What To Do Before Buying A Used Car

February 7, 2013 by  
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Experts have been urging consumers to remember following certain steps before purchasing a used car to ensure the vehicle you’re buying is worth your time and money.

According to several news agencies, consumers should check the Kelley Blue Book to verify price range of the model he or she is interested in purchasing and the Auto Safety website to find information on recalls and service bulletins. Consumers can verify if the car they are about to purchase is a registered lemon by going to the safetyforum website before finalizing the purchase.

Have the car owner or dealer’s return policy in writing before you settle your mind on buying the vehicle to avoid future issues.

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Experts Urge Consumers To Beware Of Risks Associated With Used Vehicles

November 7, 2012 by  
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Some auto experts warn drivers of certain risks associated with purchasing used cars.

According to a recent article, consumers may believe that purchasing a used vehicle will help them to save in the long run, however, some specialists say that buying a cheaper car now could backfire later. Reports show that certain used cars could be hiding dangerous hazards associated with issues that may be even linked to previous recalls that went unrepaired in the past.

The law doesn’t require car dealers or private sellers to warn potential buyers of risks or previous recalls, which could be hiding dangerous issues that may pose a serious risk to the consumer later.

For more on these hazards and how to protect yourself, click here for the full article.

Consumers Rate The 2008 Toyota Avalon

October 9, 2012 by  
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Some consumers may prefer to look into purchasing used vehicles instead of venturing into the new auto market.

For those who enjoy to read some recent reviews regarding used cars, we decided to report that consumers have been rating the 2008 model of the Toyota Avalon as one of the best vehicles to purchase, according to some publications.

This model, according to the report, get the best review from consumers on all categories including performance, safety, comfort, exterior styling, true value and reliability.

This research showed that the model beat the 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2012 Volkswagen CC. Consumers also wrote reviews on the cars they were rating, which could be useful to those who are looking into learning more about certain used cars they would like to purchase.

For more on this review, click here for more details.

Experts Give Consumers Tips On Purchasing Used Vehicles

October 4, 2012 by  
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When you buy a used car, there are a lot of things that could easily go wrong with your vehicle and your purchase, but if you know what you are doing and how you should proceed to ensure your car is a good buy, you will easily be able to find the best used car deal available.

A website specialized in car reviews started a project called the Debt-Free Car and with this project, the website editors bought a used car and are using it to demonstrate to readers how they should proceed step by step to buy a vehicle that is reliable and that will be useful for a long time.

For more on this project, read the full article here:
The Debt-Free Car Project Chapter 6: Midyear Check-In

Some New Cars Now Cheaper Than Used Cars

October 2, 2012 by  
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Some new cars reportedly cost less than the same model of a previous year make, according to certain experts.

The costs associated with a previously used vehicle and its maintenance are starting to pave the way for newer cars, since they become cheaper to own and keep. Reports show that many incentives and deals on new vehicles offered by dealerships also help consumers who are still struggling to keep their heads above water in the current economic situation.

Experts believe that newer cars will continue to be cheaper to purchase than used ones. For more on this phenomenon, read the full article here:

Some New Cars Now Cheaper Than Used Cars

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.

For more details on this list, click here for the full story.

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

What Should You Look For When Buying A Used Car?

September 11, 2012 by  
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It may come as a surprise to many consumers but, most cars sold in the United States each year are actually used cars. According to the news, used vehicles are typically more affordable for buyers on a budget, which may be one of the mains reasons behind this statistics.

According to experts, purchasing used vehicles that are in a good shape is the best option for many. The top five things to look for when buying a used car range from interior aspects to safety ratings, because of that, experts came together to come up with a comprehensive list of tips that will teach you what you should look for when you head to the used car lot.

For the full list, read the full article here:
5 Things Smart Used Car Shoppers Look For