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Buying a Car For Dummies 1st Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0764550911
ISBN-10: 0764550918
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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
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"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
Complete Guide to the Perils and Pitfalls of Renting a Car Included!
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Product Details

  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. C. Yu on September 5, 2004
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This text offers information about buying a car from start to finish, from thinking about what you want, to insurance, to checking your car, to financing, to negotiating with dealers, and refers you to other great online and text sources for more information.

Excellent and well worth it, even for the most knowledgeable car buyers. Everyone will learn at least ten great things from this book.
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a good reference book for making a car purchase decision. we utilized a non-profit organization listed in this book to guide us through a safe car purchase
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I purchased this book in August of 2005. [...] Should have returned it, but most of the info. is still worth while knowing. The copyright of the book I received is 1998. So when it comes to any internet purchasing or research info., the book is lacking. It still contains a lot of important tips to know before buying a car. I'm sure the most recent edition is great.
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This is an excellent book to read prior to buying a car. This book helped me to research the car I wanted to buy before going to the dealership by giving me helpful internet sites to find the invoice price on my car and other facts. It also instructed me on negotiating strategies to use when I sat down with the car salesman. True to the books description the salesman used the same tricks the book predicted he would. Highballing the initial price, stalling, stating he was going to lose money on the sale, bringing his boss in, etc. Reading this book allowed me not to be to eager and to be willing to leave if the salesman being cooperative on the price. This resulted in my purchasing a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid for $11 over the invoice price. I also bought my car insurance using one of the websites suggested by the book.
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I wish I would have read this book when I went to haggle with the dealer for my car 6 years ago. I think I paid too much for a car that had been sitting in the lot for 9 months. It is time again for me to start looking for a new car, and I am already a fan of the "For Dummies" books. I feel that I have learned enough to save money on the new car, plus get information about what my trade is worth.
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If you have no idea what a radiator is, nevermind where it is, or you don't know the first thing about leasing or financing a car, this book is for you.

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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By Toolmaker on December 3, 2013
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May have once been a useful book, but is too outdated for today's car market. The way to negotiate price today is to map several key websites and free apps onto your phone and use them at the dealership. Basic things like getting loans, selling your car privately and the impact of mileage on price are far different than they were in 1998. More recent books like my book "Getting the Best Price on a Used Car" focus on today's market, not on ancient history.
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I just bought my first car. And it wasn't without significant help from this book.

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.
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