With more and more companies offering their own infotainment packages on new cars, it’s worth wondering if these systems are worth the price. As “cool” as they are, touch screen systems often result in consumer complaints, sometimes fail to supplant the simple knobs and buttons they replace, and can even be distracting.
Most everyone’s heard of a ‘lemon law’. Designed to protect consumers from defective products, lemon laws often require automakers to buy back a bad vehicle (a lemon). If, for example, a vehicle under warranty has a problem that can’t be repaired after a few attempts (often 3 or 4), and/or spends more than a certain amount of time awaiting […]
Holdback is money that an auto manufacturer pays a dealership to stock their inventory. You’re probably wondering why a dealership needs to be paid to stock inventory. After all, if the dealer wants to sell cars, don’t they need cars on the lot? Why do they need to be paid for that? The answer is […]
Wondering how much a new car should cost? Generally speaking, the answer is a few hundred dollars more than the dealer’s invoice price. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. You need to follow a process if you really want to find out how much a new car should cost.
Special ordering a new car is supposed to mean that you get exactly what you want, usually within a couple of months. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Here’s what you should know… Most automakers don’t accept orders on new vehicles between two and three months before the end of the production year. Generally speaking (depending […]
New cars come with three kinds of warranties: Bumper to bumper. Covers defects on almost everything on the car, usually for at least three years or 36,000 miles. Power-train coverage. Simply put, a power train warranty covers everything that makes the car “go”. While some manufacturers only warranty their power train for three years or […]
You’re thinking about buying a car, but you’re not sure if you should buy new or used. First of all, if you’re not sure of what type of car you need or how much money you have to spend, make sure you look at our advice on figuring out what you need in a car […]
When shopping for a new car, a lot of times the question comes up: Should I take the big rebate, or should I take the special interest rate that’s being offered? The rebate is popular for sure – when you look at new car ads, you usually see the rebate advertised. In fact, manufacturers and […]
Just like fruits and vegetables, there are good times of year to buy a new car, and there are bad times. The car-selling season officially begins in March, and it runs through mid to late October, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those are the best times to buy. For instance, if you’re looking to […]
The task of choosing from the more than 900 models of vehicles available on the auto market can be overwhelming. If you follow these five steps, you’ll find the process much easier. 1) Decide on the type of vehicle you want, whether it’s a truck, an SUV, a coupe, 2-door, 4-door, car with automatic transmission, […]