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Understanding Lease Busters and Lease Takeovers

Lease Busters Lease Takeover
Founded in 1990, Lease Busters has a fairly simple business model. The site connects people who are leasing a vehicle they want to get rid of with potential customers who are willing to take over the lease and the vehicle. If you’ve ever had a vehicle that no longer met your needs and that happened to be leased, you probably...

Salesman Secrets: 3 Tips to Negotiate the Price of Your New Car

Car Negotiation Tips
There’s a bit of an intro here. If you do not care about my little story and just want to know the 3 tips to negotiate the price of a new car, skip the next 5 or 6 paragraphs. I’ll always remember the first car I sold. It was a 2010 Volvo S80 and I got it off the lot...

I Bought A New Car: Part 2

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
Buying a new car was a new experience for me. Although I’ve owned many cars over the years, I’d never signed on the dotted line for a shiny new vehicle of my own. I’ve been to dealerships hundreds (thousands?) of times as either a service center employee, as a customer in for service, to buy parts, as a helpful friend...

I Bought A New Car: Part 1

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
If you’ve accidentally stumbled upon stuff I’ve written over the last 20 years, you’ll be aware that I drive over 100 new cars every year and own a small fleet of generally broken old stuff. For nearly as long as I’ve held a driver’s license, I’ve owned at least one car. My parents wisely made me wait until I turned...

Nobody Cares What Car You Drive

No one cares what car you drive
Your neighbors may congratulate you on that new ride in your driveway, but at best they will forget about it two seconds after seeing it, at worst they will be jealous and will find excuses to skip next year’s 4th of July BBQ. That girl you just met at the bar? Pray she doesn’t care what car you drive. That...

Do You Need Winter Tires If You Have AWD?

Winter tire testing with an Audi RS 4 Avant
Of all the automotive winter-related questions we field as so-called experts in the matter, the “AWD vs. winter tires?” is one of the simplest and most complicated to answer. The reason for this stems from the fact that many confuse traction with grip or adherence. All-wheel-drive benefits Let’s begin with all-wheel-drive. As the name implies, at any given time, all four...

Leasing vs Buying: Everything You Need to Know

Leasing vs financing
As a former sales rep at Volvo and Subaru, I’ve witnessed my fair share of poor vehicle purchasing decisions that included buying a car that’s way over budget or trading in a vehicle purchased less than a year ago. I’ve also seen buyers lease a vehicle they couldn’t really afford to buy or buy a vehicle that would have really...