Car Buying Tips Archives

The phone questions to ask when buying a used car are important for a number of reasons. They will help you determine if the seller is a legitimate owner or a broker. You do not want to be buying from anyone who is pretending to be the owner. Therefore the questions that you ask will…

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How to Be Fearless When Buying a Car / Tips for Buying a Used Car 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 something that you do only once every 3-5 years. The sense of fear is very real…

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There is just no doubt about it. When you buy a car from a dealer you are entering into the arena where the car dealer is a gladiator and you are pretty much what he is slaying. This is his domain and he is slicing up deals on a regular basis. You are just there…

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Back in 2010 Toyota released the long awaited newly redesigned Prius. It was (and still is) widely considered the bench mark, and the epitome, of world class, NASA grade, Hybrid wonder-mobile engineering. The original Prius brought us out of the automobile dark ages. The 2010 Prius vaulted us into the future. Sometimes just the right combination of events…

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Why You Should Sell Your Mercedes and Buy a Hyundai

Recently I had a client ask me to convince him that buying a certain replacement car would be the smartest choice for him. You see he has a world class “S Class” Mercedes Benz in his garage. He is a tad frightened by the prospect of keeping his beautiful piece of German engineering in running…

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When it comes to people you can trust, car dealers are right up there with politicians. How that ever came to be I cannot say. Car dealers are notorious for being aggressive, ruthless and untrustworthy and they usually wear way too much cologne. It is an unfortunate reputation and of course there are some genuine…

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When it comes to financing, car dealers generally do not play fair. There are many dealer financing tricks to contend with. They have an incentive to charge you as much as possible in the annual percentage rate (APR) for the amount you will need to finance. The problem is dealers make a margin on all…

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My Worst Cars To Buy list is compiled from overall reliability data covering models with much-below-average reliability.  It includes only the models for which I have 3 years of sufficient data. Problems with the engine major, engine cooling, transmission major, and drive system were weighted more heavily than other problems. Please CLICK HERE for my full…

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In the car world it can be quite confusing to decide which are the best used cars to buy. Will it be be reliable, safe, and offer many years of predictable service?  These questions are answered in the Halo List. I have put together a collection of cars that I call my “Halo List”. These cars rate…

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Following is the complete Toyota Timing Belt and Timing Chain List. Some Toyota engines have timing belts, some have timing chains. It pays to know what your engine has. Belts need to be replaced at normal intervals (usually every 90-100k on late model cars) or you will have hell to pay. Timing chains however are a…

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