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Dump The Dealer and Save Print E-mail
(7 votes, average 3.57 out of 5)
Automotive - Maintain
Written by Omie Ismail   
Saturday, 19 September 2009 09:52

For many year's I serviced my car at the auto dealer.  I just assumed like many people do, that you got the best service from dealers affiliated with an automaker. It's easy to fall for those used car ads that say, "Dealer maintained" and decide that the best thing to preserve the trade-in value of  a vehicle is to have records proving that it was maintained by a dealer.  I wasn't ever really happy or unhappy about the servicing. I was just doing what most people do - dropping off the car on my way to work and picking it up on the way home.  It's not that I failed to notice all those independent maintenance shops all over the place. I just couldn't understand why anyone would risk going to them.

Then one day, I went in search of a dealer in our area to do the servicing on one of my cars that had clocked 120,000 miles.  It was common knowledge that certain dealerships in our area  overcharged customers and recommended more work than was necessary. So I decided to do a little comparison shopping and the results were eye popping

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It's Your Car, but YOU Don't Have to Buy It Print E-mail
(5 votes, average 4.80 out of 5)
Automotive - Buy
Written by live cheap staff   
Friday, 18 September 2009 16:48

You've read our articles on how to negotiate the best deal on a new or used car.  You want the low price but think that you are going to get eaten alive once you are in the showroom.  You're just not confident of your abilities, and so you're planning on heading to a no haggle dealership and go with the one-price option.  There's an easier, often overlooked, strategy that can help ensure you get a better price: bring someone else that you think will be a better negotiator.

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You're Not Smart Enough to Lease Print E-mail
(5 votes, average 4.00 out of 5)
Automotive - Buy
Written by Omie Ismail   
Monday, 14 September 2009 16:36

Leasing is just another word for renting.  Many leases are like renting an apartment with an option to buy.  While renting an apartment can make alot of sense, leasing a car almost never does.  So why is it that so many real estate brokers that tout buying a house actually lease that Mercedes?

The first reason that you should never lease a car is that its a complex transaction with too many variables.

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Buying a New Car Cheaply - 10 Tips Print E-mail
(8 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)
Automotive - Buy
Written by livecheap staff   

Buying a car isn't exactly a fun experience for most people. Cars are an unusual product. Two customers can go to the same dealer on the same day and buy the same car. But one customer ends up paying a lot less than the other. The price of a car often depends on the customer and his ability to negotiate.  There's no polite way of saying this - car dealers fully expect to make the majority of their profits by inflating the cost of everything and bullying their way with pushover customers.  Even if you're well informed on prices, the dealer has a host of tricks to maximize its profits.  Here are 10 Tips to buy a new car cheaply.

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Jazz Up Your Ride and Save! Print E-mail
(6 votes, average 3.33 out of 5)
Automotive - Maintain
Written by Omie Ismail   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 16:48

Most people don't buy a new car to replace one that is running into mechanical problems.  More likely, they're just tired of the old one.  If you read the article Buy and Hold, The Cheaper, Greener Strategy you know that I advocate  buying a car that you aren't likely to get rid of anytime in the next 10 years.  But what if you don't have that option because you made the mistake of buying something less than your dream car 6 years ago.  Are you just stuck with that forest green Camry that you thought was a bargain?  No, you just have to do what every teenager has done with his jalopy since the 1950s: Pimp that Ride!

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