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Buying a Car For Dummies

Buying a Car For Dummies

Deanna Sclar

ISBN: 978-0-764-55091-1 August 1998 432 Pages


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Buying a car is never easy. Besides spending a sizeable amount of money on this investment, your liveliness probably relies on this vehicle. You need to know that your car will get you from point A to point B in a timely and safe manner—so buying a lemon is not something you can afford to do.

Buying A Car For Dummies is for you if you need to find out how to buy, sell, insure, drive, protect, or rent a vehicle. It doesn’t matter how old you are (as long as you can legally drive and have a license), this book can make your experience with cars a smooth ride.

Buying A Car For Dummies can help you save a truckload of money over the life of your vehicle as you find out all you need to know about new and used car ownership in this entertaining and informative reference guide. This dependable book covers all avenues of buying and owning a car, from negotiating a fair price to finding reliable insurance to saving money on routine servicing. You’ll stay in the driver& #8217;s seat as you discover how to:

  • Calculate how much you current car really costs you
  • Weigh the pros and cons of buying new or used
  • Get the best trade-in, resale, or donation value for your vehicle
  • Pick out a cherry and avoid lemons—expert advice for buying a reliable used car
  • Determine what features and options you really need in a new car
  • Get the straight scoop on financing or leasing your car
  • Find an insurance policy and company you can trust
  • Protect your automotive assets—from steering wheel locks to full-blown security systems
With Buying A Car For Dummies as your guide, you can park you fears, frustrations, and anxieties as you discover how to decide between buying or leasing new wheels, how to negotiate with car dealers, how to foil car thieves and carjackers, how to protect yourself in a breakdown or accident, and how to protect your automotive assets with insurance, warranties, and service contracts. Plus, the book features a list of ten great automotive Web sites for pricing information, ratings, industry news, diagnostic troubleshooting, and more.

PART I: New or Used: Deciding Which Option Is Best.

Chapter 1: Making the Right Decision.

Chapter 2: Figuring Out How Much Your Current Car Costs.

PART II: Auto Recycling without Tears: How to Buy a Good Used Car and Get Rid of Your Own.

Chapter 3: Good Places to Find Used Vehicles.

Chapter 4: What to Look for When Buying a Used Car.

Chapter 5: Shopping for Value and Negotiating the Deal.

Chapter 6: Saying Good-Bye to Old Faithful.

PART III: Untried and True: Buying a New Car.

Chapter 7: Deciding What You Want.

Chapter 8: Finding and Testing a New Car.

Chapter 9: Getting the Best Deal on a New Vehicle.

PART IV: Money, Money, Money, Money.

Chapter 10: Should You Borrow, Buy, or Lease?.

Chapter 11: Buying a Car with Your Own -- or Someone Else's -- Money.

Chapter 12: The Perils and Pleasures of Leasing.

PART V: Insuring Your Car: How to Cover Your Automotive Assets.

Chapter 13: My Premium Is How Much? -- Shopping for Insurance.

Chapter 14: Step-by-Step through an Insurance Policy.

Chapter 15: How to Protect Your Insurance Claim When Things Go Wrong.

PART VI: Protecting Your Investment.

Chapter 16: Warranties and Service Contracts on New and Used Vehicles.

Chapter 17: Beating the Bad Guys at Their Own Games.

Chapter 18: Finding a Good Repair Facility (And What to Do If You're Ripped Off Anyway).

Chapter 19: Renting a Car.

PART VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Things Not to Do During Negotiations.

Chapter 21: Ten Great Automotive Web Sites.


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