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2005 fuel economy trends report now available

August 02, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

EPA is releasing its annual report, "Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2005." The report provides data on the fuel economy and performance characteristics of light-duty vehicles (cars, vans, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), and pickup trucks) for...

Vehicle buying guide - Coupes & Hatchbacks

June 10, 2005 EST | Consumer Info , Coupes

A Coupe/Hatchback is a two-door car that can have either a fixed glass rear window or a rear window/hatch that opens. Below is a list of things you should know before you buy. Size/Market Segment: Coupes and two-door hatchbacks are...

Vehicle buying guide - Trucks & Pickups

June 10, 2005 EST | Consumer Info , Trucks/Pickups

A Truck is a vehicle with two or four doors and an exposed cargo box. Below is a list of things you should know before you buy. Size/Market Segment: Most trucks fall into either the compact or full-size category, although...

Vehicle buying guide - Convertibles

June 10, 2005 EST | Consumer Info , Convertibles

A Convertible is a car with a soft folding top or a hard removable or retractable top. Size/Market Segment: Convertibles range in size from two-seat roadsters to larger four-seat luxury models. The majority of convertibles on the market are luxury-brand...

Vehicle buying guide - Minivans & Vans

June 10, 2005 EST | Consumer Info , Vans/Minivans

A Minivan/Van is a vehicle with a short hood and a box-shaped body enclosing a large cargo/passenger area. Below is a list of things you should know before you buy. Size/Market Segment: Minivans come in two sizes — regular (perfect...

Buying a used car - dealing with problems

June 06, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

If you have a problem that you think is covered by a warranty or service contract, follow the instructions to get service. If a dispute arises, there are several steps you can take: Try to work it out with the...

Buying a used car - checklist

June 06, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

Whether you buy a used car from a dealer, a co-worker, or a neighbor, follow these tips to learn as much as you can about the car: Examine the car yourself using an inspection checklist. You can find a checklist...

Buying a used car - Private sales

June 06, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

An alternative to buying from a dealer is buying from an individual. You may see ads in newspapers, on bulletin boards, or on a car. Buying a car from a private party is very different from buying a car from...

Buying a used car - Dealer sales - part 3

June 06, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

...Part II Spoken Promises The Buyers Guide cautions you not to rely on spoken promises. They are difficult to enforce because there may not be any way for a court to determine with any confidence what was said. Get all...

Buying a used car - Dealer sales - part 2

June 06, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

...Part I Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose A warranty of fitness for a particular purpose applies when you buy a vehicle based on the dealer's advice that it is suitable for a particular use. For example, a dealer...

Buying a used car - Dealer sales - part 1

June 05, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

Used cars are sold through a variety of outlets: franchise and independent dealers, rental car companies, leasing companies, and used car superstores. You can even buy a used car on the Internet. Ask friends, relatives and co-workers for recommendations. You...

Buy a used car - Payment options

June 05, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

Before you start shopping for a car, you'll need to do some homework. Spending time now may save you serious money later. Think about your driving habits, your needs, and your budget. You can learn about car models, options, and...

Buying a new car

June 05, 2005 EST | Consumer Info , General

A new car is second only to a home as the most expensive purchase many consumers make. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States as of June 1998...