While some college students don’t need a car on campus, Imani goes to a school that is pretty isolated, and she needs a car to help her get around and help her enjoy some other activities. What car should she buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: I go to a college in a very remote rural area. As such, everything is spaced out to the point where walking anywhere requires an extensive evaluation of my schedule to determine if I have time to get groceries or make it to class before it ends because I overslept. In addition to that, the city that I come from is about five hours away, so holiday breaks are always a hassle because I don’t know how I’m going to get home since I don’t have a car and I can’t afford to pay for a $100 bus ticket every break. I want this car to be fuel efficient, have … [Read more...] about I Go To College In The Middle Of Nowhere! What Car Should I Buy?
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Most people buy cars with as little amount of hassle and wait as possible. They drive to the closest dealer lot, pick out a blue one, sign some papers and off they go. How else would you explain someone buying a Mitsubishi Outlander? However, some people like to take their time, have some lunch while they think about what sort of car they’d like and then they take to the interwebs to find the right one. Even those internet-scouring folks, more often than not, won’t leave a certain radius from their home to find their car. However, maybe they should. When you search further outside of your typical radius, a few things can happen; you can drastically increase the amount of great cars you’ll find, increasing your chances to find our perfect car, and you can also find significantly better prices. Many different states are a lot cheaper than others. For instance, I live in New Jersey where cars are very expensive but searching for cars in Pennsylvania can field much … [Read more...] about Why you might want to buy a car out of state and have it shipped
Andrea owned and loved one of the most polarizing cars ever made, the Pontiac Aztek. She ran that car to 350,000 miles and had to part with it. Now she is on the hunt for something with the same kind of “charm.” What car should she buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario: I’m in need of a car. And I don’t have a clue where to start. My last cars were a 2001 Saleen Mustang convertible, a modded 2000 Mustang convertible GT, a 2012 BMW X3, and the total love of my life a 2003 Pontiac Aztek. I now drive a 2013 genesis. I keep my cars forever, killed the Aztek at 350k, the GT was destroyed by a Lexus SUV driving over my front end, the BMW I lost in a divorce, and the Saleen went to a friend when I moved. I just sold my Saleen. And the Aztek has been gone for almost two years. What I need: something as kind of … [Read more...] about I Miss My Crazy But Practical Pontiac Aztek! What Car Should I Buy?
Megan is a full-time college student in Oregon who needs a new ride. All the rational people want her to get a Honda or Toyota, but she needs something quirky and different. What car should she buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to help you find a car? Submit your story on our form.) Here is the scenario - I am a full-time college student that needs a car for around town and going on many weekend trips for my research. My family wants me to get a Camry or Honda Civic for their reliability and affordability, but I want something that is more unique. I love quirky old cars, but I live on my own, so I need it to be very reliable. Also, I live in Oregon so it should be able to stand up to the wet conditions. This car needs to be fun to drive and good on gas. While I want something different, I don’t really know how to fix cars so it can’t be too difficult to keep on the road. I like small … [Read more...] about I’m A College Kid Looking For Something Quirky But Reliable! What Car Should I Buy?
