Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars Worth The Premium Price?

In a recent post, we talked about why you should (almost) never lease a new car. But let’s say you want a used car. As with new, there are also multiple factors to take into account. You can buy the typical used car, either from a private owner or … [Read more...]

Auto Financing For Smart People: Tips For Saving On Your Car Loan

Earlier this week I wrote about mistakes we make when buying a car. One of those mistakes is overlooking the importance of the auto financing in the overall cost of your new car. The example I gave is if you are buying a new Honda Civic, the … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Reduce Your Car Insurance Rates After an Accident

If you’re reading this article, you are probably one of the 11 million Americans who got into a car accident recently. First, we hope no one was seriously hurt. Secondly – and we hate to give you more bad news – there’s a chance that even if you we … [Read more...]

Rolling in the Dough: How to Drive Your Car to 200,000 Miles

My white 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan, which I lovingly refer to as "the Lamborghini," has 156,712 miles on it, give or take. And I'm determined, come hell or high gas prices, to ride my beast to the 200,000 mile mark — even 250,000 if I can help i … [Read more...]

Get the Best Deal on a New Car with One Simple Email

As somebody who makes a living running a profitable car business, I argue it’s not always a good idea to grind car dealers into a bare minimum, below-invoice price on your next new car. (Yes, I know most of you disagree.) That said, I’ve seen eve … [Read more...]

10 Used Cars Under $20K So Fun To Drive, You’ll Forget How Little You Paid

When Dave asked me to write about the best used cars you can buy for under $20,000 – and have a little fun doing it – I wondered: How does a “car guy” have fun writing on a financial blog? By stirring the pot, of course. Being the guy that apprais … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How to Deal with Mechanics When You Know Nothing About Cars

Some smart people really love dumb people with problems. Because they are smart enough to know they can trick the dumb people with problems into giving them lots of money to fix those problems ... that only they are smart enough to fix. The smart … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: How To Buy An Extended Car Warranty

In my last post I gave you some questions to ask before you say yes to an extended auto warranty. Today we’ll dive deeper and explore how much car warranties cost and, if you do buy, how to choose the best extended warranty for your needs. As a pr … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: Four Questions To Ask Before You Buy An Extended Auto Warranty

When I was a kid I went along with my father and watched him buy things like televisions, furniture, and even a few cars. He was a shrewd buyer and I remember being impressed how quickly and firmly he said NO to any sort of extended warranty. He … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: How To Maximize Profit When Selling Your Car On The Private Market

Want to maximize the money you get from your used car? Forget trading it in. Sell it yourself. In my experience, there are a couple of key items that will improve the quality of your car’s listing and hopefully increase what you’re able to sell it … [Read more...]