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We can help you avoid all of the nasty surprises in the preowned market and find an affordable, reliable ride. Here’s how to pay a fair price and avoid a car or truck that’s been abused, crashed or dunked in a flood.

November 27th 2015

You need the right information and a savvy negotiating strategy to drive away with the lowest price and cheapest loan. Let us show you how to be a smart, confident buyer.

November 20th 2015

Here’s where to get head-turning sports car style and performance in a ride with the comfort and driveability you need to get to work.

Buying a truck that’s 1,425 miles away isn’t easy, with lots of unexpected problems along the way. But here’s how I found and paid for a Jeep in Dallas and got my pride and joy back to, and licensed in, New Jersey.

I’ve wanted a Wrangler ever since I was in high school. A few weeks ago I decided I’d waited long enough. Here’s how I went online to find the used Jeep that had everything i was looking for even if it was 1,425 miles away.

That’s nearly 2 percentage points below the average cost of a 60-month auto loan. PNC Bank also allows buyers to qualify for a loan before picking out a car and taking a blank check with them when they go shopping.

A car can’t generate the kind of excitement and demand that makes it a highly-prized collectible 30 years from now if it’s not cool and desirable today. But the models on this list range from a breathtaking 550-horsepower European sports car priced at nearly $100,000 to a four-door urban runabout that barely costs $20,000.

To move a crowd from here to there you need a big ride with at least three rows of seats. We’ve sifted through scores of sport-utility vehicles, minivans and crossovers to find the ones most capable of carrying at least seven people in comfort and safety.

My 20-year wait for head-up displays to catch on appears to be over. Carmakers are finally embracing this technology, and once you see it, you’re going to love it.

Our 2014 Car Affordability Study found that median-income families in only one major city should be paying the typical price for a new car or truck. Here’s how to spend more wisely and save thousands more for retirement or sending your kids to college.

10 Tips for Buying a Salvage Auto #car #rental #cheap

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10 Tips for Buying a Salvage Auto

A car is considered totaled when the cost of repairs is greater than the car’s worth. These totaled cars get a salvage title. Think about that for a second. In order for a car to be termed salvage, the cost of repairs has to outweigh the car’s value. So when all is said and done, don’t expect to get a perfect car for 40 percent off the price. The numbers just don’t add up.

However, a buyer’s fear of the dreaded salvage title means that the price of a salvaged car might, in fact, drop below what it’s really worth. Think of it as sweat equity — you put in the work and worry of finding, troubleshooting, insuring and likely fixing a salvage auto, and you’ve paid for the work in the form of savings on the sticker price of a regular car.

It’s a teeter-totter, with your time, money and effort on one side and the car on the other. Which way does the teeter-totter tip? If the car’s value outweighs all the stuff you have to put into it, it’s a good deal in the long run; however, if the headache, cost and time outweigh the car, it’s a bad deal.

Here are 10 tips that may help tilt the teeter-totter in favor of a purchase.

Automotive Research – Tips on Trading Your Vehicle – TADA Editorial #car #insurance

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10 useful tips on trading in your vehicle

Sandy Liguori – Tada President 2011-2012

Nov 09, 2011

When car owners are in the market to buy a new vehicle, they usually want to sell their existing vehicle.

They can sell it privately, which requires some legwork, patience and risk, or they can trade it in to a new car dealership. A trade-in refers to any vehicle that a car buyer intends to sell to the dealership as part of a deal in acquiring another vehicle (new or used).

The benefits of a trade-in (as opposed to selling privately) are the efficiency and convenience of buying and selling at one location, where you may already have a relationship, and significant tax savings.

The actual sales process and completing a purchase can be handled quickly even within a couple of days. Many busy consumers like the idea of dropping off their older vehicle and choosing a new car at the same place.

The other benefit is the tax savings. The value of a trade-in is deducted from the selling price of the car you re buying. This reduces the taxable portion that must be paid on the new vehicle.

Let s say you want to buy a new car worth $40,000, and your trade-in is appraised at $20,000. That $20,000 is applied toward the price of the new car, effectively reducing the selling price to $20,000.

In this case, the customer would pay tax on $20,000 ($2,600), as opposed to $40,000 ($5,200), a savings of $2,600.

