Car-buyers have never had so much choice. To prove as much we’ve taken a £10,000 budget and picked 10 examples from CarGurus that despite looking like a diverse bunch would all make great family cars. Question is, which one takes your fancy?
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Tell someone they can’t have something, and they’ll want it more.
Stop making something, and people will demand it.
Put something in limited supply, and prices will rise. Or, in the used car market, prices will at least fall a little more slowly than usual.
That’s exactly what’s happening with used midsize pickup trucks. Since fewer are made new, there are fewer on the used market, and prices are nearly holding steady. Want a 2010 midsize truck? With prices just 3.7 percent less than the original price, you might be better off snagging a brand-new one! If you can find one, of course.
My friend Dan tells a lot of stories.
On Friday the topic of conversation turned to cars and, of course, Dan had a story to tell. He spun a yarn about how he once went to a dealership looking for a pickup, but left with a convertible.
Now that’s just exceptionally poor willpower combined with a complete lack of focus. The first rule about buying a car is to find one that fits your needs. It’s one of those things that shouldn’t even need saying, but if you need a truck to haul a boat or load a couple yards of bark, don’t buy a convertible.
I never thought I’d need to write those words, but Dan’s story illustrates what can happen when impulse takes control of your car shopping.
I got asked a question this week that gave me pause. Typically, when someone asks me a car question, I’m ready with a quick, educated and, if I’m feeling really good, witty response.
This question, though, left me silent for a few moments as I pondered my potential responses. My gut reaction and my logical mind weren’t cooperating with one another, and the resulting battle left me momentarily speechless. The question, in theory, should have an easy answer.
But all I could muster in the early moments of my response was a half-hearted, “Well, it depends, I suppose…”
Aside from the headline giving it away, if I asked which automaker is currently at production capacity, sells every car it builds, gets nearly MSRP on each sale and is bringing a salvo of upmarket new vehicles into showrooms, I doubt Hyundai would be the first carmaker to come to mind.
The Korean automaker, though, is putting on a school on how to build cars and market them to a hungry American audience. The business model has evolved from its cheap-price and long-warranty roots to a more upscale, quality-based model.
Two new vehicles represent the new direction of this company, while used models still represent some of the best values available.