Car buying guides

Negotiating tips, money-saving tricks, and car buying advice from YAA team of experts.

Automakers With the Most & Least Loyal Customers

Automakers With the Most & Least Loyal Customers

Which brands retain the most customers? When it comes to car buyers, loyalty is a fierce competition. BMW vs. Mercedes-Benz, Toyota vs. GM, the list goes on and on. Which automakers have the most and least loyal customers? Well, Experian has the answer. Their latest...

New Car Incentives Are Down 42% Year-over-Year

New Car Incentives Are Down 42% Year-over-Year

A few years ago, a typical car deal would include thousands of dollars of "incentives" to help a dealership seal the deal with a customer. Nowadays, new car incentives are few and far between. As the ongoing chip shortage (and new magnesium shortage) have hampered...

The Magnesium Shortage May Cause Car Production to “Stop”

The Magnesium Shortage May Cause Car Production to “Stop”

As if the auto industry needed another issue ... After nearly a year of dealing with a chip shortage, automakers are on the precipice of dealing with a potentially even more crippling shortage: magnesium. The magnesium shortage has recently been reported by the...

Which Brands Prices Have Increased The Most & Least in 2021?

Which Brands Prices Have Increased The Most & Least in 2021?

Cars, trucks, and SUVs are very expensive right now. New or used, no matter where you look, prices are high. That being said, some brands have experienced larger price increases than others. Today we'll take a look at the automakers who have seen the largest and...

Which States Have the Most & Least New Car Inventory?

Which States Have the Most & Least New Car Inventory?

New car inventory levels have plummeted as a result of the ongoing chip shortage and supply chain issues. With car buyers looking at empty lots and more and more consumers turning to "online dealers" to find the car, truck, or SUV they're looking for, we wondered "Do...

Cars With The Most & Least Inventory – October 2021

Cars With The Most & Least Inventory – October 2021

New car inventory levels are currently at all-time lows. Take a drive down your local “automobile row” and you’ll see there aren’t many cars for sale on dealership lots. The ongoing chip shortage has dramatically impacted major automakers — GM recently had their worst...

Dealership operations

Learn the ins and outs of how car dealerships operate.

5 Things You Need to Know about the Dealership Finance Office

5 Things You Need to Know about the Dealership Finance Office

You’ve finally settled on a new car. Test drives, negotiating and all the going back and forth has you feeling a little worn down but you’re almost done! All you have to do is sign a few papers and you’re out. So you thought. Here are five things you might not have...

Trade In a Car and Use It to Your Advantage

Trade In a Car and Use It to Your Advantage

Trading in your car can help you to buy a new car without having to put a large amount of money down. However, you need to keep in mind that dealerships will want to sell you a new car for as much as they can, while paying you as little as possible on your trade-in....

Is It Better to Sell a Car or Trade It In?

Is It Better to Sell a Car or Trade It In?

It’s time to buy a new car. What should you do with your current car? You have two primary options:  Trade it in at a dealership or sell it privately. Deciding whether you should trade or sell a car requires careful consideration. Today, we’re going to discuss...

The Different Books for Car Valuations

The Different Books for Car Valuations

You need to know how much your vehicle is worth, plain and simple. However, there are seemingly countless books for car valuations out there. Which ones are worth your time and which ones should you ignore? Today, we’ll go over the different value books, examining how...

What Are MMR Values?

What Are MMR Values?

How much is the car dealership going to offer you for your vehicle? You can bet that they’ll come in with a low offer, so you should be prepared with plenty of information to allow you to counter that offer. Consumers have access to a number of services that can allow...

What Are Galves Values?

What Are Galves Values?

Understanding the value of your car is vital when you’re thinking about trading it in or selling it privately. This can help you to know that you’re not asking for an overinflated price, but also need to be aware when someone is offering you too little. That where...

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YAA Success Stories 

Learn how other YAA members have earned the “Ray Shefska Stamp of Approval”!

Success Story:  Michael

Success Story: Michael

Everyone loves a good success story. At YAA, we take great pride in giving our customers the knowledge and confidence they need when they’re buying a car. Today, we’re going to meet Michael. Michael was in the market for a specific make and model of vehicle, but the...

Success Story:  Mike C.

Success Story: Mike C.

We love hearing from our YAA members about their recent car deals. It’s always wonderful to see the ways they’ve used our solutions to negotiate and secure an excellent deal on their next car. Today, we’ll take a look at a story from Mike C. about his recent car...

