How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car?


Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25, 2023 at 9pm EST

Buying a used car shouldn’t be complicated, but so many drivers find themselves fearful that they’re going to end up with a lemon or get scammed into spending more money than they expected. That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with the right information and knowledge of the purchasing process. Whether you’re a first-time car buyer or have a car on its last leg, this course will help you determine a budget, identify reputable places for purchase, practice the art of negotiating and outline the basics of financing, test-driving and mechanical inspection.

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If you’re thinking of buying a new car, but are intimidated by the process or overwhelmed by options and price tags, this is the class for you. You’ll leave knowing how to differentiate between a good deal and a lemon, how to determine a budget that makes sense for you, and typical pitfalls to avoid.

Monday – 45 mins.:

  • Determining the best car for your specific budget

  • Where to Buy the Car (Online resources, Car Lots, Dealerships, etc)

  • Which dealerships to buy from

  • Places to stay away from

  • Dealership vs private party purchases

  • Financing detail for before you begin shopping

  • Budgeting for the purchase and first few months

  • How and where to finance your car

  • When and how to buy using cash (paid in full)

  • Interest Pitfalls

Tuesday – 45 mins.:

  • Test Driving Your Car

  • Checking over the car yourself, before you pay a mechanic

  • Finding a mechanic to inspect the car

  • Deciding to make the purchase

  • Determining how much you should be paying for the car

  • The art of negotiating

  • Negotiating with a dealer vs a private party

A 15-minute live Q & A held at the end of each class day. You’ll have access to my vast portfolio of information to ask anything you want to make the process the smoothest for you.

What is the cost? 

Class is sliding scale $69 to $159, payable via PayPal. For more information about the sliding scale model and suggestions for what you should pay, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

10% of the revenue of this class will be donated to Brave Space Alliance, a Black and Trans-led LGBT Center in Chicago. I also have a scholarship fund for folks that can’t afford to take this class. Priority goes to people of color, trans people, and folks with disabilities. Apply for a scholarship here.

Where and when is this class held?

This is an online class that will be held on Zoom on Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25, 2023 at 9pm EST.

I can’t make the dates, will it be recorded?

If you sign up for this class, you’ll have access to playback for 30 days. You’ll be able to watch and rewatch at your convenience, whether you make the live class or not.

Additional information

Sliding Pay Scale:

Under Employed, Living Pay Check-to Pay Check, Household with more than one car / eat out regularly, Living Comfortably / Car worth over $20,000, Support my work: pay someone else's place


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