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Advice and Parts Repair Tips for Common VW Jetta and Passat Issues
Volkswagen is among the top highly favored foreign cars in the U.S. Ranking with the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi, Volkswagen is designed for both speed and durability. While automakers certainly put a lot of time and effort into designing a vehicle that can work well for riders on the race Continue Reading
8 Reasons Why You Should Pay Cash for a Car
One of the biggest line items in a typical household budget is car expense, and one of the reasons it’s so large is because of car loans. After decades of easy credit, we’ve been conditioned to think of car loans as a normal part of the car buying process. Not many people even think to pay cash Continue Reading
Your Worst Enemy When Buying a New Car
When buying a car we can wrap ourselves in numbers, comparisons, interest rates and all kinds of other research projects that have a mathematical sound to them. But often, when it comes down to the moment of truth, the car we buy, how we buy it and how much we pay are determined more by our emotions Continue Reading
How might tickets and accidents affect your car insurance premiums? One speeding ticket in the last three years will likely not have a significant impact on your car insurance rates, unless it is a teenage driver. However, multiple tickets and accidents most certainly will impact your rates. If y Continue Reading
9 Reasons High Cost Cars Cost Even More Than We Think
Most of us dream of cars. Like the home we own and the clothes we wear, cars aren’t just something we drive — they seem to define us. If "you are what you drive" then driving something better somehow makes us better (so we like to think). The nicer the car, the better. But nicer comes at a price Continue Reading
Lower New Car Prices by Refusing Useless Options
Ever notice how the advertised price of a new car is never the price that you actually get? Have you also noticed that once you settle on a price for a new car with a dealer, that it tends to creep higher and higher before he actually hands the keys over to you? You can fight back, at least partial Continue Reading
How Car Leases Torpedo Your Finances
When people are in need of a car, the focus is on the car itself to such a degree that it can seem as if the purchase is happening in a vacuum. After all, there’s always a dealer somewhere who will show us how we can afford something we’re not really sure we can. Often, that magical way to affor Continue Reading
How to Become a Car Expert BEFORE You Buy
If knowledge is power then the lack of it is weakness! Don’t think this message is lost on your friendly neighborhood car dealer! Car salesmen can sniff the knowledge weaklings before they even get into the showroom, and will make them pay more before they walk out. The best counter strategy is to Continue Reading
Have Your Down Payment Ready Before You Buy a New Car
Last week we talked about the importance of having your financing ready before going to a car dealer. Today I want to cover another form of advanced preparation that’s equally important: have your down payment ready before you buy a new car. When ever we go into a car dealership—or any busine Continue Reading
Your Nuclear Option at a Car Dealership
The single best tactic we could possibly use in negotiating a deal for a car is painfully simple and at our disposal any time we choose to use it. Here it is: If you don’t like the deal they’re offering, just get up and leave! It's your nuclear option at a car dealership.  It’s the one action Continue Reading