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How to deal with auto dealer's service dept. and not get hoodwinked? Hi Breanne: Hoping you can help with this. I have a 1996 Dodge Caravan, that has been fairly reliable but has also had some major repair bills. A few weeks ago, my husband noticed it had a leak. I took it in, and was told by the Chrysler dealer's service manager (where we've always ...
In January 2005, I purchased a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. I also purchased extended warranties on the vehicle, gap insurance and warranty on the tires. In August 2006, I traded in the Vibe and purchased a G6-hardtop convertible Pontiac. In trying to get a refund on the warranties I purchased on the Vibe, I was told I had to go through the car dealership I ...
I drove my 95 Grand Am through a 3ft puddle and stalled out the engine it won't start now--what do I do?
Hi, I rencently purchased a car from a dealership they gave me 2 contracts one for me to take to my bank and one if the bank didn't pick me up. Well the bank will finance me at a higher interest rate, and they can't get the inerest rate they wrote on their contract either. They want to write me another contract for a higher rate, which i do not want to do. ...
Car is an Olds Alero, 2001, with 78,000 miles. I took my car in for a free 24-point check. The mechanic called and said: 1. Battery needs to be replaced. (Battery in car is original.) 2. Coolant is only good to -20 degrees; needs partial draining and replacing. I said it was good to -34 in Nov.05; he said it deteriorates or maybe someone added water to ...
I have a 2002 Passat. Recently, after a heavy rain, there was substantial flooding in the floor on the driver's side. None of the electrical buttons worked, the hazard lights were frozen on, and no matter how much we mopped out the water, there would be another inch of it within an hour. Apparently, water came through the pollen filter seal into the car ...
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!!!

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