BRITS believe safety is one of the least influential aspects when looking for a new car. Shockingly, out of the top 25 factors considered by buyers, NCAP ratings and safety equipment polled at 22nd. The survey was commissioned by car maker Hyundai, which also found that price and reliability are the most important details. A car's fuel type is the third most influential factor, with a growing trend towards the uptake of hybrid and electric vehicles amongst UK owners. The car make and model are also highly rated in the list - meaning that Brits are heavily swayed by brand appeal. Besides short and long-term costs, carbuyers also consider comfort and size as important aspects. Meanwhile, CO2 emissions are the least of Brits' worries - rated only just above how far away the car dealership is from them. This is despite current and upcoming daily fees for toxic cars to enter town centres - as well as a myriad of campaigns promoting greener travel and transport. These include London's … [Read more...] about Brits admit that BRAND is more important than safety in Top 25 car-buying influences list
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For most people, not having a brand new car sort of budget can mean scrounging around on AutoTrader, Cars.com, eBay, or even the ever-professional Craigslist for used vehicles. The resulting experiences end up shaping the future of our car ownership, our finances, and perhaps our legal situations in some cases. Today we want you to know about your sketchiest used car buying experience. I’ve always bought used cars; it’s a fun little (expensive) game to play. Use your skills and knowledge, and you might not get burned. Let someone else take that depreciation hit! Totaling up the cars I’ve owned thus far, my count is 11. All were used and at least five years old at the time of purchase, and only two came from dealers. My sketchiest car purchase story comes from one of those dealer vehicles, and it’s the silver Giugiaro-designed blob you’ve been jealously eyeing. The year was 2009. After parting ways with my Infiniti I30 and sampling the … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s Your Sketchiest Used Car Buying Experience?
YOUNG drivers are almost always hit with huge premiums due to their age and inexperience when it comes to insuring their car. Prices often spike so much that it's common for new motorists to spend more on insurance than they do on the motor itself. The amount you pay for insurance depends on a range of factors, from where you live, to where you keep the car, to what you do for a living - but if you’re a youngster, age will always be the main factor. And the best way to keep your premium as low as possible is by choosing the right car. All cars have insurance ratings attached to them, and these five cars have the lowest insurance groups of all new cars currently on sale, according to experts at Auto Trader. Go for one of these, and you’ll have done everything in your power to minimise your insurance bills. Ford Ka+ The Ka+ is Ford’s supermini, an entry-level car that’s smaller than the more popular Fiesta model. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in … [Read more...] about The cheapest cars to insure for young drivers – from the budget Nissan Micra to cool VW Polo
Stop negotiating price. Price negotiation, whether in relationship to a new car, a used car, or a trade-in, is what makes buying or leasing a vehicle so painful. Research what constitutes a fair price. Values associated with invoice, holdback, and sticker price convey meaningless information. Wholesale and retail are irrelevant when establishing the value of a used vehicle. Use tools easily available to you in order to research a fair price for the vehicle that you want to sell or buy. In addition to tracking down available rebates, financing offers, and leasing deals on manufacturer websites, cross-reference resources including TrueCar, AutoTrader, Kelley Blue Book (KBB), Edmunds, and NADA Guides. Finally, understand what your time is worth. This is easier for some people than it is for others. No matter who you are, though, you’ve got better things to be doing than sitting in a dealership for hours of your life, and time spent on more worthy pursuits has a value. Putting … [Read more...] about Save time, hassle, and money with our guide to painless car buying and leasing
SPONSORED CONTENT Millions of new cars are sold every year, and the car-buying experience can be a hassle for many consumers. The traditional process of purchasing a new car involves a lot of time visiting dealers and price negotiation. Today, consumers are looking for a less time-consuming experience as well as a more convenient option better suited for their needs. The buying process and the must-have features are poised to evolve. Consumers are seeking new car-buying experiences. Here are some of the top car-buying trends for 2017 and beyond. Online Shopping The biggest advance in the car-buying process in recent years is the use of the internet to help purchasers make a decision. Today, it’s common for consumers to spend most of their time searching for cars online before entering a dealership. Dozens of websites are dedicated to the process, allowing consumers to search for the exact make, model, and color, find it in stock and receive price recommendation. This helps … [Read more...] about Car-Buying Trends for 2017 and Beyond