Personal Finance:  Transportation
Driving & Owning Cars

Buying vrs Leasing a New Car

Buying vrs Leasing Activity Links

  1. Guess the Logo (Car brand self-assessment)
  2. Buying versus Leasing Info Sheet
  3. Buy or Lease? (.pdf U.S.A. Today information sheet)
  4. Should You Lease a Vehicle? (NO! Take Charge America)
  5. Compare & Contrast Double Bubble:  Buying versus Leasing (.pdf form)

How to Buy a Used Car

The average used car costs less than half the average new car. So, it's no surprise that used cars outsell new cars 3-to-1. Which is right for you? THIS website, from Bankrate, will help you decide.

More Videos About Buying Used Cars

  1. Side of the Road Inspection:  Here's how to do a quick check when you see a used car on the side of the road or if you stop by a dealer when they are closed and no saleperson is around
  2. How to Inspect a Used Car's Engine:  Begin with an OBD2 Scanner to verify that the engine is free of major problems. These only cost $100 and can save you a fortune!
  3. What is the car worth?
  4. Interior & Exterior Inspection
  5. How to Test Drive and Buy a Used Car

Links to Research Used Cars

  1. Free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Check:  Stolen car and salvage
  2. Free VIN Check:  Recalls
  3. KBB Trade in Value Calculator:  Trade-in value often a fair price to ask from a private owner selling his/her car
  4. NADA Trade in Value Calculator:  This is a good place to start negotiating a price

Activity Links

  1. Email Assignment:  Buying a Used Car (.pdf)
  2. Comparing Costs:  New versus Used Car (.pdf)
  3. Loan Calculator (by Bret Whissel)
  4. Car Buying Project Worksheet (.pdf form)
  5. Buying a Used Car for Under $2,500 (Edmunds)
  6. Car Costs (.pdf)
  7. Interactive Web Sites & Quizzes (Email review assignment sheet, downloadable/printable .pdf)
    1. Are you an eco-driver?
    2. Auto Calculator:  New versus Used
    3. Can You Identify The Car Parts?
    4. Car Condition Quiz
    5. Car Word List/Vocabulary
    6. Car Logo Quiz:  Guess the Brand
    7. Do You Know How to Save on Gas? Take the Money Quiz.
    8. Engine Quiz
    9. How Much Do You Know About Self-Driving Cars?
    10. How's Your Car Safety Knowledge?
    11. How Well Do You Drive?
    12. Lease or Buy a Car?
    13. Out of Gas: The Alternative Fuels Quiz
    14. System 101:  More information about how cars work
    15. Test your knowledge with the brakes quiz!
    16. What Car Is Right For Me?
    17. Which Car Best Defines Your Personality?

Top of Page