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Compare the Costs: Buying vs. Leasing vs. Buying a Used Car
People say you shouldn't discuss religion or politics. But there is another touchy subject that leads to heated debates: Should you lease or buy a car? A closely related question is this: Should you lease or buy a new or used car? (more)
Driving on Snow and Ice: 10 Safety Tips
The best tip for winter driving: Sometimes it's best to stay home, or at least remain where you are until snow plows and sanding crews have done their work. If you crash on a snowy or icy road, you'll certainly be late, or worse. But since you can't always call in to work claiming a "snow day," it's better to learn how to correctly deal with driving in the snow. (more)
The Evolution of Front Airbags
Frontal-impact airbags are something we take for granted in today's automobiles. But today's front airbags differ radically from the airbags of 1996, the year they became a federally required safety feature. What's more, depending on the age and the brand of vehicle you're driving, you could have one of several types of front airbags -- all of which have different benefits and risks. And as we've all heard, some can be a serious danger to your child should he or she be sitting in the front seat during a collision. (more)
10 Steps to Finding the Right Car for You
The following steps are devoted to helping you select, price, locate and test-drive the vehicle that is best for you. After reading and completing these steps, you will be ready to move on to the 10 Steps articles to buying a new car, buying a used car, or leasing a new car. (more)
What Are Certified Used Vehicles?
According to a recent J.D. Power and Associates study, sales of certified used cars have increased 46 percent since 2000. For many people, certified used cars have become affordable alternatives to new cars. By "certified used" or "certified pre-owned," we mean used cars that are offered for sale by your local dealer and feature warranties that extend beyond the initial "when new" coverage. (more)
How to Test Drive a Car
You can't put it off any longer. There are too many good deals to pass up, and a trip to the car dealership is in your near future. But how can you be sure that hunk of metal, plastic, and rubber you're eyeing is right for you? (more)
Auto Loan Calculator
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The Low-Down on High Octane Gasoline
Are you tempted to buy a high-octane gasoline for your car because you want to improve its performance? If so, take note: the recommended gasoline for most cars is regular octane. In fact, in most cases, using a higher octane gasoline than your owner's manual recommends offers absolutely no benefit. (more)
Do my new tires require any special treatment?
Your new tires will probably feel different from the tires that were replaced. Drive carefully as you become familiar with their performance and handling. Take special care when braking, accelerating, cornering, or when driving in the rain, because these are the times when the differences will be most noticeable. (more)