How to Pick the Right Car Dealership

June 18th, 2015

Shopper and salespersonGoing new car or used car shopping this weekend? There are a lot of choices out there, and it can be tough to decide. But I’m not talking about buying your next car. I’m talking about picking your new or used car dealership. That’s the second most important decision you will make on what is typically the second most expensive thing you own.

Here are 5 things to consider when choosing a dealership. Most apply to both new and used car dealerships.

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When Do You Decide to Sell Your Car?

June 18th, 2015

1993 Volvo 240

Today let’s discuss one of the endless debates in car ownership. It’s the bane of existence for owners everywhere and the justification many people give for buying a new car.

Here’s the issue:

An older car requires sudden and expensive repairs to continue running. Do you take your chances and fix it or get rid of it and purchase something newer?

A friend is struggling with this issue right now and might be on the verge of making the wrong choice.

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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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Are Collision Avoidance Systems Really Necessary?

June 16th, 2015

collision avoidance system

“Hey, watch this, kids,” I said as I lifted my feet off the pedals off my 2013 Subaru Legacy. “This car’s so cool because it senses cars in front of it and stops itself.”

I should mention that I was on the Interstate going about 60 miles per hour as traffic up ahead slowed to a crawl.

With my car careening toward the brake lights, I trusted the car would perform as it always has and apply the brakes before I even had to worry.

Except I started to worry.

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How Long Will the Mustang and Corvette Be Cool?

June 15th, 2015

gt350orange

The Shelby GT350 came up behind me far too quickly. I could see its menacing grille approaching in my mirror, and I briefly thought it might hit me. The driver swerved at the last moment into the adjacent left turn lane and stopped at the red light.

The orange car with black racing stripes idled just ahead, immediately followed by, what are the odds, another orange GT350 with black racing stripes.

The two identical cars revved their engines in some sort of brotherly bond, but I wondered if that first dude felt instantly unimportant, and I imagined the second dude feeling like a girl at a party wearing the same dress as a stranger.

I wondered if they knew each other or if it was a crazy random happenstance. Either way, it wasn’t good.

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Back to the Future: 10 Cars the World Is Finally Ready For (Again)

June 12th, 2015

Buick Riviera

The auto industry is a quickly moving enterprise, and as automakers move to fill market demand, some cars get left behind in the shift. Some casualties are more welcomed than others. But have you ever looked at some of these old cars and thought, “Wow, I really wish they would bring THAT back”? Automakers do what they can to meet market demand as best they can, but market demand shifts unpredictably, and cars that lost their place in the market may now again be relevant. Certain parts of today’s market have been mostly ignored by some automakers. Why not bring back some of these dead-and-buried models to address these new holes?

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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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Find the Best Certified Pre-Owned Deals

June 11th, 2015

2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Right now the certified pre-owned (CPO) market for used cars is as strong as it has ever been. May 2015 was the best month ever for top-of-the-line manufacturer-certified used cars, pickups, and crossovers.

According to Autodata Corp., via AutoRemarketing.com, there were an estimated 232,842 CPO used cars sold in May. Through May, more than a million have been sold.

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Surprisingly Reliable Used Cars

June 11th, 2015

1996 Jaguar XJ6

Buying an inexpensive used car doesn’t mean you are doomed to a life of breakdowns and unexpected trips to the mechanic. Well, it does if you choose the wrong used car, but choose well and you’ll motor on in fuel-powered bliss for many years to come.

But how can you know if you’re getting the kind of car that’ll constantly let you down or not?

It’s simple, really. The people who read this blog will choose well. The people who don’t, well, just be glad it’s not you.

Here are some surprisingly reliable used cars you should consider if you need some cheap wheels.

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Here Comes the 20-Year, 200,000-Mile Warranty

June 10th, 2015

200,000-mile warranty

I remember the day the world changed.

We tend to remember exactly where we were when momentous events mark a distinct “before” and “after” in our lives.

In this particular case, many years ago I was watching television, casually unaware my world would change with the very next advertisement.

It was an ad from Hyundai, the laughable Korean car company, promoting a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

“How could this be?” I thought, “Cars aren’t even supposed to last much past 100,000 miles.”

Of course, today we all know differently, as cars routinely pass that mark and even double it.

The 100,000-mile warranty has become standard fare for Hyundai and Kia and even inspired General Motors and Chrysler to add (and then revoke) 100,000-mile warranties.

Now there’s another warranty on the market that might keep pace with the life of current vehicles: the 20-year, 200,000-mile warranty.

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