Marketplace Money for Friday, April 29, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, April 29, 2011

Replacing car parts on a budget

Buying car parts through the dealership means sky-high prices and you can never be too sure that what you see online will look the same when it arrives on your doorstep. Bill Mahoney takes us on a search through junkyards to find bargain car parts.

The car that lied to me... or did it?

KPCC's Madeleine Brand talks about the reality check she got after the honeymoon period with her Jetta SportWagen ended.

What you should know before going to a car mechanic

Auto mechanics aren't really known for their honesty. But one candid shop owner shares what consumers should know before they take their cars to a garage.

Automobile musings from an asphalt junkie

Adam Carolla tells Tess why he thinks used cars are the way to go and offers his thoughts on a certain public radio car talk show.

To lease or to buy?

Phil Reed of explains what factors you should consider when deciding whether to lease or buy a new car.

Price negotiation tips for when you go to the dealership

Mike Quincy of Consumer Report sheds some light on car pricing and how you can get the best price. He also gives suggestions on the best budget cars.

An oily diet will clog your car's arteries too

KPCC's John Rabe talks about how his Mercedes got atherosclerosis after he converted it to run on vegetable oil.

What to buy: New or used?

We break down the pros and cons of purchasing new and used cars.
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Car lessons from along the Arroyo Seco Parkway

Dexter Ford from the New York Times and Steve Mazor from the Auto Club of Southern California discuss what cars cost us and the mistakes we make when it comes to our cars and finances.
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To sell or to trade-in your car?

Tess Vigeland tags along with Phil Reed of as he tries to decide whether to sell or trade-in his Nissan Fit.