Consumer Tips Archives

Is Bigger Better? If you ask most people what car would be safer in an accident given a choice between a big old heavy Volvo 940 wagon pictured to the right or the tiny Renault Modus, most would choose the larger car. We decide these things based mostly on the “Bigness Factor”. Bigger is better,…

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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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Over the years people have come to me with many car questions. Renting or loaning cars has come up often. The question goes like this: “Does my insurance cover a friend if I lend or rent my car to them?” and “Am I covered if I drive someone else’s car?” and “Does My Insurance Cover…

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Everyone knows about craigslist.org, but only a few of us have used the much more effective search tool named http://crazedlist.com/ on a daily basis. It was a sad day when I recently logged on and found the following message: “SORRY! crazedlist is down until further notice. It’s been real, it’s been fun, it’s been real…

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Buying a car from a private party on Craigslist can be a very good deal in your car search but it can also be disastrous if you do not know the important steps one needs to make. Below I go through the easy steps to where I explain the process. I expect that at this…

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Dealerships are in the business of extracting as much money out of you as possible. That is the sales persons job, and they are highly trained at it. When a client contacts me for a car purchase, I feel as though I am being summoned to go into the battle field. I may be called…

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The High Cost of a Low Quality Used Car The high cost of a low quality used car is the result of people buying inferior cars that do not have the specific criteria of no accident, highway miles, dealer maintained, original owner, having all maintenance records and garage kept. There are many car manufacturers out…

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