Another consideration when trading in a vehicle is price. Here are 10 useful tips to ensure that you get top dollar for your trade-in.

  1. Understand that a dealer will pay top dollar on a wholesale level, but not on a retail level. That s because there are costs incurred by the dealer on all trades, such as vehicle inspections, reconditioning, advertising and sales commissions.
  2. Study the market. Used vehicle websites will give you a fair approximation of the value of your car. Canadian Black Book ( is considered the industry benchmark for providing market values for cars, trucks and SUVs on the wholesale level.
  3. Be realistic. Optimal prices are based on vehicles in immaculate condition, and few vehicles meet that standard. Knowing the true market value of your vehicle will give you leverage when negotiating.
  4. Make the car presentable. Vacuum the floors and trunk, and remove any dirt and debris from interior surfaces, including the dashboard, seats and door panels. Fix obvious damages, such as a cracked windshield, worn out tires or broken headlights. Repair any dents and dings in the car s exterior.
  5. Gather all service records. If you can prove that you have taken care of your vehicle with recommended service maintenance, it will command a higher price (either at a dealership or privately).
  6. Be honest about the car s true condition. It doesn t pay to lie or mislead the buyer; the truth about the car will be revealed in time. Dealers use the CarProof services to verify a vehicle s history.
  7. Don t remove or replace any parts or accessories after your car has been appraised. To do this is unethical and just plain wrong.
  8. Determine the current market demand for your make and model, and whether the dealership is overstocked for that model. Supply and demand and market conditions will affect how much a dealership is willing to pay.
  9. If you are driving an older model vehicle that is on its last legs, find out if there are any clunker programs offered by the manufacturer. Sometimes a manufacturer will offer a minimum trade-in allowance (approx. $3,000) on these older vehicles.
  10. Remove any personal items before delivering the vehicle to the dealership. Check the glove compartment, underneath seats and in trunks.

How to Sell a Car for Scrap Metal and Parts: 4 Tips You Can t Ignore #car #rental #vancouver

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How to Sell a Car for Scrap Metal and Parts: 4 Tips You Can’t Ignore

If you have a hunk of junk sitting in your driveway that you no longer want, you may want to sell car scrap metal to earn a bit of money off it. This isn’t as simple as driving it to the junk yard and getting a check though. There is a delicate process involved. Below are four tips to consider so you make your selling process a lot smoother.

Tip 1 – Remove Everything from the Body

If you are going to sell your car for just scrap metal, you will need it to be clean of everything but the metal. That means removing all of the fluids and wires inside. Drain everything you can think of, and have it flushed out if you know someone who can do that. You should also take out the seats, radio, engine, oil pan, steering column and just about anything else you can think of. You need to just have metal on the car left and nothing else. Most scrap places won’t accept cars that are not stripped.

When you remove the actual parts of the car to sell, be sure to move them carefully. Parts like the engine, wheels, transmission and brakes can all be sold as parts instead of metal. You’ll make a lot more money with them going down that route, so be sure that you assess what you can sell and carefully store it while the body of the car turns to scraps. Anything salvageable from the interior and under the hood could lead to profits.

You need to figure out your car scrap value ahead of time so you know you are getting a good deal. You could try looking up other parts for sale online similar to yours and see what they are going for. You could also call different junkyards in the state to see how much they would pay for the parts you have. If there are a lot of different prices floating around, you can at least learn where to take your parts to from that phone call.

If you have a lot of sellable parts parts from your car, you can sell them yourself for good money. For instance, you may be able to sell car scrap on eBay, or post an ad for your parts on Craigslist. Local buyers can see what you have for sale and call you about it. You can haggle sales from there and hopefully make a lot of money from the deal. If you get a good idea of the worth for the parts from the quotes you can work in tip 3. From those, you can post your parts for sale at a reasonable price. If you mark it high, put “or best offer” as an option and you may get someone to produce a logical bid.

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8 tips for negotiating a car trade-in

5. Negotiate the new purchase and car trade-in separately. Conventional wisdom dictates that each transaction should be treated separately. However, rather than negotiating the new car price first, Reed suggests you start the deal with the car trade-in, especially if you have a fairly sought-after car. One way to find out is to put up an ad on and see what kind of responses you get. Leave off your phone number if you like and just use the e-mail address, but see how many people bite.

