Car buying guides

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

How to Buy a Car in 2021

How to Buy a Car in 2021

Are you thinking about buying a car in 2021? Understanding how to buy a car goes beyond just a few simple tips. To be successful (and get a fair deal), you’ll need to be aware of current market conditions, know how to find the right car, and understand what to expect...

Dealership F&I Office Glossary of Terms

Dealership F&I Office Glossary of Terms

If you’ve bought a car before, you’ve experienced the “F&I office.” Shrouded in secrecy, the F&I office, which stands for Finance and Insurance, is one of the greatest profit making centers within a car dealership. F&I Managers can be some of the highest...

Ford Invoice Prices & Ford Employee Pricing (Updated for 2021)

Ford Invoice Prices & Ford Employee Pricing (Updated for 2021)

Whether you're buying a Ford F-150 or a Ford Explorer, knowing the invoice price that a Ford dealer paid for the vehicle is important for negotiations. Knowing the Ford employee pricing plans can also be valuable. Car dealers make the most money on customers who are...

2021 Chip Shortage: Supply Limited, Car Prices Increasing

2021 Chip Shortage: Supply Limited, Car Prices Increasing

Updated 5/26/21 This page is frequently updated as new information is reported. The list of automakers cutting back production of new cars, trucks, and SUVs continues to grow. This page will be updated as new information becomes available regarding the semiconductor...

3 signs you should walk away from a car deal

3 signs you should walk away from a car deal

Undoubtedly, buying a car is one of the most challenging purchases you’ll ever endure (the key word here is “endure,” because it really can be a test of wills to buy a car). For many, purchasing a car, truck, or SUV is the second largest expense they’ll ever have,...

How Do I Know If I Got A Good Deal On a Car?

How Do I Know If I Got A Good Deal On a Car?

Buying a car is extremely confusing. There are add-on offers, sales prices, the out the door price, special rebates … The list goes on and on. By the time you finally agree to the numbers, you’re left wondering, “How do I know if I am getting a good deal or not?” And...

Dealership operations

Learn the ins and outs of how car dealerships operate.

What Are Red Book Values?

What Are Red Book Values?

Knowing the value of your vehicle is vital to ensuring that you receive a fair price for it, whether you seek out a private sale or a trade-in. Whichever way you plan to sell your car, you need to know what it’s worth. That’s why Red Book values were created:  To...

What is vAuto?

What is vAuto?

The value of your car plays an important role in getting you into your next car. You might decide to use your old car as a trade-in, or perhaps you’d like to sell it privately and use that cash as a down payment. Either way that you’d like to go, you need to...

What Are NADA Guides Values?

What Are NADA Guides Values?

Whether you’re selling your car privately or trading it in to a dealership, you absolutely need to understand the value of your vehicle. The last thing that you want to do is get taken advantage of because you don’t understand your vehicle’s worth. That's where NADA...

What Are Black Book Values?

What Are Black Book Values?

Understanding how much your car is worth is vital when you want to sell it privately or trade it in at a dealership. Without knowing your car’s value, you risk expecting too much or selling it for far too little. That's where Black Book values matter. There are quite...

What Are Kelley Blue Book Values?

What Are Kelley Blue Book Values?

Determining the value of your used car requires more just than a rough estimate. When it comes to trading in your vehicle or selling it to a third party, accurate pricing is important. Without it, you run the risk of asking too much (and not finding a buyer) or...

What is Car Dealer Holdback?

What is Car Dealer Holdback?

Dealer holdback is an amount of money paid to a car dealership from the manufacturer on each new vehicle they sell. Every automaker offers a different amount, but typically, dealer holdback is a percentage of the MSRP that ranges between 1% and 3%. Dealer holdback is...

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YAA Success Stories 

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

Success Story: Misti Hardy

We love to hear success stories from our members! Recently, we got an email from a subscriber who leveraged the YAA platform to expertly navigate the car buying process to secure a fair price to expertly navigate the sales process and secure a fair price for their...

