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Questions here can be about buying and selling new or used cars and motorcycles. Subcategories include how to obtain car loans and titles, and specific inquiries about cars and motorcycles.
The graphic associated with this post seems to be more appropriate for "what's the fastest car in the world?" Regarding the "rarest" part: there's a very well-documented answer, and it happens to be an American made muscle/pony car from the late 1960s. See "world's rarest muscle car." You can…
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With fuel prices rising continuously from the past few years car users in almost all parts of the world have become cautious about their petrol expenditure. In addition, excessive usage of this valuable resource has lead to doubts in the minds of all. In the past our ancestors have used this valuabl…
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I'm not sure exactly what is causing the car to shut off.But I can almost bet it'sdefenantly a electrical part ofsome kind. My best guess I wouldsay your altanator is causingyour problem. If this car is newit should still be under warrantyI wouldn't do any thing to it ifit was. I would take it in t…
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If it just needs brake pads they are only around twenty dollars plus labor if done for you.
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Depends. If you just didn't like the color, you're out of luck. If the problems with it are relatively minor, and it was an "as is" buy, you are in for an uphill battle. But if you only got fifty miles out of it and now it won't go, you have a legit gripe. Most states have "lemon laws" or something …
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You can always cancel the extended warranty. Usually they will return any portion of the money for the contract that you did not use. In your case it should be at least 95% of the amount of the extended warranty. In some states there is a fee for canceling the warranty and some/all states have a gra…
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Yes. The only concern is how quickly your state processes titles. Some states will issue the new title in a few days, some in a few weeks. However, which ever dealer you trade the car into should be able to take care of it all for you. If you sell it on your own, you may have to do a little more wor…
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If there are no faults with the first car and you are wanting to change just because of a matter of choice then you will just have to take a loss with the part exchange valuation. If the first car was faulty then you may have to go to litigation as your rights are not straight forward. Unless you ha…
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A new car's invoice price is the manufacturer's initial charge to the dealer. Keep in mind that the invoice price also has a little bit of profit for the dealer called dealer hold back This is usually higher than the dealer's final cost because dealers receive rebates, allowances, discounts, and inc…
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A base price is the price of the cost of a new car without getting any other options, just standard options. Nothing optional or anything like that. A new car's base price is the cost of the new car without options, but including standard equipment and factory warranty. This price is printed on …
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%REPLIES% Answer Usually on a supplemental sticker, the dealer sticker price for a new car is the Monroney sticker price (MSRP) plus the suggested retail price of dealer-installed options, such as additional dealer markup (ADM) or additional dealer profit (ADP), dealer preparation, and undercoa…
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If you decide to finance your new car, be aware that the financing obtained by the dealer, even if the dealer contacts lenders on your behalf, may not be the best deal you can get. Contact lenders directly. Compare the financing they offer you with the financing the dealer offers you. Because offers…
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Trading in your car You should only discuss the possibility of a trade-in you've researched the value of your old car. Check the library for reference books or magazines that can tell you how much it is worth. This information may help you get a better price from the dealer. Though it may take lo…
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Service contracts that you may buy with a new car provide for the repair of certain parts or problems. These contracts are offered by manufacturers, dealers, or independent companies and may or may not provide coverage beyond the manufacturer's warranty. Remember that a warranty is included in the p…
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Just a common sense approach with this suggestion.The reason you would buy a newer or new car is your current vehicle is costing you more than a car payment each month.My recommendation is research the cars your interested in on overall reliability and resale value.All cars have there good and bad p…
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Dealers may try to sell you a extended warranty (also known as an auto service contract) when you buy a new or used car. A warranty comes with a new car and is included in the original price of the vehicle. A service contract or extended warranty is sold separately and is a promise to pay for certai…
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In simple terms, an auto lease is a long-term rental. When you lease a car, the lease agreement you sign specifies how long you have the car and how many miles you can drive during this time period. A popular lease term is 36 months (3 years) and 12,000 miles/year (36,000 miles). You are not preven…
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Leasing a car The following information assumes you're talking about a closed-end lease, the most common type of vehicle lease. With a closed-end lease, you may return the vehicle at the end of the lease term, pay any end-of-lease costs and walk away. When you lease a vehicle, you have the right to…
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Lemon VehiclesStates with lemon laws allow the owner a refund or replacement when a new vehicle has a substantial problem that is not fixed within a reasonable number of attempts. Many specify a refund or replacement when a substantial problem is not fixed in four repair attempts or the car has been…
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There are many opinions about which cars have the most comfortable seats. Here are some opinions from the community: I would recommend tha Cadillac Seville. Volvo has the most comfortable seats I've sat in. Our Volvos are nine and ten years old each and the seats are still extremely comfortable. …
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Registering a car You have several issues here. If you plan to drive the car in California it must be registered there, but your Military stautus exempts you from certain fees. If you plan to drive the car straight to Florida you may obtain a "One way Trip" permit from the DMV. On arrival in Fl…
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The Kelly Blue Book is the "Bible" of the Car Industry. The "Lease-end" Value is a projection of what the car will be worth "Wholesale" (not Retail) at the end of the "Term" This assumes you stay within the miles allowed for the Lease. Generally 10-15K per year.This also assumes the condition of the…
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Try asking the question a different way.I have been in the business for a long time and have never heard of substitute plans.
