Category Archives: Car Buying

Hunted: Honda Civic

Last fall a friend of mine, Lilly, had a 1992 Honda Civic that was slowly falling apart. She had the typical concerns of safety and reliability, and not knowing what to do when it came to cars. So ignoring things … Continue reading

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How to Sell Your Car (Part 3)

Now it’s time to see all your prep work through. The final steps of selling your car are to show the car to prospective buyers and complete the sale. 6. Show the Car Be prepared to answer the same questions … Continue reading

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How to Sell Your Car (Part 2)

Continuing on from yesterday’s article on how to sell your car, the next steps are: 4.  Determine Your Price How much is the car’s book value and how much are you willing to accept?  Check the car’s value on Kelly … Continue reading

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How to Sell Your Car (Part 1)

If you want to sell your vehicle, you need to present it well and back that up with solid evidence that it’s a good vehicle.  Here are a few things I would suggest: 1.  Clean and Wash Inside Out It … Continue reading

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The Only Reasons To Buy A Used Car

At the root of it there are only two reasons why people buy used cars: 1 (A) Less Money For Same Car Either making an affordable car more affordable or putting a formerly unattainable car within reach. This would be … Continue reading

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Hunted: Mini Cooper Convertible

Back in February my cousin Cindy came close to buying a 2005 Mini Cooper convertible but we were a couple of hundred bucks from what the dealer wanted – and no one budged. So we passed and then Cindy decided … Continue reading

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Cars Aren’t Getting More Expensive Are They?

Fifteen years ago I bought my first car for $4k, exactly what I thought the used car price sweet spot was at the time. It was a good, basic Honda Civic with 87k miles on the odometer. It lasted a … Continue reading

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Credit Flowing Again For Auto Loans

Automotive News reports that the “Average Joe”, who typically has a FICO score in the region of 620 to 680 is finding it easier to get car loans now. Requirements are a bit more stringent than before in terms of … Continue reading

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No Big Deal On the Mini

For the last two weeks I’ve been going back and forth via telephone with the local Mini dealership about a red 2005 convertible my cousin Cindy wants to buy. Their asking price of $15,995 was a little bit high, and … Continue reading

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How Car Dealers Suck

This isn’t an attack on car dealers per se, but… Automotive News published a blurb on the latest J.D. Power and Associates Sales Satisfaction Index, a survey of over 48,000 new car buyers in May and June of 2009. What … Continue reading

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