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0answers
74 views

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 quarter ...
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1answer
50 views

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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2answers
71 views

How to get 0% financing for a car, with no credit score?

Is it possible to get a 0% interest rate for car loan for a used car in the U.S.? I've been working for 7 months and I just got my first credit card, so I don't have a credit score yet. I'm planning ...
3
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2answers
203 views

Bait-and-switch on new car lease

My mother is retired, and is currently considering leasing a new car to replace her current aging vehicle. A dealership near us has been offering a special on a lease for a particular vehicle for $99 ...
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2answers
195 views

What is a formula for calculating equity accumulated while repaying car loan?

I'm going to buy a used car (maybe a Honda CR-Z), pay for it with a bank loan, then resell it in two years when I move. I'm trying to create a Google Docs spreadsheet to figure out how much more money ...
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2answers
224 views

Can I use 0% Intro APR for getting a car loan?

When I'm applying for a chase credit card it has 0% Intro APR for 15 months. This is my first time for applying a credit card. And I just started a few months ago started working so I have a proof of ...
2
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1answer
305 views

Should I finance a car to build credit for a mortgage next year?

I'm hoping to purchase my first home next year, but I'm having trouble deciding on the best way to raise my credit score. Here is a summary of my current situation: Credit Score Estimates (via ...
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5answers
714 views

Why would a car company lend me money at a very low interest rate?

Why would a car company lend me money at 1-2% when they could lend it to the federal government at ~2.9% with zero risk?
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2answers
354 views

Can a non-California resident have CA licence plates & driver's licence without risking being deemed a resident for tax purposes?

I'm a California resident and I'm moving out of state to the East Coast for a new job which is a 2-year contract. I'll most likely end up in California again after the said two years. Do I have to ...
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2answers
114 views

What are the procedures or forms for a private loan with the sale of a vehicle?

I'm doing something that I don't normally do: Mix friendship with business. I'm purchasing a vehicle from a friend but can not pay the full amount. We've agreed to have me put a down-payment for the ...
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3answers
198 views

Should I lease, buy new, or buy used?

I'm looking for an answer based on quality (they don't make 'em like they used to), price (are new cars even worth the $), and/or reliability/low maintenance (where leasing is attractive) which option ...
2
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1answer
176 views

“Surety Bond” as a cheaper alternative to auto insurance in Florida

There is very little information about "surety bonds". Officially, it looks like FL is one of the states that accepts surety bonds as an alternative to liability insurance. What are pros and cons vs ...
4
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2answers
88 views

Financing a vehicle a few months before I expect to apply for a mortgage?

My wife and I are planning to buy our first home together sometime around June/July time this year so we're mainly in 'piling up cash' mode and are trying to avoid any unnecessary expenses and ...
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2answers
2k views

I'm giving my car to my sister. Should I gift it or sell it?

I have a car registered in Connecticut. I want to give the car to my sister in Oregon. The blue book value of the car is approximately $5000. (It will be a very generous gift - but the car was a gift ...
3
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1answer
263 views

Can I borrow against my IRA to pay off debt or pay for a car?

I am going to need a new car soon and I was curious if I can borrow against my IRA to pay for the majority of the car so I don't have to finance much. Also, can I borrow against my IRA to pay off ...
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2answers
177 views

Is it worth it to re-finance my car loan?

I have 60-month car loan at 4.75%. My bank sent me a note saying that I am able to re-finance at 3.25%, to either 60 or 48 months. I am calculating that it will probably save me about 400-500 ...
4
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1answer
119 views

How to protect myself from unethical business collecting on an invalid past due amount?

I had my car serviced by a local shop. I ultimately picked them because they were close and didn't really research their online reputation. Suffice it to say I was less than pleased. The car broke ...
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8answers
6k views

How do I know when I am financially stable/ready to move out on my own?

Some background information: I'm 23 and living at home. I have a good full time job as a web programmer that I've been at for over one year. It includes benefits and 401K (which after one year I ...
6
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3answers
288 views

What is the best option for an occasional driver in the USA?

I never had a car before, but I'm starting to feel the need of having one. Fortunately, I can bike to work, and would only use the car on weekends (and very occasionally on weekdays). Additionally, ...