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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Has the Pandemic Changed Car Buying Forever?

Buying a new car from a dealership hasn’t always been the easiest walk in the park. First, you have to find the car that you want, then you have to deal with a salesperson to get through the whole process. However, the one fortunate thing that the global pandemic has brought us is a new …

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The Average Car Payment Makes Dave Ramsey Sick

For millions of Americans, auto loans have become givens in car buying. These loans are not only for new vehicles but also used ones. They include everything from subcompacts to SUVs and luxury cars. Auto loans cost most Americans more than 5 percent in interest. Personal money management guru Dave Ramsey suggests the expense is …

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Carmax Is Now Allowing For 24-Hour Test Drives

We’ve all done it before. We’ve all bought a product, brought it home, decided it wasn’t for us, and then returned it the next day. After all, that’s what 30-day return policies are for, right? Well, not so much for cars, until now. Carmax is now doing 24-hour test drives to make sure that you …

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The Most Complained About Aspects of Leasing

If you’re looking to buy a new car, but want a low monthly payment with little-to-no money down, then leasing is probably the best way to go. However, there are some drawbacks to leasing a car and consumers typically have a few common complaints about the process. So here are the more common complaints about …

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Crossover & Midsize

Are Crossovers Girly?

Some men might shy away from certain crossovers because they seem a little girly. Whether we like it or not, there are cars, trucks, or SUV models that seem geared more toward one gender than another. For example, a big black Ram 1500 pickup truck definitely appeals to more masculine energies than a red Mini …

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5 of the Worst Car Names in U.S. History

Looking back, there’ve been a host of new car introductions. There have also been some iconic vehicle names, many of which have incredible reputations. Classic titles like the Mustang, for example, send a message of unbridled power. Even Elon Musk’s Tesla brand signifies genius engineering. At the same time, the Model S moniker nods to …

A red 2021 Kia Soul, equipped with standard AEB, drives on a paved surface with a blue sky in the background.
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You Don’t Always Have to Pay a Lot to Get This High-End Safety Feature

Automatic emergency braking systems have long been included with top-trim vehicles. However, in 2015, about 20 automakers worldwide announced they had agreed to make AEB a standard feature on most new cars by September 2022. In late December 2019, Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla …

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Avoid Buying a Car at Christmas

Sometimes, you don’t get to choose when you buy a new car. Maybe you get a new job offer, and your current car isn’t up to the task. Sometimes you get rear-ended at a traffic light and end up with a totaled car. Heck, occasionally, your engine just decides to stop working anymore, and replacing …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Don’t Worry So Much About Your Hybrid Battery

Since the dawn of the Toyota Prius, hybrid cars and SUVs have been just short of a conspiracy to some. There’s a good chance you’ve heard someone speak in fear of the high cost of battery replacement. Or maybe they were talking about the worry of additional maintenance after buying a hybrid car. Regardless of …

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First-Time Car Buyer? Here Are a Few Car-Buying Tips

If you’re a first-time car buyer, then it can be tough to navigate through the car sales process, especially if you don’t have any credit history. Don’t worry, you’re not alone as the car-buying process can daunting if you’re just getting familiar with it. Here are some tips that can help out when it comes …

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When’s the Best Time To Buy a Convertible?

With a variety of excellent convertibles on the market, it’s relatively easy to get behind the wheel of a drop-top. But even if you buy a cheap one like the Miata, saving money during car shopping is rarely a bad idea. And whether you buy new or used, convertible or not, getting the timing right …

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Is Thanksgiving a Good Time to Buy a New Car?

Thanksgiving is a welcome holiday this year, though it may look different than we are used to. The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic might make you apprehensive about traveling to your local car dealership to test drive cars, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy all of the Black Friday sales regardless. In …

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How Does Carvana Actually Work?

During a pandemic, people have found that many services can be delivered online. This includes car buying. Carvana’s business model is just right for anyone who prefers buying or selling a car primarily from the comfort of home. Here’s a look at how it works. How Carvana works Carvana does all of its business online …

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How to Pick the Best Car Dealership to Buy a New Car

Although dealerships nationwide are switching to more of an online approach to selling cars, buying a new car nowadays can still be a daunting process. Aside from the usual hassle of having to go down to the dealer and test drive the car and awkward drink the sub-par coffee while the salesperson talks to the …

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How Does CarMax Work When Buying a Car?

OK, so let’s say you’ve decided to buy a new car. Well, new to you at least. Used car dealers have a reputation for being shady that’s often well-earned, too, so we understand why a lot of customers find used car shopping so stressful. That’s why it also makes sense why people find the idea …

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Why are Used Car Prices Back on the Rise?

The past few months have been a sellers’ dreams for used cars. The fear of COVID-19 has left many people avoiding public transportation as much as possible. That also means those people are in need of affordable transportation. Even though there are a handful of new cars that are budget-friendly, they come nowhere close to …

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Trucks & SUVs

How to Save Money on Your Next Pickup Truck

So far, we have yet to see a pickup truck offered with an MSRP above $100,000 (although a loaded Ram 1500 TRX comes close), but there’s no denying that trucks are expensive these days. That’s partly due to inflation, but all the latest safety, driver-assist, and luxury features also help jack up the price of …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Do Dealers Love When You Have Bad Credit?

Your credit score and history is important when you’re shopping for a new or used car and are planning to lease or finance. And as we all know, the better your credit score, the more dealerships love you because you’ll have a better chance of getting a good rate and getting the deal done. But …

Used Car Dealership
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Can You Really Trust a Vehicle History Report?

If you have ever shopped for a used car, then you have likely purchased a vehicle history report for the car that you were interested in. Dealers typically provide them free of charge for the cars that they are selling as well so that they can be as transparent as possible when it comes to …

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When Is the Best Time of Year to Buy a New Car?

If you’re planning to buy a new car, then looking for the best deal possible is a good idea. Finding the best deal depends on a few different factors including the make and model that you’re planning on buying, how you plan to pay for the car, and even what time of the year you …