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10 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car from...
There are 10 questions you should ask before buying any used car from a private seller. Some can be asked over the phone or via email before even seeing the vehicle in person. Others should be asked while looking at the used car. Not asking these questions could lead to problems in your used car purchase.
What You Should Know About Used Car Salvage...
As you shop for a used car, you might come across the phrase “salvage title” in a used car advertisement. The price is going to seem right and you’re really going to want to buy it. Just make sure act with your brain and not your heart. There are a lot of things to consider before you can understand used car salvage titles. Here are four things to consider: understand What a Salvage Title Is; Get a CarFax report; Get a Qualified Inspection; Weigh the savings vs. future costs
How to Sign Over the Title to Your Car
Twice recently, once via email and once via story comment, I have been made aware of problems signing over a title to a used car – problems that have made it difficult to register the used car – and asked how to sign over title.
10 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Used...
Don’t be intimidated when buying a used car from a used car dealer. Make sure you have done your homework ahead of time about the used car’s values and then consult these Top 10 Questions To Ask a Used Car Dealer.
Finding the right used car for your personality
Your used car says a lot about you.
How To Accept Payment When Selling Your Used Car
Advice on safe used car payment transactions and options. When selling a used car, most people’s number one concern is, “How am I going to handle the payment?” After all, it’s increasingly easy to counterfeit a cashier’s check, personal checks can be written on empty bank accounts, and who wants to handle thousands of dollars in cash?
What To Expect from Buy Here Pay Here Dealers
If you're interested in getting a loan from a Buy-Here, Pay-Here dealer for your next used car, let me explain what you can expect.
10 Least Commonly Stolen Cars In America
The Top 10 Most Stolen Cars list always garners a lot of attention when the National Insurance Crime Bureau distributes it but the list of least stolen cars published by the Highway Loss Data Institute receives a lot less coverage.
Where To Buy Used Cars Online
It wasn't that long ago that the best way to buy a used car was via local newspaper classifieds. Now, the Internet is the only place to shop for a used car.
8 Buyer and Seller Tips for a Smooth Used Car...
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what you need to do when completing a used car sale because the laws do vary from state to state. There are certain things you need to do in the midst of buying a used car or selling a used car.
How to Inspect a Used Car Before You Buy
Used cars inspections at the most basic level should show everything works and looks like it’s supposed to. Always take into account a car’s age and pedigree. A 1999 Ford Taurus that spent the winters in Kenosha, WI, isn’t going to look as nice as a similar model that lived in Sebring, FL.
How You Can Import a Used Vehicle from Canada
For those who live along the U.S./Canadian border, it might be tempting to import a used car or used truck from Canada that is being sold at an attractive price, but you need to take certain steps to make sure your used vehicle is right for the U.S. market.
Most Reliable Used Crossovers on the Market
J.D. Power and Associates has released its list of the most reliable used crossovers and SUVs to buy from the 2008 model year.
Top 10 Safe Used Family Cars
You can be safe and drive used family cars for less than $15,000 with high safety ratings. Compiling data from Edmunds.com and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have developed the About.Com Top 10 Safe Used Family Cars for Under $15,000. There’s a mixture of sedans along with minivans and an SUV because not every family is the same size and has the same needs.
Tips and Advice on Reading Used Car Vehicle...
The most important number in a used car is not its price or fuel economy rating. It is its Vehicle Identification Number or VIN, as it is more commonly known. Reading used car vehicle identification numbers will help you know if the used car or truck you are buying has the equipment you think it does.
How You Can Tell if a Private Seller on...
There’s a Craiglist scam going on in the used car world that may catch you by surprise. Dealers are selling cars as private individuals so they don’t have to comply with used car rules established by the Federal Trade Commission for used car dealers.
Used Diesel Vehicle the Right Choice?
When it comes to new cars, it's a legitimate question to ponder if a diesel car, SUV or pickup makes sense but a used diesel car may be the right choice based on a new study from the University of Michigan.
State of Texas Salvage Title Laws Description
In the State of Texas, vehicle registrations are administered by the Texas Department of Transportation. There are websites out there that are going to direct you to the Department of Public Safety for information on used car salvage titles in Texas. Don’t be lead astray because you won’t find the answers there.
How to Test Drive a Used Car
The first of eight pages on the best way to test drive a used car. Preparation is key, and remember: You are literally in the driver's seat.
