Best Places to Find Cars Under 500 Dollars


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Best Places to Find Cars Under 500 Dollars

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Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to purchase a car for less than 500 dollars. However, you have to do your homework, and consider the risks associated with purchasing a cheap car.

Where to Find Cars Under 500 Dollars

Many sellers of older cars will offer their vehicles for sale for 500 dollars or less. These bargains often have higher mileage and need repairs. However, for someone who has the knowledge and willingness to fix the car, it can be a great bargain. Sellers go to a few of the following places to unload their older vehicles, providing the best opportunity for the buyer to find a cheap car.

Online Auto Marketplaces

You can find an array of automobiles for sale from auto dealers and private sellers via online marketplaces. In most instances, listings contain detailed information about the vehicle, CARFAX reports, photos and contact information for the seller. When conducting the search, only include your zip code and price to get avoid getting zero results.

Craigslist

Craigslist enables you to search for all sorts of vehicles through its database. First, you need to filter by location. Under the ‘for sale’ section, click on cars+trucks and filter according to your criteria. After that, you can filter by price. Beware that owners may not include a significant amount of information in the advertisements, and some ads may even be scams. Contact the advertiser directly to learn more and refrain from conducting monetary transactions online.

Government Auctions

Websites, such as governmentauctions.org. and the US General Services Administration lists cars for sale that are government property and are at a surplus or have been impounded by the police. Auctions start as low as $100, and searches are available by zip code. To locate deals in your area, you will need to subscribe to the site. A free trial is available for three days, and you will be assessed $18.95 per month once the complimentary period expires.

Auto Junkyards

Not only are auto junkyards great for finding deals on hubcaps and wheels, owners of these junkyards will often have bargain cars as well. They may need work, and some vehicles you find may not be running at all. However, if you’re a do-it-yourself mechanic, you can find some real gems by visiting a junkyard. Before you haul the car away, make sure the junkyard owner has a clear title to sell you the vehicle.

Used Car Lots

Owners of used car lots will attend auctions where they often buy older cars that are not in the best condition for less than 500 dollars. While they won’t put much mechanical or reconditioning expense into these low-cost vehicles, if they buy one for 300 dollars, chances are they’ll sell it to you for 500 dollars. Ask questions and check the title before you buy.

Estate Sales

Look in your local newspaper for estate sales. People who inherit large estates, or attorneys who handle large estates, will often sell vehicles at a deal to clear the estate of assets for distribution to the heirs.

Tips for Buying Older Cars

Not every older used car will be a gem. In fact, there are more lemons than gems out there. To protect yourself, follow a few key tips.

Obtain the CARFAX Report

You can obtain a CARFAX report, but only if the vehicle isn’t too old. Older 1950 through 1960 year models won’t have the required 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN, and CARFAX doesn’t go back that far. If the car is a 1970 model or older, spend the $29.95, and get a CARFAX report.

Conduct a Cost-Benefit Analysis

Expect repairs if you want to buy a cheap car. Unless you’re buying from a helpful relative, most cars as cheap as 500 dollars will need some repairs. Get estimates to see if you can afford to repair the vehicle back to working order.

Request a Mechanical Inspection

Since there is a significant chance that the car will possess mechanical issues, ask the owner if they will allow you to have an inspection done on the vehicle, so you will know what you are getting into before you make the purchase. If they deny your request, simply move on as this is an indicator that they are withholding significant information.

Be Realistic

Be realistic about the car you are buying. If the price tag is 500 dollars, chances are it does need either body or mechanical work, or even new tires. Keep in mind that you may also need to invest enough money into the vehicle for it to pass either a state inspection or an emissions test. However, spending 500 dollars on a car can make for a great project for someone who is willing and able to put the work into it to make the car run like new.


Best New Car Finance Deals: October 2015


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Best New Car Finance Deals: October 2015

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Best New Car Finance Deals: October 2015

Financing a new car can become a bigger expense than anticipated for many people, especially if you haven’t shopped around and/or didn’t take interest rates into account when making your new car budget. We’re here to help.