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According to Texas's top seller of new and used car, SoloAutos, the color white is the sought after color for new as well as used cars.
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Try the VW Jetta TDI model 2000 through 2004. This is a computer controlled Turbo Diesel with Intercooler European solid build sedan. 40 MPG for me. Max torque at the low end. Unstoppable going up hills. Doesnt bog down at all, and you dont need a "running start" before going uphill. The turbo sucks…
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In the next section of this answer are a lot of responses about returning cars because you don't like the car, don't like the deal, whatever. The QUESTION, however, was about returning a lemon. Every state has a Lemon Law, which requires the dealer to take the car back if it can't be fixed in a "rea…
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There is no 'Cooling Off Period' or "3-Day Right-to-Rescind" for automobile purchases anywhere in the USA. The right of rescission only applies to contracts signed for goods or services when the contract is signed at your home. It does not apply to a usual place of business. It was designed to preve…
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%REPLIES% Answer no Answer If you live in California and you sign any contract, you will be unable to return the vehicle. In a rare case, I practically begged the manager of a used car lot to unwind the deal. I told him that my wife purchased a car for me prior to my purchase of their car, …
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One thing to keep in mind is a lease, most new cars are allowed to finance more than the new car is worth I.E. our dealership can finance 115% of the new cars MSRP note that you can by a car well below MSRP there for hiding your neg balance keep in mind this is carried over into the next loan so you…
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Generally, no. Some dealers will offer a period of time that allow customers to return a car (i.e. 72 hours). But in most cases, once you drive it off the lot, you own it. Suggestion: Have the dealer put in the contract a clause for a 3 day trial period. This is the only way to get that kind of 3 …
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I am assuming you bought this from a dealer. You need to go over your paperwork and see if the vehicle was listed as new or used. This would be on the purchase agreement, finance documents, odometer statements and title/registration paperwork. If the dealer represented the car as new and it is use…
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When purchasing a new or pre-owned vehicle there are an entire list of things to watch for, to expect, and that you should do. You should always buy from a franchised dealership for a number of reasons. The most important reason is recourse. Should something go wrong with a vehicle you've purchased,…
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It depends on what the number was.If you did the deal "subject to" anything like loan approval, a pay-off on your car being verified, appraisal of your trade-in if it wasn't there, then yes.Anything other than that, I would be suspicious of. If you have more details, e-mail me and I'll see if I can …
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Absolutely. The only issue will be how much equity you have in the car. In other words, if the car is worth $5,000 and you owe $4,000, you have $1,000 in equity. If the car is worth $5,000 and you owe $6,000, you have $1,000 in negative equity. Be sure to verify your pay-off amount before you begin…
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Typically the rule of thumb is that you have three days to terminate your contract for anything. I would first consult with your dealer about these type of questions before you sign anything. There could be penalties envolved that you would have to pay.   If you live in California and you sig…
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Once you and the dealer have signed the contract, it is a binding contract agreement and it responsible by law. You can take him to court if he doesn't keep his part of the agreement.
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740 or better beacon score however dealer can set higher standards on this if it is a higher priced vehicle.
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When 'that' particular vehicle holds the least real value to the consumer vis a vis cost to the manufacturer. -pay attention projected yearly gas prices -look around you for mode-income (not average but the amount of income made most often in that area at that time of year). A lot of oilfield money …
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Answer Not sure about other makes, but Ford Explorer "Limited" and possibly upgraded 945 package on XLT ExporerOffer a black Leather interio option. in at least the last 3 years Answer Volvo XC90. I think it is oppressively dark, but to each their own. Answer all sorts of suv's offer that…
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I wouldn't. Contact the bank who you have the loan with before you try selling the car so you can get all of the details about how to handle the pay-off when you sell it.Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com
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Here are some facts to gather when buying a used car: Owner's Name: Are you the registered owner: Last Inspection: Everything electrically sound: Do all gauges work: How often was the transmission fluid added: Car Make, Model, & Year: Selling Price & what is the lowest they'll take: Paint…
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The majority of car dealerships across the United States do not have a three day return policy or cooling off period on new or used car purchases. "Buyer's Remorse" will not be enough to get you out of a vehicle purchase or return a car to the dealer. Is an emotional response from a car buyer durin…
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If you live in California and you sign any contract, you will be unable to return the vehicle. In a rare case, I practically begged the manager of a used car lot to unwind the deal. I told him that my wife purchased a car for me prior to my purchase of their car, but I was completely unaware of it. …
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You do not have to go through a different lender. Many lending institutions have a program called "release of responsibility". They will require that you apply with them and will make sure that you are credit worthy and budget for the payment. If you do not qualify, you may want to try to re-finance…
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Only if they have that it writing. Go through your paperwork, or better yet, have the dealer show you in writing where it says they can do this. Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com NO unless thay have found you to have lied like if you told them it hsde a cl…
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In general, no. The dealer can not be liable for the buyer's inability or unwillingness to conduct business with a third party..If you are concerned about being able to secure insurance, then before you purchase the car, you can introduce a conditional clause into your offer stating that the purchas…
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It is illegal in California to sell over the advertised price regardless of if the buyer was aware of it or not. The courts have ruled that accident typos are considered fixable, but in all other cases it is illegal. You would need to talk with an attorney first.   Nope. My dealership has th…
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If you have good credit, you may be able to refinance it.
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I would say that you can't return the car because,at a used dealership it's usually "AS IS" so the way you bought it is the way you going to have to deal with it.Also you could have looked for a used car with a warranty for only 30 days. That's all they give you at a used dealership.In most cases, t…
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%REPLIES% Answer of course Answer of course again - but dealers are much less happy with that. With loan rates so low, and dealer incentives they want to move new cars not clog their lots with old ones. So 1+1 won't equal 2 Answer Trades are more valuable than cash to any dealer. T…
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You can trade it in the day after you buy it, but any vehicle depreciates at least $2000 after you take possession (drive it off the lot). As far as when you should trade a new car in, that depends on how much you owe on it and your wishes. Most 60-month payment schedules will get positive equity- t…
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Yes and yes.BUT the amount that you co-signed for is considered to be YOUR debt until that loan is paid off, so the amount you can possibly borrow has been reduced by your signing as a co-payee on that first car loan.
