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Advice to decide on buying a newer model used car or old one

I am planning to buy a used car, as everyone seems to suggest that is more financially good decision. I am more interested in being frugal than getting flashy stuff. Going by that, this car is a ...
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Is there any reason not to put a 35% down payment on a car?

I went to the car dealership and was planning to finance a car under my brothers name, but since his credit is new AND he just financed a car 2 months ago, the salesman said it probably wouldn't work. ...
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How do used vehicle exchange programs at car dealerships work?

I've gotten numerous offers from car dealers in the past to trade in my used vehicle for a new or a [newer] pre-owned vehicle "while keeping my monthly payments the same." They also say that I can ...
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Claiming against visa rental car insurance

I'm planning on claiming against my visa cards rental car insurance benefit. For an incident using a zip-car. Will this claim affect my credit score or car insurance rates?
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Child is on the way, invest for college and car fund options - opinions

I have a baby on the way and own my own business. Because I have my own business my income is volatile every month, and don't want to count on contributing monthly for 20 years for my child college ...
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new car loan vs use mortgage loan to pay for car

We have a mortgage loan for 3.5% and just got a car loan for 1.49%. My husband thinks we should pay off the car with our mortgage loan instead of using the car loan because we can claim mortgage ...
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Extend warranty on current car or trade in for new cheaper car?

Three years ago I bought a new Mercedes GLK350 for $45,000. It gets about 19 MPG on average. It now has 49K miles on it, and the original warranty is ending. I have the option to purchase an ...
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(Arizona) Bought a car with financing, do I take it to DMV/DOT?

I bought a used car from a dealership with an auto loan they provided. They created a temporary license that they put on the back of the car and said they'd "take care of everything". Since the car's ...
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Non Resident Alien(Working full time on F1-OPT) new car sales tax deduction

I am an international student on F1(OPT) visa and working full time off-campus. I bought a car last year and was wondering if I am eligible for sales tax deduction on the sales tax I paid for the car ...
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Who can truly afford luxury cars?

I never really thought about money until one day I checked how much I made compared to the rest of America. The calculator said my household income is in the top 20%. Kind of funny to me, because I ...
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Can a dealer keep my deposit (on a non-existant car) if my loan is not approved?

I am going through the process of ordering a car. It's a factory order, so it's not like it is sitting in the lot. The dealer said I had to pay a deposit of $1000, which I did. Then I applied for ...
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Am I double taxed on a lease purchase?

I'm considering buying my car at the end of its lease. In looking at the paperwork, I paid the State of Illinois 7% sales tax on the entire negotiated value of the car, not just the portion I leased. ...
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Claiming car as a business expense in the UK

I am filing my tax return as a self-employed in the UK and would like to claim my car as a business expense. I have read the "Rates for cars" section of this website: ...
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Sales tax “trick” while buying a used car; i.e. declaring sale at lower than actual transaction value?

I am selling my car and have found a potential buyer. After I transfer the vehicle ownership, the buyer will have to transfer the vehicle title to himself, and will also need to pay sales tax on the ...
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If I plan to buy a car in cash, should I let the dealer know?

Is it desirable for them if I paid in full? Should I let them know or should I keep it to myself? Will I get lower prices if I was willing to pay in full?
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Pay for a cheap car or take out a loan?

I have $2,000 in total in my savings account for a car but I am starting a better paying job in three months and I will need a car to get to it. At the moment, I am biking to my current job. I am just ...
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When's 0% financing the least costly (best) option?

Kelley Blue Book counters 0% financing (For brevity, I show only each point's topic sentence): 1. 0% financing usually requires a shorter-term loan, which can require higher payments. ...
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For a car, what scams can be plotted with 0% financing vs rebate?

7. Consider paying interest Zero-percent financing is like a dinner bell; car dealers ring it and customers come running. After all, it sounds like a great deal when you consider that your ...
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Does new car from last year depreciate in value?

Not sure if this is the right area for the question but I am buying a new honda accord 2014 ex-L v6 2014 model. My question is does the value of the car depreciate because it is last years model even ...
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Optimal term/number of months for car finance or lease?

How do I choose from the many options? For example, Volkswagen Canada offers in 12-month intervals: for finance, 12 to 84 months; for lease, 12 to 48 months. Does this answer change if the ...
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Why not pay in full upfront for a car?

I assume the following 3 hypotheses, which doesn't duplicate and instead only narrows http://money.stackexchange.com/a/38838/10763, http://money.stackexchange.com/a/15812, ...
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Can there be two primary owners on a car title while only one takes out the loan?

I am 19 and getting ready to trade in my car and get another one. I need lower insurance on this car I am getting and my parents want to put me on their insurance. The insurance agent said that my ...
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How to make a decision for used vs new car if I want to keep the car long term?

After 1 year of working my situation changed and I found myself in situation when I need to buy car (for shopping/commuting/...). When I shopped around on web reasonably used cars (<7 years and ...
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How much do I ACTUALLY pay when I am going to buy a car?

I am an absolute noob with cars. I have no passion or experience with them, but I acknowledge that they are a great asset for life improvement in general, and I am planning to buy one soon. However, ...
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Finance car with or with out a balloon payment

A person called "Bob" is considering buying a car and financing it over 5 years. He has the option to finance the car with a maximum balloon payment of 30%. When financed the load will have an ...
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How can I find out how much a dealer would really pay for my car?

I need to sell a car. I want to sell it to a dealer. I checked the estimated price on Kelly Blue Book, edmunds.com, and clearbook.com. According to those sources, it's worth somewhere around $23,000 ...
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For a car, would you pay cash, finance for 0.9% or lease for 0.9%?

