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

Dealer - Sale
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 Honda CR-V
Deal Alert: Prices Drop On Used Compact Crossovers Like CR-V, RAV4

Compact crossover vehicles such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester have, increasingly, been drafted into primary family-vehicle duty, replacing mid-size sedans in many households. And if you’re in the market for one of these in late-model used form, the next...Read More»

2013 Ram 1500
Ram 1500 Vs. Ram HD: When Do You Need Heavy Duty?

If you haven't shopped for a full-size truck in a few years, it's possible you've missed that there's a war going on. With each redesign, these light-duty pickups—like the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado 1500, the GMC Sierra 1500, and even the 2013 Ram 1500 SLT that we're driving now for 30...Read More»

Used car salesman
Buyer's Alert: Was Your Used Car Recalled & Never Fixed?

Buying a used car can be a very smart move. In fact, financial advisors like Suze Orman claim it's one of the best things you can do with your money. But compared to buying new, purchasing a used car carries added risks. Case in point: Carfax found that over 2.7 million of the used cars advertised...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, production model
Toyota 'Shareathon' Offers Shoppers Up To $1,000 Cash: Video

If you're planning to buy or lease a new Toyota before January 3, 2012, listen up, because Toyota is offering you the chance to nab up to $1,000 through its annual "Shareathon" promotion. Shareathon is part of Toyota's year-end sales event, better known as Toyotathon. Here's how the promo works: 1...Read More»

2008 Honda Civic Sedan 4-door Man Si w/Summer Tires Angular Front Exterior View
Back To School: It's Difficult Finding Good Used Cars For Students

The current shortage of used cars is making it challenging for parents to find reasonably priced vehicles for their sons and daughters as they head back to school. A perfect storm of circumstances has effectively siphoned off low mileage, fuel-efficient, and inexpensive pre-owned vehicles from the...Read More»

An aerial view of the Naperville test track. Image: City of Naperville, IL
Illinois Town Gives Car Shoppers Their Own Test Track

If you live near Chicago, you may want to head down to Naperville, Illinois, the next time you’re in the market for a new or used car. We can’t tell you that you’ll get a better deal there, but we can tell you this: you’ll have access to your own dedicated test track, which...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS
Groupon Car Vouchers Test a No-Go…This Time

As tests go, the score isn’t exactly stellar. The first car voucher offered on Groupon in North America netted only four consumers during the test last week to see if online coupons would draw customers into the showroom. As we reported last week, the deal was worth $500 off any new car...Read More»

Car Dealer
Best Day To Buy A Car: June 2011

The economic downturn has forced many car buyers to take advantage of every possible opportunity to save money. A question on many consumers’ minds is when is the best time to buy a car? When will you save the most money? Should you wait for the next weekend or hold-off until the end of the...Read More»

New-car owner John Knox with his 2011 Ford Fiesta SE hatchback, May 2011
Car Negotiation Tips: More Than The Selling Price

One of the biggest mistakes car buyers make is to pay attention to only the selling price. It’s true that negotiating a lower selling price can literally save you thousands of dollars. However, there are two other price points to watch out for: the trade value and the interest rate on your...Read More»

1936 Used Car Lot Quincy MA
Falling Used Car Prices Could Hurt Dealers

Just like the above picture indicates, there used to be “good old days” in the car industry. However, which decade one considers to be the golden era is a relative issue. Fast forward to today: there is nothing good about the current used car market for many of those working so...Read More»

Thief Stealing a Car
Catalytic Converter Thieves Now Targeting Dealers

Have you noticed how large car dealers keep their sales lots well-lit at night? Most have security cameras pointed at their inventory, and the lights are needed to record anyone trespassing illegally. Most large car dealers are also located in high-traffic areas. The lights are used to discourage...Read More»

Dealer - Sale
Life At The Dealership: Rolling The Dice

Buying a new or used car, truck, or SUV can be one of the most stressful experiences you’ll have this year. The Internet has helped. It’s now relatively simple to discover the invoice cost of the new vehicle you want to buy, or what a pre-owned car should sell for in your area. However...Read More»

Honda Dealership
Should You Buy Your Next Car Now – Or Wait For Better Days?

It’s a question that many Americans are asking themselves. Buy now, or wait for better deals on both new and pre-owned vehicles. Complicating the question are the after-effects of the last few tumultuous years: an economic downturn, gyrating gas prices, and a car industry that is constantly...Read More»

Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book Goes Social for New Site

With the launch of a revamped Web site this week, Kelley Blue Book is taking a bigger leap into the world of social media. The update of the consumer Web site,, comes after an intensive two-year effort to refresh all the site's live data and to give the brand a more personal presence, says...Read More»

2011 Toyota Corolla
Toyota: Good News, Bad News In Earthquake Recovery

The good news for Toyota is vehicle production is getting back to normal following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The bad news for this Japanese auto maker is consumers are staying away from its dealers because the media has been so successful in covering the company’s reduced vehicle...Read More»

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