Car Buying

At some point in almost everyone’s life, there will come a time when they have to go through the Car Buying process. Whether it’s purchasing your first car on a shoestring budget or finally splurging on that classic car you’ve always wanted, buying a vehicle is a serious investment and can require a significant amount of research and effort. And while each person’s car buying experience may be completely different, there are a number of things that every buyer will have to consider and deal with as they search for the perfect vehicle. For more advice on all aspects of the car buying process, be sure to check out our wide selection of helpful articles.

One of the first decisions that any car buyer will have to make is whether or not they want to purchase a brand new vehicle or one that has been previously owned. There are many different factors that can come into play when choosing new vs. used, from the amount of money you are willing to spend and the type of car you are interested in to how long you plan on keeping the vehicle and what you are going to use it for. Since the Used Car Buying process differs significantly from the New Car Buying process, it is important to make this decision sooner than later so that you can start planning your strategy.

Once you’ve decided on whether you want to buy a new or used car, you will then need to make another decision: Whether to lease or buy. Again, as with the used vs. new decision, there are many factors at play when deciding whether to obtain a Car Lease or to just to purchase it. Things to consider when contemplating a car lease include how long you plan to use the vehicle, how much you can afford in monthly payments, how much you can afford up front, and whether you value long-term cost savings versus short-term ones. Once you’ve decided, you’ll then have to figure out how to find a lease that works for you.

And this is only the tip of the iceberg. From there, you’ll need to choose what type of vehicle you want, narrow it down to a few different makes and models, locate sellers, get price quotes, and negotiate a final price and payment options. And while it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the car buying process (and all of the decisions that come with it) it doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking process. Give yourself an advantage by being as informed as possible about all of your options. With the right advice and information, anyone can find the car of their dreams.

  • Used Toyota Prius Buying Guide

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The second generation Prius was instrumental in kick-starting the whole “going green” movement. Delivering a revolutionary new design, outstanding fuel economy and a pleasant driving experience, the 2004 Toyota Prius wowed audiences worldwide. And with production spanning five years, the second generation Prius is one of the most widely available hybrids on the used car […]

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  • Used Ford Mustang Buying Guide

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The Ford Mustang will always be an American icon. With a reputation for being fast, stylish and affordable, the Mustang is the embodiment of the American dream in many respects. Although the retro-inspired looks of the current generation Mustang attempt to relive the car’s glory days, the 1999-2004 models had styling that took the Mustang […]

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  • Tacoma Reviews: Where to Find Reliable Buyer Reviews

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    You’re looking to buy a truck, but you need some Toyota Tacoma reviews in order to narrow your choices down some. You know you can go out and buy some automotive magazines and read the reviews there, but you’re more interested in reading reliable online reviews from current owners and buyers of the Toyota Tacoma […]

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  • Ford F-Series Buying Guide

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    If you need a truck that will do what trucks are meant to do, then there’s no better one for the job than Ford’s F-Series. With various trim levels and two distinctly different platforms, the F-Series continues to serve as the hauling vehicle of choice on America’s highways and the work truck of choice on […]

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  • Getting the Best Price on a Dodge Challenger

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    When Dodge released the Challenger last year, Mopar fans everywhere rejoiced at the prospect of reliving their muscle car days in modern style and comfort. Now, after having a full year to get the recipe just right, the 2009 model has even more to offer. In this guide, we’ll give you a few tips to […]

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  • Buying a Used Nissan 350Z

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The 350Z (2003-2008) not only upheld the Z’s legacy of affordable performance, but it took it to a level which surpassed that of the previous Z. From the powerful naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 to the precisely tuned suspension, this Z car changed the face of the game forever. In this guide we’ll point out the key […]

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  • Buying a Mercedes-Benz CPO Vehicle

