If you’re looking for a new ride, you might ask yourself, “Do I really need a new car or am I willing to consider a nearly new car?” New cars are great, but there’s also a lot to be said for up to $5000 in savings, and if you’re about to buy a new car, that potential tradeoff between new and nearly new might amount to five grand, or more.Before we get any further, let’s define our terms a bit. You know what a new car is: It’s a never titled, current-model-year vehicle, typically with very few miles on the odometer. The term “nearly new,” for our purposes, would describe a used but titled, pre-owned vehicle of the previous model year. (Currently, “new” would be a 2018 model, and “nearly new” would be a 2017 version of the same make and model.) To keep the comparisons from getting cloudy, the models you consider should be of the same generation. The advantages are diminished when the brand-new vehicle is the … [Read more...] about Should Your Next New Car Be a Used Car?
► Mercedes and Ferrari launching on same day► Silverstone for W09 launch► Testing begins on 26th February The 2018 F1 championship hasn’t even begun yet, but Ferrari and Mercedes are already competing head-to-head. Both manufacturers recently announced plans to launch their 2018 cars – and it appears they’ve decided to unveil them on the same day. Just like last year, Mercedes will unveil its latest challenger – called the W09 – at Silverstone for a shakedown/ filming day. And just like last year, Mercedes will retain the services of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, too. In contrast, Ferrari has opted for an online launch, so won’t actually be showing its new car anywhere in particular. It's also keeping the same pairing as last year, so you'll see Kimi Raikkonen teaming up with Sebastian Vettel While the team from Milton Keynes looks to take home its fifth successive championship, Ferrari is hoping to win a … [Read more...] about F1 2018: Mercedes and Ferrari to launch new car on SAME day
► UK car market shrinks in 2017► New car sales down -5.4%► But still sixth biggest year ever New car registrations dipped by 5.4% in 2017, with 2.54 million cars sold throughout a ‘very, very volatile year,’ according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Rocky consumer confidence caused by Brexit, uncertainty over whether to buy a diesel engine and even the stasis of a hung parliament combined to diminish registrations.‘2017 was a very, very volatile year,’ SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said briefing journalists. The year kicked off with a registrations goldrush as owners sought to beat the vehicle excise duty increases that came into force in April 2017, leading to a record first quarter – before year-on-year sales declined for every one of the nine months following.‘Let’s put 2.54m registrations into context: that’s still the third best year in a decade, and the sixth best year on a … [Read more...] about 2017 new car registrations: Vauxhall, diesel and the climate the big losers
► All the new cars due at NAIAS ► All you need to know about Detroit► A-Z of every new car launchThe 2018 Detroit motor show, aka the North American International Auto Show, is open and here's our guide to what was unveiled.The NAIAS runs from 13-28 January 2018 and doors opened to the world's media at the Cobo Hall at the weekend. CAR has an editorial team in situ, reporting live from the show floor and we've been covering all the most important stories this week.Here we'll be updating an A-Z listing of every new car, world debut and launch at the Detroit auto show. Stay tuned for regular updates with all the news, gossip and more from Motown. Click here for Keith Adams' show report.Be sure to tell us which cars at Detroit you're most interested in hearing about in the comments below!ACURARDX Prototype Next-gen RDX crossover is here - and it looks very production-ready to usBMWi8 Coupe and Roadster Fresh from LA rag-top debut comes a suite of … [Read more...] about 2018 Detroit motor show guide: A-Z of all the new cars at the NAIAS
A new car's first MOT will remain at the three-year point, after a Government proposal suggesting a car's first MOT should be after four years was scrapped with concerns over safety.Following a public consultation, the decision, which was set to take effect later this year, has been overturned. Fewer than half of the public consulted were in favour, with the main concern being the safety risk involved in delaying the first MOT of a car until its fourth year.The current three-year period needed before a car's first MOT was introduced in 1967, when it was reduced from 10 years. In the proposal, the Government said "safer technology and improved manufacturing" have resulted in "new vehicles that stay roadworthy for longer." The government originally suggested the proposals would save motorists around £100 million per year, although responses in the public consultation asserted that the safety risk outweighed the potential saving. The MOT test … [Read more...] about Four-year MOT exemption for new cars scrapped