- File Size: 7014 KB
- Print Length: 92 pages
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- Publisher: Focus Publishing (September 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009D7VT4C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Honest Guide to Buying a Car - How to Get the Best Deals and Never Worry About Being Ripped Off Again Kindle Edition
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The book covers shopping for car itself, new or used, down to the nitty-gritty like fees and paperwork; getting the best car loans and insurances; basically, pretty much anything and everything we have to do when shopping for a car or leasing one.
In this economy, the section on car loans, especially the chapters dealing with bad credit and how to recognize a credit scam, should be a must read for everyone. All the little telltales of how you are about to be a victim of a scam are here. Before you go and talk to the dealer, just write them down and if any of those terms listed pop up, you'll know that you are about to be had.
There's a section on selling your car or trading it in that I found pretty illuminating. Apparently, there's a right way to do that and a way we usually do that. Do it right and you'll end up at least a few hundred dollars richer. That's food for thought right there.
The section that describes how to shop for car leases is not really for me since I prefer to own. However, I looked through it and it seems comprehensive enough.
The bit on "Twin Vehicles" caught my attention as well. I have a Mazda and if I did my research at the time I bought it I could have gotten the same exact model from Ford that was actually cheaper at the time.
One thing about this book that I found peculiar is that there's a lot of tie-in with the author's website. I am a little bit old-fashioned so I like my info to be all there in one place. On a plus side, there's enough material on the website to write another book just like this one easily. And this one is large as is. So, if that doesn't bother you, then you can get a whole lot of bonus information on the site. Tips, advices, checklists, etc. I suppose it's easier to update a site with current info than republish a book every few weeks.
My personal quirks aside, I think this book was a good investment for me.
I do not recommend this book at all.
I got GAP through AAA for $34/year. Toyota wanted $600. Of course the dealer said it is only $10/month.
I also skipped the extended warranty. Different websites reported to skip this protection.
I suggest that before you buy a car read this book from cover to cover.
I am giving it 4 stars only because I know there there are some updates it needs.
For example, although truecar.com does operate on the basics that he talks about on the book there are now more adds attached that one has to be aware of.
A bit more detail on how to negotiate year end cars when the new model is announced versus when the dealer needs the space occupied by the "left over inventory".
I will say that this was an almost 5 star. I gave it 4 only because I can not give it a 4.5
I would highly recommend this book to anyone in the market for a new or used car.