When to Get the Best Deal on a New Car.

Posted on September 15, 2015 | Buying Advice

Normally the best time of the year to buy a car is at the end of the calendar year between Christmas and New Years.  To find out if this was true we conducted the best non-scientific study possible among our dealer customers.  In other words, we got them drunk and asked them questions when their […]

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How to Use Craigslist Efficiently

Posted on August 18, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

It can be frustrating searching for cars on Craigslist.  The search can be simplifies by using their standard filters. There are plenty of filters already available, such as filtering for dealer vs. owner, price ranges, mileage ranges, model year ranges, etc.  However, sometimes the search results aren’t exactly what you are looking for or you […]

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Vehicle History Report: The False Negative

Posted on July 14, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

The vehicle history report (VHR) is an important weapon in the used car buyer’s arsenal.   The VHR will tell you important information about the used car, like the number of previous owners, maintenance history and accident history.   You can purchase them on a one by one basis, subscribe for a limited time, or even […]

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CA: Used Car Cancellation Option

Posted on July 7, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

In California, there is no “cooling off” period.  Instead, the CA Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights gives used car buyers the right to purchase a 2-day cancellation option.   So, should you purchase the option? Generally speaking, no. It is not cost effective.   First of all, and most importantly in our opinion, two days is just […]

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New vs Used Car: Depreciation

Posted on June 30, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

There are some great joys involved when buying a new car.  You get that new car smell.  You get exactly what you want.  And most importantly, you don’t have to worry about the condition of the car.   The down side is cost, a.k.a. money, a.k.a the Benjamins, and lots of it.   Different cars […]

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Paying Off Your Car Loan

Posted on May 12, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

Congratulations!   You are almost done paying off your car loan.  So how does that actually work?   First, find out your 10-day payoff amount.  This can be obtained by calling your loan provider (e.g. your bank). Many times it is also provided to you on your monthly statement.   You basically get 10 days to pay […]

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Too Many Sales Events

Posted on March 24, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

There are so many car sale events throughout the year.  You have President’s Day Sales, Fourth of July Sales and some kind of sale it seems every other weekend.  So when are the sales actually a good deal? The best time of the year to buy a car is at the end of the calendar […]

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Pay for a Used Car Safely

Posted on February 17, 2015 | Buying Advice

Buying a used car from a private party can save you a lot money relative to purchasing it at a dealership.  However, there are certain risks and extra work involved, not least of which is the actual exchange of money.   Let’s assume that you want the car, agree on the price, and have had […]

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