Car Buying Tips Archives

What is GAP Insurance, and is it Necessary? For most drivers a regular insurance policy is enough to cover the car in an accident. However, if you owe more than the car is worth you might consider Gap insurance, or what is more commonly called “GAP Protection”. GAP is protection against negative equity on your…

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Here is the complete Honda Timing Belt and Timing Chain List. Some Honda engines are timing belt and others are chain. You need to know which one you have. A belt will need to be changed at regular intervals (usually at 90-120k miles) whereas a chain is generally good for the life of the engine and…

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Generally people want a safe and reliable car. A salvaged car falls short on both accounts. But what is a salvaged car and should you buy one? Cars are built to rigid specifications for safety reasons. There is a built-in integrity that is engineered so that the car can withstand accidents without collapsing. Although specific…

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In the car buying world it seems a lot can go wrong, and it does. That is unless you take certain steps that, if followed, will result in a great experience. Most people begin the process of buying a car with a sense of fear if not outright dread. It’s hard to feel good about…

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Bankruptcy is a very hard decision to make. What leads up to it is one of the most difficult phases people will go through in their lifetime. It is a desperate grasp at the last straw that is available to them. The last thing you would think about in this situation is going even deeper…

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Recently I had a client ask me about Kelly Blue Book and if it should be considered the best way to determine the price on a used car. In other words, can I expect to pay what the “book” says? And if I am selling my car, is it best to look up the value on my car,…

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I often get the question “leasing vs buying” when a client is ready to get a new car. The reasons given for leasing has more to do with the fact that leasing seems easier and has the added benefit of not having to deal with repair cost. Let’s face it; a lease is just a glorified rental…

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When choosing between a new or used car it pays to consider everything that is involved. The most cited reason for buying new is that there is very little risk. True, the new car will have a full factory warranty that you will have for a number of years and there is something to be…

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I can sum it up in 3 words; supply and demand. The best time to buy a car is when there are plenty of cars and no buyers, such as the weekday, before holidays and during inclement weather. The worst time to buy would be when there are a lot of buyers but no supply,…

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A used car purchase under ten thousand dollars can be tricky. Below you will find the best cars for under 10000. These cars are my best picks that consistently score high in quality, customer satisfaction and have above average reliability as used cars. I classify this article into 3 different types of cars: Economy, Mid-Size and…

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