Archive for May, 2010

Is It Wise To Trade-In Your Car?

Many people believe it is easiest to trade in your current car when buying a new one.  However, is trading the right choice for you?  There are some advantages and disadvantages to trading. The big advantage to trading over selling is that you have very little hassle.  You don’t have to haggle with buyers and […]

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Is Leasing A Good Idea?

Car shoppers are always questioning whether they should lease or buy.  But, here’s another question for shoppers: Will you even be able to lease your next vehicle? U.S. carmakers’ financial subsidiaries have had to cut back on their leasing program, because of lower used-car values, especially with large vehicles. Based on reports of poor earnings, […]

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Are In Demand

When some people think of pre-owned vehicles, they visualize dirty, old, junky cars.  But there is another market, certified pre-owned cars, which are making savvy buyers take notice. Certified pre-owned vehicles have had thorough inspections and refurbishing.  This eliminates the concern about reliability that often goes along with purchasing a used car.  Also, certified pre-owned […]

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Elderly Drivers Are Managing To Avoid Fatal Car Crashes

In the last few years drivers over 70 years old have managed to lower the number of fatal car crashes they were occupied in.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that there has been a 21% decline in accidents that proved fatal for this age group.  This is a complete reversal of what seemed […]

Drivers Should Keep An Emergency Kit In Their Cars

Modern vehicles are designed safer to survive accidents and keep passengers safe.  Virtually all automakers include emergency kits installed by the factory.  This is either due to competitive pressure or government regulations.  Most of the roadside kits include reflective markers, jumper cables, and flashlights.  These kits typically deal with mechanical and accident breakdowns. Today’s automobiles […]

Get An Inspection Before Buying A Used Car

Never buy a used vehicle without having it scrutinized by an independent mechanic.  You never know the true state of a used vehicle until a professional has examined it.  Failure to do this could have you calling for emergency roadside assistance. A dealership shouldn’t object to you having a private inspection if you leave a […]

Multi-Tasking Behind The Wheel Can Be Deadly

According to a recent survey by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, many drivers believe they have super abilities to complete complex tasks behind the wheel.  And although it may seem monotonous to just drive a car, multi-tasking while driving increases the chance for having an accident drastically. In addition, many calls for road […]

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What Are Shoppers Looking For In A Car?

In this struggling economy, automakers can’t count on slick styling and big engines alone to lure buyers.  Consumers have changed their tastes: appearance and performance are still a priority, but value, gas mileage and practicality are becoming more important than every, according to experts.  In addition, people are protecting themselves with new car warranties and […]

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Cars That Have A Cult Following

There are several small cars over the years that have had a cult status, such as the Volkswagen Beetle, the French Deux Chevaux and the original Mini. Each one of these vehicles was popular in their time.  However, they also possessed something extra; a quality that is indefinable, but gave them a cult following. Today, […]

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Bumper Mismatch Is A Real Problem

Many people believe that pickup trucks and SUVs cause extreme damage to cars in a collision because they are heavier and bigger.  And although size is a factor, the main culprit in collisions involving low speeds is the mismatch of bumper heights. In the United States, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks aren’t required to have […]