- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 21, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764550918
- ISBN-13: 978-0764550911
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
For many, the experience of buying a car is as unpleasant as a root canal, and author Sclar (Auto Repair for Dummies) provides just the right medication. A well-known consumer advocate and expert repair consultant, she presents numerous tips on first deciding whether to buy a new or used car and, the best part, the truth about auto financing. With this handy and briskly narrated advice, listeners can now feel more confident as they steer their way through negotiating a fair price, getting insurance, establishing an affordable maintenance plan, picking cherries and avoiding lemons, determining what options are really needed, and calculating how much a car actually costs. Highly informative, this guide is recommended for all public libraries.ADale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
"All the information necessary to get a fair deal comprehensive, clear, and easy to follow." Ralph Vartabedian, "Your Wheels" Columnist, Los Angeles Times "[This book] will save some readers money, time, and maybe their sanity. First-time buyers and even seasoned car owners will find helpful hints here." Library Journal
Make It a Smooth Ride If the idea of buying a new car is driving you mad, then let this dependable guide steer you in the right direction! Using clear explanations and road-tested advice, renowned consumer advocate Deanna Sclar covers all avenues of buying and owning a car, from negotiating a fair price to finding reliable insurance to saving money on routine servicing. So, park your anxieties with Buying A Car For Dummies®, you're always in the driver's seat! Get the Most Mileage Out of Your Dollar
- Calculate how much your current car really costs you
- Weight the pros and cons of buying new or used
- Get the best trade-in, resale, or donation value for your vehicle
- Pick out a cherry and avoid the lemons expert advice for buying a reliable used car
- Determine what features and options you really need in a new car
- Get the straight scoop on financing or leasing your car
- Find an insurance policy and company you can trust
- Protect your automotive assets from steering wheel locks to full-blown security systems
Top Customer Reviews
Excellent and well worth it, even for the most knowledgeable car buyers. Everyone will learn at least ten great things from this book.
I will admit that I know nothing about cars. I can't tell you the first thing about MPG's. So I knew that as I began my car searching, I needed a little help so that I wouldn't get completely owned by dealers. Enter "Buying a Car for dummies" (aka me). It introduced the lingo to me. What particulars I needed to look for when looking for my car. It weighed the pros and cons for me of getting a new car versus buying a used car. It basically empowered me to know what I was looking for, how I would look for it, and gave me the tools to best make my decision and at a price that I was satisfied with.
The book was published in 1998. Minus factual data (Enterprise isn't the only rental car dealership that sells used cars) and take into account how internet wired our population is 95% of this book still holds true today. I bought it for 26cents and it has been my best buy on Amazon to date.
Next buy: "Auto Repair for Dummies"
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The first time I went to test drive a car, I left almost in tears because the salesman was throwing around numbers and car-buying jargon that I had never heard of. I got extremely overwhelmed very quickly. I went home that day and bought "Buying A Car For Dummies" and on the day it arrived, I read it cover to cover.
I couldn't believe how much information could be put into laymans terms. It was amazingly helpful, and I would recommend it to any first, second, and even third time car buyer.