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Will I Get Bad Service at My Local Dealer Because I Bought My Car Elsewhere? Will I Get Bad Service at My Local Dealer Because I Bought My Car Elsewhere?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are talking about local dealer service, manufacturer determined discounts and the risks of buying a used BMW.

How Would You Spend $970 Million on Cars in the Most Ridiculous Way Possible? How Would You Spend $970 Million on Cars in the Most Ridiculous Way Possible?

In case you haven’t heard, the Mega Millions Lottery is up to a staggering 970 million dollars. That is a mind-blowing, almost unfathomable amount of money, and I’m going to buy a ticket even though my chances—like yours—are absurdly slim. But what if you did win? How would you spend your winnings on car stuff? You…

I’ve Got Serious Money to Spend on a Track Car but I Don’t Want the Typical Choices! What Should I Buy? I’ve Got Serious Money to Spend on a Track Car but I Don’t Want the Typical Choices! What Should I Buy?

Pete spends most of the year on a boat, but when he is home he likes to drive fast and throw down some lap times. He is ready to swap his Corvette for something that can handle track days but doesn’t want the usual suspects. What car should he buy?

Stop Overbuying Your Cars Stop Overbuying Your Cars

New car transaction prices are rising, interest rates are up, and practically every analyst that covers the auto industry is worried about buyers being “priced out” of being able to afford that new car. Here’s one easy solution to this problem: people need to stop “overbuying” their cars.

What Is the Best Way to Protect the Paint on a Brand New Car? What Is the Best Way to Protect the Paint on a Brand New Car?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing proper paint care for a new car, high mileage leases and more.

Now I Own a Giant Farm! What Car Should I Buy? Now I Own a Giant Farm! What Car Should I Buy?

Dan will soon take possession of a 300-acre farm in Kentucky, as one does. It’s a great opportunity, but now he needs a vehicle to manage all that land. He is thinking of spending a modest budget on a “farm truck” that will be exclusively driven on the property. What car should he buy?

These Are the Cars With the Most and Least Depreciation After Five Years These Are the Cars With the Most and Least Depreciation After Five Years

Unless you’re buying some rare vintage sports car as an “investment,” you can expect your new ride to lose value once you drive it off the lot. But some cars retain value much better than others. Our friends at iSeeCars have put together a list of the lowest and highest depreciating cars after five years, you probably…

What's The Best Small Car With a Big Motor You Can Buy For $30,000? What's The Best Small Car With a Big Motor You Can Buy For $30,000?

It’s the classic muscle car recipe: take a small car and cram in the biggest motor available. Not a new concept, but it’s a good one. So if you have $30,000 to spend, new or used, what is the best small car-big motor combo?

Why Is It So Hard To Find A Good Cheap Car? Why Is It So Hard To Find A Good Cheap Car?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

I Never Had A Car That I Loved! What Should I Buy? I Never Had A Car That I Loved! What Should I Buy?

Jake just went through a divorce. He has a new job and a fresh start, so he’s looking for a new ride. Then he realized he never owned a car that he really felt a connection with. He is torn between a truck or something more performance-oriented. What car should he buy?

What Regular Car Has Aged Surprisingly Well? What Regular Car Has Aged Surprisingly Well?

Some cars, either through history or circumstance, have timeless designs. Take the Porsche 911, the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Mustang (most of the time.) But some cars weren’t meant to be special or unique—yet years later their style still resonates anyway. What is the best “normal” car that still looks good?

Can a Dealer Low-Ball My Trade Because It Has a Recall? Can a Dealer Low-Ball My Trade Because It Has a Recall?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

I Have $80,000 To Spend On My Dream Car, But It Must Fit Two Car Seats! What Should I Buy? I Have $80,000 To Spend On My Dream Car, But It Must Fit Two Car Seats! What Should I Buy?

Michael has been working his ass off serving overseas and can now buy his dream car and enjoy some open-air motoring. He has a pretty healthy budget, but the catch is this ride must be able to fit two car seats comfortably. What car should he buy?

The Cheap Kia Stingers Are Coming The Cheap Kia Stingers Are Coming

The Kia Stinger is a fantastic car. While some dealers tried to capitalize on this premium sport sedan with stupid markups, the hype has died down a bit and some dealers are throwing some serious discounts at these things. If you shop carefully you can score a deal up to 25 percent off MSRP.

One of You Maniacs Needs to Buy This Porsche Cayenne GTS With a Manual Transmission One of You Maniacs Needs to Buy This Porsche Cayenne GTS With a Manual Transmission

Remember what seems like ages ago, Porsche said it was going to make an SUV and everyone lost their damn mind? Now the Porsche Cayenne is a staple of luxury crossovers and it drives way better than you expect for such a large car. But at one time Porsche was so crazy it made a Cayenne with three pedals—and now you can…

Can a Dealer Sell a Car as 'New' If It Has Over 100 Miles On It? Can a Dealer Sell a Car as 'New' If It Has Over 100 Miles On It?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

I Need a Family Car For $30,000 and It Must Be a Wagon! What Car Should I Buy? I Need a Family Car For $30,000 and It Must Be a Wagon! What Car Should I Buy?

Aaron just moved to Los Angeles and is about to have a baby. He needs a bigger car but it absolutely cannot be a crossover, it has to be the body style we all love on this fine website: a wagon. What car should he buy?

Judge Orders Car Dealer to Wear Ankle Bracelet and Pay $125,000 for Scamming Buyers Judge Orders Car Dealer to Wear Ankle Bracelet and Pay $125,000 for Scamming Buyers

Even though car buying has changed a lot, there’s still one thing that remains the same: There are a lot of shady characters taking advantage of people. Rarely do these scammers face justice, but the law did manage to catch up with a crooked dealer in Utah, who now has to pay back the money he took in addition to…

What is the Best-Looking Car You Can Buy for $50,000? What is the Best-Looking Car You Can Buy for $50,000?

Let’s be real, friends—car purchases aren’t always rational. You can say you want about safety features and good fuel economy, but cars can be just as much of a fashion statement as a nice watch or a pair of jeans. So if you wanted exotic car looks but don’t have exotic car money, what do you choose?

How Can I Hold a Dealer Responsible For False Advertising? How Can I Hold a Dealer Responsible For False Advertising?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out.

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