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5 MOST RELIABLE USED CARS BY CATEGORY

At Buyingadvice.com our goal is to help you make an informed used car purchase. The vast array of used cars on the market can make the prospect of selecting a vehicle seem daunting. So, we have drawn on our extensive research data base to create a ranking of overall used vehicle reliability by model.

We based our Report of Recommended Used Cars primarily on the opinions of consumers who have owned these models. These ratings illustrate average owner experience, based on Buyingadvice research.

We highly recommend you get an independent inspection or vehicle history report on a individual vehicle before making any used car purchase.

The BuyingAdvice Team compared models using a broad range of criteria to bring you our list of the Top 5 Used Cars By Category from the model years 1998-2006.

We implemented proprietary statistical measures to create a scoring system of 0-10. The highest rated model, Honda Accord received a 9.9 rating and the lowest rated model, Chevrolet Tahoe received a 6.4 rating.

Recommended ratings for a particular model do not necessarily mean that every customer will have a positive experience. They simply indicate that, on average, consumer experiences with that model are better than with competing models.

Overall, we believe that the vehicles included on this list provide a better than average ownership experience, although in some cases, we have highlighted certain model years to avoid. So, take some time to look over our findings and see if there is a used car that fits your lifestyle.



5 Safety Features That Can Save You Money on Car Insurance #car #breakdown #cover


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5 Safety Features That Can Save You Money on Car Insurance

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By Barbara Marquand All sorts of high-tech safety equipment is available on today’s new cars, from systems that automatically apply the brakes if you’re in danger of crashing to rear-view cameras that let you see obstructions behind your car.

But in most cases, the really cool stuff is too new to score car insurance discounts. The safety features that usually qualify have been around for decades, such as anti-lock brakes.

NerdWallet looked at car-safety discounts available from the 10 largest insurance companies. Only Liberty Mutual says it offers discounts for newer innovations, including:

  • Adaptive cruise control. This monitors traffic conditions and adjusts speed by controlling the throttle and brakes to keep the car a safe distance from the vehicle in front of it.
  • Lane-departure warning systems. These use cameras to track the car’s position and alert the driver if the vehicle drifts out of the lane.
  • Collision-avoidance systems. These use sensors to recognize when a collision may happen, such as the vehicle skidding or approaching the car ahead too quickly. The systems may apply the brakes or take other actions to protect the driver and passengers.

[Buying a new car? Comparison shopping can save you hundreds of dollars. Find low rates with NerdWallet’s Car Insurance Comparison Tool .]

Most car insurance companies don’t offer discounts until safety technology has proven over many years to reduce insurance claims. Here are the safety features most likely to qualify you for a car insurance discount.

1. Anti-lock brakes Years ago drivers were instructed to “pump the brakes” if the vehicle was skidding, because a locked-up wheel is less effective at bringing the car under control than a wheel that is rotating slowly.

That advice went by the wayside with the development of anti-lock braking systems, which began appearing on high-end vehicles in the 1970s and was used on many models by the late 1980s, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. As of the 2012 model year, the federal government requires automakers to include anti-lock brakes as part of the standard equipment on all passenger vehicles.

Discounts for anti-lock brakes vary. Allstate offers a 10% discount, for instance, and 21st Century Insurance offers a 5% one.

Florida, New Jersey and New York require insurers to give a discount for anti-lock brakes.

2. Air bags Air bags cushion the blow for people during a crash. Frontal air bags have been required in all new passenger vehicles since the 1999 model year. Side air bags also are included as standard equipment on almost all cars to meet federal side-protection requirements, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Some vehicles feature inflatable safety belts or rear-window curtain air bags to protect passengers in the back seat.

Car insurance discounts generally increase with the number of air bags. Geico, for instance, offers up to 25% off for driver-side air bags and up to 40% off for full front-seat air bags. The discount applies to medical payments or personal injury protection coverage.

Esurance offers a discount of 2% to 33% on medical payments coverage or personal injury protection, depending on the state and the number of safety features.

3. Daytime running lights Daytime running lights are headlights that come on automatically when the car starts. They help prevent daytime head-on and front-corner collisions. Automakers began offering daytime running lights in 1995, and now they’re a standard feature on many vehicles.

Some insurers offer a small discount. Geico says you can save 1%, for instance, on certain coverage.

4. Electronic stability control Electronic stability control systems help prevent vehicles from skidding out of control and rolling over when drivers have to steer hard or turn on slippery roads. The technology uses sensors and a computer to monitor how well the vehicle responds to steering and then automatically applies the brakes to keep the car under control.

The systems have been required on all cars, SUVs, pickups and minivans since the 2012 model year.

Insurers that offer a discount for electronic stability control typically apply it to collision coverage. Insurance claims payouts for collision coverage are about 15% lower for vehicles with electronic stability control versus those without it, according to an analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute.

5. Automatic seat belts Motorized seat belts, which were often paired with manual lap belts, fastened automatically when the car was started or the door closed. Many automakers installed them to meet a federal requirement for vehicles to have automatic restraints, either motorized seat belts or air bags, from the 1990 model year onward. Air bags eventually replaced motorized seat belts, but many insurers still give the same discount for automatic seat belts as they give for air bags. Your car likely does not have automatic seat belts if it’s a 1998 model year or later.

The bottom line Discounts for safety features not only vary by insurance company, they also vary by state. An insurer may offer a discount in some states but not others, or the percentage may differ from state to state.

Ask your insurance representative about money-saving deals. But when shopping for insurance keep in mind that a company advertising large discounts may still not offer the lowest-cost coverage in the final tally. NerdWallet’s car insurance comparison tool can help you look for coverage to fit your needs and budget.

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5 Car Website Design Templates For Inspiration #car #hire #canada


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3. Add a Bit of Color

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If you like the plain white and silver theme but find that it s a little too plain for your liking, why not add a bit of color to it? Your website can still have that clean and tidy look, but with a little extra color to make it more attractive. Before designing your website and adding the colors, think about one or two colors that you would like to use. Choose two colors that go well together, for example, green and dark purple like the picture above. Choosing fairly basic colors is ideal for car websites as it will make it colorful but not too bright.

Use headings and subheadings on your website to make it easy for people to navigate their way around. A website that people can easily browse will encourage your visitors to stay for longer and return again and again. A bold heading (the word SAVERS in this example) will draw the attention to the main part of the website, and you can change this regularly to whatever you want people to visit first.

4. Simple and Effective

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This website design, while simple, is extremely effective. It s perfect for informative websites that contain information and articles about various cars and other motor vehicles. Red and black are two colors that complement each other very well, and a website like this immediately looks professional, attractive and very well made.

A design like this is ideal for a website that is dedicated to a particular model of car. If you re passionate about one specific car and want to dedicate a website or blog to it, a design like this is just the thing for which you should be aiming. Although it s not necessary to copy this website design exactly, the female model featured here gives the website a look of class and elegance. The red car and the female model are both elegant and attractive; therefore, while they seem different, they re very much alike.

5. Business Car Website

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This is the most popular website design that you ll find when you come across business websites. Although it is fairly plain and the main colors are black and white, the many products that are featured give the website the color and character that is needed. Because the products displayed contain some color anyway, adding bright headers and colorful banners would make the website too bright.

If you re running a website selling cars, car parts or car services, this is the design that will work best. You can present everything neatly on your website and it s very simple and easy for your visitors to find their way around. Make sure that you sort out the products or services into categories to make it extra easy for people to find what they need.

Conclusion

When choosing a car website design, think about the aims and objectives of your website. Once you ve decided what purpose your website is going to serve, you can choose the design, templates and themes. The designs are in no way limited to those featured here, so if you ve any ideas and thoughts, please feel free to share them and leave a comment

Annie is a creative blogger, freelance writer and editor at FunnyScreenshots.com



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The 5 Most Expensive Cars of All Time

Like rare works of art, classic cars can be a great long-term investment — if you have more money than you know what to do with.

Mar 2, 2014 at 3:00PM

Even the least materialistic among us can appreciate the aesthetics of a well-built car. We certainly spend a lot of time with our cars — the average commuter spends about 38 hours a year just sitting in traffic, and the average daily commute to and from work is a bit less than an hour. But most of us don’t get into exquisitely tuned high-performance supercars to head to the office, which makes the sight of these machines a source of excitement, envy, and wonder.

The typical supercar costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to own and maintain, putting it well beyond reach for most people. But some cars leave the brand-new Lambos, Ferrarris, Bentleys, and Bugattis you might see in the dust — not in terms of raw power, but in costs. The five one-of-a-kind cars I’ll look at here, as ranked by Bloomberg and other sources, set sale records that may not be matched for a long time. The classic-car market has made them its best works of art, but you might think otherwise, so read on to find out what makes them the pinnacle of performance and the peak of prestige.

4th: 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider  — $27.5 million

This car turned heads last August, when it was sold to former Tommy Hilfiger honcho Lawrence Stroll for about $10 million more than expected. There were only 10 ever built, and the model’s pedigree includes an appearance in the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair and ownership by Steve McQueen (one of the film’s headliners), who crashed his car and later tried to buy the model that went up for auction without success. The car sold had only one owner, who would have paid roughly $15,000 for it when new. That turned out to be a pretty good investment for him, as the car appreciated in value by 17.7% a year over the 46 years of his ownership.

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2nd: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa — $40.4 million

This private sale (the car pictured is not the same car, but it is the same model) was nearly twice the old record price for a 250 Testa Rossa, and also became the most expensive car ever sold in Britain, when it was reported by London’s Daily Mail a month ago. The model sold (chassis 0704) was originally a prototype designed by Sergio Scaglietti and went on to win 18 endurance races around the world before becoming part of the Henry Ford Museum’s collection in 1967. Ferrari historian Marcel Massini calls it “one of the top five Ferraris on the planet,” and its price certainly earns it that ranking. This car has never been restored, which is now popular among classic-car collectors as a way to proudly display the vehicle’s true history every time it’s taken out of the garage.

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1st: 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO  — $52 million

This particular Ferrari (or at least its model, as the preceding photo does not show the car sold) has been a controversial subject in Ferrari-aficionado circles. It’s been called the “Greatest Ferrari of All Time” by Motor Trend Classic and was nominated as the top sports car of all time by Sports Car International. It is essentially the Mona Lisa of classic cars and has been setting records at auction for almost three decades — a 250 GTO seized from a drug lord in 1984 sold at auction in 1987 for $1.6 million, and prices have generally been going straight up ever since.

This sale, which took place last October, remains the high-water mark for classic car sales in spite of fervent competition. There were only 36 of these 300-horsepower V-12-engined cars produced, and this particular sale (chassis number 5111GT) won the 1963 Tour de France and won its class at the 1963 Coupes du Salon, continuing to race GT events at a high level until a sale in 1965. Like the second-most-valuable car on the list, this Ferrari was also a private sale confirmed by third parties.

However, the rapid rise in sale prices is also stoking fears of a bubble. Ferrari dealer Joe Macari told Bloomberg:

It’s a cult car. If you’re a billionaire, you feel you have to have one. I don’t understand the appeal of them. They’re not very beautiful and they never won Le Mans. I’d rather have a Testa Rossa.

Historic Auto Group founder Dietrich Hatlapa also pointed out:

Price rises of 55% [the last major 250 GTO sale took place last year at a price 49% below this sale] aren’t sustainable in any market. We’re not saying the market is going to collapse. It will probably average out over time.

Rare classic Ferraris have increased in value by roughly 15% a year for decades, so the buyer of this car is likely to turn a profit — eventually.

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Maximize Your Car Trade-In Value with These 5 Tips #honda #car


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5 Ways to Increase a Car s Trade-in Value

The day had finally come and it was time for me to sell my car and obtain an auto loan to buy a brand new vehicle. My old, battered Honda Civic was still in great running condition, and with nearly 180,000 miles on the odometer, had accompanied me on many journeys. But it had seen better days, and the rust, the peeling paint, the nicks and the dents all but convinced me that its trade-in value would be modest at best, backed by all the research I did on its overall worth.

What came as a surprise upon selling it was that I was offered nearly double its Kelley Blue Book trade-in value (and this was after my generously sentimental appraisal of my old four-wheeled companion). That was last year, and some reliable sources have since informed me that the car has had not one, but two possible owners since I sold it, a clear indication that it s further retained what value it still has.

I discovered that day that the trade-in value of my car was much higher than I expected due to a number of relative factors and, that I underestimated its said value due to being misinformed about trade-in values in general.

Granted, it fetched a higher dollar amount since I sold it instead of trading it in, but that s OK. If you re looking to part ways with your vehicle, don t go unprepared. When you understand what affects your car s worth, you ve got a clear path to knowing how to maintain or even raise its value. It can earn you more money for your old ride, therein saving you money when upgrading to a new one, especially when an auto loan is concerned.

How Are Trade-In Values Determined?

To calculate trade-in value, visit the Kelley Blue Book website. You ll be asked to enter the make, model, year, mileage, features and condition of your car, plus whether you re looking to trade it, sell it or if you re just curious for a dollar figure.

But the Kelley Blue Book price goes beyond those simple details. Priced high or low, the trade-in value of cars takes into account other important details.

1. Brand

What s really in a name? A whole lot, according to the writers at High Gear Media. The first name of a vehicle can have a tremendous effect on its resale value, regardless of the condition or quality of the vehicle in question, they said. So, even if your Geo Prizm or Ford Pinto is in tip-top shape, it probably won t command that much coin in the trade-in process.

On the other hand, marques relied on for their reliability namely, Japanese automakers like Honda, Toyota, Subaru and Mazda do demand high resale values, as do many luxury car makers.

2. Transmission

Despite claims that they re better at connecting the driver to the car and to the road, stick shifts have declined in popularity in recent years in favor of the more passive P-R-N-D-3-2-1 of an automatic transmission. In general, an automatic transmission will recoup its cost, typically between $1,000 and $2,000, writes High Gear Media.

And while manual transmissions won t exclude you from trading in, it can be made more difficult due to their decreased demand.

3. Paint, Tech and Mods

Your car s garishly neon pink color is for few people in this world of freeways lined with sober, silver-hued vehicles. So too might be your car s super-hi-fi stereo, which could actually backfire on the resale value if you spent more on it than the car.

Though your Toyota Corolla might hold a solid auto trade-in value, aftermarketing it into a super-modified, super-charged, super-rimmed Formula 1 wannabe won t do you any favors on the resale front. Upgrades and options can detract from a car s value.

4. Mileage

It s worth repeating that mileage affects your car s worth. Even when the exterior, interior and mechanical conditions are ideal, too many miles means a shorter lifespan for your car, and will be reflected by low trade-in values.

Getting the Best Car Trade-in Value

According to Edmunds.com, a new car depreciates in value up to 9 percent in the first minute it s driven off a dealer s lot. After five years, your car holds only 40 percent of its true market value and that s without all the other considerations that can reduce its trade-in value.

Before taking your car to sell or trade in, consider spiffing it up with five of these value boosters.

1. Make Repairs

From major engine problems to minor maintenance issues or cosmetic, paint or upholstery defects, a vehicle in solid running order is one of the most fundamental value boosters. The goal is, after all, to sell your car so someone else can drive it.

Nationwide suggests talking to your mechanic to see if repair costs will outweigh trade-in value. No need to fully restore your car, but a vehicle in like-new condition makes a good lasting impression.

2. Keep It Clean

Wash your car! As well as wax and detail it, too. Appearances count, and if the first thing a buyer or dealer sees is a filthy car, he won t even bother looking under the hood to see what s inside. A few hundred dollars (or less) for a quality car wash could increase the value of your car by thousands.

3. Keep Records

Websites like Carfax.com will have your vehicle s history on file based on its VIN number. Take it to the next step by saving copies of your maintenance and repair receipts. Document everything from oil changes to servicing.

Documenting the vehicle’s service history can increase its value by showing that it’s been well maintained, according to Nationwide.

4. Get It Appraised

Kelley Blue Book or NADA guides can only estimate what your car is worth. Contact a professional appraiser for a full inspection and true valuation of your vehicle. In tandem with repairs made from your mechanic, this will give you more bargaining power when going to trade in your car, and hopefully more value for your ride.

5. Don t Settle

If you ve learned to not take the first offer that comes along from a dealer when shopping for a new car, don t settle for the first dollar figure given to you on a trade-in. One of the best ways to increase the trade-in value of your vehicle is to shop your car around to several places and people for the best offer you can get. You never know when the next dealer will give you top dollar for your investment. And remember: it is an investment.

I realized that my car was worth more than I expected, even in its battered state. If I had done my homework and taken the steps above to improve its resale and trade-in values, I might have gotten an even higher offer.

Remember this when it s time to trade in your vehicle. You might miss the times you had together on the road but you won t miss the added savings your old friend brings you when it s time to buy a new vehicle.



Top 5 Best Car Scratch Remover Products For Car Paintwork #car #insurance #comparison


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Top 5 Best Car Scratch Remover Products

Over the years we have tried many of the car scratch remover products that we have either stocked or have been sent as samples. Some of those we have stuck with and added to our range and others we have let go, either from our own experience or the feedback of customers.

So which of those we seen or our customers provided feedback on do we consider amongst the best car scratch remover products available?

Before we look at the list there is a general rule of thumb that is used when looking to use an off the shelf car scratch remover product on your car.

That rule is when gently sliding your thumb nail over the scratch in your paintwork if your thumb nail jarrs i.e catches in the scratch it is generally considered too deep to be effectively removed by use of a hand applied car scratch remover product alone.

Here we look at our list of top 5 best car scratch remover products that can be used by hand.

Some of theme can also be used with a car polisher, but as most car owners do not own such a machine we have concentrated our list on the best car scratch remover products that can be used by hand.

We have also concentrated on products aimed at removing the scratch, rather than filling it:

More On Our Best Car Scratch Remover Products

Meguiars ScratchX 2.0 Car Scratch Remover:

This new formula, launched a few years back, has been specifically developed for hand application to quickly remove isolated scratches, fingernail marks, paint transfer and parking lot scuffs.

Meguiars unique micro-abrasives correct these defects fast and are completely clear coat safe. Scratch X 2.0  is Meguiars best car scratch remover products, not just a “cover-up” product but is a special formulation designed to completely remove scratches, ensuring that once they are gone, they stay gone!

Farecla G3 Professional Scratch Remover Paste

Farécla have taken their expertise in the bodyshop environment and delivered car owners like you and me the G3 Professional Paste that uses the same Engineered Diminishing Abrasives to effectively remove unsightly surface scratches and scuffs from your car s bodywork without harming the paint surface.

