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How to Buy a Car

Your ticket to freedom

You're 16. You have a driver's license. You've got a hankerin' for the open road. Now what?

Shmoop is here to help, with our free crash course on how to buy a car. Geared for the first-time car buyer, we've got the skinny on everything from how much cars really cost to the pros and cons of leasing to how to negotiate when you step into the dealership.

In our free course you'll learn all about

  • the math on total cost of ownership
  • how to pay for your car
  • how insurance works
  • what exactly car maintenance is all about
  • what car will work best for you
  • negotiation 101

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. How to Buy a Car

Everything you'd want to know before jumping straight into the car-buying process: the skinny on loans, maintenance costs, total cost of ownership, etc.

  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12, College
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • Life Skills
    • High School

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