When New Cars Lose Value Fast, Used Buyers Win!

2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged

2009 Jaguar XF

Quick depreciation is a terrible thing. And a beautiful thing.

For buyers of new luxury cars, a sinking value can lead to abandoning a car after just a couple years of ownership. For buyers of used luxury cars, it can lead to some killer deals on cars that would have been unattainable new.

Think about it: If you had the choice between a brand-new, top-of-the-line Toyota Camry or a 3-year-old Jaguar XF, wouldn’t the Jag bring you an exponentially greater amount of happiness? Of course, it might also bring heftier insurance and repair bills, but that’s beside the point. We’re talking image here—and a well-priced used luxury car can provide ample amounts of that!

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Tesla Announces “World’s Best” Warranty

Tesla Model S

A lot of people in advertising seem to think they can add instant credibility to their marketing message by adding a superlative or two to the copy.

Calling a product or service the “best” or the “biggest” or the “most” is pretty common practice, but this rarely means anything, since such labels are typically subjective marketing speak and used everywhere, all the time.

Tesla Motors posted a piece on its blog Friday announcing the “World’s Best Service and Warranty Program.” Well, that’s a mighty bold statement to make, but then again, Tesla is a pretty bold company and tends to back up what it says.

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The 10 Coolest Vehicles You Never Want to See in Your Rear-View

Lamborghini police car

Let’s face it, most of us have been pulled over at one point or another. Whether you ran a stop sign or were doing 90 in a 45-mph zone, I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard a siren and pulled off to the side of the road only to have a black-and-white follow you. Chances are you didn’t pay attention to what sort of a vehicle that big, hulking officer got out of before issuing you a citation or, if you’re one of the lucky ones, a strong verbal warning.

Well, you should have. Cops are now driving some of the coolest cars on the road. You know that guy down the road with a Porsche Boxster? The cops have something cooler. You saw the new Aston Martin? Yup, the police can one-up that as well. Thinking about buying the new Corvette? Don’t plan on outrunning the fuzz with it.

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Future Car Technology: Decreasing the Need for Human Thought

Will future Audi vehicles predict the future?

With great interest, I opened an article that claimed cars of the future will probably be able to predict the future. How cool would that be? My mind raced with possibilities.

Could my car analyze information online and tell me if an upcoming date would be a success? Would it be able to predict gas prices 6 months into the future? Maybe my car could predict future Super Bowl winners and clue me in.

Well, it turns out the predictions are nowhere near as exciting.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Great Wall Steed, and Other Chinese Vehicles

Great Wall Steed

Great Wall Steed

Imagine the irony of this:

A Chinese car company finally sells vehicles in the United States and even builds a factory here to manufacture the cars it sells. Meanwhile, an American car company selling cars in China builds a factory there to produce the vehicles it sells there.

Did you follow that?

General Motors sells more cars in China than it does here in the States, so it makes business sense to build cars there. No Chinese company, though, has ventured into the U.S. market to sell cars, much less build them here.

That could change. And soon.

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Old, Heavy and Brutish: Classic SUVs Reach Collectible Status

1972 International Scout II

A friend in college had an old International Scout. I don’t remember for sure, but I think it was a 1972 model with a V8 engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. I’d probably remember the car in much more detail had I ridden in it more than once. In 3 years of living near this guy, the Scout sat outside his apartment in various states of being, well, assembled. He’d get it running occasionally, but never well enough to take it any farther than the closest Safeway for an emergency PBR run.

I sometimes wonder what happened to my friend and his Scout. As much as he loved that brutish SUV, I can’t imagine he would have gotten rid of it. Assuming a marriage and kids and a mortgage became part of his life, it’s quite likely he did sell it.

I hope he’s held on to it, as its value has risen over the last 15 years. Right along with the demand for other classic SUVs.

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Rear-Wheel Drive and Manual Transmissions: Bye Bye, Babies

2013 Subaru BRZ

My favorite cars have rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Can anything be better for weight distribution and complete control around corners than the ultimate combination of power-delivering perfection?

I’d take that combo in any car over a hatchback with 300 hp and front-wheel drive.

Unfortunately for people like me, a pretty good case has been made that says rear-wheel drive (RWD) is heading out the door, probably even before the manual transmission bites the dust.

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Jaguar E-Type Still Captivates, Unlike Most Cars Today

1965 Jaguar E-Type

What has happened to car design in modern times?

I’ve been flipping through images of the cars from the Shanghai Motor Show over the weekend, and I have to say, I’m left mostly unimpressed. Where are the cars that drop jaws, increase heart rates and draw humans to them like moths to a flame? Where are the cars that create an obsession at first glance?

Granted, it’s Shanghai, a show known for a certain amount of epic weirdness. Among the cars no one outside of China will ever see outside of gallery pictures on a blog, a few stood out as well-designed vehicles that can be described as sleek, snarling and sexy.

But what about seductive? What about all-out awe inspiring? For that, I had to simply walk through the valet section of a hometown hotel.

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10 Cars and Trucks That Should Go Diesel

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

If you’re like any other car buyer in America, you’ve probably noticed the wider availability of diesel models in recent months. It seems like everybody is starting to get in on the diesel game, with Volkswagen adding more diesel models after the huge success of its Jetta TDI, Porsche introducing a diesel version of the Cayenne and Ram recently announcing a diesel 1500.

Attracted by higher fuel-mileage ratings, greater reliability and longer-lasting engines, consumers are becoming more and more receptive to the engines that were despised just a few short years ago, when diesel was synonymous with noise, pollution and foul odor. Driven by advances in diesel technology, the new engines have largely wiped away consumers’ bad memories and are now finding their ways under the hoods of sports cars, family cars, trucks and SUVs.

While there is already a large selection of diesels that will appear in the 2014 lineup from the likes of Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, BMW, Chevrolet, Audi, Jeep, Porsche and Ram, there are still many holes in that line-up that we here at CarGurus would like to see filled. In order help fix this, we’ve brought together the 10 cars we’d most like to see offered with a diesel option in the U.S.

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50 Years of the Ford Cougar, Er… Mustang

Ford Cougar Mustang

1962 Ford Cougar!

In 1962 Ford was in pre-production of what would become the Ford Mustang. Rare pictures from those early days of development were posted on the Mustang Facebook page yesterday, along with the disclosure that the original name for the car was the Ford Cougar. Can you imagine, the first of the pony cars carrying a cat’s name? Maybe the entire segment would have taken on the name “kitty cars” had the Cougar name stuck.

Look closely and notice the iconic Mustang logo on the grille is actually a Peugeot-ish cougar scratching at the box it’s enclosed in. The photos are a fun glimpse into the birth of an icon, a car that has carried on for almost 50 years. The official 50th anniversary of the Mustang happens on April 17, 2014, which almost coincides with the coming sixth-generation of the muscle car. Ford has plans, of course, to celebrate its milestone. While we wait for those details, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite ‘Stangs from the last 49 years.

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