Saturday November 30, 2013
There's been this thought going around that teens aren't interested in driving because of competition from things like social media. After all, why drive when you can tweet instead? Well, my article on what it costs a teen to own a used car offers up some different reasons.
According to the website, driving-tests.org, the main reason teens aren't all that anxious to drive is cost. It's simply out of reach for many teen drivers to get behind the wheel, even if they don't own a used car.
That's somewhat comforting because that's a problem that can be solved, unlike competition with games and social media. They're might be hope yet for teens to drive and buy used cars if we can just make the whole process more affordable.
Even more tempting might be more hybrids, electric vehicles and other alternative fuel choices because the millenials are more interested in going green than any generation before them.
Saturday November 30, 2013
As CarMax marks 20 years in business, I took a few moments to examine what sets it apart from other used car retailers. The top thing is probably going to be its size, I discovered, while compiling 10 facts about CarMax.
In the article, Ten Things to Know About CarMax, I looked at such things as the used car buying process. There's something to be said for no-haggle pricing, which is probably how most people want to buy their used cars because most of us, including yours truly, are not good negotiators.
But what I think is equally important is CarMax has been voted a top place to work for nine years straight. I think a company with happy employees provides better customer service and an overall better buying experience.
There's been a lot in the news recently how WalMart pays its employees vs. Costco. It's made me think long and hard about shopping at WalMart. I'd probably be more likely to shop CarMax, too, because its employees seem to be better treated.
Friday November 29, 2013
It was only natural after writing earlier this week about the 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Cars that I follow up with a similar article on Best Certified Pre-Owned Pickups, SUVs and Crossovers. Don't worry. That's the end of my list making on used cars for 2013 - unless I run out of ideas next month.
Anyway, the piece on the 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Pickups, SUVs and Crossovers includes some of the usual suspects like the Ford F-150. Just by its sheer volume of sales it deserve to be included.
But there are more than a couple of sleepers on the list. A 2011 Toyota RAV4 can be had for a great price. Plus, have you ever considered a certified pre-owned Mazda Mazda5? I've owned one for almost six years and think it's a great little people mover for a family of four (and by now you may have guessed I have a family of four).
Consult the list and share your opinions below. I'm sure I might have missed one or two you would have included.
Thursday November 28, 2013
First of all, if you're reading this on Thanksgiving, why? But seriously, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a happy day surrounded by loved ones. And, if you're in the market for a used car you're going to be really happy because it's a buyer's market right now.
All signs point to this being a great market for used car buyers. The days supply of used cars (basically the inventory on the lots) is increasing and prices are dropping.
Of course, what makes for a good market for consumers can mean a tough market for independent used car dealers. They're facing pressures from increased advertising and a supply that's moving slowly.
The big guys, the franchised used car dealers, seem to be weathering the downturn a little better but you can still find good deals regardless of where you go in the used car marketplace.
So, go back to your turkey and stuffing and prepare to go used car shopping tomorrow. You might be surprised what you find out there.