to buy cars online and prefer dealers who offer it, so what's the holdup?

These days, you can buy just about anything online: clothing, food, sexytime accessories, even booze. One of the few things you can't purchase online, however, is a new car. According to a survey conducted by marketing firm Root & Associates, that's a real frustration for shoppers, and it could...Read More»

Teen driver
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»

Honcker smartphone app
Another crack in the showroom wall? Honcker app offers car leasing, no dealership visit required

Autonomy, electrification, ride-sharing: tomorrow's auto industry is going to look very different from today's. Some automakers and dealers are fighting the tide of change tooth and nail; others, like Tesla, are charging headlong into the unknown, often without much success. A new app called...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
Would you buy a car on your smartphone? Many Americans would

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that smartphones make life easier for many of us. Need a ride? Book it on Uber. Want to skip the line at the cinema? Open an app and grab some quick tickets. Shocked to see that your beloved new videogame costs $60 in the big box store? Haul out your...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»

Auto loan
Is Leasing A Car A Losing Game?

To buy or to lease? That is the question Consumer Reports asked in a recent article examining the pros and cons of buying and leasing new cars. The answer? "In general it makes financial sense for most to buy a vehicle". The magazine says that goes double for slobs and parents -- and probably...Read More»

Mature Driver
Now We Get It: Boomers Are Buying Hip Cars For Themselves, Not Their Kids

The auto industry is in a very weird place. On the one hand, sales are booming. After several very bleak and painful years, most industry accountants have capped off their red pens and are writing almost entirely in black. Auto technology is booming, too. New powertrains hint at a zippier, greener...Read More»

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