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The Car Handbook 



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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Driven to Buy a Car?

Buying New vs. Used

Buying vs. Leasing

Chapter 2: What Can I Afford?

Figuring It Out

Take The Rebate

Fixed Fees

Flexible Costs

An Appreciation for Depreciation

Chapter 3: Hit the Books Before the Accelerator

Consider Your Needs and Wants

Ask Around

Visit the Library

Compare Costs

Make a Safe Choice

Safety Equipment

The Test Drive

Chapter 4: Where to Buy a Car

It's Gotta Be New

Selecting Used-Car Sellers

Chapter 5: Negotiate From the Driver's Seat

Playing the Game

Knowing the Dealer's Invoice

Negotiation Strategy


It's Not Over Until It's Over

Closing the Sale

Chapter 6: Considering an "Experienced" Car?

What's a Used Car Worth?

Three Ways to Get What You Pay For

Your Personal Inspection

Test Driving a Used Car

Final Issues

Signing the Contract

Chapter 7: Get a Lease on Leasing

What Is Leasing and Why Is It So Popular?

Who Typically Leases?

Beyond Monthly Payments

Examples of Negative and Positive Equity


Who's Who in Leasing?

Bumper-to-Bumper Fees

Leasing vs. Buying When Ownership Is the Goal

Buying the Car at the End of the Lease

Leasing Glossary

What the Dealer Must Tell You

Raise Your Leasing I.Q.

Figure Your Lease Payment


Leasing Form

Chapter 8: Words About Warranties

New Car Warranties

Used Car Warranty

The Buyer's Guide

What If a Part Breaks?

Refund? It's Dealer's Choice

So-Called Extended Warranties

Chapter 9: Wheels to Rent

Making Reservations

The Cost

Insurance and Waivers

Chapter 10: Get Square on Repairs

Your Rights When Your Car Is Repaired

How to Choose a Repair Shop

How to Find the Best Technician

Estimate the Damage

When to Get a Second Opinion

Get an Invoice

An Ounce of Prevention

Resolving Disputes Over Repairs


A: Top Ten Tips for Buying a Car

B: A Car Buyer's Checklist

C: Car Pricing Comparison Worksheet

D: Insurance Comparison Worksheet

E: Top Ten Tips for Leasing a Car

F: Car-Buying Glossary

G: What is a Lemon?

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