Suitable for all paint types. this technically advanced formula have been developed alongside paint and lacquer manufacturers to make them safe and effective for all paint types.

Meguiars Ultimate Compound

Meguiars latest abrasive technology quickly removes stubborn oxidation, stains, bird dropping blemishes and lighter scratches while polishing the surface to a mirror finish.

Unlike traditional rubbing and scratch removal compounds that scour the surface, the Meguiars clear coat safe micro-abrasives produce an amazingly clear finish that is free from scratches, hazing and swirls.

Poorboys SSR2/2.5

This product is number 3 in the Poorboys range of swirl and scratch removers. The first being SSR1 for light swirls rising to SSR3 for serious heavy duty use.

This product delivered great results on my mazda s paint removing all defects apart from the deeper marks/scratches, it broke down nicely and didn t need a lot in the way of refining to get a great finish with loads of shine

A1 Nano Tech Car Scratch Remover

This German-made product removes scratches using the latest in nano technology. It removes scratches, instead of just covering them over.

Its special nano technology scratch removal agents put it in amongst the best car scratch remover products, having an extremely even particle size, and break down into even smaller nano particles during the rubbing process thus eliminating scratches without new, fine scratches being polished in.

Filling Scratches

Although we have have concentrated this article on scratch removal rather than simply hiding or filling scratches, there are of course some leading products on the market aimed at achieving this.

Some of the best selling and most popular of these products include; Quixx Scratch Remover Kit. Car Plan  (for black paint), Car Pride and JML Mantis. Some of these however do have mixed results and tend mainly to be used when owners are selling their cars.

We hope this article has given you some insight into the various products considered to be amongst the best car scratch remover products on the market. If you have experience of other products please let us know by leaving a comment below.



5 smart reasons for buying a used car #daily #car #insurance


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5 smart reasons for buying a used car

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If your goal is saving money, buying a used car rather than a new one can save you big bucks in several ways.

“I am a big fan of buying used,” says Philip Reed, Edmunds.com senior consumer advice editor. “I think it’s an extremely important way for a family on a budget to save money.”

Jack Nerad, Kelley Blue Book’s executive market analyst, is another cheerleader of buying used. “Used cars are a great value ,” he says. “Cars today are really good and really last a long time. They have longer useful lives than in the ’50s and ’60s when I was growing up.”

While paying a lower purchase price for the same car model used rather than new is the obvious reason to buy a used car, there are others as well.

Even so, Reed cautions that all used cars aren’t created equal. A consumer must do his homework before deciding if a used car is in good or bad shape. With that caveat, here are five of the best reasons to buy a used car .



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5 MOST RELIABLE SMALL CARS

Close But No Cigar: Mazda 3,

With production of the Civic starting in 1972 this model has a long history of reliability with customers. This pick comes with great fuel economy, an environmentally friendly engine and extremely roomy interior perfect for transporting passengers and cargo. With very reasonably base prices you can’t go wrong with the reliable Honda Civic.

After an unveiling in 2004 its popularity grew. This wagon was engineered to catch the eye of younger buyers. It went nationwide in 2005 and has proven to provide good reliability among consumers. It can be easy customized which makes this ride a fun and affordably choice.

The compact Toyota Corolla has continually been one of the world’s best-selling cars. This Asian compact sedan hit the American market in 1969, and 2007 models are still being produced. Reliability, fuel economy, as well as its low purchase price give this compact the edge over the competition.

This compact hatchback was first produced in 2002 and since then has amassed a loyal following. After a small facelift in 2005 The Matrix has proven that it is reliable with a strong and attractive comfortable interior. With great safety ratings and low purchase price this model is a must have.



Used Cars Under $5, 000 Recommended By Edmunds #daewoo #cars


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Used Cars Under $5,000 Recommended By Edmunds

May 14, 2012

Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, has launched “The Debt-Free Car Project,” which aims to assure car buyers that they can find a reliable used car for under $5,000 without the burden of monthly payments. Last month, Edmunds.com’s consumer advice editors purchased a 1996 Lexus ES300 for $3,800, and over the next year they will document the vehicle’s performance as part of the company’s long-term car test fleet .

“Not everyone has the credit or steady income to afford monthly car payments, so it’s important to show consumers that they can find a dependable used car for just a few thousand dollars up front,” says Edmunds.com Consumer Advice Editor Ronald Montoya. “We were determined not to buy a beater that would have us visiting a mechanic every month and, like any car buyer, we wanted a car that we would not be ashamed to drive.”

1996 Lexus

Edmunds.com’s consumer advice editors used online resources to find the Lexus at an independent car dealer in Pasadena, CA. The forest green ES300 had 135,000 miles on the odometer and a vehicle history report showed a clean accident record and multiple service visits to a Lexus dealer. After back-and-forth negotiations, the dealer agreed to sell the vehicle for $3,800 out the door. For the full blow-by-blow of Edmunds.com’s shopping and negotiating process for the 1996 Lexus ES300, please visit http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/the-debt-free-car-project.html .

Edmunds.com editors will track the car s fuel, maintenance and repair costs, as well as their anecdotal experiences while driving the car on a daily basis. They’ll drive to and from work, run errands around town and take long road trips with a goal driving it 15,000 miles in the next year. Readers can track the vehicle’s progress on Edmunds’ InsideLine.com’s award-winning Long Term Road Tests blog .

“The Debt-Free Car Project” is just the latest example of Edmunds.com practicing what it preaches. Editors will use the same strategies advocated in a piece published earlier this year that advises consumers “How to Buy and Maintain a Very Inexpensive Car” at http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/how-to-buy-and-maintain-a-very-inexpensive-car.html .

When buying any used car in any price range, it’s always important to ask the seller all the right questions. Edmunds.com provides an outline to make sure you hit all the right points with its Used Car Worksheet at http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/used-car-worksheet.html .



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3. Add a Bit of Color

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If you like the plain white and silver theme but find that it s a little too plain for your liking, why not add a bit of color to it? Your website can still have that clean and tidy look, but with a little extra color to make it more attractive. Before designing your website and adding the colors, think about one or two colors that you would like to use. Choose two colors that go well together, for example, green and dark purple like the picture above. Choosing fairly basic colors is ideal for car websites as it will make it colorful but not too bright.

Use headings and subheadings on your website to make it easy for people to navigate their way around. A website that people can easily browse will encourage your visitors to stay for longer and return again and again. A bold heading (the word SAVERS in this example) will draw the attention to the main part of the website, and you can change this regularly to whatever you want people to visit first.

4. Simple and Effective

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This website design, while simple, is extremely effective. It s perfect for informative websites that contain information and articles about various cars and other motor vehicles. Red and black are two colors that complement each other very well, and a website like this immediately looks professional, attractive and very well made.

A design like this is ideal for a website that is dedicated to a particular model of car. If you re passionate about one specific car and want to dedicate a website or blog to it, a design like this is just the thing for which you should be aiming. Although it s not necessary to copy this website design exactly, the female model featured here gives the website a look of class and elegance. The red car and the female model are both elegant and attractive; therefore, while they seem different, they re very much alike.

5. Business Car Website

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This is the most popular website design that you ll find when you come across business websites. Although it is fairly plain and the main colors are black and white, the many products that are featured give the website the color and character that is needed. Because the products displayed contain some color anyway, adding bright headers and colorful banners would make the website too bright.

If you re running a website selling cars, car parts or car services, this is the design that will work best. You can present everything neatly on your website and it s very simple and easy for your visitors to find their way around. Make sure that you sort out the products or services into categories to make it extra easy for people to find what they need.

Conclusion

When choosing a car website design, think about the aims and objectives of your website. Once you ve decided what purpose your website is going to serve, you can choose the design, templates and themes. The designs are in no way limited to those featured here, so if you ve any ideas and thoughts, please feel free to share them and leave a comment

Annie is a creative blogger, freelance writer and editor at FunnyScreenshots.com



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The Best 5 Car Moving Companies: Rating and Reviews

If you re looking for car moving companies to get your vehicle transported, you need to make sure that you deal with companies that are federally licensed and bonded. The company should also have good customer satisfaction ratings. If you ve already got a quote from a car moving company, make sure you verify the company s standing with the Better Business Bureau. You could also obtain quotes from the companies given below to compare the rates and services offered.

1. Momentum Transport

This company has received a Better Business Bureau Rating of A+. Momentum Transport offers quick door-to-door pickups and full insurance coverage. They also have different types of carriers that suit every budget.

Global Auto Transportation is BBB accredited and offers you a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. They competitively price their services and offer free quotes online. You could also avail of a 10 percent discount by visiting their website.

United Auto Transport has been in operation for several years and has been offering good services at competitive rates. You could visit their website to get a free quote or call one of their toll free numbers. The company has been given a 5 star rating on Transport Reviews.com .

4. CarShipping.com

You could use CarShipping.com to obtain some of the best auto transportation quotes. The company only works with insured transportation companies that are in accordance with the specifications put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You can get nearly seven quotes by simply entering a few details online and avail of low cost car shipping services.

Direct Express Auto Transport has an A rating on the BBB. They offer quality services at an affordable price and only work with insured carriers. You could get an instant quote by filling out the quote request form online.

It s important to deal with insured companies in order to claim your money if the vehicle gets damaged during transportation. Also read the auto transportation agreement carefully before signing it.



Top 5 Used Car Buying Scams


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Top 5 Used Car Buying Scams

How can you avoid falling for car scams when buying a used car? Learn the facts.

CARFAX  shared information on the top five car scams to look out for when buying a used car :

Odometer Fraud:  Odometer fraud is the practice of rolling a car s mileage back, making it seem as though the vehicle has traveled fewer miles than it actually has. This is an illegal practice that violates federal law, but, nonetheless, odometer fraud is a prevalent car scam. It s hard to detect this type of fraud; a vehicle history report is one of the few ways you can tell if the odometer has been tampered with.

VIN Cloning:  Stolen vehicles are often sold with vehicle identification numbers (VINs) that have been swiped from legally registered cars. One way to avoid being a victim of this scam is to verify that all of the VINs on a vehicle match, including those on the dashboard, the driver’s side door sticker, the car’s frame and the paperwork for the vehicle.

Title Washing:  Used car values can drop dramatically if a car is deemed a salvage, and this is why some car sellers are tempted to rebuild a salvaged vehicle and sell it with a new title. A salvage title is issued on a vehicle damaged when the cost of repair exceeds 75 percent of its pre-damage value. (This damage threshold varies by state.) For this scam, sellers “wash” the title of a car by altering the title documents and moving the car to different states to get a clean title. When buying a used car, check for wording that indicates a salvage title, such as totaled, reconditioned, salvaged, junked, rebuilt or warranty returned. Also examine the title document to see if it has been physically altered.

Curbstoning:   State laws prohibit private citizens from selling multiple cars or vehicles, other than those titled to them, a practice called curbstoning. Frequently, curbstoners sell vehicles that reputable dealers won t touch, cars with hidden problems that can affect both the safety and the value of these vehicles. So give it some thought before engaging with a private party selling multiple vehicles.

Airbag Fraud:  Once they are deployed, airbags are sometimes not replaced correctly; and sometimes they aren’t replaced at all! There may be cases where airbags in a used vehicle you are considering are non-functional: they could be outdated, made of inappropriate materials or even could be non-existent (airbag covers can be replaced on the dashboard so that, from inside the vehicle, there is no indication that the airbag compartment is empty). The first step to finding out if a car may have missing or nonworking airbags is to run a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, which can tell you if the car has been in an accident. If it has, it may be a good idea to check to make sure the airbag system is in good working order.

Try to resist any pressure to act quickly when buying a used car ; this can sometimes be a sign that the seller wants to hide something. Taking the time to personally evaluate the vehicle, have it evaluated by professionals and look into the vehicle history could be invaluable, saving time and money while guiding you to the perfect car.

Mike Orsini is the head of blog marketing at CARFAX. Headquartered in Centreville, VA, CARFAX is the most trusted provider of vehicle history information that is used by millions of consumers each year. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later.



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All prices include parts, labour and VAT

We specialise in water damage iPhones. There is a good chance that we can get your iPhone back to life even in the worst case of water damage.

Some of the iPhone we have bought back to life include the following:

  • Dropped into the toilet
  • Dipped in the Sea
  • Babys sucking on the end of an iPhone
  • iPhones that have been through a full wash cycle
  • iPhones in beer glasses (best to use cocktail umbrella to brighten up your pint!)

Usually water damaged iPhone just need a new battery but sometimes it can be more sinister. If you have a water damaged iPhone, walk in or post it to us for further evaluation.

We will not charge you if we cannot repair your iPhone and we will always let you know how much the repair will cost before go ahead and do the work.

Water damaged phones usually take between 2-3 days to test due to the nature of the damage.

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5 MOST RELIABLE SMALL CARS

Close But No Cigar: Mazda 3,

With production of the Civic starting in 1972 this model has a long history of reliability with customers. This pick comes with great fuel economy, an environmentally friendly engine and extremely roomy interior perfect for transporting passengers and cargo. With very reasonably base prices you can’t go wrong with the reliable Honda Civic.

After an unveiling in 2004 its popularity grew. This wagon was engineered to catch the eye of younger buyers. It went nationwide in 2005 and has proven to provide good reliability among consumers. It can be easy customized which makes this ride a fun and affordably choice.

The compact Toyota Corolla has continually been one of the world’s best-selling cars. This Asian compact sedan hit the American market in 1969, and 2007 models are still being produced. Reliability, fuel economy, as well as its low purchase price give this compact the edge over the competition.

This compact hatchback was first produced in 2002 and since then has amassed a loyal following. After a small facelift in 2005 The Matrix has proven that it is reliable with a strong and attractive comfortable interior. With great safety ratings and low purchase price this model is a must have.



Top 5 Used Car Buying Scams #race #cars #for #sale


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Top 5 Used Car Buying Scams

How can you avoid falling for car scams when buying a used car? Learn the facts.

CARFAX  shared information on the top five car scams to look out for when buying a used car :

Odometer Fraud:  Odometer fraud is the practice of rolling a car s mileage back, making it seem as though the vehicle has traveled fewer miles than it actually has. This is an illegal practice that violates federal law, but, nonetheless, odometer fraud is a prevalent car scam. It s hard to detect this type of fraud; a vehicle history report is one of the few ways you can tell if the odometer has been tampered with.

VIN Cloning:  Stolen vehicles are often sold with vehicle identification numbers (VINs) that have been swiped from legally registered cars. One way to avoid being a victim of this scam is to verify that all of the VINs on a vehicle match, including those on the dashboard, the driver’s side door sticker, the car’s frame and the paperwork for the vehicle.

Title Washing:  Used car values can drop dramatically if a car is deemed a salvage, and this is why some car sellers are tempted to rebuild a salvaged vehicle and sell it with a new title. A salvage title is issued on a vehicle damaged when the cost of repair exceeds 75 percent of its pre-damage value. (This damage threshold varies by state.) For this scam, sellers “wash” the title of a car by altering the title documents and moving the car to different states to get a clean title. When buying a used car, check for wording that indicates a salvage title, such as totaled, reconditioned, salvaged, junked, rebuilt or warranty returned. Also examine the title document to see if it has been physically altered.

Curbstoning:   State laws prohibit private citizens from selling multiple cars or vehicles, other than those titled to them, a practice called curbstoning. Frequently, curbstoners sell vehicles that reputable dealers won t touch, cars with hidden problems that can affect both the safety and the value of these vehicles. So give it some thought before engaging with a private party selling multiple vehicles.

Airbag Fraud:  Once they are deployed, airbags are sometimes not replaced correctly; and sometimes they aren’t replaced at all! There may be cases where airbags in a used vehicle you are considering are non-functional: they could be outdated, made of inappropriate materials or even could be non-existent (airbag covers can be replaced on the dashboard so that, from inside the vehicle, there is no indication that the airbag compartment is empty). The first step to finding out if a car may have missing or nonworking airbags is to run a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, which can tell you if the car has been in an accident. If it has, it may be a good idea to check to make sure the airbag system is in good working order.

Try to resist any pressure to act quickly when buying a used car ; this can sometimes be a sign that the seller wants to hide something. Taking the time to personally evaluate the vehicle, have it evaluated by professionals and look into the vehicle history could be invaluable, saving time and money while guiding you to the perfect car.

Mike Orsini is the head of blog marketing at CARFAX. Headquartered in Centreville, VA, CARFAX is the most trusted provider of vehicle history information that is used by millions of consumers each year. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later.



5 Cheap, Reliable And Fuel-Efficient Used Cars #trade #cars


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5 Cheap, Reliable And Fuel-Efficient Used Cars

Aug 20, 2013 | Updated Sep 18, 2013

From Mother Nature Network’s Jim Motavalli:

Last week, gas prices dropped a bit, to an average of $3.59 a gallon. Any drop in fuel costs always leads to hand-wringing about what it will mean for electric car sales. But this isn’t one of those stories. From where I’m sitting, $3.59 a gallon is still a lot of money.

Minor price fluctuations aren’t going to send anyone out to buy a seven-passenger SUV. Sales of those behemoths have been dropping steadily. I’ve always loved the name “Nissan Armada” — what is it, a car or a fleet? — and sales of this vehicle were down 19 percent from May 2012 to May 2013 .

I think we’ll all be in the market for fuel-efficient cars from now on. I’ve been reporting on the big price drops for electric cars (particularly for leasing) but maybe they’re still out of your price range. You want something cheap. Here are five really cheap, fuel-efficient used cars that are likely to be reliable, too:

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5 Cheap, Reliable Used Cars



Best Used SUV’s Under $5, 000 #car #air #fresheners


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Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000

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There are people who swear by used cars. For them it makes absolutely no sense to take the depreciation hit all new cars take the moment they are driven off of the dealer s lot. In many ways we see the logic in that, although there are a number of very sound reasons to purchase a new car as well.

That said, one can typically save money going used, particularly if you can afford to pay cash. Of course, there is used and there is used. If you re looking for one of the best used SUVs for under $5000 you ll need to be prepared to go pretty far back in time to get one. No, we don t mean back in time as in fire up the DeLorean, we mean you ll be looking at models from the previous century for the most part.

To assemble this list, we consulted our friends at kelley blue book to find the youngest SUVs out there priced below $5,000. We then considered those models user ratings to find the vehicles with the best reputation for reliability.

