Used Cars: Most Popular Articles
The Top 10 Most Stolen Cars list always garners a lot of attention when the National Insurance Crime Bureau distributes it but the list of least stolen cars published by the Highway Loss Data Institute receives a lot less coverage.
There are 10 questions you should ask before buying any used car from a private seller. Some can be asked over the phone or via email before even seeing the vehicle in person. Others should be asked while looking at the used car. Not asking these questions could lead to problems in your used car purchase.
One of the most popular lists to come out each July is the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars, which is a list that can help you buy a used car.
As you shop for a used car, you might come across the phrase “salvage title” in a used car advertisement. The price is going to seem right and you’re really going to want to buy it. Just make sure act with your brain and not your heart. There are a lot of things to consider before you can understand used car salvage titles. Here are four things to consider: understand What a Salvage Title Is; Get a CarFax report; Get a Qualified Inspection; Weigh the savings vs. future costs
Twice recently, once via email and once via story comment, I have been made aware of problems signing over a title to a used car – problems that have made it difficult to register the used car – and asked how to sign over title.
Don’t be intimidated when buying a used car from a used car dealer. Make sure you have done your homework ahead of time about the used car’s values and then consult these Top 10 Questions To Ask a Used Car Dealer.
If you're interested in getting a loan from a Buy-Here, Pay-Here dealer for your next used car, let me explain what you can expect.
Advice on safe used car payment transactions and options. When selling a used car, most people’s number one concern is, “How am I going to handle the payment?” After all, it’s increasingly easy to counterfeit a cashier’s check, personal checks can be written on empty bank accounts, and who wants to handle thousands of dollars in cash?
Used cars inspections at the most basic level should show everything works and looks like it’s supposed to. Always take into account a car’s age and pedigree. A 1999 Ford Taurus that spent the winters in Kenosha, WI, isn’t going to look as nice as a similar model that lived in Sebring, FL.
It wasn't that long ago that the best way to buy a used car was via local newspaper classifieds. Now, the Internet is the only place to shop for a used car.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what you need to do when completing a used car sale because the laws do vary from state to state. There are certain things you need to do in the midst of buying a used car or selling a used car.
Almost half-a-million Ford Escapes are being recalled because of potential problems with unintended acceleration, which apparently can be real in some cases.
For those who live along the U.S./Canadian border, it might be tempting to import a used car or used truck from Canada that is being sold at an attractive price, but you need to take certain steps to make sure your used vehicle is right for the U.S. market.
The first of eight pages on the best way to test drive a used car. Preparation is key, and remember: You are literally in the driver's seat.
Certified pre-owned used cars are becoming more and more popular as Americans increasingly need to replace their older used cars but may not be ready to buy a new car. Therefore, here are some tips to keep in mind when buying a certified pre-owned used car.
There’s a Craiglist scam going on in the used car world that may catch you by surprise. Dealers are selling cars as private individuals so they don’t have to comply with used car rules established by the Federal Trade Commission for used car dealers.
The most common stolen used sports cars as well as the most popular places for stealing them.
In the State of Texas, vehicle registrations are administered by the Texas Department of Transportation. There are websites out there that are going to direct you to the Department of Public Safety for information on used car salvage titles in Texas. Don’t be lead astray because you won’t find the answers there.
“Hi, I’m a complete stranger. I want you to hand me $10,000. I’m going to take it for 15-20 minutes and I promise to return the full amount.” Sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what happens whenever you sell your used car and allow people to take it for a test drive. You’re handing off one of your most prized possessions and allowing it to be driven away. Follow these steps to safely allow others to test drive your used car.
Jeff Zurschmeide, About.com's Guide to Corvettes, has been an automotive journalist for more than 5 years. His writing history includes a stint working for Corvette Market magazine, and his lifelong passion for classic sports cars makes him a natural Corvette fan. He seemed like the best person to approach when this question was pondered, “How do I buy a used Corvette?”
