First-Timer's Guide to Buying a Car

If you’re about to buy your first car—congratulations! It can be a fun and empowering process. But since you’ve never done it before, you might be a little intimidated. The process of buying a new and used car is basically the same. Let’s demystify the experience.

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What you need to know about extended warranties

Whether you’ve had an extended warranty in the past or not, there is a lot you may not know about how they work. We’ve got the answers—and, more importantly, the questions—you need. 

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To Buy or Not to Buy

Buying a car can be a mystifying process if you don’t know the ins and outs. But it’s nothing to be intimidated by. Just follow this one simple, ancient proverb: 

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Car Buying Tips

With new car prices averaging around $32,500, cars are a huge investment for most of us.  Research is the key to getting the best deal and still getting the vehicle you want.

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Driverless Cars Still in the Distance

It sounds like a scene from a science fiction movie. A car drives down the road without human input, safely navigating traffic and avoiding crashes. In fact, “autonomous” vehicles are now a reality, as evidenced by the Google car and similar prototypes being tested by vehicle manufacturers and automotive technology companies. 

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The Skinny on Light Weighting

Chances are your next new car or truck will weigh less than the one you drive today, possibly a lot less. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards that require an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 are compelling U.S. automakers to drop excess poundage from vehicles.

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Odometer Fraud

Odometer fraud is real, and a real problem. It occurs when odometers are “rolled back” or “clocked” so the odometer reads less than the actual vehicle mileage.




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Vehicle Pedestrian Detection

Pedestrian collisions happen every eight minutes in the United States and, on average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours. And the latest statistics show these numbers are going up. The good news is that new technology may help make the roads safer.



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Smart Keys

You may think of your car key as little more than a tool to start the car. But have you ever considered that it may also be the best tool to prevent your car from being stolen?




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Buying a Used Car & Flood Damage

As you may be aware, flood damage can often total a vehicle. That poses a huge problem to car owners, as well as perspective used car buyers, since flood-damaged cars are—to put it mildly—a poor investment.

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Warranties Offer Low or No Cost Repairs

If your vehicle is covered by a warranty, you may have to pay little or nothing for certain repairs. However, there are several types of car warranties. Depending on the coverage, special conditions may apply to the estimating and repair process.


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Worth a Thousand Words

The advantage of selling your car online is that you have access to so many buyers. The challenge is that those buyers have access to so many cars. You have to find a way to make your car stand out.

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Care for Your New Car

A new car starts depreciating in value the moment you drive it off the lot. That reality an't be changed. But there are steps you can take to retain as much of your car's value as possible so that when it's time to trade it in somewhere down the line, you'll get the highest return on your investment.




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How to Make Sure Your Car is the Perfect Fit for You

The interiors of modern cars and trucks are designed to fit drivers within a relatively narrow range of both height and weight. But what about the rest of us, folks who are shorter, taller or bigger around than that mythical “average” driver?



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