Only two of the vehicles on this list hail from the 21 st century, the rest were all built in the last few years of the 20 th Century. With that revelation comes good news and bad news. The good news is that was a time in history when the SUV was experiencing a significant boom in demand, so there should be lots of examples of these vehicles out there for you to choose from. The bad news is, they will almost invariably need work, because of their age.

For this reason, it absolutely behooves you to seek the advice of trusted professional mechanic. Finding a vehicle with fewer than 100,000 miles on it at this price point is going to be nigh impossible. Before you hand over your hard earned cash, get the vehicle inspected for serious mechanical problems. If you re truly lucky, you ll find an auto with all of its service records intact. Although, given the fact most of the vehicle will probably be on their third owner by now

Long story short, if you re considering buying one of these vehicles, make sure you do your due diligence, research them on the web, try to learn all of their potential problem areas, so you ll know what to look for when you go see one of them. You ll also want to research for any potential recalls and do your best to make sure the vehicle you re considering was updated if any recalls were issued for it. And finally, never underestimate the value of a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic intimately familiar with the make and model you re planning to purchase.

It s a gotta have in this instance.

With that said, here s a list of the best used SUVs you can buy for under $5,000

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe – +/- $4,000

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 2001 Dodge Durango +/- $4,995

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1999 Ford Expedition +/- $4,495

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1999 GMC Yukon +/- $4,980

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1999 Honda CR-V +/- $4,995

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1999 Infiniti QX4 +/- $4,991

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1998 Jeep Cherokee +/- $4,995

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1999 Lexus RX300 +/- $4,995

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1997 Toyota 4Runner +/- $3,995

Best Used SUV’s Under $5,000: 1998 Toyota RAV4 +/- $4,198



5 reasons to avoid salvage-title cars #best #car #rental


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5 reasons to avoid salvage-title cars

You just found a late-model BMW selling for thousands of dollars less than the rest. The description sounds good. The miles are low and the photos are spotless.

But then there’s the asterisk: It’s got a salvage title.

The seller assures you the damage was cosmetic, that no structural damage occurred. He’s certainly offering a substantial break on price. What should you do?

Most salvage title cars are priced at least 5 percent below market, which seems like a good deal. But in most cases the true value is much, much less. Consumer Reports calculates that a salvage-title car is worth 50 percent of its Kelley Blue Book value, at best.

And it is extremely difficult to determine whether the damage was simply cosmetic, as almost every seller will claim, or structural. If you decide to buy, you’ll find few banks will want to finance your find, and car insurance companies won’t even try to guess what it’s really worth.

What is a salvage-title car?

When a car has been in an accident, stolen or weather-damaged and repairs will cost more than the vehicle is worth, the car insurance company will total it and take possession. Insurers then sell these cars at auction to salvage yards or rebuilders. The car will be issued a salvage title to warn future buyers that an insurance company has declared the car a total loss.

Most states have laws that set a threshold on the amount of damage needed to declare a car totaled, usually between 51 percent and 80 percent of the car’s actual cash value.

There are occasions that a perfectly good car gets a branded title. A good hailstorm can do thousands of dollars of cosmetic damage, leaving the mechanicals as good as new. A fender-bender can cost more to repair than an old car is worth.

According to a Consumer Federation of America report, 2.5 million vehicles are totaled each year. Roughly 1.5 million are repaired and put back on the road. The latest Crash Report from CCC, a collision claims-management consultant, shows this number has grown dramatically over the past decade. In 2000, only 9 percent of all vehicles appraised after wrecks were flagged as a total loss. By 2010, this number had grown to 14 percent.

Largely, that’s because there are more older vehicles on the road. For vehicles aged 7 years or older, collision damage results in a total loss 68 percent of the time, CCC reports.

Can’t finance it — or insure it

If you are hoping to finance and fully insure a salvage-titled car, you may be in for a surprise. Few auto insurance companies are willing to write collision and comprehensive coverage on a salvage-title car.

Kyle Mediger, an independent agent and owner of The Insurance Advisors, says insuring a salvage-title vehicle can be a real challenge. Most insurers are reluctant to write comprehensive and collision policies because it is so difficult to put a value on these vehicles.

Financing a salvage-title car also is difficult.

Garry Smith of Hilo, Hawaii, of has owned several salvage-title cars over the years and currently drives a 2005 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab with a salvage title. If you plan on buying one, his advice is to be prepared to pay cash. Without comprehensive and collision insurance to protect the car, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to find a lender.

Safety? You’re rolling the dice

Safety is one of the best reasons to avoid salvage title cars. These cars can be dangerous.

Many rebuilders cut corners in order to fatten the bottom line. While structural and alignment issues are common, rebuilders also skimp on airbags. In 2003, Bobby Ellsworth was killed when the rebuilt salvage truck he was riding in crashed in San Diego. It turned out the airbags had been stuffed with paper towels.

The California Highway Alliance estimates that one out of every 25 previously damaged vehicles has phony or dummy airbags installed. Lax federal oversight and spotty inspection requirements make it easy for dishonest rebuilders to skimp on this essential safety device.

Almost no resale value

While the estimates vary, a salvage-title car is worth considerably less than a car that was never in an accident.

These cars are so difficult to value that Kelley Blue Book doesn’t provide pricing on them. There are too many variables and unknowns, says a KBB spokesperson. From what we hear in the marketplace, wholesalers are paying 30 percent (to) 50 percent of the KBB book value.

An honest seller will never get the current market price for a vehicle that has a salvage title attached to it. People willing to take a risk on a salvage title will demand a huge discount.

It’s your car — forever

If you buy a salvage-title car, plan on owning it until the wheels literally fall off. Because these cars are hard to finance, they can also be a challenge to sell.

I have tried to sell several,” Garry Smith says, “and the deals fell through when the bank found out they were salvage titles and couldn’t be fully covered by car insurance to protect the bank’s interest in the vehicle.

The pool of potential buyers is quite small when a salvage title is involved.

Fraud is common

You may be driving a salvage-title car already and not know it. Title washing can make it difficult to determine if your car has been in an accident and rebuilt.

State titling requirements vary, which means that a car that has a salvage title in one state can be driven to a state where an inspection is not required and a clean title will be issued. A car with a clean title is worth thousands more, which makes driving a car to another state well worth the trip for shady rebuilders.

Large insurance companies take advantage of loopholes as well. In 2006, State Farm settled a lawsuit with 49 state attorneys general after admitting it had resold between 30,000 and 50,000 totaled cars without salvage titles.

We would recommend that you avoid salvage title cars at all costs. As you shop:

  • Have a trusted professional mechanic check out any vehicle you are considering. The better the deal you’re getting, the more you should insist on an inspection.
  • Get a vehicle history report. Carfax and Autocheck are the top two providers. The money will be well spent if you discover a salvage title.
  • Check with your local DMV in regards to their salvage title laws. Each state has different guidelines for salvage titles. Understand the local policies before you buy.
  • Check the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. This federal database was supposed to cut down on title fraud. While it has helped, it is incomplete, as not all states participate. Search the database for the VIN of any car you are interested in.
  • Check with your insurance company in regard to coverage and car insurance rates before you buy.
  • The original article can be found at CarInsurance.com:



    5 Best Small Cars #auto #cars #for #sale


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    5 MOST RELIABLE SMALL CARS

    Close But No Cigar: Mazda 3,

    With production of the Civic starting in 1972 this model has a long history of reliability with customers. This pick comes with great fuel economy, an environmentally friendly engine and extremely roomy interior perfect for transporting passengers and cargo. With very reasonably base prices you can’t go wrong with the reliable Honda Civic.

    After an unveiling in 2004 its popularity grew. This wagon was engineered to catch the eye of younger buyers. It went nationwide in 2005 and has proven to provide good reliability among consumers. It can be easy customized which makes this ride a fun and affordably choice.

    The compact Toyota Corolla has continually been one of the world’s best-selling cars. This Asian compact sedan hit the American market in 1969, and 2007 models are still being produced. Reliability, fuel economy, as well as its low purchase price give this compact the edge over the competition.

    This compact hatchback was first produced in 2002 and since then has amassed a loyal following. After a small facelift in 2005 The Matrix has proven that it is reliable with a strong and attractive comfortable interior. With great safety ratings and low purchase price this model is a must have.



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    5 keys to selling your car online

    Highlights

    • Selling your car online requires research.
    • Take a lot of pictures that feature the best aspects of your car.
    • Follow up with the buyer and build a rapport.

    Selling your car or truck online? Most of what you know from selling a vehicle through the local newspaper classifieds won’t apply.

    According to Clayton Stanfield, manager of dealer training for eBay Motors, classified listings are designed to merely present inventory to shoppers. Consequently, the listings have just enough information to motivate a shopper to call to make an appointment to see the vehicle. An online listing, on the other hand, is transactional.

    “This means much more detail will go into the listing since buyers are expected to go much further down the purchase process before ever contacting the dealership,” he says. “With 74 percent of eBay transactions happening across state lines, a buyer may make their entire decision to buy a vehicle just on the pictures and details of the listing.”

    Because online sellers have the potential of reaching a larger market than local classifieds and the posting an ad can be cost up to $90, it pays for sellers to develop a different skill set.

    Here are five proven tips for selling your vehicle online:

    1. Research the marketplace.

    Unless your vehicle is ultra rare, it will be listed against scores of similar vehicles on multiple online sites, such as eBay, Craigslist and AutoTrader, and must be priced competitively. That means not only finding out what others are asking for similar vehicles, but the average transaction price of those recently sold.

    Showcase your vehicle

    2. Remember: 40 photos, minimum.

    “We always start with merchandising,” he says. “You need pictures, lots of quality pictures.”

    Stanfield says to capture every aspect of the vehicle from every angle. More than likely, the transaction will be completed without the buyer laying eyes on the vehicle, so the photos function as the potential buyer’s walkaround. Stanfield emphasizes that at eBay, 40 is the magic minimum number of pictures to facilitate a quick sale. Fewer photos or poor photos can mean no, or at best low, offers.

    “A car doesn’t have to be perfect, but they need to see everything about it,” he says. “I want to see real photos.”



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    3. Add a Bit of Color

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    If you like the plain white and silver theme but find that it s a little too plain for your liking, why not add a bit of color to it? Your website can still have that clean and tidy look, but with a little extra color to make it more attractive. Before designing your website and adding the colors, think about one or two colors that you would like to use. Choose two colors that go well together, for example, green and dark purple like the picture above. Choosing fairly basic colors is ideal for car websites as it will make it colorful but not too bright.

    Use headings and subheadings on your website to make it easy for people to navigate their way around. A website that people can easily browse will encourage your visitors to stay for longer and return again and again. A bold heading (the word SAVERS in this example) will draw the attention to the main part of the website, and you can change this regularly to whatever you want people to visit first.

    4. Simple and Effective

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    This website design, while simple, is extremely effective. It s perfect for informative websites that contain information and articles about various cars and other motor vehicles. Red and black are two colors that complement each other very well, and a website like this immediately looks professional, attractive and very well made.

    A design like this is ideal for a website that is dedicated to a particular model of car. If you re passionate about one specific car and want to dedicate a website or blog to it, a design like this is just the thing for which you should be aiming. Although it s not necessary to copy this website design exactly, the female model featured here gives the website a look of class and elegance. The red car and the female model are both elegant and attractive; therefore, while they seem different, they re very much alike.

    5. Business Car Website

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    This is the most popular website design that you ll find when you come across business websites. Although it is fairly plain and the main colors are black and white, the many products that are featured give the website the color and character that is needed. Because the products displayed contain some color anyway, adding bright headers and colorful banners would make the website too bright.

    If you re running a website selling cars, car parts or car services, this is the design that will work best. You can present everything neatly on your website and it s very simple and easy for your visitors to find their way around. Make sure that you sort out the products or services into categories to make it extra easy for people to find what they need.

    Conclusion

    When choosing a car website design, think about the aims and objectives of your website. Once you ve decided what purpose your website is going to serve, you can choose the design, templates and themes. The designs are in no way limited to those featured here, so if you ve any ideas and thoughts, please feel free to share them and leave a comment

    Annie is a creative blogger, freelance writer and editor at FunnyScreenshots.com



    5 Things You Should Know When Renting a Car in Ireland – Irish Fireside Travel and Culture #national #rental #car


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    5 Things You Should Know When Renting a Car in Ireland

    The thought of driving on the left is usually the biggest concern for travelers renting a car in Ireland, but for some, the car rental policies and prices deliver a big headache especially since they tend to be different for North Americans in Ireland from other parts of Europe. Here are a few things you should know to prevent surprises along the way:

    1. Many online car rental quotes only include the cost of rental and basic insurance coverage (usually a €1,000 deductible). Taxes, fees and extra insurance may NOT be included.
    2. Most car rental companies wait until the customer arrives in Ireland before introducing their zero-deductible insurance (often called Super CDW/Super Collision Damage Waiver Insurance many companies DO include information on their websites, but it is easy to miss).
    3. Most credit cards DO NOT cover car rental insurance in Ireland. (This item is especially important for North Americans) That’s because Ireland is on the short list of countries where Mastercard and Visa do not offer this benefit. Many credit card customer service reps aren’t aware of this detail, so ask for confirmation in writing and be sure to bring the document with you when you travel (World Mastercard and Canadian Visa usually DO cover insurance).
    4. If your credit card DOES cover car insurance in Ireland, you will be required to sign extra documents to waive the rental company’s insurance. Some agencies require a deposit or a hold on your credit card when insurance is declined. These temporary fees can range from €0-15,000 (€2,000 seems be the most common).
    5. Call rental agencies before you book and ask questions especially if the costs, fees, and extra insurance are not clear to you. One call before your trip can save hours of frustration during and after your trip.

    What Are Some of the “Hidden Fees”

    Beyond the straightforward cost of your rental car, there are several fees that will likely appear on your bill some of them are lumped together and presented at the time of booking under the fees header, but others may not. Irish rental companies vary greatly on this count, so it s best to ask specifically. Here are a few fees to look for (warning, each rental company in Ireland seems to have a different name for these):

    • Environmental and Recycling Charge (usually under $5)*
    • Boarder Crossing Fee (could be around $40)*
    • Vehicle Licensing Fee (usually under $5)*

    * These fees are usually included in the standard fees category

    • Fees for drivers under the age of 25 (drivers over 70 used to be charged extra or denied, but this has changed at most rental agencies)
    • Local Taxes
    • Airport Fee/Location Service Fee
    • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW insurance) LLI (Limited Liability Insurance) CD Excess Excess Liability this fee is usually quite clear
    • Super CDW CDI Peace of Mind (POM) Insurance (please contact your rental agency directly to make sure you understand what each of their insurance offerings cover and how much they cost)
    • Personal Accident Insurance Personal Benefits
    • Theft Protection
    • Transaction Processing Fee Credit Card Admin Charge (usually a few dollars or a percent of the transaction)
    • M-50 Tolls Some rental cars are now set up to automatically bill you if you use the M-50 toll road near Dublin
    • Deposit when Declining Insurance
    • Late Fees

    Is Super CDW Insurance worth it?

    If you’re a betting type of person, the odds are in your favor if you do not purchase the extra insurance (unless of course you’re a lousy driver). However, the peace of mind of having a zero deductible can often outweigh to potential cost savings.

    My advice first-time visitors who are not used to the left should seriously consider the extra insurance I’ve seen many rental cars returned with damaged passenger side mirrors, missing hubcaps (casualties of the narrow Irish roads) and worse. Renters are charged a premium for those damages. After that first trip, you’ll be in a better position to decide if you d prefer to skip the Super CDW.

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    Note: Each rental company is different, so be sure to review the policies and information provided each Not all companies participate in the policies listed above.



    The 5 Most Popular Electric Cars for Sale and How to Buy One for the Cheapest Price #used #jeeps #for #sale


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    The 5 Most Popular Electric Cars for Sale and How to Buy One for the Cheapest Price

    April 19, 2013

    As gas inflation creeps faster and the price of a gallon of gas passes the $3 mark, electric cars for sale are becoming more and more popular. So what are the most popular vehicles and how can you purchase one at the lowest price? The top five most popular electric cars for sale (including the world’s fastest) are:

    • The Nissan LEAF : Nissan is creating a whole infrastructure to support its electric-only vehicle, the Leaf. Surprisingly affordable, the manufacturer has put a list price on it of $32,780, before any sort of tax credit which apparently will be continuing past its supposed Dec. 31 expiration date so the price will ultimately be $25,280. At the same time, the manufacturer is selling an overnight charging station that must be installed by a Nissan technician that will retail for about $2,200 and will require a 120/240 volt service, so you may have to rewire your home if you purchase this all-electric. At the moment, the Leaf looks like it is the best electric car for sale.
    • The Chevrolet Volt : An all-electric with a twist, the $41,000 Volt is a quasi-gas/electric vehicle that is not a hybrid. Before scratching your head, the reason you can call it quasi-gas/electric is that the Volt runs strictly off a 48 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that is charged solely by a small 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine whose sole task is to keep the battery charged. Unlike the other electric cars for sale, where the engine also helps the electric motor, the Volt’s gas motor is strictly a charging motor. It cuts in after the Volt’s standard overnight charge has wound down and you are nearing the 40-mile limit.
    • The Tesla Model S : Tesla s stunning Model S launched with loads of accolade and fanfare, with the initial model year s run of cars already sold out through pre-orders. The family-size battery-electric car, with optional seating for up to 7 (thanks to a small rear jump seat) sets some lofty standards for the entire EV field, including up to 300 miles in range with the addition of a larger, more robust battery. And then there s the price. The Tesla Model S starts at a rather reasonable $49,990 (after the full Federal tax credit of $7,500) with its 160-mile-range battery pack. Tesla pioneered long-range electric cars with its $100,000-plus Roadster, and is now primed to bring its considerable knowledge to a much more civil, everyday package and at half the price. Sounds like a recipe for success if we ve ever heard one.
    • The Mitsubishi i-MiEV : The i-MiEV offers an estimated cruising range of 85 miles from its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. By contrast, the Nissan LEAF has a range of 100 miles from a 24 kWh battery pack. Although the i-MiEV s range is slightly less, higher watt-for-watt efficiency means it will cost you less to own. The battery pack takes 22.5 hours to fully charge from a standard home 110-volt outlet, or only 6 hours from the extra-cost 240-volt EVSE charging dock. Moreover, the i-MiEV takes only 30 minutes to charge to 80% capacity using Level 3 public quick-charging stations. Mitsubishi s new electric seats four adults in relative comfort and offers an outstanding 50.0 cu. ft. of cargo capacity with the rear seat folded down. Though its motor only outputs 49 kW or 66 horsepower, the car s low weight help it reach an 80 mph top speed. Unlike the LEAF, the i-MiEV is rear-wheel drive with its electric motor mounted in the rear.
    • The Honda Fit EV : Honda has very quietly pulled a fast one on all its major competitors in the quickly expanding EV market. The forward-thinking Japanese company s new Fit EV has been rated by the EPA as more efficient than any of its competitors and more importantly has the greatest driving range of any production electric car currently at market. The Fit EV is based on Honda s much-loved Fit subcompact, which in gas-powered form is one of the lightest vehicles on the market. That helps the electric car to 118 MPGe on the highway. A lighter platform means a smaller battery is all that is necessary, which leads to weight savings and an efficiency boost.
    • The Ford Focus Electric : Ford is proud of its new Ford Focus Electric EV, and really wants you to buy one. Ford hasn’t exactly been setting the sales charts ablaze with its EV despite a mostly positive reception, with just 685 units sold in 2012. As such, the Focus Electric has received a solid price price drop for the new year, now starting from $37,200 plus destination. But that s just where the savings begin. Incentives vary from region to region, so be sure to check the most recent pricing here .

