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Jack Nerad

Jack Nerad

Jack R. Nerad has covered the automotive industry for more than 20 years in a number of prestigious editorial posts. He currently contributes to various online publications, including Forbes.com. Previously, he served as Executive Editorial Director of Kelley Blue Book and Editor of Motor Trend magazine. An acknowledged expert on cars and the car-buying process, he has appeared on virtually every important news channel and news program, including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and Good Morning America.

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Kelley Blue Book vs. NADA Guides

Kelley Blue Book vs. NADA Guides

Whether you are planning to buy a used vehicle or are planning to sell one, having a good idea of what that vehicle is worth is critical to getting a good deal. The problem is, how do you go about determining the value of a particular used car, truck, SUV, or van? There is no 800-number hotline you can call with questions. And the mechanic who works in the independent shop on the corner is a great source of knowledge on many things automotive… but on price? Not so much. So where do you turn to get a good snapshot of the value of an individual used car? For close to a hundred years, many people have looked to the primary auto price guidebooks — Kelley Blue Book and NADA Guides — to help them figure out the value they want and need to have.

What You Should Know About Vehicle History Reports

What You Should Know About Vehicle History Reports

You might look at a vehicle history report as an individual vehicle's biography. It will offer you a look at a wide variety of important information about that particular vehicle, but like a biography of a person, it won't tell you everything. Other research, like a full mechanical inspection, is required to get a complete picture. Still, a vehicle history report will tell you a great deal. It will tell you if the vehicle has been in an accident, if it has otherwise been damaged, and where it has been registered. It will tell you how many owners it has had and where they lived. It should give you a good verification of the car's mileage and if it has uncompleted recalls. By just inputting the car's unique vehicle identification number (VIN) on a provider's website, it is possible to gain an impressive amount of data that can help you determine if the car is worth acquiring.

Reasons You Should Buy a Car from a Dealership

Reasons You Should Buy a Car from a Dealership

While buying from a private seller is often more affordable than going to a dealership, it isn't always the best option. There are a lot of risks involved with purchasing a car privately. When considering how you want to buy your next car, take into account the following benefits you receive at a dealership.

How To Compare Auto Insurance Rates

How To Compare Auto Insurance Rates

Once you have done the comparative shopping that has led you to consider a particular insurance provider, it is time to work with the company to structure coverage that will meet your needs. This includes the types of coverages you will purchase — liability, collision, and comprehensive — and the amount of coverage you need in each category. You might also decide to add other coverage like “uninsured motorist” that protects you if you are involved in an accident with someone who does not have insurance. This is also the time to look for discounts and money-saving opportunities like “bundling” your car and home insurance. Many insurance companies offer a wide variety of discounts, including those for “safe drivers” and “low-mileage drivers.”

How to Negotiate a Private Party Used Car Sale

How to Negotiate a Private Party Used Car Sale

We get it, when you're talking about giving someone else a few thousand dollars, you can get nervous. Don't panic, though. Negotiating the price on a used car does not have to be as overwhelming as it seems. In fact, if you are prepared, have a fair price in mind, and are willing to walk away if the deal goes awry, the overall experience can be quite rewarding. The great thing about negotiating a deal on a used car is the vehicle should offer some points to help you drive the price down. While new vehicles are basically all the same, used vehicles all have unique personalities and showing that personality can help you get the deal you’re looking for on your next car. Here are 5 tips to help you negotiate a private party used car sale.

10 Best Used Off-Road Vehicles

10 Best Used Off-Road Vehicles

Our goal with this list is to give you some excellent choices in the vast middle ground of used vehicles from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 model years. Some of these vehicles are of the same generation as current brand-new vehicles, while others are just one generation older. Because they are used, they often represent excellent values versus very similar new vehicles. When buying a used vehicle, keep in mind that condition and miles driven are key parameters that affect value, as does the model year.

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