There is an old saying that the best time to buy a used car is before you really need one. The logic is that it allows buyers time to do research and shop for a good deal rather than making a purchase out of necessity and urgency. Driving your old car into the ground can force you into buying a car you really are not happy with. Better to take the time to plan your next purchase. Doing so will lead to a smarter purchase.... Read More.
Taking care of your car is the best way to maintain its value and get the most out of it. More than just routine maintenance such as checking the brake pads and regularly changing the oil every 3,000 miles, or washing the exterior as needed, your car’s interior needs to be kept clean, too, to maintain its value. A car’s interior is vulnerable to harmful UV rays that can damage surfaces. Combined with the day-to-day grind of tracking dirt in and out, spilling coffee or drinks, or scattering crumbs everywhere, your car’s interior can take a beating.... Read More.
The smell of cigarettes and cigarette odor in a car is unmistakable and difficult to tolerate for nonsmokers. In addition, when the time comes to sell your car or trade it in, the funk of cigarette odor can depreciate its value. The problem is, to remove cigarette smell from your car can be difficult, though not impossible. The scent of cigarette smoke is strong, and one of the most potent and hard to remove odors in vehicles. Burnt tobacco penetrates upholstery, carpet, hard surfaces and infiltrates the air system.... Read More.
Considering how much mileage is good for a used car can be tricky. If you are looking for a used car over a new one, its mileage is going to be an important factor in your decision-making. That’s because the value of any used car is often directly related to its mileage. You may find a choice car in excellent condition inside and out, but then see that the odometer has passed 100,000 miles. Is that too many miles? Is it worth the risk? Or should you pass on it? When it comes to a used car just how many miles is really too many miles? The reality is, it really depends on the kind of miles, the age of the car, and the car brand.... Read More.
Before you walk into a dealership to trade in your car it is important to know the equity you presently have in your vehicle. If you are wondering, “What is vehicle equity?” or “What does it mean?” It’s important to know the answers to these questions. Knowing the equity in your car can equate to a larger down payment toward a new car. In other words, the trade-in value on your old car can get you a better deal on a new one.... Read More.
Test driving a car is the most important step before purchasing any vehicle. After all, you need to know if the car you are considering to invest thousands of dollars on is right for you. It doesn’t matter if the car looks good or if the make and model have positive reviews. What matters is the degree of comfort, how the car rides, handles and performs, which is why test driving a car is imperative before purchasing it. When it comes to test driving a car, here are a few tips that can help you make the most of your experience.... Read More.
Buying a car with bad credit is a problem that no one wants to have. But things happen. Unfortunate circumstances such as prolonged unemployment or underemployment combined with a hefty medical bill may have landed you in debt and left you in the red on your bills. It’s not as bad as you think. Having bad credit should only be looked at as a temporary problem that you can fix! With that in mind, the good news is that securing financing for a car loan is possible even with bad credit. Here is some advice on how consumers with credit problems can still get a quality a used car.... Read More.
Getting a car loan after repossession can be a challenge, but it is not impossible. In most cases, having a car repossessed is due to unfortunate financial circumstances. Unemployment, underemployment, unexpected medical bills, increased rent or mortgage, and the like, can deplete savings and leave you strapped of cash. The result can lead to falling behind in paying bills and making car payments on time. If you fall too far behind, you open the door to a having your car repossessed. Repossession of your car will blemish your credit report for seven years following the date the loan went delinquent. At first, your score will drop significantly, making approval for a loan difficult. However, the impact on your credit score doesn’t have to last as long as the repossession itself. You can do something about it. How to get a car loan after repossession will depend on how well you... Read More.
Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is considered one of the most reliable resources and for determining the value of a used car, and an authoritative pricing guide for selling, buying, and trading cars. The company provides customers, businesses, and consumers with accurate vehicle pricing information. Automotive experts acknowledge that KBB is one of the most popular and trusted guides in automotive pricing. Though Kelley Blue Book was first published in 1926, since 1995, the Blue Book price guide is available online for convenience.... Read More.
When it comes to buying a used car, fuel economy is always one of the key factors to consider. The most fuel-efficient used cars are perfect for a long daily commute or nearby errands or to simply pick up the kids after school. If fuel economy is something you are considering in your next car, the best fuel economy is found with vehicles that have four cylinders. The number of cylinders found in an engine relates to its overall performance, a big part of that relating to fuel efficiency. Four-cylinder engines are known for their straight inline configurations while V6-cylinder engines are named for their “V” shaped configurations. V6 engines were long the engine of choice for American automakers—powerful, quiet, but not that fuel inefficient.... Read More.