    Barring going out and buying one of the available electric cars for sale, you can convert an existing vehicle. If you have access to an old vehicle you don’t care about, you can convert your own vehicle into an EV. You can probably have your own personal EV on the road for less than $5,000 in fairly short order.

    • Nissan LEAF in stock nationwide: The Nissan LEAF is widely available and should be in stock at most Nissan dealerships across the country. Pricing will be less than $25,000 due to the introduction of a more affordable trim.
    • Purchase a Chevy Volt: Widespread production has commenced, and you can probably take advantage of existing tax credits by ordering now.
    • Purchasing a Tesla: Yes, it is expensive, but it is also on the road and if you happen to live near one of the 19 dealers (likely to expand) of these electric cars for sale, you will probably save substantially.


    SparkNotes: The Great Gatsby: Chapter 5 #the #great #gatsby, #chapter #5, #f. #scott #fitzgerald, #scene #summary, #scene #summaries, #chapter #summary, #chapter #summaries, #short #summary, #criticism, #literary #criticism, #review, #scene #synopsis, #interpretation, #teaching, #lesson #plan


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    Summary

    That night, Nick comes home from the city after a date with Jordan. He is surprised to see Gatsby s mansion lit up brightly, but it seems to be unoccupied, as the house is totally silent. As Nick walks home, Gatsby startles him by approaching him from across the lawn. Gatsby seems agitated and almost desperate to make Nick happy he invites him to Coney Island, then for a swim in his pool. Nick realizes that Gatsby is nervous because he wants Nick to agree to his plan of inviting Daisy over for tea. Nick tells Gatsby that he will help him with the plan. Overjoyed, Gatsby immediately offers to have someone cut Nick s grass. He also offers him the chance to make some money by joining him in some business he does on the side business that does not involve Meyer Wolfshiem. Nick is slightly offended that Gatsby wants to pay him for arranging the meeting with Daisy and refuses Gatsby s offers, but he still agrees to call Daisy and invite her to his house.

    It rains on the day of the meeting, and Gatsby becomes terribly nervous. Despite the rain, Gatsby sends a gardener over to cut Nick s grass and sends another man over with flowers. Gatsby worries that even if Daisy accepts his advances, things between them will not be the same as they were in Louisville. Daisy arrives, but when Nick brings her into the house, he finds that Gatsby has suddenly disappeared. There is a knock at the door. Gatsby enters, having returned from a walk around the house in the rain.

    At first, Gatsby s reunion with Daisy is terribly awkward. Gatsby knocks Nick s clock over and tells Nick sorrowfully that the meeting was a mistake. After he leaves the two alone for half an hour, however, Nick returns to find them radiantly happy Daisy shedding tears of joy and Gatsby glowing. Outside, the rain has stopped, and Gatsby invites Nick and Daisy over to his house, where he shows them his possessions. Daisy is overwhelmed by his luxurious lifestyle, and when he shows her his extensive collection of English shirts, she begins to cry. Gatsby tells Daisy about his long nights spent outside, staring at the green light at the end of her dock, dreaming about their future happiness.

    Nick wonders whether Daisy can possibly live up to Gatsby s vision of her. Gatsby seems to have idealized Daisy in his mind to the extent that the real Daisy, charming as she is, will almost certainly fail to live up to his expectations. For the moment, however, their romance seems fully rekindled. Gatsby calls in Klipspringer, a strange character who seems to live at Gatsby s mansion, and has him play the piano. Klipspringer plays a popular song called Ain t We Got Fun? Nick quickly realizes that Gatsby and Daisy have forgotten that he is there. Quietly, Nick gets up and leaves Gatsby and Daisy alone together.

    Analysis

    Chapter 5 is the pivotal chapter of The Great Gatsby, as Gatsby s reunion with Daisy is the hinge on which the novel swings. Before this event, the story of their relationship exists only in prospect, as Gatsby moves toward a dream that no one else can discern. Afterward, the plot shifts its focus to the romance between Gatsby and Daisy, and the tensions in their relationship actualize themselves. After Gatsby s history with Daisy is revealed, a meeting between the two becomes inevitable, and it is highly appropriate that the theme of the past s significance to the future is evoked in this chapter. As the novel explores ideas of love, excess, and the American dream, it becomes clearer and clearer to the reader that Gatsby s emotional frame is out of sync with the passage of time. His nervousness about the present and about how Daisy s attitude toward him may have changed causes him to knock over Nick s clock, symbolizing the clumsiness of his attempt to stop time and retrieve the past.

    We’re reading The Great Gatsby and WE HAVE THOUGHTS

    Gatsby s character throughout his meeting with Daisy is at its purest and most revealing. The theatrical quality that he often projects falls away, and for once all of his responses seem genuine. He forgets to play the role of the Oxford-educated socialite and shows himself to be a love-struck, awkward young man. Daisy, too, is moved to sincerity when her emotions get the better of her. Before the meeting, Daisy displays her usual sardonic humor; when Nick invites her to tea and asks her not to bring Tom, she responds, Who is Tom ? Yet, seeing Gatsby strips her of her glib veneer. When she goes to Gatsby s house, she is overwhelmed by honest tears of joy at his success and sobs upon seeing his piles of expensive English shirts.

    Next: Page 2 of Chapter 5



    Avoid These 5 Used Cars (Plus 5 to Buy) – CBS News #economy #cars


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    Avoid These 5 Used Cars (Plus 5 to Buy)

    Last Updated Jul 19, 2011 11:49 AM EDT

    This story is based on 2010 data. For the 2011 version, click here .

    Used car shopping used to be a scary maze of breakdown-prone models, but reliability has gained sharply. Auto manufacturing quality and dependability studies have shown steady gains this decade. But exceptions do exist and if you’re in the market for a used car, you want to steer clear of them.

    So CBS MoneyWatch.com has compiled a list of used cars to avoid in five categories, focusing on 2007 models-the year from the latest J.D. Power and Associates dependability study. Buying a three-year-old car also lets you shop after the bulk of depreciation has taken place. If you’re considering a more recent model used car, study the comparisons in Flash: New Cars Cost Less than Used Cars which take into account new car financing deals vs. one-year old certified used cars.

    To make our list of used-car rejects, a model had to score the minimum two out of five in the J.D. Power “circle ratings ” for dependability–a below-average ranking. It also had to be ranked below average as a used car by Consumer Reports in its annual April car issue and online car rankings.

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    Here are our used cars to avoid, by category, plus better used car alternatives:

    Small Used Car to Avoid: Volkswagen New Beetle. Sure, it’s adorable, but the 2007 New Beetle is also trouble-prone. Owners who responded to the Consumer Reports reliability survey reported problems with the fuel and electrical systems, the suspension, brakes, power windows, and other power equipment. The convertible model sells on dealers’ lots for $17,055, according to Kelley Blue Book at kbb.com.

    Small Used Car Alternative: Ford Focus . It may not be as stylish as the Beetle, but it’s a lot more reliable. In fact, the Focus got the J.D. Power award as most reliable compact car. Owners of the 2007 Focus who responded to Consumer Reports reported no major trouble spots. And it’s much cheaper than the Beetle. The Kelley Blue Book dealer price is $10,905.

    Mid-Size Used Car to Avoid: Chrysler Sebring. The 2007 Sebring sedan not only got just two circles from J.D. Power, Consumer Reports reported a laundry list of problems: engine cooling, minor transmission problems, the drive system, suspension, brakes and more. The low $12,365 dealer price isn’t worth it.

    Mid-Size Used Car Alternative: Buick LaCrosse. Winner of the J.D. Power dependability award in this category, the 2007 LaCrosse got an above-average used-car rating from Consumer Reports. It’s a good value at a dealer price for the CX version at $14,430.

    Small Used SUV to Avoid: Jeep Wrangler. King of the off-road, the 2007 Wrangler can climb over almost any obstacle except a reliability test. Owners of the two-door version responding to Consumer Reports reported major transmission problems and issues with the electrical system and brakes. And it’s selling on dealer lots at a relatively expensive $19,850.

    Small Used SUV Alternative: Honda CR-V. A lot less noticeable than a Wrangler, the Honda CR-V is a lot less trouble, too. It won the J.D. Power dependability award in this category and is rated by Consumer Reports as a well-above-average used car prospect. As a used-car buyer, you are on the wrong side of Honda models’ strong ability to hold their value. But at a dealer price of $20,980, the four-wheel-drive version of the CR-V is still a decent value.

    Mid-Size SUV to Avoid: GMC Acadia. The 2007 Acadia is a good example of the time-honored rule to avoid buying the first year of a model. It not only got a below-average two circles from J.D. Power, it received a much-worse-than-average used car rating from Consumer Reports. CR readers who owned the 2007 reported problems with the drive system, suspension, body integrity and power equipment. In addition, the all-wheel-drive version on dealers’ lots is priced at an expensive $28,435, according to Kelly Blue Book.

    Mid-Size SUV Alternative-Honda Pilot. One of a handful of mid-size SUVs to get four circles from J.D. Power, the Pilot is rated well-above-average by Consumer Reports. (Its corporate stablemate, the Accord Crosstour, actually won the J.D. Power award. But many reviewers find its modified-sedan style not big enough to provide true SUV cargo or passenger room.) The Pilot is selling for $23,395-some $5,000 less than the GMC Acadia.

    Used Minivan to Avoid: Nissan Quest. Never a strong contender in this category, the Quest gets a below-average used car rating from Consumer Reports and two circles from Power. Owners of the 2007 reported problems with the fuel and climate system, brakes and body integrity. The Quest is selling at $17,395.

    Used Minivan alternative: Toyota Sienna. This van gets four J.D. Power circles and an above-average CR used car rating. Not part of the Toyota sudden-acceleration recall, the Sienna is selling at a dealers’ price of $20,280 for the CE trim level.

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    5 keys to selling your car online

    Highlights

    • Selling your car online requires research.
    • Take a lot of pictures that feature the best aspects of your car.
    • Follow up with the buyer and build a rapport.

    Selling your car or truck online? Most of what you know from selling a vehicle through the local newspaper classifieds won’t apply.

    According to Clayton Stanfield, manager of dealer training for eBay Motors, classified listings are designed to merely present inventory to shoppers. Consequently, the listings have just enough information to motivate a shopper to call to make an appointment to see the vehicle. An online listing, on the other hand, is transactional.

    “This means much more detail will go into the listing since buyers are expected to go much further down the purchase process before ever contacting the dealership,” he says. “With 74 percent of eBay transactions happening across state lines, a buyer may make their entire decision to buy a vehicle just on the pictures and details of the listing.”

    Because online sellers have the potential of reaching a larger market than local classifieds and the posting an ad can be cost up to $90, it pays for sellers to develop a different skill set.

    Here are five proven tips for selling your vehicle online:

    1. Research the marketplace.

    Unless your vehicle is ultra rare, it will be listed against scores of similar vehicles on multiple online sites, such as eBay, Craigslist and AutoTrader, and must be priced competitively. That means not only finding out what others are asking for similar vehicles, but the average transaction price of those recently sold.

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    2. Remember: 40 photos, minimum.

    “We always start with merchandising,” he says. “You need pictures, lots of quality pictures.”

    Stanfield says to capture every aspect of the vehicle from every angle. More than likely, the transaction will be completed without the buyer laying eyes on the vehicle, so the photos function as the potential buyer’s walkaround. Stanfield emphasizes that at eBay, 40 is the magic minimum number of pictures to facilitate a quick sale. Fewer photos or poor photos can mean no, or at best low, offers.

    “A car doesn’t have to be perfect, but they need to see everything about it,” he says. “I want to see real photos.”



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    Top 5 Canadian Sites for Selling Used Cars

    Posted on April 13, 2014at10:30 am

    It always seems time consuming and difficult to find a platform to sell cars and get good offers for them. We, for your convenience are helping you to buy and sell your used cars under one platform which have huge infrastructure and is the most reliable way.

    Top 5 sites in Canada are listed here for your assistance.

    Autowizard.ca is one of the top car buying and selling dealer in Canada. The site is providing bundle of information regarding all types of cars, buses, bikes, trucks, boats etc to facilitate the customers while sitting at home and work place and the site covers all vehicles as required. What you have to do is to fill up a simple form and input their required information such as maker, model, year of manufacture, color, price, mileage. It is no doubt a useful site with the coverage of all types where you can easily buy and sell with confidence. The purpose of making this site is to ease consumers in finding their desired vehicle.

    This is one best Canadian websites or portals for buying and selling cars. Nowadays, car customers also use equipments like entertainment, GPS with internet connection and full features. They Canadian Wheels provide an amazing platform where you can display your car for selling and buying purposes. Also you can advertise your car with us on cheap rates.

    This is also one of the top buyers and sellers website in Canada. It provides a platform to locate the car or vehicle of your choice such as sports, luxury cars like Mercedes, BMW, Ford, Lexus, Ferrari, Vintage, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volvo, Honda, Toyota and many more. What you have to do is to enter a postal code and you will get instantly all car data available in your area. They also provide complete inspection of cars before you pay for it in order to fulfill your satisfaction.

    This is an energetic and growing website that has a mission to provide best car buying and selling services to their reputed clients. If you want to learn more, you can view their website. Toronto is the capital and considered as a great city for Non-Canadians. Therefore, driving here is a pleasure. The company on their site has lots of car options that can suit you.

    Their website is particularly designed for selling your used cars with simple procedures. This website has complete system that allows customers to list their car to sale. It’s also free. There are no hidden charges. They want to provide you help for selling process. Their main objective is to connect with sellers so that the transactions are made without any obligation and hassle. They provide best selections of vehicles to their customers with professional services on fantastic rate.



    The 5 Most Expensive Cars of All Time – The Motley Fool #y8 #car #games


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    The 5 Most Expensive Cars of All Time

    Like rare works of art, classic cars can be a great long-term investment — if you have more money than you know what to do with.

    Mar 2, 2014 at 3:00PM

    Even the least materialistic among us can appreciate the aesthetics of a well-built car. We certainly spend a lot of time with our cars — the average commuter spends about 38 hours a year just sitting in traffic, and the average daily commute to and from work is a bit less than an hour. But most of us don’t get into exquisitely tuned high-performance supercars to head to the office, which makes the sight of these machines a source of excitement, envy, and wonder.

    The typical supercar costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to own and maintain, putting it well beyond reach for most people. But some cars leave the brand-new Lambos, Ferrarris, Bentleys, and Bugattis you might see in the dust — not in terms of raw power, but in costs. The five one-of-a-kind cars I’ll look at here, as ranked by Bloomberg and other sources, set sale records that may not be matched for a long time. The classic-car market has made them its best works of art, but you might think otherwise, so read on to find out what makes them the pinnacle of performance and the peak of prestige.

    4th: 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider  — $27.5 million

    This car turned heads last August, when it was sold to former Tommy Hilfiger honcho Lawrence Stroll for about $10 million more than expected. There were only 10 ever built, and the model’s pedigree includes an appearance in the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair and ownership by Steve McQueen (one of the film’s headliners), who crashed his car and later tried to buy the model that went up for auction without success. The car sold had only one owner, who would have paid roughly $15,000 for it when new. That turned out to be a pretty good investment for him, as the car appreciated in value by 17.7% a year over the 46 years of his ownership.

    Source: Paolo Fefe via Flickr.

    2nd: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa — $40.4 million

    This private sale (the car pictured is not the same car, but it is the same model) was nearly twice the old record price for a 250 Testa Rossa, and also became the most expensive car ever sold in Britain, when it was reported by London’s Daily Mail a month ago. The model sold (chassis 0704) was originally a prototype designed by Sergio Scaglietti and went on to win 18 endurance races around the world before becoming part of the Henry Ford Museum’s collection in 1967. Ferrari historian Marcel Massini calls it “one of the top five Ferraris on the planet,” and its price certainly earns it that ranking. This car has never been restored, which is now popular among classic-car collectors as a way to proudly display the vehicle’s true history every time it’s taken out of the garage.

    Source: Wikimedia Commons.

    1st: 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO  — $52 million

    This particular Ferrari (or at least its model, as the preceding photo does not show the car sold) has been a controversial subject in Ferrari-aficionado circles. It’s been called the “Greatest Ferrari of All Time” by Motor Trend Classic and was nominated as the top sports car of all time by Sports Car International. It is essentially the Mona Lisa of classic cars and has been setting records at auction for almost three decades — a 250 GTO seized from a drug lord in 1984 sold at auction in 1987 for $1.6 million, and prices have generally been going straight up ever since.

    This sale, which took place last October, remains the high-water mark for classic car sales in spite of fervent competition. There were only 36 of these 300-horsepower V-12-engined cars produced, and this particular sale (chassis number 5111GT) won the 1963 Tour de France and won its class at the 1963 Coupes du Salon, continuing to race GT events at a high level until a sale in 1965. Like the second-most-valuable car on the list, this Ferrari was also a private sale confirmed by third parties.

    However, the rapid rise in sale prices is also stoking fears of a bubble. Ferrari dealer Joe Macari told Bloomberg:

    It’s a cult car. If you’re a billionaire, you feel you have to have one. I don’t understand the appeal of them. They’re not very beautiful and they never won Le Mans. I’d rather have a Testa Rossa.

    Historic Auto Group founder Dietrich Hatlapa also pointed out:

    Price rises of 55% [the last major 250 GTO sale took place last year at a price 49% below this sale] aren’t sustainable in any market. We’re not saying the market is going to collapse. It will probably average out over time.

