6 Best SUVs under $20,000

SUVs come in four types: compact, midsize, large and luxury. If you're looking for a new sport utility vehicle for under $20,000, your choices will mostly be limited to the compact SUVs. If what you have in mind is a larger SUV, you will need to consider used vehicles in order to stay within this price range. Many of the compact SUVs and crossovers being produced today offer consumers everything they are looking for, so if you have your heart set on a new vehicle, you may want to look into a few of the SUVs on our list. Below, listed from most to least expensive, are our picks for the six best new SUVs you can purchase for under $20,000.
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8 of the Best Cars under $10,000

If you are shopping for a car and want to spend less than $10,000, new cars are not an option for you. Currently, the least expensive new car on the market is the Nissan Versa, which starts at about $12,000. This does not mean, however, that you cannot find yourself behind the wheel of a great car. When you buy a used car, you can often find a very well-equipped vehicle at a very affordable price.
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The Diesel Alternative for the Off-Roader

When the average person thinks about diesel engines, large trucks with thick black smoke pouring out of smoke stacks come to mind. The modern diesel has made gigantic strides since those days, however and diesel engines can be found in every type of vehicle, even passenger cars. In this article we will look at the mechanics of the diesel engine, especially for the four-wheel enthusiast.
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10 Reasons You Need a Minivan

Gone are the days of boxy, embarrassing and ugly minivans. Back in the day minivans had doors so heavy it took two hands to open them. Remember how angry your mom would get when she had to set down her purse, bag of groceries and the baby so she could open the van door? Remember how poor the visibility was? More than a few bikes parked in the driveway were crushed under these monstrous vehicles. Things have changed. The new sleek, power everything minivan is more like a tiny luxury bus, and you need this kind of luxury in your life.
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2014 Safest Cars for Teens

As the parent of a teen driver, you may prefer that your child drive a new, as opposed to used, car. New cars typically include more improved safety features and your child is less likely to get stuck on the road due to a mechanical malfunction. Unfortunately, with the higher price tag that goes along with a new car, higher insurance rates are also part of the equation.
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Add This Great American RV Road Trip To Your Bucket List

Imagine a journey on a highway so scenic that you marvel at every turn. Now imagine there are no neon signs, billboards, motels, restaurants, or any other commercial enterprises on this highway--nothing but the sheer natural beauty of our great nation. Could such a highway exist? If it did, wouldn’t you want to add this great American RV road trip to your bucket list? Well, it does exist. It’s 444 miles long and right in the heartland of America.
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Should You Buy That Extended Warranty?

Buying a car is stressful enough without the added frustration and perhaps confusion about car insurance and warranties. Imagine this scenario: You've had your car for a few years, and it now has 50,000 miles on the odometer. You're cruising down the highway one warm summer afternoon with the air conditioning going full blast, keeping the car nice and cool. Halfway to your destination, you start to feel a little warm. You soon realize that your air conditioner has quit working, and you pull into the first auto repair shop you can find. The diagnosis is a broken A/C compressor, a costly repair that is no longer covered under the original factory warranty that came with your car.
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Used Cars: What Are You Really Paying For?

Used car dealerships make money by buying low and selling high, just like the bookstores and clothing boutiques down the street. But on the used car lot, what goes into the price isn't quite as obvious. If you compare the Kelley Blue Book prices on the vehicle you want, you can see the trade-in value, the private seller value and the dealer value, which is invariably the highest of the three. So what are the price tag components that make the same make and model cost more at the dealership than in your neighbor's front yard? At the dealership, you often pay for the car salesman commission, used car markup (which can be the most expensive part of the purchase), plus any extra warranties, features or financing you add into the deal. It's not a crime for salespeople and dealership owners to make a profit. But how do you make sure you're putting the lion's share of your money into the vehicle and not the dealer's wallet?
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9 of the Best Cars Under $5,000

If you are shopping for a used car and have a budget that is under $5,000, you may think that finding a cheap, yet reliable, car is unlikely. You may also be willing to simply settle for anything you can find that will get you from point A to point B. However, there are used cars available in your price range that have a solid and proven track record, and one may just be the right car for you.
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10 of the Best Cars Under $15,000

Let’s face it. When you're shopping for a new car on a limited budget, your don't have many options. There are a number of used cars you can purchase for under $15K, particularly if you are looking at cars that are 5 years old or older, but if you prefer to purchase a new car, you will have only a handful of cars to consider. In the under $15,000 price range, you will only find compacts and subcompacts. Here is our list of 10 of your best new car choices for under $15,000, shown from least to most expensive. Of course, there will be both pros and cons with any car in this price range.
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Complete List of Dos and Don’ts on Car Buying Services