Success Story: John Stubbe

Success Story: John Stubbe

We love to hear about the great deals our members secure using the things they've learned from YAA. One of our regular viewers recently reached out to us to share that they got a great deal on a Toyota Venza. They were able to buy the car with a great interest rate...

Success Story: Rebecca Silva

Success Story: Rebecca Silva

We love to hear stories from our community members when they’ve used YAA to score a great deal on their dream car. We recently received an email from one of our members who shared the recent experience she had when using our strategies to buy a new Toyota RAV4. ...

Extended warranty reviews

Read our reviews before you purchase an extended warranty.

Endurance vs. CarShield Extended Warranty

Endurance vs. CarShield Extended Warranty

There’s a heated debate among car owners about whether it’s worth it to extend a car warranty via a vehicle service contract. A vehicle service contract (VSC) is similar to a manufacturer warranty, except it’s offered by a third-party provider.  We think that...

Hyundai Extended Warranty Review

Hyundai Extended Warranty Review

Hyundai has increased its quality by leaps and bounds over the years. While they had a rough start, they are now well worth purchasing. Even so, manufacturer’s defects can still happen. That’s why we recommend purchasing an extended warranty. But is the warranty from...

Infiniti Extended Warranty Review

Infiniti Extended Warranty Review

Infiniti is known for crafting luxurious cars that provide a smooth ride. While they take pride in their work, mistakes do happen. That’s where extended warranties come in. These warranties protect you from manufacturer defects and prevent costly repair bills. While...

Jaguar Extended Warranty Review

Jaguar Extended Warranty Review

Jaguar is the ultimate name when it comes to luxurious vehicles for automobile enthusiasts. While they certainly create a quality vehicle, mistakes still happen in manufacturing. Having an extended warranty can help to prevent you from having an expensive repair bill....

Kia Extended Warranty Review

Kia Extended Warranty Review

Kia may have started by manufacturing bicycle parts, but now, they’re one of the world’s largest automakers. They produce quality cars, but manufacturing mistakes do happen. Having an extended warranty will protect you against a hefty repair bill should a defect...

Jeep Extended Warranty Review

Jeep Extended Warranty Review

We recommend that people buy extended warranties for their vehicles to protect them against costly repair bills. While buying one at the dealership is usually not the best choice, you should still investigate extended warranties for your car at some point during your...

Certified pre-owned reviews 

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

Mini Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Mini Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Mini is one of those brands that attracts certain people and retains them for life. With a unique style and particular offering, people often become lifelong fans of Minis. However, getting into a brand-new Mini can be quite expensive. Fortunately, Mini offers a...

Fiat Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Fiat Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Anyone looking to get into a Fiat may be deciding between a new or used vehicle. Yet, there’s a third option: certified pre-owned (CPO). A certified pre-owned car has been owned before, but it’s been thoroughly inspected and comes with a warranty. It’s the perfect...

Land Rover Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Land Rover Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

For many, Land Rover is the best luxury SUV brand in the market. They've made a name for themselves, and many people who are drawn to SUVs end up wanting a Land Rover. The problem is that they can be incredibly expensive to buy brand new. While you can always go for a...

Alfa Romeo Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Alfa Romeo Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Alfa Romeo is a legendary Italian automaker that has created quite the name for itself over the years. Due to their reputation and performance heritage, it's expensive to get into a brand-new Alfa Romeo. Thankfully, Alfa Romeo has a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle...

Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Lincoln Certified Pre-Owned Program Review

Lincoln is one of the top names in the luxury vehicle market. If you’re looking at getting into a Lincoln, you should consider looking into their certified pre-owned (CPO) program. You’ll be looking at cars that have been inspected and come with a warranty. It’s a...

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Review

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Review

Mercedes-Benz is the ultimate name in luxury cars. If you want a smooth ride with an impeccably designed interior, you want a Mercedes-Benz. However, the new car price is often a deterrent. Luckily, a certified pre-owned (CPO) program is available that allows you to...

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