    Rare classic Ferraris have increased in value by roughly 15% a year for decades, so the buyer of this car is likely to turn a profit — eventually.

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    by recycler on June 22, 2010

    Good Used Car Buys

    Looking for a good used car buy? If you have ever driven a new car off the lot, you can almost feel the price of the car sink right along with your heart as it dips into your stomach. Avoid this feeling by buying smart and buying used. If you need a little help sorting out the good and the bad used cars, here is a quick list of 5 really good used car buys!

    Honda Accord. $4,000 – $11,000

    As far as midsize cars are concerned, you can’t really go wrong with the trusty Honda Accord. If your primary concerns are  cost, safety, and dependability;  the Accord has them all in spades. Though all Accords models you encounter are very good options (besides maybe the 2005 Accord Hybrid), most used Accords on the market will probably be from the 7 th generation of the car, which was produced between 2003 and 2007. It was for many years a favorite of the JP Associates Long-term Dependability Study, while also having side airbags and side curtain airbags.

    You can decide between a coupe or sedan with the 160-horsepower 2.4liter inline-4 or the 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine. Though the sticker price for a new 2007 Honda Accord was higher than a similar Toyota Corolla, it can now often be found for  less than the Corolla on the used car market.

    The used Honda Accord is an ideal complete package featuring a roomy and comfortable ride making it a great used car buy!

    Hyundai Elantra. $2,600 $9,000

    The Hyundai Elantra has hit its share of bumps during its tenure as the Korean automaker Hyundai’s compact model. It started with a “dubious,” debut—impressing neither critics nor drivers. However, since then it has made the necessary improvements to become one of the best used cars on the market and one of our recommended good car buys! Because of this rocky introduction, we recommend you stick with a 2001 model or later.

    Things you will notice about the Elantra are that it is incredible roomy, has a very fuel-efficient engine (around 27mpg on the 4 th generation 2007 model, with an okay amount of giddy-up for its size), and a nicely designed interior. However, you may not notice any of these features because you are too busy marveling at its low, low price! Coming standard along with this basement bargain is full power, a/c, side airbags, and AM/FM cassette radio just in case your girlfriend or boyfriend made you a mixed tape.

    The Hyundai Elantra is a sleek, sexy used car, albeit with some skeletons in the closet, but it’s a good used car buy for a great price.

    Toyota Corolla. $4,000 $10,000

    The best-selling nameplate in the history of automotive nameplates, the Toyota Corolla sells more than 200,000 vehicles in America every year. Introduced first in 1968, the Corolla, beginning in 2009, is now in its 10 th generation. If you are shopping for a good used car buy, chances are you will be finding a generation 9 (’03-’08) or generation 8 (1998-’02) Corolla.

    Toyota has for a long time now been the king of making long-lasting, durable vehicles, and the Corolla is no exception. On top of that, the Corolla is one of the safest used cars available, coming standard with side airbags, while still boasting a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 126-horsepower fuel-economy engine. If safety is a priority, the Corolla cannot be overlooked.

    Though competing automakers have gained ground on the once-king Corolla, Toyota’s compact wonder hasn’t lost a step and is one of the best used car buys available.

    Infiniti G35 (luxury): $10,000 $20,000

    If you have some extra money to spend and would rather dip your feet into the luxury pool instead of buying a fast-depreciating new car, the Infiniti G35 could not be a better used car buy. Offered in both a coupe or sedan and featuring a powerful 298-horsepower V6 engine, the G35 has generally come in at $5,000 less than the comparable BMW 3-series over the last half-decade.

    Originally introduced in 2003, the Infiniti G35 was always a good new or used car buy. Sitting on the Nissan 350Z sports car platform, the Infiniti G35 is a roomy luxury car at an affordable price—and since the Infiniti G35 is now being eclipsed by the new and really amazing G37 (basically the same, just en even bigger engine), you can pick up the rear-wheel G35 for even less! While the coupe provided a sportier feel, the sedan became a staple of bargain luxury vehicles and set the standard for room and comfort.

    If you like safety and durability, and can afford performance, power, and don’t mind people staring, the G35 is the best used luxury car buy out there.

    Acura Integra (sporty 1990-2001): $1,500 $9,000

    If you are in the market for a good used sports car buy, something small and sleek, that will hug the road and make you feel 2 Fast 2 Furious without making you feel 2 Broke 2 Poor. the Acura Integra is an amazing alternative to the more expensive German imports.

    A Honda-developed brand, unleashed in 1986, Acura’s Integra boasts a sporty 2-door hatchback and 4-door sedan. But the Integra really hit its stride in the early 1990s when, capitalizing on Formula 1 technology, it incorporated the “VTEC variable valve timing system” which buffed the already impressively powerful 4-cylinder engine, while keeping the same fuel efficiency as previous generations.

    We recommend the Integra’s third and final generation (it was not longer produced after 2001) for a fun-to-drive, 170-horsepower, used sports car that is not just affordable, but downright cheap!



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    5 Tips for Buying a Car with Bad Credit

    Buying a car when your credit is bad can be an exercise in frustration and stress management. Approvals are tougher to come by and interest rates — what a lender charges you to borrow the money — can run into double digits. It’s not pretty.

    Lending is based on risk. The more risky a borrower seems to be, the less money he can borrow and the higher his interest rate will be. Lenders view people with missed payments, a repossession or a bankruptcy in their recent past as “high-risk.”

    But things may not be as bad as you think. Many people believe their credit is worse than it actually is. Moreover, there is almost always a lender willing to take a chance on even a high-risk borrower.

    Here are five suggestions for navigating the buying process when you have bad credit:

    If you are shopping for a car with bad credit, it’s probably a case of need rather than want. All you really need is transportation, so don’t set your sights too high. Think of it as replacing a broken refrigerator. When push comes to shove, what you need is to keep cold stuff cold and frozen stuff frozen. Do you need an automatic ice maker, wine cooler or cold-water dispenser? Forget the frills; choose a basic car to get you where you need to go. Make your payments on time, and you’ll be able to buy what you really want the next time around.



    Cheapest New Cars For 2014 Under $14000 – Top 5 #morethan #car #insurance


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    Cheapest New Cars For 2014 Under $14000 – Top 5

    N ew year, new life, goes the saying, and for some people, new life means new car, why not? who would not like to start the year with a new car? at least, I would. For those lucky ones that have in their plans to get a new or used car this coming 2014, but are still not quite sure because a new one could be more expensive than a used one, let me contradict you, show you and tell you a little bit, about what are the best and cheapest new 2014 cars you can get today in the US for less than $14000 only, an affordable figure for someone with decent credit and decent job. All of them are economical, great for the city and good for all tastes and ages.

    Starting with the most expensive, this is the top 5 list of the cheapest new cars in America for this coming 2014:

    5) Kia Rio 2014 – MSRP Price: $13,800

    In the new model of the 3rd generation of the Rio, Kia keeps the youthful and sporty style which has helped it to gain a lot of worldwide followers in recent years. It is available in two different versions, sedan and 5-door hatchback, being the hatchback only $100 more expensive.

    KIA RIO 2014 SEDAN. For the low price, this vehicle is simply amazing. To find more about the new Rio, please visit its official site .

    Its exterior design shows the constant evolution of Kia in recent years. With daring and aerodynamic cuts that inspire a sense of youth and rebellion. Includes sunroof and alloy wheels making the Rio one of the favorite cars of the youth segment looking for an economical but well equipped car.

    It has some qualities that place it above the others in its segment. Its exterior European style, an interior perfectly clean with well designed controls, and above all, a friendly and efficient powertrain. This model will amaze you instantly once you are seated behind the wheel. If I had to pick one of the reasons that most attract me from the Rio, compared to other inexpensive small cars, it would be its lively style, quiet acceleration and fresh look.

    4) Smart ForTwo Pure 2014 – MSRP Price: $13,270

    The fact that a car is tiny does not mean it has to be unsafe or poorly equipped, and the smart Fortwo Pure is living proof of that.

    The subcompact segment is gaining momentum in developed markets due to high gas prices and pollution emissions, and the smart fortwo pure, a car designed for urban living space, has been developed from these requirements.

    2014 SMART FORTWO PURE. An high quality urban car unique in its kind. To find more about the new fortwo, please visit its official site. Photo source: smart.com

    This tiny coupe comes with 5-speed smartshift transmission with automatic or manual mode. It also features hill start assist, and lots of standard safety features such as 8 full-size airbags.

    The fortwo is a car that, as its name implies, is designed for two people. Its exterior design is very distinctive, especially because of the already famous Tridion safety cell, which everyone knows as the silver stripe we found across the car. This safety cell was created considering that the small car could withstand impacts of much larger vehicles and achieved its goal in spades.

    The smart fortwo pure comes equipped with a 1.0L 3 cylinder in line engine of 70-HP that delivers up to 38 mpg combined. Its gas tank has a capacity of up to 8.7 gallon, this means that with the current gas prices, you can fill up to the tank with less than $30.

    3) Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 – MSRP Price: $12,995

    Is characterized by being compact on the outside, but plenty of room and comfort inside. It was presented in April at the New York auto show and it is now being released in the U.S. market. The main goal of this model is to expand to emerging markets, and become a practical and economical choice.

    2014 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE. The incredible gasoline vehicle that yields like a hybrid. To find more about the new Japanese Mirage, please visit its official site .

    The latest creation from the Japanese manufacturer took the basic concepts that define a “compact car” such as: efficiency, functionality and performance, achieving with the Mirage an urban size car, friendly to the environment with low CO2 emissions, with high safety standards for all occupants and low fuel consumption.

    The Mirage is available as a five-door hatchback for five-passenger, with an 1.2L DOHC MIVEC three-cylinder engine of 74-HP, that according to Mitsubishi has a combined EPA fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg (37 in the city / 44 on highway). If those numbers are accepted in the industry, Mitsubishi says that the Mirage will be the more efficient gasoline vehicle that isn’t a hybrid, sold in the U.S.

    2) Chevrolet Spark 2014 – MSRP Price: $12,170

    With eight expressive colors, the new 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a tone for everyone. It has a navigation system unique in its class. The smartphone application BringGo offers plenty of user-friendly features, such as a pager and traffic data in real time that can be experienced when it is connected through Chevrolet MyLink.

    CHEVROLET SPARK 2014. A globe-trotting city car with lots of cutting-edge features and positive consumer reviews at a miserable low price ;-J that surely you can afford. To find more about the new Japanese Mirage, please visit its official site .

    For the new 2014 model, the highlight is the addition of a new continuously variable transmission CVT, instead of the current 4-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual will also be offered. In both cases, they will be together to a 1.2L 4-cylinder engine which can generate 84 horsepower. The car is rated at 34 MPG combined with a 5-speed manual transmission which decreases to 32 MPG when using an automatic transmission. The inclusion of this new CVT transmission would intend to improve the EPA rating, plus it is also expected to improve the driving experience.

    In short, the Spark is an unpretentious city car, focusing on doing well what it has to do. Its light weight and compact size allow it to have a small engine enough to move you into the big cities. Honestly, the interior, although it is not remarkable, it is enough for the rear passengers can make short trips without any problems, and taking into account the segment to which it belongs, it is not so bad at all.

    1) Nissan Versa Sedan 2014 – MSRP Price: $11,990

    The Nissan Versa sedan is an economical car that focuses on the family. For this 2014, it enters its third year on the market and does so without external changes. Its exterior design is a bit quirky as it looks like two cars in one. From the rear, it looks like an Altima. large and square, but at the front becomes rounded. In short, the 2014 Versa still has proportions a bit unorthodox for current standards, and although some pictures of an alleged facelift have come out, apparently we will have to wait until 2015 to see it on the dealerships.

    2014 NISSAN VERSA SEDAN. The best deal of all five. For less than $12000 you can buy a new car that is perfect for the daily commuting and for the family too. To find more about this Japanese sedan, please visit its official site .

    The Versa sales target is clear: those people looking for a modern car, affordably priced with good performance and enough interior space. So far, Nissan has been successful. In 2012 were sold 774.846 units worldwide, figure that places it as the eighth best-selling car and the Nissan model with more acceptance in the automotive industry. Being known as the cheapest new car for sale in America has also helped it to have a place on the podium of the best cars for those looking for economy and reliability.

    In terms of mechanical and specifications, The Nissan Versa S model, which is the one that cost $11,990 and the cheapest one of the four available, comes equipped with a 1.6 L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder engine of 109-HP which delivers up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on highways.



    Maximize Your Car Trade-In Value with These 5 Tips #car #rental #houston


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    5 Ways to Increase a Car s Trade-in Value

    The day had finally come and it was time for me to sell my car and obtain an auto loan to buy a brand new vehicle. My old, battered Honda Civic was still in great running condition, and with nearly 180,000 miles on the odometer, had accompanied me on many journeys. But it had seen better days, and the rust, the peeling paint, the nicks and the dents all but convinced me that its trade-in value would be modest at best, backed by all the research I did on its overall worth.

    What came as a surprise upon selling it was that I was offered nearly double its Kelley Blue Book trade-in value (and this was after my generously sentimental appraisal of my old four-wheeled companion). That was last year, and some reliable sources have since informed me that the car has had not one, but two possible owners since I sold it, a clear indication that it s further retained what value it still has.

    I discovered that day that the trade-in value of my car was much higher than I expected due to a number of relative factors and, that I underestimated its said value due to being misinformed about trade-in values in general.

    Granted, it fetched a higher dollar amount since I sold it instead of trading it in, but that s OK. If you re looking to part ways with your vehicle, don t go unprepared. When you understand what affects your car s worth, you ve got a clear path to knowing how to maintain or even raise its value. It can earn you more money for your old ride, therein saving you money when upgrading to a new one, especially when an auto loan is concerned.

    How Are Trade-In Values Determined?

    To calculate trade-in value, visit the Kelley Blue Book website. You ll be asked to enter the make, model, year, mileage, features and condition of your car, plus whether you re looking to trade it, sell it or if you re just curious for a dollar figure.

    But the Kelley Blue Book price goes beyond those simple details. Priced high or low, the trade-in value of cars takes into account other important details.

    1. Brand

    What s really in a name? A whole lot, according to the writers at High Gear Media. The first name of a vehicle can have a tremendous effect on its resale value, regardless of the condition or quality of the vehicle in question, they said. So, even if your Geo Prizm or Ford Pinto is in tip-top shape, it probably won t command that much coin in the trade-in process.

    On the other hand, marques relied on for their reliability namely, Japanese automakers like Honda, Toyota, Subaru and Mazda do demand high resale values, as do many luxury car makers.

    2. Transmission

    Despite claims that they re better at connecting the driver to the car and to the road, stick shifts have declined in popularity in recent years in favor of the more passive P-R-N-D-3-2-1 of an automatic transmission. In general, an automatic transmission will recoup its cost, typically between $1,000 and $2,000, writes High Gear Media.

    And while manual transmissions won t exclude you from trading in, it can be made more difficult due to their decreased demand.

    3. Paint, Tech and Mods

    Your car s garishly neon pink color is for few people in this world of freeways lined with sober, silver-hued vehicles. So too might be your car s super-hi-fi stereo, which could actually backfire on the resale value if you spent more on it than the car.

    Though your Toyota Corolla might hold a solid auto trade-in value, aftermarketing it into a super-modified, super-charged, super-rimmed Formula 1 wannabe won t do you any favors on the resale front. Upgrades and options can detract from a car s value.

    4. Mileage

    It s worth repeating that mileage affects your car s worth. Even when the exterior, interior and mechanical conditions are ideal, too many miles means a shorter lifespan for your car, and will be reflected by low trade-in values.

    Getting the Best Car Trade-in Value

    According to Edmunds.com, a new car depreciates in value up to 9 percent in the first minute it s driven off a dealer s lot. After five years, your car holds only 40 percent of its true market value and that s without all the other considerations that can reduce its trade-in value.

    Before taking your car to sell or trade in, consider spiffing it up with five of these value boosters.

    1. Make Repairs

    From major engine problems to minor maintenance issues or cosmetic, paint or upholstery defects, a vehicle in solid running order is one of the most fundamental value boosters. The goal is, after all, to sell your car so someone else can drive it.

    Nationwide suggests talking to your mechanic to see if repair costs will outweigh trade-in value. No need to fully restore your car, but a vehicle in like-new condition makes a good lasting impression.

    2. Keep It Clean

    Wash your car! As well as wax and detail it, too. Appearances count, and if the first thing a buyer or dealer sees is a filthy car, he won t even bother looking under the hood to see what s inside. A few hundred dollars (or less) for a quality car wash could increase the value of your car by thousands.

    3. Keep Records

    Websites like Carfax.com will have your vehicle s history on file based on its VIN number. Take it to the next step by saving copies of your maintenance and repair receipts. Document everything from oil changes to servicing.

    Documenting the vehicle’s service history can increase its value by showing that it’s been well maintained, according to Nationwide.

    4. Get It Appraised

    Kelley Blue Book or NADA guides can only estimate what your car is worth. Contact a professional appraiser for a full inspection and true valuation of your vehicle. In tandem with repairs made from your mechanic, this will give you more bargaining power when going to trade in your car, and hopefully more value for your ride.

    5. Don t Settle

    If you ve learned to not take the first offer that comes along from a dealer when shopping for a new car, don t settle for the first dollar figure given to you on a trade-in. One of the best ways to increase the trade-in value of your vehicle is to shop your car around to several places and people for the best offer you can get. You never know when the next dealer will give you top dollar for your investment. And remember: it is an investment.

    I realized that my car was worth more than I expected, even in its battered state. If I had done my homework and taken the steps above to improve its resale and trade-in values, I might have gotten an even higher offer.

    Remember this when it s time to trade in your vehicle. You might miss the times you had together on the road but you won t miss the added savings your old friend brings you when it s time to buy a new vehicle.



