Cars / Buying

  • 10 cars that will almost certainly last 200,000 miles

      

    Americans are keeping cars the longest we ever have since the automobile was invented. The average age of a car on the road today is around 11.5 to 12 years, depending on whose numbers you...

  • How to avoid buying a flood-damaged car

      

    With recent storms, you need to be careful about purchasing a flood damaged car. The one thing to do before you drive off the lot.

  • Avoid the #1 Mistake That Car Buyers Make

      

    The No. 1 mistake that car buyers make -- no matter whether they're buying new or used -- is so simple to avoid. I want to identify it for you and tell you how to work around it so you can...

  • The Clark Smart Steps for Buying a New Car

      

    If you're in the market for a new car, here are my tips for making a smart purchase. Here's how to buy a new car First, go to your credit union, online bank or traditional bank...

  • New services let you buy a car sight unseen

      

    Here’s why buying a car without ever seeing it in person could now actually be a smart way to go.

  • Beware of Flood Cars in the Marketplace

      

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I gave warnings about flood cars entering the used car market. At that time, hundreds of thousands of vehicles were rebuilt and had their titles...

  • Will Your Next SUV Be a Plug-In?

      

    SUVs have had two distinct reputations. One as a family carry-all capable of hauling lots of people, their stuff and the occasional trailer. The other is as a fuel-chugging, bloated example of...

  • Best Cars for Teen Drivers

      

    When it comes to the best cars for teen drivers, safety is a key concern. But some new info from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has me reversing some of my longstanding...

  • Will a Hybrid Car Save You Money? There's An Easy Way to Find Out

      

    Hybrid cars have been a favorite of high-mileage drivers for a while now. The touted gas savings and increased price of gasoline has led to much higher adoption of hybrids over the last few years....

  • The Eye-Opening Truth About Dealer Invoice Price

      

    Most new-car shoppers turn to those big new-car pricing websites for the information and advice they need. But those so-called "experts" aren’t telling you what you really need...

  • 10 Best Used Cars With a 4-Digit Price Tag

      

    I'm asked continually, "Can I buy a really reliable car for under $10,000?" Consumer Reports says you can. They've run a new list of 10 great used cars that will run you 4 digits...

  • Beat the Pricing From Online Car Buying Sites

      

    Author’s Note: The catalyst for this series was the eye-opening discovery that over the last 20 years, the dealer invoice price has been turned into a bloated imposter that has nothing to do...

  • Drive Your Own Car or Rent One for Summer Travel?

      

    AAA now estimates that its costs 58 cents per mile to operate a new vehicle, down from 59 cents just a year ago on the wave of weak gas prices we've been seeing for much of this year. Yet...

  • Buying a Car on eBay: Financially Sound or Insane?

      

    Last week, I walked into Clark Howard’s Consumer Action Center and announced that I had purchased a car on eBay.  Once the initial laughter subsided, I had to defend my actions as many...

  • Best and Worst Used Cars

      

    So much has been written about how to buy a new car. But truth be told, far more people buy used than they do new. So here's some guidance to help you get the best used car for your...