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Do you need an extended car warranty — car repair insurance? All new cars come with a new-car warranty from the car manufacturer. There is typcially a general “bumper-to-bumper” warranty that covers just about everything that is not a wear-and-tear item, and a powertrain warranty that covers the engine, transmission, and drivetrain components. For most […]

I regularly answer people’s car buying and selling questions on Yahoo Answers (My user name is TiggyWiggy, my cat’s name) and one of the most frequent questions that comes up several times a day is, “Is this a good first car for a teen?”  And in the details, they’ll state what car they are talking about. It […]

There’s one kind of car buying customer that sales people just love. They are “payment buyers.”  A car salesperson’s job is to sell cars — and make maximum profit for his dealership. The way to make maximum profit is by selling at the highest possible prices and including as many “add-on” extra items or services as possible. Some […]

The best selling cars are those that car buyers like best and buy most often. Given that most of those buyers do at least some research before they make a decision, they choose their cars wisely and make informed decisions. If other buyers don’t want to do the research and make their decisions based on what […]

Preparing a teen for their driver’s license is both exciting and frightening. The freedom of driving is exhilarating, but the dangers are real. Car insurance for teen drivers is significantly more expensive than it is for more experienced adults — for good reasons. Inexperience and unsafe driving can lead to accidents, and accidents, even minor […]

According to questions I see posted on Yahoo Answers, there are a huge number of first car buyers out there who have somehow found exactly the WRONG way to buy a car. They then look for help AFTER they realize their mistake. It’s nearly always too late by that time. Here’s how NOT to buy a […]

I frequently visit the popular web site, Yahoo Answers, and answer questions about cars there. Many of the questions are from teens and other young people who are buying their first car. One of the most common questions is, “What is a good first car?” or simply, “What is a good car?” Sometimes the asker […]

The most common car scam is one in which a nice car is listed for sale at a low price on Craigslist.com, Autotrader.com, or other web site. There is no hint, other than the low price, that it is a scam. They show you a couple of good pictures of the car and even provide […]

Leasing a car is a bit more complicated than buying a car with cash or with an auto loan. Because of that, many people are leasing when they shouldn’t be, and others who should are making mistakes or paying too much. It’s a fact that many people who lease cars make their decision based on […]

The need or desire for a first car often comes before sufficient money is available. This is especially true for many teenagers or college graduates who are eager to buy that first car, but lack the necessary funds. What to do? This is a common problem for lots of folks buying their first car. It […]

Everyone buying a new car wants to get a bargain and a great deal. So where can those deals be found? Although we’ll be primarily discussing brand new cars here, we can make some comments on used cars, if that’s the direction you think you want to go. Used Car Deals Finding a great deal […]

Although we’ve discussed this topic previously (see Lease vs Buy), there is one aspect that we haven’t discussed and continue to hear questions about. The question is essentially this: “If a car dealer is offering a special promotional lease deal, a purchase rebate, and a low interest loan on the car I want, which one is […]