well i bought a used car in November. I paid 250 for the registration at the dealership. A month goes by and i received my registration and license plates, but my registration was dated May 2009 and will expire on May 2010. i paid 250 for registration on November so can i get this fix at the DMV and bringing proof that bought and paid the car registration on November not May?


I want to buy a used 2003 Mazda Protege ES, what details should I look into? I don’t want a bad problematic car. It has about 80,000 miles.

Jimmy Sturo

Leasing a used car is trickier than leasing a new car. Used cars do not have MSRP (manufacture’s suggested retail price) stickers on them, which makes it more difficult to estimate their cost. The capitalization cost is a guess based on the current market value of the car. Different dealers will give different quotes, and you have to shop around to get the best deal.

When leasing a used car, its warranty might be over and that means you will have to extend the warranty by paying an additional fee. There may be parts that are still covered, and you need to demand a list of all the warranties on the car and its parts. There may be some parts installed by the previous owner that were not in the original car. Any such customization would increase its lease price and would increase the monthly installments.

Maintenance costs on used cars are high. Though there may be coverage for all the major parts, there is still monthly checkups that need to be done and this is a huge bill for the entire lease period. And if you neglect this maintenance, there goes your claim deposit.

There is an upside to leasing used cars. Cars depreciate quickly in the first two years. After that, cars depreciate by a small percentage each year. That means, if you lease a used car, much of the depreciation is already over. Monthly payments are significantly lower on used car leases than on new car leases because of this.

Leasing a used car does not necessarily imply that the leaser’s financial situation poor. It may just be the lure of lower monthly payments. Leasing a used car is not bad when you consider you’ll be making significantly lower payments that won’t eat into your other household expenses. But one should be wary and take a trusted expert with you who can examine the car’s condition and protect you from getting trapped by the dealer’s confusing jargon.


I’m 20, I just got my licenses. I’ve never owned a vehicle before and I was wondering how I can buy a used car without getting ripped off. Also, what is the best way of getting insurance and making sure that it is not going to put me in the hole. All the help I can get is really appreciated. I only work part time and I’m lucky to get 40 hrs. in ever 2 weeks. So I need a car that is reliable and cheap.

Godfather’s Pizza

I just bought a used car. I’ve needed jump starts a couple of times. The battery looks new, there isn’t any corrosion.

Do I just need to do some good driving for awhile to get the battery in good shape?


Christopher Love

Used car buying with bad credit can be really, really frustrating.

First there’s the approval process. Getting approved on the vehicle you want to buy may or may not happen. Getting the payments you want may or may not happen. You may not be able to come up with the down payment. The dealer may be too pushy in trying to get you to buy a car that you really don’t want.

No one wants to settle.

Fortunately, you can get used car bad credit financing without having to go through the hassle of credit applications and interviews by the dealer finance department. You can in fact, get your own financing! Most people think that just because they have bad credit, that they can’t deal directly with a finance company. Maybe it seems too complicated.

The truth is, that if you want a lower interest rate, lower payments and a bad credit car loan without having to put down a downpayment, you need to deal directly with a loan company. Dealing directly gets you an approval letter that you can take to the dealership and give the finance manager once you’ve chosen the car that you want. The finance manager simply faxes the information about the car to the loan company and the loan company mails the dealership a check. Your interest rate has already been preapproved by the loan company.

You can also use this to buy a car from a private owner. Frequently, the prices of cars for sale by owners in the newspapers and local bargain paper are lower than at car dealerships and no sales tax has to be paid.

Dennis J James

There can be many reasons a person buy’s a used car. The first and most important reason is that you don’t enough money for a new car and you don’t want to borrow any money because you don’t think you could afford the monthly payments. Another option is buying a used car, this can be very helpful for your finances, and however there are still some important guidelines that you must consider before looking at purchasing a used car. In this article we will look at some of these guidelines and precautions.

When looking for a used car, the first step is to find one for sale. You can find cars for sale by looking in the newspaper; however you want to buy a useful car. It would be best if you buy a car from somebody that you really know, friends, family members, and colleagues are the first people that you should consider buying a car from. Tell them that you plan to buy a car in the near future and mention what your budget is. Since people keep hearing news of used cars being sold out, somebody in your list of acquaintances will be able to direct you to a used-car owner who is willing to sell a car which is in good condition and hopefully at a reasonable price. If you’re unable to find a used car with somebody that you know then you can check out the local newspaper adverts.

The first step will be helpful in not only finding a great car but will also help you learn how different cars differ in price depending upon the model, mileage, and overall condition. You can decide about the features that you’re looking for in a car and then decide upon a price range. The next step is to learn about the person that is selling the car; you can do this by asking questions. These questions should be geared to discover why the car is being sold, how long they have had the car and how often they have had it serviced.

Now you should carefully inspect the car. Some sellers may not be that honest about any problems they have experienced with the car. Look carefully at the bodywork to discover any holes, dents or rust. Some rusted parts may have to be replaced in order for the car to be safe and work properly. If you do decide to buy this car then you have to be ready to be on the lookout for these parts and then ask the seller to subtract the cost from the selling price of the car. Don’t forget to look under the hood! Check that all electrical and mechanical parts are in good condition, after that take a look at the tires, glass and paint.

If the car looks in perfect or near perfect condition then ask the seller if you can take it out for a test drive. This way you will be able to note down any trouble areas if you come across any. Make sure that you check the clutch in manual cars and the accelerator in automatic cars. Also listen carefully for any unusual or strange noises. Check all of the buttons, air conditioner and radio to see if they are working fine. Test the car by driving in different situations, for example apply the brakes suddenly, change gears frequently, speed up a little, throughout all of this just watch how the car performs and reacts. When you’re inside the car check the seat-covers, rear-view mirrors and the glove compartment, although these are minor things it’s worthwhile checking their condition.

If the car has passed all of your tests so far, then it’s time to carefully study all of the paperwork that comes with the car. Its licence number, insurance details, and registration papers should be read in detail, make sure all of these are for the right car. If some of the documents are missing, then ask the seller to produce them before making a deal. Finally, you should decide how much you think the car is worth and make an offer.

As a final note all cars wear out as they get older; however certain makes and models react differently when they become old. It might be worth looking for advice for this specific used car so you can find out any common problems when the car gets older.


I am thinking about buying a new or used car over 10,000 dollars but i have cold hard cash, as i am not into leasing or financing or any of the other dealership schemes
I am trying to buy a $10,000+ new or used car but i want to use cash instead of leasing or financing. Will the Dealership except straight cash? Do I risk being messed with by the government?