Some Used Cars Should Be Avoided, Here’s The List

September 24, 2012 by  
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Some experts have revealed that some consumers haven’t been able to purchase newer vehicles because of the prices that range from $20,000 and $30,000, which are prices that are not easily manageable, especially if you are a cash-strapped motorist.

Consumers often choose to look into purchasing a pre-owned vehicle to find a car that is moderately equipped, however, used car prices continue to be near record-high levels as a result of the fact that there is a short supply of pre-owned vehicles available in the market. Consumers feel that, to purchase a new and functional car, they must often rely on what car sellers promise, which could be misleading, since some cars age better or worse than others.

Because of that reality, some experts have come together to gather information on most models and their reliability status, safety ratings, consumer complaints and resale values to make a list of used cars for model year 2008 and 2009. According to specialists, the list includes the BMW X5, the Cadillac STS, the Chevrolet Aveo and Colorado and the GMC Canyon.

Reports show that the BMW X5 must be avoided primarily because this model was reported to have a worse than average reliability rating. Keeping up with regular maintenance when it comes to the 2008 and 2009 X5 could be too costly and would simply not justify the purchase of a pre-owned vehicle in the first place. Some of these vehicles have been reportedly problematic when it comes to the body hardware, fuel system and power equipment, which could all add up to a very expensive repair bill.

Another car to avoid is the Cadillac STS, according to specialists. Reports show that this model was discontinued after the 2010 model and one of the reasons behind this was that this model can turn out to be quite costly to be repaired.

These vehicles have presented issues with its electrical and braking systems, which could lead to expensive maintenance repairs and parts replacements.

When it comes to compact, the Chevy Aveo models may be among the models with the lowest scores when it comes to consumer satisfaction. These vehicles feel cramped and according to the Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this model received an ‘acceptable’ side-impact score in crash tests.

Other vehicles to avoid are the Colorado and Canyon, which remain near the bottom of the pack if you’re looking into quality and performance. The 2008 and 2009 models of these vehicles may suffer extensive wear and may not be as reliable currently because drivers may have exceeded the vehicle’s payload capabilities in the past, which could hurt the car’s transmission and lead to an issue with these trucks’ engine.

Some of the other vehicles that should be avoided include the Chrysler Sebring and Town & Country, the Dodge Avenger and Grand Caravan.

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Switched Parts Found In Foreign Used Cars

September 19, 2012 by  
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While some people think that foreign vehicles are much safer than domestic cars, recent studies show that some manufactures overseas are using worn out parts on some new cars.

As soon as these vehicles are fully assembled they are shipped overseas and end up making their way into the U.S. market. The practice has reportedly become more popular with time, and as a result, government officials are starting to come up with more strict tests to ensure the safety of American consumers.

For more details on this practice, read the full article here:
Used car safety alert over switched parts

Tips On How To Sell Your Used Vehicle

September 14, 2012 by  
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Setting a price to sell your car takes research and intuition, according to the news.

Experts urge car owners to start by setting the price at a completive rate, which will allow negotiating room between you and your potential buyers.

There are a lot of resources that can help with this process and some factors should be kept in mind, such as considering the market, checking the pricing guides and surveying all of your competition. By checking what others are asking for their vehicles you will be able to price your car competitively and use your intuition to achieve the best you can with what you got.

For more tips, read the full article here:
How To Set the Right Price To Sell Your Used Car

Beware Of Certain Dealers Selling Only Certified Pre-Owned Cars

September 13, 2012 by  
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The certification of a pre-owned car has some implications and details in its title that might not reflect reality, according to some experts.

When a car is labeled as ‘Factory Certified Pre-Owned’, that means several things. A buyer should be aware that only authorized dealers that are certified and legally capable of holding certain standards concerning specific makes are allowed to sell a factory CPO vehicle. However, some dealers simply recondition or use a third party certification, which may not ensure the quality of the vehicle the dealerships is selling.

To learn more about how to spot a truly certified pre-owned vehicle, read the full article here:
Certified Pre-Owned Cars: A Reality Check