Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

The CFPB recently fined a “buy here, pay here” car dealer for abusive financing schemes, hiding auto finance charges and misleading consumers.

Monday, May 18, 2015 8:30 am
By Jean Chatzky ·

These four steps will help you get a quality car at a price you can afford.

Saturday, May 02, 2015 7:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

The average number of miles logged annually per car within a household is the most in a two-car home, where the average car travels 11,800 miles, and 36 percent of households have two cars.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:54 am
By Jean Chatzky ·

The amount people are paying for car loans has hit a record high. But if you’re a smart shopper, you don’t have to pay that much.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:25 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Think twice before using your tax refund to buy a car — at least for the short term.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

More than 212,000 flood-damaged cars are on the roads all over the country, according to new data from Carfax.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

More people buying a car this year means more car salesmen that are new on the job, according to a Chase study.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 9:42 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Used-car prices are expected to increase in the near term as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:35 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

If you drive an older car, especially one that’s eight years old or older, you might think it’s immune from theft. After all, who would want it? But old cars are much easier for car thieves to steal than newer models because they don’t have the theft-prevention features that are standard on all cars today.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:16 pm
By Claes Bell ·

I received an email this week from a rental car industry insider asking me if I had any figures on the percentage of late-model used cars that were originally owned by rental companies. I didn’t have up-to-date numbers for her, but we did eventually get into an interesting discussion about the merits of buying used-cars

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