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I leased a car and have one more year before the lease is up. I was talked into the lease rather than buying because the account manager convinced me that I would suffer the depreciation on a new car. My question is, should I buy this car so I will have at least some equity? Once the lease is up, I just walk away with nothing. Thank you, Katie
I leased a VW beetle one year and two months ago, and am struggling to make the lease payment. I went in thinking I would qualify for the 0%, but ended up with a higher interest rate and $349 payment. I have tried to renegotiate this with VW without success. Do you have any suggestions? I am 55 year-old female who will graduate with my first bachelors ...
A 1987 xj6 with 69,000 miles. Please give approximate cost for 6 new shock absorbers installed.
Ah, you are a God-send! I just read about you in the Providence Journal. I*m a single woman, retired and don*t have any family or male friends to help me with car buying. I*ve been wishing there was someone I could go to to help me with this big financial decision. I looked up female friendly dealers and there are none with in 50 miles. Here*s the ...
My car makes a clanking sound when I to to make a sharp turn; like into a parking spot. Wide, gradual turns are okay. What could be wrong with my steering to make this clanking sound? Almost like something is popping in/out of place? Thanks!
What is a common/fair price for a front brake job for a 2007 Corolla? I have been quoted $195 and $280 both include smoothing rotor...Thanks a lot.. Mary
I am overwhelmed to say the least. I went to purchase new tires and check a problem with a clunking noise while driving. I paid almost $1200. This included tie rod ends, 4wheel alignment, wheel bearing, and 2 tires. I left telling myself the money spent was an investment. I drove not two blocks and the problem was still there. I call the mechanic and they ...

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