    Top 5 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Car #performance #car #insurance


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    Top 5 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Car

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    5 Car Buying Mistakes to Avoid

    When you re in the market for a new vehicle, the best thing you can do for yourself is be prepared. So here are the 5 biggest mistakes to avoid when purchasing your next vehicle:

    1. Thinking in terms of monthly payment. Not very many people walk into a car dealership and plan on writing a check or paying cash for their vehicle, and the salespeople know this. In fact, many of them rely on this fact in their sales pitch. This also explains why the negotiation almost always revolves around how much you can afford to pay for the car each month. But focusing on a monthly budget is by far the easiest way to spend too much on your next vehicle. When negotiating a price, the dealer can do a number of things to make almost any vehicle fit your budget. They can do this by adjusting interest on the interest rate. offer you a longer term on the loan, or restructure the financing in a way that creates a payment that fits into your budget. It may not seem like a big deal, but even a few extra percentage points or an additional year on the loan can add thousands of dollars to the total cost of the vehicle. When the average car payment in the U.S. has been between $471 and $482 per month for the last few years, it s worth looking at what that money is actually getting you.
    1. Buying new versus used. A vehicle is not an investment – at least not a good one. Vehicles depreciate in value quickly, so when you buy a new vehicle, you can expect it to continuously decrease in value from the moment you take ownership. In fact, a new car typically decreases in value by 25%-40% in the first two years. The best thing you can do is to let someone else take the initial 40% hit by buying a slightly used vehicle that is a year or two old.

    Years ago, there was a good reason to buy new and that was for the warranty. Today, most vehicles have longer warranties that can still be in effect even if you buy a car that is a few years old. Additionally, you can often opt to purchase an extended warranty, which is typically far cheaper than the value the car lost in the first year or two.

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    1. Choosing the wrong vehicle. Are you a single person who needs a vehicle just to get you to and from work every day? Then you probably don’t need that $45,000 SUV that seats eight and can tow 5,000 pounds. You want a vehicle that meets your specific needs. Sure, there are a lot of cars and trucks out there that will turn heads, but keep in mind that many of these will come at a premium.
  • Not taking into consideration other costs. The actual cost of the vehicle is important, but what is often overlooked are all of the hidden long-term maintenance and insurance costs that go along with a vehicle. Keep in mind that car insurance premiums typically increase with the value of a vehicle, so buying a more expensive vehicle will increase your annual insurance costs. This can amount to hundreds, if not a thousand dollars or more per year.

    In addition to insurance, you have to take into account all of the maintenance costs. Vehicles need oil changes, new brakes, air filters, tires, and much more. Luxury or performance models are generally going to require higher end replacement parts that can cost much more than their standard counterpart.

    Finally, you need to consider gas consumption. The average person will drive between 10,000 and 15,000 miles per year. A vehicle that gets an average of 30 miles per gallon with today’s gas prices. you can expect to spend between $1,000 and $1,500 per year on gas alone. Now, consider a vehicle that only gets about 15 miles per gallon. Now you’re spending $2,000 and $3,000 each year.

    When you think about it, by the time you factor in gas, oil changes. insurance and regular maintenance, you can expect to spend $3,000 to $5,000 in addition to your monthly car payment each year!

  • Putting $0 down. There are a lot of incentives when it comes to buying a car, and you can often put yourself in a brand new vehicle of your choice with no money down. Sounds great, right? Not so fast. Remember, vehicles depreciate rapidly, so if you finance the full purchase price, you often find yourself upside down on the loan immediately.

    Being upside down simply means that you owe more than the car is worth. Remember, there are taxes and other fees that go into a new car purchase, and they are typically rolled into the loan if you don’t put anything down. That means as soon as you drive it off the lot, you owe more money to the bank or dealership than the vehicle is actually worth.

    This is a very bad idea if you intend on selling or trading the car in before the loan is paid off. If after three years you need to get a new vehicle and you owe $10,000 while the car is only worth $8,000, you will have to either pay $2,000 out of your pocket, or finance that into your new loan. It may feel good to walk out of the dealership with a brand new car without having to fork over a dime up front, but it will cost you.

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  • 5 Top Sites for Used Cars in Malaysia – Leaping Post #car #shows


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    5 Great Sites for Finding Used Cars in Malaysia

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    If you want to buy a used car in Malaysia, it is relatively simple to do so. Out on cyberspace exists a wide range of online car resources for those interested in picking up a new set of wheels. Due to a wide range of choices, we have curated five of the best online resources to help you find a second hand car in Malaysia. Most of these websites have either a social network presence or a mobile app for on-the-go connectivity and frequent updates, which will be stated whenever possible.

    1. Mudah.my

    While not specifically a used car trading website, mudah.my does have a category just for dealing with motor vehicles. Although a general trading website, they currently have 70,000+ car listings spread throughout the country now as of writing this, significantly more than some specialized automotive trading websites as mentioned here. Cars listed on the website feature an extremely simple interface, with the option to go further into detail should a user be interested. Mudah definitely scores points for having one of the largest car advert database featured here in this article. The website also has a Twitter presence for social media users to get up to date ads.

    2. Carlist.my

    Carlist.my tends to always harbour a healthy collection of used cars in Malaysia. Their vast amount of advertised cars (always seeming to be in the 120,000s) makes for a good starting for those wishing to purchase a new set of wheels at a more affordable price. Searches of cars are simple, providing relevant information, such as the type of gear transmission, year of the car’s make, mileage, price, location, and an option to view the seller’s contact information.There is even a tool to help save your search if interested, along with a comparison tool to aid you in getting your best prices.

    All in all, Carlist.my is a great starting point for those wishing to test their luck in finding a thrifty deal for a used car in Malaysia.

    Like most resource websites in this day and age, Carlist.my has an online presence on Twitter and Facebook, allowing followers to receive up to speed news on their latest offers and ads.

    3. Oto.my

    A new kid on the block, Oto.my is quickly trying to catch up to other online car trading websites. They are trying to separate themselves from the rest of the pack by giving sellers more exposure and better service. This should lead to a healthier database of used cars selection. The website features new, used, and reconditioned cars for sale.

    While the website doesn’t allow you to specifically search for a used car, it does give you a selection of the three car categories, mentioned earlier, for analysis and comparison. Users can of course perform advanced and simple searches, with a current selection of 16,329 cars for sale (including new, used, and reconditioned).

    Like previous websites, Oto also has a Facebook account to help you keep in touch.

    4. Motortrader.com.my

    Already having a solid physical presence in Malaysia, Motor Trader also has an online platform for automotive trading to complement their physical media. They have a good, simple, and clean platform for advertising their used and new cars in Malaysia. Similar to Oto, Motor Trader lumps their used and news cars together into the same category, which can be a little with a little confusing. This is especially the case when they note that a car has both a ‘New!’ and ‘Used Car’ tag. That being said, the website does have a 20,000+ strong car ad database as of this moment, giving you a reasonable choice to choose from.

    Motor Trader has Twitter, Facebook, Google+, as well as an iOS presence.

    5. Carsifu.my

    The last used cars in Malaysia resource to be featured in this post also happens to be the most straightforward one. While its search tool isn’t as in depth and its layout isn’t as simple as the other websites mentioned here, they seem to have a generous amount of cars for sale on their site. Nearly double that of Motor Trader as of publishing (39,088); carsifu.my’s ad numbers speak for itself.

    While they don’t manage to provide a shiny and polished user interface, they make up for it with numbers. Despite that, their listings still cannot match up to carlist.my’s enormous database. Clicking on an interested listing will bring up more information regarding your desired vehicle, if it piques your curiosity.

    Carsifu does not have a social media presence, deeming it useless and instead relying on communicating to those interested in their website through their blog, which is almost non-active.

    What is your favorite used car website in Malaysia? Do you have any tips about finding used cars in Malaysia? Post a thought below.

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    Best 5 Dependable Car Shipping Companies: Listed by User Reviews. #car #financing #calculator


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    Best 5 Dependable Car Shipping Companies: Listed by User Reviews

    If you want to ship your car cross-country or overseas, you need to make sure that you re dealing with a dependable car shipping company. It s important to read customer satisfaction reviews that are listed for any given transportation company online. You should also verify the company s standing on the Better Business Bureau, and find out if people have filed any complaints against the company you wish to work with.

    Best Car Shipping Companies Listed by Users:

    1. Magic Carpet Auto Transport

    Magic Carpet Auto Transport has consistently received good customer satisfaction ratings. The company offers auto transportation services at competitive prices. You could visit their website to obtain a free quote.

    If you want to transport your vehicle from one state to another, consider working with Domestic Auto Transport.com. They don t charge you any upfront fee or deposit amount. You only have to make payments once the car is picked up. This is another company that has received high customer satisfaction ratings.

    Direct Express Auto Transport is a licensed and bonded auto transport company. They have different auto transport services that match any budget. You could visit their website to get an instant quote. The company has been rated A by the Better Business Bureau.

    4. AmeriFreight

    AmeriFreight is a Better Business Bureau accredited company. The military and the police force often use this company to transport their vehicles. Since they offer different services at discounted rates, make sure you visit their website before making a final call.

    NATIONWIDE TRANSPORT SERVICES offer their customers door-to-door open and enclosed auto transport services. Customers have left good reviews about the quality of services they offer.

    Instead of merely looking for the cheapest auto transport quote, consider looking for trustworthy car shipping companies that offer you good services at an affordable price.



    5 Things You Should Know When Renting a Car in Ireland – Irish Fireside Travel and Culture #pay #as #you #go #car #insurance


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    5 Things You Should Know When Renting a Car in Ireland

    The thought of driving on the left is usually the biggest concern for travelers renting a car in Ireland, but for some, the car rental policies and prices deliver a big headache especially since they tend to be different for North Americans in Ireland from other parts of Europe. Here are a few things you should know to prevent surprises along the way:

    1. Many online car rental quotes only include the cost of rental and basic insurance coverage (usually a €1,000 deductible). Taxes, fees and extra insurance may NOT be included.
    2. Most car rental companies wait until the customer arrives in Ireland before introducing their zero-deductible insurance (often called Super CDW/Super Collision Damage Waiver Insurance many companies DO include information on their websites, but it is easy to miss).
    3. Most credit cards DO NOT cover car rental insurance in Ireland. (This item is especially important for North Americans) That’s because Ireland is on the short list of countries where Mastercard and Visa do not offer this benefit. Many credit card customer service reps aren’t aware of this detail, so ask for confirmation in writing and be sure to bring the document with you when you travel (World Mastercard and Canadian Visa usually DO cover insurance).
    4. If your credit card DOES cover car insurance in Ireland, you will be required to sign extra documents to waive the rental company’s insurance. Some agencies require a deposit or a hold on your credit card when insurance is declined. These temporary fees can range from €0-15,000 (€2,000 seems be the most common).
    5. Call rental agencies before you book and ask questions especially if the costs, fees, and extra insurance are not clear to you. One call before your trip can save hours of frustration during and after your trip.

    What Are Some of the “Hidden Fees”

    Beyond the straightforward cost of your rental car, there are several fees that will likely appear on your bill some of them are lumped together and presented at the time of booking under the fees header, but others may not. Irish rental companies vary greatly on this count, so it s best to ask specifically. Here are a few fees to look for (warning, each rental company in Ireland seems to have a different name for these):

    • Environmental and Recycling Charge (usually under $5)*
    • Boarder Crossing Fee (could be around $40)*
    • Vehicle Licensing Fee (usually under $5)*

    * These fees are usually included in the standard fees category

    • Fees for drivers under the age of 25 (drivers over 70 used to be charged extra or denied, but this has changed at most rental agencies)
    • Local Taxes
    • Airport Fee/Location Service Fee
    • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW insurance) LLI (Limited Liability Insurance) CD Excess Excess Liability this fee is usually quite clear
    • Super CDW CDI Peace of Mind (POM) Insurance (please contact your rental agency directly to make sure you understand what each of their insurance offerings cover and how much they cost)
    • Personal Accident Insurance Personal Benefits
    • Theft Protection
    • Transaction Processing Fee Credit Card Admin Charge (usually a few dollars or a percent of the transaction)
    • M-50 Tolls Some rental cars are now set up to automatically bill you if you use the M-50 toll road near Dublin
    • Deposit when Declining Insurance
    • Late Fees

    Is Super CDW Insurance worth it?

    If you’re a betting type of person, the odds are in your favor if you do not purchase the extra insurance (unless of course you’re a lousy driver). However, the peace of mind of having a zero deductible can often outweigh to potential cost savings.

    My advice first-time visitors who are not used to the left should seriously consider the extra insurance I’ve seen many rental cars returned with damaged passenger side mirrors, missing hubcaps (casualties of the narrow Irish roads) and worse. Renters are charged a premium for those damages. After that first trip, you’ll be in a better position to decide if you d prefer to skip the Super CDW.

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    Note: Each rental company is different, so be sure to review the policies and information provided each Not all companies participate in the policies listed above.



    10 Cars That Retain Resale Value After 5 Years #used #car #pricing


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    10 Cars That Retain Resale Value After 5 Years

    PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet ) — Your car is a significant investment and should get at least as much consideration as you’d give any other equities.

    There’s a bit of logic in making a long-term investment in a commodity that depreciates in value as soon as it leaves the lot. That vehicle’s value drops, but it doesn’t just go crashing to the ground. Unless you decide to drive it until it’s a pile of parts or buy a less reliable model to save money in the short-term, your vehicle with still have significant resale value of tens of thousands of miles down the road. The folks at auto pricing and valuation site Kelley Blue Book note that depreciation costs a car owner more than gas, maintenance or insurance during the first five years of new-car ownership.

    Kelley Blue Book has been publishing its residual value guide since 1981 and knows a thing or two about resale value. That blue book value used car buyers talk about when pricing a vehicle? Yep, same company that’s been handing out their Best Resale Value Awards since 2003.

    The 2014 model year favored Toyota. much as it did last year and much to the chagrin of Detroit Three loyalists. Toyota and its Lexus division were named Best Brand and Best Luxury Brand, respectively, for their ability to retain their cars’ value over the first five years of ownership. Despite the automaker’s spate of recalls, Toyota took five out of KBB’s 22 vehicle categories while Lexus won two of three luxury categories (the Audi A5 won Luxury Car) and best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car for its Lexus ES 300h.

    Though rivals Nissan. Subaru and Honda took the small and midsized car categories, Honda took best plug-in vehicle and Toyota won both midsize and full-size pickup honors, the Detroit automakers weren’t completely shut out. The Chevrolet Corvette won Best High Performance Car, while the Chevy Camaro beat the Porsche Cayman for Best Sports Car.

    There aren’t a whole lot of vehicles out there that give car buyers the majority of their investment back five years later. According to Kelley Blue Book, the following vehicles are a buyer’s best chance of getting half of their money back or more once it’s time to sell:

    10. Dodge Challenger

    Resale value retained after five years: 50.5%

    Even under Fiat ownership, some elements of Dodge’s mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, He-Man-Woman-Haters-Club approach to auto sales managed to survive. The built-by-car-guys-for-car-guys Challenger and its rebooted muscle car aesthetic still lingers to lure meatheads who value racing stripes and rims over, oh, just about any other element of their vehicle.

    Ordinarily, that alone wouldn’t make one of these vehicles worth a second look five years from now — even among the most superficial gearheads. But Fiat helped the Challenger smarten up a little bit by coupling a 305-horsepower V6 engine or 375-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 Hemi with loads of interior space, real-time touchscreen navigation, traffic updates, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius XM satellite radio, keyless entry/starter and a whole lot of Harman Kardon audio upgrades.

    Also see: 10 Best Convertibles for Summer 2014

    Long after Harley goes electric and all the other performance ponies start closing in on 35 to 40 miles per gallon, these updates will make a 2014 Challenger worth a half-price look.



    The 5 Cheapest SUVs for Sale #used #cars #st #louis


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    The 5 Cheapest SUVs for Sale

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    Whether you are shopping for a new or used vehicle, getting the cheapest SUVs possible can help save you money. It is important to make the right decision by choosing a reliable vehicle that offers plenty of safety and comfort features.

    Start your search for a new SUV here

    Ford Explorer

    The Ford Explorer is an excellent value whether you are looking for a new or used vehicle. Simply put, with the large number of Explorers on the road, they depreciate quickly. This depreciation is offset on new vehicle purchases by a variety of employee/supplier discounts and rebates offered to buyers. These low selling prices when new also translate to cheap prices when buying used.

    Nissan Xterra

    For buyers shopping for a mid-size SUV, the Nissan Xterra offers a variety of options that provide for capable off-roading and passenger comfort. Not only does the Xterra offer lots of comfort features, it also has a five-star crash test rating, and a starting price of $22,450 when new. The Xterra has been available for years, so you should be able to find a lot of used examples in your area for sale at excellent prices.

    Chevrolet Trailblaz er and GMC Envoy

    The mechanically-similar Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy were built with minimal technical changes from their introduction in 2002 until their phase-out after the 2009 model year. They offer a choice of smooth straight-six and V8 engines that provide lots of power and towing ability. While most Trailblazers and Envoys feature five-passenger seating, a long-wheelbase version was available for several model years, offering seating for up to eight passengers. Although new models are no longer available, used examples of these vehicles are excellent values.

    Kia Borrego

    While the Chevy and GMC examples are recently discontinued, the Kia Borrego is a newcomer to the body-on-frame SUV market. Offering smooth V6 and V8 engines paired to an automatic transmission, the Borrego provides three rows of seating and an interior quality uncommon in Kia products. Although few used examples are yet on the market, this is one of the cheapest full-size SUVs, available new for a suggested price starting at $26,245.

    Jeep Liberty

    The Jeep Liberty offers great front seat room and reasonable accommodations for rear seat passengers. If you purchase new, Jeep Liberty models are often discounted heavily by way of employee discount programs and large rebates offered by Chrysler. If you want the absolute best pricing possible, consider the rare manual transmission, which was only offered through the 2008 model year.

    How to Buy Cheap SUVs Online

    To locate the best SUV at the best price, buyers need to take the following points into consideration.

    New or Used?

    Depending on how “cheap” is being defined, buyers should be able to find both new and used SUVs for a cheap price. If shopping for a new SUV, buyers should find that many auto manufacturers are offering significant rebates and incentives. Manufacturers are having a difficult time selling cars in this current economy, let alone SUVs, so buyers should be able to score a good price on a new SUV. If shopping for a used SUV, buyers should have many options to select from that are priced at or below Kelly Blue Book.

    Start your search for a new SUV here

    What Kind of SUV Do You Want?

    Whether purchasing new or used, certain SUVs may offer buyers a better chance at scoring a cheap price than others. For example, domestic SUVs generally have lower prices and, if buying new, higher incentives than comparable foreign SUVs. Domestic options include the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Dodge Durango. Many lesser-known foreign SUVs can also be found at discounted prices. Kia’s Sorento and Hyundai’s Tuscon are two examples. Popular foreign SUVs such as the Toyota 4Runner and Honda CR-V won’t usually be priced as low as other SUV options, but discounted models can be found.

    How Cheap Are You Willing to Go?

