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Buying & Owning a Car

Having a car can be an expensive proposition. Read tips on buying vs. leasing, negotiating the best deal, financing, getting the most out of warranties and service contracts, using gas efficiently, and avoiding repossession.

Buying, Leasing, or Renting

Auto Loan Modification Scams

Should you trust companies that promise to negotiate lower payments for your car loan if you pay them a fee in advance?

Auto Loan Refinancing Scams

Use caution when dealing with companies that promise to negotiate lower payments for your car loan if you pay them an advance fee.

Auto Trade-Ins and Negative Equity: When You Owe More than Your Car is Worth

What to expect when you owe more on your car than it’s worth.

Buying a New Car

Get tips about pricing terms, financing options, trade-ins, and service contracts.

Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

A Buyers Guide is required on used cars sold by dealers. Learn about vehicle history reports, warranties, and payment options.

Financing or Leasing a Car

Shopping for a new or used car? Learn about your financing and leasing options and what to expect at the dealership.

Know Before You Go: Car Dealer Ads and Promotions

How to determine whether prices, discounts, and other terms in car ads are true before you go to the dealership.

Warranties & Service Contracts

Auto Warranties and Service Contracts

Explains differences between a warranty and service contract, how to get the most out of a warranty, your rights, possible scams.

Repair & Maintenance

Auto Repair Basics

Take the scare out of auto repair with these tips about how your vehicle works, how to identify common problems, and how to select a good mechanic.

Vehicle Repossession

Vehicle Repossession

What to know about when, and how, your car can be repossessed.