The Truth About Cars » Car Buying Tips http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Goodbye, Saturn Astra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/goodbye-saturn-astra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/goodbye-saturn-astra/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:10:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1332098 Over the weekend and earlier this week, my girlfriend and I negotiated over and agreed to purchase a new car. No, it isn’t that. So, let’s play a little game, shall we? I’m not going to tell you what we bought to replace the Astra — at least not straight up. But I’m here if you want to […]

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Over the weekend and earlier this week, my girlfriend and I negotiated over and agreed to purchase a new car. No, it isn’t that. So, let’s play a little game, shall we? I’m not going to tell you what we bought to replace the Astra — at least not straight up. But I’m here if you want to […]

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How Sleazy Car Dealers Pass Off Frame Damage Cars As Clean http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/sleazy-car-dealers-pass-off-frame-damage-cars-clean/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/sleazy-car-dealers-pass-off-frame-damage-cars-clean/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1300401 Carfax has become so commonplace that it’s now standard practice for many car buyers to ask for it when shopping for a used car. Its database has grown over the years to the point that it now claims to to have the most comprehensive vehicle history database in North America. The reports include such valuable information as title […]

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Carfax has become so commonplace that it’s now standard practice for many car buyers to ask for it when shopping for a used car. Its database has grown over the years to the point that it now claims to to have the most comprehensive vehicle history database in North America. The reports include such valuable information as title […]

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The Internet Pricing Bait and Switch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/internet-pricing-bait-switch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/internet-pricing-bait-switch/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1285474 The Internet brings transparency to the car buying process and allows us to search the whole country for our favorite car. While shopping for a WRX a few months ago, I got quotes from dealers as far as 1,500 miles away. I ended up skipping the local dealers and travelling to a dealer 80 miles away […]

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The Internet brings transparency to the car buying process and allows us to search the whole country for our favorite car. While shopping for a WRX a few months ago, I got quotes from dealers as far as 1,500 miles away. I ended up skipping the local dealers and travelling to a dealer 80 miles away […]

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From Auction to Flip, This Is How a Salvage Car Makes It to Craigslist http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/auction-flip-salvage-car-makes-craigslist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/auction-flip-salvage-car-makes-craigslist/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:20:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1254193 Salvage and rebuilt vehicle listings on Craigslist (and other classified sites) are ubiquitous. They often manifest themselves as late-model metal with low prices and even lower standards of ad copy. But have you ever wondered how those vehicles end up on Craigslist in the first place? What happens to a salvage or rebuilt vehicle between the time it’s sold […]

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Salvage and rebuilt vehicle listings on Craigslist (and other classified sites) are ubiquitous. They often manifest themselves as late-model metal with low prices and even lower standards of ad copy. But have you ever wondered how those vehicles end up on Craigslist in the first place? What happens to a salvage or rebuilt vehicle between the time it’s sold […]

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How An 86-Year-Old African-American Woman Was Charged Over Sticker For Last Year’s Buick http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/86-year-old-african-american-woman-charged-sticker-last-years-buick/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/86-year-old-african-american-woman-charged-sticker-last-years-buick/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1251249 Imagine the following scenario: You’re a Buick salesman. An elderly woman comes into your showroom to inquire about a replacement for her Regal. You decide that she’s a great candidate for an Encore, and since you have some previous-year Encore stock you decide that she’s a great candidate for a 2015 Encore instead of the […]

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Imagine the following scenario: You’re a Buick salesman. An elderly woman comes into your showroom to inquire about a replacement for her Regal. You decide that she’s a great candidate for an Encore, and since you have some previous-year Encore stock you decide that she’s a great candidate for a 2015 Encore instead of the […]

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These Are the Long, Rough Roads Traveled by Title Loan Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/long-rough-roads-traveled-title-loan-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/long-rough-roads-traveled-title-loan-cars/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1238905 Many people rely on title loans when money is tight, regardless of their infamous predatory nature and high interest rates. However, getting that loan is much like playing Russian Roulette — and with similar odds. According to a recent PEW study, one out of every nine title loans results in a repossession, with the titled vehicle eventually heading […]