Everybody knows "buy used car in cash" is the generally accepted, financially sound decision, but let's assume one wants a nice, fresh, brand-new car. Given: Car is $30,000. All-in (inclusive of ...
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If I plan to buyout my lease car at the end, do I still pay for excess mileage/wear?

Kinda stupid question, but there are so many "fine prints" when leasing a car. Let's say I plan to buyout my leased car at the end of the 36-month term. My allowed mileage is 20,000 Km/year (60,000 ...
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How do I sell a car that was purchased with a loan?

I bought a car earlier this year, and I have been making payments on it regularly for about 7 months. However, I want to sell the car to a private party and buy a cheaper car paying cash in full. The ...
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What are the pros & cons of buying a car as a business vehicle

I am planning to purchase a vehicle in the coming months. I have a business of my own formed as a S-corp in Virginia. I will be using the vehicle to commute every day to and from work and for other ...
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How much off list price can I reasonably expect to get from a dealership on a used car?

Background: I'm looking at buying a used 2012 - 2013 Honda Civic from a dealership. This is my first ever car purchase, and with my lack of knowledge I am concerned that I will overpay in ...
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Lending money to a friend to buy a car

My friend is buying a car. She does not have money for the down payment. So I am going to lend her money. I have two options: I give her a cheque and then she pays to the dealer. I pay directly to ...
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How to find the right credit union?

I have 3 months left in grad school, currently with about $50,000 in student loans (most of it at 6% interest). I also need to finance or lease a used car. Suppose I select a car with a sticker price ...
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drive 100 miles per month for 3 years: the most affordable way

My wife and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I'm working and she isn't - we are waiting for a baby. We have a car-spot in our garage for free included in the rent (which is approx. 2k). What is the cheapest ...
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How to insure belongings on road trip?

I'm shipping my car with a reputable carrier across the country. I am going to put some of my belongings in the trunk. I have insurance on the car, but if I wanted to insure the items in the trunk ...
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Should I sell or keep the BMW car

I bought a RED 2009 BMW from an auto mall in 2011 Jan for $30,000 when it was around 32K mileage. It is now around 81K mileage and I still have a loan of $15,000 on it for 2.5 yr more. I see its ...
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Car taken out in a dealer

I purchased a car from a dealer. The car is for my use. I have my father as the first signatory. I have co-signed for him. I am making the payment for this car. Can I remove my dad's name and have my ...
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Why does the Lessee pay Additional Registration Tax / Fee on Leased Vehicle as “For Hire?”

Vehicle Registration Renewal has (in Florida, USA - rates differ by state): (6) MOTOR VEHICLES FOR HIRE.— (a) Under nine passengers: $17 flat, of which $4.50 shall be deposited into the General ...
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Is the Chrysler extended warranty coverage worth it?

Is it suggestible to take Chrysler bumper to bumper lifetime insurance? I bought a Jeep Cherokee 2014 and initial warranty info looks like this. Warranty Basic - Miles:36,000 Basic - Months:36 ...
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I have a 2003 Dodge Caravan with 36,000 on it . Auto repairman says age of car means more repairs

I've recently bought another new battery, new tires, new brakes, replaced sway bar links and bushings. Auto repairman says the age of the car is starting to take it's toll, even though I only drive ...
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How does an insurance policies Six Month Premium work?

So, I'm wondering... How does an insurance policies Six Month Premium work? Say full coverage would cost me $200/month and liability would cost me $100/month, but I decided to get full coverage and ...
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Tax on insurance payment due to car deemed as total loss?

What is the the IRS's view on insurance payment for a car that was deemed a total loss? Is the state tax for each state in this scenario the same? Or, do different states have different approaches? ...
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Why does my insurance premium go up when I remove my wife?

I was messing around with my insurance policy to see if I could get my premium to go down a little bit, so I was just curious; How much is my wife making my premium go up? As it stood, my premium ...
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Comparing keeping old car vs. a new car lease

I'm considering replacing my current car with a new leased car. I'd like to compare the total cost of ownership of keeping my car for three years vs. leasing a new one. I'd also like a sensible ...
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How do I judge if I am being made a fair offer by a car insurance company?

My girlfriend got into an accident with her (registered under my name) 2003 Honda civic. She was pulling out of the drive way (taking a right, basically parallel to the road) and got hit on the ...
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Can an unmarried couple each claim half of the federal EV-tax credit?

We are an unmarried couple who bought a car together. We bought a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and it qualifies for a $4000 federal tax credit. Can the EV tax credit be split between the two of us (filing ...
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Buying a car and learning to drive versus paying up study loans

My wife and I have two children. Soon we will have three. Neither of us know how to drive, and we do not have a car. With the prospect of having three small children, however, I think having a car ...
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Will be getting a car loan with my folks as the primary account holder. Can the car be titled to me?

I am currently saving, and waiting until I have about $10,000 to put down on a car, and then I will be make a fairly large purchase on a car (around $28,000 Subaru WRX). I am 23 years old now, but ...
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Are car buying services worth it?

I have to admit, all my car buying experiences have been traumatic. The car salesmen are a nightmare, the dealers are tricky, and prices are less than consistent. Because of this, through the years, I ...
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If I take a loss when I sell my car, can I claim a capital loss deduction on my income tax return?

If I sell my car off at a loss, can I write that loss off against my income to save on tax? Does it matter if the car was used just for personal leisure use, or if I used the car to generate business ...