Posts Tagged ‘cruze’

Some Used EVs Offer Better Deals Than Their Gas Counterparts

October 8th, 2015

Used electric cars continue to drop in value. Willing to cut the fuel hose out of your life? It might prove less expensive to buy a used electric vehicle than its gas-powered counterpart.

The CarGurus CarValues page helped me do some research on the Instant Market Value of used electric vehicles and their gas-powered counterparts. It’s a helpful tool that helps you see the true cost of what used cars are selling for in your area in real time. (Your results may vary from mine based on geography and other fluctuations, because Instant Market Value can change as more cars get listed for sale.)

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e used car photoLet’s look at the Fiat 500e as an example. A 2014 model has an Instant Market Value of $13,445 for a used version with 24,000 miles on it. In this instance, a 2014 Fiat 500 in the Pop trim level will be less expensive at $11,929.

However, as the EPA’s fuel economy site points out, it will cost you $7,000 in average in fuel costs to drive the gas-powered Fiat for 5 years. The 500e has a 5-year energy cost of $2,500. It will take you only about 18 months to make up the difference. That’s probably worth it depending on how long you plan to keep the car.

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Will Going Eco Really Save You Any Money?

June 5th, 2012

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The short answer:

No. No, it won’t.

The longer answer:

Unless you have up to 40 years to wait for your investment to pay off.

The full answer:

Keep reading for all the juicy details.

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Surprise! The Best Selling Vehicles of 2011

January 6th, 2012

2012 Ford Fusion

The number one best selling vehicle last year was the Ford F-150. No big surprise there, right?

Dealers sold a total of 584,917 F-Series trucks in 2011, beating out the second-place Chevrolet Silverado by 169,787 vehicles. If anything proves that the people in the U.S. like their trucks more than their gas money, this is the list that proves it.

While the number one and two spots on the list are not a surprise, things get interesting from there. The Accord/Camry fight has been infiltrated by a third player, and an aging contender, once thought to be washed up, came back with a surprising showing.

Keep reading for the list!

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