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How to Check a Used Car for Flood Damage Before Purchase
Despite laws against it, cars that were damaged by floodwaters can still make it into the used car market. What are the best ways to spot these duds?
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Sep 17, 2021
What to Consider Before Donating Your Car
Donating your car is a generous gesture that could benefit others. But, you should consider your options carefully first. It might be better to sell it yourself and just donate the money.
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Genevieve Fraser
Sep 13, 2021
Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars Really Better?
There’s a lot you need to check before you buy a used car. But, a Certified Pre-Owned car still might not be worth the extra cost.
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Jane Lu
Sep 08, 2021
The Three Fastest Selling Used Cars in July Were All Electric Cars
The EV revolution is in full swing, used cars included. Will the strength of the used electric car sales outlast this year’s odd market trends?
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Andrew Koole
Sep 01, 2021
Is a 2010 Honda Accord a Good Used Car?
Buying a 2010 Honda Accord as a used car appears to be a good idea. What does the 2010 Accord have to offer and are there any problem areas?
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Ru Chen
Aug 27, 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
Buying a Used Kia Telluride Is a Huge Mistake Right Now
The Kia Telluride is in hot demand but don’t spend too much on a used one.
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Alex Healey
Aug 21, 2021
A New Platform Helps You Buy Used Vehicles Online From Start to Finish
Penske Automotive Group and Cox Automotive have developed CarShop to help consumers purchase used cars in a fully online process.
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Jane Lu
Aug 18, 2021
Don't Overlook a Certified Pre-Owned 2018 Honda Pilot
Honda Pilots offering everything a family needs in an SUV. Is it worth the extra money to buy one that’s certified pre-owned?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 17, 2021
Is a Certified Pre-Owned 2018 Honda CR-V a Good Used Car?
Honda CR-Vs are known for their reliability. Is buying a Certified Pre-Owned one worth the extra money?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 17, 2021
Buy a Certified Pre-Owned 2018 Honda Accord For a Dependable Used Car
Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Honda can make sifting through the used car market a whole lot easier. But is it worth the higher price?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 17, 2021
Were Lemons Rally Protestors Serious About Wanting Saturn to Return?
A recent protest outside of a General Motors building was aimed at reviving the defunct Saturn brand. But was the protest serious or just a joke?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 16, 2021
Be Wary of Buying a Used 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Many owners have had issues with the electrical systems of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This model has more complaints than other Jeep vehicles from the same year.
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Jane Lu
Aug 15, 2021
A Used 2018 Honda CR-V Falls Right in the 'Sweet Spot'
A used 2018 Honda CR-V is a great pick if you’re looking for a more affordable vehicle that’s reliable and comfortable. The SUV is known for its durability.
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Jane Lu
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
Your Old Honda Could Be a Collectible Now
Some old cars with common nameplates are being sold for insanely high prices. What’s driving this retro-grocery-getter trend?
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Andrew Koole
Aug 11, 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
Best Used Large Vehicles Under $5,000
Ford, Jeep, and Nissan have reliable SUVs or trucks that you might be able to find used for less than $5,000. You don’t have to break the bank for a large vehicle.
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Jane Lu
Aug 27, 2021
Best Used Small Cars Under $5,000
The Buick Park Avenue and Acura TSX are some of the best small cars that can be purchased used for under $5,000. They’re affordable and typically still reliable with high mileage.
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Jane Lu
Aug 01, 2021
The Car You Bought During the Pandemic Could Be Worth Reselling
The current demand for vehicles along with low supply means that dealers can sell year-old cars for an average of 95% of their original price.
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Jane Lu
Jul 31, 2021
How the Used Car Market is Contributing to Inflation
The increasing prices of used cars are being blamed in part for a soaring inflation rate.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jul 17, 2021
Your Chevy Corvette Could Be Worth Much More Than You Paid
Due to an increased demand for new and used cars, new cars bought last year and used cars can be sold by drivers for an incredible deal.
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Brandon Moore
Jul 16, 2021
New Law Would Ban Selling Used Cars With Open Recalls
The Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act would require car dealers to repair issues related to recalls in used cars before selling, leasing, or loaning them.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Jul 11, 2021
Can You Find a Good Pickup Truck for Under $5,000?