Florida Salvage Title Laws
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has information on salvage title laws that can be a little intimidating if you’re not familiar with the language. So, I slogged through the laws to help you understand Florida salvage title laws.
Buying a Used Car with a Recall Notice
At least 1.4 million used cars that were recalled but not repaired were for sale in 2009. That is approximately 3% of used cars sold annually. It seems important to offer advice on buying a used car with a recall notice in light of that statistic.
How To Buy a Used Corvette
Jeff Zurschmeide, About.com's Guide to Corvettes, has been an automotive journalist for more than 5 years. His writing history includes a stint working for Corvette Market magazine, and his lifelong passion for classic sports cars makes him a natural Corvette fan. He seemed like the best person to approach when this question was pondered, “How do I buy a used Corvette?”
Ten Things To Know About CarMax
Ten facts about CarMax as the supersized used car retailer celebrates 20 years in business.
How to Safely Allow People to Test Drive Your...
“Hi, I’m a complete stranger. I want you to hand me $10,000. I’m going to take it for 15-20 minutes and I promise to return the full amount.” Sounds pretty crazy, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what happens whenever you sell your used car and allow people to take it for a test drive. You’re handing off one of your most prized possessions and allowing it to be driven away. Follow these steps to safely allow others to test drive your used car.
Top 10 Tips for Buying Certified Pre-Owned
Certified pre-owned used cars are becoming more and more popular as Americans increasingly need to replace their older used cars but may not be ready to buy a new car. Therefore, here are some tips to keep in mind when buying a certified pre-owned used car.
Predicting What a Used Car Will Be Worth
Absolutely have your eye on a new car or truck that has been just been introduced, but you know you can’t afford it new? Well, there is a simple formula for predicting what a used vehicle is going to be worth three years down the road.
Hertz Rent2Buy Program a New Way To Buy Used Cars
There’s a new way to buy a used car – and it’s something used car dealers might want to consider with their fleets if they can work out the liability and regulation issues. Hertz Car Rental is selling off its used fleet through its Rent2Buy program
Cheapest Places To Buy a Used Car
Looking for the least expensive place in the U.S. to buy a used car from an independent dealer? How about from a franchised dealer? It looks like South Dakota and Michigan are going to be your best bet.
How To Fairly Value Your Used Car
Before you can determine your car’s value, you have to define its condition. Be honest with yourself and follow these guidelines.
What is California's Used Car Salvage Law?
A look at the details of the California used car salvage title laws, as well as how to read a used car title.
How To Read a CarFax Report
The CarFax report has become the gold standard for used car history reports. Understand the different components of it.
How to Market Your Used Car on Craigslist
The website that’s helping put newspapers out of business is the best place to market your used car on the web. Craigslist is local classifieds and forums for more than 550 cities in over 50 countries worldwide - community moderated, and largely free
Illinois Salvage Title Laws
Illinois could be considered to have some of the toughest salvage title laws in the U.S.A. based on its definition of salvage and proactive stance.
How to Sell a Your Car to a Foreign Buyer
Used cars and SUVs owners attempting to sell your vehicles - there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it's not an oncoming train. There is a market for your used cars and SUVs if you're willing to sell them to overseas buyers. It's not as difficult as it sounds.
Almost 500,000 Ford Escapes Being Recalled
Almost half-a-million Ford Escapes are being recalled because of potential problems with unintended acceleration, which apparently can be real in some cases.
Is It Smart To Buy a Used Suzuki?
American Suzuki Motor Corporation, or what most of us call Suzuki, has pulled the plug on selling new cars in the United States. Basically once the supply runs out, you won't be able to buy a new Suzuki but that begs the question: is it smart to buy a used Suzuki?
Five Best Used Cars for Single Parents
Much like the non-custodial parent who makes child support payments on time, the Nissan Altima is one of the most underappreciated used cars on the road and that makes it perfect for single parents in search of a used car. Page 4.
12 Fuel Efficient Used Cars You Can Get for...
Are you ready to move to a fuel-efficient used car that is reliable, affordable and relatively new? These dozen used cars range from 1996 to 2005 and represent the best of what domestic and foreign manufacturers have to offer. This class of cars includes an absolute sleeper: the 2002 Chevy Prism. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info comes from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats come from FuelEconomy.gov. gas saving transportation attractive used cars
Best and Worst Months for Deals on Used Cars
There's, believe it or not, a certain science to selling used cars that deals with algorithms and buying habits and types of analytical tools. When all is said and done, though, it comes down to this: when is the best time to sell and buy a used car? Obviously the answer is going to be different depending on which side of the equation you are on.
