BUYING & SELLING

Buying or selling a car can be a tedious experience. Articles in this section touch on car buying and financing, insurance, warranties, VINs, and the Kelly Blue Book.
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5 Extended Warranty Tips

So you've purchased your new car. The next question is if you want to buy the extended warranty to protect your new investment. Is it worth it? What kind should you get? Here are some tips about extended warranites.

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  • Can you find the keypad code for a used car?

    Can you find the keypad code for a used car?

    Keypad entry systems provide a key-free alternative for getting into your car. What happens if you get a used car with a keypad system but not the code that goes with it? Are there ways to reset the system? See more »

  • Can you return a used car?

    Can you return a used car?

    You've just bought a used car. It looked good, ran well during the test drive and had a clean history. But when the problems start rolling in, you realize it's not the bargain you'd thought. Are you stuck with a clunker? See more »

  • Can you sell a car that has been under water?

    Can you sell a car that has been under water?

    If the words "car" and "flood" show up together in the same sentence, it's usually not good — especially if the car was yours. Would selling your flood-damaged car help recover your losses? Is it even legal? See more »

  • Car Smarts: How to Buy a Car

    Car Smarts: How to Buy a Car

    Buying a car is often perceived to be a difficult and confusing process. If you take the time to learn what you need to know before purchasing a vehicle, the entire process is relatively simple and straightforward. So, how much do you know about buying a car? See more »

  • Do car commercials greenwash?

    Do car commercials greenwash?

    Car commercials love to tout their vehicles as environmentally friendly. But is the "green" claim just a big, fat lie? More than one manufacturer has been caught fudging the truth. See more »

  • Do dealerships make more off new or used cars?

    Do dealerships make more off new or used cars?

    New cars cost more than used cars, so dealers must make more off the new ones, right? Wrong. A lot of factors determine a dealer's bottom line — and the biggest profits aren't always where you think. See more »

  • Fix it or Ditch it: Is it Time to Replace Your Ride?

    Fix it or Ditch it: Is it Time to Replace Your Ride?

    Is it worth putting up with the occasional big repair bill and less-than-perfect-paint on your old car to avoid a new-car payment for the next several years? This quiz might help you make a decision -- finally. See more »

  • How AFV Tax Credits Work

    How AFV Tax Credits Work

    Sometimes when the U.S. government wants to encourage a certain behavior, it'll provide incentives. If you drive an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), you might be eligible for some serious savings. See more »

  • How AutoCheck Works

    How AutoCheck Works

    Verifying the deceitful things people do to their cars is a tricky business -- and AutoCheck knows it. Find out what separates AutoCheck from the competition. See more »

  • How can a new car cost only $3,000?

    How can a new car cost only $3,000?

    Is it possible to build a $3,000 car and turn any sort of a profit? One manufacturer seems to think so. And before you ask: No, it's not India's Tata Motors. See more »

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