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Drive Time

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

December 27, 2019

Minivans: What’s Not to Like?

The minivan has been unfairly displaced by the three-row SUV as the family hauler of choice.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car

October 29, 2019

Why Winter Tires Trump All-Wheel Drive

Really want to get there safely when it’s slippery out? Get more grip with dedicated winter tires.

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

May 9, 2019

New-Car Shopping for the Introvert: Still a Hassle

For new-car shoppers, the quest to find a fair, fixed price and complete the transaction online remains elusive.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Smart Buying

January 2, 2019

Teenagers Can Be a Pain (to Insure)

A number of insurers offer discounts for good grades or completing a defensive driving course, but the price of covering teens remains high.

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August 30, 2018

How a Mouse Ate My Car

Our world is full of wonderful furry creatures. They just need to stay the heck away from our vehicles already.

See More On: Auto Insurance | Saving Money

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.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Tax Prep & Filing

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.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Smart Buying

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.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Smart Buying

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.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Loans

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.

See More On: Used Cars

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.

See More On: Buying & Leasing a Car | Smart Buying

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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