Drive Time

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

June 29, 2018

A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life

If you travel more than, say, 150 miles from home more than a few times a year, I don't see an electric car working as your primary vehicle.

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April 4, 2018

The Best Way to Buy a Used Car

Look for two- to three-year-old used vehicles because they’ve already lost the lion’s share of their initial value.

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February 1, 2018

Driving a Hard Bargain on a New 2018 Car

Our tips on negotiating strategies and getting a new ride that will hold its value well.

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October 5, 2017

Buy the Gas Your Car Deserves

Gasoline is just gasoline — or is it? Also, we wade into the premium vs. regular debate.

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August 23, 2017

Buying a New Car? Check the Resale Value

Even people who hold cars forever should pay attention to this metric.

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April 5, 2017

How to Get a Great Deal on a New Car

Our tips will help even the least confrontational among you negotiate a price you wouldn't feel embarrassed disclosing to your neighbors.

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December 8, 2016

How to Get a Great Deal on a Car Lease

Leasing can put you in the car you really want. But don't let lower payments lull you into spending more than you should.

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November 4, 2016

Best New Car Values of 2016

These picks from Kelley Blue Book will hold their value and save you money at the pump.

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October 5, 2016

What You Must Know About the Exploding Airbag Recall

Discover if, or when, your vehicle will be recalled.

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August 2, 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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May 2, 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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February 4, 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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December 18, 2015

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.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Used Cars

September 1, 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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April 3, 2015

The Woes of Extended Auto Warranties

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

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Auto Insurance

January 2, 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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