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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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Shop Smart with CarGurus’ Mobile Site

May 31st, 2013

A recent study showed that 62% of Shoppers Use a Mobile Device in Stores to Check Prices. We’re not sure what the exact figure is for car shoppers, but we’re sure it’s comparable, and we at CarGurus want to help by putting all the information you need about a car at your fingertips while it’s right in front of you.

Mobile home pageWith our recently updated mobile site (accessible on your smartphone), we’ve given you, the potential buyer, powerful tools that can help you make better decisions when purchasing a vehicle. Loaded with a host of features that can be utilized only on a smartphone, it’s far from a watered-down version of our desktop site and seeks to put the tools you’ll need on the lot into your hands.

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Try Our Midlife Crisis Car Search

April 1st, 2012

Who, me?

Have you found yourself looking back wistfully lately, wishing you still had the strength, speed and stamina of your younger days? Don’t waste a second–try CarGurus’ Midlife Crisis Car Search right away and find ways to rekindle your youthful spark. (Don’t worry–we won’t tell your wife and kids.)

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Going Diesel? Now Is the Best Time to Save on a Used Car

November 29th, 2011
Chevrolet Cruze

Ready for a diesel Cruze?

With all the attention hybrid cars get, compared with diesels, I’m surprised to read that they share a fairly minuscule segment of the auto market. Hybrids have about a 2 percent share of the market, while diesels, remarkably, have less than 3.

I’ve made my case for diesels here many times. I prefer them because they are more durable, produce more torque and deliver up to 30 percent better fuel efficiency than their gasoline counterparts. If gas prices rise, and diesel doesn’t rise as much, the extra cost for diesel-powered cars will be worth it. The benefits over hybrids are their long-term durability and no worries about battery replacement.

Diesel cars are gaining in popularity, more new models are entering the market, and used models could be priced as low as they’re going to get for a while.

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How Patriotic Is Your Metro Area?

June 28th, 2011

U.S. flag on carWhen CarGurus started thinking about this year’s July 4th, we decided to take a look at which major U.S. metro areas are most patriotic in terms of car shopping. We looked at the cars our DealFinder shoppers have inquired about in 50 major metro areas, and we found that shoppers in some areas have a strong preference for American brand cars, while those in other areas actually prefer foreign cars.

We were not at all surprised to find that shoppers in the Detroit metro area had the strongest preference of all the areas we studied for American brand cars. St. Louis fell very closely behind, with Cleveland, Milwaukee and Tulsa completing our top five most patriotic car buying metro areas. The Midwest generally had the strongest interest in American cars.

California, meanwhile, took the bottom four slots in our list, meaning shoppers in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose metro areas had the lowest interest in American brand cars. New York, Boston, Seattle and Miami also placed in our bottom 10, suggesting that car shoppers in metro areas on both coasts had the least interest in American brand cars.

Where did your metro area place in our ranking? You can see our complete list and read the whole study here.

Does patriotism come into play when you’re shopping for a car, or do you try to focus on practical or financial issues? Or maybe other considerations?

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A List of “Don’ts” to Consider When Selling Your Car

March 17th, 2011
Buyers check out 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV hot rod for sale

Buyers check out 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV hot rod for sale

We gave you the “Do’s” a couple of weeks ago in a piece about how to sell your car privately without problems. Now, in response to a story on MSN Autos, “10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Car,” we offer our (simpler and better) list of stupid things not to do.

There are five:

1. Don’t sell the car if you’re too far “upside down”—that is, if you owe a lot more than the car is worth. Yes, some accommodating lenders will roll your present car loan over and happily tack your balance owed onto a new loan. But that isn’t smart if it’s a big balance. Unless you like debt.

2. Don’t just pull a price out of the air, or from the Kelley Blue Book. Sam Smith, author of the MSN article, put it well:

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Selling Your Car Directly to an Individual—Without Problems

March 3rd, 2011

Used cars

Avoid the dealership hassle in selling your car

Most car gurus know they will get a better price selling their car privately rather than through a dealer. It’s retail versus wholesale. But to make that extra money, you’ll have to do a number of things that may be intimidating or difficult for you. In fact, they should be neither if you follow the guidelines we offer here.

For women who are leery about meeting and dealing with guy shoppers, my advice is always: Bring a friend with you. Here’s a good checklist. Selling privately takes time and effort, but you should reap some very tangible rewards.

Here are the steps:

  • Preparing the car and getting a vehicle history report
  • Pricing the car to sell
  • Advertising on DealFinder and locally
  • Dealing with buyers and lookers
  • Arranging financing and delivery

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CarGurus Announces Profitability

February 23rd, 2011

Drive to Bring Price Transparency to Online Auto Marketplace Pays Off for Cambridge, MA-based Company

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 23, 2011 — CarGurus, a leading online automotive community, today reported that it had achieved four consecutive profitable quarters in 2010 with 230% revenue growth over 2009. With more than 3 million unique visitors a month, CarGurus has grown to become one of the leading online automotive research sites on the web.

Of particular note, CarGurus’ DealFinder (www.cargurus.com) shopping service has seen a 793% year over year increase in traffic. Using proprietary pricing models, CarGurus’ DealFinder uses live market data to analyze more than 2 million car listings a day and help consumers find the best car deals in their local markets. CarGurus’ DealFinder is the first and only online automotive shopping service to bring complete price transparency to the traditional online autos listings business. Much like Kayak and Zillow in the travel and real estate markets, CarGurus helps consumers quickly and easily search for the best deals in their local markets.

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