Innovations in technology, increasingly stringent government regulations, and consumer demands have all combined to make the automobile one of today's most significant investments. As costs for new and pre-owned vehicles continue to rise, extending the life of the car has never been more important. That's why The 300,000 Mile Car is a "must." Inside this highly readable, sometimes humorous, self-help manual are easy-to-understand explanations, tips, guidelines and strategies for everything - from estimating the real costs of car ownership through diagnosing common problems and avoiding fraud at the automotive repair shop. This guide devotes two chapters to the subject of purchasing a new or used car, going over items such as: finding out what dealers really pay, negotiating techniques, the games of the sales floor and how to avoid them, leasing vs. purchasing, types of leases, and how rebates actually work. An extraordinarily complete reference to economical car ownership, this book is guaranteed to take the mystery out of how cars operate and put readers in the driver's seat when it comes to controlling all of the expenses associated with owning and operating their vehicles.