Drive Time

Insights and tactics for scoring deals on wheels – whether buying or selling, new or used.

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, September 2016

Buy a Used Car Online Without Haggling

Hate negotiating? You can pick up a car as easily as a new pair of shoes—or a date—with these online services.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2016

How to Make Your Older Car Smarter, Safer

A lot of today's automotive gee-whiz can be adapted to yesterday's wheels.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, March 2016

Order a Custom-Built New Car From the Factory

Buying a car the European way puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to features and option packages.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, January 2016

Get Quality Tires for the Best Price

We've got tips to ease the burden of finding the right rubber to keep your ride safe.

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October 15, 2015

What to Do If You Own a VW Diesel

Repairs to ensure that VWs with "defeat device" software meet emission standards could be a year or two away.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2015

Surprisingly Good Reasons to Buy a Rental Car

Buying from Hertz, Avis and Budget is so low-hassle and transparent that you may not mind getting a car that dozens have already had their mitts on.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2015

The Woes of Extended Auto Warranties

Payouts over the life of an extended warranty typically fall short of the cost of the warranty.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, February 2015

When Leasing Makes Sense

If you always have a car payment—because you trade in your cars often or you tend to finance with long-term loans—then leasing is a good choice.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, January 2015

Best Ways to Sell Your Car

Dealers usually can't beat CarMax, but even there you may get $500 to $1,500 less than in a private sale.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November 2014

Expect Deals on New 2015 Car Models

You'll find the biggest bargains on cars that buyers are steering clear of. That includes compact and midsize sedans.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, October 2014

Cash Out Your Lease on Your Car

You could walk away with a check if your vehicle is worth more than the purchase price written into the lease.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2014

Best Cars for Families

Our top picks get high scores in our annual rankings plus a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance, April 2014

Avoid Showroom Showdowns

If you hate to haggle, you're a prime candidate for a car-buying service.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, January 2014

Putting Tesla to the Test

We drive the Model S to see if this pricey EV lives up to the hype.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November 2013

The Value of Free Maintenance Offers on New Cars

Most maintenance plans for nonluxury brands are more sizzle than steak. New cars don't need much upkeep.

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Updated October 2013

Five Myths About Leasing a Car

Learning the facts could save you a bundle.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, September 2013

How to Buy a Safe Car

Among newer technologies, forward-collision warning systems and adaptive headlights help reduce crashes the most.

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