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News & tips when buying a car

The latest stories and useful tips from Cars.com experts to help you shop smart.

Car-buying advice

First-timers and veterans shopping new or used cars: know what to remind yourself to do, ask and learn, from verifying the condition to closing the sale.

Latest news, updates & trends

Whether or not you are a car person, make sure you are aware of trends or news that may affect your search, financing or how you purchase.

Help for first-time buyers

Learn how to prepare; what to watch out for, ways get the most for your money, and how to complete the transaction at the dealer or with a seller.

Used-car shopping tips

Yes, there are ways to protect yourself and get the best used car around. Know whether to buy Certified Pre-Owned, how to finance and more.

Pointers for buying CPO

Explore whether Certified Pre-Owned is best for you, pros and cons, what to ask and compare, and how to find the best programs and incentives.

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Used car loan rates

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Several factors can affect a car loan’s interest rate: the lender, the loan’s term length, your credit rating and the age of the used car you’re considering.

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*Rates are averages and may change on an individual basis. Used car auto loan rates provided by Bankrate.com

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