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Auto Loan Basics  Chapter 2: Shop 'til you drop
Whether shopping online or off, discover how to track down the best vehicle at the best price.
Shop 'til you drop

Shop till you drop: Introduction

Shopping for a car should include online searches and dealer visits -- and looking for the best deals on financing and insurance, too.

After you've determined how much car you can afford, it's time to start shopping. Many people begin their research online, then visit a dealer. There they might learn about rebates and dealer incentives. A new trend is to use an intermediary to do the searching for you. This chapter will explain all of the options available to the buyer, as well as how to shop for financing and insurance.

What you can expect to learn from this chapter:
Researching vehicles online
  Manufacturer sites, independent sites, government sites -- you can find tons of information on the Internet.
New car shopping on the Web
  Nearly 70 percent of car buyers begin their shopping on the Web. We'll tell you what you can learn from each kind of site.
Value of rebates & incentives
  Knowing what rebates and dealer incentives are available will help you make your selection. Here's where to find that information.
Using an intermediary
  Is there an advantage to using a broker or an auto-buying service? We explain what services they offer and whether they're worth the fees.
Used car shopping on the Web
  The Web has made it much easier to learn the history of a used car. Plus, we offer a list of questions to ask any used-car seller.
Line up your financing
  If you've already got your financing in place, you'll be in a better negotiating position with the dealer. Here's a look at all of your financing options.
Decision time: buy or lease?
  Our calculators can help you determine whether you should lease or buy that new car.
Check insurance costs first
  Your car insurance premium shouldn't be a shock to you, so check out these Web sites to get rate quotes before you get your car.
Chapter 2 quiz
  Test what you've learned in this section.
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