“The trade-in is the weakest part of the deal. But if you have something desirable, the only reason the dealer won’t take it is if he already has two or three of the same vehicle on his lot,” says Reed.

6. What should you say? Start your negotiation by letting the salesperson know you’ve done some research, says Scott. “Say something like, ‘I was researching cars online to see what I can get for this car,’ not ‘it’s worth $4,000 and not a penny less,'” Scott says.

7. Avoid game playing. Reed says some unscrupulous car dealers have been known to throw your keys on the roof so you can’t leave until you drive off in a new car .

“Avoid all this game playing, and don’t surrender your keys,” says Reed. “Make a phone call before you go, ask the used-car manager what the value of your trade-in is. If you get a negative feeling on the phone, you’ll want to scratch them off your list and save yourself a trip.”

Salespeople may also try to hold on to your driver’s license and registration, says Emerson. “Carry a copy of your driver’s license to give them and don’t part with the registration until you’re in the finance office.”

8. Explore the tax advantage. All but eight states allow you to pay sales tax on the purchase price of the new vehicle minus what the dealer is giving you for your car trade-in. The reduction in sales tax in states with rates of 9 percent to 11 percent can be substantial. Check your state’s tax advantage. Emerson says you can save as much as $1,000.

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10 Tips for a Successful Car-Buying Experience on Craigslist – Feature – Car and Driver #car #auctions #london

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10 Tips for a Successful Car-Buying Experience on Craigslist

The vehicle listings on Craigslist are often light on graphics and always free of oversight, and cruising them can be an eye-opening experience. Usable at no cost for most sellers, half-truths are plentiful in the listings and vehicle histories rare, leaving it to you to connect the dots. (Very few people take our advice for selling a car online .) Yet Craigslist can be a highly effective tool for locating the car of your dreams. Here are 10 tips that should help you separate fact from fiction and satisfied with your purchase:

1. Hone your search. Craigslist allows users to configure their search results to include dealers, private sellers, or both. If a warranty, certified pre-owned status, or convenience is high on your list of priorities, you’ll want to restrict yourself to dealer listings, as there’s no reason to waste time scrolling through pages of clapped out Fox-body Mustangs and worn-out work trucks. On the other hand, if driving for two-hours to look at rust-ravaged, Vietnam-era forward control Jeep that “ran when parked” is your thing, you already know the drill: private sellers all the way. Still, the “both” setting can be handy when looking for a nice commuter car or winter beater, as sometimes dealers will offer such things, although that practice is becoming less common.

If you know exactly which vehicle you want and how much you’re willing to pay, CL offers the option of plugging those criteria in right at the top of your search. Doing so will narrow the offerings accordingly, facilitating a focused search and a rational purchase with a minimum of drama. (To cast a wider net, you can also use one of the many sites that allow you to search every local Craigslist across the country.) Of course, one could argue that a life that doesn’t include at least one late-night back-alley transaction involving a sagging Ford Torino, small farm animals, and some class-C fireworks isn’t really a life worth living.

2. Size up the seller. It’s true you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the type contained within can be quite revealing. If an ad is composed in ALL CAPS and is accompanied by a couple of grainy images that resemble lo-res screengrabs from the Zapruder film, you’re probably in for a rough ride. Likewise, certain sellers like to spice up their ad with buzzwords and phrases like “air blows cold” and “stops on a dime,” which are actually thinly veiled code words for, “if [insert name of component or system in question] is still working when you buy it, it likely won’t be by the time you get the car home.” Bottom line: Judge the vehicle on it’s own merits and don’t believe the hype.

3. Call first. Get as much information about the vehicle as you can on the phone—and always ask if more photos are available or can be taken, especially of problem areas—and try to pick up on the seller’s character. Do they sound composed or sketchy? Engaged or disinterested? There’s nothing worse than carving an hour out of your busy schedule to drive across town only to be greeted by a seller who says, “Well, I was just kinda throwing out a feeler, not sure if I really want to sell it at this point.” Of course, if their voice is tinged with the languid drawl or hyper-intensity of a narcotics aficionado, there’s a good chance they’re looking for a quick sale—cash talks—so quit reading and start buying! We kid, of course.

