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This Forgotten Toyota Might Be The Best Commuter Car For Under $15,000 This Forgotten Toyota Might Be The Best Commuter Car For Under $15,000

There is a bit of excitement right now about the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback, a stylish small car that is fun to drive—and even available with a manual transmission. However, the new Corolla hatch starts at $21,000 and maxes out around $24,000, which can make it a tough sell against the Mazda 3 and Honda…

Is It Still Possible to Get a Cheap Car Loan? Is It Still Possible to Get a Cheap Car Loan?

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, disappearing cheap car loans, the best strategy for cash purchases, finding an inexpensive family car.

My Mini Is Too Small But I Don't Want Something Big! What Car Should I Buy? My Mini Is Too Small But I Don't Want Something Big! What Car Should I Buy?

Courtney loves her Mini Cooper for zipping around in the city. But now that her little guy is getting bigger and the car is starting to have some issues, it’s time for an upgrade. She needs something comfortable but stylish without being too big. What car should she buy?

Chevrolet Pulls 'Most Reliable' Ad After Being Challenged By Toyota  Chevrolet Pulls 'Most Reliable' Ad After Being Challenged By Toyota 

In a recent ad campaign, Chevrolet made the claim that their cars are “more reliable” than Honda, Toyota, and Ford. This claim is based on some very selective survey data that Chevy sponsored. Toyota has disputed Chevrolet’s claim—and now the ad’s been pulled from the rotation.

The Truth Behind Chevrolet’s 'Real People' Claim That It's More Reliable Than Honda and Toyota The Truth Behind Chevrolet’s 'Real People' Claim That It's More Reliable Than Honda and Toyota

Chevrolet’s “Real People” ads have gotten under the skin of TV watchers for years now, and even inspired scathing YouTube parodies that are almost as famous. Yet they soldier on, and in one recent spot, Chevrolet tries to convince “real people” that they may have made the wrong choice by purchasing a Honda, Toyota or…

Why Won't Car Dealers Respond to Emails? Why Won't Car Dealers Respond to Emails?

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 will discuss the lack of email communication from dealers, super cheap AMGs, and the downsides of low profile tires.

I Want Exotic Car Looks But I Don't Have Exotic Car Money! What Car Should I Buy? I Want Exotic Car Looks But I Don't Have Exotic Car Money! What Car Should I Buy?

Chip is looking for a secondary car to complement his Audi A6. He has had dreams of owning something with beauty and speed, but the choices can be difficult within only about $35,000 to spend. What car should he buy?

This Might Be the Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard a Car Dealer Say This Might Be the Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard a Car Dealer Say

Over the course of a year, I probably speak with a few thousand car dealers. And the truth is a lot of them are fine, but some of them will say things that are either flat out false, misinformed or are blatant lies. This whopper, regarding paying off loans early, may be an example of the worst.

Did I Miss Out on a Deal Because I Didn't Buy a Car Before the New Year? Did I Miss Out on a Deal Because I Didn't Buy a Car Before the New Year?

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 will discuss whether or not you missed out on deals if you didn’t buy before the New Year, and how to hedge against high mileage depreciation.

Toyota Dominates the 2019 List of Cars People Keep for 15 Years Toyota Dominates the 2019 List of Cars People Keep for 15 Years

For 2019, our friends at iSeeCars.com have crunched some updated data and found the cars that people are more likely to keep for 15 years or more. It probably comes as no surprise that most of the cars on the list come from Toyota.

I'm Moving To Maui! What Car Should I Buy? I'm Moving To Maui! What Car Should I Buy?

Sam has some exciting news for 2019: He’s going to get the heck out of Ohio and relocate to Maui. It’s time for him to leave his old Honda Accord behind and get a nice island car to enjoy the sand and the sun. What should he buy?

Now Is the Time to Buy a Sedan Now Is the Time to Buy a Sedan

Are we about to enter a recession in 2019? It’s possible. If that happens could compact cars take over our highways once again? Unlikely, but who knows? Regardless what the future holds, if you are in the market for a car and are on a budget, now is a good time to buy a sedan.

All the Cars I Convinced People Not to Buy in 2018 All the Cars I Convinced People Not to Buy in 2018

It’s that time of year again, where I take a break from the prudent car buying advice to give you all a rundown of all the times I said “No. Just no.” Here’s all the cars I convinced people not to buy in 2018, including a few Jalopnik favorites.

My Subaru WRX Is Cursed! What Car Should I Buy? My Subaru WRX Is Cursed! What Car Should I Buy?

Geoff has had absolutely terrible luck with WRX: multiple accidents, several major repairs, and to top it all off he is getting knee replacement surgery so he can’t drive a manual anymore. He is looking for another four-door car that is fast and fun with all-wheel-drive. What car should he buy?

Are Employee Pricing Sales Really a Good Deal? Are Employee Pricing Sales Really a Good Deal?

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 employee pricing programs, Lemon Law cars that are certified, and the best time to buy a used car.

I Need a Car to Distract Me From Some Bad News. What Should I Buy? I Need a Car to Distract Me From Some Bad News. What Should I Buy?

Just recently, Steve got some bad news that he has been diagnosed with cancer. There are a lot of unknowns with this new situation, but the one thing he does know is that he doesn’t want to be stuck just driving a boring-ass Toyota Highlander. What car should he buy?

At Least The 2019 Toyota Supra Will Sound Good At Least The 2019 Toyota Supra Will Sound Good

The new 2019 Toyota Supra, which I’m not entirely convinced is a car that will actually go on sale before I collect Social Security benefits, has a turbocharged inline six—as it should be. And while there’s some head-scratching because it’s from BMW, like the rest of the car happens to be, I’m pleased to report it…

Corvette Sales Are Down and Prices Are Going Up Corvette Sales Are Down and Prices Are Going Up

If you happen to be in the market for a brand new Chevrolet Corvette this holiday season, grab one now because the 2019 models are about to get a price bump.

Is It Possible to Buy a Good Car From a Bad Dealer? Is It Possible to Buy a Good Car From a Bad Dealer?

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 good cars from bad dealers, aftermarket warranties, and price increases for used Lexus GS sedans.

A Deer Wrecked My Ride! What Car Should I Buy? A Deer Wrecked My Ride! What Car Should I Buy?

Corey had an unfortunate encounter with a deer and now his car is out of commission. We don’t know the condition of the deer, but he needs a new ride. It should be both good for Washington D.C. traffic and something he can use for outdoor activities. What car should he buy?

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