Buying a car online? Beware

Used-car purchases often begin with an online advertisement, and, as a result, an increasing number of scams involving online car buying seek to dupe unsuspecting shoppers.

Car Buyer's Checklist

10 things everyone should consider when buying a new car.

5 red flags of used-car scams

Lots of legitimate good deals are available from private sellers, but there are also plenty of bad guys looking to rip you off. Be smart about which ads to pursue.

How Dealers Value Your Trade

Getting rid of your old car is one of the oft forgotten pain points of buying a new car.  Most people essentially have two options, either they can sell their car privately or they can trade it in to the dealership. The problem with how dealers value trade-ins is the built in costs of the dealership. Many of us just want to offload our old cars as quickly as possible and the surefire way to do that is to simply trade it in – even if it means less cash in our pockets.

5 Tips for Regret-Free Car Buying

There's really no such thing as a professional car buyer, but there are 268,300 professional car salesmen in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And while you may go into a dealership shopping for a new car only a half-dozen to a dozen times in your life, these guys are selling that many cars each week, so you can take it for granted that they know more than you about buying a car.

How Much Car Can You Afford?

A major factor in the U.S. auto market's recent deterioration was the number of people who took out car loans they couldn't afford. While being upside down on a car loan is nothing new, in 2010, 21.8 percent of Americans who bought a new car still had an average of $3,789 in negative equity on their trade-in, according to Edmunds data.