Welcome to your Auto Buying Research Center


Buying a car is a big decision. You want a vehicle that’s reliable, affordable and perfect for your needs.

We’ve compiled some information in this research center that can help you:

  • Determine what kind of car you should get
  • Get the best price on your next car, and
  • Stay on budget

When you’re ready to buy, be sure to check out the NEA® Auto Buying Program, which offers special deals and resources to educators.

The NEA Auto Buying Program
This fee-free program offers you guaranteed savings from local dealers who are prescreened to provide you with the best car-buying experience. Learn how to save more ›

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Car
The key to finding a great deal on your next car, truck or SUV is to “hit the books” before you hit the dealership. Access your free research tools ›

5 Tips for Outsmarting Car Salesmen
When you’re an informed car buyer, you’ll be better equipped to negotiate a great price. Get these money-saving tips ›

New vs. Used: Which Car Is Right for You?
A new car may be pricey, but a used vehicle could mean expensive repairs. Find out how to spend your money wisely. Weigh the pros and cons ›

The Secret to Getting a Great Price on Your Next Car
When you have access to reliable, money-saving data, you can easily make sure you won’t pay too much for your new vehicle. Get the details ›

More Than the Sticker Price: Understanding the Total Cost of Car Ownership
You should consider these 6 factors to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible on that new car. Uncover these extra costs ›

What Vehicle Can I Afford?
Use this calculator to determine your ideal vehicle purchase price, based on your budget and other factors. Input your data now ›

Which Vehicle Loan Is Better?
By comparing loan terms and interest rates, you can calculate which loan option will save you more money. How much will you save? ›