Once cars became affordable, we jumped on the opportunity to help our readers make the best financial choices. Thanks to the rivalry between Henry Ford and W.C. Durant, car prices had been lowered from around $1000 to just over $250. Even better (or so it seemed), people could buy cars second hand for as low as $75 -- far cheaper than a phonograph, even. Not wanting our readers to get into car accidents, or to spend thousands of dollars on repairs, we dissected cars and took their inner workings to our pages. How do you tell the difference between a 1913 Ford and a 1917 Ford? Check the engine number and call an agency. How do you know you're being ripped off? Check the gears to see if the seller has concealed their flaws with cork and grease.