As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are talking about good cars from bad dealers, aftermarket warranties, and price increases for used Lexus GS sedans. First up, can you find a legit deal at a dealership that may not be totally legit? “ I’m looking to buy my first car that I’ve spent personal money on. The car, a 2009 Volvo C30, is a pretty big purchase for me at $7,995 and I want to make sure I’m making the right choice. While the Carfax checks out (at least in my eye), the dealership selling it has some pretty bad reviews, and when I called to arrange a PPI with a Volvo mechanic about a mile from the dealership, he warned me about them. Ultimately, he assured me he would let me know what the car is worth and if it’s in good mechanical shape. My question for you, and mainly out of hopes of appeasing my … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Buy a Good Car From a Bad Dealer?
Negotiating to buy a new car
The hunt for a new car was once a very different process. Go back 15 or 20 years, and you would have bought a magazine or a newspaper that would hopefully have a test on the vehicle you’re interested in, and you’d probably locate a dealer through the same medium. These days, it’s essentially all digital. We embark on our car buying journey on Google, or see an ad on social media for something that tickles our fancy. In fact, we’ve seen time and time again that some buyers are now more educated about the car they want to buy than the dealers themselves. That’s all thanks to the readily available and vastly consumed information on the web. But, while some things have changed dramatically in the automotive industry and the digital world that now powers it, there are a couple of ‘truisms’ that have stood the test of time. One of them is the importance of timing. Not only which car to buy, but when to buy it. There’s no doubt that car … [Read more...] about Why December is the perfect time to buy a new car
SPONSORED CONTENT Making any major purchase with bad credit is difficult, but trying to buy a car with bad credit or post-bankruptcy is more difficult. But it’s not impossible. That said, know that when you do get a car loan, your interest rate is bound to be high, so you should make sure that you have plenty of available cash each month to make the payments. Buying a new or used car with bad credit is difficult but possible. If you fail to meet the terms of the loan, your credit score will take another significant dip, your new vehicle will be repossessed, and you’ll be out the thousands of dollars you already spent on the vehicle. Bearing that , this article is to help you make a sound purchasing decision and to help you improve your credit worthiness while still driving away in a brand-new vehicle. So, how can you, a currently non-creditworthy individual, get approved for a car loan after bankruptcy or with bad credit? This post explains how. According to Fox Business, … [Read more...] about Here’s how to buy a new or used car with bad credit
Go to a local car dealership, enter the showroom, open the door to one of the vehicles on display, and breathe deeply. Ahhhh, new car smell. Intoxicating, isn’t it? Alluring to the point that you’ll spend, on average, about $13,500 in order to obtain it. Wait. What? That’s right. According to Kelley Blue Book, in 2015, Americans spent, on average, more than $33,500 on new vehicles. Meanwhile, J.D. Power reported that in the 2015, the average used vehicle cost just over $20,000. That new-car smell sure is an expensive air freshener. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Of course, there are other reasons to buy a new car. At the same time, it makes plenty of sense to buy a used car, and not something vintage like that cool Volkswagen Thing pictured above. We’re talking about lightly used vehicles, the type J.D. Power describes when it claims that in 2015 the average used vehicle was 4.3 years old and had 51,554 miles on the odometer. First up … [Read more...] about 6 Smart Reasons Why You Should Buy a Used Car
Microwave ovens eventually die and require replacement. When mine started making an odd popping sound and emitting an electrical smell during use, I unplugged it, went to the closest store known to sell microwave ovens, bought a new one, plugged it in, and then continued heating up leftovers for lunch. It took less than an hour. Cars eventually die and require replacement. People don’t buy cars like they buy microwave ovens. You never wake up, decide to buy a new car, walk into a dealership showroom, swipe a credit or debit card, and drive away in less than an hour. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND 'LIKE' US HERE. J.D. Power research confirms this. In recent years, the company’s New Autoshopper Study has found that about 80 percent of car buyers use the Internet to research new vehicle purchases, spend an average of 14 hours doing so, and take an average of four months to make a decision about which make and model to buy. As a person who … [Read more...] about 8 Important Decisions to Make Before Buying a New Car