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Many people rely on title loans when money is tight, regardless of their infamous predatory nature and high interest rates. However, getting that loan is much like playing Russian Roulette — and with similar odds. According to a recent PEW study, one out of every nine title loans results in a repossession, with the titled vehicle eventually heading […]

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Oh! My Aching Back: What Vehicle Has the Plushest Ride? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/oh-aching-back-vehicle-plushest-ride/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/oh-aching-back-vehicle-plushest-ride/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1234977 If you’re a car enthusiast, you likely get asked by your friends and acquaintances for advice on their automotive purchases. If you write about cars, that probability becomes a certainty. When they ask something really general like “what’s the best car?” it’s a bit annoying because what fits your needs best may not be the […]

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If you’re a car enthusiast, you likely get asked by your friends and acquaintances for advice on their automotive purchases. If you write about cars, that probability becomes a certainty. When they ask something really general like “what’s the best car?” it’s a bit annoying because what fits your needs best may not be the […]

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A Tale of Two Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/tale-two-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/tale-two-dealers/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1208049 The Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX were the two finalists in my new car search and the Focus ST seemed to be winning out due the extra incentives that were being advertised. I emailed a few Ford dealers in my area to negotiate an ST2 and a few Subaru dealers to see if they […]

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The Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX were the two finalists in my new car search and the Focus ST seemed to be winning out due the extra incentives that were being advertised. I emailed a few Ford dealers in my area to negotiate an ST2 and a few Subaru dealers to see if they […]

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Taking The Hard Road To Buying A New Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/taking-hard-road-buying-new-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/taking-hard-road-buying-new-car/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:20:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1206041 The time has come to replace my Cadillac STS with a newer ride, so I have spent the last couple of weeks narrowing down the potential replacements. I have bought and sold enough vehicles that my evaluation process for resale vehicles is somewhat cut-and-dry, but buying a new personal vehicle seems to bring more questions […]

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The time has come to replace my Cadillac STS with a newer ride, so I have spent the last couple of weeks narrowing down the potential replacements. I have bought and sold enough vehicles that my evaluation process for resale vehicles is somewhat cut-and-dry, but buying a new personal vehicle seems to bring more questions […]

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Tracking the Lot Time of Used Cars Can Save You Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/tracking-price-cuts-used-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/tracking-price-cuts-used-cars/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1159242 Going to visit a dealer on a rainy day or the third Sunday after a holiday might not help you get a better deal on a used car, but tracking how long it’s been sitting on the lot may work in your favor. Aged inventory takes up valuable lot space while interest adds up every […]

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Going to visit a dealer on a rainy day or the third Sunday after a holiday might not help you get a better deal on a used car, but tracking how long it’s been sitting on the lot may work in your favor. Aged inventory takes up valuable lot space while interest adds up every […]

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The True Cost Of Owning A Rebuilt Salvage Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/true-cost-owning-rebuilt-salvage-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/true-cost-owning-rebuilt-salvage-car/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1137338 The prospect of buying a salvage titled car for almost half the price of one of its clean titled counterparts is tempting for many potential car buyers, but increasingly it’s becoming a losing proposition. I have bought and reconditioned a few dozen salvage cars (I currently own three). As I am getting ready to embark […]

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The prospect of buying a salvage titled car for almost half the price of one of its clean titled counterparts is tempting for many potential car buyers, but increasingly it’s becoming a losing proposition. I have bought and reconditioned a few dozen salvage cars (I currently own three). As I am getting ready to embark […]

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Case Study of Incentives: 2015 Ford Expedition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/case-study-incentives-2015-ford-expedition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/case-study-incentives-2015-ford-expedition/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1131497 In my recent test of the 2015 Ford Expedition, I wanted to give a sense of real-word pricing rather than just MSRP, so I quoted TrueCar’s estimate of the average discount available on the vehicle. I had planned to quote available cash and lease incentives direct from Ford’s website, but after 15 minutes of research my head started […]

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In my recent test of the 2015 Ford Expedition, I wanted to give a sense of real-word pricing rather than just MSRP, so I quoted TrueCar’s estimate of the average discount available on the vehicle. I had planned to quote available cash and lease incentives direct from Ford’s website, but after 15 minutes of research my head started […]

