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Things to Consider Before Buying a Pickup Truck

July 2nd, 2015

F150-Trailer-Assist-50It’s a great time to be in the market for a pickup. Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to improve their trucks’ ride, interiors, and exteriors. With so many pickup trucks out there, how do you decide which truck is right for you?

The first factor to consider is new versus used. The needle is pointing to buying new if your budget can justify it. As CarGurus.com Used Car Price Trends shows, used pickup prices are up 7.79 percent year over year. (Only used convertibles and vans show larger increases.) New pickup prices haven’t demonstrated a similar increase. PickupTrucks.com reports, “…some U.S. dealerships are offering extended financing packages and huge discounts on half-ton and heavy-duty pickups. In some cases there are more than $10,000 in discounts on specific vehicle configurations and trim packages; the 2015 Ford F-150 is one example.” That means you’re going to find offers on new pickups that you won’t on used models.

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You Could Be Closer Than You Think to Driving an Electric Car

June 17th, 2015

Tesla Model X Falcon doors

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about Tesla, because things at the electric automaker are about to get seriously supercharged.

Bad puns aside, electric cars are becoming more accepted in the U.S. and around the world, and Tesla is a big reason why.

With immediate plans to get into the crossover and small sedan markets, the Tesla logo could soon be found in driveways across America. With at least one model priced near a loaded Honda Accord, perhaps one of those driveways could be yours.

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Dream of These Cars for Your 2015 Road Trip

June 12th, 2015

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Like many of you, I’ll embark on a road trip this summer. My plans will take me from the plains of Eastern Washington down to Bend, Oregon, then on to Tahoe City, Los Angeles, San Diego, and back up north to Washington with passes through Arizona, Utah, and Idaho.

It’ll be my wife and me for most of the trip, and we’ll have some children on various legs, so we’ll take the SUV and sacrifice gas mileage for much-needed storage space. As much as I’d love to have a vehicle that delivers comfort and 30+ miles per gallon on the highway, it won’t happen on this trip.

Instead I’ll dream of my ideal car for road tripping while remaining thankful for the vehicle I do have. It sure would be nice to have one of these, though.

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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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Why the Lamborghini Urus Doesn’t Make Sense

June 3rd, 2015

Lamborghini Urus

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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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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Do Too Many Cars Look Alike?

May 4th, 2015
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The Porsche 924 looks just like a…

Some people have an uncanny ability to spot a car and instantly recognize what other brand of car it resembles.

Look-alike cars have been around since the Model T, and each era since has had vehicles that seem like they were created by a single group of traveling designers.

The car that sparked this conversation in my household was the old rusted 1977 Porsche 924 that pulled up beside us and looked, to my wife, nearly identical to a 1970s Datsun hatchback. I can’t argue with her. Even the shape of the window behind the B-pillar is nearly identical.

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Her next comparison was even more ridiculous… but right on.

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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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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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Time to Trade the Hybrid for an SUV?

April 23rd, 2015

2015 Jeep Renegade

Don’t jump back into an SUV just yet!

If you drive an electric car or a hybrid, you might be tempted by low gas prices to make the leap back into an SUV or crossover. It happens every time there’s a fluctuation in fuel prices; they rise, and people flock to hybrids. They sink, and people migrate back to the big rigs.

Americans are a fickle breed, and we have a hard time looking at the long-term picture. With gas prices currently well under $3 per gallon in most of the country, the great transition back to SUVs is already in place.

According to CNN, so far this year only 45 percent of people who traded in an environmentally friendly hybrid car purchased another. That means 55 percent of folks went back to gas, and many of those were SUV purchases.

The logic makes sense, but whatever happened to the days when someone made a decision and stuck with it for a while?

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