First Time Buyers

First-Time Buyers: What You Need to Know About Car Insurance

By Kelsey Mays on May 23, 2020

If you're a first-time buyer shopping around for your very first vehicle, you don't want to forget about auto insurance. So, what exactly do you need to know? Follow along for helpful hints below. Read More
First-Time Buyers: How to Negotiate

By Kelsey Mays on May 23, 2020

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? Read More
First-Time Buyers: How Much Should I Spend on My Car?

By Kelsey Mays on May 22, 2020

Learn what to prioritize when it comes time to find a dealer, negotiate and pay the fee for a new car. Read More
What Car Should You Buy?

By Kelsey Mays on August 20, 2019

What car should you buy? That’s a tricky question. We’ll help lead you to the answer. Read More
Black Friday Car Shopping: Everything You Need to Know

By Jennifer Geiger on November 1, 2018

OK, you’ve got your eye on Walmart’s Black Friday deals … but aim higher: Black Friday can also be a great time to buy a car. Deals in 2017 were strong, and like the never-ending ... Read More
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 earlier versions... Read More
Um, So How Do You Take Care of a Car? (Asking for a First-Time Owner)

June 21, 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 more... Read More
First-Time Buyers: New, Used or Certified Pre-Owned?

By Kelsey Mays on March 15, 2018

CARS.COM — For first-time buyers there’s a key dilemma: Should I buy a new vehicle or a used vehicle? Or should I take the third path, certified pre-owned? We detail each option below; read o... Read More
First-Time Buyers: Buying Your First Family Car

By Jennifer Newman on March 15, 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 bun in the... Read More
Auto Loan Basics for First-Time Buyers

By Kelsey Mays on March 12, 2018

CARS.COM — By now, you know what sort of vehicle you want to buy and have a general budget in mind. That’s half the journey when buying for the first time. Unless you have piles of cash, you&... Read More