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Buick: Still an Old Man Car?

July 23rd, 2014

2015-buick-lacrosse

“You know, we should probably check out a Buick.”

I had no idea my dad was capable of speaking such nonsense. He wasn’t even kidding.

My parents were in the process of shopping for a new car, and my dad, a lifelong proponent of foreign cars and skeptic of American cars, uttered those fateful and surprising words.

At 60 years old, my dad was just doing what many 60-year-olds do. Thankfully my mom is still 59 and hasn’t crossed over into the age of Buicks just yet. She prevented the purchase and influenced a choice that conveys a considerably younger persona.

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Honeymoon or Porsche?

July 7th, 2014

2002 Porsche 911

My son just wanted to look. As a young car-obsessed kid interested in a future of car design, he is desperate to own a sports car. The kid has taste, though, and knows the value of a Porsche over a Corvette.

He wants his first car to be a Boxster so he can drive to high school in style.

He wants my new bride and me to own a 911.

Wishful thinking, right?

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What Car Could You Drive for 24 Hours?

June 20th, 2014

2012 Maybach 62

From June 19–22, over 150 cars and hundreds of drivers will race the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race on the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring in central Germany. The Nürburgring, with a lap length of over 20 km, allows a driver to race in 150-minute intervals before being required to take a 2-hour break. A driver’s teammate then takes over and does the same. This lasts for an entire day.

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Buying a Car for the First Time?

June 20th, 2014

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Remember your first time?

Mine was the culmination of a lot of searching, a lot of saving and then a long journey to find what I wanted.

The effort, time and money finally paid off when I experienced one of the greatest first times a young adult could possibly dream of: I bought my first car.

Actually, my first car was a truck and exactly what I wanted in a first vehicle. I bought it just as summer began and looked forward to many long days and warm nights of newly purchased freedom.

With a new summer dawning, plenty of teens and young adults will be considering their first vehicle purchase. What should they look for?

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How to Get the Dealer’s Secret Price

June 16th, 2014

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A car dealer’s secret price sounds mysterious, right?

As I partake in my daily adventures on this vast ocean of online sensory overload known as the Internet, I see a lot of ads promising to reveal the secret to obtaining access to the “secret” price of dealers.

The idea of a “secret price” that dealers hold in a vault and disperse to only a lucky few is a complete myth. True, there’s an invoice price that usually serves as the Holy Grail of car shoppers, but even that can be deceiving due to manufacturer holdbacks and other factors.

So how do you become a savvy new-car shopper and get the best possible price?

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Cars for Your Vision Board

June 6th, 2014

audi_q7

Not even a year ago I received a text that changed my future.

The note, which was accompanied by a photo, said, “This is what we need for when we have all four kids. No way are we getting a minivan.”

The picture was of a white Audi Q7.

Naturally, I nearly spit my lemonade out my nose, because the Q7 was about as attainable as a rocket ship. Which, essentially, is what I said in reply. Not long after it was suggested that we make a vision board, a poster consisting of pictures of everything we want in life.

The Q7 made it onto that board.

Just weeks later, a perfect used Q7 cropped up. It was the right color, had roof racks for our paddle boards, had fairly low mileage and most of all, was priced very affordably. That Q7 was the first thing crossed off our vision board.

It’s been replaced with another car, but before we get to that, let’s take a look at cars you should put on your vision board. Be ready, though—you might find one sooner than you think!

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Shopping for the One That Got Away

May 27th, 2014

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

We all have one we wish we would have kept.

Mine was an ’84 Toyota Pickup. My fiancée’s was a ’74 Porsche 911. My dad had two: a 1967 Mercury Cougar and a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado.

I was a mere baby when he had the Cougar, so hardly remember the car. I was a young teen when he had the Olds and have fond memories of helping with the restoration. (And by “helping,” I mean “standing in the garage and handing him tools.”)

The Toronado’s 385-hp, 425-cubic-inch V8 engine was rebuilt, the interior reupholstered in ivory leather, and the exterior painted Crystal Green. The finished product was stunning.

After all the restoration, Dad sold the car for $5,000.

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To Haggle or Not to Haggle on Your Next Car Purchase

May 20th, 2014

2009 Saturn Sky Redline Ruby Red Limited Edition

Remember Saturn?

I know how easy it is to forget things once they are out of mind, and Saturn has been out of our minds for about 5 years now. If you’ll recall, Saturn branded itself as “a new kind of car company” and famously sold new cars at a no-haggle price through standalone dealerships.

An article from 2006 at CNN Money said,

People who buy Saturns generally love the no-haggle price. In J.D. Power and Company’s annual surveys of dealership satisfaction, Saturn consistently ranks higher than any other non-luxury car brand.

So why hasn’t the no-haggle pricing structure caught on at other automakers and dealers?

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Bigger and Better: Combining Cargo Capacity and Fuel Economy

May 14th, 2014

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Every driver has a different set of expectations and needs for his or her primary vehicle. What meets my needs might not work for you at all, and your ideal car might be the last one I’d ever consider buying for myself. No wonder arguments about cars often get out of hand.

CarGurus user reviews provide a good idea of whether and how well a particular car met the needs of one driver, and based on car reviews received from our users over the course of the last year, it looks like most drivers are pleased with their cars. Our user reviews invite submitters to score a car from 1 to 5 points in a number of different categories, and with more than 10,000 reviews received from April 2013 through April 2014, three categories received average scores of 4.5—Reliability, Style and Overall—and Front Seat, Handling, Power and Price each earned averages of more than 4.

The two categories that received the lowest average scores were Cargo Space at 3.9 and Fuel Economy at 3.7. These qualities generally have had to be traded off in vehicles, since increasing size reduces fuel economy with all other things being equal. But cars get better with every passing year, and these days it’s possible to find vehicles with plenty of room as well as reasonable gas mileage. So here’s a look at our top 10 2014 vehicles for cargo capacity and mileage across a number of segments.

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Camry Now Thinks It’s a Lexus

April 17th, 2014
2015-toyota-camry-xse

Toyota or Lexus?

Can the most boring car in the world be transformed into something exciting?

When a car is meant as a reliable and practical mode of transportation, it inherently isn’t exciting. When a car winds up in as many rental fleets as driveways, we can assume it’s not a car that’s driven by auto enthusiasts. While there’s nothing offensive about the styling of cars like these, they will never catch your eye, either.

Yesterday we took some shots at Lexus for pushing the design envelope too far, and now there’s news that the 2015 Toyota Camry is following the same path.

Can, and should, one of the most boring cars in the world be transformed into something exciting?

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