The most important number in a used car is not its price or fuel economy rating. It is its Vehicle Identification Number or VIN, as it is more commonly known. Reading used car vehicle identification numbers will help you know if the used car or truck you are buying has the equipment you think it does.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has information on salvage title laws that can be a little intimidating if you’re not familiar with the language. So, I slogged through the laws to help you understand Florida salvage title laws.
Absolutely have your eye on a new car or truck that has been just been introduced, but you know you can’t afford it new? Well, there is a simple formula for predicting what a used vehicle is going to be worth three years down the road.
At least 1.4 million used cars that were recalled but not repaired were for sale in 2009. That is approximately 3% of used cars sold annually. It seems important to offer advice on buying a used car with a recall notice in light of that statistic.
When it comes to buying a used car, price and fuel economy are usually a major concern but this list of the most dangerous used cars on the road warrants attention.
End your term with a car worth more than stated in the contract and you end the lease contract with cash in your pocket.
There's, believe it or not, a certain science to selling used cars that deals with algorithms and buying habits and types of analytical tools. When all is said and done, though, it comes down to this: when is the best time to sell and buy a used car? Obviously the answer is going to be different depending on which side of the equation you are on.
J.D. Power and Associates has released its list of the most reliable used crossovers and SUVs to buy from the 2008 model year.
The announcement that the Chevrolet Avalanche pickup is being discontinued after the 2013 model year apparently will not hurt its value.
Looking for the least expensive place in the U.S. to buy a used car from an independent dealer? How about from a franchised dealer? It looks like South Dakota and Michigan are going to be your best bet.
GM recalls more than 1.3 million used Saturns, Chevrolets and Pontiacs for faulty ignition switches.
CarMD offers state-by-state analysis of average used car repairs, which could help you decide whether to fix or sell your used car.
Ten facts about CarMax as the supersized used car retailer celebrates 20 years in business.
Before you can determine your car’s value, you have to define its condition. Be honest with yourself and follow these guidelines.
A look at the details of the California used car salvage title laws, as well as how to read a used car title.
Are you ready to move to a fuel-efficient used car that is reliable, affordable and relatively new? These dozen used cars range from 1996 to 2005 and represent the best of what domestic and foreign manufacturers have to offer. This class of cars includes an absolute sleeper: the 2002 Chevy Prism. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info comes from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats come from FuelEconomy.gov. gas saving transportation attractive used cars
The website that’s helping put newspapers out of business is the best place to market your used car on the web. Craigslist is local classifieds and forums for more than 550 cities in over 50 countries worldwide - community moderated, and largely free
n interesting conundrum when it comes to used cars: is older with low mileage or newer with low mileage a better choice when both cost about the same.
American Suzuki Motor Corporation, or what most of us call Suzuki, has pulled the plug on selling new cars in the United States. Basically once the supply runs out, you won't be able to buy a new Suzuki but that begs the question: is it smart to buy a used Suzuki?
GM has issued a massive recall of 258,000 SUVs but look beyond the GM name in case you own a used Isuzu Ascender or Saab 9.7-X sport utility vehicle, or SUV, from the 2006 and 2007 model years.
Used cars and SUVs owners attempting to sell your vehicles - there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it's not an oncoming train. There is a market for your used cars and SUVs if you're willing to sell them to overseas buyers. It's not as difficult as it sounds.
NHTSA has set up a new website, along with mobile apps, that can instantly tell if you a used car is subject to recall.
As this is being written, a lot has been said about the possible demise of Pontiac as a brand by GM as it seeks to streamline its operations and effect a turnaround with federal funds that will put itself back on a course to self sustainability. Well, now could be the worst time to buy a used Pontiac that you’re ever going to find, except in one case.
Illinois could be considered to have some of the toughest salvage title laws in the U.S.A. based on its definition of salvage and proactive stance.
LoJack list of most stolen used cars. Is yours on the list?
There's a disturbing new trend in the used car financing business called balloon loans that are good for the lender and not that great for the used car buyer.
In late 2009 and the first half of 2010, massive problems with fraud were uncovered with titles emanating from the State of Ohio. According to a report in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, a deputy clerk was fired after being accused of issuing sellable titles for junked autos without the required inspections and state police inspectors found numerous instances notarized title applications had blank spots, which means they were ripe for fraud.
