By Mark Collette Published 11:41 am, Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Photo: Tony Gaines Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 New Florida-based Neptune Flood says it can provide cheaper, faster flood insurance online. Above, the Cypresswood area in Houston was hit hard by flooding from Cypress Creek during Hurricane Harvey. New Florida-based Neptune Flood says it can provide cheaper, faster flood insurance online. Above, the Cypresswood area in Houston was hit hard by flooding from Cypress Creek during Hurricane Harvey. Photo: Tony Gaines Hurricane ready? Houston, 21 states, can buy cheap flood insurance in minutes, company claims 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A new Florida-based company wants to upend the flood insurance market with high-tech wizardry and an online shopping experience it says can get cheaper flood insurance … [Read more...] about Hurricane ready? Houston, 21 states, can buy cheap flood insurance in minutes, company claims
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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?
BRITISH drivers are splashing out less on their first car than they did 60 years ago, according to a recent study. Brits currently spend an average of just £4,627 on their first car - that's over £1,300 less than their grandparents. Conducted by CarGurus, the study found new drivers in the 1950s were happy to fork out around £5,800 for their first motor, and an average of £6,025 in the 60s. Those numbers dropped significantly to reach an all time low in the 1980s, when first time drivers were paying just £3,281 for their wheels. Today's generation are still landing better deals on their first cars than baby boomers did - and a lot of that comes down to the models they are buying. The most popular first car for young drivers in the current decade is the Ford Ka, which can fetch as much as £8,500 for a newer used model, and as little as a few hundred pounds for an older motor. Cheap Fords have dominated the most popular choices among new drivers for the last … [Read more...] about New drivers are spending less on their first cars than in the 50s and 60s
BRITS are shopping online for new and used cars - even though they might not trust websites. A new study has revealed a change in buyer habits despite concerns over whether they're getting a dodgy deal. Two-thirds of motorists now buy their cars online with most looking to Auto Trader, Gumtree, eBay and even Facebook. But Brits find knowing if a deal is genuine or too good to be true tough. Figures from Servicing Stop show only 36 per cent trust online classifieds while just 11 per cent feel safe with an online auction site. And only six per cent have faith in deals struck on social media. On the other hand just a third of drivers visit a showroom to shop despite the traditional car dealer still being trusted by half of drivers. The move online has caused showrooms to fall by 10 per cent since 2010 - and many major manufacturers now offer online-only deals on new cars. Vauxhall revealed it could slash its dealer network by a third over the next year, too. Oly Richmond, CEO and founder … [Read more...] about Buyers ditch showrooms for online car sites to snag a deal – but they don’t trust them
Go to a local car dealership, enter the showroom, open the door to one of the vehicles on display, and breathe deeply. Ahhhh, new car smell. Intoxicating, isn’t it? Alluring to the point that you’ll spend, on average, about $13,500 in order to obtain it. Wait. What? That’s right. According to Kelley Blue Book, in 2015, Americans spent, on average, more than $33,500 on new vehicles. Meanwhile, J.D. Power reported that in the 2015, the average used vehicle cost just over $20,000. That new-car smell sure is an expensive air freshener. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Of course, there are other reasons to buy a new car. At the same time, it makes plenty of sense to buy a used car, and not something vintage like that cool Volkswagen Thing pictured above. We’re talking about lightly used vehicles, the type J.D. Power describes when it claims that in 2015 the average used vehicle was 4.3 years old and had 51,554 miles on the odometer. First up … [Read more...] about 6 Smart Reasons Why You Should Buy a Used Car