10 Reliable Used Car Brands
Top 10 most reliable used car brands
Old Used Car or Newer Used Car – Which is...
n interesting conundrum when it comes to used cars: is older with low mileage or newer with low mileage a better choice when both cost about the same.
When It Makes No Sense To Buy a Used Pontiac
As this is being written, a lot has been said about the possible demise of Pontiac as a brand by GM as it seeks to streamline its operations and effect a turnaround with federal funds that will put itself back on a course to self sustainability. Well, now could be the worst time to buy a used Pontiac that you’re ever going to find, except in one case.
A Look at Mercedes Benz Certified Pre-Owned
Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this review of the certified pre-owned program offered by Mercedes Benz. It explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.
Power Up Your Used Volvo with Polestar
Volvo is out with a new way to add additional power to used Volvos from 2008 to the present. It's called Polestar and it's going to change the performance of used Volvos for not a lot of money.
Stolen Car List Can Help You Buy a Used Car
One of the most popular lists to come out each July is the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars, which is a list that can help you buy a used car.
How To Buy a Used Tesla Roadster
Any new car as soon it rolls off the lot is instantly a used car and such was the case with the Tesla Roadster when it rolled off the lot. Every one of the two-seater electric convertibles is now a used car, which explains why you have to know how to buy a used Tesla, especially as the company prepares to roll out the Model S.
Market a Used Car Through a Sign in the Window
Selling a used car? Don’t forget to put a for sale sign in your window advertising the car.
Texas Has Program To Avoid Used Car Title...
Selling a used car in Texas has become a little easier with the creation of Title Check, which provides free background checks for Texas motor vehicle titles.
Understanding Certified Pre-Owned Cars
Car dealers sell certified pre-owned used cars as vehicles with peace of mind guaranteed. Understanding what you're getting into can reap financial rewards and a great car ownership experience for years to come. Skimping on your knowledge can make your certified pre-owned experience painful indeed.
State of Ohio Salvage Title Laws Description
In late 2009 and the first half of 2010, massive problems with fraud were uncovered with titles emanating from the State of Ohio. According to a report in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, a deputy clerk was fired after being accused of issuing sellable titles for junked autos without the required inspections and state police inspectors found numerous instances notarized title applications had blank spots, which means they were ripe for fraud.
Fuel Efficient Used Cars from \$4000 to \$6000
In the market for a used car, but find you are stretched a little thin because of the economic times? After all, with a gallon of milk and a gallon of gas both north of $4, and a credit squeeze, it can be tough to buy the car of your dreams. Here is a collection of fuel-efficient cars that won't give you nightmares, at least. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info comes from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats come from FuelEconomy.gov.
Fuel Efficient Used Cars \$8000-\$10,000
Are you ready to move to a fuel-efficient used car that is reliable, affordable and relatively new? These 14 fuel-efficient used cars that cost from $8000-$10000 in price range from 1999 to 2006 and represent the best of what manufacturers have to offer. A wide variety are represented that should meet the needs of almost any driver. All will comfortably carry 4. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats from FuelEconomy.gov.
Sell or Trade in a Used Car
It is a problem faced since the first car was traded in: is it better to sell or trade in used cars? Answer these 7 questions and get a good sense of what to do.
Why Credit Unions Are Great For Low-Cost Auto...
Less than one in five used car loans are made from credit unions, which is surprising because they can be a great source of low-cost loans because they can offer competitive financing rates to their members versus other financial institutions.
10 Least Reliable Used Cars on the market by...
10 least reliable used car brands include some surprises like Lexus, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Expensive does not always mean more reliable.
Advice on Buying a \$1000 Used Car
There was an article in my hometown newspaper on an 18-year old woman who felt she got ripped for buying a used car for $1000 and then discovering it had major mechanical problems, which is why I offer advice on buying a $1000 used car. I don’t want you to feel ripped off.
Buy a Certified Pre-Owned Used Car through Costco
Costco has a certified pre-owned program for used cars that could be worth the price of membership to the warehouse club.
Beware the Balloon Loan for Used Car Financing
There's a disturbing new trend in the used car financing business called balloon loans that are good for the lender and not that great for the used car buyer.
