Buying

25 Tips and Tricks for Buying a Car Online During the Pandemic

The coronavirus shutdown has forced car dealers and auto manufacturers to place a much greater emphasis on selling vehicles online. The process isn’t new to the COVID-19 crisis, but the current situation has compelled virtually every major automaker to expand their online offerings to the point that you can now research, select, test drive, negotiate for and purchase virtually any new car without leaving your home. Here’s what to keep in mind when buying a car.

Last updated: July 10, 2020

Don’t Panic, Not Much Has Changed

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of buying a car online for the first time, don’t. Much of the traditional car-buying process — shopping, researching, applying for loans, etc. — takes place online anyway, so not that much is different. The important thing is not to forget the basics.

Open Your Mind, Even If You’ve Already Made It Up

If you’re about

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6 Ways Home Buying Has Changed, Thanks to the Pandemic

Home is where the heart is shelter-at-home order is. As a result, it’s sparked a significant re-evaluation of how we look at our space—what we need from it, what we dream for it and what makes it comfortable (or not) day after quarantined day. For some, the pandemic has led to significant re-organization efforts. For others, it’s been the catalyst to finally (or spontaneously) purchase a new house. But what’s that process really like during COVID-19? And how has this changed the market for the foreseeable future? We talked to a couple of home buyers, a realtor and a mortgage expert to find out.

1. ‘Fixer Uppers’ Are Out, ‘Turn-Key’ Is In

According to New York real estate broker Jocelyn Cloder, “very few people want a ‘fixer-upper’ right now. They want to pack up their suitcases, buy some furniture or bring what they already have and move right in.” She’s

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Why China’s Tencent Is Buying Stakes in Universal and Warner Music

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It is tempting to conceive of Chinese media firms as the local equivalent of a familiar Western brand. That mindset imagines Weibo as the Chinese Twitter, iQIYI as the Chinese Netflix, and WeChat as a Middle Kingdom version of WhatsApp.

The reality is usually more complicated. Largely walled off from international competition, many Chinese media-tech firms have grown by being hybrids, with games firms spilling over into live-streaming, and e-commerce firms justifying excursions into streaming video.

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Tencent-owned WeChat’s success as a “Super App,” delivering everything from messaging to photo sharing, via corporate communications and cashless payments, has become a role model for many Asian unicorns – and probably the envy of Facebook too.

To think of its NYSE-listed subsidiary Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) as simply the Chinese counterpart of international music streaming leader Spotify is to understand only part of

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Stop Buying These 17 Things and Make Them Yourself

With our busy lives, it often seems easier to buy the things we need rather than make them. But some of the things you regularly use or consume can be made from scratch relatively quickly and for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

Check out these 17 things money-saving experts recommend you should stop buying because you can make them on your own — without a big time commitment — for much less. Then, decide what to do with all that cash because these easy DIYs will save you tons of money.

 

Last updated: April 26, 2018

1. Bread

If bread is a staple in your house, you can dramatically reduce the cost by making your own.

“My family likes to eat healthy, organic foods, and I was spending close to $5 per loaf at the grocery store on fancy, pre-made whole wheat bread with no high-fructose

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