Tag Archives: Car Buying

‘Kicking The Trade’ Is One Of The Worst Tactics Dealers Use To Get Buyers Into A New Car

It’s all-too-often that people end up in a situation where their car is worth a lot less than their loan balance. This is called being “underwater” and there’s no easy solution for it. Some dealers are offering what seems to be a quick way out by telling these buyers simply to stop making the payments, as noted by a…

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I Need To Buy A Sports Car Now, Because I May Not Be Able To Later! What Should I Buy?

Brett recently got diagnosed with ALS. Even though that isn’t the best news, he has received he is taking this opportunity to check owning a sports car off his bucket list before his health condition dictates otherwise. He has a lot of options on the table and a fairly decent budget. What car should he buy?

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Is It True That Those Dealers Will Really Finance Anyone?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing dealers that will finance anyone, renting vs. buying for a car you only need for three months, and the best compact crossover for…

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I’m An Australian Doing A Roadtrip Across America! What Car Should I Buy?

Tom is from the land down under and will be visiting the U.S. He plans on doing a coast-to-coast road trip and doesn’t want a boring rental car. He has a modest budget for a road-trip-ready American machine. What car should he buy?

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What Do You Know About Overseas Factory Delivery?

Growing up just outside of Boston, I used to see a lot of Volvos with a suspicious piece of red metal behind the license plate. They were Swedish export plates, left in place by drivers who wanted to signal to those in the know that they were real Volvo people, the kind who’d pick up their car in Gothenburg.

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How Much Should You Spend On A Car Based On Your Income?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing how to budget for a car based on a percentage of your income, smallish SUVs for taller folks and buying an extended warranty on an…

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I’m A Freelance Sports Blogger Who Needs An Affordable Set Of Wheels! What Car Should I Buy?

Dan used to write for the best sports blog on the internet. And, being someone who knows what’s good and what isn’t, he knows when to get out when things turn sour. Now he’s returned to the freelance life, and sharing a car with his fiancee just isn’t cutting it anymore. He needs an affordable ride that is both easy…

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Why Does The Dealer Want Me To Agree To A Price Before A Test Drive?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing shady test drive procedures, delivery miles that were more than promised and treating yourself—to a reasonable car.

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My Brother Needs An Idiot-Proof Car For Under $5,000! What Should He Buy?

Mayuck is helping his younger brother who just started college with a car purchase. Naturally, he thinks his sibling isn’t all that smart when it comes to cars and he wants to find him something simple, cheap, and reliable that is, as he calls it, “idiot-proof.” What car should he buy?

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The Most Expensive Car Buying Mistake Has Nothing To Do With How Well You Negotiate A Deal

There are a lot of mistakes that buyers can make if they aren’t careful that could end up costing them, including not understanding your budget or comparing deals. But the worst mistake. according to Edmunds, often comes after a savvy shopper closes their deal.

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