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Carvana Is Banned From Selling Cars in North Carolina Until 2022
After not abiding by state laws regarding the North Carolina DMV, Carvana is banned from selling cars in Raleigh, North Carolina until January 2022.
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Serena Aburahma
Sep 19, 2021
AAA Says Annual Cost of Car Ownership Is Heading Toward $10,000
Today, the average cost of car ownership calculated by AAA is around ten thousand dollars. AAA also offers an interactive cost calculator for gas cost per mile.
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Carlos Kirby
Sep 17, 2021
Is Buying a Car Online Safe?
Companies like Carvana make buying a car online a safe and convenient option. Additionally, learn about the process of buying online and getting the cheapest deal.
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Carlos Kirby
Sep 17, 2021
Safest First Cars for New Drivers According to U.S. News
U.S. News recently ranked the safest cars for teens, and the winners are great for all new drivers.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Sep 14, 2021
YouTube Content Creators Are a Big Part of Car Advertising
Companies should invest in YouTube reviews for car advertising. Since car buyers are doing more online research when buying a car, connecting with them online is essential.
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Carlos Kirby
Sep 17, 2021
Most Reliable SUV of 2021: U.S. News Had a Surprising Pick
U.S. News picked the Nissan Armada as this year’s most reliable SUV.
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Alexandra Maloney
Sep 13, 2021
5 Best Deals for Buying a Car This September
Despite the chip shortages driving up car sales recently, here are five of the best deals for buying a car this September.
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Isabel Armiento
Sep 13, 2021
Consumer Reports Only Recommends 5 2021 2-Row Midsize SUVs
Consumer Reports recommends only five 2021 midsize SUVs, giving the 2021 Subaru Outback the highest overall score.
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Isabel Armiento
Sep 11, 2021
Labor Day Car Sales Could Be Hard to Come By
Holiday weekends usually mean car dealerships run massive promotions. Here’s why Labor Day deals for new cars are so hard to find this year.
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Alex Healey
Sep 03, 2021
Tesla Is Rumored to Be Making a Huge Business Change
Tesla is reportedly shifting their retail strategy and changing the way they sell cars. This could help increase revenue and make car buying more accessible.
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Jane Lu
Sep 01, 2021
The Destination Fee Keeps Car Prices High
Here is what you need to know about the destination fee when buying a car.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 28, 2021
Automakers Face Another Challenge to Increase Car Supply
Massive floods around the world have negatively impacted people’s lives as well as the supply chain. The auto industry faces another blocker for improving car inventory.
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Jane Lu
Aug 25, 2021
Online Car Buying Services Are In, but Some Customers Aren't Satisfied
Some drivers in Massachusetts have had major issues with Vroom, an online car-buying platform. This includes Vroom selling cars that haven’t passed inspection.
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Jane Lu
Aug 25, 2021
Volkswagen in Brazil Will Sell Some Cars With Blank Plates on the Dash
Certain Volkswagen models in Brazil will be sold with a plastic cover over the area where the infotainment system would be.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 24, 2021
Used Car Shopping: Consumer Reports Says to Pay More Attention to Vehicle Age Rather Than Mileage
Used car shopping can be overwhelming. Experts believe that a car's age is more important than its total miles.
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Alex Healey
Aug 21, 2021
New Car Inventory May Finally Be Stabilizing
The nationwide average of new car inventories climbed slightly at the end of July. What does this mean for people on the hunt for a new car?
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 21, 2021
EV Sales Are Growing This Year, Despite the Microchip Shortage
Electric vehicles are rebounding from the COVID sales slump faster than their gas-guzzling rivals. But will EV sales match industry and government projections?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 18, 2021
A Cheaper Car Doesn't Always Mean Cheaper Car Insurance Rates
Cheaper cars cost less to insure right? Not always! Calculate the cost of insurance before you buy a new car.
