Posts by Kristin Bissessar - Unhaggle Blog

Why Dealer Margins are So Ridiculously Thin

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Cars are expensive, which is why many of us are aggressively looking for all kinds of discounts – whether they are provided by manufacturers or dealerships themselves. Sometimes customers ask for a discount that a dealer cannot afford, prompting a quick rejection. The reason why they ask for so much off the retail price is because they often have no idea how much money exactly dealers make from the sale of a single car. We might think that since we’re dropping so much of our own money on a vehicle, the dealer gets a huge cut, but that’s not the case. Read More

How to Tell If You Can Afford a New Car: 5 Key Factors

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Figuring out what you can afford isn’t as easy as looking at your bank account balance. Fortunately, calculating your finances is made simpler with help ranging from advice blogs and online tools. Jessica Moorhouse, owner of Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses, personal finance expert, blogger and podcaster, sat down with us to discuss the different factors that affect the affordability of a new car. Here they go: Read More

2016 Toyota RAV4: Our First Impressions

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The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a refresh on the 2015 version, so we didn’t expect a major overhaul, but there are some nice touches that make the 2016 model worth a look. The majority of the effort has gone into transforming the interior, but the exterior has gotten a sleek update as well. The biggest upgrade is that the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is now the eighth vehicle in Toyota’s “green” lineup. Read More

5 Rules Every Car Buyer Should Know When Hunting for Deals

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Car buyers have a minefield to navigate the moment they decide they need a set of wheels. It’s tough to get a deal on a car, but with manufacturer incentives, rate reductions and dealer discounts you might have an easier time than you think. Finance expert and owner of MillionDollarJourney, FrugalTrader (that’s his internet handle as he prefers to stay anonymous), discusses five best ways for any potential car buyer to get a great deal. Here they go: Read More

Buying a Car in Your 20s: How to Budget and Meet Your Needs

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A car shouldn’t be an impulse buy at the cash register – especially if you are in your 20s, and it’s your first time. It can be overwhelming to add a set of wheels to the challenges of starting a career, making a home and building relationships. We’ve interviewed personal finance expert and blogger at Money We Have Barry Choi about whether or not buying a car is a worthwhile idea. Read More

Why We All Have a Love Affair with Sports Cars

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For most people, having your own wheels means freedom and the convenience to go anywhere. But for car enthusiasts, reaching a destination isn’t the point of car ownership, and trying to narrow down the particular quality that drives sports car lovers to their machines is not an easy task. Chief auto reviewer for The Toronto Star, Jim Kenzie (at, sat down with us to let us know what that je ne sais quoi is when it comes to sports cars. Read More

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