The auto press usually focuses on new cars this time of year, but another reason the midwinter months can be exciting is from the used car perspective. Around this time of year, some of the cars that were brand new last year are starting to appear on used car lots. 2014 models have had their time in the spotlight, and now’s your chance to try to find one for a bargain. There likely won’t be a hugely significant price change, mind you, but you can (we hope) expect a barely year-old vehicle to be in decent shape. Even if these cars are still on new lots, you can expect the dealerships to offer some great deals to move that inventory and make way for the plethora of ’15s and ’16s they’re receiving.
There are performance brands, then there are the performance sub-brands of performance brands.
It sounds confusing, but you know exactly what I mean. BMW has one. Audi has one. Mercedes-Benz has one. Cadillac has one. Even Lexus, the stalwart of comfort and luxury, has one.
Jaguar has one too, which has been denoted with an R or R-S badge on the trunk, which signifies a step up in horsepower, acceleration, and handling. Future top-of-the-line Jaguars will wear a new SVR badge, which will likely grow into a full lineup of vehicles.
Which is your favorite performance brand? Keep reading for a quick rundown.
This has been quite a big week for the auto industry, as manufacturers unveil the first lines of their 2016 portfolios at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The annual auto show has a long history of being one of the most pivotal events of the year for auto manufacturers. This is the time of year to get excited. This is when we begin to have a sense of what is to come in the next 11 months of automobile production and when we get to see in what direction the industry will head. This is one of the biggest events in the auto industry for a reason.
The sad reality of the auto industry is that some vehicles don’t have long lifespans. This is always a sad time of year when we begin to realize some of our favorite models will not get refreshed for the new year. Of course, automakers and industry analysts have been hinting that some of these wouldn’t see a new edition, but now the reality is sinking in.
I’ve been known to watch the occasional cat video online or to sometimes partake in viewing compilations of motorcycle jump fails. Of course, I’ll waste time on dumb stuff, too, such as online quizzes that serve no purpose other than providing advertisers a place to reach me.
One of those quizzes sucked me in, and I normally wouldn’t share my results or admit that I used valuable work time to complete it, but today, being Friday and all, I’ll make an exception.
The quiz was titled, “Can You Match the Car to the Movie?”
Well, of course I can. I am, after all, a car guy, so I expected a hundred percent. As it turns out, to know your movie cars, it’s also good to know a thing or two about movies.
Which I apparently I don’t.
With the year coming to a close, we thought it might a good time to look into the hottest cars of the year for consumers on CarGurus. So we dug into our data mines to determine exactly which vehicles were generating the most interest among our users this last year. These are not necessarily the most purchased vehicles, but rather the vehicles most inquired about by CarGurus users.
My brother didn’t get a new car for Christmas. He didn’t ask for one, but it would have been pretty cool if someone had given him a car yesterday with a big red bow on top.
Since it didn’t happen, it’s probably time he makes the investment on his own. My brother is newly employed as a teacher, so he can’t afford to finance a new $30,000-plus vehicle. What he can afford is a cheap lease, which he took the opportunity to ask me about at our family gathering yesterday.
My brother’s current car is a 1997 Honda CR-V that has provided almost 240,000 miles of service. It was a fine car for a college student, but it’s not a fine car for a newly employed teacher.
So here’s the challenge: What new car can be leased on a budget of around $199 per month?
What do you suppose a 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona with a 4-speed 425-hp V8 with only 6,000 original miles would command on the auction block?
Here’s a little more info to help with your guess:
The car is in the Tim Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alabama and is:
a “pedigree” car that once did time in collector Otis Chandler’s stable and is among the fastest stock cars to ever rip up the roads. “It has a true NASCAR race motor from a brief age when you’d race that car on Sunday and sell the same one to the public on Monday,” says Wellborn. “That’ll never happen again.”
Yes, this car is going up for sale, along with 25 other classics from Wellborn’s 70-car collection. Price?
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow CarGurus!
As you enjoy this day of watching football, eating sweet potatoes and carving turkey (or tofurkey if you’re like me), I want you to keep something in mind when you take turns going around the table to express your thanks.
Yes, it’s important to give thanks to family and to express gratitude for the food that fills your plate. But don’t forget to take a few moments and thank the auto gods for the abundance of speed, luxury and performance they’ve bestowed upon this Earth.
Here are some cars I’ll mention today in my annual “giving of the thanks.” What will yours be?
The words of House Stark will tell you that preparing for winter is imperative. And assuming you’ve seen a few winters in your time, you’ll know that one of the biggest adjustments you’ll need to make is winter driving. You’ll need to add some time to your commute allowance, check your antifreeze, grab some flares and road salt, and throw on some snow tires. But if you’re looking for a new vehicle to bring to battle with winter, we have some suggestions. Cars for skiing are great, but these vehicles will do you good in the everyday winter struggle.