Buying a Car
A car purchase is a high-stakes deal for just about anyone. This week, we'll cover strategies for finding the best car and successfully negotiating the best overall price.
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Credit reports and scores, credit vs. debit cards, reading your credit report, plus more.
- Credit vs. Debit Cards
Credit and debit cards each have pros and cons. When should you use each?
- Credit Reports and Scores
Credit reports and scores determine the rates you pay when borrowing and can affect your ability to get certain jobs.
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From choosing a make and model to financing a purchase, topics every consumer should understand when buying a car.
- Buying a Car Introduction
An introduction to the basics of this major purchase and responsibility.
- Choosing a Make and Model
A look at four important factors to consider when choosing a car: fuel consumption, insurance rates, reliability, and depreciation.
- The Total Cost of Ownership
Understanding the many costs associated with owning a car - from financing to taxes.
- Buy or Lease?
Understanding the pros and cons of vehicle leasing.
- Financing a Car Purchase
How a loan affects the total cost of buying a car.
- Evaluating a Used Car
How to "do your homework" before buying a used car.
- Setting a Target Price
How to set a realistic target price for both new and used vehicles.
- Negotiating Price
Know what to expect when negotiating the best deal.
- Avoiding Surprises
Think the negotiating is finished when you agree on a price? Here's how to negotiate dealer extras and extended warranty pitches.
- Common Mistakes When Buying a Car
Twelve common mistakes to keep in mind when shopping for a car.
Explore the process of starting a new business from estimating start up costs to hiring employees.
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Entrepreneurship is the act of starting and running a business, which brings both potential benefits and risks.
- Conducting Market Research for a New Business
Market conditions play a crucial role in the success of a new business and involve factors such as consumer demand, competition, and economic growth.
- Business Start-Up Costs
Starting a successful new business requires careful planning and budgeting of both one-time and ongoing costs.
- Writing a Business Plan
Creating a business plan is a crucial step for starting a new business, whether it is a small home-based operation or a venture-backed tech company.
- Choosing a Business Name
Choosing a business name is a critical step in starting a new company since it affects the company's brand identity, customer recognition, plus more.
- Choosing the Legal Structure for Your Business
The legal structure of a new business is an important decision with both tax and legal implications, so it's important to choose wisely.
- Registering a New Business
Starting a new business involves registering with state, federal and sometimes even local governments.
- How to Finance a New Business
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- Business Cash Flow, Profit and Loss
Understanding a business's financial cash flow and overall profit or loss is critical for ensuring its long-term success and financial stability.
- Establishing Business Credit
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- Business Taxes
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- Buying an Existing Business or Franchise
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