    Certainly, cheap SUVs can be easy to find if a buyer’s expectations are low enough. Age, mileage and condition are three key drivers of an SUVs price. Accordingly, an older, higher mileage SUV in need of TLC will have a cheap price. Price, however, is not the only consideration. Oftentimes, a cheaper SUV requires some maintenance and reconditioning, which adds to the total cost of the vehicle. Shopping online will provide buyers with plenty of options for any desired price range.

    What Are Comparable SUVs Being Sold For?

    Once an SUV has been identified, use the Internet to shop various dealerships and private parties offering that vehicle. Take one dealer’s advertisement or Internet print-out to a competing dealer to see if they are willing to offer any sort of discount or incentive to purchase the SUV from them. It is possible that dealers will vary widely on their advertised prices, so comparison shopping can only benefit a potential buyer.

    Are You Willing to Walk Away?

    When buying a new or used SUV, whoever wants the deal less will walk away with the better end of the bargain. Buyers should walk away if a dealer or private seller is unable or unwilling to meet your price. An emotionally-attached buyer will usually end up paying too much. Walking away shows the seller you’re serious about waiting for a better deal to come along.

    The Internet can be a powerful tool for buyers shopping for cheap SUVs. Research prices in your area on the CarsDirect website.

    Start your search for a new SUV here

    4 Reasons Not to Buy a Cheap SUV

    Buying a cheap SUV can get you into trouble. Here are some reasons why it is better to spend the extra buck on a better SUV.

    Poor MPG

    SUVs are the biggest gas guzzlers on the road. The fuel economy ratios on some SUVs is terrible. Getting 15 miles per gallon or lower is making people pay more at the pump, and more frequently. Cheap SUVs can have reduced fuel ratings, which ends up being a waste of money. It’s better to spend a little more upfront, in exchange for better fuel economy for the duration of your car.

    Poor Reliability

    Cheap SUVs are more prone to frequent breakdowns. Not to say that the better SUVs don’t break down, it just means that cheap SUVs are likely to break down more often than a more expensive SUV.

    Lesser Warranties

    Cheap SUVs don’t come with as good of warranties as more expensive SUVs. A luxury SUV is covered bumper to bumper, usually with the best warranty. For a cheap SUV, you may be paying a lot of the repair bill, and your car may take extra time to repair.

    Fewer Safety Features

    Cheaper SUVs may not have the latest safety features installed. Luxury SUVs are usually the first to get the newest technologies such as electronic stability control, rollover sensors, lane departure warnings and other advanced safety features. Chances are a cheap SUV may only have airbags and not much else when it comes to the latest safety technology.

    Start your search for a new SUV here



    The Auto Connection: Quality Used Cars with 5 Locations – (888) 558-1417 #buy #car #online


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    Why Buy-Here Pay-Here Financing?

    Great selection of used cars in daily!

    The Auto Connection offers financing options for most credit situations, including bad credit financing; expert car care with a one year warranty on most cars that we finance in-house; and high quality late model pre-owned vehicles.

    Has your credit been damaged due to bank repo, bankruptcy, divorce or late payments? The Auto Connection, North Carolina’s and Virginia’s premier buy-here pay-here used car dealer, will help you recover from bad credit!

    We match every customer with a car that fits their personal needs and we stand behind every car we sell.

    Proudly serving Virginia and northeastern North Carolina since 2000 with over 32,000 vehicles sold!

    Our 5 super stores have over 750 high quality vehicles in combined inventory, so you have a wide variety of cars to fit your wants and needs.

    THE AUTO CONNECTION Difference

    We are a buy here, pay here used car dealership with great selection.

    5 Locations. Each with their own Service Department.

    Over 750 Cars In Stock. With fresh deliveries every day.

    Free Carfax reports. Provided on all of our vehicles, upon request.



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    Top 5 Used Car Buying Scams

    How can you avoid falling for car scams when buying a used car? Learn the facts.

    CARFAX  shared information on the top five car scams to look out for when buying a used car :

    Odometer Fraud:  Odometer fraud is the practice of rolling a car s mileage back, making it seem as though the vehicle has traveled fewer miles than it actually has. This is an illegal practice that violates federal law, but, nonetheless, odometer fraud is a prevalent car scam. It s hard to detect this type of fraud; a vehicle history report is one of the few ways you can tell if the odometer has been tampered with.

    VIN Cloning:  Stolen vehicles are often sold with vehicle identification numbers (VINs) that have been swiped from legally registered cars. One way to avoid being a victim of this scam is to verify that all of the VINs on a vehicle match, including those on the dashboard, the driver’s side door sticker, the car’s frame and the paperwork for the vehicle.

    Title Washing:  Used car values can drop dramatically if a car is deemed a salvage, and this is why some car sellers are tempted to rebuild a salvaged vehicle and sell it with a new title. A salvage title is issued on a vehicle damaged when the cost of repair exceeds 75 percent of its pre-damage value. (This damage threshold varies by state.) For this scam, sellers “wash” the title of a car by altering the title documents and moving the car to different states to get a clean title. When buying a used car, check for wording that indicates a salvage title, such as totaled, reconditioned, salvaged, junked, rebuilt or warranty returned. Also examine the title document to see if it has been physically altered.

    Curbstoning:   State laws prohibit private citizens from selling multiple cars or vehicles, other than those titled to them, a practice called curbstoning. Frequently, curbstoners sell vehicles that reputable dealers won t touch, cars with hidden problems that can affect both the safety and the value of these vehicles. So give it some thought before engaging with a private party selling multiple vehicles.

    Airbag Fraud:  Once they are deployed, airbags are sometimes not replaced correctly; and sometimes they aren’t replaced at all! There may be cases where airbags in a used vehicle you are considering are non-functional: they could be outdated, made of inappropriate materials or even could be non-existent (airbag covers can be replaced on the dashboard so that, from inside the vehicle, there is no indication that the airbag compartment is empty). The first step to finding out if a car may have missing or nonworking airbags is to run a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, which can tell you if the car has been in an accident. If it has, it may be a good idea to check to make sure the airbag system is in good working order.

    Try to resist any pressure to act quickly when buying a used car ; this can sometimes be a sign that the seller wants to hide something. Taking the time to personally evaluate the vehicle, have it evaluated by professionals and look into the vehicle history could be invaluable, saving time and money while guiding you to the perfect car.

    Mike Orsini is the head of blog marketing at CARFAX. Headquartered in Centreville, VA, CARFAX is the most trusted provider of vehicle history information that is used by millions of consumers each year. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later.



    Consumer Reports: 5 Most Reliable Cars for 2015 #used #car #prices


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    Consumer Reports: 5 Most Reliable Cars for 2015

    Each year, the dedicated auto staff at Consumer Reports tests hundreds of new car models and conducts a massive survey of the individuals who own those cars, asking them to identify any problems they’ve had over the first year of ownership in any of 17 possible trouble areas. This year, the study covered 1.1 million car owners. and gives us a pretty good idea of which cars are providing trouble-free ownership and which confound their drivers with multiple trips back to the dealer.

    Just as in recent years, Lexus and Toyota continued their dominance and came out on top in a #1-2 sweep for Toyota Motor Corporation, long the Consumer Reports reliability champion by providing buyers with the fewest overall problems. Rounding out the top 5 were Mazda. Honda and Audi. while the newly christened Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands scored woefully below average with Fiat, Jeep, RAM and Dodge sitting at the bottom of the list. The biggest movers and shakers were Buick . which rose 6 places to lead all American brands at #6, and Infiniti. which fell 14 spots to #20 as buyers found many problems with the Japanese luxury brand s new InTouch infotainment system.

    It was these interior tech systems; including factors like touchscreens, navigation, audio, smartphone pairing, backup cameras and multimedia controllers; that gave buyers more trouble than any of the other 16 categories in the survey, with overall infotainment-related issues rising since last year s test.

    That being said, we d like to present you with the most reliable new model-year 2015 cars you can buy right now. Any of these fine choices from 5 different segments is sure to serve you well for years to come.

    1. 2015 Lexus CT 200h

    While each of Lexus s models scored well in the test, it was not the pricey LS flagship that earned the highest marks, rather one of the company s cheapest models in the CT 200h hybrid. Using essentially the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system as the Toyota Prius, the compact yet luxurious Lexus hatchback earns 43 city and 40 highway mpg while providing drivers with a smooth, effortless cruise and plenty of space for gear. Priced from $32,050, the CT 200h is currently seeing some great discounts, including heavy lease bonus cash bringing payments of under $300 per month with low drive-off costs.

    2. 2015 Toyota Prius c

    Speaking of hybrids, Toyota s subcompact Prius c scored the highest praise for reliability among all the company s models. The Prius c, which debuted in 2012, has sold nearly 1 million units worldwide and earns excellent efficiency ratings of 53 city and 46 highway mpg, equaling the standard Prius for the best combined efficiency among all hybrids at 50 mpg. The c is a bit sportier to drive than the Prius, and while you may be pinched for passenger and cargo space at times, its strong reliability is made better still through a base price of just $19,080.

    3. 2015 Mazda Mazda6

    Our current clear favorite among all midsize family sedans is also one of the most reliable cars on the road, earning top marks even among a Mazda catalog that is well above average. The Mazda6 is one of the newest entries in the segment, and has wowed owners with its sports car-like handling and standout styling. While Mazda cars may be without some of the trick in-car tech features of brands like Ford or Chrysler, the company s more-basic system is easy to use, which no doubt helped its overall reliability. Earning 37 highway mpg thanks to its 184-horsepower 4-cylinder and lightweight Skyactiv chassis, the 6 is priced from a reasonable $21,190.

    4. 2015 Honda Civic

    When the current 9th-generation Civic went on sale for 2012, critics were underwhelmed by its feature content and styling, although it was still one of America s best-selling cars, no doubt buoyed by legendary reliability. Honda has made incremental improvements to its compact sedan and coupe line each year since then, adding a more comfortable and tech-laden interior along with modern styling. Interestingly, it is the two-door coupe that scores highest among all Honda models, which may be a statistical anomaly or may mean slightly better reliability than the four-door sedan. Pricing starts at $18,290 for the coupe and $18,490 for the sedan, both of which earn 28 city and 36 highway mpg.



    5 Tips for Buying a Car with Bad Credit #car #accessories


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    5 Tips for Buying a Car with Bad Credit

    Buying a car when your credit is bad can be an exercise in frustration and stress management. Approvals are tougher to come by and interest rates — what a lender charges you to borrow the money — can run into double digits. It’s not pretty.

    Lending is based on risk. The more risky a borrower seems to be, the less money he can borrow and the higher his interest rate will be. Lenders view people with missed payments, a repossession or a bankruptcy in their recent past as “high-risk.”

    But things may not be as bad as you think. Many people believe their credit is worse than it actually is. Moreover, there is almost always a lender willing to take a chance on even a high-risk borrower.

    Here are five suggestions for navigating the buying process when you have bad credit:

    If you are shopping for a car with bad credit, it’s probably a case of need rather than want. All you really need is transportation, so don’t set your sights too high. Think of it as replacing a broken refrigerator. When push comes to shove, what you need is to keep cold stuff cold and frozen stuff frozen. Do you need an automatic ice maker, wine cooler or cold-water dispenser? Forget the frills; choose a basic car to get you where you need to go. Make your payments on time, and you’ll be able to buy what you really want the next time around.



    5 Best Used Cars Under $8, 000 #best #used #cars #to #buy


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    5 Best Used Cars Under $8,000

    NEW YORK (TheStreet ) — Do you need a car that’s more reliable than your cash flow? Then check out Kelley Blue Book ‘s top picks for best used automobiles under $8,000.

    These are all reliable, safe means of transportation that people can buy at affordable prices, says Jack Nerad, executive editorial director at KBB. There are lots of used cars out there for under $8,000, but there aren’t nearly as many that we’d be comfortable putting our children in or recommending to a friend.

    Nerad says the best sub-$8,000 used cars are typically late-model versions of top-selling vehicles, which are generally plentiful in the resale market. There are definitely good cars on our list, he says. It’s just that they’re frankly older and very likely to have more miles on them.

    Read on to check out KBB editors’ top choices for used cars under $8,000, listed in order of how highly staffers ranked each model.

    All prices reflect estimates of what you’ll pay at a dealership for a given car that’s in at least good condition, which KBB defines as having a clean title, no major mechanical problems and only normal wear and tear.

    Fifth-best used car under $8,000: 2007 Mazda3

    Estimated price: $7,650 (for an iSport sedan with automatic transmission and a 148-horsepower engine)

    The Mazda3 has long offered a far zippier ride than you’d expect given the compact vehicle’s modest sticker price.

    The Mazda3 has been on our ‘Coolest New Cars Under $18,000’ list forever and ever, Nerad says. We really like every iteration of the model, both for its value and for the fact that it’s fun to drive.

    The 2007 version is part of the Mazda3’s first generation, which is two versions removed from a third iteration that came out this year. (The Mazda3 pictured is a more recent model.)

    Base 2007s are available as sedans or hatchbacks and come standard with a 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. Automatic transmission and a peppier 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine are also available.

    Fourth-best used car under $8,000: 2005 Toyota Camry

    Estimated price: $7,925 (for models with automatic transmission and a 160-horsepower engine)

    Also see: Here Are the Cheapest SUVs Today

    The well-regarded Camry has long been the U.S. new-car market’s top-selling model, which means there are plenty of good used versions of this midsized sedan available as well.

    The Camry is kind of the poster child for dependably and reliability — and because Camrys are essentially overbuilt, you’ll find good value in a 2005 model even if it has a lot of miles on it, Nerad says.

    The 2005 Camry is also just two iterations removed from the vehicle’s current seventh edition, which came out in 2012.

    Base 2005s come standard with manual transmission and a 160-horsepower four-cylinder engine, with automatic transmission and 210-horsepower V-6 engines available as well.



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    5 MOST RELIABLE SMALL CARS

    Close But No Cigar: Mazda 3,

    With production of the Civic starting in 1972 this model has a long history of reliability with customers. This pick comes with great fuel economy, an environmentally friendly engine and extremely roomy interior perfect for transporting passengers and cargo. With very reasonably base prices you can’t go wrong with the reliable Honda Civic.

    After an unveiling in 2004 its popularity grew. This wagon was engineered to catch the eye of younger buyers. It went nationwide in 2005 and has proven to provide good reliability among consumers. It can be easy customized which makes this ride a fun and affordably choice.

    The compact Toyota Corolla has continually been one of the world’s best-selling cars. This Asian compact sedan hit the American market in 1969, and 2007 models are still being produced. Reliability, fuel economy, as well as its low purchase price give this compact the edge over the competition.

    This compact hatchback was first produced in 2002 and since then has amassed a loyal following. After a small facelift in 2005 The Matrix has proven that it is reliable with a strong and attractive comfortable interior. With great safety ratings and low purchase price this model is a must have.



    5 of the best Black Friday car deals #car #trader


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    News editor

    In the auto industry, the big deals usually start in December. But just like department stores and big box retailers, more car dealers and manufacturers are rolling out Black Friday deals even earlier.

    November and December are huge selling months for the industry, but auto makers are using Black Friday as a way to get some early momentum, says Jeremy Acevedo, an analyst with car-shopping website Edmunds.com. Hyundai, for instance, launched a “Black Friday Every Day” sales event from now until Dec. 2. “The deals really run the gamut,” Acevedo says. “They’re happening earlier and earlier.” Many auto makers have finance and lease deals that are running from November to the end of the year, he says; some have started their winter sales, while others are focusing on Black Friday.

    “Specials like this get consumers into the dealership and increase sales,” says Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of auto news site Cars.com, “especially on a date when rabid shoppers used to spend their time anywhere but at a car store.” For example, General Motors GM, -1.46%   began offering supplier or employee pricing at participating dealerships on some Chevy, Buick and GMC models from Nov. 20, but they, will continue through Dec. 2 while stocks last. (The GM deal excludes Cadillac and the promotion is voluntary for dealerships, but those that sign up must include all the eligible cars.)

    Jaguars to Subarus: The top 5 of the L.A. Auto Show

    The new mini isn t so mini anymore, while the Colorado is a bit slimmed down. WSJ s Joe White calls out his top five picks from the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, where he says the Jaguar F-type is the best looking new car on display.

    Auto makers want to lure a different kind of shopper this month. A lot of Black Friday consumers are more easily swayed from their brand of choice, Acevedo says, just like they might switch from a Panasonic to a Samsung television. “Deal-oriented shoppers can jump ship for that exceptional deal,” he says. Car dealers dread being saddled with last year’s models and the earlier they can clear out the 2013 inventory — the better, says Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights at auto-pricing publisher Kelley Blue Book. “Black Friday falls at a good time for car dealers,” he says.

    But Black Friday sales are like tent sales, experts say. “Not every shopper will find what they want, either in the form of the right car, the right price or the best interest rate,” Wiesenfelder says. Even though sales continue next month, he says it may still be better to start shopping earlier, as customers can expect to save $500 to $1,000 on similar deals in November versus December. And many of the Black Friday sales that don’t make headlines or create a buzz online come at the dealer level, Acevedo says, “as some car lots are offering shockingly low prices on just one or two cars for Black Friday.”

    Here are five of the biggest deals this Black Friday:

    Chevrolet

    Many dealers are offering $1,000 cash rebate on all new Toyota Camry models (and $500 bonus cash on new Toyota RAV4 models). Models include the four door sedan VS Auto SE, which has an MSRP of $30,223, and the four-door sedan 14 Auto SE ($24,924). The Black Friday specials continue until Dec. 2. In its review of the 2014 Camry, trade publication Autotrader.com said the Camry “rides smoothly and quietly, and fuel economy is better than ever.” The latest Camry handles pretty well, the review added, especially with the SE model’s sport-tuned suspension.



    5 Car Website Design Templates For Inspiration #car #warehouse


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    3. Add a Bit of Color

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    If you like the plain white and silver theme but find that it s a little too plain for your liking, why not add a bit of color to it? Your website can still have that clean and tidy look, but with a little extra color to make it more attractive. Before designing your website and adding the colors, think about one or two colors that you would like to use. Choose two colors that go well together, for example, green and dark purple like the picture above. Choosing fairly basic colors is ideal for car websites as it will make it colorful but not too bright.

    Use headings and subheadings on your website to make it easy for people to navigate their way around. A website that people can easily browse will encourage your visitors to stay for longer and return again and again. A bold heading (the word SAVERS in this example) will draw the attention to the main part of the website, and you can change this regularly to whatever you want people to visit first.