Car buying services can save you money on the overall purchase price of a car, often for a flat fee or a percentage of the savings under the MSRP. According to Bankrate, “These companies usually hire auto-savvy professionals to find a vehicle on the consumer's behalf.” The best auto buying services have the potential to save you thousands on the cost of a car. But more importantly for some buyers, a car buying service can save you time – hours and even days.
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What You Didn't Know About Vehicle History Reports

Car history reports, like the ones provided by AutoCheck and CarFax, are one of the most valuable resources consumers can use to protect themselves in the used car market. According to Kelley Blue Book, car history reports use a car's vehicle identification number to run a check on important facts and events in the vehicle's past, including these: Accidents Manufacturer recalls or lemon law flags Salvage or junk titles Odometer rollbacks Number of previous owners Other states where the car was registered This information can save you from purchasing a car that has hidden damage from a collision or from buying a vehicle from an unscrupulous seller who may have altered the facts about the car's history.
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Buying Diesel? Pros and Cons to Consider

When you are shopping for a new car, you have many options. Some cars are available with diesel engines, and you may be wondering whether buying diesel is a good idea. Until recently, most of the diesel-powered vehicles in the United States were trucks because diesel motors are much better suited for large, heavy vehicles such as tractor-trailers, construction vehicles and school buses. However, passenger cars with diesel motors are gaining in popularity, and carmakers are producing more of them each passing year. If you are asking yourself, “Should I buy a diesel car?” you may find this article beneficial for helping you weigh out the pros and cons associated with these types of vehicles.
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Which Is Best for You? Hybrid vs. Gas Cars

Hybrid carmakers have sold more than 2 million gas/electric vehicles since the Toyota Prius debuted 15 years ago. Now, as gas-powered cars increase in efficiency and hybrids get more sporty and accessible, the question of hybrid vs. gas cars is tougher to answer than ever. If you're in the market for a vehicle that can keep your carbon footprint small, save you money at the gas station and go easy on your budget, a hybrid car might seem like the way to go. But it will take a little math to make sure.
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What Is a Salvage Title Car? Experts Explain.

If you're in the market for a great deal on a used car, you might come across an ad with the words "salvage title" in fine print at the bottom. What is a salvage title? What does it mean to purchase a vehicle under a salvage title? Is a car with a salvage title insurable? We've done some of the research for you so you can decide if a car with a salvage title is worth the risk. What Is a Salvage Title Vehicle? According to Keith Griffin, an automotive journalist and president of the New England Motor Press Association, "A salvage title is given to any vehicle that has sustained damage worth 75% or more of its value. For example, if you drive a 2002 Honda Civic worth $9415 and it suffers $7061 in damage in a collision, it’s going to be branded with a title stamped 'Salvage.'" Some states call this a junk title rather than a salvage title.
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10 of the Best Cars Under $20,000

There are literally hundreds of different cars currently available for purchase. When you are shopping for a new car, it can be difficult to narrow your choices down. One of the best ways to start is by determining the best cars that fit within your budget.
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New and Used Car Purchase Agreements 101

It is not uncommon for consumers to make the mistake of signing contracts without reading them first. However, once you have signed a contract, you are legally bound to adhere to the terms to which you have agreed. This is particularly important to keep in mind when you are signing a car purchase agreement for an expensive new or used car. It is easy to be overwhelmed and excited about your purchase and just go along with what the salesperson tells you, but you need to pay attention to what you are signing. What Is a Car Purchase Agreement? Car dealerships use a car purchase agreement, or car sale agreement, to finalize a sale. These contracts serve as a sales agreement between the buyer and seller.
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Buyer's Remorse? How to Return Your Car To the Dealership

Returning a new car to the dealer is a little like returning hot lava to a volcano. Most likely, it's not going to happen without a lot of time, finesse and perhaps an attorney. But it isn't impossible. In fact, some dealerships now offer a no-hassle new car return policy to attract buyers with low-risk deals and trial periods. You do have to act fast, however. Kathryn Hatter at The Nest writes, "Make your return decision as quickly as possible. Some auto dealers have a 24-hour return policy for new car purchases. If you think you’re going to return the vehicle, don’t drive it. Keep it in new condition." Even if your dealership offers no solution for auto buyer's remorse, you might still be able to reason your way out of a bad deal with the right approach and a charitable dealer. Read on for some tips and insights into returning a new car to the mother ship.
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Car Depreciation: How Much Have You Lost?

