Tune Up Your Car-Buying SkillsKiplinger.com
Some people would rather swim in shark infested waters than step onto a car lot -- others don't see much of a choice there. Yes, car buying can be a harrowing experience, but it doesn't have to be. The best repellent for circling car dealers is deciding early not be sold a car. Know the car you want, your needs and your budget before ever stepping foot in a showroom.
Shopping for cars is a lot easier than it used to be. The Internet lets you compare models, prices, financing and dealer incentives. And leasing has become an affordable alternative for drivers who otherwise couldn't afford a new car. The growing number of off-lease cars also is supplying a healthy inventory of low-mileage -- and lower cost -- used vehicles.
This tutorial represents your starting line. We'll show you where to find the deals, what to consider and how to bargain. Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines.
- Get the Best New Car Deal
Your goal is getting the best car for the least amount of money. These strategies show you how.
- How to Negotiate a Lease
Understand the language of leasing and shop around to get the best terms.
- How to Shop for a Used Car
Do your homework before heading to the car lot so you don't get stuck with a lemon.
- Useful Car Links
Here are some of the best car research and retail links the Web has to offer.
- Should You Keep Your Old Car?
Want to really save money on a new car? Don't sell your old one.