Frugal Shopper

Frugal Shopper: Want To Save Thousands? Skip The Nav System
Frugal Shopper: Want To Save Thousands? Skip The Nav System

If you're trying to pinch pennies with your next vehicle purchase and not sure about the extra cost of a factory-option in-car nav system, don't get it. Especially if you don’t intend to splurge and get a completely loaded vehicle, skipping a nav system makes sense. Cross off the requirement that...Read More»

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Silverado, Ranger, Impala Among Best Red, White, And Blue Deals

Over a number of Frugal Shopper posts, we’ve covered all sorts of ways to save money on motoring, and pointed to some of the best new-car deals out there. But now we have something that’s just for fun—unless you happen to be looking strictly for a red, white, or blue vehicle. In the spirit of...Read More»

Frugal Shopper: Women Prefer Practical, Frugal Cars, Men Don’t? post thumbnail
Frugal Shopper: Women Prefer Practical, Frugal Cars, Men Don’t?

When it comes time to purchase a car, men look for bold design statements, sexy sheetmetal, and scorching performance while women—well, women want something practical, economical, and safe, right? You’d think times would have changed, but it appears not. The pricing intelligence firm TrueCar...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Energy-Saving Tires Could Save You $100 Per Year

The next time you need a new set of tires, consider this: Energy-saving low-rolling-resistance tires now cost about the same as other tires, and they could save you a lot in fuel expenses over the long run. That, and in many cases, they don't compromise performance. It wasn't always this way. In...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Holiday-Weekend Sales Promise Sweeter Deals

If you're not among the 32.1 million Americans planning to travel this holiday weekend, as estimated by the AAA, and you happen to be shopping for a new vehicle, it could be a great time to buy. Just a quick glance at the local newspaper or other local media sources, or a look at your local...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Does It Make Sense To Buy A Used Rental Car?

If you're thinking about a late-model used car instead of a new one, the used cars on offer by major rental companies can be tempting. From a price standpoint, you're getting a nearly new vehicle that's been regularly checked over and maintained, for a bit less than a comparable used car would cost...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Deals Sweeten On 2010 Models As 2011s Arrive

As the 2010 model year starts to show hints of winding down and strong incentives continue to sweeten the deal, there are plenty of deep discounts to be had if you know where to look—and, especially, if you don't mind getting a model that's soon to be replaced. With more details announced for the...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Tire Prices Will Rise Again This Summer

It's spring, and if you've made it through the winter with a set of all-season radials, it's the right time to get them inspected and measure that tread. If they're getting close to needing replacement, you might save a chunk of money by doing it now versus in a few months. Why? Now it appears that...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: P2P Car Sharing Could Save You A Bundle

Economic woes have got you thinking about whether you need that second or third vehicle at all? What about borrowing a car from the neighbor whose vehicle is parked nearly all the time? If only you knew when the neighbor's car was available and has set some ground rules. That's what a few new...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: In With The 2011 Models, Up With The 2010 Deals

The most discounted 2010 models during March were the Chevrolet Cobalt, Hyundai Sonata, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Commander, and Chevrolet Malibu, according to sales transaction-based data from the pricing intelligence firm TrueCar, which provides very useful and money-saving market pricing tools...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Trucks And SUVs Still Deeply Discounted

Just a few years ago, full-size trucks and body-on-frame sport-utility vehicles were the vehicles you weren't going to get a great deal on. These popular vehicles were among the most profitable vehicles for dealerships (and for automakers), and they didn't have to budge much at all on the price...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Pricey Parts Can Push Ownership Costs Upward

The Yugo sure doesn't have a reputation for reliability or durability. But they sure are cheap to repair. Meanwhile, for several Mercedes-Benz AMG models, the cost of parts alone for routine maintenance could leave a much larger hole in your wallet than you might anticipate—even if can afford the...Read More»

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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»

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Frugal Shopper: The Ten Most Discounted Hybrid Models

If you're considering one of many hybrid models but think that there are no deals to be had on green vehicles, now would be the time to think again—and potentially head out shopping in the near future. Data from the pricing-intelligence firm TrueCar shows that a lot of hybrid models are selling...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: What Time, Day, Month Is Best For Deals?

If you're thinking of heading out to the dealership to close the deal this weekend—especially if it's Friday—you might want to hold off. And Saturday? Well, it depends, but unless it's close to the end of the month, you're more likely to get a better deal if you wait until Monday or Tuesday...Read More»

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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»

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GM Offers Financing Deal On Certified Used Pontiac G6

If you're feeling a little cash-strapped but in need of a new car, GM is giving you an alternative to that bargain-basement 2010 Chevrolet Aveo, or to a normal used-car. It's offering a low 3.9-percent finance rate, for 60 months, on Certified Used examples of the Pontiac G6, going back several...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: GM Unloading Pontiac, Saturn Vehicles

If you've been on the lookout for a new car but you're a little short on cash, General Motors may have a deal for you. In a clever shell game that should pay off nicely for consumers, the company is offering dealers $7,000 for every Pontiac and Saturn vehicle that they move to their rental-vehicle...Read More»

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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»

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