When people buy homes, they purchase them with the expectation that the value will rise over time, building equity. This is not the case with cars. These expensive purchases lose value over time, and the rate of loss varies according to the car’s age, make and model. You may not realize this, but automobile depreciation is actually the single most expensive cost of owning a new car. Even cars that are well maintained and kept in pristine condition decrease in value over time. When you purchase a new car, you are spending a lot of hard-earned money on it, so it's a good idea to consult a car depreciation calculator to get an idea of your car’s projected worth.
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6 Used-Car Negotiation Tips

So, you've made the decision to buy a used car. You've researched makes and models and settled on a few options. Or, you may have your perfect used vehicle in mind and are just deciding how to go about purchasing it. Wherever you stand in your process of purchasing a new car, paying the right price is important. Being able to negotiate (or haggle) is an important tactic to employ while shopping for a used car. You don't want to pay too much, and you don't want to buy a car that will break down after rolling off the car lot. Conn Wilson, manager of Aamco Transmission in Richmond, Kentucky, knows this story all too well. He sees customers who jump the gun in their used car negotiation and end up having to sink a large amount of money into it just to get it back on the road. He's compiled the top 5 tips for us on how to negotiate a used car price.
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How to Find Towable Cars for Your RV Vacations

Towable cars help you keep that feeling of freedom while on the road with your RV. Rather than having to unplug the electricity, plumbing and cable every time you need to head into town for supplies, you can simply unhitch your towable car and hit the road for short jaunts and sightseeing. Many travelers become accustomed to the convenience towable cars offer and never leave home without them. Bob Livingston writes for MotorHome Magazine, "We left our dinghy home on our last trip and it felt as though we were missing a friend. You know that sinking feeling when you hit the road and discover you left something at home? It’s not quite like forgetting your dog, but leaving our Jeep at home was almost as traumatic."
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9 Best Winter Cars

The Farmer's Almanac was spot on this year. This is a bitterly cold, miserably wet winter for many Americans. Let's look at the best cars in the snow and try to get some traction in all this mess. What Makes a Great Winter Car? You don't have to drive a snowmobile to make it home safely in the blizzard. Even a sports car can get the job done, with the right preparation. Nevertheless, there are some vehicles better suited to harsh conditions than others. Automotive columnist Eric Peters offers his criteria for the best cars to use in winter weather.
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These 8 Cars Are the Cheapest to Maintain

Buying a car may seem like a hefty financial responsibility – even cheap used cars cost big chunks of money. However, the investment doesn't stop with the car payment. Every mile you drive costs money, whether it's in gas, maintenance or repairs. Typically, most used cars will come from the dealership with an automatic enrollment in a "maintenance reminder" program. This may include letters, notifications by email or even notifications by your car's control panel. Either way, cars are expensive to maintain and repair. Here's a list of just a few of the maintenance expenses you can expect to pay for when owning a used car:
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How to Get the Best Deal on a Nearly New Car

Everyone likes saving money. With most households spending upwards of 20 percent of monthly income on cars or trucks, it's important to think about budgeting when it comes to that auto purchase. The good news is, there is no shortage of ways to save money on vehicles. The easiest and most effective way to save money on your car is by buying it slightly used, or nearly new. Why Buy New When Slightly Used Will Do? A vehicle loses nearly 20 percent of its value during the first year it is driven. That's a huge loss in such a short period, and the reason why so many car enthusiasts joke about the "$5,000 drive out of the dealer's parking lot." After that first year, the car's value depreciates more slowly for a time. When a car reaches its fifth or sixth year, the value drops quickly again, making it a cheap deal for any potential buyer.
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Car Add Ons: Should You Buy? Should You Pass?