Why GM Issued a Recall for 258K Used SUVs
GM has issued a massive recall of 258,000 SUVs but look beyond the GM name in case you own a used Isuzu Ascender or Saab 9.7-X sport utility vehicle, or SUV, from the 2006 and 2007 model years.
How To Find One Owner Used Cars
How to find a used car that has only had one previous owner
The Right Luxury Sedan with The Wrong Name
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 9.
Questions About New CarFax Mobile Tool
CarFax has become the go-to choice for most people wanting to do vehicle history reports, which is why its new mobile tool prompted questions about the new service and how it can help consumers.
Safe Used Cars for Teen Drivers
A new study shows that teen auto deaths are on the rise after several years of decline. That means it is more important than ever to protect your teens.
Why a Massive GM Recall Hit Used Car Buyers so...
GM recalls more than 1.3 million used Saturns, Chevrolets and Pontiacs for faulty ignition switches.
Top 100 Used Cars of Last 10 Years
CarMD's 2011 list of the Top 100 used cars of the previous 10 years shows some surprising names at the top and names that thrive despite bad press.
10 cheap, reliable used cars
10 reliable but affordable used cars
Fifteen Best Used Car Choices for Smart Buyers
One person's best used car is another person's nightmare but this list of the 15 best used cars by segment manages to hit the mark in many ways for smart buyers.
NHTSA Used Car Recall Website
NHTSA has set up a new website, along with mobile apps, that can instantly tell if you a used car is subject to recall.
Used Car Prices Continue To Drop
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Used Chevrolet Avalanches Should Hold Their Value
The announcement that the Chevrolet Avalanche pickup is being discontinued after the 2013 model year apparently will not hurt its value.
California Gets It Right with New Salvage Title...
California has enacted a first-in-the-nation salvage title law that mandates all new and used car dealers slap a red sticker on any vehicle that has a salvage, junk, or flood title. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2012.
NHTSA Investigating Used Jeep Grand Cherokee,...
Numerous media outlets are reporting that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating more than 5.1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties for a possible high incidence of fires after rear-end collisions as well as corrosion problems.
Oklahoma Salvage Title Laws
Oklahoma salvage title laws are administered through the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Oklahoma salvage title laws are pretty good for consumers when compared to other states. Insurance companies may not like them as much.
How To Sell a Used Car
There is a lot that goes into selling a used car. Frankly, it can be difficult to keep track of it all, which is why I have prepared this overview of all the steps you are going to need to take from prepping your used car to marketing it to the best practices for selling a used car.
Honda Announces Pilot, Odyssey Recalls
Honda has announced the recall of its popular sports utility vehicle the Honda Pilot and its well-known minivan the Honda Odyssey for possible problems with the driver's side airbag.
Honda Subject To Many Recalls for Its Used...
It's not been a great 12 months or so for the Honda brand in the United States, which in 2011 recalled 3.8 million vehicles over 15 different service campaigns. All of those many recalls should give you pause if you're shopping for a used Honda.
Get Cash for Your Leased Used Car
End your term with a car worth more than stated in the contract and you end the lease contract with cash in your pocket.
State of New York Salvage Title Laws
New York, for some reason, has always struck me as a litigious state with lots and lots of laws on the books. That could explain why the New York Salvage Title laws for its used cars are so thorough.
10 tips for buying a used pick up
10 tips on buying a used pickup truck.
Rodney Dangerfield of Sedans Gets No Respect
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 6.
Definition of Crossover Utility Vehicle
CROSSOVER UTILITY VEHICLE: This is a tricky term to pinpoint because it has its origins in marketing. Basically, it’s a sports utility vehicle that is built on a car frame with little if any off-road capability. Some manufacturers, though, to avoid calling their vehicles station wagons (like Subaru) will call their vehicles crossovers and others, not wanting their vehicles to be called SUVs, like Honda with its four-wheel drive 8-passenger Pilot, will call their vehicles crossovers.
AAA Announces Top Commuter Vehicle Picks for...
AAA, North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization with more than 51 million members has put together its list of the top vehicle picks for consumers. I’ve examined the list for you and highlighted some of the pros and cons, as well as adding in what Consumer Reports .
Make your used car safe for your children with...
Bigger doesn't mean better when it comes to protecting your kids in your used car. Safety is available in any size with the right steps.
Questions About Buying a Used Electric Nissan...
