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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Payouts over the life of an extended warranty typically fall short of the cost of the warranty.
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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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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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You'll find the biggest bargains on cars that buyers are steering clear of. That includes compact and midsize sedans.
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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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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If you hate to haggle, you're a prime candidate for a car-buying service.
We drive the Model S to see if this pricey EV lives up to the hype.
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Most maintenance plans for nonluxury brands are more sizzle than steak. New cars don't need much upkeep.
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Learning the facts could save you a bundle.
Among newer technologies, forward-collision warning systems and adaptive headlights help reduce crashes the most.
Each vehicle has stability control and at least six airbags. Reliability is also key -- you don't want your kid to get stuck on the side of the road.
They retain more of their original value and often have lower maintenance costs than their nonhybrid counterparts.
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More trade-ins are hitting the market, and prices are edging down.
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The price you negotiate for a car and the interest on your car loan are only part of the cost of owning a new vehicle.
If you always have a car payment, you're a good candidate for leasing instead of buying.
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Plug-ins won't be more widely accepted until prices come closer to comparable gas-engine cars.
You get a discount off the sticker price, save on rental-car costs and get a free night's stay at a luxury hotel.
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Aggressive, jerky driving slurps extra fuel—up to 33% more on the highway and 5% more in town.
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Prices are higher than ever, but we help you get the most for your money.
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In addition to price, car buyers should also factor in the cost of fuel, insurance and repairs when determining which vehicle will cost them the least.
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Call several dealers in advance to negotiate prices over the phone and get firm offers via e-mail.
The Malibu LT grabs first place among the 2013 redesigns. It also gets our "Most Improved" award.
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States sidestep the issue, so it's up to families to act when a loved one is no longer a safe driver.
Most Toyota Camry models will be cheaper in the new year, with savings up to $1,150 for the hybrid.
The best prices often come from services that will do the haggling for you for a fee.
Technology lets you get a break on insurance premiums based on how you actually drive.
Although the Volt and Leaf have stratospheric sticker prices, both have pretty low ownership costs.
From social media apps to night vision, find which cool features your car will have in almost 10 years from now.
When every car gets five stars it's hard to know which are safest. So the feds are raising the bar.
The BMW 750i is a driver's dream. But Hyundai's new superluxury sedan, the Equus, is a value.
Waiting lists for the Volt and Leaf are long, and early sales are confined to a few areas.
Nine in ten women believe they are treated differently at auto-repair shops than men are.
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Cell-phone bans haven’t reduced
crashes because drivers keep using
their phones even when it’s illegal.
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The four-door Porsche is a hit after all, and for 2011 it gets a $15,000 price cut.
We pick our favorite new car for young drivers.
Even nonluxury brands are promoting leases. You can lease a Honda Fit for $210 a month.
Show your car some love and skip the new-car payments.
Carmakers have introduced a fresh marketing strategy to attract your business: lower sticker prices.
Which fuel-efficient vehicle is right for you? That depends on how and where you drive.
Your next new car could come with safety features once only dreamed of by science-fiction writers.
Measure the five-year ownership costs to see whether it really pays to buy a green vehicle.
Great bargains on these soon-to-be-retired 2010 cars will remain until they're sold out.
Knowledge will give you the power to drive a good deal.
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If you're thinking about buying a Toyota, contrarian as it sounds, the time to act is now.
Hyundai’s sixth-generation family sedan is a head-turner -- and a better value than its competitors.
The recalled models are being repaired, but prices are softening -- creating tempting bargains.
Come along on our test drive of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.
See which car gadgets can make your drive a whole lot easier.
The prices of used cars now reflect what they are actually worth.
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You’ve seen the ads on TV. Now see where the biggest savings really are.
You must read the fine print on your car warranties.
Drive Time Columnist, Jessica Anderson answers your questions on deceased lesees, sales tax deductions and a Honda diesel.
Find out what tricks dealers and car buffs use to help you get top dollar for your vehicle.
Several models are worth a look, as long as you're looking to hold on to the vehicle for the long term.
School yourself on the car tests and learn how to read the results.
September is a great time to pick up a bargain on an outgoing model – but this year, you have to look a little harder.
I put three all-new diesel models through their paces and then applied the <i>Kiplinger’s</i> value test.
The long-anticipated program launches July 27, but it doesn't benefit very many car buyers
Don't get swayed by all the new dealer incentives. Bottom line, keep your car.
Before hitting the road this summer, make sure your ride is in good condition.
Despite great deals on new cars, leasing is still popular.
Can you really return the car if you lose your job?
With cheap gas on every corner, it's harder to justify the premium you pay for a hybrid.
Is a scooter commute for you?
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Take a peek at the winners for 2009.
Troubles in Motown are mounting, and that could mean a rough road for purchasers of a Detroit vehicle. My advice: Wait for the dust to settle.
Family friendly, not flashy
A look at the rise of subcompact vehicles.
Driving a Lamborghini that costs more than the median-priced U.S. home isn't all fun and games.
From a dollars-and-cents perspective, the decision to buy a hybrid is never simple.
The New Models are green, fuel-efficient and may be a better choice than a hybrid.
There's nothing like $100 fill-ups to put your big bruiser on the endangered list.
The economic slump has many vehicles going for near-invoice prices. Plus, rebates and low-rate financing deals abound.
Hybrid versions of the GMC Yukon and Cheverolet Tahoe get a test drive.
The affordable BMW fighter
The Great Compromise SUV
Cadillac Scores One for the Home Team
Value, elegance and (unfortunately) iDrive
Learning to love a big crossover
Will Motor City rev its engines for American car buyers?
Honda spins this growth much the way you'd tell a man he hasn't grown heavy, he's now "husky,"
Safe? That's a given. With the 3-series convertible, you'll also get plenty of power, fun in the sun and not too much wind in your hair.
The Lexus LS 460 created a buzz because it parks itself. But high style and top quality are the real reasons it is winning buyers' hearts.
Carmakers are responding to consumers who want more environmentally friendly vehicles.
Fuel economy ratings haven't always lined up with actual drivers' results. Now, new estimates for 2008 will reflect real-world miles per gallon.
A few simple strategies will prevent you from being fleeced in the dealer's finance office.
These car-like SUVs are filling showrooms and winning drivers' hearts. Here are our favorites for 2007.
Power and speed are no longer the mantra in Motor City. Reporting from Detroit, columnist Mark Solheim names six of the best new concept cars and shows you what to expect for the 2008 model year.
To encourage save driving, consider adding an emergency-maneuvers driving course to your teen's training.
If you don't want to pay sticker price for a new car but hate to negotiate, there are services that can snag a deal for you.
The entry-level Caliber ain't got a Hemi, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's still bigger and delivers more power than its cutesy Asian counterparts.
The Acura RDX and Toyota FJ Cruiser are aimed at young men who want style, performance and utility.
The price and gas mileage of the new Yaris might be right, but this mini mobile lacks in style and amenities.
Mazda's and Mercedes-Benz's latest offerings that are neither SUV nor minivan aren't flying off dealers' lots, but they're worth a look.
The new Cadillac Escalade won't help save the planet or save you money at the gas pump. But it will carry eight people in a comfortable and stylish ride.
The Lexus GS 450h is not a tree-hugger hybrid. The electric motor in this luxury sedan is meant to maximize performance, not fuel efficiency.
President Bush is pushing a new type of ethanol as the antidote to Americans' addiction to oil. But don't expect to see it at your local gas station any time soon.
Ford's latest crossover SUV hybrid, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, has little to distinguish it from the Escape. So is the higher sticker price worth it?