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Fastest Selling Cars Mean No Bargains Available

May 7th, 2015

2015 VW Golf Sportwagen photoIn the car-selling business, there is a term “days to turn.” It refers to how long a vehicle sits on a dealership lot before it sells. Cars, trucks, and SUVs with a low days-to-turn number rarely see good deals, while higher numbers work in the buyer’s favor.

What’s that mean for you as a buyer? Wait a month or two if the car you seek is on the fastest-selling list below. Passions cool, especially if it’s a recently introduced new car. You’ll never regret waiting a few months if that means significant savings.

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New Mercedes-Benz G-Class Raises the Question of Car Color

May 7th, 2015

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Despite how it might look, this is not a post about the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Very few of us will ever test-drive or purchase Merc’s veritable luxury performance off-roader, and even fewer will step foot into a G63 AMG or G65 AMG.

However, the new G-Series has caught my attention not because of the G63’s mind-numbing 5.4-second zero-to-60 time or the G65’s 621 horsepower, but because the color choices are as ridiculous as the car itself. Orange, lime green, magenta, and bright yellow complement the traditional choices.

I bring this up because just yesterday a friend asked, after reading our article about look-alike cars, why more color choices aren’t offered on new cars to set them apart. Here’s what she asked:

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Will Chevy Follow Ford and Introduce Aluminum Trucks?

May 6th, 2015

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Ford’s gamble with the aluminum 2015 F-150 could have ended two ways:

  • As an embarrassing failure
  • As a trendsetting new way to build trucks

Ram, with its little comment about aluminum’s best use being for beer cans, pretty much secured its future of steel bodies.

Chevrolet stayed pretty quiet on the issue, presumably to take a wait-and-see approach. Watching the new Ford keep its status as the number one truck in America, while scoring a 5-star safety rating, might have had a hand in convincing Chevy to join the aluminum body movement.

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2016 Mazda Miata: Saving Manuals and Inspiring FIAT

May 5th, 2015

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Could Mazda singlehandedly save the manual transmission *and* make FIAT exciting again?

Those might seem like two completely unrelated things, but the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has the potential to do both. It’s a tall order from an automaker that ranks 15th in size by production worldwide, but sometimes it’s the smaller guys who rise up to make the biggest impact.

Car enthusiasts in the U.S. are painfully aware of the slow demise of the manual transmission. They are also aware that driving a FIAT basically means you’ve given up on attaining any type of thrill from driving.

But fear not, friends, because the Miata is here to save the day.

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10 Cars That Make You Look Rich for $10k

May 1st, 2015

2005 Chrysler 300

So, you want to make the impression that you’re very successful, but don’t have the funds to prove it. Don’t you worry! We have the perfect list of used cars that can help you can feign success. Whether it’s to look successful at a school reunion, make a good impression on a date, or just to make your neighbors jealous of your upscale lifestyle, these cars will do more talking than your wallet ever could. And they all fall under the $10,000 price point.

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Be Like Floyd: Mayweather and His Car Dealer

May 1st, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Mercedes Ferrari

When a ridiculously rich and famous athlete wakes up at 3 a.m. with the sudden urge to call his dealer, it’s normally not the kind that sells cars.

The online media has exploded with stories about tomorrow’s bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, with one of the biggest stories being, oddly enough, the cars of Mr. Mayweather.

When you or I wake up in the middle of the night from a dream in which we owned, say, a Bugatti Veyron, we shake our heads at the unlikelihood of it and go back to sleep. When Floyd Mayweather wakes up and wants a Bugatti, he calls his dealer and has a new Veyron in the garage by breakfast. That in itself is incredible, but it’s not the real story here.

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Can a Hyundai Be Better Than a BMW?

April 30th, 2015

2009_bmw_3_series_335xi_coupe-pic-25656There’s something seductive about the idea of buying a used luxury car.

Getting a car that will make friends and family swoon is exciting, so why not cruise around in the kind of style only a used Jaguar or BMW can offer?

Stepping a few model years into the past can get you a car that costs less than an entry-level new car. Plus, used luxury cars usually have better driving dynamics and possess way more brand panache than your average new Hyundai.

However, buying older luxury can cost you more than you might realize, and not just in maintenance costs.

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GM Easily Wins Battle of the Big SUVs

April 29th, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Suburban

Take a guess on how much money General Motors makes every time it sells a Tahoe. I’m not going to tell you yet, but I will say that knowing might change how you negotiate for the biggest of the big SUVs.

You probably won’t score much of a discount, though, because it’s those profits that help keep GM afloat and allow it to field entries in other, less profitable, markets.

The Suburban, Yukon, Escalade, and Tahoe make up about half of the full-size SUV market in the United States. There is some competition in the market, and prices can be incredibly high, which makes me wonder: Are GM’s SUVs selling because they’re great or because the competition is too expensive?

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How to Have a Great Car Dealer Experience

April 28th, 2015

Mercedes-Benz dealer

Car dealers don’t want to rip you off.

All dealerships are in business to make money, provide jobs that pay a decent wage, and build long-term relationships with customers. To succeed they know they have to treat their customers well from the first moment of contact.

There’s a common belief that dealers just want to take as much money as they can from a buyer, which has created a lot of fear in people when it’s time to visit a dealership.

Those fears are amplified when articles are posted that proclaim to show the buyer how to avoid getting ripped off. It’s true, dealers will try to sell you products or services that you don’t need or are not a good value, but all you have to do is prepare a little to make sure you know what to decline.

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What We’d Buy with 100K+ Miles

April 24th, 2015

1987 Toyota Pickup

Of course every shopper wants to purchase a reliable car. When pouring this much money into a single item, you probably expect that purchase to last a good long while, especially one as important as a car. That’s why reliability in a vehicle becomes such an important metric when considering where to throw your money. But how do you measure reliability? It certainly is a measurement that has to be taken with quite a few grains of salt. But, by the way we look at it, the issue of reliability can be addressed with one question: Would I feel comfortable buying this vehicle if it had over 100,000 miles on it?

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