A reader asks: Looking at purchasing a 2001 Dodge Stratus R/T; it has the 3.0 V6 engine and manual transmission, with 92k miles. I’ve had a Chrysler Sebring in the past and remember how much of a pain that car was, but know that it was a completely different motor. Just want to know if […]
Buying a used car on Craigslist or eBay can be a great way to save some money compared to your local dealership. However, it can also be a great way to get cheated. If you’re thinking about buying a car on eBay or Craigslist, use the following checklist to make sure you’re not dealing with […]
Have you ever wondered how lemon laws work when buying a used car? Laws in place, called “lemon laws” protect car buyers from “bad” cars — but these usually protect new car buyers. The catch is, it is way more common to get stuck with a bad used car than new one. A faulty used […]
Let’s say that a used car at your local dealership caught your eye as you were driving by…and let’s say that the deal on this car is just too good to pass up. The price, the features, the color, etc. is exactly what you’ve always wanted. The car seems perfect. Or is it? Here’s a […]
A car is one of life’s big purchases, so getting it right is important. Not only do you want to buy a safe and reliable car, but you also want to make sure that you’re covered in case anything goes wrong. More people are turning to online auction sites like eBay to buy and sell […]
For most of us, buying a car is the second largest financial commitment we’ll make in our lifetime. So naturally, we all want to get the best deal possible for our dollar! If you’re looking for used cars for sale, an auction can be a great way to pick up a quality new set of […]
Four tips that will help you keep from buying a car with a washed title.
First of all, when you buy a car at auction, you’re buying it “as-is.” While auctions will advertise that they’ve inspected all the cars, these inspections are usually cursory and unreliable. When I worked as a used car manager, I often found major problems on vehicles that auction inspectors were supposed to catch (frame damage, […]
We recommend three car valuation guides that are popular with both consumers and auto industry experts: NADAguides.com, kbb.com (Kelley Blue Book), and Edmunds.com. When it comes to a used car, each of these guides will give you two numbers – the wholesale value (also known as the trade-in value) and the retail value.
One thing we like about used rental cars is that it’s pretty easy to get a deal on one. A used rental car is a commodity, and unless you’re looking for a specific color or feature, you can find them just about anywhere. (Read our article titled “Should You Buy a Used Rental Car?” if […]