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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 24, 2020. 15 comments

Can I Get Out Of My Loan And Into Something Cheaper But Just As Nice?

Can I Get Out Of My Loan And Into Something Cheaper But Just As Nice?

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 trading in cars for something similar but cheaper, Nissan Juke styling, and whether or not to bring your old car on a long-distance relocation.

First up, is it possible to get a cheaper payment on a similarly...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 24, 2020. 17 comments

I Need A Car That Still Looks Decent With Some Dings! What Should I Buy?

I Need A Car That Still Looks Decent With Some Dings! What Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Derrek lives in Brooklyn and needs a car, but he knows that the city will not be kind to his vehicle and it will inevitably get dinged, scratched, and beat up. He wants something that still looks fine even after living on NYC streets. What car should he buy?

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 21, 2020. 23 comments

Who Is Paying These Wild Dealer Markups on Hyundai/Kia Crossovers?

Who Is Paying These Wild Dealer Markups on Hyundai/Kia Crossovers?

Dealer markups are usually a classic case of supply and demand. On specialty and performance cars like a Dodge Demon, 911 GT3 or even a Civic Type R, I get why this happens. But now folks are paying markups on Korean-made family cars.

The Hyundai Palisade and its mechanical twin the Kia Telluride

are very good SUVs. They are spacious, offer great features, and ride very well. Both brands have...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 18, 2020. 19 comments

Are Those Pre-Paid Service Plans Worth It?

Are Those Pre-Paid Service Plans Worth It?

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 pre-paid service plans, aftermarket warranty coverage, and a super expensive Aston Martin lease.

First up do those pre-paid service plans really save you money?

I recently bought a 2019 GTI. I let the finance...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 18, 2020. 20 comments

You Can Get Up To $10,000 Off The MSRP Of A Mazda CX-5 Signature Diesel

You Can Get Up To $10,000 Off The MSRP Of A Mazda CX-5 Signature Diesel

The Mazda CX-5 diesel was a good idea that came out too late and was a bit too expensive. We found it to be a decent car but, with a starting price of around $41,000, it was a tough sell. It seems Mazda got the memo and some dealers are putting some heavy discounts on the hood.

In case you missed

Kristen’s excellent review of the CX-5 diesel here is the key point -

I appreciate that the CX-5...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 17, 2020. 20 comments

I Run A Home Remodeling Business But I Don't Want A Boring Cargo Van! What Car Should I Buy?

I Run A Home Remodeling Business But I Don't Want A Boring Cargo Van! What Car Should I Buy?

Austin runs a home remodeling business. He is looking for an affordable ride that can act as an advertising canvas but is also fun to drive. He has a modest budget of around $15,000. What car should he buy?

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Here is the scenario:

I own an exterior remodeling company, mainly roofing. I need to buy...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 14, 2020. 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 10, 2020. 10 comments

I Come From France And I Need A Replacement For My Peugeot! What Car Should I Buy?

I Come From France And I Need A Replacement For My Peugeot! What Car Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Ivan moved from France to NJ, which I imagine is quite a change for him. He had a lovely Peugeot 406 back home and he wants something similar in the American market. He has a limited budget. What car should he buy?

(Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. )

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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 Jan 02, 2020. 24 comments

I Need A Cheap SUV To Get Me To The Mountains! What Car Should I Buy?

I Need A Cheap SUV To Get Me To The Mountains! What Car Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Ryan lives in LA but prefers to spend time on the mountain. He daily drives a Civic Si but is looking for a cheap truck or SUV that can hold his gear, get him to the mountain, and possibly tow his Honda. What car should he buy?

(Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about...

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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 27, 2019. 24 comments

My Short Commute Dramatically Increased And My Old Car Isn't Going To Cut It! What Car Should I Buy?

My Short Commute Dramatically Increased And My Old Car Isn't Going To Cut It! What Car Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Erik has an old Land Cruiser that he loves, but now that his commute just went from around town to a more significant distance the classic Toyota isn’t going to make for an ideal daily driver. He is looking for something with four-doors, three-pedals, and a reasonable price. What car should he buy?

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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 14, 2019. 11 comments

How Long Will Deals Last On A Discontinued Car?

How Long Will Deals Last On A Discontinued 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 deals on discontinued models, heated steering wheels, and dumping a lot of cash into an older car or getting a new one.

First up, how long will the deals last on a discontinued car?

I’m probably going to be...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Dec 13, 2019. 22 comments

The Pizza Guy Wrecked My Porsche! What Car Should I Buy?

The Pizza Guy Wrecked My Porsche! What Car Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Ben had a Porsche 911 convertible that he got from his grandfather. He loved that car until an unfortunate incident with a pizza delivery dude. Now he’s looking for a replacement. It needs to be a manual, drop-top, and some kind of back seat. What car should he buy?

(Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where...

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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 Dec 06, 2019. 24 comments

I Need A Responsible Family Car With A Manual Transmission! What Should I Buy?

I Need A Responsible Family Car With A Manual Transmission! What Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Danielle drives a manual Honda Fit—a good car! But it’s getting worn out and is no longer ideal for hauling two kids around. She is feeling some pressure to get something “more responsible” but doesn’t want to give up the stick shift life. What car should she buy?

(Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we...

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