Automakers and dealers will often add incentives to their vehicles by attaching low financing rates sometimes all the way down to zero percent. We worked with our friends over at TrueCar to find finance deals that are especially good this month. If you’re in the market for one of these cars, don’t delay, as they’re soon set to expire.

Disclaimer: The deal information is provided for illustrative purposes only, and is not an offer to lend. Results may vary depending on your individual circumstances, including credit approval. Deals are subject to change, and are limited to inventory on hand. See your dealer/manufacturer for details, including actual offers available in your region.

2015 Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 is reborn in 2015, all new from the ground up and offering a compelling blend of simple elegance, state-of-the-art technology and enhanced driving performance. A segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive complete the transformation.The 200 sedan is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations, with four trim levels: front-wheel drive LX, Limited, C and S trims, as well as all-wheel drive C and S trims only.

2015 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a mid-size sport-utility vehicle, which incorporates the latest technology and style; setting a high standard in the SUV category.The five-passenger Escape is available in S, SE, and Titanium trims, in either front or four-wheel drive. Engine choices start with the 168-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Also, a 173-hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is available. For even more power a 231-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is offered. All variations are paired with a six-speed select-shift automatic transmission. Impressive features offered on the Escape include a Panoramic Vista Roof, satellite radio, SYNC, MyFord Touch, a trailer towing package, heated leather seating, navigation system, auto park with cross traffic alert, Sony audio, MyKey, and an industry first hands-free power liftgate. Standard safety features include seven-airbags with drive knee airbag, passive anti-theft system, AdvanceTrac stability control with anti-rollover technology, four-wheel disc brakes, and tire pressure monitoring.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E350

Research the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2016 Scion iA

Finance Deal: 2.9% financing for 24 months, Exp: 8/3/15

The all-new 2016 Scion iA is a four-door subcompact sedan.

At 172 inches long, 67 inches wide and 58.5 inches high, the Scion iA is about the same dimensions as the Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, and Nissan Versa.It uses the same wheelbase of 101 inches as the new Mazda CX-3.Scion iA also competes with the Mazda 2 and Toyota Yaris, which have new models coming before the middle of 2016.

The new Scion iA is powered by a 1.5-liter engine making 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque.Despite the fact that Scion is a Toyota brand, the Scion iA does not use the same 1.5-liter engine as in the Toyota Yaris.The iA engine is made by Mazda, using direct injection with a high 12:1 compression ratio.It’s tuned for fuel mileage, with an EPA rating of 31/41 mpg City/Highway with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, or 33/42 mpg with the available 6-speed automatic.


Best Places to List Your Used Car for Sale


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Best Places to List Your Vehicle for Sale

If you do a search for “used car classifieds ” on any search engine, you’ll get hundreds of sites allowing you to list your car for sale.

Obviously you don’t want to spend hours sifting through all that data and figuring out which sites are worthwhile to list on. Luckily, there’s only a few that are really important.

The two largest are Cars.com and AutoTrader.com.

Cars.com syndicates their listings to over 175 newspapers and partners such as Yahoo Autos. They have about 3 million used cars for sale at any given time.

Their premium listing is $55 and comes with a 90-day money back guarantee along with a free CARFAX report (worth $34.99). They also offer a $15 basic ad listing which will show your ad for 21 days, but with no money back guarantee or CARFAX report.

AutoTrader.com offers a similar package. A $60 listing gets you a money-back guarantee while their less-expensive $20 listing stays active for 3 weeks – but with no money-back guarantee.

Cars.com and AutoTrader offer a huge database of used car listings, but most are actually dealer listings.

The largest for-sale-by-owner site is Craigslist . The listings here can be very un-organized, but it’s definitely worth including your vehicle – and the best part: it’s Free!

You’ll also want to include your vehicle in eBay Motors Local Classifieds section. They will display your listing to anyone that searches for your car within a 200 mile radius of your location. The service is free and even comes with a limited CARFAX report worth $19.95.

By listing your used vehicle on these four sites, you should have all your bases covered.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you – and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.


Best New Cars of 2010 – Esquire Car of the Year Awards


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The 2010 Esquire Car Awards

And the Winners Are.

