7 Cars That Cost More Than a House

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7 Cars That Cost More Than a House

7 Cars That Cost More Than a House

Ever weighed the decision between buying a Porsche 918 Spyder and a home in Berkeley, Calif.? Probably not, but they cost about the same. Next to paying for a house or college, a car is among the most expensive items many of us will buy. Eighty percent of cars on the road are out of… Read More

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

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How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

Conventional wisdom says that a good down payment for a car is about 20% of its total price. That’s because cars typically lose about 21% of their original value the first year. The logic was that if something happened to the car, it wouldn’t necessarily total your finances as well. If, for example, you had a… Read More

More Consumers Are Falling Behind on Their Car Payments

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More Consumers Are Falling Behind on Their Car Payments

More Consumers Are Falling Behind on Their Car Payments

Auto loan delinquencies increased in the third quarter, but the market remains stable, according to analysts at Experian Automotive. The company released its quarterly State of the Automotive Finance Market report, showing an $86 billion bump in open loan balances since the same period last year, and an increase in market share for deep subprime… Read More

Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

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Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

Imagine you’re out car shopping and you finally find what you think is a reasonably priced set of wheels … and then when the dealer pulls your credit, the monthly payment that seemed so affordable is no longer available to you. You might be offered a subprime car loan at 10% or even 20% interest,… Read More

Can You Finally Afford a Hybrid Car?

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Can You Finally Afford a Hybrid Car?

Can You Finally Afford a Hybrid Car?

There are lots of attractive features of hybrid and alternative-fuel cars, but one of the biggest selling points has traditionally been the potential for saving money: By investing in advanced fuel technology rather than frequently paying for gasoline, you’ll eventually spend less than you would by buying a traditional vehicle with a lower sticker price…. Read More

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

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