Car dealers and auto parts salespeople love selling car add ons. Based on the number of fins tailing off the back of people's bumpers and the number of useless car alarms polluting the airwaves of most towns and cities, it would appear theses salespeople are good at their jobs. Most car add ons are worthless. Do any of them improve performance, safety or aesthetics? Let's take a look. If you've ever purchased a new car from a dealer, you are aware of the sales tactics used to convince you the car you've chosen would be even better "if only you purchase these exclusive dealer add ons." Don't take the bait. The only extra protection that may be worthwhile is either extended warranties (for car purchases, read the fine print) or gap insurance (for leased vehicles, again, read the fine print). And you might even reject some of these offers.
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How to Buy a Car if You're Upside Down on Your Loan

The recent economic upheaval left many Americans with large amounts of debt and other financial problems. One such problem is the upside down car loan. You have likely heard about the many houses that homeowners have walked away from once they owed more than the home’s value. Similarly, car owners are finding themselves perplexed when the amount they owe on a car surpasses it's current value. Are you in this position? There's some good news. How Does an Upside Down Car Loan Happen? An upside down car loan, also known as a negative equity car loan, is a loan where you owe more for your car than it is worth. You can get yourself into such a situation in a number of ways:
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Buying Cars at Auction

All over the U.S., you can find car dealer auctions open to the public. That means buying cars at auction prices is an option for just about anyone, even if you don't have a dealer's license. If you're interested in buying cars at wholesale prices, take a look at our car auction guide to find out how to buy the car you want at auction, just like a dealer. Car dealer auctions are open only to those with a dealer license issued by the state. You can get your own dealer license if you wish, but the process can be long and difficult. Each state has its own set of requirements for car dealer licensing, usually with a set number of cars you must buy and sell each year to qualify.
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The Complete Guide to Shipping Your Car

There are many reasons why you may want to have a car shipped to you. The most common reason is to complete a used car transaction between private parties over the Internet. According to Bankrate.com, there are an estimated 15 million cars purchased online each year. Someone who lives in the northern United States where rust is common problem may want to purchase a used car from a southern state, where car bodies tend to stay in pristine shape. In the case of classic or rare cars, some buyers are willing to spare no expense when it comes to getting the car into their possession, and shipping a car is very common for these buyers. There are other reasons you may want to have a car shipped. For example, if you will be flying to a destination because you are relocating or taking an extended vacation, you may want to have the car shipped separately. Or, if you purchase a used or new car while you are a long distance from home but do not want to trade in your old vehicle, you may choose to have one of the cars shipped to your home.
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Learn How to Buy a Repo Car

Buying repossessed cars can be a great way to save money. Buyers can often purchase a vehicle at a cost lower than fair market value. However, buying repo cars can be tricky, especially if you are unfamiliar with the way the repossessed car trade works. We've put together a quick guide to help you find and buy repossessed cars safely and at minimum cost. Use Caution When You Buy Repo Cars or Trucks: Lenders can repossess cars from the registered owners if the registered owners default on car payments. The LA Times reports that, depending on the laws in your state, a payment may need to be late for just a few days in order for a bank to file a levy on a car and send an order to repossess it.
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How to Get a Car Loan the Easy Way

If you are planning to buy a new or used car in the near future and have never before financed such a purchase, you may be wondering how to get a car loan. Even if you have experience with auto loans, you may be wondering how to get the best possible rate. To ensure that you get your loan easily and at a competitive interest rate, it is important that you understand your different options and how financing works. By preparing, you will have the knowledge necessary to proceed with confidence. Nearly every new and used car dealership you visit will have a partnership with a lending agency. Through these agencies, the dealerships can offer financing options when you purchase vehicles from the dealer lots.
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The Complete Guide to Wheelchair Vans

Whether you've just begun looking for a wheelchair van or you've been in the market for one for quite some time, it's important to know the ins and outs of these vehicles, along with the resources available to you as a buyer.This list of resources to help you find the best wheelchair van for your situation, along with budget tips, aid resources and much more. Here are just a few statistics surrounding the wheelchair van industry: 54 million people in the United States are disabled. 5% of children 5 to 17 years of age have disabilities. 10% of adults aged 18 to 64 years of age have disabilities. 38% of those 65 years and older have disabilities.
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Can You Lease a Pre-Owned Car?

Question: Can You Lease a Pre-Owned Car? Answer: Yes, in many cases, you can lease a pre-owned car. You may be able to get a used car lease from your credit union, bank or local dealer. In fact, leasing a pre-owned car can sometimes be more cost-effective than leasing a new car. Pre-owned car leases start out at a lower capitalized cost, and if you choose a vehicle that holds value well, your payments can be much lower than what you would pay for a brand new vehicle. But whether it is a good choice for you depends on your needs, budget and options. Read on to find more tips and insights into leasing a used car.
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Auto Brokers 101: Know What You're Getting Into

