It’s the classic all-you-can-eat dilemma. You’ve put down your 12 dollars, and now it’s time to see just how much food you can get for your money. This is the epitome of a lose-lose situation: The restaurant surely lost money (thanks to your gluttony), and you feel terrible after having eaten 13 mediocre fried chicken legs. Luckily, in the auto world, seeing just how much power you can get for your dollar is a much less sickening proposition. Using real data, we’ve put together a list of the 12 best values on the horsepower market.
We had just finished considering whether or not our current car would be held in such high regard if it came packaged with a different badge on the steering wheel. Would it elicit stares and draw myriad cell phones, all pointed in our direction, as it does now? Surely, plush carpeting and massaging seats are common enough nowadays to be found in a Kia K900 or a Hyundai Equus, let alone one of the more and more ubiquitous luxury brands. Was our car really so special?
Then we saw it. Driven by what very well may have been a chauffeur, a brand spanking new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG pulled alongside us and, sure enough, compelled my co-driver to utter the following:
My home base is the great Northeast. As such, this past winter I thought summer would never come. But all that snow eventually melted, and with it so have new and used car prices. Summer is a great time to buy a car.
Prices in the used car market begin to drop this time of year for a couple of reasons. Demand declines after tax season and its flood of money from tax refunds. Consumers wait until their returns are filed and IRS checks issued to make down payments.
But the bigger reason is supply grows this time of year. Private sellers get more active, and more people are buying new cars, which increases the used car supply.
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Those days have long since been replaced by online ads resulting in text-message replies and fake checks as payment.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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.