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Car Buying
How to end a lease early without paying an early termination fee

Here's what an early termination fee is — and how to avoid it

Here's what an early termination fee is — and how to avoid it.

Buying Guide
What is dealer invoice?

Here's your guide to understanding this nebulous term

Here's your guide to understanding this nebulous term.

Car Buying
What is the excess wear charge when leasing?

Here's what you need to do to avoid unwanted fees

Here's what you need to do to not pay any extra fees.

Car Buying
What is a limited warranty on a new car?

What does it cover, and for how long? That depends

Understand what's meant by the term 'limited warranty'

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Car Buyer's Glossary of Terms | Everything you need to know in under 3 minutes

From "APR" to "Trim Level" and everything in between

From APR to Trim Level and everything in between.

Car Buying
What is the disposition fee at the end of a vehicle lease?

You might be able to avoid this fee.

You might be able to avoid this fee.

Car Buying
What is the residual value of a leased car?

This fundamental concept is the most important aspect of a lease

This fundamental concept is the most important aspect of a lease

Car Buying
What is an acquisition fee?

Do your homework and lease smart

Do your homework and lease smart.

Car Buying
What is a down payment on a new or leased car?

Understanding the what – and more importantly, the why

Understanding the what – and more importantly, the why – of down payments.

Car Buying
What is a new car incentive or rebate?

They can save you money if you know what you’re doing

They can save you money if you know what you're doing.

Car Buying
What is the APR on a new car loan?

Understand the annual percentage rate and what it means for you

Understand the annual percentage rate and what it means for you.

Car Buying
The dealer document fee: What is it, and should you pay it?

The facts behind the delivery fee, and why it might not matter

Timing is everything so, when it comes to car buying, dealership document fees are like the late party-guest who suddenly arrives while you're saying final goodbyes and putting leftovers in the fridge. To put it mildly, they're an annoying but common part of most car transactions. For car buyers who don't expect them, however, they can seem like a blatant rip-off.

Car Buying
The Monroney sheet: a window sticker history

The window sticker's story, and why you should be glad we have it

Imagine walking into a car dealership blindfolded, not knowing for certain what exactly you were paying for when buying that shiny, brand-new vehicle on the showroom floor. Imagine not being able to see a list price for each individual vehicle option and add on, not knowing for sure how much the destination charge was, or even what the list price of the vehicle itself was. Instead, you'd have to trust the dealer's word on all of that. Sounds a little bit crazy, right?

S-Tronic? FSI? Audi publishes glossary of efficiency technology terms

There have been a lot of new technologies introduced in recent years to help improve efficiency of vehicles. While we spend a lot of time here at ABG trying to explain how these technologies work, Audi is stepping up to try and help as well with a new glossary that explains technologies like direct injection, clean diesel, and brake energy regeneration. Audi, of course, uses its own branding for these technologies but the basic information applies generically to most applications. For example, F

Quick green fuel dictionary

If you’re new to the whole biofuel world, there may be a lot of terminology that you’re reading but not understanding. To that end, here’s a glossary of words we’ll be using regularly on AutoblogGreen, and what we mean when we use them. Stick around, and you’ll know your B20 from your FFV in no time.