Buying a Car

Webpage Buying a carSomeday, all vehicles reach the point where they’ve lost economic viability or, sadly, just give up and go to that Great Junkyard In The Sky.  Please feel free to call us when you are thinking about buying a car, whether it’s a new or new-to-you vehicle.  We don’t sell vehicles, but we’ll still be glad to help with your car-buying challenge.  We can help with model choice information, recommend options for purchase, and can connect you with one of the most thorough pre-purchase inspection in Portland.  Here are two are articles with our best advice on car buying…

Buying a New Car and Buying a Used Car


Here’s a clip from the show “Adam Ruins Everything” with some educational tips about New Car Dealerships


If you’re buying a new car you probably have to get rid of the old one. Beware… scams abound! Here’s an article from Jalopnik with details on one of the many Craigslist scams you’ll have to watch out for…

Quora buttonAngie’s List also has a great article called “How to Avoid A Sour Used-Car Shopping Experience“, if you’re interested in even more options then Jalopnik’s article called Four Reasons Leasing Is Smarter Than Buying, and you may be interested in this article from AlterNet on 4 Reasons You Should Buy A Used Car Instead Of A New One.  Two other Jalopnik articles of value might be What You Should Know About Being A Cash Buyer At A Dealership and How To Spot A Shady Car Dealer.  But, because buying a vehicle is such a personal decision with so many variables, even with all that assistance you’ll still want to spend some time refining your thinking on the net.  Click any of the buttons below to see some useful links we’ve found to help you make the best decision possible.


Vehicle Donation Programs

One of the big problems in buying a new (or new-to-you) car is what to do with your old car.  People usually don’t get rid of a car that’s working well, and you may have to spend more money to fix it up to sell then you could ever get from the sale itself.  What to do?  Vehicle donation might be a good option. There are many charities who would love to come pick up your car (running or not) and sell it at auction.   Then they give you a certificate for the sale amount and you take the deduction for the charitable contribution on your taxes.   (Watch out for scams, though.  There’s a great article from Goodwill on “How Avoid Vehicle Donation Scams” that you may want to read.)  Granted, it’s not as nice as cash, but it is a good way out of a tight situation.  There are many charities who are set up to do this, but here are a few we like…