Electric Cars: Are They Worth the Investment?

2017 Electric Cars

 

Here is a big question that has been bandied about left and right, front and center, and everywhere else in-between in the last several years.  Are electric cars worth the investment?  Should we start thinking about electric cars?  What is the big idea with electric cars, really?

If you think back to the early 2000s, this country saw a sudden surge of electric cars coming into the marketplace.  Not hybrid cars mind you, but real deal, electricity powered, no gasoline involved, electric cars.  These cars were made affordable to the American middle class, and purchases were flying out of the factories.

Then they all disappeared.  Why?  Recalls.  Now, there is some controversy here, namely as to the exact ethics under which the electric cars were recalled.  Many say that it was a bit of a conspiracy, and that big auto manufactures were worried that electric cars would ruin their cash cows (gasoline powered cars) [...]

family vehicle

 

Everyone wants to be able to get into the “best car”.  They want to have the set of wheels that will combine the best of all of the worlds, the best fuel economy, the best cargo space, the best passenger space, the best handling, the best bells and whistles, the best price for value, the best reliability, the best overall performance, the best durability in harsh weather, the best safety features, the best acceleration and, to top it all off, the best look and overall appeal.

This is a little bit silly and whimsical, as to really excel in a few categories usually means you have to sacrifice other categories.  But not always.  Car technology is getting better and better as the years go by, and now people are finding that the “do it all” cars are quite appealing.  For example, the truck market is especially booming, because people can get big trucks with [...]

car fuel

 

Do fuel efficient cars provide more safety?  As a general rule and strictly by that definition, not necessarily.  But, can you buy a fuel efficient car that is also very safe?  Absolutely.  With things like fuel efficiency, safety, reliability, longevity of life, durability, ease of use, and ease of maintenance being top selling factors for cars, it makes sense to try to find a model of car that meets all of these points.  Thankfully, with the current strength of the emphasis that there is on things like fuel economy and safety for passengers and drivers, it is not difficult to find a car that is both fuel efficient and very safe.

In fact, in one way, fuel efficiency and safety often do align themselves very well.  For example, very safe cars will often be things like mini-vans, crossovers, compact SUVs, and luxury sedans.  Cars that tend to not be as safe are sports cars [...]

used cars

 

We all want to see our young adults get into cars that are safe for them to drive. As parents, the prospect of our kids getting their first car and starting to drive can be pretty nerve-racking for us. Teenagers and young adults do not have the years of experience that the veteran car driver has, and they are more prone to accidents than older adults are. Statistically speaking, teens get into accidents three times more often than older adults do, whether they are just fender benders or more serious collisions. Also statistically speaking, young adults in their early 20s get in double the number of accidents as older adults do, or even just adults over the age of 30. With these statistics in mind, it makes sense why we are so concerned about making sure that the first car our young one gets is a good one.

  • First up, before we talk [...]
preowned car

 

One of the biggest things that we think about when it comes to buying a new or certified, preowned car is what the resale value of that car will be or won’t be.  We ask around and hunt and punch a bit and we try to locate that one car or truck that fits the aspirations of what we want, and that will meet all of our requirements, and that will have a good resale value too.  Our mission is to find something that is a good car or truck, and that we also won’t lose a lot of money on.

This article shows the top five cars and trucks that hold their value the most.  All of these vehicles are available today and are pretty easy to get ahold of, and for a combination of reasons, these cars and trucks in particular tend to resell for closer to their original price than other [...]

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