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July 2011 Blog Posts

  • Our 2011 Auto Buying Experience Study Reveals the Best & Worst Aspects of Auto Buying

    4,000,000 buyers every month.  On average, every month, approximately 1,000,000 new and 3,000,000 used autos are sold in the United States.  Americans have had a love affair with cars since the first ones were produced over 100 years ago.  They not only are essential to our everyday lives, and the efficient operation of our economy, but they are an expression of our personality, and often times just plain fun to drive.

  • The Most Fuel Efficient Gasoline Powered Cars

    I recently test-drove the Chevy Cruze Eco, which GM is touting as “the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicle in America.” The EPA does rate the Cruze Eco  at 42 mpg on the highway when it’s equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission; the automatic 6-speed gets 37 mpg at its best. My mostly city driving in the automatic test car averaged just under 30 mpg.

  • Edmunds.com's 2011 Used Car Best Bets

    2009 Mazda Miata

    We’ve been talking a lot about used cars, lately.

    The reason is simple:  there are some really great deals to be gotten if you know what to look for and how to spot them.  Our friends at Edmunds have put together their annual Edmunds Used Car Best Bets, which is a great list that will help you in that search. 

  • Industry Veteran and Expert Joni Gray Joins AutoBuying101.com Team

    Throughout my own career in the automotive industry, I have been fortunate to work and gain an understanding on numerous aspects of auto shopping and buying through my work with companies related to auto finance, automotive values, dealer sales, inventory, government motor vehicle agencies, and consumer automotive resources.  To really understand the complexities of the auto buying process you need perspective from a number of different angles, and very few people have worked with different types of companies in the auto industry.

  • Ciao! Fiat Returns To America

    2012 Fiat 500

    The resurgence of micro-compact cars in the US has brought about some outstanding benefits for consumers and car fanatics alike.

    For consumers, great looking cars that get great gas mileage and are much easier on the wallet are the primary boon.

    For car lovers though, innovation and product has been the prize.

  • TrueCar Releases TrueTrends Report for June

    TrueCar

    TrueCar.com recently put out its TrueTrends Auto Industry Intelligence report for the month of June and the information, once again, paints a great picture for consumers in the market to buy a new car. 

    The manufacturers are continuing to put solid incentives and rebates out, hoping to entice consumers off of the sidelines.  And with June the kickoff of the bread and butter months for car dealers, they are willing to bend a bit to sell a car or two.

    So what is TrueCar telling us and how can it help you get a new car?

  • MINI Gets Even More Mini -- and Manly

    2012 Mini Cooper

    Anyone who thought the Mini Cooper that’s been on the market for the past decade was just too spacious is in luck. BMW, Mini’s parent company, is introducing the 2012 Mini Coupe, with only two seats and a sporty rear roofline.

    The Mini Coupe will come in three variants in the US, which basically break down as fast, faster, and fastest:

    - Fast: the base model Mini Cooper Coupe has a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and a top speed of 127 mph.

    - Faster: the Mini Cooper S Coupe has the same engine, but with a turbocharger added for a top speed of 142 mph.

  • 2011 Top Safety Picks By The IIHS

    Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

    Their name is a little hard to remember, but if you are in the market for a new or used auto, you definitely do not want to forget who the IIHS is.  Formed over 50 years ago, the mission of the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) is to help reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage.