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If your car dealer calls and says "Your financing fell through" or "There's a problem with your paperwork," they may be trying to pull the Spot Delivery or Yo-Yo Financing scam. Here's what to do.


Five "trick" car dealership questions -- and how to answer them
Shopping for a car? Dealers have several "trick" questions

Dealership horror stories - Share your bad car dealer experiences
Dealership horror stories - Share your bad car dealer experiences

Should you buy an extended warranty for your car?
Today, most new cars come with an extensive bumper-to-bumper warranty that covers the whole car for at least 3 years or 36,000 miles. Car dealers and third-party companies offer extended warranties, also known as service contracts, that extend your car's warranty coverage for a longer period of time. Are extended car warranties a good deal? Read on. By Aaron Gold, your Guide to Cars at About.com.

To trade or not to trade
To trade or not to trade? That is the question. This article gives helps you determine whether trading or selling privately is best for you, and gives you guidelines to negotiating your trade-in with the dealer.

How to set a new car budget
Before you go shopping for a new car, it's best to know how much you can afford to spend. Use this relatively simple method to figure out how much new car you can afford based on your budgeted monthly payment, down payment, and trade-in value.

Gap insurance
What is gap insurance, and do you need it? This quick guide explains gap insurance, so you can decide if you need gap insurance when you buy or lease your next new car.

Should you buy a used car?
The days when used cars meant trouble are over. Today, buying used is a great way to get more car for less dough. This quick guide will help you decide if buying used is best for you.

Leasing vs. buying
Which is better, buying a new car or leasing it? This article explains how leasing works and what the advantages and disadvantages are, so that you can decide whether leasing is right for you.

Car shopping tips for new parents
Got a new baby or one on the way and looking for a car to shuttle your growing family? Follow these six shopping and test-driving tips to find the perfect car for you and your expanding brood.

Car Shopping Tips for New and Expecting Parents
Shopping for a baby-friendly car? Follow these tips to help you find a car that's convenient for you and safe for your baby.

What kind of gasoline should you put in your car?
What type of gasoline should you use in your car -- regular, mid-grade and premium?

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