4. The meet-up. As the buyer, it’s up to you to go to the seller. Meeting on common ground is always a good idea, and if the seller agrees, make arrangements to meet at a well-lit, mutually agreeable location, preferably one with lots of credible witnesses foot traffic. A local “cars and coffee” event is a good option, as is the parking lot of the local auto-parts store or speed shop. Of course, if the vehicle in question isn’t in running condition, you’ll have to visit the car where it sits.

5. A word about vans. Nothing is more creepy and suspicious than two or more guys loitering around an unmarked, windowless lockbox on wheels in a parking lot. (Especially if your meeting place is near a school or government facility.) We love vans, too, but discretion is advised.

6. Get an inspection. Be realistic. If the deal in question involves a decade-old pickup priced around $3K, it’s unreasonable to start bitching about surface rust or worn upholstery. Take it for spin, and thoroughly exercise the accelerator, brake, and, if applicable, clutch pedal and shifter. The steering and suspension will inevitably be looser than when new, but overt creaks, clicks, or clunks could indicate a potential safety issue. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a late-model daily driver for the wife to shuttle the kids around in—or you’re purchasing a classic—do yourself a favor and have it inspected by a reputable shop or expert in the make. A seller with nothing to hide will be more than agreeable.

7. Negotiate. Everything on Craigslist is negotiable. Even if a seller states that a price is firm, the very nature of Craigslist and its low, low price of free for the listings encourages ambitious pricing. Haggling as portrayed on television, however, where the seller caves after a tense 15-second negotiation and lets the car go for half of the asking price rarely happens in the real world. It’s OK to start low, but insulting a seller with an absurdly low number can quickly sour a deal. To score a good price while retaining a modicum of dignity, try asking the seller what their bottom dollar is, and then counter with an offer 15 to 20 percent below that figure; chances are you’ll be within 10 percent of the actual number the owner needs to get the deal done. Always negotiate in person; the only thing cheaper than talk is a tactless e-mail. One last thing: Seal the deal with a handshake, as the human element imparts an air of finality to the deal that only a true psychopath could ignore.

8. Make sure there’s a clean title. Talk is cheap, and when it comes to a missing or suspicious title, everyone has a story. Sorting out an unsound title or sourcing a duplicate is possible, but our experience proves it can be time-consuming and soul-crushing work. So unless the car in question is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, walk. You don’t need the hassle. If a bank or financing company still holds the title on a vehicle, ask the seller to make some calls to ensure everything is kosher, and that the title can be obtained and delivered without undue delay.

9. The exchange. When it comes time to trade green for pink, you can’t find a better location than your personal bank. In addition to being the home turf for your money, banks generally have a notary public on staff who can witness signatures and emboss the bill of sale or other paperwork with their all-important official seal. Building a sound paper trail is a great way to protect yourself in any transaction, so don’t be afraid to ask the seller to take a certified check if the selling price is more than a couple of grand.

10. The road home. At this point, the vehicle in question is yours. Unless spelled out in writing beforehand, the seller has every reason to expect you’ll be removing it from his property pronto. Suddenly announcing that you need to, “get my El Camino running first—to make room,” is of little concern to the seller. If your new vehicle needs to be towed, have arrangements in place; if it’s a driver, buy a pal lunch and have him drop you off. Before you leave, double check to make sure you have everything: the manuals, the spares, and the loose interior bits from that box that was in the trunk. Once the previous owner has your cash, they’ll have little incentive to track you down to hand off anything you forgot.

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, 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 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.

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Hawaii Car Rental | Finding The Best Deals

December 10, 2013 by Beat of Hawaii

Finding Hawaii car rental deals, like airline Hawaii travel deals. is becoming more of a challenge. That is especially true given the recent consolidations in the industry. Here are our updated recommendations:

How I just saved $400 on my next Hawaii car rental

Car rentals for Christmas in Hawaii are the most challenging as you may already know. Rentals are either very costly or can be sold out. I needed a car for four days right before Christmas and faced the harsh reality of rentals averaging $150 per day plus tax. Unwilling to pay that price, and nearly ready to jump to Uber  (which is now in Honolulu), I started scouring. I was able to immediately lower the price by 50% by going to Discount Hawaii Car Rental. the company we first learned about from Beat of Hawaii readers. Fantastic. But I decided to continue checking. Most discount codes I found across a plethora of sites yielded little or no financial results. The deal I then found was $220 all inclusive for four days using the Island Air affiliate code at National. Sold!

