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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Is it smarter to buy or lease a car?

It happens all the time. You see an ad on television for an amazing car you've always wanted, and the monthly payments shown are actually within your financial grasp. But is that "attractive lease offer" really all it's cracked up to be?

How to Lease a Car

Some of the sweetest car lease deals have dried up -- especially since automakers began offering zero-percent and low-rate financing to entice buyers. Even so, leasing remains an attractive alternative for many motorists.

How to Buy a Fuel-efficient Car

Buying a car with fuel economy in mind doesn't require you to own a vehicle you don't want. It means looking for the features you want with the best available fuel economy. Learn more.

How VINs Work

Learn where to find your car's VIN, what the numbers mean, and how you can use VINs to help prevent theft, or learn about the history of a used car.

How Kelley Blue Book Works

Kelley Blue Book is the most important resource you'll need when buying or selling a new or used car. How can you use the Blue Book to your advantage when you negotiate your deal?

12 Tire Buying Tips

Purchasing new tires can be confusing. But if you want to save money, get the best fuel economy, make an informed decision or simply buy the best quality tire, then this article is for you.