Why Winter is the Perfect Time to Buy a Convertible

The forever churning stock of the used car market makes it almost impossible for the average dealership to entirely avoid a situation where supply outweighs demand.

Sometimes this could be due to Government policy (the current downturn in demand for diesel being a prime example), while at others it might be the simple result of newer, fresher models being launched, leaving their predecessors fighting for attention. Or, as is the case today, the unintended oversupply of a particular type of car might come down to something as simple as the changing of the seasons. That’s right folks, it’s time to don those bobble hats and go in search of a convertible. Continue reading >>>

10 Cars We’d Happily Let Do the Driving

Google Self-Driving Prototype

Self-driving cars are coming. Thanks to visions of Skynet and Terminators, this is a frightening proposition to many people. Rather than being seen as an unparalleled convenience, autonomous cars have often been viewed as a soul-sucking leech on the driving experience. But that’s a shame, because if you begin to see cars as appliances, the appeal of an autonomous automobile is enormous.

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Are Luxury Brands Worth the Extra Money?

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“What kind of car do you drive?”

The question comes up more often than we’d think. The answer can either be a source of pride or a quick excuse to change the subject.

Automakers know this. That simple question could be the justification for the existence of the luxury car market. Nobody really needs a lavish Lexus when a practical Honda also has four tires and a steering wheel. There’s just something about answering that question with a confident “I drive an Audi” that doesn’t compare with the slightly more embarrassing “Oh, I have a Hyundai.”

Maybe, though, we should change our thinking and be proud when we can answer that we drive a car that is known for being high quality and economical.

Some luxury cars can cost at least $10,000 more than a comparable lower-end vehicle, but sometimes the less expensive car comes with far more goodies.

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$30,000: Honda or Audi?

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Remember the parties Audi decided to throw for the 20-something crowd in an attempt to market the new A3?

To refresh your memory, the shindigs were by invitation and thrown by Audi dealers for hip young folks, the A3’s target buyer.

At the time, we said,

Not much more is known just yet, but the idea is to corral well-off potential buyers, woo them with food, drink and music, then hope the experience translates to new-car purchases.

It’ll probably work, since everyone loves a good party.

Well, it worked.

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Selling Cars with Convenience and Parties

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Think of two things that would make your life better right now. Take a few minutes, if you like, and really put some thought into what needs to happen to make you happy.

I thought of my two pretty quickly, and I’ll share them in a moment. First, though, let your mind wander. What events or changes in society would lead you to a happier, more content, less stressed and overall more satisfying existence?

Here are my two:

No more red lights. Invitations to lavish parties.

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The Incredible Shrinking Luxury Car

There was a time, not too long ago, when buying a luxury car meant taking possession of a land yacht – a large, floating cruiser meant to provide the ultimate in comfort.

Think of the old Lincoln Continentals, Cadillac Eldorados, Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The cars were long, heavy, fuel-thirsty beasts decked out in all the latest conveniences and technology.

Today, that large luxury mentality still exists in the form of the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac EscaladeLexus LX and of course, Rolls-Royce and Bentley still embrace the large-and-in-charge attitude. But there’s also a new class of luxury developing; cars that are small and cheap (in comparison) and sip fuel while still surrounding the driver with plenty of dead cowskin and oodles of distracting technology.

Keep reading for a glimpse into the world of smaller and cheaper luxury cars.

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Audi Prepares Diesel A-Game for U.S. Market

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Audi A3 sedan

Many of us in the U.S. have spent years, decades even, complaining about the lack of oil-burning engines available for our driving pleasure.

The VW Jetta TDI and BMW 3 Series diesel have sold relatively well here recently, but those two models will have some fierce competition from Audi in the coming years.

Currently, the four-ringed automaker’s diesel offerings are the A3 TDI hatchback and Q7 TDI. In the next 24-30 months, we can expect four more diesel Audis to tempt American buyers into putting their money where their oil-craving mouths have been.

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