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What's on a Car's Window Sticker?

By Cars.com Staff on July 22, 2015


When a car or truck is built, it's issued a window sticker. Information on this sticker verifies its make, model and year and provides its suggested retail price — thus, its "sticker price" — and a comprehensive list of its… Read More

What's on a Car's Window Sticker?

By Cars.com Staff on July 22, 2015

When a car or truck is built, it's issued a window sticker. Information on this sticker verifies its make, model and year and provides its suggested retail price — thus, its "sticker price" — and a comprehensive list of its… Read More

Used-Car-Buyer's Checklist

By Cars.com Staff on July 22, 2015

* Decide which make and model you want. * Research the asking price. * Find out how much it would cost to finance the vehicle. * Find out how much it would cost to insure the vehicle. * Research the… Read More

Is a Used Car a Good Idea?

By Joe Wiesenfelder on July 22, 2015

As the price of new cars has climbed, used vehicles have become more popular than ever. They're also more expensive than ever, inflation aside. But thanks to engineering strides, vehicles have never been more durable and maintenance-free, and previously owned… Read More

Benefits of Buying a Used Car

By Cars.com Staff on July 22, 2015

There are many good reasons to buy a used car, including ample selection and the improving reliability of older cars, but the big draw for used-car buyers? Affordability. Price Buying a new car is definitely more expensive than buying a… Read More

Benefits of Buying a New Car

By Cars.com Staff on July 22, 2015

Buying a new car is a major investment, but it can be a sound one. Used cars have some inherent drawbacks that you'll need to consider. Freedom of Choice When you buy a new car or truck, you're the boss.… Read More

When Do You Need to Replace Drive-Axle Boots?

By Rick Popely on July 22, 2015

Front-drive vehicles, many all-wheel-drive vehicles and some rear-drive vehicles have constant-velocity joints that connect the transmission to the drive axles and wheels. A front-drive vehicle will have four CV joints, each covered by a boot. CV joints are covered by… Read More

What's the Best Way to Take Payment for My Used Car?

By Cars.com Staff on July 20, 2015

Whether you're dealing with a buyer in person, via email or over the telephone, always be careful when accepting payment. Scam artists are good at what they do; remember these steps to make yourself less vulnerable: * Never wire money… Read More

Selling Your Car: Conducting a Test Drive

By Cars.com Staff on July 20, 2015

Few people would buy a car from a dealer without test-driving it first, and the same is true when dealing with a private-party seller. It may seem odd to hand your keys to a stranger, but the process should run… Read More

Stopping Fraud in Car Sales

By Cars.com Staff on July 20, 2015

Introduction Automotive fraud is a growing problem both on and off the Internet, and automotive e-commerce Web sites such as cars.com are not immune to such problems. While the vast majority of vehicle listings on cars.com are legitimate, you should… Read More

Price Your Car Right

By Cars.com Staff on July 20, 2015

The key to selling your car is pricing it wisely. A common problem among private-party sellers is overpricing. Avoid that mistake by doing some initial research: * Determine your car's value with the Cars.com vehicle valuation pricing tool. The "Private… Read More