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Things to Consider Before Buying a Pickup Truck

July 2nd, 2015

F150-Trailer-Assist-50It’s a great time to be in the market for a pickup. Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to improve their trucks’ ride, interiors, and exteriors. With so many pickup trucks out there, how do you decide which truck is right for you?

The first factor to consider is new versus used. The needle is pointing to buying new if your budget can justify it. As CarGurus.com Used Car Price Trends shows, used pickup prices are up 7.79 percent year over year. (Only used convertibles and vans show larger increases.) New pickup prices haven’t demonstrated a similar increase. PickupTrucks.com reports, “…some U.S. dealerships are offering extended financing packages and huge discounts on half-ton and heavy-duty pickups. In some cases there are more than $10,000 in discounts on specific vehicle configurations and trim packages; the 2015 Ford F-150 is one example.” That means you’re going to find offers on new pickups that you won’t on used models.

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The New King of the Muscle Cars… For Now

July 2nd, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

How’d it feel, Camaro, to be the muscle-car sales king?

It lasted about 6 years.

You managed to outsell the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger while giving the automotive press and middle-aged gearheads aneurysms with your cartoon-ish retro looks.

The Challenger had never been a real contender sales-wise, even though the vicious Hellcat could take the other two cars and burn their rubber straight to, well, hell.

How do the numbers stack up, and does the Camaro stand a chance of reclaiming the throne?

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Should You Trade In or Sell Your Used Car?

June 25th, 2015

Car keys & cashSo, the time has come to part with your used car. You’re moving on to a different vehicle, but what should you do with the one that has served you so well? Do you trade it in or sell it privately? What should you consider before you take the next step either way?

Let’s take a moment to look at trading in your used car first. This is the simplest step to take, because you let the dealer handle all the hassles. It’s popular with most used car owners.

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Have You Ever Heard of These Toyotas?

June 22nd, 2015

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Do you recognize the logo in this picture?

Look close. You’ll see a familiar shape in the car but the logo itself is probably completely unknown.

For car people like you and me, seeing a logo on the road that isn’t instantly recognizable is a little jarring. Questions swirl in our heads. We wonder if a new brand has quietly been launched or if we’re spotting something rare and exotic.

This happened recently on the streets near my home but after some research I discovered the logo in question didn’t belong to anything exotic, but was a disguise for something far more common.

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How Many Decades Does It Take for an Ugly Car to Look Cool?

June 19th, 2015

Ford Edsel 2-Door

When you’re asked to think of the biggest car flop of all time and the ugliest car ever made, there’s one car that is most likely to come to mind.

The 1958 Ford Edsel (officially known as the Edsel Ranger).

The car has ended up on countless lists of the world’s ugliest cars and has become synonymous with failure. The Washington Post called it The Flop Heard Round the World.

The Edsel did fail upon its introduction, but that’s not necessarily because it was a bad car. It failed because of bad marketing.

Ford over-promised on the Edsel and over-hyped the car to the point of unrealistic expectations. When it was finally revealed, the public was left with the bitter taste of disappointment and turned their backs on the car that Ford had spent the equivalent of $2 billion to develop.

More than 50 years later, though, the Edsel might finally be cool.

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How to Pick the Right Car Dealership

June 18th, 2015

Shopper and salespersonGoing new car or used car shopping this weekend? There are a lot of choices out there, and it can be tough to decide. But I’m not talking about buying your next car. I’m talking about picking your new or used car dealership. That’s the second most important decision you will make on what is typically the second most expensive thing you own.

Here are 5 things to consider when choosing a dealership. Most apply to both new and used car dealerships.

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When Do You Decide to Sell Your Car?

June 18th, 2015

1993 Volvo 240

Today let’s discuss one of the endless debates in car ownership. It’s the bane of existence for owners everywhere and the justification many people give for buying a new car.

Here’s the issue:

An older car requires sudden and expensive repairs to continue running. Do you take your chances and fix it or get rid of it and purchase something newer?

A friend is struggling with this issue right now and might be on the verge of making the wrong choice.

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How Long Will the Mustang and Corvette Be Cool?

June 15th, 2015

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The Shelby GT350 came up behind me far too quickly. I could see its menacing grille approaching in my mirror, and I briefly thought it might hit me. The driver swerved at the last moment into the adjacent left turn lane and stopped at the red light.

The orange car with black racing stripes idled just ahead, immediately followed by, what are the odds, another orange GT350 with black racing stripes.

The two identical cars revved their engines in some sort of brotherly bond, but I wondered if that first dude felt instantly unimportant, and I imagined the second dude feeling like a girl at a party wearing the same dress as a stranger.

I wondered if they knew each other or if it was a crazy random happenstance. Either way, it wasn’t good.

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Dream of These Cars for Your 2015 Road Trip

June 12th, 2015

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Like many of you, I’ll embark on a road trip this summer. My plans will take me from the plains of Eastern Washington down to Bend, Oregon, then on to Tahoe City, Los Angeles, San Diego, and back up north to Washington with passes through Arizona, Utah, and Idaho.

It’ll be my wife and me for most of the trip, and we’ll have some children on various legs, so we’ll take the SUV and sacrifice gas mileage for much-needed storage space. As much as I’d love to have a vehicle that delivers comfort and 30+ miles per gallon on the highway, it won’t happen on this trip.

Instead I’ll dream of my ideal car for road tripping while remaining thankful for the vehicle I do have. It sure would be nice to have one of these, though.

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Find the Best Certified Pre-Owned Deals

June 11th, 2015

2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Right now the certified pre-owned (CPO) market for used cars is as strong as it has ever been. May 2015 was the best month ever for top-of-the-line manufacturer-certified used cars, pickups, and crossovers.

According to Autodata Corp., via AutoRemarketing.com, there were an estimated 232,842 CPO used cars sold in May. Through May, more than a million have been sold.

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