When you’re in a motorhome, it’s like everyone in traffic is a neighbor. What better way to connect with your temporary freeway-friends than with an inspiring message?
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?
Recently, an adventurous fellow named Serge spotted a little red 1991 BMW 318is sitting forlornly in the parking lot of a repair shop. Serge asked if it was for sale, and was told yes, it wouldn’t start and could be his for the cost of scrap! Fantastic! Then, he got it home, opened the trunk, and found a mystery.
I was hunting down some cheap trucks for a client in Florida when I came across this appropriately-colored Bentley Continental for a fairly reasonable $48,000. But who in their right mind would buy a Bentley from a dealer who mostly peddles $2,000 beaters?
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.
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…
I can sum up my ownership experience of a 2004 Launch Edition Volkswagen Phaeton W12 exactly the way my friends describe their boats: my two best days were the day I bought it and the day I sold it. That said, the experience was bittersweet, mostly because I had a pretty good handle on the backstory of the car.
The declining market for sedans and economy cars isn’t just being felt across dealerships, it’s also giving rental car companies like Hertz a lot of trouble.
Now is a great time to buy a used car, but getting a quality pre-owned model can be a daunting process compared to shopping for a new one. There are a lot more factors to consider to get the right car at the right price. Here are some of the most common mistakes used car shoppers make.
Maserati is just now getting around to offering a certified pre-owned program, which isn’t surprising since historically Italian cars and reliability didn’t often go together. But if you want a depreciated Maserati and worry about repairs, a CPO car could be just the thing.
Now’s a really good time to be buying a pre-owned car. For buyers on a budget, a used model will often get you more for your money, but is it worth paying more for a pre-owned model that is “certified”? It all depends on the vehicle and the market.
If you’re looking for a good used car in the $8,000-$10,000 range, you may have a tougher time than normal, reports The Detroit News. So few new cars were sold during the recession of 2009 and 2010 that the used car market simply wasn’t replenished with as much fresh sheet metal from those years as usual.
As technology further integrates into the car industry, doing things from the car continues to get easier. You can have Volvo drop off packages, talk to Amazon’s Alexa and all sorts of things. But technology can also allow people to access cars long after they’ve sold them, which is enough to leave any buyer…
I love driving—and occasionally fixing—my 32-year-old BMW. The various flaws and quirks it has picked up over the decades are part of its charm, its character. But like any old car owner I often wonder what it was like when it was brand new, shining and pristine. One Jalopnik reader just found out by buying a 2006 BMW…
Everyone is buying crossovers, and folks are spending some good money on fully loaded models that usually max out around $35,000. But a lot of buyers don’t realize there are some great, used luxury models that can be had for that price without giving up much warranty.
You will typically get more for your car by selling privately, rather than to a dealer, but that transaction can get complicated if you still have a balance on your loan. With a little preparation and clear communication with the buyer, you can navigate these extra steps successfully.
I tell people all the time that cars, especially pre-owned ones, are more like real estate when it comes to the prices in various metro areas. A recent study looked at used car prices across the country to figure out which cities pay more and which metros are getting the bargains.
If you have $25,000 to spend on a car you have tons of quality choices, but it can be awfully hard to beat a gently used BMW 3 Series. And right now is a great time to pick up a “Jalopnik Special” 3 Series for a reasonable price and plenty of warranty left.