Volvo is out with a new way to add additional power to used Volvos from 2008 to the present. It's called Polestar and it's going to change the performance of used Volvos for not a lot of money.
The CarFax report has become the gold standard for used car history reports. Understand the different components of it.
Are you ready to move to a fuel-efficient used car that is reliable, affordable and relatively new? These 14 fuel-efficient used cars that cost from $8000-$10000 in price range from 1999 to 2006 and represent the best of what manufacturers have to offer. A wide variety are represented that should meet the needs of almost any driver. All will comfortably carry 4. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats from FuelEconomy.gov.
Top 10 most reliable used car brands
There’s a new way to buy a used car – and it’s something used car dealers might want to consider with their fleets if they can work out the liability and regulation issues. Hertz Car Rental is selling off its used fleet through its Rent2Buy program
It is a problem faced since the first car was traded in: is it better to sell or trade in used cars? Answer these 7 questions and get a good sense of what to do.
Much like the non-custodial parent who makes child support payments on time, the Nissan Altima is one of the most underappreciated used cars on the road and that makes it perfect for single parents in search of a used car. Page 4.
Costco has a certified pre-owned program for used cars that could be worth the price of membership to the warehouse club.
Any new car as soon it rolls off the lot is instantly a used car and such was the case with the Tesla Roadster when it rolled off the lot. Every one of the two-seater electric convertibles is now a used car, which explains why you have to know how to buy a used Tesla, especially as the company prepares to roll out the Model S.
Less than one in five used car loans are made from credit unions, which is surprising because they can be a great source of low-cost loans because they can offer competitive financing rates to their members versus other financial institutions.
Selling a used car? Don’t forget to put a for sale sign in your window advertising the car.
In the market for a used car, but find you are stretched a little thin because of the economic times? After all, with a gallon of milk and a gallon of gas both north of $4, and a credit squeeze, it can be tough to buy the car of your dreams. Here is a collection of fuel-efficient cars that won't give you nightmares, at least. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info comes from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats come from FuelEconomy.gov.
Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this review of the certified pre-owned program offered by Mercedes Benz. It explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.
CarMD's 2011 list of the Top 100 used cars of the previous 10 years shows some surprising names at the top and names that thrive despite bad press.
Selling a used car in Texas has become a little easier with the creation of Title Check, which provides free background checks for Texas motor vehicle titles.
There was an article in my hometown newspaper on an 18-year old woman who felt she got ripped for buying a used car for $1000 and then discovering it had major mechanical problems, which is why I offer advice on buying a $1000 used car. I don’t want you to feel ripped off.
A new study shows that teen auto deaths are on the rise after several years of decline. That means it is more important than ever to protect your teens.
Car dealers sell certified pre-owned used cars as vehicles with peace of mind guaranteed. Understanding what you're getting into can reap financial rewards and a great car ownership experience for years to come. Skimping on your knowledge can make your certified pre-owned experience painful indeed.
How to find a used car that has only had one previous owner
10 least reliable used car brands include some surprises like Lexus, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Expensive does not always mean more reliable.
Most reliable used car brands
LoJack, the stolen vehicle recovery company, issued its third annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report (for the year 2011) and its list shows what are the most common stolen used cars. It should be taken into consideration when buying your next used car.
There is a lot that goes into selling a used car. Frankly, it can be difficult to keep track of it all, which is why I have prepared this overview of all the steps you are going to need to take from prepping your used car to marketing it to the best practices for selling a used car.
One person's best used car is another person's nightmare but this list of the 15 best used cars by segment manages to hit the mark in many ways for smart buyers.
10 reliable but affordable used cars
CarBuyCo.com is a newish website for people looking to sell their used cars. It makes a lot of sense if you have a used car you want to sell but don't want to go through the hassle of used car trade-ins with a dealer. It also makes sense if you're trying to sell a used car for someone else (like an estate sale).
