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Buying a Car with Bad Credit: What to Expect and What to Avoid

car loan application Even as July numbers show the auto industry is on track for near-record sales volume of 17.5 million vehicles this year, according to Kelley Blue Book, the fact of the matter is that fewer people than ever before are actually buying new cars, SUVs and trucks—at least when it comes to outright purchases where financing isn't involved.  According to the most recent Experian “State of the Finance Market” report, the proportion of customers who financed new vehicles ... continue reading»

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Understanding J.D. Power Reliability Ratings for Car Buying

broken down car Regardless of warranty, new and used car buyers want their vehicles to be dependable. That’s why reliability ratings from J.D. Power and Associates are an important tool in determining which vehicle to purchase. What do the ratings mean, though? There are different ratings by J.D. Power that could be confusing to buyers. Before explaining the ratings, it helps to understand what J.D. Power does. According to its website, “J.D. Power has been capturing and analyzing ... continue reading»

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When is it Time to Break Up with Your Car?

broken-down SUV Say what you want about Americans’ love affair with the automobile, but a difficult breakup with a car, SUV or truck can lead to something nearly as bad as a broken heart—and that’s a broken bank account. As a result, trying to decide when to sell your current vehicle should be based on logic, not love.  Establishing a long-term relationship with the vehicle you have can be surprisingly simple. The key, however, is to be proactive. For example ... continue reading»

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New Car Safety Ratings Explained

Good crash test No one ever plans to be in a car accident, but if one happens, we want to be safe. In fact, a 2012 survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that 65 percent of car buyers said safety was the most important thing to them when deciding which car to buy. There’s just one problem: How do you tell if a car is safe? When researching a new or used car online, there are two important safety ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Tips and Advice, Safety

5 Common Mistakes Used Car Buyers Make

pre-owned vehicle dealer sign When it comes to used car buying, there are lots of mistakes buyers can make. However, there are five common mistakes that experts familiar with the used car buying process say shoppers often make: not researching price, buying a certified pre-owned car that isn’t, not staying in budget, not doing the right research and not checking the tires. That last one is often overlooked, according to Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com. He is in charge ... continue reading»

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