Used Car Buying Mistakes: Avoid These to Save Money

Used car prices reached record highs in April and May, but as gas prices start to fall, used vehicle prices are beginning to drop. If you can’t wait for prices to drop further and must buy now, avoid making these common used car buying mistakes. One mistake, like being afraid to negotiate or buying a car with mechanical problems, can cost you a lot of money. For our list of common used car buying mistakes and how to avoid ... continue reading»

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Could High Car Prices Be Good News?

Like a lot of people, I was in the market for a new car until the earthquake in Japan hit. Since I wasn’t able to buy in March or early April (I hadn’t made up my mind on which car I wanted yet), I got some sticker shock in May as car prices went up. Analysts initially predicted that prices would stay high for a while, but when demand tapered off in May, many changed their tune.  Now ... continue reading»

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GM Offers Free Maintenance on Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Shopping for a used car can be a daunting task, especially since prospective owners don’t always have the same warranty coverage that comes with new cars. General Motors is looking to change all that with a revamped certified pre-owned program that includes vehicle maintenance. “Owner Care, a first in the certified pre-owned vehicle industry that includes a two-year/30,000-mile standard vehicle maintenance program, will cover oil changes based on each vehicle’s Oil Life Monitor system, tire rotations ... continue reading»

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Don't Lose Money Selling Your Car

With used car prices at record highs, now is one of the best times to sell your car. We talked with Melanie Kovach, general manager of the private seller group at Autotrader.com to get some tips on how to get the most money for your vehicle. Check out her advice on how to make the most money when selling your car. continue reading»

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Used Car Trade-in Values Expected to Increase in June

If you’re planning on trading in your used vehicle for a new car or different used vehicle soon, you may want to wait until June. The National Automobile Dealers Association says that compared to June 2010, trade-in values of small cars are predicted to increase more than 30 percent in June. "Strong consumer demand for small used cars is driving up prices," says Jonathan Banks, senior analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide, in a statement. "The NADA Guide ... continue reading»

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