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Is It Possible to Buy a Good Car From a Bad Dealer? Is It Possible to Buy a Good Car From a Bad Dealer?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are talking about good cars from bad dealers, aftermarket warranties, and price increases for used Lexus GS sedans.

A Deer Wrecked My Ride! What Car Should I Buy? A Deer Wrecked My Ride! What Car Should I Buy?

Corey had an unfortunate encounter with a deer and now his car is out of commission. We don’t know the condition of the deer, but he needs a new ride. It should be both good for Washington D.C. traffic and something he can use for outdoor activities. What car should he buy?

Don't Bother Leasing the Hyundai Veloster N Don't Bother Leasing the Hyundai Veloster N

The Hyundai Veloster N is a serious hot hatchback. And with a starting price of just under $28,000, it’s a pretty good value too. That is, unless you try to lease it.

You Can Finally Score An Awesome Deal on The Buick TourX Wagon You Can Finally Score An Awesome Deal on The Buick TourX Wagon

If you are still saddened by the news that BMW will not be offering the next generation 3 Series wagon in America, I’ve got some good news for you: General Motors is finally throwing some serious discounts at the Buick Regal TourX. It may be time to get your wagon fix another way.

Dead, For America: 2019 BMW 3 Series Wagon Dead, For America: 2019 BMW 3 Series Wagon

Hey friends, I know it’s Monday and that already sucks but it looks like I’ve got some additional bad news for you: Not only will the next generation 2019 BMW 3 series not have a manual, but we also won’t get the wagon either. It’s a sad day in Longroof Land.

Just in Time For the Holidays, Jaguar Is Giving Massive Discounts On the XF Sportbrake  Just in Time For the Holidays, Jaguar Is Giving Massive Discounts On the XF Sportbrake 

Hello friends! Are you currently coming up with a holiday shopping list? I’m about to simplify that task for you right now because Jaguar is offering some huge discounts on the super cool XF Sportbrake. Pick up one for a friend or family member, or just treat yourself.

How Can You Test Drive a Car For More Than Just a Few Minutes? How Can You Test Drive a Car For More Than Just a Few Minutes?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing extended test drives, spotting online scammers, and the best car for a tall teenager.

I Want A Car I Can Pass Down to My Future Children! What Should I Buy? I Want A Car I Can Pass Down to My Future Children! What Should I Buy?

Dennis will soon be relocating from New York City to Northern California. He is looking forward to buying a car that not only will allow him to enjoy the scenery but would also like something that could be passed down to his future children. What car should he buy?

These Are the Used Cars With the Best End of the Year Deals For 2018 These Are the Used Cars With the Best End of the Year Deals For 2018

December can be a great time to buy a car. While traditionally the deals are on new models, picking up a pre-owned model during the holidays can save you some cash as well. The folks at iSeeCars.com analyzed the market to find the cars with the best year-end deals.

Comment Of the Day: Growing Up Edition Comment Of the Day: Growing Up Edition

Getting older changes the way you look at cars. In your 20s you might get excited about a new coupe or sport compact. Then the years add up and you are strangely drawn to something more comfortable and practical but still cool, like a Volvo wagon.

The 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon Starts at $39,895 and Will Be Factory Order Only The 2019 Volvo V60 Wagon Starts at $39,895 and Will Be Factory Order Only

The all-new 2019 Volvo V60 is a sleek-looking wagon that’s also pretty excellent to drive. Now we know it starts at just under $40,000, which is a solid value for a luxury car, but if you want one you will need to wait a bit. The V60 will only be available for order only.

When Will I Be Able to Get A Ridiculous Discount On a Cancelled GM Car? When Will I Be Able to Get A Ridiculous Discount On a Cancelled GM Car?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week, we will discuss a potential fire sale on General Motors’ canceled cars, inspecting cars for friends, and buying out leases.

I Need a Small, Fun Car That Will Last at Least Ten Years! What Should I Buy? I Need a Small, Fun Car That Will Last at Least Ten Years! What Should I Buy?

Ken from New England likes small, fun, and zippy cars. He keeps them a long time, but his current ride is getting towards the end of its life. Ken’s ready for a new ride but wants something that can last a while. What car should he buy?

Making Good Cars Isn't Enough Making Good Cars Isn't Enough

Yesterday, General Motors shocked the business world with news that despite strong profits as of late, it will close several North American plants and lay off some 15,000 workers as part of a massive restructuring. There’s a theory that if GM just made better, segment-leading cars it wouldn’t have been put in this…

I'm a Medieval Sword Fighter and I Need a Ride That Can Be My Armor! What Car Should I Buy? I'm a Medieval Sword Fighter and I Need a Ride That Can Be My Armor! What Car Should I Buy?

Adam is a father of two and does medieval sword fighting. (Relatable!) But his Kia Soul has been an unreliable mess and, unfortunately, stranded his family when they were fleeing the California fires. He needs something durable and interesting—basically armor with four wheels. What car should he buy?

Why Are Some Dealers Just Really Bad At Selling Cars? Why Are Some Dealers Just Really Bad At Selling Cars?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we’re talking about salespeople who are bad at selling, why a nice car would not be certified, and test driving cars on Black Friday.

In a Stroke of Brilliance, The 2019 Kia K900 Is Now $10,000 More Expensive In a Stroke of Brilliance, The 2019 Kia K900 Is Now $10,000 More Expensive

In case you forgot, Kia once made a luxury car called the K900. And then Kia stopped making it because it sold only 455 units in the last year of production. Now Kia is at it again with the K900, and it’s $10,000 more expensive. Brilliant!

Do Banks Require a Service Contract For a Used Car? Do Banks Require a Service Contract For a Used Car?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few and try to help answer your burning car-buying questions. This week we are talking about buying a service contract to get a loan on a used car, cosmetic damage on CPO vehicles and doing a…

I Need a Family Car That is Cheap And Weird! What Car Should I Buy? I Need a Family Car That is Cheap And Weird! What Car Should I Buy?

Stewart has twin boys who play music and love weird cars. He is looking for something affordable that will draw some attention but still be practical. He is a big fan of Japanese domestic market stuff but isn’t sure those selections would work. What car should he buy?

Be Extra Suspicious of Dealers Who Advertise This Way Be Extra Suspicious of Dealers Who Advertise This Way

When it comes to buying cars, you should always have your guard up when working with dealerships. But believe it or not, they aren’t all out to rip you off. And you can get a really good idea on the type of operation they run based on their ads.

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