Make a Hawaii car rental reservation as soon as you know dates and times (especially during peak holidays)

  • Check again closer to arrival to see if rates have gone down.
  • Before changing a reservation, keep in mind the same deal you previously obtained may no longer be available.

Check websites that specialize in car rental discount codes and coupons

  • Discount Hawaii Car Rental  most often has the best deal. Readers told us about them and we use them frequently ourselves.
  • You might try AAA, AARP, Costco, Rentalcarmomma, and Retailmenot.
  • Try booking cars via the Island Air website, as sometimes a good deal as in this case (but not always).

If you book on a car rental company s site, start without any codes

  • Using a discount code can sometimes increase your price rather than give you a better deal.
  • Compare the price with and without your frequent renter number if you should have one.
  • Don t get locked in to a prepaid rental in case prices drop later.

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  • Check to see if you can change your reservation if need be.

How to avoid extra fees for addition driver and more

  • Fees for an extra driver are permitted in Hawaii. Determine if there will be a charge for this at the point of reservation, rather than getting stuck when picking up your car.
  • Some discount contracts, like Costco or Discount Hawaii Car Rental, include an extra driver.
  • Ask if the company waives the fee if the other driver is your spouse or domestic partner.
  • Frequent renter programs may also include an extra driver.
  • Getting airline miles usually incurs an additional charge.

Join the selected rental company s frequent renter program

  • This is fast, it doesn t cost you anything, and usually saves time when you pick up the car.

Avoid options you don t want

  • Check with your insurance company and your credit card company to determine coverage you may already have. Don t get caught unaware at the counter.
  • I don t like the return it empty prepaid fuel option. Just fill the tank yourself and you won t have to pay for fuel you don t actually use.

Pay attention to grace periods and early return policies

  • Some companies still give you a 59 minute grace period to return your rental, before the next day s charges begin to accrue.
  • Additional hourly charges after the grace period are usually very high.
  • Check to be sure that there are no early return fees which could invalidate your rate.

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Tips For Finding The Best Used Car for Value. #budget #car #sales

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Tips For Finding The Best Used Car for Value

When you are looking for the best used car value for your money, you have to consider the car s current price, its original selling price and its mileage. As cars get older, their value will continue to drop. This is simply due to added mileage, wear and tear and that the price a dealer can get for it is reduced. There is a window of opportunity between the time when a car is new and when it has aged a bit but maintained the bulk of its value. With low miles, purchasing a car in this range is almost like getting a new vehicle but for a reduced price. Beyond that, cars that hold their value well do so because of reliability, gas mileage and quality construction. On this list, Japanese cars dominate the used small car and SUV market while a couple of American models grace the used large and luxury car list. The used car model that is the best value depends upon the year you are looking at, the price you are willing to pay and the type of car you want.

Used Toyota Cars

Toyotas, specifically the Corolla, tops the list as the best value of used car. Keep in mind, though, that is does so for used cars with no more than 20,000 miles on them. In terms of fuel economy, reliability, space, comfort and safety features, the slightly used Toyota Corolla loses less than 20 percent of its value. This means that if you want to purchase a great used car that is practically considered new, the Toyota Corolla is the best choice. Other Toyotas that are considered the best value for the money include the Prius when it has no more than 40,000 miles, the full-size Avalon with over 65,000 miles and the Camry coupe. The Toyota Sienna minivan holds the most used car value almost across the board and the Tundra pickup truck is the best value at both 20,000 and 65,000 miles.

Used Honda Cars

When you re looking to spend less on a used car and are willing to drive away in a model with over 60,000 miles, the Honda Civic is the best choice. The Civic is known for its fuel efficiency and long-term reliability. The Honda Accord is another model that holds its value well after 50,000 miles. In both cases, although the car has some wear and tear on it, used car dealers are able to turn them around for a little less than half of what they originally sold for. For a car with that many miles on it, that is truly value. For minivans, the Honda Odyssey ranks up with the Toyota Sienna as well.

