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We own 1994 Cadillac and a 1994 Volvo 850 wagon. About every two months one of the cars (if not both) are in the shop for repairs. I added up all the repair bills (not oil changes) for the last three years, took the most expensive year, divided by 12 months, then divided by 2 cars. The cost per month per car was $300. Since we couldn't buy a new or ...
I am in the process of replacing my 1997 Kia Sportage with another "new" used car. I've been looking quite a bit at the Jeep Liberty Sport, since it is comparable in size to my Kia and I don't think it would be a problem for me to drive. Usually I have a friend who works on cars check it out for me, but he is not available anymore to do that. However, he ...
I'm considering purchasing a used car but suspect that the owner is not being truthful about the odometer reading. My mechanic suggested that it looks as if the mileage has been tampered with. How can I verify that he's being honest? Is this a crime if he's lying?
I need help! I read about AskPatty.com in the NY Times, and I thought, what a great idea! I think I may have been fleeced more times than a Merino ewe. I just have had many, many bad experiences with auto mechanics, and though I'm a journalist typically more than comfortable with confronting injustice, I'm shy about doing it without solid information ...
How do I get the lowest interest rate possible with purchasing my used car? Are there any lenders you may know of, besides going through the dealership's financing? My credit score is 680, and the salesman says he can give me 7.5 on a 4 year loan for a 2003 vehicle. Thank you!!!
Hello I am interested in purchasing a Land or Range Rover that is a few years old. I see that the price drops drastically, almost suspiciously so, for one that is only a few years old. For example, one 3 yr old range rover was over $72,000 when it was new, but was selling for only $13,000 and appeared to be in good condition. Are used range and land rovers ...
Is it better for a woman to buy a new car vs a used car.. I'm looking at a used Camry vs a new Scion xB or Corolla. I'm alone without a man....

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