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Car Buying: Is That New Car Price Too Good to Be True? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/new-car-price-good-true/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/new-car-price-good-true/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1132025 Price is the deciding factor in many new car purchases, so it’s no surprise that dealerships do all they can to advertise the lowest number possible. While the internet has given consumers a lot of power when it comes to purchasing a new car, many consumers still fall for age-old pricing tricks. One of the easiest […]

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Price is the deciding factor in many new car purchases, so it’s no surprise that dealerships do all they can to advertise the lowest number possible. While the internet has given consumers a lot of power when it comes to purchasing a new car, many consumers still fall for age-old pricing tricks. One of the easiest […]

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I Tried to Buy a Charger This Weekend and Failed Miserably http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/i-tried-to-buy-a-charger-and-failed-miserably/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/i-tried-to-buy-a-charger-and-failed-miserably/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109033 We just had a fight. Scratch that. We were still having a fight. This was just the tense calm between volleys of verbal mortar fire. I won’t even tell you what we were fighting about. The subject was so stupid it would make my girlfriend and I both look like utter idiots — like those times when you shout at a […]

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We just had a fight. Scratch that. We were still having a fight. This was just the tense calm between volleys of verbal mortar fire. I won’t even tell you what we were fighting about. The subject was so stupid it would make my girlfriend and I both look like utter idiots — like those times when you shout at a […]

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Should I Pay Cash for a New Car? Probably Not. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/should-i-pay-cash-for-a-new-car-probably-not/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/should-i-pay-cash-for-a-new-car-probably-not/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088945 You have worked hard to save the $20,000 you need to purchase the car of your dreams. You’re ready to step into the dealership, walk straight to the manager in the back, plunk down those greenbacks, and say, “I have cash! Give me your best price!” This may have worked in the days before electronic […]

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You have worked hard to save the $20,000 you need to purchase the car of your dreams. You’re ready to step into the dealership, walk straight to the manager in the back, plunk down those greenbacks, and say, “I have cash! Give me your best price!” This may have worked in the days before electronic […]

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Tow Rig Capsule Review: 1999 GMT800 Silverado 2500 3/4 Ton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/tow-rig-capsule-review-1999-gmt800-silverado-2500-34-ton/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/tow-rig-capsule-review-1999-gmt800-silverado-2500-34-ton/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=832305 The last time I looked at my 1969 Chevrolet CST/10, it was a pile of disappointment. After reviving it and replacing a freeze plug, it proceeded to pop three more freeze plugs during warm up. Time was beginning to run out, my dad’s house had gone up to market and quickly sold. The truck was […]

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The last time I looked at my 1969 Chevrolet CST/10, it was a pile of disappointment. After reviving it and replacing a freeze plug, it proceeded to pop three more freeze plugs during warm up. Time was beginning to run out, my dad’s house had gone up to market and quickly sold. The truck was […]

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New or Used? : The Unwelcomed Gift Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/new-or-used-the-unwelcomed-gift-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/new-or-used-the-unwelcomed-gift-edition/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=632138 I’ve written before for “New or Used?” regarding my ’04 Scion xB 5MT that I (mistakenly) ended up trading in towards my family’s 2013 Outback 3.6R last year. Since then I’ve been driving my wife’s ’06 Accord EX-L V6, now at 105k. It’s a nice enough car to drive, but was never “my” car, if […]

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I’ve written before for “New or Used?” regarding my ’04 Scion xB 5MT that I (mistakenly) ended up trading in towards my family’s 2013 Outback 3.6R last year. Since then I’ve been driving my wife’s ’06 Accord EX-L V6, now at 105k. It’s a nice enough car to drive, but was never “my” car, if […]

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Life Lesson: Falling For The Roadrunner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/life-lesson-falling-for-the-roadrunner/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/life-lesson-falling-for-the-roadrunner/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:28:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=614993 Like so many broken down old cars, the old Plymouth sat forlorn and alone at the far edge of the driveway. Even from a distance, it looked like it was a mess, its green paint was peeling away and the hood, which for some reason had a flat black square in the middle, was entirely […]

