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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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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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Is there any way to buy a new car directly from Toyota without going through a dealership?

I'm so tired of haggling with the dealers at a local Toyota dealership. They are not only pressing, but also aggressive, condescending and mean. I want to cut the middleman. I know exactly what I ...
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Paid cash for a car, but dealer wants to change price

My son recently graduated from college, and he and his wife went to buy a car. They never discussed financing with the dealer. They agreed on a price, went to the bank and brought back a cashiers ...
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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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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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1 year old car is dead, called the car dealer they can fix it only if I can bring it, what should I do?

I have a new Toyota Prius (2017 model), bought between 12-13 months ago. The car recently has gone totally mad (Ironically 1 week after the service). So I arranged a booking to get it checked out, ...
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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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Why does Geico ask me not to reveal the limits of my liability coverage in case of a car accident?

I read on my "Evidence of Liability Insurance card" issued by Geico in California, US: What to do at the time of an accident: […] Do not reveal the limits of your liability coverage to anyone. Why ...
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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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Do rental car agencies sell their cars at a time when it is risky for the purchaser?

I want to buy a used car, but found many used cars were formerly owned by rental car agencies. Many websites and articles warn against buying former rental cars, because people renting these cars ...
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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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My mother co-signed for my car. Can she take it away from me if I am the one making car payments?

My credit is in the low 500s and I was unable to get a car loan. My mom cosigned for me and I've now had a beautiful car for three months. I've been making on-time payments, the registration is in my ...
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How to pay with cash when car shopping?

I am planning to buy a car with cash this weekend - first time car shopping on my own! I've found a decent used car and scheduled a test drive with a dealership, hoping to make a purchase. They've ...
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How can I support myself financially as a 17 year old with a loan?

I'm a 17 year old Ohio high school student who makes ~$160 a month working minimum wage. I have a $3500 loan (4 year duration) to pay off for a car with ~$2880 left. Monthly payments are ~$80 for ...
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Using Emergency Fund to Sell Upside-down Car

My husband and I have an upside-down car loan, which means that we owe more on the loan (about $10,000) than the car is worth (only about $7,000). We are paying a pretty substantial amount each month ...
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Can a car company refuse to give me a copy of my contract or balance details?

I have an auto loan with a car company that after looking at all possible amortizations, doesn't match what my payment should be. I'm talking with 40% interest rates, adjustable interest rates, ...
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Is this car delivery via Ebay Motors on Craigslist a scam?

I found a Craigslist posting selling what looks to be a wonderfully maintained vehicle for low miles and a very low price. I contacted the seller and she responded with this. I've omitted personally ...
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What are the financial decisions leading to “barn find” automobiles?

Where I live there are laws against leaving vehicles to rot in one's backyard or dumping them in the forest, mostly to prevent soil pollution and the junkyard appearance. I understand different ...
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How do you safely buy a car that the owner still owes money on?

I'm interested in purchasing a car from an owner in another state. The owner currently owes money on the car and so the bank has the title. I've verified the car's service history and ownership, but ...
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Infrequent car rental vs. lease/buy

I live in a large city and do not currently own a car. I use public transportation, ZipCar, Uber, and a bike to get everywhere I need within the city. For bigger trips outside the city, I have been ...
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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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how to justify the higher price of luxury cars in comparison to their counterpart and when test driving these vehicle what specifically to look for

After reading Who can truly afford luxury cars? and also from my own need to buy a car and past history of always driving Honda/Toyota/Nissan but not their luxury brand Acura/Lexus/Infiniti. When I ...
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Why is the car dealer insisting on a loan instead of cash?

I saw a question that said "He (dealer) knocked down the price quite a bit" but my experience is different. The dealership says that they have a US$1500 incentive if I take a loan from their financing ...
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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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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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Auto premium increasing with aging vehicle and no new tickets

I have just received a new auto insurance bill for the next six months for my comprehensive insurance. It is about 8% higher than the previous six months whereas I have had no new moving infractions ...
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Why are cars so expensive on Craigslist?

I was helping a friend to buy a cheap car in good condition in California (less than 100k miles for less than $8000) and we looked into Craigslist for cars, since we thought that Craigslist was ...
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Is it a good time to replace my used car?

We have a 2005 Chevy Impala with 105,000 miles that we purchased in 2011. We have made many repairs such as replacing the transmission, repairing the radiator, heating and AC system, thermostat, belt,...
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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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Should I buy a car if otherwise transportation is free?

I am moving to Pittsburgh for 5 years. As a student, all public transportation in the entire city (+ shuttles and escorts from any university) are free for me. I also plan to live near the university (...
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Should I sell my car if it appears I will not need it?

My partner and I are moving soon from a suburban rental to a downtown apartment. We are both within walking distance to work (5 minutes for her, 30 for me). We coordinate our shopping needs very ...
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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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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 much should a new graduate with new job put towards a car?

What is a responsible amount to put towards a car if my new job will pay $95k and I have almost $7k in the bank? I also have approximately $30k in student loans I have to pay.
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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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Should I pay off my car loan within the year?

I saw another question like this, but I am in a bit of a different situation. I am 19 years old, in college, and have no credit history. I saved up enough money to buy a car, but decided to get a ...
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How can I tell if buying a cheaper car will end up costing me more?

Cars can be very expensive, so it seems like a good place to save money. However, I worry that getting a car that is too cheap, especially if buying used, may end up costing me more in maintenance, ...
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What is the tax liability on the sale of a classic car?

We have a rare classic car, bought new in 1969, for around 5K. We've recently (partially) restored the car, spending around 5K. Because of the rarity of the car, we expect it to sell for over 200K. ...
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Only my husband's name is on the car title. How can I protect my ownership in case of divorce or death?

My husband bought a car. Only his name is on the title because my credit is not good, but his is very good. But I am going to pay the car loan and the insurance. I would like to know if it's ...
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Should I buy or lease a car given that its not a super luxury car and I only drive 15 miles/d on avg?

For my first car, I bought a Toyota Camry. 3 years later I sold that car and I am leasing a BMW series 3. My lease will expire early next yr and I am thinking getting the X3/X5, do you recommend ...
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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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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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Leased a car but did not use the mileage - what options do I have

Background: About three years ago I was victim of carjacking. My car (Honda) which I owned got totaled and after a month of working with insurance I got a equivalent value of my car from insurance ...
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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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New car vs used: how to compare value?

When buying a car, I care only about what I'd call "pure utility": maximum usefulness for minimum dollars and trouble. I'd always heard that a new car is nearly always a worse deal than one that's ...
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Finance or pay cash for car right out of college?

I just graduated and will be starting a job in a week at a salary of $65,000. After accounting for retirement savings and taxes, I should bring home about $3,500 per month. Unfortunately, my 8 year ...
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Recent college grad. Down payment on a house or car?

So here's the situation I'm facing. I've recently graduated college but have been working for a while now. I've managed to save up around $10,000 aside for my "money to live" stash. And like most ...
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Why do new car loans, used car loans, and refinanced loans have different rates and terms?

If I want to refinance a car that is two years old, and getting a new car loan is better APR then a used car loan and even a refinanced loan, why does it matter which way you go? Isn't a loan just a ...
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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 ...