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Volvo’s New Plan: Bad for the Buyer?

December 17th, 2014

2016 Volvo XC90

By trying to be different, Volvo is enacting a plan that many have already tried.

In the past I’ve been in full agreement with the concept behind Volvo’s plan. It probably is time that the way we purchase cars begins to change. The thing is, the change suggested could actually end up hurting consumers financially.

News is making the rounds this week about Volvo’s new marketing plan, which cuts out most auto-show participation and introduces online car buying to customers. The theory of shoppers being able to build their ideal cars online, then order with the push of a button, makes sense. But is the convenience really a good thing?

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2015 Mustang Knocks Camaro From the Top

December 16th, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang GT

In November of 2013, a total of 5,376 Ford Mustangs found new homes. That’s not a bad sales month for a muscle car, and it’s about the range where the Chevy Camaro has held steady for the last year.

November 2014 was an entirely different story, mostly because the all-new 2015 Mustang hit the market with full force.

The result?

Let’s just say that the newly redesigned pony car has been exceptionally well received.

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Can You Return a Brand New Car?

December 15th, 2014

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If your car needs normal maintenance, there’s a good chance you’ll take it to the dealer.

If you take your car to the dealer, there’s a good chance you’ll find out the car needs more repairs.

If your car needs more repairs, you’ll probably be upset about the repair bill.

If you’re upset about the repair bill, there’s a good chance you’ll think about trading your car in instead of repairing it.

If you trade your car in, you’ll probably wind up with a new car.

If you wind up with a new car, chances are, the next day you’ll wish you had your old car back.

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Win $90 Million, Buy a… Subaru!?

December 12th, 2014
Even the Forester is someone's dream car

Even the Forester is someone’s dream car

If you won a $90 million jackpot, would you stay loyal to your car brand?

With the odds of winning the Powerball at about 1 in 175 million, most of us will never have to worry about the trouble of picking out a new car after winning big.

Should the gods of wealth ever grace me with some big bucks, I’ll look away from Audi and purchase a Porsche 911 Turbo. Probably a 1988 version! And a new Aston Martin would look pretty good parked next to it, though that might come across as too greedy.

A lady right here in my home state won the $90 million Powerball just after Thanksgiving and treated herself to perhaps the most popular car on the roads here: a Subaru Forester.

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An F430 Dressing Up Like an Enzo? Bad Idea

December 10th, 2014
The F430 Enzo conversion

The F430 Enzo conversion

A savvy car buyer could pick up a gently used Ferrari F430 for somewhere between $130,000 and $150,000. Yes, that’s enough to buy a house in some places around these United States, but as far as modern Ferraris go, it’s not a bad price of entry.

The F430 was the predecessor of the 458 Italia and remains a mighty fine example of Italian supercar prowess. With its 4.3-liter V8 and 483-hp engine, the car can hit 100 mph before most cars approach 60. Plus it looks absolutely stunning and can hold its own against any other supercar on the market.

Yes, the F430 is a masterpiece, and well-cared-for cars should hold their value, if not increase in worth, over the coming years.

Or, as one F430 seller hopes, you can buy an F430 for almost four times the going rate and get a car that’s been mangled beyond recognition.

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The Wellborn Sale: Get Your Rare American Muscle!

December 5th, 2014
The million-dollar Daytona?

The million-dollar Daytona?

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?

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Do We Really Need a New Ford GT?

December 4th, 2014

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The last couple of days have been intense for fans of the Ford GT. Rumors are strong that the much-loved supercar could come racing back, with a debut coming as early as next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Why would Ford want to get back into the  supercar business? There are plenty of reasons but the biggest two, in my opinion, are the Corvette and the Viper.

Arch rivals Chevrolet and Dodge both have supercars, and the closest Ford currently gets is with the Shelby Mustang, which admittedly is almost as good. Almost.

In the game of car competition, though, “almost” doesn’t win many sales. The timing is right for the GT to come back, but does it make sense?

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Hellcat Opens the Gates of Possibility

December 3rd, 2014
New Buick GNX?

New Buick GNX?

Hellcat is the coolest and most intimidating name ever given to a car.

The Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat twins live up to the name and offer over 700 horsepower of fire-breathing evil. Plenty has been written about the ferocious beasts, and I think we can all agree that they’re pretty much the most impressive muscle cars ever produced.

While proudly owning that crown, the Hellcat probably won’t be the last to emerge from the now open gates to the underworld.

Another famously evil car could return, this one once associated with the dark Empire run by one Lord Vader.

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Which Is Better: The Old Acura or the New?

December 2nd, 2014

2015 Acura TLX

I remember seeing a brand new 2004 Acura TL for the first time. I worked at an ad agency and had just purchased a new ’04 Jaguar X-Type. A co-worker showed up a few days later with the new Acura, perhaps trying to one-up me. She said her purchase was just coincidentally timed, but I always had my doubts.

Regardless of her intent, I was smitten by that car. It didn’t have the curvaceous eye-catching looks of the Jag, but it was still beautiful, luxurious and most of all, felt solid and well crafted.

The Jaguar always felt a little questionable, even when it was new over 10 years ago.

When Acura refreshed the TL in 2009, the car fell a few rungs down the style ladder and sales slowly declined until it was discontinued this year. The car, with its now-infamous beak grille, had grown too big and too underpowered to take on its German rivals.

To replace the TL, Acura created the all-new TLX in hopes it could re-ignite U.S. buyers’ flaming passion for the brand.

The strategy seems to be working.

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Want a Deal? Buy Today or New Year’s Eve

November 28th, 2014

Lexus December to Remember

You don’t even need to wake up early to get some of the best Black Friday deals on the market. You won’t find them at Target, Walmart or even at Best Buy, but instead at your local car dealer.

We are entering the time of year when car deals, on both new and used vehicles, are at their best.

So instead of getting up at 3 am, sleep in until 10 and visit a few dealers if you’re even thinking there might be a new car in your future.

Here’s the scoop on what’s out there this year.

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