Safety first: pay attention to crash test ratings

June 12, 2009

These days, when buying a car, safety is generally one of the top priorities. If you’re thinking about getting a new automobile, be careful not to choose a car just based on looks or horsepower, safety is everything.

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Should You Buy An Automatic, Or Do You Want A Manual Transmission?

June 11, 2009

Occasionally, and depending on where in the world you reside, choosing between an automatic and a manual transmission may not even be an issue. Sometimes, you just have to buy what’s available to you. But here in the States, you can pretty much get any car in either manual or auto.

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How To Find The Right Mechanic: Questions To Ask

June 10, 2009

It’s difficult to trust anyone these days, but to find someone suitable enough to fix your car, is even tougher. If you aren’t the expert, you have no way of knowing if you are getting a good deal, or getting ripped off. Use these tips to find the right mechanic that you can trust to […]

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Do It Yourself – You Don’t Always Need A Mechanic

June 9, 2009

Not all of us are lucky enough to have a mechanic in the family (or the money to just go to the shop anytime we think there’s a problem with the vehicle. Most of us learn so little about car repairs in school that our ignorance costs us whenever a light on the dashboard comes […]

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Driving Long Distance? What To Check Before Your Trip

June 8, 2009

If you’re planning a lengthy trip with your car, make sure you’ve gone down the check list before leaving the driveway. You don’t want to end up in the middle of nowhere with a lemon. Even the slightest problem like a damaged wiper or improper alignment can make for trouble. Some components of the car […]

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Spot that lemon! Five things you should always check

June 7, 2009

I’m pretty sure that the last thing you want when buying a car is a lemon. That’s a car that ends up being so trouble causing that it’s not worth the money you paid for it in the first place, and it also means you’ve been ripped off, or scammed.

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Does ‘certified pre-owned’ make it worth the extra cost? What you get for the money

June 6, 2009

What is a certified pre-owned car? I first thought it meant the car was definitely once owned by someone else. That’s not the case. It’s even better, in fact. It means you get the lower prices for the car having been used before, but you also get the warranties that come with a new car. […]

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Value Isn’t Always The Cheapest Choice: Get More For Your Money

June 5, 2009

When trading in a car, keep mention of a car trade till the bitter end. Begin by discussing and haggling about the desired car, and make it a point that you are interested in a fair price for the vehicle you want to purchase. Keep focus on this, and don’t let them know about your […]

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Haggling 101: Getting The Best Price for that new car

June 4, 2009

The biggest mistake you can make when haggling over the price of a new car, is to not haggle at all. Don’t end up with the high end, first offer that’s laid on the table. You’ll regret it deeply when you find out your close friend bought the same car for thousands less.

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Buying That SUV? Be Aware Of The Rollover Risk

June 3, 2009

Although the Sport Utility Vehicle is a very popular car in our day and age, it definitely has a few drawbacks that one should consider when choosing a car. Not only is the gas mileage an issue, but there are also safety issue to consider. Certain SUV’s have a high rollover rate.

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Why Pre-approved Financing Gives You An Edge: Know How To Bargain

June 2, 2009

When you are in college you are bombarded with letters from credit card companies offering you “pre-approved” credit cards. Build your credit, people advise. But what they don’t tell you is how tempting credit can be.

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Car recalled? Don’t panic, the dealer will handle it

June 1, 2009

You just bought your perfect brand new car a few months ago. Not only do you love it, but also so do all your friends. However, when you were reading the newspaper this morning over your daily bowl of lucky charms you discovered something unfortunate. Your so-called perfect car is being recalled. What are you […]

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Check Out The Car Dealer Before You Buy That Vehicle

May 31, 2009

You can buy pretty much everything online these days. Almost all consumer goods are available online, even cars. Surprisingly, some people actually consider skipping out on the dealership and just purchase their car online. And while this theory is great for a new pair of shoes, it might not make as much sense when it […]

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You Don’t Have To Buy That Car – Trust Your Gut When Making Decisions

May 30, 2009

Have you ever gone to a car dealership, driven a car, and worked with a pushy salesperson? Probably happens to us 50 percent of the time we car shop. Maybe the salesperson shows you all the features and benefits of the car, tells you that it is the perfect fit for you.

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Finding A Good Mechanic – It’s Easier Than You Think

May 29, 2009

Most people would probably agree that the top ten things they hate the most are dealing with car problems. Who really wants to deal with the unexpected break down that happens to your vehicle? And, then there is the problem of figuring out where exactly to take your car.

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Understanding electric cars – are they the wave of the future?

May 28, 2009

Technology is a fascinating thing. Everyday there is something new to be discovered. When it comes to the automobile industry for years it was about coming out with the fastest and best looking vehicle with great safety features. However, today’s technology offers us more than just performance and safety. We have eco-friendly cars and even […]

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Is buying a ‘green’ car worth the extra cost? How to find out

May 27, 2009

Ever since the rise in popularity of hybrid vehicles, reports everywhere seem to say they are not worth it. You have probably seen an article or a dateline special about it.

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Getting A Hybrid – Are You Really Saving The Environment?

May 26, 2009

Remember last year when gas reached $5 a gallon? It was a nightmare every time you had to go to the gas station. And, every time you saw someone driving a hybrid on the road you got a little bit jealous because they were definitely not filling up their car with gas as much as […]

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Is A Used Car A Better Value? Depreciation Explained

May 25, 2009

The idea of buying that nice and new shiny car seems great. And, to be honest, it looks great too. However, the truth of the matter is the second you drive your brand new car out of the dealership its value decreases dramatically. So is the steep depreciation of a new car worth it. Probably […]

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What To Look For When Buying New Or Used: Don’t be Overcharged!

May 24, 2009

There is this car guy who works for a BMW dealership in Southern California. However, he does not sell any BMW’s. Instead, he works in the dealerships other department helping customers to find any other car they might be interested in, whatever type it may be. This way, the dealership does not lose out on […]

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Is that ‘dealer pricing’ really a savings? How to spot a scam

May 23, 2009

Dealer pricing sounds good, because the commercials all say that you’ll be buying that car for the invoice price. Sure. Maybe. However, there’s really no guarantee. The dealer might ‘show you the invoice’ but there’s no proof that it’s legitimate.

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How Will Chrysler’s Bankruptcy Effect The Car Market?

May 22, 2009

In short, Chrysler’s bankruptcy isn’t going to have much effect at all on the car market. That doesn’t mean that everyone will just ignore it, but there are many people who will find that they can still buy a Chrysler product and feel safe. Others will not buy from Chrysler but will just go and […]

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Is Now A Good Time To Buy A Car? How The Economy Can Help You

May 21, 2009

It might seem like this would be the absolute worst time in recent history to buy a car because the economy is so bad. Many people don’t have much money, and because of that they are struggling to make ends meet. However, for the people who do still have a bit of money – or […]

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Are Extended Warranties A Good Choice?

May 20, 2009

Whether you should buy an extended warranty is really up to you, but it’s something you’ll want to consider carefully. While it’s true that extended warranties rarely get used, if you need one you’ll be glad that you have it. When it comes to determining whether you want one there are several things to consider.

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Learn about your warranty: what does it really cover?

May 19, 2009

Sure, your car came with a warranty if you bought it new – and some used cars still have some warranty left on them, too – but what’s really covered? How does the warranty work and what can void it? What if you need to make a claim? There are usually so many questions that […]

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