According to Edmunds.com, more car buyers than ever choose to purchase vehicles through auto brokers. But is a professional car-buying agent worth the money when you could broker your own deal at the dealership? In most cases, it depends on what you want to buy, whether that be a new car, a used car or a lease. It also depends on how much you know about the finer details of car buying and how much time you are willing to spend haggling at the dealership. The final consideration is cost. But if you hire an auto broker that is worth its salt, the price of its services will seem minuscule compared to the thousands of dollars you save on the deal.
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Are You in the Military? Find the Best Car Discounts

re is no shortage of ways U.S. military members, veterans and even their spouses can save on the purchase of cars. Whether you are fresh off your last deployment and need a new set of wheels, or you just finished basic training and want a new ride, there's a way to save. Eligibility differs among the makers, so check your status to see if you qualify for some of these sweet military car deals. Dealers Who Appreciate Your Service Some carmakers are doing more than just offering those yellow magnetic ribbons to stick to cars. The following automobile manufacturers offer discounts to current and former members of the armed services.
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Car Buyer Fees 101: Insurance, Taxes and Tabs

The car sales tax and other mysterious dealership fees have a way of sneaking up on you. You find the car you want, and then you haggle for hours or maybe days until you feel satisfied with the price. But now there are all these other numbers flying around the sales office, and, suddenly, your great deal seems a little less great. So, let's talk about that. What are the car taxes, title fees, insurance and other tabs you have to pay to get out of the dealership with your new car? And how do you know when it's getting out of hand?
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How to Buy a Great Used Hybrid Car

Buying a used hybrid is a popular option for car buyers, and this option is growing more popular each year. CBS Money Watch sums it up this way, "Buying a used hybrid avoids the new-car hybrid premium that can take many years to recoup in gas savings. And yet you still get the environmental benefits – both high gas mileage and low emissions of climate-affecting greenhouse gases and other pollutants." It's hard to justify paying $8,000 to $20,000 extra for a new hybrid when there are more than 400,000 used models on the market these days, according to Edmunds.com. But how do you know when you've found the used hybrid that's right for you?
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What You Didn't Know About Free Car Maintenance Programs

When you're out shopping for new cars, you might find yourself faced with a lot of apples-to-oranges comparisons. A free car maintenance program is one of the more popular incentives car companies use to try to sway you to their side of the street. Automakers like to advertise their maintenance programs like a carrot in front of potential buyers, promising worry-free driving, easy upkeep and sometimes even valet pick-up and drop-off. But is it enough to tempt you? When is free car maintenance worth it? Read on for some tips on weighing free maintenance programs against price and other incentives.
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9 Steps to Help You Compare Compact Cars

It can be both fun and frustrating to compare small cars. This year's offerings include roomy interiors, superior gas mileage and compact sedans with turbo-charged engines. If you find yourself overwhelmed when you compare compact cars, read on. This handy small car evaluation guide will help you make your decision with confidence. The Compact Car Comparison Checklist Affordability The first way to pare down your list of candidates is with your budget. According to U.S. news, the top small sedans this year range between $13,000 and $35,000. That's quite an array of choices.
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Know the Pros and Cons Before Buying an Electric Car

Although fans of science fiction are dismayed that, well into the new millennium, we still haven't managed to roll out the flying car, automakers around the world are pulling out all the stops in the latest and greatest vehicle advances. Consumers have more choices of engine technologies with the new hybrid vehicles coming out of production, but for those who want the pure electric vehicle experience, buyers are wading in unknown waters. What are the pros and cons to owning and driving an electric vehicle? We've compiled a definitive list of pros and cons from all the online car experts to give you an unbiased look at the future of cars.
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Got Teenagers? The 6 Best Cars to Buy

The best cars for teenagers aren't as expensive as you might think. This is welcome news for parents everywhere, as budgets tighten and family contributions to that first car budget get smaller and smaller each year, according to a study by Allstate. We've mined the recommendations of MSN Auto and Forbes automotive writers to put together a short list of the top six starter cars for teenagers. We covered a range of makes, styles and price points and took into consideration the issues that matter most to moms and dads: price, safety, reliability and insurability.
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What You Should Pay for a New Car

If you've ever shopped for a new car, you've heard the various pricing terms the dealership uses. Like many consumers, you may have been confused as to why there were so many different terms being thrown around and what to pay for a new car. While there is only one price you should truly be concerned with (the purchase price), understanding what the other terms mean can help you pay the lowest purchase price possible.
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Feeling Patriotic? Here Are the Top Ranked American-Made Cars