There's a debate raging over whether to buy a used electric vehicle or a used one. On the one side of the argument are government incentives and on the other is rapidly decreasing residual values. What makes more sense for you?
Definition of franchised dealership
Franchised dealership: This is a definition of an auto seller that sells new and used cars for auto manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Honda, and other major brands. The manufacturer is often listed in the dealership’s name.
Best Deals on Used SUVs and Crossovers
There are always people who need to buy a SUV. Frankly, there is little reason to buy a new SUV. Depreciation caused by rising fuel prices has created the best deals on used SUVs and crossovers you have ever seen. I’ve done extensive research into the used SUV marketplace in conjunction with Jason Fogelson, About.com’s guide to SUVs, who has compiled a list of outstanding new SUV values. All of these vehicles have strong reliability records, according to ConsumerReports.org
Acura MDX - A Premium Luxury SUV
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 10.
Twenty Long Lasting Used Cars, Trucks, SUVs
Twenty used cars, trucks and SUVs that could hit 200,000 miles
Classic American Muscle Car That Many Crave
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 7.
The Best Used Cars for LATCH Systems
The right used car for your child seat is going to be one with the easiest-to-reach anchors. That is just as important – if not more so – than airbags.
Used Car Safety Buying Tips
In the next town over from where I live in Connecticut, a man was robbed of $750 when he responded to a craigslist ad for a used car, which reinforces the need for a primer like this on used car safety buying tips.
New Car Features that Are Bad Values in Used Cars
The natural temptation when shopping for a used car is to go for the models with all the bells and whistles like navigation, satellite radio, DVD monitors and massage seats among others. What sounds great on paper, though, can end up costing you hundreds of dollars down the road when it comes time to replace the items. Plus, some of them wrongly spike the value of the car you’re trying to purchase. What follows is are new car features that are bad values in used cars.
This Large Sedan Wears Its Age Well
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 2.
How To Buy a Used Electric Car
At first glance, it may seem odd to see an article about how to buy a used electric car when new electric cars are in limited supply with pretty much the Tesla Roadster and Nissan Leaf the only electric vehicles consumers can buy as of mid-December 2010.
Top 10 Stolen Used Sports Car in the U.S.
The most common stolen used sports cars as well as the most popular places for stealing them.
Beware the - Curbstoners - or Dealers Who Sell...
There are individuals out in the used car marketplace who frequently sell used cars from their front yards in an attempt to look like private sellers even though they are used car dealers.
Buy-Here, Pay-Here Legislation Set To Become Law
Barring last-minute action by the California governor, it looks like major reforms to the Buy-Here, Pay-Here industry are coming to that state by January 1, 2013, which could lead to major changes across the country for how this business performs.
Saturn Vue a Used SUV with Little Going for It
Saturn Vue used SUV. Used Cars. Page 5.
A Sub-Compact Used Car with Plenty of Room & Pep
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 8.
Rise in used car prices for 2014
The rise in used car prices for the second quarter of 2014 is being driven by consumer demand as well as loosening automotive credit - a bad sign.
Ten Best Certified Pre-Owned Used Pickups,...
Ten best certified pre-owned used pickuos, SUVs and Crossovers at a great value.
How To Use Facebook To Buy Your Next Used Car
Sure you can use Facebook to play Farmville and keep in touch with friends, but be careful on how you use Facebook to buy your next used car.
Most Dangerous Used Cars on the Road
When it comes to buying a used car, price and fuel economy are usually a major concern but this list of the most dangerous used cars on the road warrants attention.
Carfax Reports Disturbing Info on Flood Damaged...
The problem of flooded used cars, while a small percentage of overall used cars, continues to be a problem as foul weather strikes across the United States based on a new report from Carfax.com.
Rental cars are used car bargains
According to Ricky Beggs, managing editor of Black Book, one segment of the used car market that is off-rental vehicles. You might know them better as former used rental cars to use the less technical term and see them as potential bargains.
Caveat Emptor for Buying and Selling a Used Car
Caveat emptor, which is Latin for buyer beware, is applicable for both the buyer and seller of a used car as demonstrated by a story shared with me by a reader. The seller needs to be aware, too, that once a legitimate sale is done – it's finished. There is no need to accept responsibility once a vehicle changes hands.
Some Used Cars Sell Better to Specific Genders
Interesting research should help how you market your used car to the correct gender. Not surprisingly, males and females have different tastes when it comes to used cars.