Finding an affordable used pickup truck isn’t easy. What are the best options under $5,000?
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Andrew Koole
Jul 04, 2021
Used Car Shoppers Could Finally Be in for Some Relief
The recent spike in used car prices seems to be leveling off. What caused the spike in the first place? And what indicators have experts expecting better prices this summer?
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Andrew Koole
Jul 03, 2021
Several Converging Factors Have Caused People to Keep Their Cars Longer Than Ever
The average age of a car in the United States increased this year. What are the benefits of keeping your car for longer?
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Andrew Koole
Jun 27, 2021
The Most Fuel-Efficient Used Compact SUVs All Have 1 Thing in Common
Buying a used compact SUV is a great way to save a little money. However, you don't have to sacrifice fuel efficiency when buying used.
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Andrew Koole
Jun 11, 2021
The 2014 Toyota Tacoma Is the Best Used Truck for Under $15,000
The 2014 Toyota Tacoma was recently offered high praise from Kelley Blue Book. What makes the 2014 Tacoma such a great used truck?
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Andrew Koole
Jun 12, 2021
Why Now Is a Great Time to Trade in Your Chevy Corvette
A used Chevy Corvette is worth $17,432 more than it was a year ago. Learn which other cars have increased in value, and find out why.
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Alex Healey
Jun 12, 2021
Used Car Warranties, Explained
If you buy a used car, ask about a used car warranty and find out what it covers, how much it costs, and whether the manufacturer or the dealer will honor it.
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Jason Tushinski
Jun 18, 2021

All Questions on Used Cars

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
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
What should I do with a car that's worth less than the repairs are to fix it?
I have a car with over 250,000 miles. It started running a bit strange, so I took it into the repair shop. They quoted me a price to fix it that's more than the value of the car itself. What should I do with this car?
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Eric Schad
Aug 30, 2021
Is car maintenance actually worth it on a used car?
I just bought a car with 120,000 miles on it. I know that maintenance is important for new cars, but is it worth it on an old car?
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Eric Schad
Aug 30, 2021
Does Walmart offer car safety inspections?
Can Walmart do a safety inspection on my car? I usually take my car to Walmart for repairs, as I find their prices some of the best in town. However, I'm buying a used car from a private seller and I need to get a safety inspection.
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Eric Schad
Aug 27, 2021
How do I donate a car to Goodwill?
I just purchased a new vehicle and want to get rid of my old vehicle. It's a 2004 Mitsubishi and it runs fine. I thought the best option would be to donate the car. How do I donate a car to Goodwill?
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Rachel Juillerat
Aug 20, 2021
How do you decide which car is best for you?
I've been test driving a lot of different cars. I don't know what type of car I should get as it's my first car. How do I know what right car is for me?
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Emily Maracle
Aug 20, 2021
Can anyone buy a car in the United States?
I'm an international student and need a car. Am I allowed to buy a vehicle here?
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Emily Maracle
Aug 20, 2021
What is the best car to buy?
I'm going to purchase my first car soon. What's the best car to buy? Are there any cars experts recommend? It's a big purchase, so I want to make the best decision.
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Emily Maracle
Aug 20, 2021
How does someone buy a car?
I want to buy a car, but I don't really know where to begin. What do I need to do?
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Emily Maracle
Aug 20, 2021
What do I need to know before purchasing a vehicle?
I'm purchasing a vehicle for the first time. Is there anything I need to know before I buy one? I want to make sure I don't get ripped off.
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Emily Maracle
Aug 19, 2021
How many days do I have to get car insurance on a used car?
I’ve seen the perfect car for me. It’s used and I want to jump on buying it as soon as possible. How much time do I have to get car insurance?
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Lauren Smith
Aug 16, 2021
Should I finance a car with a warranty or buy a car with cash?
I need a car to get to my job, but I don't want to add more debt to do so. I have $6,000 saved to buy a car with, which I'll probably spend about $5,000 and save $1,000 as an emergency repair fund. My father thinks I should get a certified pre-owned vehicle that's $12,000, pay half in cash and finance the rest. Which is the better option?