The right used car for your child seat is going to be one with the easiest-to-reach anchors. That is just as important – if not more so – than airbags.
Oklahoma salvage title laws are administered through the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Oklahoma salvage title laws are pretty good for consumers when compared to other states. Insurance companies may not like them as much.
There's a debate raging over whether to buy a used electric vehicle or a used one. On the one side of the argument are government incentives and on the other is rapidly decreasing residual values. What makes more sense for you?
Barring last-minute action by the California governor, it looks like major reforms to the Buy-Here, Pay-Here industry are coming to that state by January 1, 2013, which could lead to major changes across the country for how this business performs.
CarFax has become the go-to choice for most people wanting to do vehicle history reports, which is why its new mobile tool prompted questions about the new service and how it can help consumers.
New York, for some reason, has always struck me as a litigious state with lots and lots of laws on the books. That could explain why the New York Salvage Title laws for its used cars are so thorough.
AAA, North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization with more than 51 million members has put together its list of the top vehicle picks for consumers. I’ve examined the list for you and highlighted some of the pros and cons, as well as adding in what Consumer Reports .
Cheapest states to buy a used car demonstrate how much taxes, fees, and registration costs can add to the bottom line.
California has enacted a first-in-the-nation salvage title law that mandates all new and used car dealers slap a red sticker on any vehicle that has a salvage, junk, or flood title. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2012.
Automobile.com, which is a center for auto insurance-related information and quotes, has done research on insurance costs that should be considered before buying a used minivan or SUV. Some obvious choices may be less expensive.
Alternatives to the Consumer Reports top bad used cars.
The rise in used car prices for the second quarter of 2014 is being driven by consumer demand as well as loosening automotive credit - a bad sign.
Franchised dealership: This is a definition of an auto seller that sells new and used cars for auto manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Honda, and other major brands. The manufacturer is often listed in the dealership’s name.
The Memorial Day Weekend usually kicks off the summer used car buying season – just make sure you know where the bargains are.
There are always people who need to buy a SUV. Frankly, there is little reason to buy a new SUV. Depreciation caused by rising fuel prices has created the best deals on used SUVs and crossovers you have ever seen. I’ve done extensive research into the used SUV marketplace in conjunction with Jason Fogelson, About.com’s guide to SUVs, who has compiled a list of outstanding new SUV values. All of these vehicles have strong reliability records, according to ConsumerReports.org
Recall of Nissan used cars hits one million mark. Be aware before buying a used Nissan.
Manheim Consulting 2014 used car industry report contains valuable information about the state of used car sales.
In the next town over from where I live in Connecticut, a man was robbed of $750 when he responded to a craigslist ad for a used car, which reinforces the need for a primer like this on used car safety buying tips.
The ongoing saga of the Ford Windstar recall has people confused, angry and wondering what to do. In an attempt to clarify some of what is going on, an interview was conducted with Wes Sherwood, Safety Communications Manager, for Ford about questions Windstar owners have about the recall.
There's an alternative to CarMD worth considering when it comes to tools that scan a used car before purchase to help you identify potential problems in a used car. Actron makes diagnostic tools for consumers that could be part of the used car buying process.
The State of Oklahoma administers vehicle titles through the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Oklahoma used car salvage title laws are pretty good for consumers when compared to other states. Insurance companies may not like them as much. Rebuilt titles in Oklahoma can also be a good value. Page 2.
It's not been a great 12 months or so for the Honda brand in the United States, which in 2011 recalled 3.8 million vehicles over 15 different service campaigns. All of those many recalls should give you pause if you're shopping for a used Honda.
According to Ricky Beggs, managing editor of Black Book, one segment of the used car market that is off-rental vehicles. You might know them better as former used rental cars to use the less technical term and see them as potential bargains.
Twenty used cars, trucks and SUVs that could hit 200,000 miles
The natural temptation when shopping for a used car is to go for the models with all the bells and whistles like navigation, satellite radio, DVD monitors and massage seats among others. What sounds great on paper, though, can end up costing you hundreds of dollars down the road when it comes time to replace the items. Plus, some of them wrongly spike the value of the car you’re trying to purchase. What follows is are new car features that are bad values in used cars.
