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Honest Guide to Buying a Car - How to Get the Best Deals and Never Worry About Being Ripped Off Again by [Fidan, Gregg]
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  • File Size: 3479 KB
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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
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Well, sometimes you do come across a book that actually IS informative. I've spent literally hours and hours digging through mountains of information here. Good thing it's well organized. Let's see.

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.
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I downloaded this to my Kindle and read parts of it right away and skimmed much of the rest. It's a VERY informative book. It covers everything you can think of, including internet negotiations and researching and shopping. Another reviewer's review mentioned it's only for new cars, but there is an entire section about used cars, and it seemed fairly thorough to me, including things to consider when deciding whether used is better for you than new. I didn't read it thoroughly, but offhand it looked as if it didn't go into a lot of detail about the actual negotiation process as with new cars, though. But that may be because many of the new car procedures apply to used cars. Still, I saw some useful information about that process. As for new cars, there is so much information that it boggles the mind. The one criticism I have others might not consider a negative, which is that it goes into so much detail about jumping through hoops to save $300 that I found that somewhat nonsensical. Spending hours to save a few hundred dollars doesn't seem like something I want to do. Time is money, and who has that kind of time? But some may want to do that. But for the most part, he gives practical advice and specific procedures on buying, which should result in savings of thousands off msrp, I should think. I checked out his website, also, and that is ALSO informative, with handy links. All of this in this book for less than $5. What a deal. I highly recommend it. I learned I did everything wrong the last time I bought a car. I won't be making those mistakes next time!
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Bought a new car for the first time in 15 years. There was no GAP protection back then.

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.
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This e-book is a convenient collection of the information the author makes available for free on his website. I found his tips so useful in my own car-buying process that I wanted to buy the e-book to support his efforts. The e-book itself is not particularly well formatted from an aesthetic point of view, but it's plenty legible and I'm glad to have everything collected in one place and it's much easier than clicking around the website if you really want to dig into the material. Worth the money.
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Very good book on negotiating the final price of a car, new or used.
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
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Great advice that cuts through the gibberish. This book is quick to the point and shows you how to calculate your lease payment so you're not fooled at the dealer. Has detailed tables and manages to give you fine details when needed without being wordy.

This is a great bargain price for this book on Kindle

Highly recommended, thanks Gregg!

Joseph
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