Buying a car

So You're About to Visit a Car Dealership

Most financial advisors would probably agree that holding onto a used car with no payments and only occasional repairs is a better deal than financing a newer, nicer car. But eventually even the thriftiest car owners have to make the decision to upgrade to something newer and more reliable. There are good rules of thumb in looking for a vehicle, but the ultimate decision will depend on your individual circumstances. The best way to save money is to save up and...

Posted on Jan 10, 2014

Still interested in deals? There will be plenty after the holiday.

Stories of people waiting until after Christmas to go shopping are legion. Traditionally the prices are better the day after the big gift-giving holiday as retailers unload inventory that never got off the sales floor. According to the retail bargain-tracking site Dealnews.com, 2013 should be no different. Typically you’re looking for things that don’t have to be under the Christmas tree, but Dealnews suggests some “After Christmas Sales” actually might have started on Christmas Eve. This year those sales could have...

Posted on Dec 25, 2013

Day 3 of America Saves Week - Big Ticket Savings

Day 3 – Big Ticket Saving Occasional “Big Ticket” or expensive purchases can be unavoidable in life. People simply need cars and homes, and want to send their children to college. The best way to deal with these necessary purchases is to plan ahead and be prepared. There are of course many ways to do this, but perhaps the easiest is to devote a percentage of each paycheck to one of these items. The percentage of a paycheck you can set aside...

Posted on Feb 27, 2013

Looking for a Used Car? Ask the Right Questions

One of the most stressful buying experiences can occur when you are purchasing a used vehicle. Used vehicles can save you a lot of money compared to buying a brand new vehicle – if they are in good shape. Below is a great article from MSN Money on How to Shops Smart at a Used Car Lot. Seven years ago, when Alysia Welch-Chester needed a new car, she settled on a 2001 Toyota Prius that she found at a used car...

Posted on Mar 29, 2011

So You Want to Buy a Car

One of the best kept secrets in business is that everything is negotiable. This is particularly applicable when shopping for a car. You’ve probably seen car salespeople hovering in the doorways of the dealerships, watching your every move and waiting to strike. This is because they make money every time they sell a car…which puts you, the consumer, in a position of power. In order to use that power, you need to be an informed consumer; you must know what...

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

 
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