Normally, articles are not devoted to recalls because all manufacturers have them but I do like to report on the major ones – even if they technically are not recalls. BMW has a major recall on its hands because of a fire risk associated with a battery cable.
Honda has announced the recall of its popular sports utility vehicle the Honda Pilot and its well-known minivan the Honda Odyssey for possible problems with the driver's side airbag.
Are you ready to move to a fuel-efficient used car that is reliable, affordable and relatively new? These 17 fuel-efficient used cars that cost from $10,000-$12000 in price range from 2002 to 2006 and represent the best of what manufacturers have to offer. A wide variety are represented that should meet the needs of almost any driver. All will comfortably carry 4. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats from FuelEconomy.gov.
Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this review of the certified pre-owned program offered by Toyota. It explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.
Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this review of the certified pre-owned program offered by Honda for its certified used cars. It explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.
If your kid has not beaten you up yet for a car while in high school or college, here are the best used cars for high school and college grads. Do not feel guilty about not buying a new car. It is unnecessary for young people just starting out to drive a new car. Plus with college expenses you have probably bought them the equivalent of a new car by now. Regardless of what used car you select, make sure it is thoroughly inspected by a trained mechanic before purchase.
These popular used cars may have long-term reliability problems. Inspect them closely before purchasing them.
Mojo Motors is a used car vehicle sales aggregator website that offers a new way to buy used cars: guaranteed pricing at a discount available only through a free membership.
EMISSION/SAFETY INSPECTION: Many states have programs that require an annual or bi-annual review of a car’s exhaust (or emission) systems to see if unacceptable levels of pollutants are being released. Safety inspections (which vary by state) might look at brakes, seat belts, tires, windshield, lights, suspension, etc.
Cars no longer being sold as new can be used car values.
At first glance, it may seem odd to see an article about how to buy a used electric car when new electric cars are in limited supply with pretty much the Tesla Roadster and Nissan Leaf the only electric vehicles consumers can buy as of mid-December 2010.
Beware certified pre-owned Teslas.
Now not the right time to buy a used GM on the recall list.
There are individuals out in the used car marketplace who frequently sell used cars from their front yards in an attempt to look like private sellers even though they are used car dealers.
Recently, it was announced that Scion is discontinuing the xB and tC models. Don't let that discourage you from purchasing either going forward as used cars.
Tax season is upon us and so are tax refunds for those who don't plan well and have too much withheld by the government annually. A survey shows a lot of folks may use their tax refund to buy a new or used car.
A list of the safest used cars for teens as compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Sure you can use Facebook to play Farmville and keep in touch with friends, but be careful on how you use Facebook to buy your next used car.
It’s the automotive dream of a lot of people – to own a convertible and experience the joy of top-down driving. I live in the Northeast, so it’s not always a priority, but I do enjoy putting the top down occasionally (when I have a convertible to review). With two children under the age of 5, a used convertible is not in my immediate future, but let me offer some advice if you’d like to take the plunge.
New research on used truck sales show that supply is starting to drop, which means prices should start to rise, especially as gas prices continue to drop.
January 2013 a bad month for airbag recalls with Toyota announcing that it is going to recall certain 2003 and 2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicle for a potentially serious issue.
Residual values on new cars are important to the used car market for both sellers and buyers. They are important to keep in mind when used car shopping because they can vastly affect the price you are going to pay for a used car.
Ten best certified pre-owned used cars you can buy in terms of cost and value.
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The problem of flooded used cars, while a small percentage of overall used cars, continues to be a problem as foul weather strikes across the United States based on a new report from Carfax.com.
Not being prepared when it comes time to sell your used car will hurt its resale value. There are five things you can do that could earn you hundreds of additional dollars on the price of a used car you are selling.
