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Car buying can be a stressful experience. From deciding whether to buy used or new or lease, these articles provide advice on how best to navigate the full process.

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Why Choose a Car Loan?

People that are saving money to purchase a car are usually faced with the question of whether they should purchase a car outright with the money that they have saved or if they should use that money as a down payment for a car loan for a more expensive car. While there are obvious benefits

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What Financiers Look at on a Car Finance Application

For many people, applying for a car finance is a bit of a mystery. Most people just fill out the necessary paperwork and hope for the best without understanding what the financiers are actually looking for. In reality, the approval process for a car finance is not that complicated. Financiers base their decision on just

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Making the Most of Investment in an Auto

Let’s say that you had $25,000 spare for investment, and a broker told you of one that’s one of the most popular in North America. He adds that there’s a chance of almost 100 percent that you’ll lose at least half your investment, and possibly even more. The broker was talking about an auto. It

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How a Money Market Account Can Help You Save for a Used Car

As a young professional, you’re probably looking for ways to save money, and the prices on new cars can lead to sticker shock. You may not be ready to add car payments to your student loan payments, but even if you live in a city with public transit, you may eventually need a car. Buying

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How to Change the Oil in Your Car

This is a guest post provided by my (Aaron) 17 year-old step-son, Haäkin – who is enrolled in auto tech classes at school, loves riding motocross and is a “Thrifty Guy in Training”. Doing an oil change yourself is an easy way to save money. First off, you will want to have a set of

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My Dumbest Money Mistake

There she was. Sitting all shiny and looking brand new. “What do you think of it Aaron?” asked the salesmen. “Oh – that is sweet.” “Yeah – it certainly is. We just got ‘er in a few days ago and I’m sure it’ll go fast.” “I’m sure..” I uttered – mesmerized. “Should we go and

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How to Get the Best Car Insurance Rates

I recently reviewed my car insurance policy with my local agent to see if we could get lower rates. It’s something I like to do at least once a year and would highly recommend doing it yourself. We were able to lower our car insurance rates by about $200 $400/year. Not bad! Most good insurance

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Will You Buy a New Car in 2012?

A recent report by the Associated Press says that car sales were pretty strong at the end of 2011 and they look to be even stronger this year. My car Currently, I am driving a 2004 Saturn Ion – which is a hand-me-down from my wife (she has the newer car). It runs great, gets

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How to deal with a car dealer

So my wife and I have decided to bite the bullet and replace my junker-of-a-car. It’s been a decent clunker. But she’s starting to leak oil like a sieve and it’s usually 3 or 4 turns of the crank before I get ‘er started. So, it’s time. There are many different schools of thought on

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