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They don't sell cars to "couples" they sell cars to individuals. If there is one name on the contract, and that name has a signature, then the car is sold. They don't care if your spouse is in agreement. The spouse is not a factor in the contract.Yes, this is true provided that your spouses name is …
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No. Once the tailpipe leaves the curb, it is a used car and you are the owner.If the dealer has given you a special deal that you may return it, and you have that deal in writing, sure...you can return it then. But most state's 'real property' law prevent consumers from canceling legal contracts aft…
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%DETAILS% Absolutely, positively, not.Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com   Sales agreements are not binding to any party however sales contracts are. You are not legally bound if you did not sign the sales contract. Consequently you may have a credit i…
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you did't say wether used or new,I have bought used cars and trucks without a lic.but they were paid for in cash from private owners,if you buy a used or new car from a dealership or car lot than you need a lic. to do the transation! . TUMBLEWEED. No. Unfortunately I do not believe there are dea…
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Answer No. Home equity loans are revolving credit lines. In simple terms, that means you could pay on that for three years and not even touch the principal. I wouldn't do it. Maybe rolling it into a consolidation loan if you have enough equity in your home, but not a HELOC. Answer No. You want…
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hello i am a salesman for a Toyota dealer in pa the 05 sienna has not even begun production yet and will not be on a lot until the end of September we as salesman are not yet familiar with what they could possibly do next since they completely redesigned the 04 and the are so far ahead of the compet…
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Paying cash for a new vehicle is one of the most stupid things you can do. New vehicles depreciate 15%-20% the first year and on average 50% after 3 years (average 3-yr lease residual) If you finance at a competitive rate, you will pay some interest, but if you put the money you were going to waste…
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Car ads are printed on Saturdays because most people go to look for cars on their days off, and Saturday is a day most workers have off. the newspaper has the most car ads in the Saturday edition. it varys from location to location. Depends actually if what day most/least car owners decide to adv…
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United StatesThe laws vary in different states and it can depend on the reason why you want to cancel. It is important that you check the rules in your particular state. Also, its not easy. For example, some states have Lemon Laws that cover the purchase of a car with unreasonable and costly repairs…
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Toyotas and Hondas, if well maintained, will be extremely reliable cars. Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda Motor Company have long dominated reliability, Toyota since about 1977 and Honda since about 1980. Also, Toyota holds 18 of the Canadian Automobile Association's Pyramid Awards for "vehicle en…
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Well there isn't any law that says you can't buy a car without a driver license but its mainly up to the dealer. many dealer's will try and tell you this.yes it is real because my brother got a ford f150
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%DETAILS% This fee is the equivalent of a franchise fee that a McDonalds restaurant might pay. A certain percentage of total sales are paid in to a fund for advertising for all stores.It's not that the fee isn't negotiable, but it is part of the dealers cost for the vehicle. Some invoice charges …
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Answer no but ther should be
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%REPLIES% Answer only the XLE AND LIMITED HAVE THAT AND WILL HAVE THAT SO GET THAT. I AM A PROUD OWNER OF A XLE LIMITED WITH ARTIC FROST PEARL. Answer As far as I know the package number 11 (CM) on LE 8 seater had side airbags as an option. Check it out and correct me if my observation i…
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Yes.Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com   That's a possibility. Try to look for some car dealers in the internet and see if thatbargain is available.
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The only way I know is to buy a calculator that can figure interest rates. If you have a friend who is an engineer he probably has one.You can also keep the math simple. If you were to finance a vehicle for $12,000 @ 60mo with no interest or 0% your payments would be $200 a month. At $18,000 they wo…
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It isn't as far as I know. The dealer can put in writing (sales order) what he/she will sell a car for but it doesn't obligate the consumer. Most of the time when the dealer doesn't put it in writing they can back out of the deal. Putting it in writing only obligates the dealer. Until the contract a…
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Deffinately!! Dealerships will not tell you this but you have 30 days to return the vehichle no questions asked without penalty.That is a very wrong answer. If you signed paperwork and took delivery of vehicle it is yours unless and until you win in court.ANSWERSure you can return it!! If you don't …
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%DETAILS% Answer It depends on what the documents said when you took the car. Many dealers will do this. They let you take the car, so you become emotionally attached to it. Then they work on the financing. They probably had you sign a document that says the deal is subject to financial…
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No. There is no such thing as a non negotiable car price. Some "no haggle" dealers would like you to think that, but as soon as you turn around to walk out the door, the haggle begins.Hope this helped.
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Answer I would look for a good used Toyota. A Corolla DX or LE would be an excellent choice. Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com Well, of course you would want to buy a car that is also economic in terms of the amount of fuel it burns and the mileage you wou…
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I am not aware of any state that will allow you to buy a car without a valid drivers license.
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It depends. Was the deal "subject to" financial approval? If so, then they can change the deal. If not, they can't.Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com
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You need to inform the dealer that you will be buying the car and need it titled in the state you want to register it in. I don't believe that you have to pay another tax, unless you buy it there then take it home and re-register it as if you move.
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In this scenario "the trade in value" itself will pay off your outstanding debt of $5000, regardless of the "dealer incentive". The column should look like this:Price, 20,000.00 New car Less 2,000.00 Discount Less 5,000.00 Dlr. Inctv. Less 5,000.00 Trade Value add 5,000.00 Money Owed add Aplicable T…
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READ your contract. Most auto financing contracts require you to keep the car IN state, unless the LENDER approves. Likely a "note" lot would have such a clause.
