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Purchasing new or used cars, getting car loans, down payments for cars, refinancing car loans, and car insurance.

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What are some tips for getting the upper hand in car price negotiations?

My family wheels are pushing 200K miles and lights are starting to come on, noises are starting to come out, and I want to investigate a newer car before I sink money into repairing mine. What are ...
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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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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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I'm thinking of getting a new car … why shouldn't I LEASE one?

Why is leasing a car a bad idea?
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Co-Buyer Automobile

As a co-buyer on an automobile, can the other party take full possession? Both parties names are listed as the Purchaser's. Only one purchaser signed the retail order for the motor vehicle, and if so, ...
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Borrower vs coborrower

My daughter asked me to cosign on a car loan. Somehow I ended up as the borrower and she a the cosigner. Is that legal?
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What is the best way to accept payment when selling a used car?

I plan on selling a used car via Craigslist, and I hope to get between $4-5K for it. I don't want to take a check from a stranger, but I'm concerned that no one will be willing to show up at my house ...
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Buying my first car out of college

I just graduated college this past week and have a job lined up making 63000 a year. I was looking at buying a $27000 used 2008 BMW 328i, financing at about 500/month for 60 months. I don't have any ...
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Should I pay off a 0% car loan?

I'm ahead on 0% interest car loan. I don't have to make a payment until October. I currently owe $3,000 and I could pay it all off. Should I do that or leave that money in my savings account that ...
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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 ...
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How to decide whether to replace or repair?

My car has apparently has a blown head gasket... The options at this point are basically: put $5k into an 8 year old car with 120k mi that is otherwise in good shape (with a 2 year warranty on the ...
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Is a car loan bad debt?

I've heard people saying that a car loan is considered a bad debt, while a house mortgage is a good debt and so on. My bank is offering 1.49% interest for a 36 month loan or 2.49% for a 37-60 month ...
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Should I finance a used car or pay cash?

In my case, it's a 2010 Toyota minivan costing $29,000. It should hold its value fairly well, and I plan to keep it for as long as possible (maybe 10 years.) I qualify for a loan at 2.95% and plan ...
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Can you pay off lease early?

If I pay off lease amount early for a car, is there any impact on my credit? Let's say I'm paying $400/month for 36 months, which is 14,400 total. If I pay 14,400 within 6 months, are there any ...
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Get car loan w/ part time job as student with no credit, no-cosigner but no expenses

This is the only place where I knew to turn for a question like this. I am a student (if that will make me look better to the loan officers), but I'm fairly certain I have no credit. I took out a ...
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How do we remove an ex-girlfriend from a car loan?

My son is currently in boot camp, and his ex-girlfriend is threatening to go to court because she wants her name off a car loan they got when together. She is the primary borrower, but my son is the ...
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Will paying off my car early hinder my ability to build credit?

I don't have much credit because I am young but I did recently purchase a car which I am paying 9% on. This seems ridiculously high to me and I was thinking about pulling out some of my stocks to pay ...
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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 ...
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My cosigner mistakingly signed as the buyer

Me and my fiancee went car shopping. She found something she liked, suitable for her, but we needed a cosigner. We tried everyone to no avail until we were able to reach my cousin who agreed to cosign....
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By 18 years of age, I want a brand new car that's $43,668

I'm from Arizona and I will be 18 in 4 months. I make about $1,200 a month from my job. I have $600 in my bank account and I don't plan to spend any of it until I'm 18. I'm looking to get a ...
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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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Am I right to believe this online car-purchase opportunity is a scam?

I was looking to purchase a specific car at autoscout24.com. I found it and I then contacted the car dealer for the next steps. After they provided additional information about the car and I provided ...
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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 ...
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Electric car lease or buy?

I know the conventional wisdom for leasing vs. buying, but are the economics of an electric car significantly different than other vehicles?
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Why are auto leases stubbornly strict about visa status and how to work around that?

I live in Washington state and want to lease a car from Subaru. I work for Microsoft, have decent income and good credit score (~718). I'm in US for a bit more that 1 year on an H-1B visa and I'm in a ...
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What should I be wary of when insurer is taking a lot of time to decide whether car is repairable or a total loss?

Two weeks, four days ago, while I was stopped at a stop light, an idiot rammed into my car with his Chevy Suburban, causing extensive rear-end damage to my car and propelling me into the car in front ...
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Keep spending money fixing an old car or buy new car

I have a 2004 Honda Accord EX. It has close to 200k miles but is paid off. KBB says its worth is between 2500 for trade in or 3500 for private party sale). I don't know much about cars but it seems ...
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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 https://money.stackexchange.com/a/38838/10763, https://money.stackexchange.com/a/15812, https://money....
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Does paying off a car loan increase or reduce a persons credit score?

I know that closing credit card accounts reduces the number of open credit lines, and paying off a car loan would also reduce the number of credit lines. I have had the car loan for over 3 years, it ...
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Can I use balance transfer to buy car?

I am in market to buy new car but I am a little short on money. I could finance the car but if buy on cash, I will qualify for additional savings up to $1000. Furthermore even if I finance the car ...
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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 ...
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Dealership made me the secondary owner to my own car

January of 2016 I bought a car from wilett honda south which is located in Georgia, with the help of my ex boyfriend. It was my very first car and I didn't really have much help besides a co signer ...
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Where can I get a car loan for roughly $2000?

I'm looking to buy a new car and have found one that I really like. It is priced at $4500 (with taxes). I currently have $2700 in my savings account. I would like to get a loan for $2000 (leaving me ...
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I cosigned for my son. He took off in the car before it was fully financed. I want my name completely off the car

I cosigned for my son. He took off in the car before it was fully financed. I want my name off the car. We signed paperwork stating we agreed on a 60 month term through a bank but then found out the ...
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I signed on as the co-signer on a car loan and somehow ended up being the primary name on the account

I know a person should never co-sign for anyone. I always have. This is why I feel so stupid but I signed on to a car loan 4 or 5 months ago for my ex. I was against it but the fact she was hanging my ...
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Higher auto insurance costs: keep car or switch to public transit?

In the next couple months, my personal situation will change leaving me with an important decision to make vis-a-vis my vehicle and modes of transportation. My current situation: living in the ...
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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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Leased Vehicle Return and Re-purchase

My lease term is coming up in a few months. The car has around 20k miles, whereas the lease was for 36k miles. I like the car, and I intend to buy it, however the lease end purchase price is a bit ...
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Need help to find the amount more for a payment

I have been using the given formula to figure out if I got a loan of $7,000 at 7% annual interest, how much more is the monthly payment for a 12-month term than for an 18-month term?