Car buying guides

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

Used Car Prices Are Going Up … Again

Used Car Prices Are Going Up … Again

Well, that was short lived. After 21 straight weeks of appreciation, it had looked like used car prices were finally returning to normal (aka depreciating). Following the 21 straight weeks of appreciation, we experienced seven straight weeks of declining used car...

Buying a Vehicle in Another State (Step-by-Step Guide for 2021)

Buying a Vehicle in Another State (Step-by-Step Guide for 2021)

Car buying isn’t easy, and buying a vehicle in another state can be even more intimidating. This is especially true in 2021 as new car inventory levels continue to decline, and finding a reliable new or used car becomes even more challenging. More shoppers than ever...

How We Ran out of Cars in the US

How We Ran out of Cars in the US

As a result of the global pandemic, we have seen changes across every industry. The automotive sector has experienced some of the most dramatic. It’s not unethical to say that we’re running out of new cars in the United States right now. Earlier this year lumber...

How to Factory Order a Car (For 2021)

How to Factory Order a Car (For 2021)

If you’re reading this, odds are you’re aware of the severe shortage of new cars, trucks, and SUVs that is plaguing the global economy right now. At the time of writing this, projections for total production losses resulting from the microchip shortage will be more...

Dealership operations

Learn the ins and outs of how car dealerships operate.

What Are Edmunds Values?

What Are Edmunds Values?

You need to know the value of your car before you start to think about trading it in or selling it privately. With either option, you’ll need to know how to set your price accurately. Otherwise, you run the risk of selling it for too little or asking too...

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...

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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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