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A lot of people wonder how to go about buying a new car for themselves and they wonder what route to take will be the best route overall. They wonder this, and not without good reason too. There is a level of concern and confusion, especially when there are as many options as there currently are when it comes to buying a car.
Used cars. Such a common and interesting topic! In all honesty, most people buy used cars. That is just the bare and simple truth of it. Brand new cars are certainly very desirable, but perhaps a bit overkill. The result? Not as many people buying new cars as people buying used cars. Even then though, there are still confusions, misunderstandings, and miscommunications that occur, and people still get confused on how and why used cars are the right option to pick.
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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) [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
Comments Off on First Car Shopping: 5 Safest Used Cars for Teens
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.
Comments Off on Top 5 Cars with the Best Resale Value in 2017
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 [...]
Comments Off on Horsepower vs. Torque: What Really Matters in Car Acceleration
Torque versus horsepower, now here is an interesting little equation that a lot of us know very little about, but want to know a lot more about! This has been a long discussed subject, the difference between horsepower and torque. What is interesting though, is that the two factors are not to be pitted against each other, and that horsepower is actually a manifestation of torque.
Before we dive into a compare and contrast of torque versus horsepower, lets first take a look at the definitions of the terms involved taken direct from the dictionary:
“Horsepower. A unit of power equal to 550 foot-pounds per second (745.7 watts). The power of an engine measured in terms of this.”
“Torque. Horsepower is the total power output of an engine, while torque measures the “turning/torqueing ability” of the engine. Practically, torque is a better measurement of how quickly your car will accelerate, while horsepower (relative to [...]
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Technology is moving so fast and changing so much that we often do not even know how to keep up with it. In fact, the field changes so quickly that we also do not even know that it is changing. Not that we would ever think of it, but one of the changing areas of technology that is really quite interesting is that of the technology of cars. The technology that is in cars has changed more since the turn-of-the-century than it did in three decades preceding that.
One of the most interesting aspects of cars that are about to make certain car incredibly valuable and further drop the value of other cars is vehicle data. Now, this is not talking about information about cars. This is talking about the data that cars can produce. In today’s modern information age, data is king, and information in general is incredibly valuable. Truth be spoken, data [...]
Comments Off on When Gas Mileage Counts: How to Find a Car that Meets Your Needs
Finding a car that meets your exact needs is not always easy. In fact, it can get pretty tricky pretty quickly, especially if you are quite selective in what you are looking for in a car. There are so many different things to consider, and generally being really unshakable in any one area means having to give up on another area. For example, if you want a roomy ride, you will probably have to sacrifice some fuel economy.
So the real question becomes your effort of figuring out what is important to you and what points you can slide on. In this article posted to slate.com, Sue Halpern told her story of the trials of trying to find a car in today’s market that she could be happy with. She tells a long tale of test driving many different vehicles, all of which could meet some of her needs, but not all of them. [...]
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Buying one’s first car can be a tricky process and sometimes even difficult for those who are jumping in and doing it. Financing your first car is quite the plunge, and is indicative of coming of age and entering into adulthood. Studies show that most Americans buy their first car between the ages of 18 and 25. For young adults who are getting ready to make this big purchase and big commitment, there are a few things to know before you buy:
Put twenty percent or more down, if you can. Just as is the case with buying a house, doing a conventional loan where you put down twenty percent of the total cost in your down payment is really the best way to go. This allows you to throw in a hefty chunk of the car’s cost right off the bat. This allows your term to be shorter too, because you’ve already [...]
Comments Off on Certified Used Cars: What You Need to Know Before You Buy
Buying a certified used car is often a wise idea, but there are some factors to keep in mind when pursuing this avenue. Buying a used car can be a great experience, and it does constitute the vast majority of car buying in the United States every year, but that does not mean that there aren’t risks involved with it too.
For the most part, most car buying experiences are pretty swell. Most car buying experiences go off without a hitch, but there are those that have hang-ups and that cause problems of one kind or another. For example, people sometimes get taken advantage of and, even if this is not the norm, this is still often what a lot of people think of when they think of buying a used car.
What to Know Before You Buy
There are a couple points to consider when buying a used car:
Comments Off on 5 Signs It’s Time to Breakup with Your Car Dealer
The whole subject of human relations is a topic that we could get into quite extensively and write a very long article about. Human relations and how we interact with others affect us on a day-to-day basis and makes a lot of differences in how different parts of our life turn out. This could include something as simple as the people we go to for all of our car and automotive needs, including when it’s time to get a car worked on or when it’s time to upgrade to a different classic car.
Classic automotive dealerships are not very common. It is a niche market to say the least and each state generally speaking only has a few of them. This is one reason of many why we tend to feel pretty loyal to our classic automotive dealerships. However, once in a while we will feel the need to cut the ties with our automotive [...]
