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Selling a Car? Watch Out for Scams

May 11th, 2015

cars for sale

It used to be that selling a car meant posting an ad in the newspaper classifieds, fielding phone calls, arranging test drives, and accepting a hand-written check as payment before the buyer drove happily into the sunset.

Those days have long since been replaced by online ads resulting in text-message replies and fake checks as payment.

The vast majority of private-party used-car deals go down without a hitch, but occasionally scam artists get away with conning sellers out of thousands of dollars. How can you avoid such a fate?

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The Battle of 2015’s Best Sedans

April 9th, 2015

2015 Mazda6

There’s not a bad sedan on the market today. Any sedan, from any automaker that sells cars in the United States, should provide safe and reliable transportation for many years.

The differences in cars are in their levels of quality, performance, comfort, technology, and safety. Buying a top-level Lexus sedan will provide a much different experience than an entry-level Kia 4-door, but both will probably be on the road for about the same amount of time.

So how do car shoppers know which sedan is the best? Or better yet, how can they discover which is the best for them?

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CarGurus Announces Bahston Translation

April 1st, 2015

A cah in the snow in Bahston

Boston winters can be hard on a car, be it Big-Dig-size potholes destroying suspensions, road salt rendering undercarriages rusty and weak, or space-saving old beach chairs leaving ugly dents and scrapes on new vehicles. Here at Cambridge-based CarGurus, we want to help our friends and family who have cars that failed to weather the storm and are now searching for new rides.

Introducing CarGurus Bahston: Our first U.S. regional site translation offers “Wicked Great Deals from Killah Dealers.” Built with the same technology powering CarGurus in Spanish, it makes car shopping more familiar and natural for Boston natives.

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Today’s Most Popular Cars From the 1980s

February 13th, 2015

1988 Pontiac Fiero

As time goes on and we look back at decades past, the ’80s become a weirder time for everyone. It was a pretty good time for cars, though, to be honest. Cars from the ’80s are still holding up to this day, and finding these 30-plus-year-old vehicles is becoming more desirable for some people. A lot of cars from the ’80s still move off sales lots pretty quickly. Not too surprising when these American classics are becoming increasingly rare and desirable. Many have long been discontinued, and that rarity has only increased their value.

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Beating the Heat with Cool Cars

July 18th, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Corvette

Yesterday, we were lucky enough get an invite to the New England Motor Press Association‘s annual Ragtop Ramble. The day started out at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts, where we met up with representatives from several automakers, automotive journalists and, of course, the cars we’d be driving up to the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Happy Collector Car Appreciation Day!

July 11th, 2014

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

Happy July 11th! Today is a very special day for car-lovers: the relatively newly dubbed National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a (real and official) holiday celebrated to raise awareness of automotive restoration and collection and its role in American society. A resolution was passed (one of the few truly bipartisan efforts) by the U.S. Senate in 2010 in order to to recognize the important roles played by automobiles in music, literature, cinema and other cultural and artistic aspects of the American identity. Organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the event has been held on the second Friday in July since 2010. This makes today the fifth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, and its popularity (and knowledge of its existence) is growing. And we couldn’t be happier about that.

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Does Selling Cars on Consignment Make Sense?

May 13th, 2014
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Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta: candidate for consignment

Bear with me on this analogy for a moment, gear heads. If you have a wife or girlfriend, this won’t be too difficult to comprehend.

When your significant other wants to get rid of some of her high-end clothes, what does she do? She won’t just give them away. She won’t typically put them on Craigslist and can’t trade them in for new clothes. If your girl is anything like mine, she’ll most likely take the big-money items to a consignment shop.

So why, guys and gals, when it’s time to sell a car, do we just list them on a classified site or trade them in? Could car consignment work?

There are a growing number of such businesses across the U.S., but a word of caution is in order before you go down that path.

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Looking Forward to 2014

December 30th, 2013

2015 Mustang

As the auto companies never tire of telling us, car fans have lots to look forward to in the coming year. The 2015 Mustang was already unveiled, totally dominating the auto news a few weeks back, but we’ll have to wait to see sales figures and user reviews to get a clear idea whether the ‘Stang faithful appreciate the new pony car’s increased fuel economy and independent rear suspension. (If they don’t, they might want to grab an old-school 2014, which our reviewer liked quite a bit.)

We’ll also have to wait to see what BMW fans make of the company’s decision to split its legendary 3 Series lineup into separate models for sedans and wagons (still the 3 Series) and coupes (the new 4 Series). Our reviewer found the new 4 Series “sublime to pilot,” but was less impressed with its tech. And of course we look forward to learning more about the new M3 and M4’s “Smokey Burnout” feature, which will likely end up competing with a now confirmed similar “secret feature” on the new Mustang.

What we’re most excited about for 2014, though, is something you’ve already gotten a taste of if you followed either of the links above to our 2014 Mustang and 4 Series pages: The CarGurus site will feature detailed reviews based on extended test drives of top-selling vehicles. Our new reviews will include point ratings on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of 6 categories (Look and Feel, Performance, Form and Function, Technology, Safety and Cost-Effectiveness) as well as an overall score, and we’re confident they’ll provide more useful information to shoppers as well as more enjoyable reading for enthusiasts.

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Used Car Shopping Evolves

December 19th, 2013

2008 Audi Q7

“Well, let’s go get some dinner and think about it,” I said after test-driving a 2008 Audi Q7 with my girlfriend.

Our salesman and the sales manager stood with us, hoping to entice us into the next room, where we could discuss numbers. Upon hearing my desire to leave, the salesman shot a glance at his manager, who just smiled, nodded, thanked us for coming in and wished us a good night.

We went on our way and discussed the merits of the car over sushi, quite impressed with the lack of sales pressure and the overall pleasant experience at the dealer.

If all experiences were like that, there’d be no reason for change. Yet change is happening.

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How to Sell a Used Car: Be Manly

November 7th, 2013

1997 Jeep Wrangler

The days of selling used cars with a three-line classified ad are over.

No longer can we simply give a year, make, model, mileage and short feature list—we must turn our used car into an experience. We must describe our car so anyone who reads about it will become so emotionally involved they’d be crazy to pass up an opportunity to own such a life-enhancing piece of machinery.

Your used car shouldn’t be just another used car in the never-ending sea of used cars. It should stand out, it should be marketed as a one-of-a-kind vehicle that will give its new owner a sense of having real superpowers.

Or at least make him feel more manly than he ever thought possible.

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