The 2010 Esquire Car of the Year: 2010 Audi S4

The 2010 Esquire Car of the Year: 2010 Audi S4

The 2010 Esquire Car of the Year: 2010 Audi S4

Domestic Car of the Year: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Hybrid of the Year: 2011 Honda CR-Z

Most Awe-Inspiring Car Built This Year: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Compact Car of the Year: 2011 Ford Fiesta

The Most Beautiful Car of the Year: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide

Innovation of the Year: The OPOC Two-Stroke Engine

Internal-combustion engines as we know them were born in 1876 — the year this nation turned one hundred. They’ve gotten bigger and more powerful in the ensuing 130-odd years, but the basic design has remained the same. Until now. Until this briefcase arrived.

Inside this briefcase is the prototype engine that EcoMotors CEO Don Runkle hauls around America. When he arrives for a client meeting, he clicks open the case and shows off his company’s invention: a forty-pound motor that generates up to ten thousand kilowatts of energy. That’s enough to power a home, on a fraction of the fuel that a typical engine would need. Enough to convince many executives that the Engine That Changes Everything may have finally arrived.

Where typical engines have one piston per cylinder, hammering up and down like a fist against a ceiling, the OPOC — which was designed by a former chief powertrain engineer at Volkswagen — has two pistons per cylinder that come together and pull apart like hands clapping. The pistons travel only half as far, meaning they can complete a cycle twice as fast, which lets OPOC generate twice the power of an equivalent standard engine — the same power in a package half the size. Further innovations in fuel delivery and exhaust and the innate efficiency advantages of the two-stroke cycle mean the system offers, conservatively, 50 percent reduction in fuel usage with no reduction in power, no increase in emissions, weight savings of 50 percent, and cost savings of 20 percent.

Aviation company Eurocopter is pursuing a diesel version that would be the most fuel-efficient helicopter engine ever. And Runkle and EcoMotors are aiming to have a vehicular OPOC ready for commercial production by 2013. It’s an audacious goal, but one they’ve gotten help with: In July, seeing the potential for OPOC to change the world (and be a successful business), Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures gave $23.5 million to support final engineering. —Tim Heffernan


Best Electric Cars for Sale


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  • Trust the Leaf – A New Way of Buying

    DREAMING OF THE LEAF – Amongst further disgruntled noises from hauliers and facing the prospect of May Bank Holiday fuel protests, the news that March saw.

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    MEGACITY AND A2 GO HEAD TO HEAD – It doesn’t take long. Where one manufacturer dares to innovate – and today this means filling or creating a previously unseen.

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    ELECTRIC CAR CONVERSION – The interest in electric vehicles is gathering pace in the UK and with the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV set to.

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    Best family car


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    Best family cars

    Decide which is the best family car to buy with our helpful list of the top models on sale

    Finding the best family car for you is getting harder these days – there are now more choices than ever. Saloons used to be the staple family car, but now buyers are choosing so many different types of car for families – SUVs, hatchbacks, crossovers, MPVs and estates.

    The Nissan Qashqai is the best example: it’s a big seller in the UK thanks to its practical crossover body style, but it’s nowhere near as thirsty as a 4×4 like a Land Rover Discovery Sport  and is much more like a hatchback when it comes to running costs.

    Large MPVs are there for those who need up to seven seats, or just a huge amount of boot space. They’re perfect for family holidays or trips to the beach during summer.

    If the driver is looking for something good to drive without missing out on practicality, there are some great options to go for – the Mazda 6 is a favourite of ours, with great handling and plenty of interior space.

    Many family cars are available in a wide range of specifications, some with very little equipment, so make sure you look carefully at the trim levels and choose the one that suits you best. You might decide you don’t need a high-spec trim, but useful features like Bluetooth connectivity and folding rear seats might be worth the extra money for a mid-spec car.

    Of course, company car tax will cost extra if you add optional extras, so if that applies to you then go for a model with plenty of standard kit.

    Do also be aware, as with all cars, that the manufacturer-quoted economy figures are often for guidance only. For example, if one car gets a claimed 50mpg and the other gets 60mpg, you can expect the second car to be more economical, even if neither car matches those figures in the real world.

    Best family cars

    You can read all about each car in our best family cars list by clicking on the links above or to the left.


