Author Archive: Steve Cypher
Best Certified Used Car Deals

Certified used cars come with a number of advantages, the most important of which is a manufacturer-backed used car warranty. Since AutoTrader has done much of the legwork, credit-challenged car buyers might do well picking out one of these three models, provided it fits within their budgets.

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Yo-Yo Financing and Poor Credit

Car buyers, especially those with questionable credit, are particularly susceptible to yo-yo financing schemes in which a dealer will sign them to a conditional contract and, once they’ve taken possession of a vehicle, call them back to re-sign another contract with less favorable terms.

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Top 5 Cheapest Safe New Cars in September

This list proves that a number of safe, new cars are within the reach of many credit-challenged buyers. Keep in mind that most of the rebates listed expire at the end of the month.

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Increasing the Deductible for Auto Insurance Savings

Raising the deductible amount on their auto insurance policies certainly can save drivers money on their monthly premiums. But those consumers with little wiggle room in their monthly budgets would do well to think twice before making a move.

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Automobile Gap Insurance with Problem Credit

In most cases, gap insurance can save borrowers a lot of grief – and money – when the finance term is over 48 months and when the down payment is less than 20 percent. Smart borrowers – especially those with credit issues on tight budgets – then need to decide if they want to purchase it through a dealer or their auto insurance company.

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Auto Lending Continues to Grow

Subprime lenders are continuing to increase their loan portfolios, but with the number of applicants at an all-time high, they can continue to be choosy about approvals.

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New Cars and Lemon Laws

Buying a new car is typically a great experience, but it can quickly sour if the vehicle turns out to be a lemon. If this happens, consumers – especially those with poor credit – should be aware of their rights under their particular state’s lemon law.

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