About 85 percent of new car buyers will use some sort of financing to pay for their vehicle, according to credit reporting company Experian. If you're such a buyer, you can expect that during your purchase a car dealership will try to sell you gap insurance. Gap insurance makes up the difference between what a person owes on a vehicle and that vehicle's actual cash value if there's an accident and the car is declared a total loss. Dealerships primarily offer gap insurance for new cars, but you might also get a pitch for it if the car you're buying is less than 3 years old, especially if it is luxury car. Many, but not all, leases include gap coverage. Dealerships like gap insurance because compared with other aftermarket products they offer, it's is relatively inexpensive, making it an easy sale. While extended warranties can run several thousand dollars, gap insurance is usually sells for $350 to $800. Prices vary depending on the length and amount of the car loan. Gap has appeal for … [Read more...] about Edmunds: What you need to know about gap insurance
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For some people, their dream holiday season peaks with the keys to the classic car they’ve always wanted. Whether they’re buying it for themselves or it’s a gift, it would be a purchase talked about for years. Unless that dream car turns up dirty or damaged because it arrived in an open truck. “There’s a lot of elements out there that people don’t realize that are out there that your car is going to deal with if you go with open shipping,” Eric Gray, chief executive of Easy Auto Ship, ClassicCars.com’s official shipping partner, said. It’s not just the ice and snow that buyers should be worried about. “The winter is nasty,” Gray said. “It’s not just the elements or the dirtiness. The salt on the road is like gravel.” But the concerns about open shipping don’t end when winter begins to retreat. Inclement weather is a concern in every season, and nearly all trucks spew out diesel fume, which can … [Read more...] about Easy Auto Ship enclosed shipping protects classic cars from more than winter
Springtime car-nivores on the hunt for a new vehicle, your time for tasty deals has arrived. May wraps up a fallow period for incentives and Memorial Day weekend kicks off the traditional start of peak car-shopping season — and with overall new-vehicle sales down nearly 5 percent through April, there's every reason to believe the holiday could spring some unusually sweet discounts this year. Related: How to Use Incentives, Rebates and Finance Deals We'll have to see what automakers cook up in the coming weeks, but for now, there are still a handful of deals worth your while. Which are they? Read on to find out. Nissan Versa How much can I save? Depending on where you live, enough to make the Versa subcompact sedan worth a second look if you're in pursuit of wallet-saving wheels. With Versas sitting on dealer lots for an average of 79 days through the first third of 2018 — well above the 54-day average for new cars — now might be the time to pounce on the … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New-Car Deal for May 2018?
The vast majority of British drivers learn in a manual car, in which the gears are selected using a lever and a clutch pedal. This is still considered the ‘normal’ way to learn despite the growing popularity of the automatic car, which effectively changes gear for you. But if you learn to drive in an automatic, your licence won’t entitle you to drive a manual. The main difference between manual and automatic lessons is how much time is spent on the gearbox. For a complete newcomer to driving, several lessons will be required on the effective use of the gearbox. Most people pick it up after a few hours, but for some it can be a pointless obstacle to progress. Why do most people learn to drive a manual car? Only around 40,000 of the 720,000 driving tests taken by UK learners are ‘automatic’ tests. Even though the number of automatic gearboxes is soaring, it is still assumed that someone with a driving licence will know how to drive a manual. Most … [Read more...] about What is the difference between automatic and manual driving lessons?
Full Car Details More Reviews Technology moves fast. What’s new today is, almost literally, old tomorrow. Take, for example, my iPhone 6. It seems like an antique after just a few years. Yet, I’m not compelled to upgrade to the 8 or X because I don’t feel like Apple has pushed the envelope far enough with the latest versions of the iPhone. I’ve even thought about switching to Android in search of greater sophistication. Existing Nissan Leaf owners might feel the same way now that the redesigned 2018 model has gone on sale. Absolutely, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf is better than the car it replaces. But is it better enough? And now that its here, offering approximately 151 miles of driving range, might some Nissan owners think about switching to Chevrolet, where the more expensive Bolt EV supplies 238 miles of range? Curious to judge for myself, I spent several days living with the new Leaf. Arriving in SL trim, my test car’s price came … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: Dripping in value, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a one-trick electrified ride