That new-car smell doesn't come cheap: The average new vehicle transacts for about $32,000, per J.D. Power and Associates. That's about half the median U.S. household income these days, so it's no surprise a lot more shoppers buy used instead. Auto auction company Manheim notes that some 40 million used cars are sold each year — well over double the number of new cars that change hands.Related: Is a Used Car a Good Idea?1.8 million used vehicles on Cars.com didn't tip you off, that's quite the haystack. Which needles should you look for? Cars.com reviewers, a crew well-versed in used-car purchases, name their favorites from the past dozen years. 1. 2014-Present Chevrolet Impala Shortly after the redesigned Chevrolet Impala hit the scene in early 2013, it smoked its rivals in Cars.com's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge, going on to win our highest honor for the model year, Cars.com's Best of 2014 award. The Impala's strengths endure, with generous ride comfort but nimbler … [Read more...] about 9 Fine Choices for Used-Car Shoppers
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Good news: you can relax. I know the world seems chaotic and perhaps a little frightening, but you’ve made it to the point where things start to make sense again. You’ve found that beacon of pure, warm, beige light, and it’s guiding you to the one place on Earth where everything is just fine: Torch and David’s Unaccredited Life Garage. We’ve got more answers for you lost souls, so shake the sawdust and paté crumbs off your Snuggie and get ready to be enlightened. We tried a new method of selecting questions this week: instead of using our usual complex, very processor-intensive algorithm on the Jalopnik Mainframe to pick the ideal two questions, this time I just poured a bunch of cheap gin into the cooling vents on the Mainframe and got the machine nice and loose. Once that Z80 CPU was reminiscing about its old days running Game Boys and crying about long-gone exes, I knew it was ready to pick some quality questions. Here’s what we got: Question … [Read more...] about How Do You Know If You’re Too Big For Your Car?
Story by Wayne Presley How many of you still own your high school ride? If you’re old enough to remember being told to demand your MTV, we’re going to bet that you do not. Meet someone who still does: Mills Robinson, who has owned his 1967 Camaro since 1982. As a teen, Mills cut grass in order to buy his first car, a 1968 Camaro. A couple of months later, that car met an untimely demise when Mills was T-boned by an errant driver. He spent 10 days recovering in the hospital. His parents purchased this ’67 Camaro for him with the insurance money, and the two have been together ever since–in fact, had that first Camaro not been destroyed, Mills and that car would likely still be together. He drove the ’67 Camaro through high school and college, earning an engineering degree at Virginia Tech. Marriage and the birth of his son took priority over the Camaro, though, so the car was put in storage in 1992. Eleven long years later, Mills … [Read more...] about One Man’s 35-Year Journey to a Killer Camaro Track Car
It’s taken you weeks of searching. You’ve finally found it. The perfect car for your budget and your Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s even a low mileage car. Unusually low mileage. Very, unusually, low mileage. Here’s where that can go wrong. People who have bought a lot of cars will often nod sagely, and tell you that it’s not good to buy a car with too few miles. This isn’t just some moral outrage, a precursor to a “cars are meant to be driven” rant. There’s some practical knowledge at work here. Just as an example, I’ll use this 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross, which was recently for sale on CarGurus.com with a mere 73,500 miles on it. These things are rare these days, with only a little over 3,000 built when it was new, and even fewer on the roads today. Finding one with less than 100,000 miles on it, and not asking a relative fortune, and you’ve got yourself a unicorn. But when buying any used car, it’s … [Read more...] about The Problem With Buying A Low Mileage Car
A good Citroën 2CV – one that’s rust-free but needs the odd dent removing here and a lick of a paint there – costs from around £5500, with fully restored examples (new chassis and bodyshell, respray and retrim) starting at around £9000. See Citroen 2CV for sale on PistonHeads So one 2CV that is for sale for £93,495 must be pretty special. Indeed, it’s a rare 2CV Sahara 4x4 from 1963. The front wheels are driven by one 12hp engine, and the rears by another. Although each engine has a gearbox, there is, fortunately, only one gearstick, one clutch pedal and one accelerator. Only 694 Saharas were built, a figure dwarfed by the almost four million 2CVs that were made during the model’s 42-year lifespan (1948 to 1990) and the additional five million examples of variants, such as the Dyane, that were also made.Generally speaking, the 2CVs you’re likely to find at more sensible prices are Specials, Dollys and Charlestones from the … [Read more...] about Used car buying guide: Citroen 2CV