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Like so many broken down old cars, the old Plymouth sat forlorn and alone at the far edge of the driveway. Even from a distance, it looked like it was a mess, its green paint was peeling away and the hood, which for some reason had a flat black square in the middle, was entirely […]

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Tales From The Cooler: TTAC Writer Buys A Cool Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/tales-from-the-cooler-ttac-writer-buys-a-cool-car-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/tales-from-the-cooler-ttac-writer-buys-a-cool-car-2/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:30:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492598 Car salesmen call buyers like me, “squirrels.” It seems like whenever I buy a new car, I pull a handbrake 180 turn at the last moment and purchase a completely different vehicle than originally planned. Last week I was so close to buying a new Mustang GT with the Track Package that a friend at Ford was […]

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Car salesmen call buyers like me, “squirrels.” It seems like whenever I buy a new car, I pull a handbrake 180 turn at the last moment and purchase a completely different vehicle than originally planned. Last week I was so close to buying a new Mustang GT with the Track Package that a friend at Ford was […]

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How To Buy A Used Car Part 4: Negotiating http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-4-negotiating-3/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-4-negotiating-3/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:01:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457756   When it comes to buying a used car there are two basic negotiating mindsets. You can either be fair and decent or unfair and obnoxious. If you seek to chisel and deceive then chances are you will get a bad car. Only the desperate and deceitful are willing to put up with that type of BS. […]

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  When it comes to buying a used car there are two basic negotiating mindsets. You can either be fair and decent or unfair and obnoxious. If you seek to chisel and deceive then chances are you will get a bad car. Only the desperate and deceitful are willing to put up with that type of BS. […]

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How to Buy a Used Car – Pt. 3: Due Diligence (The Inspection) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:59:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457181 [Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here.] You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete truth. At least not […]

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[Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here.] You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete truth. At least not […]

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How To Buy A Used Car Part Two: The Test Drive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:59:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456083 [Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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[Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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How Much Did You Spend On Your Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/how-much-did-you-spend-on-your-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/how-much-did-you-spend-on-your-car/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:20:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437843 Car owners have a warped view when it comes to their automobile’s cost. When you ask someone the, “How much did you spend..”  question, their usual response is to take the price they paid and just let that be that. “Oh, I got this Mercedes for $50k.” They then will usually go about telling you […]

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Car owners have a warped view when it comes to their automobile’s cost. When you ask someone the, “How much did you spend..”  question, their usual response is to take the price they paid and just let that be that. “Oh, I got this Mercedes for $50k.” They then will usually go about telling you […]

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Half-Price Bimmer: The Story Of A Man And His Search For The Perfect E60 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/half-price-bimmer-the-story-of-a-man-and-his-search-for-the-perfect-e60/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/half-price-bimmer-the-story-of-a-man-and-his-search-for-the-perfect-e60/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:06:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434713 Wherever the hollow tubes of the InterWeb may reach, there you will find the argument that “it’s always a better idea to buy a CPO used car than a new one.” The mean transaction price of a new car in the United States is about $29,000. That kind of money will get you a loaded-up […]

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Wherever the hollow tubes of the InterWeb may reach, there you will find the argument that “it’s always a better idea to buy a CPO used car than a new one.” The mean transaction price of a new car in the United States is about $29,000. That kind of money will get you a loaded-up […]

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Hammer Time Rewind: Depreciation Kills http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/hammer-time-rewind-depreciation-kills/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/hammer-time-rewind-depreciation-kills/#comments Sun, 05 Feb 2012 21:38:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429627 From the good old days of 2007… “Is that yours?” Millions of car buyers spend billions of dollars hoping that this statement will be born of admiration rather than pity. When these words come out of a car dealer’s mouth at trade-in time, they can be especially hurtful– even if the salesman is as honest […]

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From the good old days of 2007… “Is that yours?” Millions of car buyers spend billions of dollars hoping that this statement will be born of admiration rather than pity. When these words come out of a car dealer’s mouth at trade-in time, they can be especially hurtful– even if the salesman is as honest […]

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