American author Alexandra Paul once said, "The cars we drive say a lot about us." You may be a truck person, sport car enthusiast or minivan mom - regardless, our vehicles are an extension of our values, our passions and ourselves. One of the biggest trends in vehicles over the last 10 years has been a shift from foreign-built vehicles to cars and trucks built stateside. Not only are "made in America" or "locally made" products flying off shelves at stores and farmers markets, but in the car lot, American-made cars are hot commodities.
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Why You Shouldn't Ignore the Pre-Purchase Car Inspection

The first piece of advice anyone gives to a used car buyer is to have the vehicle thoroughly inspected by a licensed, third-party mechanic. Why, then, is this tip so often ignored? It may be because too many consumers don't know how important it is; they don't know how to go about getting an inspection done, or they simply don't realize how affordable it is to have done. Here's the 411 on pre-purchased used car inspections to put those reasons to rest.
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The Definitive 5 Step Car Buying Guide

The only thing that might take up less of your monthly budget than your mortgage or rent is a car payment. For some, the expenses of car payments, insurance, gas and maintenance can reach up to 20 percent of monthly income. That's why making informed decisions about large purchases is so important.When buying a car, be sure it will fit into your budget. Use the following as a car buying guide to get you a great car for your money. Step 1: Decide What Kind of Car You Need Do you truly need an off-road, four-wheel drive model to get across town on your daily commute? Do you really need a full-size truck capable of hauling a 30-foot boat (that you do not own)? Here are a few more questions to guide you in your buying decision:
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10 Car Buying Secrets You Need to Know

No one likes feeling ripped off. And while not every car salesperson is trying to pull one over on you, plenty of unscrupulous sellers will. Buying a car is often one of the biggest purchases for a household. By following these well-kept car buying secrets, you can avoid the regret so many car buyers feel after they've already bought the wrong car at the wrong price. You wouldn't buy a house without careful research and planning, and neither should you buy a car without doing your homework. As car payments often come in a close second to mortgage or rent payments, any decision you make can significantly impact your monthly budget. Find out what kinds of cars meet your needs and budget, and compare makes and models from a variety of manufacturers. Also, be sure to price the vehicles that have caught your eye. When you go to the dealer with a binder full of research, pricing information and offers from their competitors, you're already ahead of the negotiation game.
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Which Is the Best First Car for You?

Many people have very strong opinions about what models make good first cars. Most of the time, it's based on sentiment rather than facts, and if you ask, you're likely to hear fond tales from just about anyone. "My first car was a cherry red Pinto ..." followed by long accounts of automotive horror and glory. The truth we tend to overlook is that you will have many cars over the course of a lifetime, and the best first car for each situation depends on your particular needs and concerns at that moment. In this article, we'll look at some of the common firsts all of us face and examine the best first cars for each situation.
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Read This Before Buying a Car Online

As the digital age settles in to stay, consumers are becoming more and more comfortable ordering all sorts of goods online. From clothing to books to electronics, Internet sales are quickly approaching $200 billion annually in the U.S. Some of those sales now include cars. Most brick and mortar dealerships now offer Internet sales departments, and various new websites feature online car sales only. The number of consumers purchasing their next vehicle with a click of a mouse is increasing. Many car buyers still prefer the old method of car shopping over the digital way, however. Find out here if buying cars online might be a great method for you - or not worth the hassle.
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The 8 Hottest New Cars for 2015

The current year’s cars have only just begun to show up on the roadways, and already the buzz is about the new cars of 2015 due to come out in the fall. As carmakers continue to compete for recognition within a very competitive market, the vehicles they are producing are becoming more stylish and innovative. We have compiled a list of some of the hottest new cars of 2015 to get you excited about what car makers have in store for consumers this year. If you are thinking about buying a car in the near future, you may want to consider waiting until these new vehicles hit showrooms. Do you agree with our choices? Is there a vehicle we should have included on this list? Tell us about it in the comments.
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What Car Should I Buy?

