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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»

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»

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, KBB.com, 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»

2012 Ford Focus
Higher Prices, Fewer Choices For New Car Buyers Coming

There’s bad news on the horizon for new car buyers: demand is up and supply is down, so automakers are reducing incentives used to move new car inventory. It's most stark in small cars. Increasing fuel prices have caused a surge in demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, and...Read More»

2011 Porsche 911 GTS
Study: Men Want To Be Seen, Women Want To Be Seen As Practical?

Men go for bold looks, bold sheetmetal, and horsepower, while women go with interior space, practicality, cost, and safety features, right? It sure sounds like a reinforcement for a tired gender bias. But, at least in some ways, it's still true. Those expectations might be changing, gradually, but...Read More»

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