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Where can I learn about auto dealer's monthly and annual sales targets?

I'm in the market for a new Mazda. Invoice prices, holdbacks, dealer cash, special financing deals, and the like are all out there on the Internet. But I can't find is what bonuses Mazda offers to car dealers for hitting various monthly and yearly sales goals. How do I find out about this? [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on Dec 17, 2014 - 3 answers

What car, and from where - East Bay edition

In January we (family of 3) are moving to the East Bay area and need to buy a car. Our budget is ideally around $10,000 but we could stretch. What cars should we be focussing our search on? Should we be buying new (obviously more than $10,000 - is the expense justified?), a manufacturer certified second hand vehicle, second hand on Craigslist, or ...? Is having a warranty important? [more inside]
posted by ogorki on Nov 26, 2014 - 20 answers

Help a Newbie Figure Out How to Buy A Car

I'm an inexperienced driver in LA who is starting researching how to buy a car (I'm considering both new and used at this point but probably the latter is more likely; I'll definitely be going to some dealer showrooms) for the first time. I don't know much about cars and I am feeling a bit lost. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jul 29, 2014 - 13 answers

What are some guidelines for haggling at a used car dealership?

Tomorrow I begin my very first tour of local used car dealerships, ISO a reasonably-priced Suburu wagon. I've bought and sold several vehicles via Craigslist, and done my share of haggling and getting haggled (haggled at? behaggled?), but only with individuals, not corporations. Do the same rules of etiquette apply? [more inside]
posted by t(h)om(as) on Jul 13, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me buy a car the right way, this time.

I just moved to Charlottesville, Va from California. Bought a car here quickly after getting here through Carmax which I am realizing now is way too nice, my car payments are too much ($247/month) and I worry too much about when parking, driving etc. (a 2010 Toyota Prius, 6 year loan that I owe 15k on). [more inside]
posted by ethel on Apr 12, 2014 - 11 answers

I need to buy a used vehicle that can tow a boat. Suggestions?

Help me find my best options for late-model used cars that have a reasonably decent towing capacity. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Mar 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Anything special about buying a car in a really hot, humid climate?

Is there anything I should look out for or try to get when buying a car in a really hot, humid climate? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 29, 2013 - 19 answers

What do I need to know about buying a new car out-of-state?

I live in northern Virginia, and due to some weird circumstances, I am going to purchase (100% financed) a new car from a dealership in Missouri and drive it back home. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on May 19, 2013 - 4 answers

How to trade a vehicle, for a vehicle, for trade in.

Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Cash only? Or is a check just fine?

Buying a used car. How do I handle the money aspect of it? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jul 13, 2012 - 12 answers

buy here / pay here - but not too much, hopefully?

I need a reliable car that I can count on. I'm a person with pretty bad credit, but I have a steady income in a job I've had for a while. What are my options? I'm thinking hard about checking out a used car lot; what should I look for, loan- and car-wise? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jun 27, 2012 - 28 answers

Audi TT versus Volvo C30

We're choosing between a used Audi TT coupe and a used Volvo C30 hatchback - anything we should consider? Do you own either of these cars? Hate them or love anything in particular about them? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Moving up in the world - circumstances changing

Circumstances changing! Some financial help and advice needed! [more inside]
posted by anonaccount on Oct 29, 2011 - 9 answers

I have "SUCKER" written on my forehead.

What's the best way for me to find and buy a used car, given that I know what I want, have cash to buy it outright, don't want to spend lots of time and mileage and money "shopping", and don't know anything about how to tell a lemon from a peach? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 2, 2011 - 10 answers

To Buy or Not To Buy

When does it make financial sense to replace a car? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jun 22, 2011 - 17 answers

SUV/Car Buying Help

Have a baby on the way and need a new or slightly used car or SUV. My preference is for an SUV and I would like to spend less than $17,000 in cash (after trade in, cheaper the better). We will be trading in a 2004 Saturn Ion, black, with 135,000 miles. Good gas mileage is a definite factor since we drive several hundred miles a week. Are there any great deals out there or any car shopping sites that explain my options best? Help! Thanks.
posted by Paalen on Mar 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Is now a good time to buy a Honda?

First of all, I am deeply sympathetic to the disaster in Japan, so I am sorry if this is tacky. But I was already looking to buy a new Honda within the next few months and want to know if because of the circumstances I should jump on it now. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Mar 14, 2011 - 7 answers

I want to buy a really boring car.

I have about $9k to spend. What car should I buy? And where should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Feb 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Negotiating tips to help buy a used Toyota Camry?

Tips for negotiating the price of a used car, namely a used Toyota Camry, years 2007-2010? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Dec 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Want to help me buy my first car?

Help a teenager buy her first car. Knows next to nothing about cars so tell me: where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Saebrial on Oct 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Help! I need to buy a car

I need a safe, reliable, and cheap car -- can you help me navigate the internet maze to find the most efficient sources on where/what to buy? New or used? etc. [more inside]
posted by LittlePumpkin on Sep 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me buy a sweet 4x4 truck/SUV.