KBB.com, which is part of the Kelley Blue Book empire, has issued its 2012 model year cost of ownership awards. While the information focuses on new cars, you can used this list as a good guide for buying used.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau is out with its 2012 list of the Top 10 Most Stolen Ford Mustangs and this list is important to owners of used Mustangs because a stolen car drastically affects the value of the car forever more when it gets branded with a salvage title.
Certified pre-owned used cars are profitable for dealers but not always for used car buyers. Understand what you are getting into before paying more.
iseecars.com a strong site for buying used cars because of its dealer and price ratings
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This past Memorial Day weekend demonstrated that now is the right time to purchase a used car, even if you have bad credit.
Facts on when to repair a salvage titled used car and when not to.
When it comes time to sell your used car, one option you need to be leery of is posting a “For Sale” sign in your used car. In some parts of the country, that could get cost you a ticket – or, even worse – your car could be towed. It’s a problem in Wisconsin and Virginia. Let me know if it’s happening where you live.
Caveat emptor, which is Latin for buyer beware, is applicable for both the buyer and seller of a used car as demonstrated by a story shared with me by a reader. The seller needs to be aware, too, that once a legitimate sale is done – it's finished. There is no need to accept responsibility once a vehicle changes hands.
Ten best certified pre-owned used pickuos, SUVs and Crossovers at a great value.
In the midst of the used car sales increase in 2012, one type of seller will have deals on used cars – the independent dealer.
Chris Adams, chief operating officer of WeBuyAnyCar.com, a United Kingdom company now operating in the United States, explained what his company is all about with these questions about the used car buying company.
Hurricane Sandy that blew through the Eastern Seaboard on Oct. 29, 2012, has the potential to create lots of flooded vehicles because it cut such a wide swath of damage.
Consumer Reports 2013 annual report on used and new car reliability important tool for consumers.
CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED: Previously owned vehicles that have been inspected and guaranteed to be better than other used cars. Typically, they are less than three years old with less than 50,000 miles and are the cream of the crop. The best are certified by the manufacturer and are sold by new car dealerships. Be leery of certified pre-owned vehicles from independent used car dealerships.
Looking for a used car in the wake of higher fuel prices? You may want to consider these ten reasons to buy a used truck or SUV because the fall of 2011 is a good time to buy them because of things like higher fuel prices and reduced demand.
A look at the most popular used cars sold and test driven at used car retailer CarMax can help you decide what your next used car is going to be.
10 tips on buying a used pickup truck.
Volkswagen is conducting a voluntary safety recall on approximately 159,884 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagens manufactured from May 2008 through September 2011 and Golf models manufactured from May 2009 through September 2011. It could affect used car buying with potential deals for savvy consumers.
Best way to measure a used car's reliability is the CarMD annual vehicle health scorecard, which ranks used cars based on repair costs.
Before selling your used car online you’ll have to take the following steps to be successful. Preparation is the key to selling successfully your used car online. By the way, forget selling your ad through print ads like newspapers or those throwaway directories you see at your favorite Chinese takeout joint. Print is no longer the way to go when it comes time to sell – and I do freelance work for newspapers! Kills me to say that.
Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this review of the certified pre-owned program offered by Mazda. It explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.
AutoTempest.com is an aggregator of used car websites. AutoTempest searches Autotrader.com, Cars.com, eBay Motors, Cars Direct, Automotive.com, Oodle.com (which itself pulls in listings from multiple smaller sources), and craigslist. It’s not a perfect site by any means, but it does make initial used car shopping a lot easier. Put it on your To Do List when shopping for a used car.
There are still lots of questions about the Ford Windstar recall on topics such as the front subframe recall and making the Windstars roadworthy again after sitting for months. Your questions about the Windstar recall were sent to Ford to get some answers, which seem more elusive than ever.
Numerous media outlets are reporting that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating more than 5.1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties for a possible high incidence of fires after rear-end collisions as well as corrosion problems.
What was once known colloquially as “Cash for Clunkers” has been given the official government name of CARS – Car Allowance Rebate System. As soon as President Obama signed the bill, scammers were already thinking up ways to take advantage of the system. Here are some tips and advice on how the new law works and how you can take advantage of it legally.