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Jun 12, 2020. 24 comments

I Inherited A Boat, Now I Need To Tow It! What Car Should I Buy?

I Inherited A Boat, Now I Need To Tow It! What Car Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Debjoy had a very nice Honda Fit until the transmission exploded, he also inherited a boat that weighs around 6,000 lbs, including the trailer. He needs something small but mighty that can tow his boat and is relatively easy to park in the city. What car should he buy?

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Jun 11, 2020. 24 comments

Here Are The Best Used Car Deals You Can Buy From Hertz

Here Are The Best Used Car Deals You Can Buy From Hertz

Once Hertz declared bankruptcy, the rental car company pushed a ton of their inventory onto the used car market. While some industry experts predicted this would cause a blow to used car values, prices have started to stabilize a little, but according to iSeeCars.com, you can still score some great deals buying from Hertz.

Millions of Americans are feeling the negative economic impact of...

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May 12, 2020. 24 comments

This Is How Much Buying The Cheapest New Car In The World Really Costs

This Is How Much Buying The Cheapest New Car In The World Really Costs

As you may be aware, I’m in the process of buying a new car for the first time in my life, and I’m probably in my 70s. The car is, of course, the

Changli NEMECA , which has been called by websites I don’t work for the cheapest car in the world. It was listed as being $930 on Alibaba when I bought it; of course, like everything else, it’s actually way more expensive by the time you factor in...

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May 02, 2020. 19 comments

What Should I Do If The Dealer Won't Take My Lease Back?

What Should I Do If The Dealer Won't Take My Lease Back?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing lease returns and equity with COVID-19, and trading down to save some money.

First, what should I do if the dealer refuses my lease return?

I am trying to return my lease and the dealer won’t take it back...

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May 01, 2020. 23 comments

I Moved From Minnesota To Cali And I Need A Convertible! What Car Should I Buy?

I Moved From Minnesota To Cali And I Need A Convertible! What Car Should I Buy?

Cody left Minnesota for sunny California and he is ready to treat himself to something with an open top and rear-wheel-drive. He is a fan of classic cars but needs something that he can use as a daily driver. What car should he buy?

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Here is the scenario:

I recently moved from Minnesota to...

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Apr 30, 2020. 23 comments

These Used Cars Have Taken The Biggest Sales Dive Due To Covid-19

These Used Cars Have Taken The Biggest Sales Dive Due To Covid-19

We already know car sales have taken a huge hit due to economic and practical impacts of the coronavirus. I’ve explored

some data on the sales drops in various areas of the country, and used cars have been affected more than new models. A recent study from iSeeCars shows which used models have lost the most sales. This Interactive Map Shows How Devastating Coronavirus Is On The American Car...

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Apr 29, 2020. 10 comments

Answers To What I Assume Are The 10 Most Common New Car-Buying Questions

Answers To What I Assume Are The 10 Most Common New Car-Buying Questions

I know it sounds crazy, but I’m almost a century old and I’ve never bought a new car. New autogyros, hovercraft, locomotives, sure, but never a car. There’s just too many good used cars out there, and new cars depreciate far too quickly. Still, I know that many of you do wish to buy new cars, and, despite my entire and comprehensive lack of experience, I think I can help.

I’ve compiled a list...

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Apr 29, 2020. 11 comments

How Zero Percent APR And Deferred Payments Can Be Financially Dangerous

How Zero Percent APR And Deferred Payments Can Be Financially Dangerous

In light of the economic impact of coronavirus and the general desperation of automakers to sell cars, several brands are offering special financing programs such as zero percent loans and/or deferred payment programs. Kia’s version is a good example of how these programs can be both possibly a bargain and financially dangerous.

Kia is offering up to 120 days deferred payments and up to 75...

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Apr 25, 2020. 22 comments

You're Probably Underestimating How Much Your Car Is Costing You

You're Probably Underestimating How Much Your Car Is Costing You

There is insurance, registration fees, inspection fees, parking fees, repairs, fuel, tolls, maintenance, speeding tickets, traffic cameras, the cost of the car itself, and tools, if you work on your own car. It all quickly adds up.

It also depends on what kind of your car you drive, since a small sedan will be cheaper to maintain than a truck. According to AAA, those costs average out as...

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Apr 25, 2020. 11 comments

How Come 'Blue Book' Pricing Doesn't Seem To Apply To Certain Used Cars?

How Come 'Blue Book' Pricing Doesn't Seem To Apply To Certain Used Cars?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing “Blue Book” pricing and used cars, why couples buy two of the same car and an affordable ride for a really tall driver.

First up, how come certain vehicles are priced well over the “Blue Book” evaluation?

Is...