Whether you are purchasing your first car or your 10th, shopping for a new vehicle can be both exciting and perplexing. With hundreds of different vehicles available on the market, it may be difficult to narrow your choices. The first thing you need to do before you set foot in a dealership’s showroom is to answer the question, “What kind of car should I buy?” But how do you make this determination? To help you decide on what car to buy, we came up with a blueprint you can use.
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8 Steps to Buy Cars with Low or No Down Payment

Aside from your rent or mortgage, your car payment probably eats up more of your budget than any other expense. For those who paid a low or no down payment and those with moderate to low credit scores, this might feel like a fact of life. Owning a car doesn't have to break your bank, however, and there are ways to save even if you haven't always managed your finances well. By following these eight simple steps, you can avoid paying more than you should on a car. 1. Know Your Credit History Many people make the mistake of leaving the credit check to the dealer. You should come prepared with this knowledge before you even start looking at cars. Some less-than-scrupulous dealers may even try to tell you that your score is lower than it really is. That's why obtaining your credit score beforehand is so important. You can receive a free credit report every year and download it from the Internet.
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The 6 Best All Wheel Drive Cars

The number of automobiles featuring all wheel drive and four wheel drive has increased significantly during the past 30 years. Today, nearly a full third of all vehicles sold in the U.S. offer AWD or 4WD driving. You may be wondering if either of these driving capabilities is right for you, and, if so, which model would work best for your situation. All Wheel Drive vs. Four Wheel Drive Many times, people consider these two terms to be interchangeable, but significant differences do exist.
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How to Select the Safest Cars: A Buyer's Guide

On average, 40,000 motorists die on U.S. highways and county roads each year. When the safety of your family and passengers is at stake, finding the safest new or used cars on the market is a must. Whether you are looking to buy the next family vehicle, a teen's first car or a reliable set of wheels for a senior parent, this guide will identify the safest rides. Safest Cars for Teenagers Most new teen drivers would prefer to drive flashy two-door sports cars, and most of their parents cringe at the thought. With traffic collisions being the No. 1 cause of teen deaths in the nation, the safety of your child's car is paramount. Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety develops its list of Top Safety Picks – a coveted designation for automakers and a good indicator for crash-worthiness and overall safety for car buyers.
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A No-Brainer New Car Checklist for Every Buyer

The purchase of a new car is an important decision. You will be investing a lot of money into your ride, so it is important that you do not find yourself saddled with regret shortly after you drive it home. It is possible that you will overlook small, annoying features while you are still checking out the car in the showroom. Thousands of new car owners have gone on to have buyer's remorse. We here at Trusted Choice® want you to be happy with your choice of car, so we have put together a new car checklist of things to look for before you sign a purchase agreement.
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15 Tips for Test Driving a Car

Test driving is the most important step in the process of buying a new car. This is the only true way to determine whether the vehicle you are considering is right for you. Just because the car looks great on paper does not necessarily mean that it will handle in a way that is comfortable to you. Do not judge what others have to say about the comfort, design or ride of a particular car; experience it for yourself and form your own opinions. The following are some tips that will enable you to make the most of your test driving experience. Whenever you visit showrooms to look at new cars, do so with the expectation that you may be taking one or two test drives while you are there.
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When Is the Best Time To Buy a Car?

Getting a great deal on a new car takes patience and strategic thinking. Salespeople at car dealerships have a lot of leeway when it comes to negotiating prices and included features. Regardless of whether you feel you are good at wheeling and dealing, you can greatly increase your chances of landing a great deal on your next new vehicle by simply figuring out the best time to buy a car. Here at Trusted Choice®, we are committed to helping our customers save money not just on insurance but on all the things that are important in their lives. That is why we have compiled this article detailing the best and worst time to buy a new car. Use this guide when you are preparing to buy your next car or truck, and then let us know in the comments how you did.
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How to Get the Best Deal on a New Car

Shopping for a new car can be a tricky, but it doesn't have to be. The best car deals can go to anyone who knows a bit about the way the process works. Take a look at these 8 tips we've compiled to show you how to get the best deal possible on your next car. Don't Give Up Your Best Leverage You have a trump card that you can freely exercise at any point that can really give you an edge. Namely, you can walk out. The best way to make this work to your advantage is to do a little pre-shopping and get competitive price offers from several local dealers before you settle on the one you like best. Then if things start to head south, you can politely say, "Well, it looks like this isn't going to work out," and head for the next dealer on your list. Chances are you won't make it out the door before the dealer calls you back to the table with a better offer. Will this be the best deal you can find on a new car? It just might be - that salesperson is going to be working hard to get your business.
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The Best Used Car Buying Guide for Consumers

Buying a used car often makes more fiscal sense than buying a brand new car. Cars as little as a year old are as much as 30 percent cheaper than they were when they first arrived at the dealership. Don't let the potential pitfalls of buying a used car overshadow your financial savvy. We've all seen the stereotypes play out in movies and on television about the used car salesperson. Not all used car sellers are out to rip you off, but being prepared for it will ensure you get a fair deal. By following these simple steps, you can avoid driving a lemon home.
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8 Tips for Buying Your First Car