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    There are obvious differences between a new Mercedes-Benz and a certified pre-owned Mercedes-Benz, but the similarities between them might surprise you. While many new car shoppers with the means to buy a new Mercedes-Benz will likely dismiss a CPO vehicle as an inferior purchase choice, they’re turning their backs on an incredible group of cars […]

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  • What are the Most Common Toyota Prius Battery Problems?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    There are some common Toyota Prius battery problems that have been reported by Prius owners. The battery is the sole source of electrical power for the vehicle. This makes it prone to “self discharging” during periods of non use. Because of the constant charge cycles, the battery will sometimes die unexpectedly. Additionally, in order to […]

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  • What is the Toyota Prius Maintenance Schedule?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The Toyota Prius maintenance schedule is lengthy and detailed. It is found in the Prius owner’s manual or it can be downloaded from the Toyota website. However, there are some common maintenance items that are of importance to the smooth running of the vehicle. The oil and filter should be changed, the brakes should be […]

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  • How Much Does a Toyota Prius Battery Cost?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The Toyota Prius battery cost is more expensive to replace than the engine itself. Typical battery costs are around $4,000. However, lower cost batteries can be found, but they are not OEM (original equipment manufacturer) products. A non-OEM battery may cost less, but you run the risk of it not performing or lasting as long […]

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  • What is Included in a Toyota Prius Battery Warranty?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    A Toyota Prius battery warranty is a good idea if you plan to drive a Prius. The warranty offered by Toyota is considered the best, as compared to warranties offered for other hybrid vehicles. The warranty runs for a period of eight (8) years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. During that period, the battery will […]

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  • What Minivan Models Have the Highest Safety Ratings of 2011?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, Toyota Sienna has the highest minivan safety ratings for 2011. The rating is done based on how the cars perform in crash tests. The second best car is the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, which also bagged good ratings. The 2010 Honda Odyssey ranked third for its performance […]

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  • What is the Average Toyota Prius Battery Life?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Toyota Prius battery life is affected by the number charge and discharge cycles the battery experiences. The typical life span of a Prius battery is from five (5) to seven (7) years, or about 180,000 miles. After this time, the Prius’ performance will start to decline, because the battery is not able to handle the […]

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  • Who are the Most Popular Japanese Car Makers?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    There are six Japanese car makers that make and sell some of the most popular vehicles in the United States. The most popular Japanese car makers are: Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Mazda, and Subaru. Of these car manufacturers, Toyota has been a popular selling car maker since 1953. Three of Toyota’s models have sold 51 […]

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  • How Much are Average Volkswagen Service Costs?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Volkswagen service costs vary depending on the type of service required and the parts needed. The typical oil change cost, which includes oil and filter, runs about $110, including a hefty $84 labor charge. In fact, the largest portion of the service cost is due to labor. A replacement air-filter costs around $20.98, a dust […]

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  • What is the Best Cargo Minivan When it Comes to Space?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The best minivan cargo when it comes to space is the 2011 GMC Savana. This van is available with five different engines. Wheelbases are also available in different lengths. The maximum payload capacity ranges from 2,000 to 3,992. The safety features of the Savana are driver and front-passenger airbags, theft deterrent system and disc brakes […]

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  • What is the Most Popular Japanese Car for Racing?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The most popular Japanese car racing vehicles are made by Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Mazda, and Subaru. Sports car racing in Japan has seen its popularity wax and wane since the 1960s, when Can-Am was popular. Nissan and Toyota had frequent entries in the IMSA races, and the European Le Mans. Some of the more noteworthy […]

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  • What Minivan Models are Known for Safety with the Best Crash Ratings?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The minivan safety makes it a popular choice among automobile buyers. Crash tests are done by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Based on crash tests, the five safest minivans are the 2010 Honda Odyssey, Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, and Kia Sedona and Sienna. The Honda Odyssey […]

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  • What is the Volkswagen Reliability Rating?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The Volkswagen reliability rating is different for each of the vehicles that Volkswagen produces. Additionally, ratings will also vary depending on the model year. For instance, VW’s very popular Beetle scored poorly for engine reliability in all years from 1998 to 2005. However, all other components of the vehicle scored excellent in each category and […]

