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Long-term car loan is a bad idea
Your payment will be less with a longer loan. Even so, a shorter-term car loan is better.
Who pays for repairs in a car recall?
You've taken your car in after a recall. If you have problems again, does the carmaker pay?
5 tips for safe towing over the summer
Will you be towing the toys of summer? Heed these tips in pulling your camper, trailer or boat.
Just use your trade-in as a down payment?
Deciding to kick in cash to cut your car loan or trade in your auto will depend on these factors.
5 tips on car repairs after a disaster
When a storm strikes, follow these car repair tips to avoid being overcharged by your mechanic.
How to make principal-only car payments
If you make extra car payments each month, here's how to ensure they're applied to principal.
Tap a lender, not a dealer, for a car loan
Most buyers take a loan offer from the car dealer. There are reasons to try a lender instead.
Trade in my leased car for a used car?
You can't turn in a leased car as a trade for a used car. Still, there are ways to make a deal.
Don't pay unnecessary dealer fees
Car dealers may try to sneak fees past you. Question these if they appear on your invoice.
Will car loan payoff improve credit score?
You save on interest when you close out an auto loan. Find out if it helps your credit, too.
5 shopping do's and don'ts of car insurance
Don't shop for auto coverage only by price. Consider these other elements before buying.
Should you get a car loan from the dealer?
Many shoppers don't look past the dealer for a car loan. There are other sources you can tap.
4 costly car maintenance mistakes to avoid
These car maintenance moves don't take much effort, but missing them can cost a bundle.
Car loan: Ready, set, approved, rejected
Dealers apply for multiple car loans. If one is denied, does it affect another that's approved?
5 smart money tips to save on car rentals
Need some wheels for a road trip? Don't be taken for a ride by costly car rental fees.
How can I tell if a used car is a classic?
It's tough to put a value on a 20-something car, but there are resources to tap.
Crash course: Spotting counterfeit air bags
Counterfeit air bags may be hazardous to your health. Just make sure your bag isn't a bust.
Do octane-boosting fuel additives work?
Want to make the ping go away? Try this method before using octane-boosting fuel additives.
Ready to buy a hybrid or electric car?
Deciding between a hybrid or electric car is a big step. How you drive can dictate if you save cash.
Lower payment without extending car loan?
You may want to refi for the same term as your current car loan, but your lender might balk.
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