I’m considering buying a used truck/SUV but I’m confused by the dizzying array of options. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on May 27, 2010 - 29 answers

No Cars Go

EMERGENCY! My car is about to go kablewy (as in any day now), and I have to commute 30 miles a day to work. I can't live without a car, and seeing as hubby and I just moved, we have no savings or nest egg to fall back on. We are looking for an affordable, fuel efficient, used car around $6000ish. IYHO: Who's the best used car dealer in town? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on May 23, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I go about buying a used cargo van without burning my money?

What should I look out for while buying a used cargo van for my business? Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Apr 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Buying a new car, American style

Buying a new car - is there an American car that fits the bill? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 on Apr 23, 2010 - 33 answers

Knife catching isn't just for real estate

How can I increase my chances of buying a new car below dealer cost? Would you get an additional discount if you paid cash in full? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Aug 20, 2009 - 13 answers

Car Rebate, Part Deux

What Next on Not Receiving Customer Cash-Back Car Rebate? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Aug 13, 2009 - 4 answers

How to buy a car from a person

I am looking to buy a used car for cash from a local (CA) private party, not a dealer. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Aug 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Didn't Get Car Rebate

Can I Still Get a Cash-Back Car Rebate After Buying a Car? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Jul 18, 2009 - 4 answers

What's the best way to negotiate for a car through email?

What's the best way to negotiate for a new car using email? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Jul 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Car buying in a recession

Buying a new car considering the current US economy. Have the rules changed? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Dec 19, 2008 - 12 answers

WTB Wheels, Not Enough $$$ On Hand

Are individuals selling used cars frequently willing to work with a purchaser with regard to a payment plan or are they really expecting the full asking price all at once? [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Oct 17, 2008 - 17 answers

long distance car buying -- slightly paranoid and overeager buyer

After months and months of looking, I've finally found my dream car. The problem is, it's a few hundred miles away from me... and my trusted mechanic. Help me make this happen! [more inside]
posted by TayBridge on Oct 4, 2008 - 6 answers

KBB, NADA or Edmunds?

KBB, NADA or Edmunds? Which one should I use when buying a car? [more inside]
posted by WizKid on May 12, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me pick a used car, econ majors!

How do you determine the sweet spot between price and age/reliability when looking at used cars? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Feb 18, 2008 - 22 answers

flip down tailgate or bust!

Is there a newish station wagon with a flip-down tailgate? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Jan 3, 2008 - 6 answers

She just wants to pay cash for a new car.

Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash? Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour, insists on signing a loan agreement?!? Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Aug 22, 2007 - 29 answers

Does the Fit fit?

I am thinking of buying a Honda Fit, and I'm afraid I'm making a mistake. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 8, 2007 - 29 answers

Looking to buy an SUV as my first new car ever.

The time has come to buy a new car, and I've got a LOT of questions with regards to cost, options, leasing vs. buying, and haggling. Also recommendations on Toyota Highlanders and Mazda CX-9's... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on May 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Inter State Car Buying Questions.

Buy a car in Florida for use in Georgia - How do I save on Title/Tax etc? [more inside]
posted by carthik on May 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Should I haggle for a new hybrid?

I've found a new Prius that I might be able to buy before the tax rebate gets chopped in half. Since it's a new, popular car, am I going to be paying full price no matter what or should I try my meager haggling skills? If the latter, what should I aim for and how should I go about it given the "next guy will pay full price" line I'll inevitably encounter? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Sep 21, 2006 - 16 answers

Dog Wagon.

What new wagons/autos are dog friendly? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Sep 14, 2006 - 12 answers

Determined to own a London Taxi

I've fallen in love with London Taxis, but I live in the US where they're almost nonexistent. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by azuresunday on Sep 1, 2006 - 12 answers

Should I buy a new car in Washington or Oregon?

I'm thinking about buying a new car in the next year. I live in Seattle, Washington, where the sales tax is about 8.8%, but I visit Oregon frequently, where there is no sales tax. Would there be any drawbacks to buying the car in Oregon to avoid the sales tax? I would still register and insure it in Washington.
posted by matildaben on Mar 17, 2006 - 18 answers

Insurance for a first-time car buyer

When do I need to get insurance for my new car? [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck on Feb 11, 2006 - 18 answers

How do you (not) haggle when buying a car?

I'm going to need to buy a car sometime soon and, from past experiences, I find this to be completely unpleasant. How can I make this easier or less painful? Have you used services that take care of negotiations/haggling? [more inside]
posted by milkrate on Feb 18, 2005 - 28 answers

What are the best new or used car dealerships in Atlanta?

My sister-in-law is looking for a low-priced new or used car, probably a Toyota, but she's also looking at a Kia or a Hyundai. We're in the metro Atlanta area [MI]... [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Nov 19, 2004 - 26 answers

$10 to $15k used car suggestions

Used car suggestions: I've got 10 to 15k to spend...[mi] [more inside]
posted by skwm on Mar 18, 2004 - 31 answers

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