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

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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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Can Costco Become the Largest Car Dealer in America?

June 9th, 2015

Costco auto program

Costco doesn’t sell cars, but it’s the second-biggest car dealer in the country.

That’s an oxymoron that’ll make your head explode, especially when you consider that the only organization to move more metal than Costco is AutoNation.

Costco’s wildly popular car buying service has been used by hundreds of thousands of people over the years, most of whom chimed on our blog post questioning just how good a deal Costco offers when it comes to cars.

Of course, it’s not possible to walk into Costco and drive out in a new car. The service is really just a middleman between the dealer and the consumer.

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Coming Soon: 10,000 Flood-Damaged Used Cars

June 8th, 2015

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When you’re buying a used car, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out by a mechanic. There’s nothing new or Earth shattering about that advice, but people routinely ignore it.

Over the next few weeks and months, buyers who choose not to have used cars thoroughly inspected do so at their own peril. We have the recent flooding in Texas to thank for that.

Thousands of vehicles get damaged beyond repair anytime there’s a natural disaster involving water. Flooding, even on a small scale, can do more damage to a car than a lifetime on the road.

The floods in Texas were anything but small-scale, and some reports say up to 10,000 vehicles were damaged by the high waters.

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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 Pros and Cons of Leasing Your Next New Car

June 4th, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Silverado High CountryLeasing, as some have observed, is a fundamentally different way to buy a car. It lets someone who needs a car enjoy the benefits of ownership without having equity when his or her lease term ends. Leasing means you’re not buying the car so much as paying for the privilege of driving it.

Right now leasing is becoming more and more popular, with almost one-third of new cars being leased instead of bought outright. Let’s look at the pros and cons of leasing a new car.

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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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