Definition of Emission/Safety Inspections
EMISSION/SAFETY INSPECTION: Many states have programs that require an annual or bi-annual review of a car’s exhaust (or emission) systems to see if unacceptable levels of pollutants are being released. Safety inspections (which vary by state) might look at brakes, seat belts, tires, windshield, lights, suspension, etc.
Saab 9-5 a Quirky Little Sedan with Strong...
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 5.
Motor Trend Top 20 Used Cars
Motor Trend's Top 20 Used Cars is a good list, but not perfect. Some models cannot be considered among the most reliable choices.
Tips for Inspecting a Used Convertible
It’s the automotive dream of a lot of people – to own a convertible and experience the joy of top-down driving. I live in the Northeast, so it’s not always a priority, but I do enjoy putting the top down occasionally (when I have a convertible to review). With two children under the age of 5, a used convertible is not in my immediate future, but let me offer some advice if you’d like to take the plunge.
A Look at Honda Certified Pre-Owned
Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this review of the certified pre-owned program offered by Honda for its certified used cars. It explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.
Cheap States for Buying a Used Car
Cheapest states to buy a used car demonstrate how much taxes, fees, and registration costs can add to the bottom line.
Independent Used Car Dealers Struggle with Supply
An independent used car dealer wanted to speak up and share his perspective on the state of the used car world. His comments to me were thought provoking, which is why I share them with you.
Fuel Efficient Used Cars \$10,000-\$12,000
Are you ready to move to a fuel-efficient used car that is reliable, affordable and relatively new? These 17 fuel-efficient used cars that cost from $10,000-$12000 in price range from 2002 to 2006 and represent the best of what manufacturers have to offer. A wide variety are represented that should meet the needs of almost any driver. All will comfortably carry 4. Pricing info courtesy of KBB.com. Reliability info from ConsumerReports.org and fuel economy stats from FuelEconomy.gov.
Prepping a Used Car for Sale or Trade In
Got junk in your trunk? Either get rid of it or throw it in your garage. Just like a house shouldn't be cluttered when it's being sold, neither should a car trunk. Make sure the spare tire and jack are where they belong. Rusty jacks should be cleaned and repainted if necessary. (Make sure the paint is dry before a buyer looks at it.) Remove any moisture from the trunk. Page 5.
Used Scion xB and tC Will Be Great Buys
Recently, it was announced that Scion is discontinuing the xB and tC models. Don't let that discourage you from purchasing either going forward as used cars.
Facts About Salvage Title Values
Facts on when to repair a salvage titled used car and when not to.
Best Used Cars for College & High School...
If your kid has not beaten you up yet for a car while in high school or college, here are the best used cars for high school and college grads. Do not feel guilty about not buying a new car. It is unnecessary for young people just starting out to drive a new car. Plus with college expenses you have probably bought them the equivalent of a new car by now. Regardless of what used car you select, make sure it is thoroughly inspected by a trained mechanic before purchase.
Need for Used Car Inspections Demonstrated with...
AIM Mobile Inspections is out with an important reminder about the need for an independent inspection before purchasing a used car. Vehicle history reports like those issued from AutoCheck and CarFax are valuable tools but only one part of the used car buying process.
BestRide.com Enters Used Car Buying Website...
BestRide.com is a new website of GateHouse Media that is seeking to take on Cars.com and AutoTrader as an automotive platform for new and used car buyers.
New Connecticut Law Mandates Safety Inspections
The state of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has announced a new law for used car dealers that should become a model for the nation. Used cars sold by dealers must undergo a specific safety inspection.
Residual Values Help Determine Used Car Prices
Residual values on new cars are important to the used car market for both sellers and buyers. They are important to keep in mind when used car shopping because they can vastly affect the price you are going to pay for a used car.
Oklahoma Rebuilt Title Laws
The State of Oklahoma administers vehicle titles through the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Oklahoma used car salvage title laws are pretty good for consumers when compared to other states. Insurance companies may not like them as much. Rebuilt titles in Oklahoma can also be a good value. Page 2.
Toyota Announces Major Corolla Recall for Airbags
January 2013 a bad month for airbag recalls with Toyota announcing that it is going to recall certain 2003 and 2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicle for a potentially serious issue.
Questions Windstar Owners Have About the Recall
The ongoing saga of the Ford Windstar recall has people confused, angry and wondering what to do. In an attempt to clarify some of what is going on, an interview was conducted with Wes Sherwood, Safety Communications Manager, for Ford about questions Windstar owners have about the recall.