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Apr 24, 2020. 6 comments

This Interactive Map Shows How Devastating Coronavirus Is On The American Car Market

This Interactive Map Shows How Devastating Coronavirus Is On The American Car Market

Coronavirus has had a drastic impact on car sales due to a combination of factors such as dealer closures, stay at home orders, and economic insecurity. Sales data company FourEyes inputted publicly available data into interactive maps to illustrate how much of the market was really lost.

According to Foureyes, it collected a sampling of data from over 16,000 dealerships totaling around three...

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Apr 23, 2020. 19 comments

I Adopted A Dog During Quarantine, Now It's Time For A New Ride! What Car Should I Buy?

I Adopted A Dog During Quarantine, Now It's Time For A New Ride! What Car Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Brian lives in D.C and adopted a puppy during the quarantine. Now that he will need to get to vet appointments, eventually to dog parks, and other adventures with the pup it’s time for him to upgrade his old Ford Focus. He wants something compact, but big enough for the dog and fun to drive. What car should he...

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Apr 22, 2020. 22 comments

What Is The Most Horsepower You Can Buy For $25,000?

What Is The Most Horsepower You Can Buy For $25,000?

Gas prices are plummeting and

the price of a barrel of oil is less than zero. While we’re not suggesting you buy the thirstiest car you can, now’s a good time for a fun thought exercise: If you were to spend around $25,000 on a high-HP car, what gives you the most power for your money?

Remember, the objective here is to find a lot of power for a somewhat “reasonable” transaction price. Some...

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Apr 17, 2020. 24 comments

Why Are Dealers Refusing To Negotiate If I Make A Really Low Offer?

Why Are Dealers Refusing To Negotiate If I Make A Really Low Offer?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are talking about negotiating car deals, clearance pricing on Alfas, and legally registering a used car during coronavirus.

First up, how come some dealers just refuse to engage in negotiations if they feel your offer was...

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Apr 17, 2020. 23 comments

The Ford Ranger Now Offers A $825 Factory Tune Up To 320 HP

The Ford Ranger Now Offers A $825 Factory Tune Up To 320 HP
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

Nothing brightens a day quite like more horsepower, and Ford’s letting it shine with a new performance tune for the current generation of the

Ford Ranger pickup truck. 1,200 Miles in the 2019 Ford Ranger: What I Learned

The 2019 Ford Ranger may technically be new, but it’s actually based on a platform that’s been…

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The new tune from Ford Performance...

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Apr 16, 2020. 16 comments

It's Time To Upgrade My 200,000-Mile Corolla! What Car Should I Buy?

It's Time To Upgrade My 200,000-Mile Corolla! What Car Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Chris runs a healthcare facility in NY state. His 2005 Corolla has reached the 200,000-mile mark and while it runs ok, he is thinking it’s time to upgrade. He is looking for something that looks professional but is reliable, and easy to park for under $25,000. What car should he buy?

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Apr 16, 2020. 11 comments

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Base Price Bumped Up $1,000 In This Economy

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Base Price Bumped Up $1,000 In This Economy

Cadillac may have toned down the styling on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade for this new generation, but it isn’t toning down the price. The starting MSRP for the truck is now $76,195, or $1,000 higher than the outgoing model, or roughly one government stimulus check.

The Escalade isn’t really for the people like me who need the stimulus check. It’s designed for people who make enough to not even...

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Apr 13, 2020. 8 comments

Used Car Prices Are Likely Coming Down, But It May Not Happen For A Few Months

Used Car Prices Are Likely Coming Down, But It May Not Happen For A Few Months

The impact of the coronavirus on the car market is turning into a worst-case scenario for automakers, lenders, dealers, and rental companies. Naturally, consumers can expect prices to fall in the pre-owned market, but the full impact of COVID-19 may not materialize for several months.

According to a report by Yahoo Finance, the big issue right now is that cars are beginning to come back from...

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Apr 12, 2020. 21 comments

Don't Assume Car Dealers Might Be Desperate To Give You A Deal

Don't Assume Car Dealers Might Be Desperate To Give You A Deal

Car sales

have taken an unprecedented dive. Of buyers who can financially handle a new car right now, many are going to take advantage of huge savings from dealers and automakers looking to move units. But that doesn’t mean the opening offer is always going to be a good one. The Car Sales Catastrophe Is Here (Updating)

The terrible sales reports are here, including Hyundai, Fiat Chrysler,...

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Apr 11, 2020. 13 comments

Why Are Dealers Still Insisting That I Negotiate In Person?

Why Are Dealers Still Insisting That I Negotiate In Person?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are talking about negotiating car deals in the age of coronavirus, removing dealer stickers and the ability to still get a killer deal several months from now

First up, have dealers not yet been clued in that people don’t...

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