What if my car is not running or otherwise worth trading?

  • Posted by Craig LaPlante
  • On December 21, 2015
Got an old car you’re about ready to send to the graveyard? Before you just park it in the yard or give it up, it may be worth more to a recycling center or as a tax deduction. Recycling centers will pay cash (check) and come pick up your car, while non-profit organizations will provide […]
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Should I purchase an optional Extended Warranty?

  • Posted by Craig LaPlante
  • On December 21, 2015
All new cars come with a manufacturer’s warranty (typically “bumper to bumper” for the first 3 years OR 36,000 miles and “power train” for the first 5 yrs OR 60,000 miles from initial purchase). And, as we discussed, CPO vehicles typically extend the manufacturer’s coverage. And with CPO vehicles, the manufacturer often allows the dealer […]
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Zero % Financing vs. the Rebate

  • Posted by Craig LaPlante
  • On December 21, 2015
Many car manufacturers are now offering 0% or low-rate financing and the offer seems almost too good to be true. While low-rate financing offers may sound attractive, be careful before choosing this option. Let’s take a look at some facts. First of all; these 0% financing offers are available on selected models of new vehicles. […]
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What’s a Certified Used Car? Why Buy One?

  • Posted by Craig LaPlante
  • On December 21, 2015
The Certified Pre-Owned (aka CPO) concept was originally created by the manufacturers as a way to drive used-car customers to their new-car showrooms. As a buyer, you need to evaluate if the condition and warranty coverage of the CPO vehicle is a good value for the money, as CPO vehicles are typically more expensive that […]
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The Truth About Trade-ins and Used Car Book Values

  • Posted by Craig LaPlante
  • On December 21, 2015
In order to place a value on your trade, dealers often refer to many sources, including Kelly Blue Book, NADA, wholesale and auction prices, and market knowledge. While NADA and Kelly Blue Book can be a good guide to trade-in values, the only book that really matters is the checkbook of the dealer who’s buying […]
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