Buying a Car For Dummies


Buying a car is never easy. Besides spending a sizeable amount of money on this investment, your liveliness probably relies on this vehicle. You need to know that your car will get you from point A to point B in a timely and safe manner—so buying a lemon is not something you can afford to do.

Buying A Car For Dummies is for you if you need to find out how to buy, sell, insure, drive, protect, or rent a vehicle. It doesn’t matter how old you are (as long as you can legally drive ...

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Buying a car is never easy. Besides spending a sizeable amount of money on this investment, your liveliness probably relies on this vehicle. You need to know that your car will get you from point A to point B in a timely and safe manner—so buying a lemon is not something you can afford to do.

Buying A Car For Dummies is for you if you need to find out how to buy, sell, insure, drive, protect, or rent a vehicle. It doesn’t matter how old you are (as long as you can legally drive and have a license), this book can make your experience with cars a smooth ride.

Buying A Car For Dummies can help you save a truckload of money over the life of your vehicle as you find out all you need to know about new and used car ownership in this entertaining and informative reference guide. This dependable book covers all avenues of buying and owning a car, from negotiating a fair price to finding reliable insurance to saving money on routine servicing. You’ll stay in the driver& #8217;s seat as you discover how to:

  • Calculate how much you current car really costs you
  • Weigh 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 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
With Buying A Car For Dummies as your guide, you can park you fears, frustrations, and anxieties as you discover how to decide between buying or leasing new wheels, how to negotiate with car dealers, how to foil car thieves and carjackers, how to protect yourself in a breakdown or accident, and how to protect your automotive assets with insurance, warranties, and service contracts. Plus, the book features a list of ten great automotive Web sites for pricing information, ratings, industry news, diagnostic troubleshooting, and more.

The author of Auto Repair for Dummies returns to her area of expertise in this guide for nervous buyers and sellers of cars. Deanna Sclar teaches by example, including lots of true stories illustrating both worst-case and best-case scenarios. Features info on understanding the Kelley Blue Book, deciphering insurance jargon, employing test-drive techniques, and much more. 400 pp.

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Editorial Reviews

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 better 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 really costs. Highly informative, this guide is recommended for all public libraries.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The For Dummies series is on most public libraries' best-loved, highest-circs lists today, and this addition will be warmly welcomed, because "car books" are perennial favorites as well. Sclar, a frequent talk-show guest who writes a monthly car-care column for Family Circle, teaches by example how to read the Kelley Blue Book, decipher insurance jargon, and write a good ad to sell your used car, among other things. Sclar includes handy checklists and charts concerning subjects like used-car inspection, test drive, repair evaluation, fuel consumption, and cost-per-gallon log. These will save readers money, time, and maybe their sanity. First-time buyers and even seasoned car owners will find helpful hints here.Susan C. Awe, Jefferson Cty. P.L. System, Arvada, Col.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764550911
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/21/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 522,527
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

About Deanna Sclar Deanna Sclar, a leading auto repair expert and consumer spokesperson, has appeared on more than 700 radio and TV programs including Good Morning America, Today, and A.M. Los Angeles. She has contributed to such magazines as Family Circle, New Woman, and Redbook and is the author of the perennial bestseller Auto Repair For Dummies®.

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Table of Contents


PART I: New or Used: Deciding Which Option Is Best.

Chapter 1: Making the Right Decision.

Chapter 2: Figuring Out How Much Your Current Car Costs.

PART II: Auto Recycling without Tears: How to Buy a Good Used Carand Get Rid of Your Own.

Chapter 3: Good Places to Find Used Vehicles.

Chapter 4: What to Look for When Buying a Used Car.

Chapter 5: Shopping for Value and Negotiating the Deal.

Chapter 6: Saying Good-Bye to Old Faithful.

PART III: Untried and True: Buying a New Car.

Chapter 7: Deciding What You Want.

Chapter 8: Finding and Testing a New Car.

Chapter 9: Getting the Best Deal on a New Vehicle.

PART IV: Money, Money, Money, Money.

Chapter 10: Should You Borrow, Buy, or Lease?.

Chapter 11: Buying a Car with Your Own — or Someone Else's —Money.

Chapter 12: The Perils and Pleasures of Leasing.

PART V: Insuring Your Car: How to Cover Your AutomotiveAssets.

Chapter 13: My Premium Is How Much? — Shopping forInsurance.

Chapter 14: Step-by-Step through an Insurance Policy.

Chapter 15: How to Protect Your Insurance Claim When Things GoWrong.

PART VI: Protecting Your Investment.

Chapter 16: Warranties and Service Contracts on New and UsedVehicles.

Chapter 17: Beating the Bad Guys at Their Own Games.

Chapter 18: Finding a Good Repair Facility (And What to Do IfYou're Ripped Off Anyway).

Chapter 19: Renting a Car.

PART VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Things Not to Do During Negotiations.

Chapter 21: Ten Great Automotive Web Sites.


Book Registration Information.

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