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ARE DEALER EXTRAS WORTH THE MONEY?

If you're interested in buying a car, you probably know that the process involves several twists and turns, including a few minutes with the dealership's F&I (finance and insurance) manager, who will likely offer a series of extras and add-ons you can choose to buy. Should you do it? We take a look at whether these dealership extras are worth the extra money.

Miles or Age?

MORE IMPORTANT: MILES OR AGE?

In the world of used cars, two factors seem to have a major effect on pricing: mileage and age. An 8-year-old car is usually less expensive than a 2-year-old car, for instance, while a 100,000-mile car is normally less expensive than a 20,000-mile car. But what about a 2-year-old car with 100,000 miles? Or an 8-year-old car with only 20,000 miles? If you're buying a car, should you be more concerned about its miles or its age? We have the answers.

How Long do cars last?

HOW LONG WILL A CAR LAST?

Buying a car is a major expense. That's especially true if you purchase a brand-new car, which will likely incur bigger depreciation than a used model, along with the usual repair and maintenance costs, insurance expenses, fuel bills and more. As a result, you might be looking to own your next new car for a long time -- or, as some say, until the wheels fall off. But just how long can you actually expect a car to last?


Best Cars for Grads


10 BEST CARS FOR GRADS

If you're a recent college grad with a new job, you're likely wondering what the best cars are for commuters on a limited budget. Fortunately, there's never been a better time to be in the market.

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Take a Test Drive

WHERE TO GO ON YOUR TEST DRIVE

Interested in buying a car? Of course, we all know it can be a hard process, between getting a loan, doing your research, shopping around and negotiating. Possibly the most important part of the car-buying process, though, and often one of the most overlooked, is test-driving. So, we have a few tips about where to go and what to do when you're on a test drive.

9 Steps to Buying a Car

9 STEPS EVERY CAR BUYER SHOULD TAKE

Thinking about buying a new car? Not sure if you're going about it the right way? Have no fear: Our latest list includes nine steps every buyer should take before signing the papers.

Negotiating a Good Price

TIPS FOR NEGOTIATING A GOOD PRICE

Negotiating can be one of the most intimidating things about buying a new car. How do you do it? What do you say? Where do you start? Fortunately, we've got you covered with a few negotiating tips that will help you get the best price.

Priced to Sell

HOW TO PRICE A CAR TO SELL IT

If you're selling your car, one of the most important parts of completing your online ad is choosing the right price. If you price your car too high, you'll turn off potential buyers. If you price it too low, shoppers may think there's something wrong -- or you'll lose out on some extra cash. We've listed a few tips on how to select the right price when it's time to sell your car.

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Can You Afford It?

HOW MUCH CAR CAN YOU AFFORD?
If you haven't bought a car in a while, you might be wondering exactly how much money you should budget for your next car. How much of your income should you devote to buying a car? Does that include fees, taxes, and insurance? What about fuel and maintenance? These aren't one-size-fits-all questions, but we have some answers that can help you decide exactly what to spend on your next car.

Car Selling Tips

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SELLING A CAR

Selling a car yourself might sound simple enough: List it, take a few calls, go on a few test drives, then strike a deal with the buyer and finish the transaction. But in reality, selling your car privately isn't necessarily as easy as it sounds. To explain what we mean, we've listed a few things that you'll want to consider before putting your car up for sale.

Electric Cars

8 LEAST EXPENSIVE ELECTRIC CARS

If you're looking to go green with your next car purchase, you might desire a new electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid but are worried about the expense. But our latest list can help you find the right car.

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