Selling a Car? Here’s How to Allow Test Drives

As you’re probably aware by now, CarGurus allows users to post cars for sale at no charge on the website.

Doing so lets shoppers from around the United States find your car and compare it to similar vehicles for sale. Listing your car on CarGurus will also let you know the Instant Market Value of your car and show you how competitively you’ve priced it.

Anytime you sell your car privately, though, you need to allow test drives for interested parties. That can be a daunting prospect, but follow this protocol, and it’s likely you and the potential buyer will have a positive experience. Continue reading >>>

What Happens When a Buyer Never Registers a Car You Sold?

car title transfer

It’s a good rule in life to expect the best but prepare for the worst.

Most humans on Earth are good people who want to live the best life possible, but a few are set on breaking the rules for their own benefit.

Selling a car can be a profitable venture, but it can also provide opportunity for unscrupulous humans to use the seller’s good name in a crime. It’s rare, but it can happen.

When you buy a vehicle from a private seller, you take the transferred title to your local DMV and register the car in your name. All the paperwork is taken care of for you if you buy from a dealer.

Sometimes a private seller will sell his or her car, but the buyer won’t ever register it. Any parking tickets or driving infractions caught on camera will be under the seller’s name. If any crime is committed in the car, it’ll be the seller in the crosshairs of law enforcement.

Here’s how to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

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Electric Cars Take Another Financial Hit

2014 Chevy Spark

As time passes, I’m finding fewer reasons to buy an electric car.

While EVs are slowly gaining popularity, a nationwide charging infrastructure is barely in its infancy. That’s strike one against electrics. Even so, electric cars are proving themselves as commuters while saving owners a bundle on gas costs. Things should be looking up for this new chapter in automotive history.

There’s a problem, though. For the first owners of a new electric car, the finances just don’t add up. And it’s getting worse.

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Used Car Shopping Evolves

2008 Audi Q7

“Well, let’s go get some dinner and think about it,” I said after test-driving a 2008 Audi Q7 with my girlfriend.

Our salesman and the sales manager stood with us, hoping to entice us into the next room, where we could discuss numbers. Upon hearing my desire to leave, the salesman shot a glance at his manager, who just smiled, nodded, thanked us for coming in and wished us a good night.

We went on our way and discussed the merits of the car over sushi, quite impressed with the lack of sales pressure and the overall pleasant experience at the dealer.

If all experiences were like that, there’d be no reason for change. Yet change is happening.

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New Car Shortage! Real or Imagined?

2014 Honda Accord

Remember when Twinkies went extinct? There was a mass panic, and stores sold out immediately when news broke that the spongy yellow cake was about to be gone forever.

Fast forward to last weekend and I’m at a convenience store somewhere in the middle of Oregon, and there’s a stack of Twinkies at the cash register, with a label on the packaging that said something like, “Best comeback story ever.”

Right. Anyone else think the Twinkie panic was nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell more Twinkies?

I feel something similar might be happening in the auto industry at this very moment.

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Are Convertibles Dying?

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On Interstate 90, somewhere between Seattle and Spokane, I passed a slow moving convertible that travelled leisurely in the right lane.

I glanced at the car, and the driver, as I sped by and made a quick comment to my travel partner.

“Convertibles should not be front-wheel drive,” I said.

The car, a red Toyota Camry Solara, was driven by an older woman with short graying hair.

My friend, without missing a beat, said, “I know. But then what would people like her drive?”

An excellent point. She continued, “Those are cruising cars. Not much for driving fun, just a way for regular people to get some wind in their hair.”

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European Dealers Selling New Cars As Used – Could It Happen Here?

car lot

Auto sales in the United States have picked up after a few of years of dreadful numbers.

The situation in Europe, though, remains in the toilet, and a new report makes the case that numbers are even far worse than believed.

Bloomberg has reported that a Ford executive said that dealers for brands across the European Union are buying their own inventory, thus providing a boost to new-car sales figures by as much as 30 percent.

Roelant de Waard, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service at Ford of Europe, told Bloomberg,

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