Do Not Ignore Certain Signs When Looking For Used Cars

January 2, 2013 by  
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According to some experts, there are certain signs consumers can look for in used cars that could help them to make a better decision when it comes to purchasing a previously-owned model.

Experts urge consumers to avoid certain cars without service history, in spite of how great of a deal it may seem. According to reports, owners of vehicles without any comprehensive service history could be hiding something the potential buyer should know. Experts also say that, cars without a service history may have not been serviced at all, which could be an issue since simple maintenance steps weren’t taken in order to keep the car running. Any used car should have a long service history since the introduction of computerized auto systems.

Settling for a vehicle with a short or non-existent service history could be costly in the long run and you don’t want to get stuck with a car that is expensive to put back into shape.

Experts also urge consumers to avoid purchasing any vehicle with a salvage title. Since insurance companies aren’t interested in losing money, vehicles written off as a total loss are exactly what you think they are: a total loss. If a car comes with a salvage title it means it was not worth the repair, otherwise, the insurance company would have fixed it already. If you’re interested in a used vehicle that is labeled as a salvage title, continue to search for a better car and stay out of trouble.

While looking for used cars, consumers should also take a good look at the vehicle’s tires. Finding a nice car with mismatched tires can mean trouble. According to specialists, tires usually wear out at similar rates due to the regular tire rotation and correct inflation. All four tires should, in most cases, match each other not only in make and model but also in size. Vehicles that are equipped with Chinese bargain-brand or misshaped tires should be avoided at all costs.

Consumers are also asked to avoid purchasing a car with brushstrokes in the paint. Experts say that brushstrokes can mean only one thing: if the car owner was careless enough to use house paint on their vehicle he may have given up on maintaining the rest of the car as well. There are several vehicles out there that have been labeled as art cars after name-brand artists took the time and care to decorate the exterior of the vehicles with themes and detailed brushstrokes, which is completely different from simply giving up on maintaining a car by using house paint to cover damages and hope nobody will notice.

By checking for some of these signs you may end up finding a great used vehicle for the price you’re hoping to get it for so don’t give up and pay attention to details.

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Best Used Car Deals

December 7, 2012 by  
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According to several news agencies, the National Automobile Dealers Association has predicted that prices of used vehicles will be on the rise again. Because of that, experts have indicated that consumers who are looking into purchasing used cars should do their research before falling head over heels for a certain model or specific vehicle. According to one publication, there’s still multiple great used car deals among the late-model of used cars.

Experts decided to look over some of the best and better rated used vehicle models to come up with a compilation of best used car deals in the country.
According to the official reports, the list was compiled by experts who looked into the results of the last J.D. Power and Associates’ Vehicle Dependability Study, which gathers data recovered from consumer surveys regarding car quality and reliability. Over 31,000 consumers were surveyed. All drivers were owners of 2009 model vehicles.

Data regarding mechanical problems and other factors have also been studied.

Experts crossed the data they gathered from the survey with Kelley Blue Book’s information regarding all models mentioned in the J.D. Power’s study.
In the compact sports car category, the 2009 Scion tC has been rated the best used car available in the country. According to experts, the 2009 version of this vehicle features a unique design without looking too edgy and unattainable. This car may not offer drivers a breathtaking driving experience, however, it outclasses its competition by being rated high for reliability among 2009 car owners.  Experts have also indicated that this model can be found for a considerable reasonable price.

When it comes to compact cars, the 2009 Hyundai Elantra was considered to be a great performer when it comes to both reliability and performance. This vehicle is a fun to drive compact that has been rated slightly more fun to drive than any other compact vehicle. It’s available in the SE sedan or the hatchback versions.

Large vehicles have also made the list. According to experts, the Ford F-150 has made it to the top due to its high reliability ratings among consumers. The 2009 model of this vehicle is a popular full-size truck that has been entirely redesigned for the 2009 model. The vehicle offers drivers a great variety of cargo bed sizes to meet the most varied needs. Consumers will probably be able to find great deals on these models since the 2009 Ford F-150 is considerably less expensive than the Toyota Tundra.

Some of the other vehicles listed in this compilation include the Nissan Frontier, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Genesis, Toyota Yaris and the Nissan Murano.

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The Automobile Market Is Changing

October 4, 2012 by  
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Due to the recession, car owners are betting on their vehicles’ longevity and are attempting to keep their cars well-maintained for longer, however, the automotive market is experiencing waves of changes and consumers may end up changing their minds.

