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How to Get Your Stolen Car Back

By Matt Schmitz on August 28, 2015


We at Cars.com aren't ones to toot our own horn, but in addition to being a leading online source for car shoppers and owners, we can add another function to our job description: crime fighters. OK, we're not exactly Batman… Read More

How to Get Your Stolen Car Back

By Matt Schmitz on August 28, 2015

We at Cars.com aren't ones to toot our own horn, but in addition to being a leading online source for car shoppers and owners, we can add another function to our job description: crime fighters. OK, we're not exactly Batman… Read More

Does an AWD/4WD Vehicle Require Additional Scheduled Maintenance?

By Rick Popely on August 27, 2015

Chances are it does, compared with front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The additional maintenance usually involves inspecting and/or replacing fluids, and the service intervals vary widely. With all- or four-wheel drive (which for the purposes of maintenance are the same), there… Read More

What Hurts Your Car's Resale Value?

By Carissa Degen on August 25, 2015

In almost all cases, a car is a depreciating asset. Its value is headed south the minute you drive off the dealership lot. That's even if you take good care of it, but a car's resale value can drop even… Read More

What Should I Know About Leasing a New Car?

By Cars.com Staff on August 21, 2015

Just like purchasing a car, everything about a lease is negotiable, experts say, even though dealers may not expect you to negotiate. If you decide to lease, make sure you know all of the costs involved to ensure that it's… Read More

Understanding Factory-to-Dealer Incentives

By Cars.com Staff on August 19, 2015

Customer incentives are easy to comprehend: They involve cash-back rebates, low-interest financing offers or other perks that are offered directly to buyers. Dealer incentives don't work in the same way, but they can still lower a car's negotiated purchase price… Read More

Buying a Car: Cash, Lease or Loan?

By Colin Bird on August 17, 2015

You've found the right car; now you need to figure out the right way to pay for it. Historically, most people finance their cars, some lease and a very few pay with cash. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages,… Read More

How to Win the Car Financing Game

By Joe Wiesenfelder on August 17, 2015

Knowing that the car dealership is where fear usually sets in for many car shoppers, buyers often ask what to do once they're in the hot seat. In fact, most of what you can and should do happens not just… Read More

Inside the Finance and Insurance Room

By Joe Bruzek on August 17, 2015

If you've bought a car from a dealership, you've likely been in a finance and insurance room. Those are the rooms salespeople take you to after you've finished haggling and have settled on a price. In that room, many dealerships… Read More

Car Loans: How to Get the Best Interest Rate

By Cars.com Staff on August 17, 2015

To get the best possible interest rate on a car loan, it's important to understand two things: the current marketplace for interest rates, including different lender options and financing offers, and your personal financial situation and its limitations. Several primary… Read More

First-Time Buyers: How to Negotiate

By Kelsey Mays on August 17, 2015

You have figured out which car you want, found a few examples and are ready to reach out to dealers. How do you negotiate for your first car? It can be a tricky process, regardless of whether the car is… Read More