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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 14, 2020 at 23:40. 12 comments

There Isn't A Single American Car On This 2020 List Of Vehicles People Keep For At Least 15 Years

There Isn't A Single American Car On This 2020 List Of Vehicles People Keep For At Least 15 Years

Once again our friends at iSeeCars, have crunched some data to find out which cars are likely to be kept for 15 years or more. This year’s list doesn’t look terribly different than the one from last year and is basically dominated by only two brands.

Once again the Toyota Highlander tops the list, but gone is the Prius that had the number two spot in 2019. From there it’s a fairly predictable...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 11, 2020. 21 comments

Can I Trick A Dealer Into Thinking They Can Upsell Me In The Finance Office To Get A Better Deal On A Car?

Can I Trick A Dealer Into Thinking They Can Upsell Me In The Finance Office To Get A Better Deal On A Car?

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 an interesting strategy for getting a car deal, test drives on an affordable performance car, and inspections on cheap rides.

First up: Would it be worth it to have the dealer think they can sell you all...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 03, 2020. 13 comments

Is It Easier To Get A Deal On A Car With A Manual Transmission?

Is It Easier To Get A Deal On A Car With A Manual Transmission?

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, deals on manual transmission models, a new car that has issues and thoughts on a cheap but fast BMW.

First up, are manual transmission cars easier to get deals on?

I just sold my second heavily used S4 (2007...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Dec 28, 2019. 24 comments

Is It Okay To Buy A Used Car From A Rental Company?

Is It Okay To Buy A Used Car From A Rental Company?

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 used rental cars, non-transferable warranties, and the best time of year to buy used.

Is it risky to buy a car from a rental company like Hertz or Avis?

I was just wondering how reliable are cars that come...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Dec 21, 2019. 18 comments

How Many Miles Are Too Many For A Used Car?

How Many Miles Are Too Many For A Used Car?

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 mileage on used cars, bringing kids to dealerships, and advertising lemon law vehicles.

First up, when buying a used car how many miles are too many?

I’m looking to buy a car/suv for my teen daughter’s...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Dec 18, 2019. 17 comments

A Reminder To Always Read The Fine Print When You Are Shopping For A Car

A Reminder To Always Read The Fine Print When You Are Shopping For A Car

December is usually a good time to get a deal on a car since both manufacturers and dealers want to end the year with strong sales numbers. However, just because something looks like a good deal doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick apart the details.

A reader was shopping for a used Subaru Outback when he cames across what is labeled as a “good deal” on CarGurus.com


Now because Jalopnik readers...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Dec 13, 2019. 14 comments

Toyota Tops List Of The Best Used Cars To Buy In 2020: Study

Toyota Tops List Of The Best Used Cars To Buy In 2020: Study

It’s well established that new cars are getting very expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank to get a quality vehicle. Pre-owned cars typically offer more value for your dollar because someone else has taken the initial depreciation. Our friends at iSeeCars have dug into previous studies that analyzed over 20 million cars to recommend the top pre-owned vehicles to buy.

Using previous...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Dec 06, 2019. 22 comments

Are Those Employee Based Car Buying Services Any Good?

Are Those Employee Based Car Buying Services Any Good?

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 employee based car buying services, buying a car in the US to export to the UK, and overpriced Toyota trucks.

First up, do those car-buying programs through your employer really save you money?

I work at...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Nov 22, 2019. 10 comments

Should I Buy A Car Before Or After I Retire?

Should I Buy A Car Before Or After I Retire?

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 the timing of buying a new car around retirement, dealers that won’t sell out of state, and the best low-cost but high MPG manual car.

First up, if you are coming up on retirement and think you may need to buy...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Nov 15, 2019. 24 comments

How Much Should You Spend On A Car Based On Your Income?

How Much Should You Spend On A Car Based On Your Income?

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 how to budget for a car based on a percentage of your income, smallish SUVs for taller folks and buying an extended warranty on an old Acura.