Although relatively few American cars top the list for used car value, used Ford cars, namely the Ford Fusion retains the most value for a family size vehicle with no more than 20,000 miles.

What these figures tell the discerning used car seeker is that you do not necessarily need to buy a new car to get a quality vehicle. Of course, each car is taken care of by its original owner to a different degree, but in general, the cars found in this article are the best value for your money, however much you are looking to spend.

When shopping for the best used car values. there are some important tips that can help you save money. With a wide variety of used cars for sale, it can be difficult to determine what deal works best for your situation. In general terms, some of the best used cars online in terms of value are those with uncommon options, higher mileage and vehicles from brands with uncertain futures. Be sure to use a service like to find the best values on used cars for sale in your area. allows you to search inventories at dealerships and can also put you in touch with specially-trained Internet sales managers at local dealerships. Internet sales staff normally provides a low-hassle purchase experience and provide up-front pricing on used vehicles. Below are several general trends that can help you get the best value on your next used car.

Uncommon Options Can Save Money

When you are seeking used cars for sale, finding vehicles with uncommon options can save you money. If you know how to drive a manual transmission and feel comfortable owning a vehicle with a clutch, manual transmission vehicles depreciate much faster than those with automatic transmissions. Not only is the purchase price lower, but a well-maintained vehicle with a manual transmission will also have lower maintenance costs than an automatic. If you re shopping for an up-level vehicle, finding one without navigation or a moonroof can save you thousands, as most buyers looking for prestige cars expect these options. If you can accept a luxury vehicle without all of the luxury touches, you can get a great deal.

Higher Mileage Equals Lower Price

In your search for the best used cars online, you re likely to find cars that were in rental fleets. These vehicles may have higher than average mileage, but rental vehicles are maintained meticulously. Other vehicles may be owned by traveling salespeople or company representatives who are on the road daily. Before finalizing a transaction on a high-mileage car, make sure to have it inspected by a mechanic. This can provide additional peace of mind. If you re purchasing from a dealership, see what types of extended warranty plans are available.

Brand Uncertainty Results in Lower Prices

Vehicles from brands that have been phased out or are in the process of being phased out can be excellent values, even on the used car market. Although the uncertainty regarding such brands has a greater impact on new car prices, the deeper discounts offered on new models also accelerate the depreciation of used cars. If you re looking at a used car from a brand with an uncertain future, you can buy with confidence, as the parent companies of these brands pledge ongoing support, and warranty coverage will simply be shifted to other dealerships.

These general tips can help you save thousands when you are looking for the best used car values. Make use of a service like to request price quotes for vehicles available in your area. If you have any questions regarding the pricing or options on a car, contact the selling dealership directly.

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Buying Cars in the USA

We get a lot of e-mail from people asking about how to buy a car, how to find auto insurance and how to operate a car in the USA. Some folks just want to buy a cheap car to drive around the states for a few months then sell it. Others would like to purchase a car in the USA and ship it back to their home. A few folks are interested in specialty cars, hot rods, old-timers or Harley Davidson motorcycles. Here is some information we have gathered. We hope you find it useful.

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Used cars can be purchased from new car dealers, from independent used car lots and from private individuals.

Where to buy a car

New cars are usually sold by factory authorized dealers that specialize in one or two brands of car. In some larger cities, there are now big car marts that offer a wide selection of different brands of cars under one roof. A few Internet companies promise to find the best price for a new car of your choice that they will deliver to any local dealer. All new cars will have a paper attached to a window with a list of all the features and options in the car and the suggested retail price of the vehicle. Remember that price is usually negotiable and most buyers pay less than the “window sticker” price.

Used cars can be purchased from new car dealers, from independent used car lots and from private individuals. The new car dealers generally sell newer used cars in good condition with a warranty but at a high price. Used car lots sell older vehicles in various conditions sometimes with a limited warranty for a lower price. Individuals sell anything at any price with no guarantee.

