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Labor Day weekend is traditionally considered a great time to shop for a new car or truck, as dealers cut prices to clear lots for new-year models. This year, some car makers are offering an enticing combination of 0% financing and cash back. Other times, it’s often one or the other. Read more»
Fewer People Are Missing Car Payments
By: The Associated Press
By Eileen A.J. Connelly, AP Personal Finance Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In another sign that borrowers have taken tighter control of their debt, late payments on auto loans dropped in the second quarter. The rate of payments 60 days or more past due dropped to 0.53% of outstanding auto loans in the April-to-June period, from 0.73% a year ago, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion. Read more»
Cash for Clunkers: 1 Year Later
By: Brian O'Connell
It’s the one-year anniversary of “Cash for Clunkers,” but apparently, the financing option didn’t pan out so well and consumers are feeling “clunker” remorse. Read more»
Electric Cars: Buy or Lease?
By: Brian O'Connell
Everyone’s getting buzzed about the Chevrolet Volt and its $41,000 price tag. That’s a lot of cash, even for Al Gore. So maybe the best way to do the right thing environmentally, while saving a few bucks in the process, is leasing the Volt instead of purchasing it. Read more»
What’s best: a new car or a used one? Most people come down solidly in either camp. People are pretty passionate about it. But there’s a third alternative that may represent a sweet spot offering the best combination of “newness” and affordability. That’s to buy a car that is 2 years old and to sell it two or three years later. Read more»
Auto Loans Now Easier to Get
By: The Associated Press
By David Pitt, AP Personal Finance Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's getting easier to get a car loan. "A couple of months ago, it was horrible," says George Magliano, an automotive research analyst with IHS Global Insight. "The least blemish on your credit report and you got nothing." Read more»
Q: Our old set of wheels gave out and my husband and I want to buy a good, used car. What about buying on Craigslist? We’ve heard some good deals are there, but I’m not sure I’d trust it. What do you hear? — S. Rickett, St. Louis A: Craigslist has an old-fashioned flea market vibe to it, and that’s both a good and bad thing. Read more»
Q: I’m ready to give our old Hyundai to my college-aged daughter, which means I’m in the market for a new car. With money tight, can I get away with a used car? Or should I pay up for a newer, presumably better set of wheels? — T. Shahood, Nashua, N.H. Read more»
How to Finance a New Car
By: Jeff Brown
So the old clunker is finally ready to be recycled or donated to charity. Or maybe a convertible has caught your fancy with the approach of summer. Either way, you’ve decided to buy a new car. What’s the best way to finance it? Read more»
Car Shopping for Recent Grads
By: The Associated Press
By Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Many college grads will need a new car to start their lives off campus. A dismal job market could make financing such a big-ticket purchase a challenge. The recession has been tough on young people, with unemployment for 20 to 24-year-olds at 17.2% in April. That's much higher than the rate of 9.9% for the entire population, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more»
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