As thousands of passenger vehicles roll off the assembly line this week destined for the U.S. market, each of them will be equipped with backup cameras — the result of a long-awaited federal rule that went into effect Tuesday.The technology, which has already become standard in many vehicles, is expected to further reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by so-called backover crashes.An estimated 210 people die and 15,000 are injured each year because of backover crashes, federal data show. Children younger than 5 account for 31% of backover deaths each year, and adults 70 and older account for 26%.“This technology helps drivers see behind the vehicle, which … will help save lives and prevent injuries,” Heidi King, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deputy administrator, said in a statement this week.However, safety advocates had at best mixed feelings over the mandate, arguing that the rule was years in the making and the auto industry … [Read more...] about Want a car with a backup camera? Now they’re not just for pricier models, thanks to federal mandate
Gather round and harken unto this tale of woe . . . A couple of weeks ago I took delivery of a brand new Audi A6 saloon to enjoy and discuss for seven days with a view to a review in due course. That’s what I do. That’s why car makers lend me cars; to promote their wares. It’s a win-win situation but it does cost the manufacturers a lot of money. Fortunately, being a small country, the cars can be same day delivered by road. It all adds up, one way and another, to around a thousand of our British Pounds to loan cars to tired old hacks like me. So it doesn’t help when cars get damaged. The Story of The A6 The sad story is that the A6 (pictured below) was parked (legally!) in the High Street of the attractive country town of Marlborough. While we were away a bizarre road traffic accident occurred and a vehicle broadsided the A6. When my wife and I came back to the car it was double-take time. This was not how we left it; surrounded by damaged motors, police, … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Influencing & The Art of Selling Cars
One of the most misunderstood aspects of car finance is how you can end your agreement early if you need to. We have previously explained the ins and outs of settling a PCP early. Today we will look at a consumer right that is built into every regulated personal contract purchase (PCP) and hire purchase (HP) car finance agreement – your right to voluntary termination (VT). Voluntary termination of a PCP or HP is the legal right of a borrower (you) to cancel your finance agreement early and walk away in certain circumstances. Car finance companies don’t like it, plus it is usually explained poorly (or not at all) by dealers. Luckily for you, The Car Expert is here to help! Often people’s circumstances can change over the course of a car finance agreement: They can lose their jobs Personal circumstances can change Unforeseen factors might make it difficult to keep up with their monthly car payments Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible … [Read more...] about Voluntary termination of a PCP or HP
If you’ve been thinking about whether or not selling your car yourself makes sense, there are lots of arguments for it and against it. We’ve approached this question in two different ways: One way is to consider when it is a good idea and the other way is to consider when it is not a good idea. You can read about the first way in our article about when it is a good idea to sell your car yourself. But if you want to know when selling your car yourself is not a good idea, then this is the article for you. We’ll cover ten different tips that will help you decide right now if you should sell your car yourself privately. 1. If the Most Important Thing is Selling Fast, Selling Your Car Yourself may not be the Best Approach When it comes to letting go of your car, sometimes the most important thing is to sell your car fast. But the industry average for selling a used car is 60 days. Knowing that piece of information, you then have to ask yourself this question: Are you going … [Read more...] about When Selling Your Car Yourself is Not a Good Idea
On June 19, 2015, Bronx resident Carlos Guerrero-Roa went to an auto dealer in Brooklyn to purchase a 2005 Lexus RX that was being advertised online for $6,900. Guerrero-Roa left with the car that day, only after it was financed with a loan that, according to a lawsuit he later filed, carried an interest rate “well over” 25 percent—a threshold that New York state law deems a felony. But thanks to a loophole in the statute, Guerrero-Roa and countless others in New York end up with auto loans that have high, and possibly illegal, interest rates. When Guerrero-Roa arrived at the dealer that day, his goal was to buy the Lexus with cash at the advertised price. But the dealer, CarsBuck, claimed that wasn’t possible due to his low credit score—something that should never have been a factor on a cash purchase, the suit said. An employee told him the car could only be acquired “by way of a one-year financing plan,” according to the complaint. In need … [Read more...] about The Devastating Loophole That Sticks Car Buyers With Interest Rates That Would Be Otherwise Illegal
Hatchbacks have been the driving force behind the Indian motoring industry and Maruti Suzuki has always been the king of this body style and instrumental in helping millions of people realize their dreams of buying a four-wheeler. Of the numerous hatchbacks that the carmaker launched in the country, the 800, the Zen and the Swift stand out for achieving the fine balance between practicality and driving fun. But while the 800 and the Zen were ideal 'first' cars in their heyday, the Swift erased the notions of a hatchback being an entry-level car. By integrating equipment fit for a sedan in the convenient package of a hatchback, the Swift established the idea of a premium hatch. I still remember the long queue outside the Maruti Suzuki dealerships on the day the Swift was launched and that was a clear sign of things to come. Today, the India-spec Swift is in its third generation and we thought of bringing them together to relive the evolution of the iconic hatchback that we have come to … [Read more...] about Three generations of the Maruti Suzuki Swift compared