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Quiz: How Consumer Reports Automotive Ratings Work

Consumer Reports Automotive Ratings are great for car buyers. How knowledgeable are you when it comes to understanding Consumer Reports Automotive Ratings? Take this quiz and find out!

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • How Car Financing Works

    How Car Financing Works

    Ready to get out of that clunker and slide into a shiny new car? Not willing or able to plunk down $20000 in cash? Learn all about car financing from where to get the money to negotiating the deal. See more »

  • How Car Insurance Works

    How Car Insurance Works

    Do you truly understand the different parts of an auto insurance policy and how to choose the best coverage? What affects the price and how can you bring the costs down? Find out all about auto insurance. See more »

  • How CARFAX Works

    How CARFAX Works

    The shady used-car salesman on the lemon lot isn't going to tell you that the vehicle you're purchasing has a fatal case of rust or that your new car's engine is going to fall out a mile down the road. How can you beat the cheats? See more »

  • How Consumer Guide Automotive Ratings Work

    How Consumer Guide Automotive Ratings Work

    Everyone has strategies for getting the best deal on a car, like wearing your frumpiest clothes to the lot. Exploring an automotive rating service is another option for helping you get the bargain of a century. See more »

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