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Looking to buy a car--new or used? Confused about leasing versus buying? You've come to the right place. Begin here, by clicking through on links that will help you find the information you need.

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Save Big Buying a New Car with Hail Damage

Everybody loves having a new car.  For one thing, they are new and shiny and pretty with no cosmetic flaws.  They have no wear and tear on them. With every part brand new, you can expect to drive your car several years before it starts to break down. The problem ...

How to check safety record of a used car

How to check safety record of a used car

Buying a used car? Here's an easy way to check if there are any safety issues or recalls. This link could save your life…

Why You Should Limit Car Loans to 42 Months

Auto loan financing is suddenly available to people with damaged credit who may have been turned down for car loans as recently as a few months ago. But is that "yes" to your credit app really a "yes" in your monthly budget? How to avoid buying too much car If ...

Buying a Car at Auction -- Life With a $5,000 Vehicle

As I reported a few weeks ago, I bought a 2005 Volvo wagon at public auction for under my budget of $5,000.  That’s a pretty darn good buy one would think, but I wasn't going to rely on my opinion only so the first stop was at a trusted mechanic. ...

The Truth About Crash Test Ratings – Are You Putting Yourself in Danger?

In 2012, the latest year fo which data is available, 33,561 people were killed in U.S. car crashes. Surely several thousand others suffered severe, life-changing injuries. I’ve asked thousands of new car shoppers how they chose their vehicle. Almost all said they liked the way it looked and handled, and ...

Car Complaints Top the Consumer Gripe List

Consumer complaints involving automobiles nabbed the top spot on a tally of the Top 10 gripes of 2013, according to a survey by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI). Among the other grievances: home improvement/construction (No. 2); Credit/debt (No. 3); retail sales ...

Buying a Car at Auction -- Selecting a Vehicle

Last week I had mentioned that I'd be purchasing a car at auction for less than $5,000 and put it to work as my primary driver for less than $500 in maintenance.  Getting straight to the point, I visited a variety of local public auctions and checked out their inventories ...

The Truth About New-Car Incentives That No One Else Is Telling You

When sellers address potential buyers in advertising or face-to-face, their objective is to create a “sense of urgency” that will motivate them to buy now. The essential message is that “today’s unique opportunity will be gone tomorrow.” In most cases that’s not true, but we gullible consumers fall for it, ...

Advice for car shoppers with bad credit

Advice for car shoppers with bad credit

The Wall Street crowd that led us into the housing bubble and bust is now getting into car financing for subprime borrowers. If you have bad credit and need a car, listen to this advice.

Buying a Car at Auction -- Frugal or Foolish?

For nearly 10 years, I've taken calls at Clark Howard’s Consumer Action Center. The calls can be about anything, but the calls that have been the most difficult to deal with are those where the caller has purchased a car or truck from a "buy here/pay here" lot and they ...

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