First up, what percentage of your income should you spend on a car?

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Oct 25, 2019. 7 comments

Are Those Lifetime Warranties From Dealers Any Good?

Are Those Lifetime Warranties From Dealers Any Good?

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 lifetime warranty offers, big luxury sedans under $25k, and a complex multi-car situation.

First up, do those “lifetime powertrain warranties” that dealers offer carry any value?

I recently purchased a...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Oct 19, 2019. 24 comments

What Was Your Second Car?

What Was Your Second Car?
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Your first car is usually some hand-me-down box of rust. In my case it was an ’84 Volvo 240 DL, the interior of which was immaculate but the exterior less so. Your second car, on the other hand, tends to be a more active decision. When I got word that a friend of a friend was selling a running ’90...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Oct 18, 2019. 24 comments

What's The Best Used Luxury SUV That Won't Cost A Fortune In Maintenance?

What's The Best Used Luxury SUV That Won't Cost A Fortune In Maintenance?

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 off-lease luxury SUVs, the market for used Lexus sport sedans and at what mileage do cars become problematic?

First up, what is the best value in a used, reliable, luxury crossover, that isn’t a Lexus?

“We are...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Oct 04, 2019. 18 comments

Should I Get Out Of My Lease Early To Take Advantage Of Slow Car Sales?

Should I Get Out Of My Lease Early To Take Advantage Of Slow Car Sales?

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 exiting a lease early to jump on slow car sales, relying on computers for scheduled maintenance, and whether it’s better to buy or rent if you only need a ride for six months.

First up, is it worth taking an...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Sep 27, 2019. 22 comments

How Much Does An Extended Warranty Add To The Resale Value?

How Much Does An Extended Warranty Add To The Resale Value?

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 selling a car with an extended warranty, avoiding markups with employee pricing, and buying a high mileage hot hatchback.

First up, if you are selling a car with an extended warranty can you get more for it?

“I...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Sep 20, 2019. 23 comments

What Should I Do If I'm Way Over The Miles On My Lease?

What Should I Do If I'm Way Over The Miles On My Lease?

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’re discussing what to do if you go over the mileage restrictions on your lease, balancing the CarMax cost with the solid warranty, and the best route for short term car ownership.

First up, car leases come with mileage...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Sep 17, 2019. 22 comments

The BMW i3 Might Be The Most Fun You Can Have In An EV For $15,000

The BMW i3 Might Be The Most Fun You Can Have In An EV For $15,000

There’s a lot of debate as to whether the BMW i3 was a success or not for the Bavarian brand. It was an incredibly interesting experiment, but its range left a lot to be desired, even with the gasoline engine option. But it must have done well enough to stick around a bit longer, and the good news for you is that some really nice examples can be had for less than $15,000.

The BMW i3 Might...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Sep 13, 2019. 22 comments

What Do I Do If An Inspection Reveals Issues On A Used Car?

What Do I Do If An Inspection Reveals Issues On A Used Car?

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 issued revealed on a used car inspection, lift kits voiding warranties, and how long it should take a dealer to locate a vehicle.

First up, what is the best course of action when a pre-purchase inspection...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Sep 07, 2019. 12 comments

If I Buy A Car From Far Away, Is It Better To Ship It Or Drive It Home?

If I Buy A Car From Far Away, Is It Better To Ship It Or Drive It Home?

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 buying cars from far away, custom orders from Japanese luxury brands, and how to ethically off-load a lemon.

First up, if you are purchasing a car from a distance, is it better to fly out and drive it home...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Sep 07, 2019. 15 comments

Behold, The Most Mysterious Used Car For Sale In America

Behold, The Most Mysterious Used Car For Sale In America

Our world is generally pretty well understood. There are no more undiscovered continents, we’re in pretty much constant communication with everyone, everywhere, all the damn time, which means true mysteries are that much more precious. That’s why I’d like all of you to really enjoy knowing the fact that there is currently a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai for sale in New Jersey, a mere 2,364...

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