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May 2012 Blog Posts

  • Are Hybrids Right For You? Part Deux

    Hybrid Part Deux

    Last month we asked the question: Is a hybrid right for you? The answer to that question was conditional. If your primary concern is the sociopolitical goal of using less fuel regardless of cost, you have the thumbs up. If saving money was your issue, we had to apply a comparative formula of initial purchase premium versus annualized fuel savings to determine the break even point. Simply stated, we had to do the math. Eyes became glazed over. No one wants to do the math.

  • 5 Ways to Avoid Buying a Lemon

    Lemon

    There’s a risk when buying a car that one is going to end up with a lemon. Whilst someone buying a new car will generally be safe, the used car market can be fraught with danger for the unsuspecting consumer. But avoiding a lemon is actually more about applying good judgement and using some research skills rather than about being lucky.

    Let’s look at some ways to avoid getting stuck with that car that nobody else wants:

    Do Your Homework on the Make and Model

  • Feel The Noise!

    Feel The Noise!

    Years of advancements in controlling NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) have made cars quieter than ever. Insulated firewalls, laminated glass, triple door seals, even electronic noise cancelling have all conspired to give our cars a coffin-like silence. Not just luxury makes either. They may have escalated the the war on noise, but the technology has trickled down to even the most lowly of vehicles. Small cars that were once notorious for being not just tiny, but tinny as well, now offer peaceful passenger compartments that rival grandpa’s Buick.

  • Chevy Confirms SS Performance Sedan for 2013

    Australian Holden Commodore will be the basis for the 2014 Chevrolet SS.

    Chevrolet has finally confirmed the long-standing rumor that it will be importing the Holden VF Commodore from Australia beginning in late 2013. The import is a V-8 powered rear-wheel-drive performance sedan and will be sold as the Chevrolet SS. It will arrive in showrooms as a 2014 model. A retail price is yet to be announced.

    The SS will also become Chevrolet’s next representative in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The car will debut at next year’s Daytona 500.

  • Model Changeovers Mean Great Deals

    2013 & 2012 Ford Fusion

    Most car buyers are fully aware of the “leftover” concept. The model year is drawing to a close, next year’s models are already making their way into showrooms, but inevitably dealers still have a few of last year’s version hanging around their lots. Much dealmaking ensues, with gaudy ads ballyhooing big discounts: “Everything Must Go! We Need to Clear Space for the 2013’s!” And indeed it is true. Even though next year’s model may be virtually identical to the current year’s car, with changes that are nearly indistinguishable to the untrained eye, that incremental digit on the back end of the model year pushes the previous edition to the discount rack. Smart shoppers rejoice.

  • 5 Ways to Lower Insurance Costs for Younger Drivers

    Young Drivers

    Car insurance for young drivers is generally more expensive than for established drivers because younger drivers are less experienced behind the wheel. Insurance companies see younger drivers as more of a risk, but there are a few things you can do to lower the cost of your first car insurance.

    Insurance companies have a checklist of items that they ask any driver who signs up. By doing a few things in preparation, you can make sure your insurance costs are kept to a minimum.

    1. Shop around for your insurance.

  • Strippers!

    Oh please, get your mind out of the gutter. Sorry, we’re not talking about exotic dancers, but if it’s any consolation we are talking about cars that have the, shall we say, bare minimum of standard equipment.

    The concept of strippers has seemed to become very nearly obsolete these days. Indeed in the subcompact and compact ranges, cars that were once considered purely entry level vehicles, it is now possible to get levels of comfort and high end features that were once the province of luxury brands only. Likewise, there once was a time long ago when pickup trucks were purely utilitarian, before Cowboy Cadillac entered the lexicon.

  • Best Cars For Teens & Grads

    Grad Car

    The school year is rapidly drawing to a close, and graduation day is just around the corner. Just as mortarboards will be soon be cluttering the afternoon sky, the internet is cluttered with articles about the best cars for teens and grads. A quick search turns up more than you can shake a tassel at.

    All of these articles identify safety and reliability as key factors in selecting a car for your kid, but some include other considerations such as insurance costs. Considerate of your bank account, half of these lists look at used cars, but for you big spenders, there are a few lists that feature reasonably priced new cars. Let’s take a quick look at some of these articles, understand their criteria, and see if we can identify some consensus.

     

  • Cost of Car Ownership on the Rise

    Car Costs

    The American Automobile Association has released its annual ‘Your Driving Costs’ study. The study shows a 1.9 percent increase in the cost of owning a car. This translates to an average cost of $8,946 per car per year, which includes things like fuel, maintenance, insurance, and finance repayments.

    This news is not entirely surprising, given the rise in fuel costs over the last year. Pump prices are up almost 15% since last year’s report. The cost of tires has also risen 4.2%, an increase mainly caused by a rise in the cost of raw materials.

    The findings in the AAA report were based on a driving cycle of 15,000 miles a year.

  • Ward’s Names 10 Best Interiors for 2012

    Audi A7 Interior

    The fact is that when we shop for cars, the first thing we look at is is the exterior design. It’s the sheetmetal that catches our eye and elicits the emotional reaction. By comparison, interiors get little attention. When’s the last time you saw a car’s interior on the cover of a magazine?Think about it, though. After the initial blush of exterior infatuation, where do you spend all your time? On the inside of the car, not the outside. Shouldn’t it be a place you enjoy? It’s time to share some love with car interiors for a change. The editors at WardsAuto agree, and have named their 10 Best Interiors for 2012. Climb in and have a look.