First Time Buyers

Redesigned Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent Boost Crashworthiness Ratings

By Fred Meier on July 6, 2018

The redesigned 2018 Kia Rio and 2018 Hyundai Accent subcompact sedans have substantially improved their Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashworthiness ratings over 2017 and ear... Read More
Um, So How Do You Take Care of a Car? (Asking for a First-Time Owner)

By Kasey Carlson on June 22, 2018

For the first time in my young driving life, I am the owner of a new car. Well, it's new to me — a 2003 Volkswagen Passat that my sister and I affectionately named Patty. I'm doing... Read More
First-Time Buyers: Buying Your First Family Car

By Jennifer Newman on March 13, 2018

CARS.COM — Nowadays, achieving adulthood often means having college debt, a burgeoning career and perhaps even love, marriage and the beginnings of a family. If you or your partner has a b... Read More
Lessons Learned From Our First Cars

By Emily Daniel on August 23, 2017

CARS.COM — Buying and owning a car for the first time is an exciting rite of passage for young drivers, but the first years of owning a car can be full of lessons learned the hard way. To ... Read More
6 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Bought My First Car

By Emily Daniel on August 7, 2017

Being new to the car-owning world can lead to some costly maintenance mistakes if you don't do your homework. Read More
What's the Best Car for a First-Time Driver?

By Kelsey Mays on February 16, 2017

CARS.COM — First-time drivers often dream of fast, sleek sports cars. But really, that's about the worst choice you can make — whether you're the owner-to-be or, ahem, the ba... Read More
#FirstTimeBuyers: How Much Should I Spend on My Car?

By Kelsey Mays on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — As a first-time car buyer, how much vehicle can you afford, and what's a responsible price target? Responsible questions. Read on to know what to prioritize when it comes ti... Read More
Chevrolet Eyes Connected Car Buyers With 24/7 Promise

By Mike Hanley on May 10, 2016

CARS.COM — In the age of the smartphone-carrying, always-connected car shopper, a car's technology features have become just as important as the car itself. To capitalize on that, Chev... Read More
First-Time Buyers: How to Sell Your Car

By Kelsey Mays on December 3, 2015

Whether you want to sell your car or trade it in, it's important to understand the process. Here's a primer, but if you want a deeper dive, check out our advice on How to Sell a Car. ... Read More
Seven Scary Choices First-Time Buyers Make

By Kelsey Mays on October 20, 2015

With Halloween just around the corner, this year's scariest choice might not be which costume to go for. (Relax. That "Balloon Boy" outfit was good for a few laughs.) If you're... Read More