If you’re wondering where all the fancy new trickle-down technology in commuter cars comes from, the answer is the Mercedes S-Class, namely this top-trim W221 S600 model. It’s got everything you need and everything you don’t yet know you need, all for a price of a used ordinary sedan built for everyone else. »
If automotive value is derived from the amount of use a car can realistically give you, then this is the most valuable Ferrari ever made. It’s a 2010 458 Italia in great shape and $100k off the current market price because it has a mileage figure that would dwarf the average daily driver’s. Is it worth it, or is this… »
What has four doors and can beat the pants off any sports coupe in the state? Well, my friends, that just so happens to be your challenge this week. Your mission is to find the best value midsize sedan under a $30,000 budget. Make your family proud. »
There is something special about a factory ordered new car. You get to configure your vehicle of choice to your specifications, have it made and delivered to your local dealership. I’ve done this twice and highly recommended it if you have the chance, unless of course you are ordering a Volkswagen. »
Hybrid cars are good for the environment, and if you spend a lot on gas, they’re also good for saving money. But cars don’t come cheap, and hybrid versions are usually a bit pricier. This tool tells you just how long it takes a number of hybrid vehicles to pay off.
More and more these days, consumers are being forced to sign Arbitration Agreements when they sign purchase agreements. There are numerous arguments against them but I’ll point out one thing: Arbitration is dangerously unpredictable and unfair. »
Tesla gets all of the attention when it comes to changing how people buy cars (and fuel them), but the dried up and motor oil-caked monolithic body of traditional car dealerships is attempting to change from within. As with all insanely large things, changing direction takes time and results in a lot of nervous… »
So you’ve bought an old car and are wondering about plating it. In most states you have a choice: You can slap regular plates on it or you can save a bunch of money by putting on a “Historic” or “Antique” plate on it. But those plates come at a cost. »
Last time we heard tales of some downright criminal mechanics. This week we turn the tables on the customers who range from simply incompetent to clearly deranged.
We’ve already told you how dealerships aren’t particulary good at using social media, but few people actually buy things based on Twitter or Facebook interactions, so you can understand why dealers might be slow to catch on. But practically everyone makes purchases online, so why can’t some dealerships get internet… »
Last week, I asked you intrepid readers to find the cars that would make you most likely to do a double take in a parking lot for under a $20,000 budget, on eBay. Without further ado, here are the ten niiiiicest cars you all picked.
If there’s a performance metric that any car enthusiast can appreciate, its the sonorous growl of a flat-6 cylinder engine with two turbos attached, screaming at redline - which is exactly what you get in this spectacular Porsche 911 Turbo. It can now be yours for less than a base model Mustang GT. Oh. Yeah. »
Welcome, welcome, one and all, to the only challenge that urges you to think outside the box and find the best deals online, for the greater good. Your task for today is to find the nicest cars on eBay for under a $20,000 budget. Is this just vague enough to work? »
Here’s a lesson in car economics: having a desirable, powerful, or rare car doesn’t necessarily mean that you get to set your own price come sale time. In some cases, you’re met with a sea of competition, which drives the price much lower than you’re comfortable with and gives the buyer the upper hand. Here are five… »
Dealerships can get a bad reputation for being sneaky, sleazy, and downright rude, but even if the “customer is always right,” that doesn’t mean they are always bright. Here are some wild tales from the other side of the sales floor. »
Whenever I sit down to talk to a car dealer about his online presence, invariably, the topic of Social Media comes up. “How are you managing your presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube?” I ask them. Then I count to five, because that’s how long it will normally take them to fumble toward some sort of answer. »
A supercar is something that one buys to drive into a garage and collect dust that is eventually collected by a sheer cashmere hand-sock. On the rare occasion that it does actually get driven, if it hits anything harder than a maple leaf, it’s totaled - but what happens to it after its owner throws its crumpled mass… »
There’s an unwritten rule about what cars will become modern classics in the future: if you liked it as a kid, odds are you’ll like it as an adult. That’s why Japanese halo cars like this Nissan 300ZX twin turbo are quickly appreciating, and this super cheap example could be yours, for a little cash and a smidgen of… »