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Alex Healey
Aug 15, 2021
Will There Finally Be a Respite from Extreme Used Car Prices?
Used car prices have skyrocketed in recent months. However there are several promising signs that prices are returning to normal.
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Ru Chen
Aug 14, 2021
Reddit Users Pointed Out All the Car Critic Complaints That Don't Make Sense
One Reddit thread featured users’ complaints about car critics. We’ve found the most common complaints and have a bit of advice to offer, too.
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Brandon Moore
Aug 13, 2021
How to Catch Odometer Rollback
With the used car market so hot right now, catching odometer rollback is more important than ever. So how can you spot a mileage scam?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 12, 2021
Car Sales in Iowa Higher Than Pre-Pandemic Levels
COVID-19 had a huge impact on car sales nationwide. However, there has recently been a surge in new car sales, particularly in Iowa.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 09, 2021
How to Safely Buy a Used Car
Used car prices are through the roof this year as automakers struggle to keep up with demand. In such a hot market, how can you ensure that you get what you pay for?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 07, 2021
Autotrader Names Hottest Cars of Summer 2021, Factoring in Shortage
Autotrader recently released its list of Hottest Cars of Summer 2021 with popular brands like Ford and Toyota making the list.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Aug 01, 2021
OneRequest Startup Helps Make It Easier to Buy a Car
OneRequest is a Kansas startup that launched in the pandemic that makes buying a car easier.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jul 29, 2021
Tax Credits Are Running Out for EV Owners
Tax credits are available to Americans who buy electric vehicles, but they are beginning to run out. Find out which cars still qualify.
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Alex Healey
Jul 27, 2021
2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. Volvo XC40: The Better Value Is Clear
Compact crossovers like the 2021 Mazda CX-5 are giving their luxury counterparts a run for their money. What do you sacrifice by choosing a CX-5 over a Volvo XC40?
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Andrew Koole
Jul 28, 2021
Is Buying a Discontinued Car Model a Mistake?
Many automakers are discontinuing the car models and replacing them with SUVs and crossovers. Should you buy a car if it’s being canceled?
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Andrew Koole
Jul 25, 2021
A Big Auto Supplier Is Expanding Their Tennessee Factory
Auto supplier Martinrea International Inc. is expanding its plant in Tennessee, which means drivers can expect more vehicles to come soon to the area.
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Brandon Moore
Jul 23, 2021
5 Cars that Get Overlooked But Are Actually Great Buys
Consumer Reports recently released a list of cars and SUVs that get overlooked at dealerships, but are actually worth considering if you’re buying a car.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jul 17, 2021

All Questions on Car Buying

What is the cheapest truck color to buy?
What truck color is the most affordable? I want to purchase a used Chevy Silverado in Colorado.
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Sophie Newman
Sep 15, 2021
What color car looks best?
I'm buying a Nissan Versa, so not a fancy car, but I still want it to look nice. What color should I purchase?
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Sophie Newman
Sep 15, 2021
What is the cheapest car color to insure?
Is there a car color I should avoid? I was considering buying a red car, but I've heard those are more expensive to insure.
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Sophie Newman
Sep 15, 2021
Do you need car insurance and a warranty?
If I get a warranty, do I still need insurance? I'm thinking of purchasing a new car.
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Sophie Newman
Sep 15, 2021
What is a good car insurance company in North Dakota?
What is the best company in North Dakota? I'm buying car insurance for the first time as a new car owner.
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Sophie Newman
Sep 14, 2021
How do I choose a secondhand car?
I'm looking to buy a used car for my family, but I'm worried about getting ripped off. How can I be sure that the car I'm buying is safe and a good deal?
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 13, 2021
Can you drive a car while waiting for a title?
I recently bought a used car, but I don't have the new title for it yet. Can I still drive my car, or do I have to wait? How long will it take to get the title?
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 13, 2021
How do I change my car insurance from one car to another?