One of the most notable changes is the fact that people are showing less brand loyalty overtime and behaving more like first-time buyers. General Motors has decided to work on this trend by campaigning to make consumers value brand loyalty again.

For more on how the market has changed, read the full article here:
Haven’t Bought a New Car in a While? The Market’s Changed

Why Are Used Cars Now More Expensive Than New Ones?

October 3, 2012 by  
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According to the news, in today’s economy, it is possible to find a new car that will turn out to be much less costly in the long run than a vehicle that belongs to an older model year.

This is happening because the financing available for most used cars is normally higher than what it is for a new car. Some car manufacturers that offer new vehicles that are now cheaper than used ones are Volkswagen, Honda, Ford, Lexus, and even Nissan.

The savings per term range up to a maximum value that may reach around $2,000.

For more on this new phenomena and how to get the best car for your money’s worth, read the full article here:
Some New Cars Now Cheaper Than Used Cars

Owning A Car Without Going Into Debt May Be Tough

October 2, 2012 by  
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Taking on the challenge of owning a car is a big step, most car owners know this but what most car owners are terrified of is that many face the risk of purchasing a vehicle and going into debt since having the money to buy a car and pay for it upfront is, most of the times, impossible.

Experts have taken on the task to show car owners that it can be done. You can own a debt-free car. A specialist obtained a 1996 Lexus and took on the task of keeping it going for at least 15,000 miles without spending much on it. The test has showed the expert that he almost achieved that milestone and think the vehicle can make it to 20,000 miles.

For more on this experiment, read the full article here:
The Debt-Free Car Project Chapter 6: Midyear Check-In

GM Introduces 9 New Or Updated Models

September 24, 2012 by  
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General Motors corporation has announced that it will be selling upgraded versions of nine of the company’s vehicles in the next year.

According to the reports issued by the company, the new Buicks and GMC branded products with the 2013 model year designation will be introduced soon. The GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave will be the first to receive these updates, and will begin shipping during the fall period of 2012.

For more details, read the full article here:
Don’t Buy… Yet. GM to Introduce 9 New or Updated Buick and GMC Models in the Next Year

Used Cars May Be More Expensive Than New Ones

September 18, 2012 by  
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It’s often believed that buying a used car will save you money in the short run. However, a new poll shows that higher prices on used cars are driving consumers to purchase new cars instead.

The prices could be the result of changes in the car industry, or perhaps the finance market. Buying a new car also has the advantage of providing car owners with a car warranty, which will save car owners in the long run with maintenance.

For more details, read the full article here:
High prices are driving used-car buyers into new-car showrooms

New Cars Could Now Be Cheaper Than Used Cars

September 11, 2012 by  
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Automakers have been looking into new ways to make their new cars more appealing to consumers and according to the news, these companies have discovered that by lowering their new car price tags and keeping it competitive with the price of common used cars, they are able to improve sales.

This is due to the fact everyone wants a new car and many consumers have their wallets in mind before anything else when purchasing a new car. This move has helped to develop the concept of True Market Value for vehicles.

For more on the true value of new cars, read the full article here:
Some New Cars Now Cheaper Than Used Cars

GM Launches The Fuel-Efficient 2013 Buick Model

September 10, 2012 by  
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General Motors, the automaker that manufactured the new 2013 Buick Encore has reported that the new SUV gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

The company also claimed in recent announcements that it has better fuel economy and is more affordable than the 2013 Ford Escape and the 2013 Jeep Compass. Both models only get 23/33 and 22/28 mpg, according to GM.

Potential car owners who are willing to learn more about this new Buick Encore model may read the full article here:
2013 Buick Encore Rated at 33 MPG Highway

Certified Pre-Owned Cars: More Popular Than Ever But Are They Save?

September 7, 2012 by  
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Certified pre-owned cars are in very high demand, according to a series of news articles. According to the news, drivers are looking into purchasing pre-owned vehicles because they dont want to deal with the high costs of newer vehicles, but still want to purchase a safer vehicle.

According to experts, however, pre-owned vehicles go through many inspections but are not 100 percent perfection guaranteed. A good way to make sure you don’t get stuck with a type of vehicle you don’t want is to make sure your warranty covers as long as you will need it to.

Read the full article here:

Certified Pre-Owned Cars: A Reality Check

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