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Eric Schad
Aug 02, 2021
Is buying a new car at 0% APR better than buying a used car at 3% APR?
Is financing a new or used car better? I don't know whether I should buy a new or used car. The dealer near me is offering 0% APR for new cars, but I also got approved for 3% APR on a used car.
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Eric Schad
Jul 16, 2021
Should I finance a $9,000 car if I have $20,000 in savings to pay for it?
Should I pay cash for the car or should I finance all or a portion of the vehicle? I have $20,000 saved up to buy a car. After shopping around, I found the one car I like is only $9,000.
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Eric Schad
Jul 03, 2021
What should I do if my financed car keeps breaking down?
What do I do if my financed used car keeps breaking down? I got a car from a local dealer. However, this used car keeps breaking down all the time.
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Eric Schad
Jul 01, 2021
Can I get a car loan for a car I buy at an auction?
Do you have to pay cash for a car you buy at an auction? I want to go to a car auction for a 1979 Trans Am, but I'm not sure if I have the cash to buy it outright.
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Eric Schad
Jul 01, 2021
Can I get three car loans under my name?
"Is it possible to have three car loans under my name? My wife and I both have financed cars. My son is turning 16 soon, and I'm thinking about surprising him with a car."
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Eric Schad
Jul 28, 2021
Can I get financed through CarMax even with bad credit?
"Will CarMax give me financing even if my credit score is 550?"
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Eric Schad
Jul 28, 2021
Is there a bank that will give a loan on a classic car without requiring an appraisal?
"Will banks finance a classic car if I intend to drive it everyday? I found a classic muscle car for sale for an incredible deal. I would have to finance it and would like to actually drive the car, so the appraisal based classic loans are not going to work for my situation."
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Johnny Puckett
Jul 28, 2021
Should I finance all or some of a new car?
"Is it better to pay cash for a used car? I am planning on buying a used car and have negotiated a price. At $30k I can pay for most of the car out of pocket."
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Johnny Puckett
Jul 28, 2021
Should I finance a 3-year old car?
"Is it smart to finance a 3-5 year old used car. I've always gotten used cars, but I would like to get a newer car for my next car."
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Johnny Puckett
Jun 25, 2021
What can I expect when financing an expensive used car?
"Does this seem possible or should I wait until I have a large down payment? I can afford a $50k-$70k car if I can get a 5-year loan at around a 5%-interest rate. My income is around $150k per year and my credit is 770. Is dealer financing better or should I go to a bank or credit union?"
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Johnny Puckett
Jun 25, 2021
Should I pay cash for a car through a private seller or should I go to a dealership to buy a used car?
"My friend wants to sell me a used car, but wouldn’t it be safer to buy a used car through a dealership? My friend is selling his car for a fair price and I can afford it, but I don’t know much about cars and don’t want to get stuck with a lemon."
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Johnny Puckett
Jul 28, 2021
Where can I find financing for a 12-year old car?
"How can I get financing for an older vehicle? I found a 2009 Mercedes Sprinter van at a local dealership for $12k. My bank will not lend money for vehicles older than 10-years old. The dealer does offer in-house financing but the rate was ridiculous regardless of my good credit."
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Johnny Puckett
Jul 28, 2021
Should I buy a car outright with my total loss settlement money?
"Should I use the settlement money from my totaled car as a down payment for a new car or buy a used car outright? I recently got in a wreck in which my Honda was considered a total loss. The insurance gave me the full value of the car, which is more than enough to pick up a decent used car of the same value."
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Johnny Puckett
Jun 25, 2021
What year car should I get to save the most money on auto insurance?
"I am 18 years old and recently got my driver's license. I am shopping around for a car and want to know what car will give me the cheapest rate for insurance? Will a 2010 Toyota Camry cost a lot more than a 2006?"
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Shannon Martin
Jul 28, 2021
What is a better for a first car, new or used?
"Should I get a new car or a used car as a 17 year old? I work a minimum wage job and need a reliable first car."
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Emily Maracle
Jul 28, 2021
Do you need full coverage on a financed used car?
"I'm going to be financing a 2018 Nissan Altima. Since it's used, will I still need to have full coverage on it?"
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Emily Maracle
Jul 28, 2021

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