Help! I Bought a Car & I Shouldn’t Have

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Help! I Bought a Car & I Shouldn’t Have

Help! I Bought a Car & I Shouldn’t Have

While you shouldn’t buy anything you can’t afford, plenty of people will tell you things don’t always work out that way. Perhaps you hadn’t calculated your ability to absorb the item’s cost, or maybe your financial situation changed shortly after making a large purchase — regardless of what got you into this pickle, you have… Read More

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

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The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

It sounds like science fiction. A lender sitting in an office who wants a payment clicks a button on a screen, and suddenly, the borrower’s car is disabled on the side of the road. “Pay now or you’ll never drive again,” is the clear message. It’s not a movie script. Car “ignition interrupt devices” are… Read More

The Real Reason Your Car Dealer Wants to Lend You Money

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The Real Reason Your Car Dealer Wants to Lend You Money

The Real Reason Your Car Dealer Wants to Lend You Money

In response to what it sees as a troubling trend of auto-lending discrimination at banks, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing to oversee the business practices of nonbank consumer auto lenders – including automakers’ financing units — in the same manner that it does the nation’s banks. Reactions have been swift and searing. The… Read More

The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

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The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn’t sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it’s least safe to drive are located in eastern states. Three of them are in Massachusetts. The… Read More

What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a Car?

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What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a Car?

What Credit Score Do I Need to Buy a Car?

You know it’s time to for a new vehicle, but there’s one thing holding you back: your credit. You aren’t sure what credit score you need to buy a car. If you absolutely must get another vehicle, you can probably find a way to finance it. The real question is what it will cost you. The better… Read More

The Most & Least Expensive States for Owning a Car

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The Most & Least Expensive States for Owning a Car

The Most & Least Expensive States for Owning a Car

The average Iowa driver spends about $315 a year in auto repairs and $630 annually for insurance, helping make it the cheapest state to operate a vehicle, according to a recent Bankrate report. Drivers in other states aren’t quite that lucky. Drivers in the Midwest have some of the lowest annual vehicle expenses, based on… Read More

Can You Buy a Car With a Credit Card?

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Can You Buy a Car With a Credit Card?

Can You Buy a Car With a Credit Card?

Even though your credit card has a $15,000 credit limit, does it mean you should use it to buy a shiny new car? Probably not. An auto loan will almost always have a lower interest rate than a credit card. But some people who already have the cash to pay for a new car and… Read More

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

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CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

It’s every consumer’s worst credit score nightmare — a lender dinging their score repeatedly by sending wrong, negative information to the credit bureaus for years. On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said a Texas-based auto lender did just that, sending bad data to credit bureaus through “systemic inaccuracies,” and ordered the firm to pay… Read More

The States With the Most Car Repossessions

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The States With the Most Car Repossessions

The States With the Most Car Repossessions

In many states, once you miss a payment on an auto loan, your creditor can repossess the vehicle at any time. Your loan agreement will state what constitutes default, but in general, you are risking repossession once your payment is more than 30 days past due, which is a chance you don’t want to take,… Read More

8 Fast Cars for Under $30K

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8 Fast Cars for Under $30K

8 Fast Cars for Under $30K

Cost-conscious car-lovers may find themselves having to compromise on vehicle performance in order to buy cars within their budgets, and for someone who drives a lot or really wants to enjoy getting behind the wheel, that can be a brutal choice. Recognizing this dilemma, Cars.com organized a “Cheap Speed Challenge” to identify vehicles that cost… Read More

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