Success Story:  Melissa

Success Story: Melissa

We love to hear success stories from the members at YAA. It’s great to see how people are putting our tools and information to use and securing excellent deals on their new purchases, sales, and trade-ins. Today, we’re going to share a success story from Melissa. She...

Success Story: Rich

Success Story: Rich

At YAA, we love to hear from our members about a great deal they’ve scored. It’s fun to see the ways that people are putting our solutions and knowledge to practical use to save some money! Today, we’re going to highlight a story from Rich about the easy sale he was...

Success Story: Dana

Success Story: Dana

We love hearing about the successful car purchases that our members are able to make. Their stories perfectly illustrate that anyone can use YAA to save time buying a car while also getting a fair deal. Even better, our members often share that they’ve become expert...

Success Story: David Lott

Success Story: David Lott

We regularly receive comments and emails from YAA members in which they share how they use our solutions to help secure an excellent car deal. We like to highlight these stories to inspire other members like yourself! Today, let's take a look at the experience of our...

Extended warranty reviews

Read our reviews before you purchase an extended warranty.

YAA Extended Warranty

YAA Extended Warranty

YAA was founded in 2020. We specialize in providing a number of solutions to our members to help them secure a great deal on a new car. As a part of our comprehensive tools for car buyers, we also offer vehicle service contracts ("extended warranties") through our...

Why Doesn’t YAA Sell Extended Warranties in California?

Why Doesn’t YAA Sell Extended Warranties in California?

“We’re calling you to tell you about your vehicle’s extended warranty …” If you’re like most people, seemingly everyday you get a spam call from an “extended warranty” company. Extended warranties, officially known as vehicle service contracts (VSCs) suffer from a...

Endurance vs. CARCHEX Extended Warranty

Endurance vs. CARCHEX Extended Warranty

Vehicle service contracts, colloquially called extended warranties, are agreements that are designed to cover specific kinds of mechanical breakdowns. While these are similar to the warranty that comes with a new car when you buy it at the dealership, because it’s...

YAA vs. Endurance Extended Warranty

YAA vs. Endurance Extended Warranty

One thing that every car owner knows is that a repair bill can strike at the most unexpected time. One way that some consumers choose to protect themselves against these unexpected expenses is by purchasing a vehicle service contract (VSC), known colloquially as an...

YAA vs. CarShield Extended Warranty

YAA vs. CarShield Extended Warranty

When you’re buying a car, one way to avoid potentially expensive repair bills is to investigate vehicle service contracts (VSCs). Colloquially known as extended warranties, vehicle service contracts protect you against mechanical breakdowns caused by manufacturer...

YAA vs. CARCHEX Extended Warranty

YAA vs. CARCHEX Extended Warranty

Vehicle service contracts (VSCs), colloquially known as extended warranties, are commonly purchased to mitigate the risk of a financially devastating repair bill. Instead of being hit with expensive repairs, your VSC will take care of manufacturer’s defects that arise...

Certified pre-owned reviews 

We analyzed every manufacturer’s CPO program so that you can make an informed decision!

Infiniti Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Infiniti Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Infiniti is a brand known for quality and luxury, so how does their certified pre-owned program stack up to the rest? If you’re interested in buying an Infiniti certified pre-owned vehicle, you need to know the ins and outs of their program. We are about to dive into...

Porsche Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Porsche Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

To some, Porsche is the epitome of luxury and quality. While that’s an arguable perspective, we can’t deny that Porsches provide a certain level of luxury to their car owners. If you’re a Porsche fan, going for a certified pre-owned vehicle might be an ideal way to...

Genesis Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Genesis Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Genesis is one of the premium luxury brands that people often want to buy brand-new. That isn’t always necessary, though. You can buy a Genesis certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle that looks completely new without the brand-new Genesis price. We’re about to dive into...

Jaguar Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Jaguar Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Jaguar is the ultimate luxury brand in some people's eyes. While that's arguable, nobody can deny that they provide a smooth, comfortable ride. However, they have quite a hefty price tag. Fortunately, they have a certified pre-owned (CPO) program that makes getting...

Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Volvo Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Volvo seems to have a group of hardcore fans who refuse to drive anything else (heck, I used to be one of them!) Buying a Volvo certified pre-owned vehicle is an excellent way for these fans, or casual appreciators, to get into a Volvo that is in excellent condition...

Lexus Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Lexus Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Lexus is one of the leading names in luxury cars. Along with that comes a larger price tag than other vehicles. That’s why many buyers opt to buy a Lexus certified pre-owned vehicle instead of a brand-new car. It’s a great way to drive a Lexus without breaking the...

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