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  • What Does the VW Passat Warranty Cover?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The VW Passat warranty, as provided by the manufacturer, is a limited warranty that covers basic problems with the vehicle for 4 years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first). This is can be considered a bumper-to-bumper warranty because it covers the complete vehicle (mechanical and electrical), tires, and towing to the nearest Volkswagen Passat dealership. The factory […]

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  • What are the Most Common Jaguar Transmission Problems?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Jaguar transmission problems are a hot topic among many owners of older Jaguar models. Some of the most common complaints are with the shifter sticking. The transmission will only shift into first gear automatically. However, the other gears can only be obtained by shifting manually. Among other common problems expressed by owners are that the […]

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  • What is Included in the VW Factory Warranty?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The VW factory warranty is a type of bumper-to-bumper warranty that is furnished to the original owner of a Volkswagen vehicle for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. It covers all problems with the vehicle, including minor corrosion due to manufacturing defect. It also includes a roadside assistance program and free towing to […]

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  • How Much Does a Jaguar Cost?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    You spot a Jaguar and you ask yourself ‘How much does a jaguar cost?’. The answer depends on the model. This is the range of manufacturer’s suggested retail prices, or MSRP, of select 2011 models. The Jaguar XF ranges from $52,000 for the RWD 4-door Sedan V8 to $79,150 for the R RWD 4-door Sedan […]

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  • On Average, How Much Does a VW Extended Warranty Cost?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The VW extended warranty cost will vary depending on the type of coverage plan purchased. There are specific powertrain warranties that are limited to unexpected repairs to the engine and transaxle components only. Other plans are Silver, Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum extended warranties. Typically, the Silver plan would cover the powertrain, steering, AC, brakes, […]

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  • What is the Recommended Jaguar Service Schedule?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The recommended Jaguar service schedule varies depending on the model vehicle you drive. It also varies with the type of engine, diesel, or gasoline, and size of the engine. For example, if your vehicle were the XF, and the new XJ 3.0 liter diesel, then your service would be: at 6,000 miles or 12 months, […]

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  • Do You Have to Use a Jaguar Car Battery in Jaguar Vehicles?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    When it is time to purchase a new Jaguar car battery, you are not limited to buying it from Jaguar. Many companies sell a variety of batteries that will fit your needs. If you are absolutely set on purchasing a battery from someone other than the dealer, then you must make sure that the battery […]

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  • What are the Best Selling Jaguar Car Models?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The best selling Jaguar car models as of December 2010 are the XF and the XJ. Jaguar’s slowest selling model, for the same period, is the XK. In October of 2010, the Jaguar XF model sold 612 units, which was an increase of 262 units over the September sales. The XF model posted a year-end […]

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  • How Many Different Acura NSX Engine Sizes are there?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The Acura NSX engine went through two major changes that can be classified as “different” engines. The original NSX engine was a 3.0-liter extruded aluminum VTEC (variable valve timing) V6 engine fitted with an electronic throttle. In 1997, the engine displacement was increased to 3.2-liters, and the inner cylinder walls were made from a thinner […]

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  • What are the Latest Acura 2011 Models?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    There are six Acura 2011 models being produced today. There are two vehicles in each of the following categories: Sedans, Sports Cars, and SUVs. In the Sedan category, there is the TSX, priced from $29,600 to $38,250; and the TL, priced from $35,305 to $43,585. In the SUV category, there is the RDX, starting at […]

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  • What is the Average Price of a Used Acura NSX?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The Acura NSX price tag, for a used Acura NSX, if you can find one, ranges from $27,000 to $30,000. However, for a more distressed Acura NSX, with high mileage and showing signs of abuse, the going rate is around $20,000. The biggest problem is that these vehicles are in very short supply, and the […]

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