How to find a car

Most newspapers have advertisements for new and used cars for sale by dealers, used car lots or individuals. The biggest selection is usually in the Sunday edition. Some Internet sites list cars for sale in various parts of the USA. Car trader magazines listing used cars for sale by dealers and individuals are available for free at most supermarkets. Specialty car trader magazines are sold in most convenience stores. They include: The Corvette Trader, The Classic Car Trader, The Hot Rod Trader, The Truck and Van Trader and The Motorcycle Trader.

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It is difficult to buy a good reliable car at a cheap price, difficult to find insurance at a reasonable rate, and difficult to sell the car before you leave the country.

Buying a car

The laws concerning registration of motor vehicles vary from state to state, so this is just a typical description. Most states require the owner of a motor vehicle to have a car title or certificate of ownership that must be registered with the state motor vehicle bureau. When you buy a car, the seller must produce these ownership papers. Usually, the buyer and seller must appear before a motor vehicle registration official and affirm the sale, sign the papers and send the registration to the state motor vehicle bureau to be recorded. At this time, the buyer must pay a registration fee, must pay any sales tax on the purchase and can purchase license plates for the vehicle. These registration officials are located at all automobile club offices, at many large auto dealers and in small offices in most towns and cities. Be careful when someone offers to sell you a car without proper papers or offers to give you his license plates. You may be purchasing a stolen car and may spend part of your vacation in jail. Just ask a legitimate car dealer,  an automobile club or a policeman about the proper procedure for buying a car in the state.

Driving your car in the USA

Before you drive your car in any state you must attach a valid registration tag (license plate) to the vehicle, you must affix a valid sticker to the windshield confirming that the vehicle has successfully passed the state safety inspection or air pollution test. You must also carry a copy of your ownership registration in the vehicle at all times while driving.

You cannot obtain a valid registration tag until you prove that you have adequate liability insurance coverage

It may be difficult to obtain insurance coverage unless you have an address within the USA and a valid state driver’s license. Even with a local address, you may be required to pay high insurance prices because the insurer will not be able to check your past driving history records. You can also see if getting temporary car insurance is an option .

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Harley Davidson has a special program for buying a new motorcycle to tour the USA then ship home.

Shipping your car home

It is not difficult or expensive to ship a car to your home country. You can use a freight forwarding agent to ship it on one of the roll-on-roll-off ships from any major seaport. You only need to deliver the vehicle to the shipping point with proof of ownership and payment for the shipping. They will drive it on to the ship, take it across the ocean to the port you designate and unload it there. The price to ship a vehicle depends on the volume of the vehicle but a typical car can be shipped to Europe for less than $1000.

If you do not wish to resolve the difficulties listed above in “driving your car in the USA”, we suggest you have the seller deliver the vehicle directly to the embarkation point for you. When you are exporting a car out of any state, you can usually ask for exemption of the state sales tax. This can save you 6% to 8% of the sale price.

When choosing your dream car, be aware that the car that you will import to your home country will have to pass safety inspection there before registration. Some features on automobiles sold in the US market might not be allowed in some foreign countries. You better take information about this before spending your money to purchase and to ship your new car.

Driving in the USA and shipping it home

If you wish to purchase a new car in the USA, use it to tour the country then ship it home, we suggest you make arrangements in your home country. Harley Davidson has a special program for buying a new motorcycle to tour the USA then ship home. The program is only available through dealers in the home country. It is not available in the US.

Buying a Cheap Car to tour the states

We do not recommend this approach. It is difficult to buy a good reliable car at a cheap price, difficult to find insurance at a reasonable rate, and difficult to sell the car before you leave the country. Driving across this huge country of ours will require hundreds of hours of driving. Some of the driving will be through monotonous country with nothing interesting to see. It is much more convenient, and probably much cheaper to rent a car for a few weeks in one place, buy an inexpensive airplane ticket to another interesting part of the US, then rent another car for a few weeks.

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More Information

Here is a link to a freight forwarding company that specializes in the shipment of autos from the USA to many other countries.

Edmunds on-line buying guide lists current average prices for most new and used cars plus reviews and a whole lot of useful information for a car buyer.

On the Auto Trader web site you can search through thousands of advertisements to find the car of your choice.

Consumer Car Club is another source.

Autobytel is another source.