Needed: Advice on a “Barn Find” Used Van

2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport

There’s a “barn find” sitting in my barn.

Sort of.

My barn is actually a pole building, but inside sits a 13-year-old vehicle with fewer than 40,000 miles on it. This is the type of treasure shoppers hope to find in the CarGurus used car listings. This car represents the epitome of used car finds. The find someone, somewhere, will excitedly tell their children about.

There’s only one thing keeping this barn find from being forever preserved in the coffee-table book of barn finds:

It’s a terrible car.

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Buy Used, Drive Cheap, Live Well

2005 Kia Sorento

2005 Kia Sorento

Nothing inspires like conversation.

A day or two after going through the ins and outs of the true value of electric cars, another interesting topic has come up: the value of a used SUV versus something new with better fuel economy.

In this case, a very dear friend owns a 2005 Kia Sorento with almost 100,000 miles on the clock. The car has been well maintained and taken journeys, on road and off, in nearly every remote wilderness corner of the northwest United States. Needless to say, the Sorento has served her well, but its meager fuel economy has her wondering if it’s time for a change.

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Surprises in the Used Car Listings

You just never know.

Think of any car, no matter how rare, that you might want to own. Almost anything you want can be found in used car listings somewhere, whether a classic Mustang or a pre-owned Lamborghini. The truth is, somebody, somewhere, probably wants to sell the car you want to buy. The trick, of course, is finding it.

Every once in a while, a car so rare comes up that it should be crossing the stage at a Barret-Jackson auction, rather than showing up in the classifieds.

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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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What’s Your Best-Ever Car Dealer Experience?

Suzuki dealer

If I asked you to rank car dealers on a list of trustworthy and respectable businesses, where would you place them?

The truth is, dealerships deserve a higher ranking than many of us would grant them. In this era of online dealer reviews, fierce competition and online research by customers, car dealers know they have to provide superior customer service, because with today’s customer they get only one chance.

Like anyone else, I’ve had excellent and disgusting experiences with car dealers. I’ll share an excellent one here, mention a disturbing Google trend and, of course, ask for your story of the best dealer experiences you’ve ever had.

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Do Old Used Cars Really Cost As Much As New Ones?

2012 Toyota 4Runner

The definition of “old” has changed a lot. An old car, according to me, has been in service for a good decade. Even that definition can be stretched, since I own two 2004 vehicles that are coming up on a decade of life but still run like new.

So an article with the headline “Old Cars Are Worth Almost As Much As New Ones,” caught my attention. I clicked, read the article and felt deceived. The “old” cars mentioned were one model year old. Whoa! That makes my cars museum-worthy.

Of course a 2011 vehicle is going to sell for something close to the price of a 2012. That’s no surprise. It would be really interesting if cars that are three or four years old were selling for close to the price of new, but that’s not the case. Even two-year-old Toyota and Honda cars sometimes sell for close to the price of new.

The article says,

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