02.01.16
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Why No One Should Get an 84-Month Car Loan (Ever)

Experian’s quarterly “State of the Automotive Finance Market” report gets worse each time I read it, and the third-quarter summary for 2015 (the most recent available)

01.29.16

The Simple Dollar Guide to Auto Loans

Getting an auto loan isn’t as tricky as securing a mortgage, since the lending criteria are a bit more flexible. But you still want to

12.08.15
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The Best Affordable SUVs

SUVs have gotten incredibly popular over the past two decades, and that trend looks set to continue — especially as gas prices have fallen in the

11.13.15
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Is Uber Financing a Bad Idea?

With its innovative technology, user-friendly platform, and promise to save its users money, ride-sharing app Uber has quickly become a dominant disruptive force in the transportation-for-hire industry — one

10.07.15
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Why Aren’t Car Loans More Regulated?

By Peter Miller Auto debt has become a trillion-dollar industry, yet it’s a form of financing largely exempt from government oversight. Car and truck buyers

10.01.15
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Simple Ways to Save $$$ on Car Insurance

If you’re in a hurry, the moral of the story is simply this: Know your coverage, and MOST IMPORTANTLY shop around for the best rates

09.29.15
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Student Guide to Car Insurance

If you’re lucky enough to drive your own set of wheels during college, now’s the time to do a little bit of homework on car

08.27.15
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Do You Need Rental Car Insurance?

It’s a familiar scenario for anyone who has rented a car lately: You’re tired after a long flight, and it’s finally your turn at the

06.23.15

How Much Does Car Insurance Cost?

How much is car insurance going to cost you? It’s not an easy question to answer. The quote you receive could be painfully high or

06.14.15
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The Best Used Cars for Simply Getting Around

It’s expensive to buy and own a car — the American Automobile Association (AAA) pegs the cost of owning a vehicle at a whopping $8,698 a year. But

05.26.15
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Walking, Bicycling, Driving, and Cost-Effectiveness

Recently, it was announced that a grocery store is opening within two miles of my home. This is actually pretty good news for me as,

05.11.15
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How Big Should My Down Payment on a Car Be?

Reader Jimmie wrote in with a good question about the ideal down payment on a car: I’m going to buy a new car in several

05.08.15
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Why You Shouldn’t Lease a Car (and Other Similar Money Moves)

More than once on this site, I’ve argued on behalf of renting instead of buying a home. Renting comes with a number of financial advantages,

02.19.15
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How Much Will That Ticket Cost You?

Before we pass our road test and receive a freshly minted driver’s license, we learn one of the most important facts about driving: Being charged

01.30.15
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Is Buying a Snowplow a Good Investment?

Have you ever had one of those winters? Here in Boston, it feels like it’s been snowing for days. We got 22 inches earlier this week,

01.03.15
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Why You Probably Don’t Need Rental-Car Insurance

Your bags are packed, you’ve found a sitter for the dog, and you’ve suspended your newspaper subscription for a few days. That can only mean one

12.27.14
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Insuring the Sharing Economy

Any doubt about the depth of wisdom of a mother’s time-honored aphorism to “share and share alike” has been laid to rest by the meteoric

12.21.14
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What a Deal: Groupon for Essentials

It’s easy to dismiss Groupon as a service aimed at getting you to waste your hard-earned cash on frivolous splurges and bargains of questionable value. After all, some

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