    4. Simple and Effective

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    This website design, while simple, is extremely effective. It s perfect for informative websites that contain information and articles about various cars and other motor vehicles. Red and black are two colors that complement each other very well, and a website like this immediately looks professional, attractive and very well made.

    A design like this is ideal for a website that is dedicated to a particular model of car. If you re passionate about one specific car and want to dedicate a website or blog to it, a design like this is just the thing for which you should be aiming. Although it s not necessary to copy this website design exactly, the female model featured here gives the website a look of class and elegance. The red car and the female model are both elegant and attractive; therefore, while they seem different, they re very much alike.

    5. Business Car Website

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    This is the most popular website design that you ll find when you come across business websites. Although it is fairly plain and the main colors are black and white, the many products that are featured give the website the color and character that is needed. Because the products displayed contain some color anyway, adding bright headers and colorful banners would make the website too bright.

    If you re running a website selling cars, car parts or car services, this is the design that will work best. You can present everything neatly on your website and it s very simple and easy for your visitors to find their way around. Make sure that you sort out the products or services into categories to make it extra easy for people to find what they need.

    Conclusion

    When choosing a car website design, think about the aims and objectives of your website. Once you ve decided what purpose your website is going to serve, you can choose the design, templates and themes. The designs are in no way limited to those featured here, so if you ve any ideas and thoughts, please feel free to share them and leave a comment

    Annie is a creative blogger, freelance writer and editor at FunnyScreenshots.com



    Top 5 Best Used Pickup Trucks #car #loan #interest #rate


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    Top 5 Best Used Pickup Trucks

    Pickup trucks are more than just workhorse vehicles. They’re tough, true, but they’re also packed with  car-like features, the latest in safety technology, comfort and convenience. And, they’re expensive. But the good news is that you can find great deals in used pickup trucks – if you shop wisely.

    To help you on your search for just the right used pickup truck to suit your needs, check out this Top 5 Best Used Pickup Trucks list. Consumer Reports is responsible for the list, garnered from their research and data on the “Best of the Best” in terms of their overall scores in reliability for the years 1999 through 2008. To be on the list, each model has to have 3 years of reliability. Note that if no specific year is listed, we’ve chosen representative years with significant styling and/or content changes and additions.

    Are there other great used pickup trucks out there beside these top 5? Of course there are. Just use this guide as a starting point and then widen your search.

    • Honda Ridgeline (2006-2008) – Consumer Reports gives the Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup truck its number one spot in the best used pickup truck category. Why? The editors clearly found that it’s the most reliable over time. We found several reasons why Ridgeline, first introduced by Honda in 2006 as its initial pickup truck entry, should be at the top of your used pickup short list. In its first year, three trims were offered: RT, RTS and RTL. In 2008, RTX was added (but dropped in 2009). The four-door crew cab compact pickup with seating for five combines the utility of a truck with a sedan’s ride and handling. Powered by a smooth and responsive 247-hp (250 horsepower in the 2009 model) 3.5-liter all-aluminum V-6 engine, Ridgeline also has an easy access cabin with nice appointments and detail, and a weather-tight lockable trunk that’s in the 5-foot bed. Tow capacity is 5,000 pounds. Standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability and traction control, front and curtain side airbags, all-wheel drive (AWD). Edmunds.com lists dealer retail used car price ranges from about $16,367 (2006 base model) to $30,108 (2008 top of the line RTL). Fuel economy ratings estimated by the EPA for the V-6 engine are 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (2006-2009 models). Ridgeline also has a 5-star frontal and side impact rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
    • Toyota Tacoma (2005-2008) – Toyota redesigned Tacoma for the second time in 2005 (it was introduced in 1995). Available in a variety of body styles and trims, the Tacoma midsize pickup was powered in 2005 by an all-new 164-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder or 245-hp 4.0-liter V-6 engine. Both were available in 2WD or 4WD. Three cab styles were offered (regular, extended and crew) and either short or long pickup bed lengths. ABS was standard, while stability control was optional. Most options were available in packages, such as the Off-Road, Sport or SR-5 (in 2008). Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped in 2008 models was 6,500 pounds. The Tacoma earned a 5-star rating in NHTSA frontal and side impact tests in regular and extended cab in 2006-2008. The crew cab also earned 5 stars in these tests from 2006-2008. Edmunds lists dealer retail prices ranging from $9,445 (2005) to $22,199 (2008).
    • Toyota Tundra (2006-2008) – Available since its introduction in 2000, the Toyota Tundra is a rear-wheel drive (RWD) full-size pickup truck. In 2006, two engines were offered, a 236-hp 4.0-liter V-6 or a 271-hp 4.7-liter V-8. Both came in 2WD or 4WD. EPA fuel economy was 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway for the 2WD V-6 and 14/17 mpg for the 2WD V-8 and 13/16 for 4WD V-8. Maximum tow rating was 7,100 pounds. The base model included ABS standard, while in the Limited you got alloy wheels, CD in-dash changer, power windows/mirrors/locks and many features that were optional on the SR5 trim. In 2007, Tundra was completely redesigned and added a beefier 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine as optional with EPA estimated fuel economy at 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway. Towing capacity maximum increased to 10,800 pounds. Edmunds lists used dealer retail prices ranging from $9,994 (2006) to $35,527 (2008).
    • Subaru Baja (2003-2006) – By anyone’s classification, this is a fish/fowl type of vehicle. You either love it or hate it. Subaru introduced the Baja crew cab pickup in 2003 and it was only available through 2006. Initially, the powerplant was a 165-hp 2.5 flat-4 cylinder engine mated to a standard 5-speed manual (EPA estimated 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway) or optional 4-speed automatic, but by 2004, that was increased with a 210-hp turbocharged version 2.5. In 2006, the 5-speed manual V-6 got 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway (regular fuel). The AWD vehicle featured a versatile cargo bed, a midgate that folded down to increase the bed size to 5 feet, and nice trim levels. Standard trim included ABS, AC, leather seating, full power accessories, and CD player and 16-inch wheels. The Sport was base but with manual transmission. Edmunds lists used vehicle dealer retail prices ranging from $10,662 (2003) to $20,498 (2006).
    • Nissan Frontier (2005-2008) – The second generation Nissan Frontier bowed in 2005 as a bigger, more powerful compact pickup truck entry that was redesigned inside and out. Extended and crew cab and three trims were available. Two engines were offered, a 154-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 265-hp 4.0-liter V-6. Either manual or automatic transmission and 2WD or 4WD were available. EPA fuel economy was 19/23 (manual) and 17/22 (automatic) for the 2WD 4-cylinder and 15/20 (manual) and 14/19 (automatic) for 2WD V-6. In 4WD, the numbers were 15/19 (manual) and 14/19 (automatic). The numbers varied only slightly through 2008. ABS was standard, while front-seat side-impact and curtain airbags were optional. A long bed version was added in 2007, and in 2008, a technology package with Bluetooth and auxiliary audio jack. Edmunds lists used vehicle dealer retail prices ranging from $10,100 (2005) to $23,304 (2008).

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    Top 5 Reasons to NOT Convert Your Car to Propane or LPG #find #car #value


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    Top 5 Reasons to NOT Convert Your Car to Propane or LPG

    There s been a lot of talk lately about bi-fuel cars running on LPG and propane. most notably from Chrysler and Lancia in Europe. but in the US as well, with several companies offering propane conversion kits. Propane has a few advantages of gasoline, of course. It tends to burn more cleanly, it s cheaper, etc.

    Still, nothing is perfect. Like any fuel, LPG/propane has some draw-backs that you ll definitely want to be aware of before you pull the trigger and finally convert your car to propane. Here s a brief rundown:

    1. Tuning for Propane

    As many of you who ve looked under a car s hood lately can tell you, cars in 2013 are rolling computers. There are sensors, processors, wires, connectors a bunch of electronics, in other words, and they re all driven, controlled, and calibrated by software. That software, by the way, is often encrypted by the manufacturers to make it difficult (if not impossible) to change stuff. On top of that, all those sensors, processors, etc. were built for gasoline, not LPG/propane.

    What that means to you, would-be-propane converter, is that getting it wrong is far, Far, FAR easier than getting it right. When you get it right, the rewards can be huge. which is why companies like Switzer Performance and Syvecs spend tons of hours and dollars developing engine management solutions for flex-fuel cars and why they charge upwards of $10,000 for a bulletproof conversion which brings me to the next problem.

    2. Good Conversions are Expensive

    The Switzer/Syvecs flex-fuel conversions I m talking about should be considered neutral ground here, because they focus on ethanol, rather than propane, but did you notice that their conversions are almost exclusively featured on $100,000 sportscars? That s because, as I touched on above, getting conversions right is expensive, and it could be years before a conversion pays for itself.

    I can already hear the peanut gallery chanting, That s why I m going to convert an older car: fewer computers to mess with!

    Ill grant you that older, simpler vehicles will be easier to convert, yes, but they re also older. As such, they may be (read: will be) less reliable, parts may be harder to source, and it s an objective fact that pretty much every aspect of vehicle performance from acceleration and braking to safety and fuel efficiency has improved significantly since the carburetor became a niche product for guys building Pro-stock Darts in their driveways. So, even though you found that cheap propane conversion kit on eBay and read about how awesome it was on that forum and you re pretty sure you ve got what it takes to convert that old pickup to propane, it might still be years before it pays for itself .

    3. Limited Range on Propane Alone

    In the introduction of this article, I talked about some large-scale manufacturers developing bi-fuel vehicles that could be run on either propane or gasoline. There s a solid reason for doing so: cars running on propane have less range, compared to the volume of the fuel stored, than cars running on conventional gasoline. The main difference in range comes from a difference in heat energy per liter of fuel (gasoline s is better).

    Of course, BTUs are only one small part of the overall equation. It doesn t take into account the thermal efficiency of a fuel, it s detonation-resistance, etc. all of which, if optimized, can tip the scales towards an alt-fuel s favor but we re not talking about building an engine that s optimized for a given fuel. We re talking about converting an existing engine that s been optimized for gasoline. See disadvantages no. 1 and 2, then start adding up the cost of the turbos, intercoolers, injectors, etc. that you ll need to buy and tune for to optimize the engine you re trying to convert.

    4. No Universal Connectors

    Let s say you decided to convert your car to propane. You ve done the conversion right . You ve skipped the bi-fuel step, since it s impossible to optimize a given hardware set for two fuels, and decided that your LPG is the fuel for me! t-shirt is ripe for the wearing. Good for you. Now, it s time to re-fuel. You head to the nearest KOA campground that sells propane and suddenly, horrifically realize that it was all for nothing.

    Their nozzle won t fill your tank.

    This isn t strictly an LPG/propane problem. In truth, none of what you re reading about here is a problem that s specific to propane even electric cars are having this problem. Tesla s Supercharger system isn t compatible with Nissan s Leaf, and maybe neither of those are compatible with the SAE s Combo Connector. The lack of universal connectors, nozzles, etc. is an alt-fuel problem of the first order, and one of the biggest obstacles any future fuels will need to overcome.

    5. The Tax Credit for Propane is a Joke

    In theory, the government will cover 50% of the cost of converting your car or truck to propane. In practice, however, they ll cover $500, which isn t enough (see disadvantages 1-3, again). If it was enough, you d see a bunch of propane conversions. It s not. Ergo, you don t.

    Here s the actual DOE wording on the AFV Conversion Tax Credit for your perusal

    Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Tax Credit

    Businesses or individuals are eligible for an income tax credit of up to 50% of the equipment and labor costs for converting vehicles to operate using alternative fuels. Qualified alternative fuels are compressed and liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), hydrogen, electricity, and fuels containing at least 85% ethanol, methanol, ether, or another alcohol. The maximum credit is $500 for the conversion of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds (lbs) or less, and $1,000 for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. The credit is only available during the year that the business or entity converts the vehicle. An alternative fuel seller may not receive a credit for converting its own vehicles to operate on the alternative fuel they sell. (Reference Montana Code Annotated 15-30-2320)

    and let me tell you, that is a shining example of a law about cars written by and for people know less about cars than I do about how to turn blogging into a six-figure income. Not much, in other words!

    SO, if you absolutely, positively, must convert your car to propane, my advice is as follows: Spend big money. If you don t have big money, buy a Morgan. If you can t afford a Morgan, stay the f*** away from eBay .



    The 5 Most Popular Electric Cars for Sale and How to Buy One for the Cheapest Price #smart #car


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    The 5 Most Popular Electric Cars for Sale and How to Buy One for the Cheapest Price

    April 19, 2013

    As gas inflation creeps faster and the price of a gallon of gas passes the $3 mark, electric cars for sale are becoming more and more popular. So what are the most popular vehicles and how can you purchase one at the lowest price? The top five most popular electric cars for sale (including the world’s fastest) are:

    • The Nissan LEAF : Nissan is creating a whole infrastructure to support its electric-only vehicle, the Leaf. Surprisingly affordable, the manufacturer has put a list price on it of $32,780, before any sort of tax credit which apparently will be continuing past its supposed Dec. 31 expiration date so the price will ultimately be $25,280. At the same time, the manufacturer is selling an overnight charging station that must be installed by a Nissan technician that will retail for about $2,200 and will require a 120/240 volt service, so you may have to rewire your home if you purchase this all-electric. At the moment, the Leaf looks like it is the best electric car for sale.
    • The Chevrolet Volt : An all-electric with a twist, the $41,000 Volt is a quasi-gas/electric vehicle that is not a hybrid. Before scratching your head, the reason you can call it quasi-gas/electric is that the Volt runs strictly off a 48 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that is charged solely by a small 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine whose sole task is to keep the battery charged. Unlike the other electric cars for sale, where the engine also helps the electric motor, the Volt’s gas motor is strictly a charging motor. It cuts in after the Volt’s standard overnight charge has wound down and you are nearing the 40-mile limit.
    • The Tesla Model S : Tesla s stunning Model S launched with loads of accolade and fanfare, with the initial model year s run of cars already sold out through pre-orders. The family-size battery-electric car, with optional seating for up to 7 (thanks to a small rear jump seat) sets some lofty standards for the entire EV field, including up to 300 miles in range with the addition of a larger, more robust battery. And then there s the price. The Tesla Model S starts at a rather reasonable $49,990 (after the full Federal tax credit of $7,500) with its 160-mile-range battery pack. Tesla pioneered long-range electric cars with its $100,000-plus Roadster, and is now primed to bring its considerable knowledge to a much more civil, everyday package and at half the price. Sounds like a recipe for success if we ve ever heard one.
    • The Mitsubishi i-MiEV : The i-MiEV offers an estimated cruising range of 85 miles from its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. By contrast, the Nissan LEAF has a range of 100 miles from a 24 kWh battery pack. Although the i-MiEV s range is slightly less, higher watt-for-watt efficiency means it will cost you less to own. The battery pack takes 22.5 hours to fully charge from a standard home 110-volt outlet, or only 6 hours from the extra-cost 240-volt EVSE charging dock. Moreover, the i-MiEV takes only 30 minutes to charge to 80% capacity using Level 3 public quick-charging stations. Mitsubishi s new electric seats four adults in relative comfort and offers an outstanding 50.0 cu. ft. of cargo capacity with the rear seat folded down. Though its motor only outputs 49 kW or 66 horsepower, the car s low weight help it reach an 80 mph top speed. Unlike the LEAF, the i-MiEV is rear-wheel drive with its electric motor mounted in the rear.
    • The Honda Fit EV : Honda has very quietly pulled a fast one on all its major competitors in the quickly expanding EV market. The forward-thinking Japanese company s new Fit EV has been rated by the EPA as more efficient than any of its competitors and more importantly has the greatest driving range of any production electric car currently at market. The Fit EV is based on Honda s much-loved Fit subcompact, which in gas-powered form is one of the lightest vehicles on the market. That helps the electric car to 118 MPGe on the highway. A lighter platform means a smaller battery is all that is necessary, which leads to weight savings and an efficiency boost.
    • The Ford Focus Electric : Ford is proud of its new Ford Focus Electric EV, and really wants you to buy one. Ford hasn’t exactly been setting the sales charts ablaze with its EV despite a mostly positive reception, with just 685 units sold in 2012. As such, the Focus Electric has received a solid price price drop for the new year, now starting from $37,200 plus destination. But that s just where the savings begin. Incentives vary from region to region, so be sure to check the most recent pricing here .

    Barring going out and buying one of the available electric cars for sale, you can convert an existing vehicle. If you have access to an old vehicle you don’t care about, you can convert your own vehicle into an EV. You can probably have your own personal EV on the road for less than $5,000 in fairly short order.

    • Nissan LEAF in stock nationwide: The Nissan LEAF is widely available and should be in stock at most Nissan dealerships across the country. Pricing will be less than $25,000 due to the introduction of a more affordable trim.
    • Purchase a Chevy Volt: Widespread production has commenced, and you can probably take advantage of existing tax credits by ordering now.
    • Purchasing a Tesla: Yes, it is expensive, but it is also on the road and if you happen to live near one of the 19 dealers (likely to expand) of these electric cars for sale, you will probably save substantially.


    The Best 5 Car Moving Companies: Rating and Reviews. #take #over #car #payments


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    The Best 5 Car Moving Companies: Rating and Reviews

    If you re looking for car moving companies to get your vehicle transported, you need to make sure that you deal with companies that are federally licensed and bonded. The company should also have good customer satisfaction ratings. If you ve already got a quote from a car moving company, make sure you verify the company s standing with the Better Business Bureau. You could also obtain quotes from the companies given below to compare the rates and services offered.

    1. Momentum Transport

    This company has received a Better Business Bureau Rating of A+. Momentum Transport offers quick door-to-door pickups and full insurance coverage. They also have different types of carriers that suit every budget.

    Global Auto Transportation is BBB accredited and offers you a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. They competitively price their services and offer free quotes online. You could also avail of a 10 percent discount by visiting their website.

    United Auto Transport has been in operation for several years and has been offering good services at competitive rates. You could visit their website to get a free quote or call one of their toll free numbers. The company has been given a 5 star rating on Transport Reviews.com .

    4. CarShipping.com

    You could use CarShipping.com to obtain some of the best auto transportation quotes. The company only works with insured transportation companies that are in accordance with the specifications put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You can get nearly seven quotes by simply entering a few details online and avail of low cost car shipping services.

    Direct Express Auto Transport has an A rating on the BBB. They offer quality services at an affordable price and only work with insured carriers. You could get an instant quote by filling out the quote request form online.

    It s important to deal with insured companies in order to claim your money if the vehicle gets damaged during transportation. Also read the auto transportation agreement carefully before signing it.