A CarMax sign on the front of a CarMax superstore on September 24, 2020, in Colma, California
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CarMax Will No Longer Sell New Vehicles, but the 24-Hour Test Drive Still Stands

After 27 years, America’s largest used-vehicle retailer, CarMax, recently announced it’s exiting the new-vehicle retail business. The Fortune 500 company is dumping its last two franchised dealerships, both Toyota, to specialize in used-car sales. The news comes after the auto retailer touted its new 24-hour test drives. Why did CarMax pivot after a quarter-century of …

Lexus GX 460 SUVs are seen on a sales lot on April 13, 2010
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When Is the Worst Time to Buy an SUV?

Considering the fact that SUVs are currently the most popular body style among car shoppers today, it’s no surprise that you may soon be in the market for one. And we wouldn’t blame you considering there are plenty of new SUVs like the Toyota Venza, Ford Bronco, and the Acura MDX that hit the market …

A person doing car buying research on their laptop.
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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 …

A visual of an auto loan, represented by a red toy Volkswagen bug parked on four ascending stacks of silver coins
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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 …

Used cars at a dealerhip
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How To Prevent Buyer’s Remorse When Buying a Used Car

Buyer’s remorse is a real thing. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, buyer’s remorse is when a consumer acquires a product or service and finds themself regretting their purchase shortly thereafter. This happens in all industries, including car sales. But, when dealing with cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, buyer’s remorse is a lot more regrettable …

Honda vehicles for sale at a dealership
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Is January a Good Month to Buy a New Car?

The holidays are over. And while that means that we all breathe a huge sigh of relief that we don’t need to buy any more gifts for anyone else or cook any fancy dinners, it also means that we can’t get any good deals on new cars anymore, or can we? Could January be a …

A white 2021 Lexus RX 450h on a city street
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5 Luxury Cars With the Lowest Maintenance Costs

Everyone loves looking at luxury vehicles, but not everyone can afford the high sticker price. If you’re car shopping and are considering buying a luxury vehicle, remember to account for its yearly costs. Even relatively affordable luxury models are made with more expensive materials, meaning dealers charge a premium when the car needs service. Still, …

A dark-colored 1994 Daihatsu Charade GTI hatchback parked by a lake
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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 …

Silver 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe
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Forgotten Fun Targa-Top Cars That Are Affordable Now

Question: When is an open-top not a convertible? Answer: When the car has a targa-top. Convertibles may get a lot of attention from sun-seekers, but the targa-top vehicle provides the air-in-your hair experience too! But, to a large degree, many people have forgotten about the fun cars that had them. Interestingly, if a person is …

A dark-gray metallic Ford Mustang drives on a tree-lined road
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The 5 Best 2020 Sports Cars Under $30K

Most people assume they can’t own a sports car because of the massive sticker price. It’s true many luxury sports cars are expensive, but some reasonably priced coupes can fit nicely into most budgets. If you’re car shopping, don’t ignore these five sporty 2020 sports cars you can purchase for less than $30,000.  Mazda MX-5 Miata It’s …

Visa logo is seen on a credit card in this illustration
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Do Car Dealerships Take Credit Cards?

Credit cards can be great or terrible, depending on how you use them. Buying a car is a big deal for most people since it’s such an expensive purchase. When you’re going car shopping can you also use a credit card? And, is that even a good idea anyway? Using credit cards at car dealerships …

Sign on façade at headquarters of internet auction company eBay in the Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, March 15, 2019.
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How to Buy a Car on eBay Without Getting Scammed

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people go car shopping. Transactions typically handled in person are happening online more frequently, with consumers preferring to skip the showroom. eBay Motors is a popular auction site to take advantage of good deals on new and used cars. With over 5 million vehicles sold on the website to date, eBay is …

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Do You Need Money to Buy A Car?

You need money for just about everything nowadays. You need money to buy food, gas, and pretty much everything else that you need in your daily life. But do you really need money to buy a car? Unfortunately, cars are not free As much we would all love to walk into a dealership and demand …

Toyota Camrys on display at a car dealership lot
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Are These Really the Best Used Cars to Buy?

Used cars are a great way to save money and get a good vehicle. But there are so many it can be seriously overwhelming. Endless minutes spent researching and price checking drag on when looking for a good used car. Sometimes, we can turn to YouTube for some great information on what is the best …

A worker inspects aluminum alloy wheel hubs at an aluminum company
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Are Aluminum Alloy Wheels Worth It?

Steel wheels may be more affordable than aluminum alloy wheels, but as it turns out, the pricier option may actually save you money in the long run. Aluminum wheels are an immensely popular add-on when people purchase new cars, and for good reason: They have a huge number of benefits, according to Les Schwab. Here’s …