    Best electric cars for kids in 2015-2016


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    Best electric car for kids reviews

    Electric cars for kids – What to look for:

    When you’re a parent who wants to give their child a perfect way to experience being an adult, getting one of the top ten electric cars for kids will surely help you earn brownie points from your precious one. Imagine the big grin and youthful delight you’ll get treated to when you present your child with a new electric car for kids on their birthday.

    Model and Features

    The models of highest rated electric cars for kids deserve a showroom just like adult cars do. It helps to have a pretty good idea what type you will be getting. Will it be outdoor or indoor type? The most popular units are outdoor types since they really give that feeling of freedom that a child deserves. Road cars have replicas too, and these include Porsches, Aston Martins, BMWs, Ferraris, Audi TTs and plenty more. Stylish and chic, such cars can give plenty of backyard play. Rugged models include Jeeps, Hummers or Ford Mustangs. Your child will surely enjoy being able to use forward and reverse gears, a side view mirror, a key start, a foot accelerator, a car horn, steering and fully working lights on his car, so check out models that carry those features. The decals, if any, should be as authentic as possible.

    Safety provisions

    The best play car for the money should incorporate safety features in the package. Even if your child just uses the electric car in your backyard, sudden bumps may cause him to topple from his seat. Teach him about safety this early by ensuring that the toy car has a seat belt. Make sure that the seats are well attached to their bases. The seat should enable your child to see where he’s going, built at just the right height. The components of the toy car should carry no toxic paint, sharp edges or corners. Remember that the unit is still pretty much a toy, so it should be manufactured under the same standards that all children’s toys are made. Most importantly, the product should include a fully functional parental remote control in order to ensure guidance and safe play at all times.

    Which electric car for kids is the best? Ask any child that question and battery life is sure to come up one way or the other. Ideally, the car should give around 2 hours of driving on flat terrain on the average. That’s for a single charge. It is best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on charging the car’s battery. The car’s craftsmanship should be sturdy for a toy of this type. Any assembly to be done must be minimal at most. The car itself should not require too much maintenance when used according to manufacturer’s recommendations and kept in good condition. A warranty would be nice, as the cost of replacing parts can be quite expensive. The motor or battery is the element that generally requires maintenance, repair or replacement.

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    Best family cars 2015: which one should you buy?


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    Best family cars

    If you’re in the market for a family car, then you’re in luck – it’s one of the most competitive classes there is. You have everything from conventional hatchbacks to crossovers, SUVs and MPV people carriers to choose from.

    Not too long ago, your options were limited to just hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf or estate cars like the Skoda Octavia estate. Now, though, diverse cars like the Nissan Qashqai and the Land Rover Discovery Sport aim to provide sufficient practicality for family motoring. Since the competition here is so fierce, numerous models on sale right now blend a mix of solid build quality, low running costs, practicality and a fun driving experience.

    Even the aftersales process is becoming more competitive – some of the cars on this list have longer warranties than the usual three-year affair, while others offer fixed-price servicing for added peace of mind. Some showrooms also offer decent discounts – it doesn’t hurt to haggle – and attractive finance deals are available on many of these cars, too.

    To help narrow your search, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite family cars on sale today, so keep reading for the Carbuyer top 10.


    Best Cars Ideas: Cheap Used Cars For Sale


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    Cheap Used Cars For Sale

    Our electric test cars offer lessons in depreciation for early adopters. Plug-in cars were supposed to be the next big thing. But once they’re a year old, it turns out they’re just used cars–and as soon as they go on sale. We’re often asked what The best cheap new cars exceed expectations Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe 90 Ambiance 7395 At 5995, the entry-level Dacia Sandero is the cheapest new car on sale in the UK. Tempting as that figure is, we’d recommend paying a bit more for the 0.9 TCe Browse Cheap Used toyota other cars for sale up to $9999, use the left panel to use different search filters Showing 1 – 2 of 2 filtered results. Click here to save this search Is there a particular item you are looking for? Follow the ‘Click here to save As a result of relatively few new cars being purchased when demand for cheap vehicles was understandably high, and when used car prices soared because there weren t enough pre-owned vehicles for sale to keep up with demand. Signs of a softening .