I traded in my old vehicle for a new one, so I need to get a new insurance policy. However, this is the second car I've ever owned, and I'm not sure how to go about it! How can I change insurance from one car to another?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How do I add a new vehicle to my existing car insurance policy?
I just bought a convertible for leisure driving on Sundays, but I still need to get insurance. I've only ever had one car before, so I'm not sure how to add my new car to my existing plan—how do I add another car to my policy?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How do I find old car insurance records for a car I'm purchasing?
I'm buying a car from a private seller and I want to know if the car has had any insurance claims filed against it. I've never bought from a private seller before, and I'm not really sure where to start looking—so how can I find an old car's insurance records?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How do I change the car that's covered on my insurance?
I recently purchased a new car and I traded in my old one. I obviously don't need my old one covered anymore, but I'm not sure how to transfer my insurance to my new car. How can I change the car on my car insurance policy?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
Are vehicle safety ratings important?
I want to get a new car and have been looking at safety ratings. How much should this factor into my final decision on which car to buy?
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Emily Maracle
Sep 10, 2021
Do experts recommend bundling home and auto insurance?
I'm a first-time home buyer and I will need a home insurance policy. My car insurance company offers home insurance, and I've heard it can be cheaper to bundle policies rather than get two separate ones. Should I bundle my policies?
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Emily Maracle
Sep 10, 2021
Is spot delivery legal in California?
Are spot deliveries legal in California? I plan on buying a used Mazda soon, but I don’t want to get scammed or ripped off.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
What do you mean by spot delivery?
What does a car dealership mean by spot delivery? A car salesperson mentioned this and I don’t know what this means.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
Do I have to buy a car with spot delivery?
Do I have to buy my new car with spot delivery? My dealer says I can take my car home before my loan is approved, but I don’t want to have a bad experience.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
How does spot delivery work?
How does a spot delivery work? I heard about them before and want to avoid them when I buy my next car.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
Is a spot delivery bad?
Is it bad to have a spot delivery? I just bought a brand new car, but I don’t know if I was approved for my car loan.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
What is spot delivery?
What does spot delivery mean and is it illegal in Colorado? There’s a car that I want to buy soon, but I’m scared of getting scammed. I heard negative things about spot deliveries and I don’t want this to happen to me. Help!
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
Is it illegal to sell above MSRP?
Is it legal for a car dealership to sell above the MSRP? I’m searching for a new car and I want to make sure I get the best deal.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
How much can I get off MSRP?
How much of a discount can I get off of a new car’s MSRP? I’m in the market for a new car and I don’t want to pay the full MSRP.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
How is MSRP calculated?
What factors go into calculating MSRP? I see it all the time in stores and car dealerships and want to know what really goes into it.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
What is MSRP and how does it work?
Can you define MSRP and explain how it works?
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
How much below MSRP is a good deal?
How much below the MSRP can I offer to a dealership? I want to put in a good offer for my new car and get a great deal.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
What does MSRP mean?
What is MSRP? Is this the same as the sticker price I see at dealerships?
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
What is the meaning of MSRP?
What’s MSRP? I see MSRP around stores a lot and want to know what it means.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
What is MSRP?
What does MSRP stand for? I saw this acronym when I was searching through Kelley Blue Book.
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Rachel Juillerat
Sep 10, 2021
How does interest work on a car loan?
How do you calculate interest on a car loan? I've been doing some research to try to figure out what kinds of cars I can afford, but loans are confusing. I'm not really sure how car loan interest works when you finance a car.
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Eric Schad
Sep 09, 2021
What's included in a pre-purchase inspection?
What does a pre-purchase inspection look at? I'm going to get a pre-purchase inspection on a car I plan to buy.
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Eric Schad
Aug 31, 2021
What is a pre-purchase inspection?
What does a pre-purchase inspection look at? I've read that a pre-purchase inspection can save you from buying a lemon.
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Eric Schad
Aug 31, 2021

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