I have never purchased a car.
I got a handmedown as a teen/college student, then lived in public transportation friendly locations the last many years. I'm now in North Carolina-walk me through the steps like I'm the idiot I am. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone
on Sep 15, 2014 -
So I bought a new-to-me car last night, and I pick it up on Friday. Now I'm asking myself all the questions I should have asked myself at the dealership. Help? [more inside]
posted by kythuen
on Jun 5, 2014 -
I am moving to the SF South Bay in a few months and need to buy a car. I've read previous car-buying askme's, done a bit of avoid-scams/how-to-haggle online research, but mostly I'm overwhelmed. Step 1, I think: make, model, new or used?!? Please help me choose a car! [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on May 13, 2014 -
I live in DC. Sometime soon after Labor Day, I'll be relocating to Charlotte, NC. I'm sure I'll have plenty of wailing detailed questions about this as the time approaches [and after!], but it's happening [and it's very good for my career. I'm calling it a new adventure]. Should I buy a car here in DC or once I'm in Charlotte? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone
on May 12, 2014 -
How will my joint mortgage affect my debt-to-income ratio when I apply for a new car loan WITHOUT a co-signer? (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by ilikemethisway
on May 5, 2014 -
I'm planning to buy a used car in the Bay Area soon, then a month later use it to drive across the country to my new home. Do I need to consider anything special as far as taxes, licensing, insurance, etc? I haven't had a car for nearly a decade, so just buying one is daunting, let alone worrying about any additional financial or legal concerns. Is there anything I should know about?
posted by chriswarren
on Apr 26, 2014 -
In a few months I will be moving across the country from Delaware to California for a year to maybe indefinitely. In which state should I buy a car and how should it be paid for?
(Snowflake details below the cut.) [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on Mar 24, 2014 -
I want what I want. It's sooo hard to find information on cars that fit the criteria I want. I joined Consumer Reports online, looked at Cars.com (it ends in 2013), Edmonds and general Google searches and can't find any car research tool to just plug in the features I want.
I'm looking for a small to mid-size car/SUV/whatever, AWD or 4WD, 4 cyl turbo or 6-8 cyl, plenty of front leg room with decent leg room in the rear, heated/power front seats (heated mirrors a plus), iPhone/Bluetooth media streaming, audio on the steering wheel, mpg 27 or better, preferably under $30,000 but I can be flexible on that.
My last new car was a Subaru Baja and I loved it but had to give it up when I was laid off. I'm now driving a '96 Mercury Cougar which has power galore but looks boring. I like unique looks (I was looking at the Nissan Juke, but no heated/power seats or audio on the steering wheel and a bit tight in the rear leg room dept. Does this unicorn exist?
posted by IpsoFacto
on Mar 7, 2014 -
I'm in the market for a used car, and I've found one that looks great (on paper). I have not seen it in person yet. It's being sold by a new/used car dealership that seems to have positive reviews (or at least, no negative reviews that I can find). The only thing is, the asking price appears to be too low, based on what I'm finding online, by something like $2,000-3,000. Carfax report comes up clean except for a fender bender, and the mileage is kind of high (190k for a 2005 car). I plan to check it out in person and ask questions about it, but (1) what should I be looking for -- especially non-obvious things? and (2) what are some good questions to ask about it? Also: if the car is in decent condition, should I try to haggle, or just take the car at the listed price?
