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Happy Thanksgiving from CarGurus

November 28th, 2013

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Being grateful goes so beyond stuffing our faces with turkey and marshmallow-encrusted yams.

We’d like to take a moment and express our gratitude for our readers, car shoppers, blog commenters, car dealers and generally awesome CarGurus who visit our site each day. It’s the expertise and experience of each person who participates on this blog and the CarGurus site who keep the steady flow of news, opinions, reviews and car listings going every day.

We love cars. We love everything about the culture of cars and we’re thankful to be surrounded by a community of people who think the same way.

Whether you prefer the sounds and smells of a ’74 Porsche, gravitate toward the comfort and luxury of a ’14 Lexus or appreciate the adrenaline rush of any Lamborghini, you’re our people. Thank you for the years of love, we hope you feel loved back and we’re excited for many more to come.

You may now commence said face-stuffing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-tgriffith

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel or 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI?

May 28th, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel

It’s taken way more years than it should’ve, but Chevy has finally put an oil burner in a small sedan.

Diesel has been Europe’s choice for propulsion since, well, probably the time of King Charles. Because of a history of cheap gasoline prices and a public disdain for dirty diesel, it never caught on in the USA. With gas inching up in cost here every day, alternative fuels are seeing more demand. Electricity has been the focus for the last decade or so, but a new round of clean, efficient diesel engines is on the way.

Chevrolet has offered a small diesel in Europe for years and has finally adapted the engine to meet U.S. standards and put in on the options sheet for the 2014 Cruze. With this new American diesel in showrooms, does it make sense to add it to your shopping list, or are you better off looking for a used Jetta?

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Are Used Hybrids a Good Idea?

April 3rd, 2012

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Here’s a question that was posed to me late last week:

“Does a used SUV exist that is comfortable and affordable, has AWD, and can hold my gear and get 30 miles per gallon?”

After a chuckle, I could only respond with a quip about that being the Holy Grail of used cars. But then something occurred to me. “Unless you went with a hybrid,” I said.

“Is that risky, though?”

Well…yeah. Depending, of course, on one major factor.

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Going Diesel? Now Is the Best Time to Save on a Used Car

November 29th, 2011
Chevrolet Cruze

Ready for a diesel Cruze?

With all the attention hybrid cars get, compared with diesels, I’m surprised to read that they share a fairly minuscule segment of the auto market. Hybrids have about a 2 percent share of the market, while diesels, remarkably, have less than 3.

I’ve made my case for diesels here many times. I prefer them because they are more durable, produce more torque and deliver up to 30 percent better fuel efficiency than their gasoline counterparts. If gas prices rise, and diesel doesn’t rise as much, the extra cost for diesel-powered cars will be worth it. The benefits over hybrids are their long-term durability and no worries about battery replacement.

Diesel cars are gaining in popularity, more new models are entering the market, and used models could be priced as low as they’re going to get for a while.

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Why Consumers Love (and Loathe) Car Dealers

June 2nd, 2011
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Are any dealers immune from complaints?

I can’t think of a business with a more negative reputation than a car dealership.

Well, there’s the mafia, I suppose, but I’m keeping things legitimate here.

Often a poor experience with a dealer can be chalked up to a lack of preparation on the consumer’s part. Walk into a dealer unprepared, and you’ll likely drive out with a beautiful new car you paid a few thousand too much for.

Show up well educated, and you and the dealer will engage in a productive dance of negotiation that ends well for all parties.

Results of a new study released by CarGurus show that 56 percent of car shoppers on the site rated their dealer experiences with 4 or 5 stars on a 5-star scale. That’s saying a lot for an industry with its share of questionable past business practices.

Like all car shoppers, I’ve had good and bad experiences with dealers, two of which are detailed after the jump.

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