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.


10 Tips for Haggling Over a Used Car

One of the most anxiety-inducing parts of buying a used car is negotiating the price. It takes a ton of research and forethought to get the right deal.

10 Tips for Selling a Used Car Online

Selling a used car online can be just as nerve-wracking as buying one. You have to vet potential buyers, make sure your car is in tip-top shape and decide on a price — all while proving your Internet business prowess.

10 Red Flags for Used Car Buyers

Buying a car is exciting, but when it's used – you'd better make sure you have a checklist.

10 Tips for Buying a Used Motorcycle

Even though they're considerably smaller, buying a used motorcycle is not unlike buying a used car. You'll really want to have your eyes out for scams and tricks.

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?

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.

How long are you responsible for a car after you sell it?

If you've sold a used car, the last thing you want to see is your buyer driving it back again with a bad case of remorse. But can they even do that, or are you protected?

What’s the best time of year to buy a used car?

If you time it right, you can find a trusty new-to-you car at a good-for-you price. When's the best time of year to buy, and what else should you consider?

Is it possible to lease a used car?

Leasing a car works well for some drivers, who get a sweet ride during its peak years and can either buy it or lease another when the deal's up. But if leasing works for new cars, why don't more people lease used cars?

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?