The revelations of Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal shocked the world last week. How could a company of VW’s size and reputation deliberately deceive the government and breathing public about emissions from 11 million vehicles? As the sting of such a violation wears off, you might wonder what it means for car shoppers simply wanting affordable clean … Continue reading A Car Shopper’s Guide to the Volkswagen Diesel Scandal
Ever wonder why there’s an onslaught of car deals and specials for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and the December holiday season? That’s because the dealership’s main goal is: to get you in the door. And its best shot at bringing you in for a visit is when you are off work, during … Continue reading The Best Time to Buy a Car? Anytime!
Where did the summer go? It seems like only yesterday that we were wrapping up the last school year and getting ready for a summer vacation—and now the stress of gearing up for endless kinder-schlepping is already upon us. Nerves are further frayed if you have a teenage kid who is a new driver. Buying … Continue reading Back-To-School Car Buying Advice: Let a Pro Negotiate on Your Behalf
Imagine this scenario. You sit down at your favorite bistro for a nice meal, and the filet mignon on the menu catches your eye. But there’s something weird next to the $35 price for the steak: an invoice price of $12 showing what the restaurant paid for le bœuf. Knowing that price will, of course, … Continue reading Think Invoice Price Determines a Great Deal? Think Again.
You’re about to spend a big chunk of your annual salary on a new car, so you better make the most of that 15-minute test drive. Right? Actually, not so much. You can save a lot of heartache when shopping for a car, if you follow these four common-sense test drive rules: 1. Ninety percent … Continue reading How To Get the Most Out of a New Car Test Drive
The stereotypical image of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur is the young impetuous upstart who turns the Internet world on its head with a brilliant piece of code. Think Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, or the young Google Guys. The only problem is that it’s mostly a myth. That’s why it’s so refreshing to encounter … Continue reading Roadster’s Andy Moss: A Different Kind of Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
The unfortunate reality of car leasing is that you often don’t know what you don’t know. On the other side, the dealer works with leases every day, and understands the situation inside and out. With this imbalance, you will rarely out-negotiate the dealer on a new car lease. You’d have better odds beating the house … Continue reading Why Car Leasing is Scary, But Doesn’t Need To Be