Top 5 Ways To Market a Used Car for the Best...
There are 5 great ways to market your used car for sale: word of mouth, signs in your window, newspaper classifieds, craigslist.org, and specialty owner forums. It’s not necessary to do all 5, but your going to sell your car fastest by doing a combination of at least two of the five.
Cautionary Tale About Buying Certified Pre-Owned
There's a good precautionary tale via GMInsideNews.com about buying a certified pre-owned used car that paints a valuable lesson for anybody in the market for a car.
Certified used cars mean profits for dealers...
Certified pre-owned used cars are profitable for dealers but not always for used car buyers. Understand what you are getting into before paying more.
Best Time For Bad Credit Used Car Purchases
This past Memorial Day weekend demonstrated that now is the right time to purchase a used car, even if you have bad credit.
Five Reasons Not To Sell Your Used Car
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Recall of Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, and Jetta...
Volkswagen is conducting a voluntary safety recall on approximately 159,884 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta SportWagens manufactured from May 2008 through September 2011 and Golf models manufactured from May 2009 through September 2011. It could affect used car buying with potential deals for savvy consumers.
Use Your Tax Refund To Buy a Used Car
Tax season is upon us and so are tax refunds for those who don't plan well and have too much withheld by the government annually. A survey shows a lot of folks may use their tax refund to buy a new or used car.
A Mini-Minivan That Handles A Lot in its Mini...
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 3.
Independent Dealers Where Used Car Deals Are
In the midst of the used car sales increase in 2012, one type of seller will have deals on used cars – the independent dealer.
Don’t Sell Your Used Car Illegally...
When it comes time to sell your used car, one option you need to be leery of is posting a “For Sale” sign in your used car. In some parts of the country, that could get cost you a ticket – or, even worse – your car could be towed. It’s a problem in Wisconsin and Virginia. Let me know if it’s happening where you live.
New Cars No Longer Being Produced in 2014
Cars no longer being sold as new can be used car values.
LoJack Releases List of Most Stolen Used Cars
LoJack, the stolen vehicle recovery company, issued its third annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report (for the year 2011) and its list shows what are the most common stolen used cars. It should be taken into consideration when buying your next used car.
Most popular used cars bought and driven at...
A look at the most popular used cars sold and test driven at used car retailer CarMax can help you decide what your next used car is going to be.
Five Things That Will Hurt a Used Car’s...
Not being prepared when it comes time to sell your used car will hurt its resale value. There are five things you can do that could earn you hundreds of additional dollars on the price of a used car you are selling.
A Look at Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty...
Before buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, check out this review of the certified pre-owned program offered by Cadillac. It explains the warranty program for the manufacturer; how old the certified pre-owned vehicles are, and other benefits you can expect from the manufacturer’s certified pre-owned program.
Cost of Ownership Award Good Guide for Buying...
KBB.com, which is part of the Kelley Blue Book empire, has issued its 2012 model year cost of ownership awards. While the information focuses on new cars, you can used this list as a good guide for buying used.
Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Rankings
Consumer Reports 2013 annual report on used and new car reliability important tool for consumers.
This Hatchback Handles All Life Throws At It -...
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars.
Top 10 Used Cars for Families of 5
Top 10 Used Cars for Families of 5 refers to the fact that this is a list of used cars for people who don’t want to drive an SUV or a minivan. Family life can include a sedan if you don’t want to get trapped in the soccer mom lifestyle of too much vehicle.
Mojo Motors Promotes New Way To Buy Used Cars
Mojo Motors is a used car vehicle sales aggregator website that offers a new way to buy used cars: guaranteed pricing at a discount available only through a free membership.
Manheim Issues 2014 Annual Report on Used Car...
Manheim Consulting 2014 used car industry report contains valuable information about the state of used car sales.
A Full-Size Van That Makes Driving Enjoyable
In the market for a used car? Based on my experience reviewing more than 400 cars, trucks and SUVs in the last seven years, here is my list of the Top 10 Used Cars. Page 4.
Beware the Flood Cars of Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy that blew through the Eastern Seaboard on Oct. 29, 2012, has the potential to create lots of flooded vehicles because it cut such a wide swath of damage.
What It Costs a Teen To Own a Used Car
Teens find high cost of ownership major factor in not getting driver's licenses. They may want to drive but can't afford it.
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