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Budgeting for a Car Purchase

by Melissa Crumish on

All that separates you from a new car is a simple handshake. You’ve already taken it for a test spin, convinced it matches your style and personality, and nothing else matters. Right? Wrong. Budget is the primary criteria when deciding on a car. Buy a vehicle that exceeds your budget and you’ll have a financial […]

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Doing Your Homework Before Buying a Car by Melissa Crumish on

When it comes to shopping for a new car, repeat to yourself  “I will not buy compulsively.” Do this at least 20 times before breakfast and maybe another 30 times before going to bed so it buries into your subconscious. Save the impulse shopping for Three Musketeer bars in the grocery store checkout line. A […]

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Lemons and Lemon Laws by Alicia Sparks on

If you recently purchased a vehicle that keeps having the same problem over and over, despite numerous repair attempts, you might have a lemon on your hands. And, you might be entitled to a replacement or refund. What is a Lemon? Simply put, a lemon is a defective vehicle (usually purchased new) that can’t be […]

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Doing Your Homework Before Selling a Car by Nadia Ibanez on

When it comes time to sell your car, there’s a laundry list of things to take care of before you can put it on the market. You have to consider – Gathering all the vehicle’s documents, including the title, Finding the right selling price, Taking care of any last-minute maintenance issues, – and so much […]

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Car Buying: Finding the Perfect Match by Nadia Ibanez on

Whether it’s your first or fifth spin around a dealership, car buying is always an exciting venture. Need a vehicle for personal use? One for the family? These days, it’s easy to find everything from sports cars for road trips to conservative family rides that save on gas – all within your budget and aesthetic […]

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How to Get a Vehicle’s MSRP by Melissa Crumish on

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) – nicknamed “sticker price” – is the recommended selling price car companies assign new vehicles. This price is not firm. It’s a suggestion for dealerships, and depending how the vehicle type is selling, dealerships may adjust the actual selling price either lower (for slow selling cars) or higher (for vehicles […]

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Tax Deduction for Vehicle Registration Fees by Kathy Teel on

Several factors can affect the used car taxes you pay, including: The vehicle’s weight. The type of license plate you’re getting. The state in which you’re registering the vehicle. Whether the car is a trade in. Vehicle Registration Tax Calculator Every state has a different way of calculating the fees for used cars; checking out […]

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