Don't get taken for a ride when you're buying a car

Courtesy of Michael Gaida
Car salespeople may engage in many tricks of the trade, but a few reminders can help buyers avoid being duped.

A very bright friend of mine asked me a simple question the other day about buying a car, used or new. She asked, “How do I protect myself from being taken?”

There are many ways, unfortunately, that one can be taken in a car deal, either in a private sale or one through a dealership, even a large dealer. These larger dealerships spring up with acres of real estate next to highway off-ramps because they are profitable. They certainly don’t make money selling cars at “$100 over invoice” – believe me, there are plenty of “accounting tricks” going on.

Will USMCA make America great again or not?

President Donald Trump recently announced “the greatest deal in the history of the U.S.,” the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. He is promoting it as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which had been in place since 1994 and which Trump had called “a really bad deal.”

Putting aside Trump’s recurring penchant for hyperbole, is USMCA better than NAFTA?

Transactions for the week of Oct. 31

Los Altos

655 Distel Drive, Girard Trust to Y. He for $3,225,000

1436 Marlbarough Avenue, P. Yeh to A. Manu for $2,928,000


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