Buying and Selling Cars

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.


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?

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?

Is the end of the month really the best time to buy a car?

It's time to buy a new car. Everybody knows you get the best deals at the end of the month when salespeople are desperate to make their quotas, right? Not exactly.

Is a car really an investment?

You love your car: It's your best friend, main squeeze, love of your life. You may call your car many things, just don't call it an investment — because it's not a good one.

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.

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.

You've lost the title to your car and are trying to find out how to get a copy of your car title. Read here about how to get a copy of a car title.

How J.D. Power Ratings Work

When you're constantly bombarded by advertisements, it can be tough to decide which car, washing machine or pontoon boat is really the best buy. That's where a company like J.D. Power comes in.

How NHTSA Ratings Work

Whether you're buying a new car from a dealership or shopping for a bargain on a used car lot, it's a good idea to find out if the car you're interested in is truly safe. The NHTSA can help.

How Consumer Reports Automotive Ratings Work

How reliable is the car you're interested in purchasing? Check into the Consumer Reports Automotive Ratings to see how it scored based on surveys and test runs.