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Rob Carrick's Reader: Driving a hard bargain

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The best of the Web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Driving A Hard Bargain

A slideshow that presents 12 exceptions to the rule that buying a used car makes more financial sense than buying new.

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Lexus, Mercedes and BMW are the leading brands for holding onto their value, according to this analysis of 2008 vehicles.

The 70-Per-Cent Failure Rate

The Automobile Protection Association did a mystery shopping exercise where it sent cars with loose battery terminals to various garages for repair. The results were not a credit to the car repair business.

ING's Mutual Funds

The Million Dollar Journey blog has reviewed the Streetwise index funds sold by ING Direct, which is better known for its online high interest savings account and mortgages.

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Editor's note: If you don't receive Rob Carrick's newsletter twice weekly by email, you can sign up to get it for free at The Globe and Mail. All you need to do is register for the site, or if you've already registered, log in and go to your profile at the top of the homepage. Once you're in your profile, look under Newsletters and Alerts and look for the Personal Finance Reader and other newsletters. Other financial newsletters include: Business Ticker, a summary of the day's top business stories; Berman's Market Update, a summary of the markets at the open, noon and close; and All-Star Investors, a monthly collection of articles exploring an investing trend or theme.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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