So, you’re buying your first car. Congratulations! For many Americans, buying a first car is a rite of passage into adulthood. But these days, many young adults choose to work and ride public transportation all the way through college, sometimes well into their twenties before they decide on the best first car to buy. The way to buy your first car depends on your income, the local market, your driving needs and many other factors. Before you venture out into the wilds of dealerships and car trade ads, make sure you and your car buying partner look over this list of tips for how to buy a first car. Let's start.
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10 Car Buying Tips To Get You a Sweet Ride

Whether you are shopping for your first car or or your tenth car, finding the right vehicle that fits your needs and budget is important. Aside from your home, your vehicle is probably one of your biggest investments. Nobody likes to feel ripped off on such a large purchase. The following 10 car buying tips will help you avoid common pitfalls consumers can fall victim to when buying a car or truck. 1. Do Your Homework This is the first of the tips for buying a car: do your homework. Terry Berg, a veteran car salesperson with an independent dealer that offers all the top brands from domestic manufacturers, said this is the first step any potential customer should take.
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The Complete Car Price Guide: 9 Ways to Save

When it comes to new cars, the number you are bound to run up against most often in advertisements, brochures and on the sales floor is the sticker price. However, the price of a car is so much more than the big black number on the window. This common-sense, comprehensive car price guide can help you avoid marketing traps and pitfalls so you get the best vehicle for your driving needs. 1. Sticker Price Is Not the Only Price This is the price the dealer wants you to pay. It is the MSRP, or Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. The price the dealer charges you may, in fact, be higher or lower than the MSRP price, depending on demand and your negotiation skills. Despite the impression a salesperson may give you, the sticker price is almost always negotiable.
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Leasing a Car: Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?

Leasing a new car or truck is an attractive option for many motorists. About 20 percent of all drivers lease their vehicles. When it comes to luxury cars, more than half of their drivers choose to lease. However, leasing isn't right for everyone or every car. The vast majority of consumers still choose to buy their car. Which option is right for you? Here's a list of pros and cons for leasing and buying a car that can help you decide what to do. Pros of Leasing a Car One of the biggest "pros" about leasing a car is that it is always under warranty, and you save on big mechanics' bills because newer vehicles break down less often than older ones.
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5 Places Where Smart Shoppers Buy The Best Cars

Finding the best place to buy a new car is easy since your options are limited to dealerships. But when you are searching for a used car, your options are numerous. So, how do you determine where to get your next ride? For many, the choice of where and how to go about shopping for a car is a personal one. What one person may determine is the best option might not be ideal for another. We here at Trusted Choice® want your car buying experience to be a good one, so we have compiled a list of places where you might consider shopping, along with the pros and cons of each.
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Buying a Car with Cash: What to Know

You have found the perfect vehicle that fits your needs and budget, and now you're wondering how to pay for it. Buying a car with cash has its benefits and its drawbacks. Before you spend a sizable chunk of your savings, find out if buying a car with cash is right for you. 1. Is It Worth Dipping into Savings To Buy a Car with Cash? If you can answer yes to the question, “Can I buy a car with cash?” make sure you’re not thinking of dipping into hard-earned savings or your retirement account. Taking even a small loan from your retirement funds could leave you in a bind when you really need that money. Whether or not you should buy a car with cash is a trickier question to answer.
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9 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

The purchase of a used car is a major decision that you should take with care. By obtaining answers to the following questions, you can be sure that you are making a clear and informed decision about your car or truck before you make the purchase. Questions to Research Before You Begin Your Vehicle Search If you have a specific car in mind ahead of time, take the time to research it online before you head to the car dealership. If you have found a car that you are unfamiliar with and it seems like a great deal, you may want to do a quick check on it using a smartphone, or if that is unavailable, on a computer at home. Some sales people may even let you do a quick online search using their PC if they think that it will lead to a sale.
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5 Cars with the Best Back and Lumbar Support

People look for many things when purchasing a new car. They look for a vehicle that gets great gas mileage or that has ample room for their families. They look for a car that is loaded with features or has an intuitive dashboard. They look for something that they will be happy to see parked in their driveway or garage. But how many people consider the vehicle’s long-term comfort in terms of back and lumbar support? A car may feel extremely comfortable during a 15-minute test drive, but if it lacks the proper support, longer drives may become very hard on you physically. This is why it is also important to look at what the car manufacturer offers in terms of back and lumbar support in the seats.
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