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Answer In my opinion, Toyota offers the best overall value. In the production line, of course manufacturers will offer the best ones that would give you more mileage. But, after buying a vehicle, its brand wont really matter for the mileage it could give you. Size of the cars can also vary its b…
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Not if you've already signed a purchase contract. However, most car lots WANT their customers to be happy. Go back to the lot and tell your saleman if you'd like to trade it in for a new car. A reputable dealer will give you fair market value for the demo, (which should be pretty close to what you p…
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Simple. I too was in the military stationed in Mississippi. Simply take your title or registration to the tax assessor's office, pay the $5.00 transfer fee, then tag your car in the state of Mississippi. Be sure to go to your local CBPO office and obtain a tax exclusion paper since Mississippi car t…
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It depends. Sometimes dealers will let a customer take the car while they try to get the financing approved. They will have you sign a form that says if the financing is not approved, you will bring the car back or re-do the deal.The reason they do this is to get the customer to take "mental ownersh…
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Yes you can sell your car that has a loan it. The easiest thing to do is if you sell it locally and you have the car financed at your local bank, have the buyer go with you to your bank. Pay of the car with what you sold it for. The bank usually has the title to your car. They will pull your title f…
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Yes. If the dealer is trying to change the terms of the sale, then the sale is not final and you should be able to get out of the deal.Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com
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The curtain airbag will drop straight down over the windows to keep the occupants' heads from striking the window or the intruding nose of another vehicle. They are definitelly safe for children since they are becoming common on all types of cars in Europe.
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Most states have a three-day grace period after signing a contract for a car purchase, mortgage, etc. That means you can change your mind within three days and get out of the contract.After that, or if you don't live in such a state, you're stuck.   Most state do not on vehicle purchases. As …
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Sure AWD is a great feature for a new driver to have especially in MN. Because with AWD the driver doesn't have to decide whether or not the conditions are bad enough to put the vehicle in four wheel drive. Because the AWD system puts itself into four wheel when it senses it needs to be, this happen…
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Anything with AWD. Bigger the better.
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When you place a credit application at a dealer's place of business, he can use it any way he wishes. He can get your credit report for himself, or shop your loan to other banks where he makes a kickback (known as dealer reserve) as well as contact your bank.Most custormers do not mind this practice…
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Return it to who? The truck is owned by the bank or lending institution. Returning it to them would for sure ruin your credit with that bank. You will also be responsible for the difference in what the bank sells the vehicle for and what you owe. Don't do it. Let someone take over the payments if yo…
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* Buy online used cars from Auto Auctions. The best thing about having the internet is that everything is just accessible. There are a lot of great site for cars out there but of course, you would want to be browsing a site that is targeting your area or your country. You can also take advantage of …
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Talk to the lender to see if you can move your paments up to the end of the month. This would be undertandable enough for them, and they would probably go along with it. Make sure you get it in writing, though.
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No. You should have known this before buying the car. The car was designed with poor visibility rearward. Lots of cars are like that. It is your responsibility to check for this before purchasing. Did you not test drive the car beforehand?
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You can always get ripped off anytime you trade. Also you will not receive nearly as much as the car is worth and will pay more in the long run. Sell your car to a private party at somewhere between wholesale and retail. Find the value at www.nada.com By eliminating the trade you are in a much bette…
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Weather it is illegal or not, the thing you do is walk away. Any dealer that would refuse to show you the MSRP sticker is someone I would not do business with.   Who cares? What you should do is do your best to find the invoice. The MSRP is always marked up ridiculously. The salesman gets pai…
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If you took posession of the car and signed the paperwork, then you have entered into a binding legal contract to purchase. Unless the dealer agrees to void the contract, you are bound by what you signed. Hint: Do not accept posession of the car (at least in Texas). There is not 3 day grace period…
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Answer Find another dealer. Find out what car dealers don't want you to know at www.dealertricks.com ^^ are good advices. The good thing about having the internet today is that information is very accessible. You can browse cars classifieds and research about a car before going to car dealers t…
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