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Welcome to my car buying tips blog - My name is Carlton Wolf* and I've been in the retail car business for over twenty years. My passion is to "give back" by helping people navigate all aspects of the new and used car buying process, get the best deal possible, and avoid car dealer scams.

I like to keep up with the latest dealership sales techniques as well as the most recent car buying trends. I helped a friend of mine with a little start up dealership and took a short hyatis for a while and didn't update my blog for about 6 months.

Now that his dealership is up and running well, I have returned. Not sure if I can pump out four articles a week but I will be blogging occasionally. I talk about the latest industry news and the best information possible to assist new car shoppers with their research as well as helping people navigate the process of buying a new or used car.

Combine this information with my online car buying guide and you have the best free online car buying guide on the internet.

Below you'll find all of my recent and past articles related to buying new cars, used cars, auto finance, leasing, insurance, extended warranties, and any other topics related to the car buying process...Enjoy!

*DISCLAIMER - Please keep in mind, I'm a "Car Guy"...not a writer!

Latest Car Buying News and Shopping Tips

September 30, 2018

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End of the Model Year New Car Buying Tips

If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for a new vehicle, waiting to buy at the end of the manufacturer's current model year is a great way to potentially save hundreds...READ MORE >>

Past Articles, Car Buying Tips, and News

September 1, 2018

A couple wondering if they should buy a rental car

Should I Buy a Rental Car?

Potential benefits of buying a rental car include competitive prices, transparency and ease of shopping. But should you really steer clear of these vehicles that dozens of strangers have already driven...READ MORE >>

July 31, 2018

Man standing in a car dealer's lot looking at cars.

How to Avoid Car Salesman Tactics and Techniques

The car salesman has you at a disadvantage. You see, he hones his car selling skills five or six days a week while you only buy a car once every three, four or five years. That doesn't mean they will lie....READ MORE >>

June 30, 2018

should you buy or lease your next new car

Top 10 Car Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a car is exciting and it's very easy to get carried away. You drive off the lot with a big grin on your face, but then a few days later realize you've made one of the common car buying mistakes. That's when...READ MORE >>

April 2, 2018

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How to Buy a Used Car Online & Avoid the Dealership

Buying a used car from a dealership can be painful. Used car salespeople are often hard to work with. Even though some are charming and delightful you're usually left wondering if they just made a fat profit from...READ MORE >>

March 1, 2018

should you buy or lease your next new car

Should You Buy or Lease Your Next Car?

For some people leasing is a great deal, for others not so much. If you've ever wondered whether you should buy or lease a car, this article's for you. We'll go through the advantages and disadvantages of leasing...READ MORE >>

February 7, 2018

5 simple car buying tips that will save you money

5 Simple Car Buying Tips That Actually Work

Car dealers are smart business people, experts in their field. They won't do a deal unless it's somehow right for them. It's in your best interest to adopt the same attitude when buying your next car...READ MORE >>

January 21, 2018

how to sell your car online the easy way

How to Sell a Car Online the Easy Way

For most people the exciting business of buying a car comes with a tiresome chore: selling the old car. Many car buyers choose to trade their old vehicle, but regular readers will know we're not fans...READ MORE >>

2017 Car Buying Blog Posts and Articles

December 28, 2017

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How to Choose a Reputable Car Dealership

So you've decided it's time for a new car, new to you at least. You've done your research and narrowed it down to a particular brand, maybe even a specific make and model. But have you considered who you will...READ MORE >>

Dec 3, 2017

10 tips for end of the year car buying

Top 10 Tips For Buying a Car at the End of the Year

The end of the calendar year can be a great time to get a deal on a new or used car. There's more to it than just strolling into the dealership on New Year's Eve though. Getting the lowest possible price takes...READ MORE >>

Nov 16, 2017

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Black Friday Car Buying Tips

Is Black Friday a good day to go car shopping? It really depends on how you decide to go about it. We're a nation of bargain hunters. That's why Black Friday has become so big. Last year some 154 million...READ MORE >>

Oct 28, 2017

new car leasing pros and cons keys

Why You Should Do Your Automobile Shopping Online

Bored, irritated, frustrated. No, not a hormonal teenager but a description of someone trying to buy a car in a dealership. All you want to do is get some information about cars and It's like the sales people...READ MORE >>

Sept 2, 2017

new car leasing pros and cons keys

Flood Damaged Cars are Trouble; Buyer Beware

Flood damage is expensive to repair, so vehicles that have been flooded are often totaled by their insurance companies. Many will then be repaired and resold. Such vehicles should be identified on the title...READ MORE >>

Aug 26, 2017

new car leasing pros and cons keys

New Car Leasing Pros and Cons

We're all taught that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. So what does that mean for those deals you see advertised everywhere? Can you really drive a new Lexus, BMW or Mercedes for $350...READ MORE >>

July 23, 2017

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How Much Car Can I Afford?

Car buying guides always stress the importance of setting a budget before you start shopping. The reason is that without a hard limit you're likely to leave the dealership having spent much more than you wanted...READ MORE >>

May 23, 2017

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Car Shopping Online Will Save You Money

Most people buy their music and books over the internet. You might even have bought your last vacation that way. So why do car buyers persist in visiting dealerships...READ MORE >>

April 1, 2017

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Should I Buy a New or Used Vehicle

New car vs. used car? At first glance a used car seems to be the sensible choice. But if that's true, why do some 17 million Americans splurge on a new vehicle each year? They can't all be reckless spendthrifts...READ MORE >>

2016 Car Buying Blog Posts and Articles

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April 2016 Articles

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March 2016 Articles

March 27, 2016

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February 2016 Articles

February 28, 2016

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January 2016 Articles

January 31, 2016

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December 2015 Articles

December 27, 2015

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About the Author

Carlton Wolf author and President of

Since 2002, Carlton Wolf has shared his 20+ years of experience in the new and used retail car business within the pages of After years of helping friends and family members receive great deals when purchasing their vehicles, he was inspired to give back by educating more people with his insider knowledge, tips and secrets. He has been called upon as an expert in the field by several local and national media outlets and has helped thousands of car shoppers save money during all aspects of the car buying process.

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