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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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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 ...

Auction Cars For Sale -- 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 ...

Used car outfit selling recalled cars

Used car outfit selling recalled cars

America's dominant used car seller offers a no-pressure way to sell or buy a car. But let the buyer beware if you're purchasing from them--here's why.

Why Is CarMax Allegedly Selling Recalled Vehicles?

CarMax is the dominant seller of used cars in the United States. But there's some ugliness involving our nation's vehicle recall epidemic that I need you to know about. First off, I have always been a fan of Carmax. They've been around for 20 years and were started in Richmond, ...

Get a car loan the Clark Smart way

Get a car loan the Clark Smart way

Shopping for a car and need a loan? Here's how to do it the Clark Smart way, so you can avoid the #1 pitfall that hurts most car buyers.

Electric car deals create short supply

After telling you several weeks ago that automakers are rolling out great leasing offers on electric vehicles, I now have a new situation to report: Electric vehicles are in short supply on dealer lots!  Range anxiety had been a big reason why people weren't buying electric cars. That's the fear ...

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