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Can a Dealer Sell a Car as 'New' If It Has Over 100 Miles On It? Can a Dealer Sell a Car as 'New' If It Has Over 100 Miles On It?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

I Need a Family Car For $30,000 and It Must Be a Wagon! What Car Should I Buy? I Need a Family Car For $30,000 and It Must Be a Wagon! What Car Should I Buy?

Aaron just moved to Los Angeles and is about to have a baby. He needs a bigger car but it absolutely cannot be a crossover, it has to be the body style we all love on this fine website: a wagon. What car should he buy?

Judge Orders Car Dealer to Wear Ankle Bracelet and Pay $125,000 for Scamming Buyers Judge Orders Car Dealer to Wear Ankle Bracelet and Pay $125,000 for Scamming Buyers

Even though car buying has changed a lot, there’s still one thing that remains the same: There are a lot of shady characters taking advantage of people. Rarely do these scammers face justice, but the law did manage to catch up with a crooked dealer in Utah, who now has to pay back the money he took in addition to…

What is the Best-Looking Car You Can Buy for $50,000? What is the Best-Looking Car You Can Buy for $50,000?

Let’s be real, friends—car purchases aren’t always rational. You can say you want about safety features and good fuel economy, but cars can be just as much of a fashion statement as a nice watch or a pair of jeans. So if you wanted exotic car looks but don’t have exotic car money, what do you choose?

How Can I Hold a Dealer Responsible For False Advertising? How Can I Hold a Dealer Responsible For False Advertising?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

I'm a Tall Driver Looking for a Comfortable Ride for $35,000! What Car Should I Buy? I'm a Tall Driver Looking for a Comfortable Ride for $35,000! What Car Should I Buy?

David is a traveling salesman with a long commute, but his company is going to foot the bill on his new ride. The catch is that he is very tall and needs something comfortable that won’t exceed is $35,000 price cap. What car should he buy?

Why Is My Car Insurance So High On My Electric Car?  Why Is My Car Insurance So High On My Electric Car? 

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

These Are the Most Common Lies a Dealership Will Tell You These Are the Most Common Lies a Dealership Will Tell You

Now that summer is coming to a close and last year’s models have begun shuffling off of dealer lots, a lot of folks are entering the car market hoping to score a deal. While the internet has made car buying easier, there are still some dealers that will say whatever they can to make a sale.

I'm a Future Naval Aviator! What Car Should I Buy? I'm a Future Naval Aviator! What Car Should I Buy?

Mitch (not pictured) is entering the Navy to become an officer and eventually a pilot. Naturally, he has a need for speed, but also wants something for outdoor adventures for around $25,000. What car should he buy?

Can A Dealer Charge Me More For Paying Cash?  Can A Dealer Charge Me More For Paying Cash? 

As the resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get a ton of emails asking for advice. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

I'm Tired of Borrowing Cars From My Parents! What Car Should I Buy? I'm Tired of Borrowing Cars From My Parents! What Car Should I Buy?

Frank is a self-described millennial who has been borrowing his parents’ cars to get around. It’s time for him to get his own ride, but it needs to be affordable, reliable, and different. What car should he buy?

The 2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition Is a Sweet Value for College Grads on a Budget (Updated) The 2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition Is a Sweet Value for College Grads on a Budget (Updated)

Done with college? Your hand-me-down 2003 Honda Civic not cutting it anymore? Ready to add some car payments to your crushing student loan debt, like a real adult? If so, Mini’s here with a pretty good offer that won’t break the bank too badly. It’s a fun ride with some nice equipment for under $20,000.

Stop Overpaying for Lightly Used Cars Stop Overpaying for Lightly Used Cars

I have a news flash for some of you: Dealers love the people that insist that used cars are always a better buy than new. That might be the case most of the time, but not always, and, in fact, some buyers looking for something that’s only a few years old with low miles are paying too much.

I Come From France! What Car Should I Buy? I Come From France! What Car Should I Buy?

Thomas just moved from France to the Detroit suburbs. He needs to get a cheap car quick but it can’t just be any car, it needs to be an American car, a freedom car! Ideally, he is looking for a V8 but also needs somewhat decent gas mileage. What car should he buy?

Here Is Why You Should Always Check the Dealer’s Price Against the MSRP Here Is Why You Should Always Check the Dealer’s Price Against the MSRP

The internet has empowered car buyers but some dealers are finding new tricks to keep the cards in their favor. One that has been popping up recently is inflating the advertised price of the car in order to make their discount look better than it really is.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Is Only $900 Cheaper Than A Ford Raptor The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Is Only $900 Cheaper Than A Ford Raptor

If you need a truck to do some serious off-roading, the Ford Raptor is the weapon of choice for most folks. But if you wanted something a different, Toyota will offer a Tundra TRD Pro for the 2019 model year, but it’s not cheap with a starting price of $51,275.

 I'm a Cyclist That Finally Needs a Car! What Should I Buy?  I'm a Cyclist That Finally Needs a Car! What Should I Buy?

Patrick loves cars but has never really needed one. He has gotten by just fine with using his bike. Now he has a new job and a longer commute through the DC traffic hellscape. If he wants to survive he is going to need four wheels and doors. What car should he buy?

Your Low Credit Score Means Higher Car Insurance Payments in These States Your Low Credit Score Means Higher Car Insurance Payments in These States

Car insurance should be simple. If you are a safe driver you should pay less than someone who is more accident prone. But we all know that isn’t how it works. A multitude of other factors also determine your rates, including your credit score. A recent study shows that depending on where you live and who your…

These Common Car Buying Myths Refuse to Die These Common Car Buying Myths Refuse to Die

The internet has leveled the playing field for car buyers more than ever, but despite a wealth of useful information out there, we still encounter a ton of misconceptions about buying from a dealership. As a professional car buyer, I’m going to clear up some of the most common ones and hopefully save you some…

My Mom Is 79 and Wants a Cool Ride! What Car Should She Buy? My Mom Is 79 and Wants a Cool Ride! What Car Should She Buy?

Dean is trying to help a 79-year-old mother out. She’s a cool lady who was rocking a 1994 Nissan 300ZX until disaster struck. Dean wants to find her a cool car that still has style and speed, but is maybe a little easier to manage. What car should she buy?

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