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June 2011 Blog Posts

  • TrueCar Adds Black Book Values to ClearBook.com Used Car Site

    ClearBook partners with Black Book

    The hardest part about trading in your pre-owned car, is knowing if you are getting a fair value for the car.  There are a number of resources, in print and online that can show you what the presumed value is and you can hope that you are making a good deal.

    One of the best is Black Book.  No nonsense and completely independent, Black Book offers accurate and up to date pricing based not only on the condition of the car, but of other external markers that shape both the market and the industry.

  • Fuel-Efficient Used Car Prices Dropping for Summer

    Kelley Blue Book

    You read that right: the prices of fuel-efficient compact, subcompact, and hybrid cars are actually dropping this summer after 20 weeks of consecutive gains, Kelley Blue Book reports [kbb.com].The drop in fuel-efficient car values coincides with a drop in gas prices, of course. Gasoline hit a peak in May when the national average was $3.98. Gas prices have dropped every week in June, with a national average on June 20 of $3.65 [EIA.gov]

  • Hyundai Ups the Ante in the Sales Race with Guaranteed Trade In Prices


    Hyundai really, really wants you to buy their cars.  And furthermore, they want you to know that all of that talk that begins with “of course they have the best warranty in the business, they have the worst cars,” is just simply not true.

  • Auto Insights: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

    2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

    Sometimes you have a pretty good idea what you want out of a car.  Sometimes you need a little help.  AutoBuying101 is in business to help you make those decisions.  But unlike other automotive websites, we aren’t going to do some super, high-tech, fancy review of the latest cars.  Nope.  If we did, we would probably sound kinda silly and – at the same time – not help you with what it is you REALLY want.  And what you really want is some good reasons to buy – or not to buy – a car, from car people who think like you do:  more with your wallet and brain and

  • AutoBuying101.com Begins Video Tips and Creates New YouTube Channel

    AutoBuying101.com Now On YouTube

    The entire AutoBuying101.com team is excited to announce the addition of our own videos on YouTube, where you can find us at www.youtube.com/autobuying101

    Along with adding our new vides to YouTube, we will be posting them right here on the Auto Buying Insider Blog and in other areas of our site.

  • VW Launches 21st Century Beetle Pre-Order Program Using Amazon Technology

    Volkswagen is launching its new online pre-order program with an exclusive 2012 VW Beetle Black Turbo. Only 600 of these Beetles will be built, and they are only available via pre-order at www.VW.com/preorder. A reservation fee of $495 is required to hold your place in line, but VW has instituted a “no hassle” refund policy if you decide not to take delivery of the car.

  • NADAguides Names Most in Demand Yet Hardest to Find Vehicles

    As is the case in any industry, the law of supply and demand is a huge driver in the automotive market.  The ability to keep popular models flowing into dealership inventory is the key to success at both the dealership and manufacturer level.

    NADAguides, one of the most trusted names in automotive analysis, recently released its Most in Demand Vehicles Report.  The report is a comprehensive list of the hardest to find models as well as alternative choices for shoppers willing to go beyond their original ideas.

  • Intellichoice’s Best Overall Values of 2011

    As you may have noticed, we have an ongoing theme that relates to helping you find great autos and being able to buy them without breaking the bank.  We will often steer you to great websites that can help you make those decisions or provide you with tips and information to do it yourself.

  • ALG's 2011 Residual Value Award Winners

    One of the most complex concepts consumers will encounter when trying to decide if buying or leasing is the best option for them, is “residual.”

    What is residual value?

    This number is the projected market value of a vehicle at a given point in time in the future.

    So, when it comes to leasing, the residual value is used to help calculate how much a vehicle will depreciate (lose value) during the lease period…and thus how much the consumer should pay every month to lease the vehicle now.

  • Forbes Magazine Names the Auto Brands that Americans Think Are Best

    In an article recently published by Forbes Magazine, the publishers identify the automotive brands that Americans think are the best.  This is not a list made up of the best selling cars in America, as that would be populated by Chevrolets, Toyotas and Fords.

  • 2011 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award Winners Announced

    In a world where image really is everything, consumer opinion can make or break a brand.  Recognizing that, Kelley Blue Book – a longtime industry leader in automotive research and information – has just released its annual Brand Image Awards for 2011.  The awards, which are based on detailed data from KBB Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study and are derived from an online study of more than 12,000 in market auto shoppers, recognize the best of the best in 10 categories.  These different categories leave no market uncovered.