Buying a used car can be a little trickier than purchasing a new one. When it comes to used cars there are numerous pitfalls to watch out for—persistent mechanical issues, weird smells, questionable choices on the radio’s presets—but where you buy the car shouldn’t be one of them. If you are looking for a pre-owned…
The internet has changed the way dealers price their used cars online. Most dealers will list their cars according to market values, while others will post a cheap price to hook you in only to make up for it with bogus fees when you ask for the total cost. Here’s an especially egregious example.
Now that hurricanes Harvey and Irma have come and gone and most everyone affected can focus on rebuilding and recovering, that could also potentially mean buying a new car to replace the one that got destroyed. Problem is: how do you know if the new car you’re thinking about hasn’t also been hurricane damaged?
Devin lives in Texas and, like a lot of people, was unfortunately in the path of Hurricane Harvey. His house was damaged and all his cars including his Tacoma and 74’ Celica project car were totaled. He needs something with decent gas mileage that can help him rebuild. What car should he buy?
The internet is inherently deceptive. While I know most of you assume I write from a luxurious, sumptuously upholstered cabin in a perpetually globe-circling zeppelin, the truth is that I’m usually stationed on a damp mattress crammed into the back of a wrecked Econoline. In much the same way, a car buying website…
Apple had their big-ass event today, in their brand-new land-spaceship, and in this big-ass event they had their big-ass announcement: the big-ass iPhone X. That iPhone X (pronounced like MacOS X and not Malcom X) will cost you a non-trivial $999, which is officially car-money, and not just phone-money. So, with this…
Selling a car privately can be a royal pain. With all of the dumb questions and low ballers it’s no wonder so many people just trade their old ride to the dealership. But if you have resorted to essentially yelling at your potential buyers, maybe private sales is not for you.
Laura runs a popular entertainment site that you may have seen around these parts called the A.V Club. She’s in the market for a new ride and doesn’t want something boring—and it has to have four doors and three pedals. What car should she buy?
Mary is a cool mom who hustles her three hockey loving boys around in an Audi A6 wagon. Unfortunately, the Audi is getting up there in miles and it’s starting to become too costly. It’s time for a replacement. What car should she buy?
Joe has had a tough run. Last year, he lost his job and, subsequently, his apartment, along with his car. But things are looking up and he needs an affordable and reliable ride to get him back on track. What car should he buy?
No one wants to buy a used car only to have expensive problems pop up down the road. This is especially true if you’re dropping some serious money on a sports or luxury car with complex and costly components. The best way to avoid such problems is a pre-purchase inspection.
Ric’s Nissan Leaf works just fine for slogging through Seattle traffic, but the EV is having some unseen side effects on his soul, which longs for a vehicle that isn’t just a “transportation pod.” What car should he buy?
You already know that shopping for a car from the comfort of your computer is the most effective way to get the best price. Most dealers have adapted to this method of car buying, but here are some hilarious cases from dealers who haven’t figured out how to internet.
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
Kevin has owned more than 55 (!!!) cars and bikes and is constantly on the hunt for something different. Now he is looking for the holy grail: something fast, reliable, fun and unique for under $20,000. What car should he buy?
There is a battle happening on dealer showrooms right now. Right now, heavily discounted new cars are facing off against an excessive inventory of pre-owned models. The winner of this fight could be you, if you play your cards right. In order to help move used cars, automakers and banks are offering incredibly cheap…
Joe has been hooning around in front-wheel drive cars for awhile and currently drives the excellent Fiesta ST (RIP FiST). He would like to make a change and get something that sends power to the rear wheels or all four of them. What car should he buy?
If you took Economics 101 in college, you probably at least remember that “supply and demand” is a thing. We can see that most basic of market principles on every used car lot in America right now. The market is saturated with pre-owned vehicles, which means prices are down. As such, it’s not such a great time to sell…
A story about a young man who strolled into his local Porsche dealership wanting to check out an expensive sports car has been making the rounds. The treatment he received was rude and unprofessional, but it could have likely been avoided with a simple phone call.
It’s unfortunate that some people get buried in debt. I frequently get emails from folks underwater on their car loans and most are hoping for some solution that defies the laws of mathematics. Here’s the real answer: there is no real answer.