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy
on Oct 28, 2013 -
My husband and I plan to replace our car in the next year, probably sooner rather than later. We currently drive a 2006 VW Beetle, which is a giant dome and is great for my husband, who is 6'4" with a lot of height in the torso. The new Beetles are less dome-like and still under consideration, but are there other current-model small cars that would be good for my husband's height? Bonus complication: we occasionally take my mother (77, lives in a retirement home) out; I will have to get in and out of the back.
posted by immlass
on Apr 17, 2013 -
We're interested in areas with lots of dealerships in close proximity, so we can see the models we're curious about without having to head all over town. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G.
on Mar 25, 2013 -
I am thinking about buying a new car in a few months, wondering about model, when to buy, and planning around a trip in June. Advice/Tips/Opinions/Tales/Fact or Fiction Appreciated! (Much more inside) [more inside]
posted by token-ring
on Mar 1, 2013 -
I need a car. I'm poor. I've never bought a car before, and it's been a long time since anyone in my family has bought one. Need guidance. How do you buy a car? [more inside]
posted by royalsong
on Feb 28, 2013 -
How much should I pay for this car? How much should I expect for my trade-in? And how should I play the negotiation game? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor
on Jun 15, 2012 -
What do I need to be thinking or asking about when I go for a test drive of some new cars? [more inside]
posted by marylynn
on Jun 12, 2012 -
This car is totally pimped out, has really low mileage, and a really low sticker price. It's also been in a severe accident. Should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug
on Mar 15, 2012 -
My parents (who are in Savannah, GA) are looking to buy a new car, but recently moved away from where they knew who to go to and who to trust. Now they are looking at those websites that offer to contact dealers around and get you the best deal before you go looking on the car you want, with no haggling. [more inside]
posted by katers890
on Feb 20, 2012 -
Asking for a friend: I just "bought" a new car. On the drive home problems (that weren't there when I test-drove it) popped up. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by semp
on Sep 24, 2011 -
What should I look for in a used car with a turbocharged engine? Saab 9-5 2.3T. [more inside]
posted by czytm
on Aug 4, 2011 -
My teenager wants to buy her first used car this weekend for less than $10,000. Can you recommend a car lot within an hour's drive of Boston? [more inside]
posted by red clover
on Jun 23, 2011 -
After putting 176,000+ miles on my 2005 Ford Taurus, I'm in the market for a new car. My 2 previous cars have been a Mercury Sable and another Ford Taurus. I think I'm done with sedans for the time being and want something different.
What kind of car should I buy? [more inside]
posted by skitchen
on Feb 28, 2011 -
How do you find, examine, and buy repossessed cars in Austin, TX? Other suggestions for low-priced car buying also welcome. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin
on Jul 29, 2010 -
I'm looking for a website where I can read car reviews. Problem: I'm finding it hard to find websites with reviews that have the type of information I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by semp
on Jan 1, 2010 -
Our family has grown 50% this year. Sadly, the laws of science are a harsh mistress, and my Toyota Echo is unable to grow at the same rate. What car would you recommend to replace it? [more inside]
posted by nickmark
on Nov 17, 2009 -
The batmonkeymobile was in an accident today (everyone's ok) and will be totaled. My last car-buying attempt worked out splendidly and I want to repeat it, but I'm having a harder time figuring out which makes/models will best fulfill my desire to have car happiness many years into the future. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey
on Mar 12, 2009 -
Hi All, We are in need of a car. New or used, does not matter. Our current car is near death and we cannot postpone. Friends have told me that with the current economic recession, this is a great time to buy a new or used car. If this is indeed the case and it is a good time to take advantage of the poor economy, then in what ways do I maximize my savings? [more inside]
posted by Ligament
on Nov 22, 2008 -
Buying a slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less, big enough for a growing family. [more inside]
posted by codger
on May 9, 2008 -
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 -
A relative of mine just bought a new car in Massachusetts and was blatantly robbed with bogus dealership fees. Example: $500 "registration fee" and of course the deluxe "extended warranty". Unfortunately the deal is done and it appears each bogus fee is perfectly legal in Mass and there's no "cooling off period". Is there is any recourse to persuade the dealer to reconsider these fees?
posted by StarForce5
on Feb 2, 2007 -
I'm moving from New England to Southern Florida and I need to buy a car. Should I bother to look here, or just wait until after I move? I'm more likely to purchase outright than to lease, so mileage restrictions aren't much of an issue.
posted by feloniousmonk
on Jun 18, 2006 -