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The Surprising Fact About 10 Cars With the Highest Resale Values

June 5th, 2015

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Everyone knows that the value of any car you buy will plummet with every passing year. Unless you’re purchasing a 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO, you can be sure that the value of your car in 5 years will be significantly less than the price you paid.

That’s the bum deal about cars, and it’s true whether buying new or used. Leasing is gaining in popularity for this very reason. The only exceptions to the rule of depreciation are a few collector cars that go up in price every time they hit the auction block.

Any car currently for sale at a dealership in the U.S. won’t be going to a prestigious auction anytime soon, so the best we can do as buyers is to purchase cars that depreciate more slowly than average. The 10 best cars for holding their value are listed below, and they all share one common trait.

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The New Car That Costs $89 Per Month

June 4th, 2015

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It’s like we’re living in 1963.

I honestly don’t know when the average car payment in the United States was below $100, but I do know that today it sits at just over $480. If you buy or lease a new car in this country, odds are pretty good that you’ll be somewhere in the $200-$500 per month range. The lower end of that range is reserved for low-payment leases and bottom-of-the-barrel entry-level cars.

So when one of the world’s largest automakers promotes an $89 lease, or even lower in some areas, people will pay attention.

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Why the Lamborghini Urus Doesn’t Make Sense

June 3rd, 2015

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Don’t kid yourself. You’re not going to buy the new Lamborghini SUV. You’ll be excited about it and eat up all the blog posts announcing its imminent arrival, but you won’t step foot in a Lambo dealership unless you’re just there to ogle.

Trust me when I say that Lamborghini dealerships don’t exactly smile upon oglers (I had a bad experience).

Yes, the Lamborghini Urus, or whatever its production moniker becomes, will sell out, just not to folks like you and me. And not because of financial reasons alone.

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Toyota Prius: Most Stolen Car in America?

June 2nd, 2015

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Imagine the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” with a Prius in place of the Shelby GT500.

Not very exciting, is it?

Car theft has been romanticized in movies and video games, but the reality is far less exciting. Cars are stolen every day in this country, and it happens in plain site at grocery stores, in home driveways, and in mass-transit parking lots.

Instead of targeting brash sports cars, thieves often go for the kinds of cars that blend in and are easily taken apart so in-demand parts can be sold. The traditional pièce de résistance of thieves is the Honda Accord, which fits those criteria perfectly.

There may, however, be a new king in town.

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The Honda Mojo: It’s Not a Car

June 1st, 2015

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Remember the 2012 Honda Civic? Of course not. It was the most disappointing Civic in modern history.

Consumer Reports famously dissed the car by revoking its “Recommended” status, while Car and Driver summarized the changes like this:

With the latest Civic, Honda has gambled that moving away from sportiness and towards quiet comfort will suit its buyers. Honda hasn’t hedged its bets into the boring realm of the Toyota Corolla, but it’s certainly an unadventurous effort. Aside from being quieter and more efficient, the new Civic doesn’t represent improvement as we define it. The Civic lacks the passion, soul, and entertaining driving dynamics of its predecessor. Mainstream buyers may not care, but enthusiasts surely will.

Honda, once known for sporty and fun-to-drive cars that provided reliability and fuel efficiency, had morphed into the latter while forgetting about the former.

Honda had lost its mojo.

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Porsche’s Profitable Problem

May 28th, 2015

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Porsche has a problem.

It’s a problem no other automaker has but all of them would want. Most automakers build cars that live comfortable lives, sell pretty well for a while, and eventually evolve into something else or end production when they are no longer popular. If they’re lucky, perhaps they’ll spawn a fan club or two.

The cars that have managed to stay relevant for decades (Ford Mustang, Toyota Camry) are nothing like their former selves.

The Porsche 911 is different. This is one of those cars that’s been in existence for most of the last 50 years and has slowly and gracefully aged. With each passing model year the 911 gets only slight changes while retaining its trademark shape. One could argue that the design no longer belongs to Porsche, but to the legions of 911 owners and fans who have become part of the car’s epic history. The 911 isn’t just a car anymore, it’s become part of our culture.

So how does Porsche go about introducing a “new” 911 when it’s bound to keep the classic shape?

That’s the problem facing Porsche.

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Vice President Declares Corvette Better Than Porsche

May 25th, 2015

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Happy Memorial Day! We’re now in the final stretch of a long weekend that marks the unofficial start of summer. This is also the weekend when we’re encouraged to take a break from work and remember the ancestors who paved the way for us to enjoy life in the United States.

This is also the time of year when people graduate from high schools and colleges across our great nation.

Sometimes these two annual rights of passage converge, and we see America-infused commencement speeches from high-profile celebrities and politicians. There were none bigger this month than the speech delivered by Vice President Joe Biden, who made a shocking claim about the superiority of America.

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Why Toyota Shouldn’t Build a New Sports Car

May 22nd, 2015

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t think Toyota should build an inexpensive sports car.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m a freak about sports cars. I clamor for rear-wheel-drive, manual-shift, great-handling coupes and roadsters. I was thrilled when the Subaru BRZ came out, and I’ve gushed about the new Porsche Boxster and basically all iterations of the classic 911.

My brother-in-law races Miatas, and my father-in-law raced Porsches in his younger years.

I love sports cars and everything they represent.

There have been rumors that Toyota would build a sub-$20,000 RWD sports car, but, believe it or not, I don’t think it should.

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Are Car Dealers the Cheapest for Car Maintenance?

May 21st, 2015

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I’ve grown up believing that the service department of a car dealership is the most expensive place to get your car repaired or serviced. I attribute that to my Dad, who taught me at a young age to always take my car to an independent repair shop to get the best price.

I carried that belief into adulthood, and only now am I starting to realize that’s not always the best approach.

To be fair to my Dad, maybe that was true 20 years ago. Maybe dealerships have realized they need to be competitive with other shops to keep customers coming back. Whatever the case, it’s time to give car dealerships another look for service.

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Surprise! A Corvette Split Window and a ’67 Shelby GT500

May 18th, 2015

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There are some things you don’t expect to see when you seclude yourself deep in the woods for the weekend. Those things are:

  1. A cell-phone signal
  2. Air conditioning
  3. A perfect 1967 Ford Mustang GT500

This last weekend, deep in the forest of North Idaho and near the pristine shores of the expansive Lake Pend Oreille, my family and I saw all three. Plus, as an added bonus, a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window.

You’ve surprised me, Idaho.

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