Comments Off on How Car Manufacturing has Changed Over the Decades
Car manufacturing has been one of the most changing and evolving industries out there. This has been a very diverse and changing industry, with each year bringing some changes, and each decade bringing major leaps forward and entire evolutions of cars. To a degree, car manufacturing often changes in some small way almost overnight, and the industry definitely does change significantly every year. Every ten years, the industry is practically unrecognizable as to how it was ten years prior. The truth of the matter too is that the leaps and bounds that are being taken now, when compared to the types of leaps and bounds that were occurring decades ago. The car manufacturing process and industry is changing so quickly and has been evolving so fast since the turn of the century that there is no telling what kinds of cars we will be driving even just another few years from now.
Comments Off on Pros and Cons of Buying a Car at an Auction
Where do most people get their classic cars? Craigslist? EBay? Auto trader? An ad in the local paper? Word of mouth? For sale sign and the car in the person’s front yard? At an official dealer? Not necessarily. In fact, the majority of classic cars are bought and sold at classic car auctions. This includes classic cars that are in pre and the post restoration stage.
Classic car auctions can be and are a great place to buy and sell classic cars. The auction style and sort of old fashioned feel of an in-person auction is very appropriate to the buying and selling process of the car itself, and because of the auction nature of the sales process, cars can be gotten at a steal.
Keep in mind however that, just like with anything else, there can be and is pros and cons to buying and selling a car at such an auction. A [...]
Spring is upon us, and for those of us who own classic cars, this time of the year means that it is time to get our classics ready for the driving season. Some of us have classic cars that we don’t drive at all, and some of us have classic cars and we only drive them during the warmer, drier seasons. I don’t think there are many of us who drive our classics in the cold winter months!
So remove that dusty car cover, change the oil in your beauty, and polish the chrome on your lovely little driving machine. It’s the driving season! This may be a little premature, as spring is barely upon us, but we get excited at the prospect of a new life and a new adventure in our classic cars in a new season, so we often jump right into it and start getting our cars ready to go, [...]
Comments Off on Restoring vs. Customizing: Understanding the Needs of Your Classic Car
Sometimes people have a tendency to take on a classic car project a little prematurely. It’s not to say that it is a bad idea to buy such a car, in fact quite the opposite. Owning a classic car has multiple benefits and excellent aspects that go along with it. The only variable is that sometimes people dive in to the experience a little too soon, or at least before they do significant research in the area. Committing to a classic car is a pretty big deal. It’ll rack up either dollar signs on outgoing checks or time on one’s clock, or a combination of both. It is an immensely rewarding experience, but those who tackle it with knowledge and understanding of the field first always have a better overall experience.
First up, people need to understand the difference between restoring a classic car and customizing a classic car. Big, big, big difference here. [...]
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Owning a classic car is a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience, but it is a lot of responsibility too. If one wants to keep their classic car in good shape then they need to consider exactly how to use it, when to use it, and how often. A classic car needs to be treated with a certain amount of respect and admiration. The thing with a classic car is that it is not quite like any other car. Because a classic car is several decades old, it can’t just be treated quite like other cars are treated. This will mean bad news for classic car owners if this is how they operate with their cars.
Instead, it is much better to set up something of a schedule with your classic, and be a little more reliable and dependable with it. Treat it a certain way, and it will give you years [...]
Comments Off on Rust Removal Guide: How to Maintain the Integrity of Your Classic Car
Probably one of the most disturbing and difficult aspects to owning and maintaining a classic car is that one, four letter word that starts with an “R” that we all hate to hear. Rust. Rust has been said to be the cancer of cars. Once a car gets rust, it becomes almost impossible to get rid of it. Furthermore, once one does get rid of it, it often times comes back if one did not get rid of it correctly or in the right way. There are certain, very key steps that one has to follow to do this properly. If the steps are not followed, then the rust often comes back.
Out of everything maintenance and upkeep oriented when it comes to classic cars, this of them all is probably considered to be the most important of them all. Rust is a big problem. It can actually be terrifying, because it means the [...]
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Owning a classic car is a big commitment, both in time and in money. Classic cars need a level above the ordinary when it comes to maintenance, upkeep, protection, and general care than other cars do. Because of their age, and because of the sheer number of years stacked up on such cars, the individual parts of the car need to be maintained, and they need to be monitored more frequently. For example, the vinyl roof on a car that is just a few years old does not need to be taken care of as much as a vinyl roof that is several decades old.
How to Go About Cleaning a Classic Car’s Convertible Vinyl Top
Here is a step by step list of how best to go about cleaning a classic car’s convertible vinyl top:
First of all, make sure that your classic car is parked in the shade. As a general [...]