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June 2012 Blog Posts

  • The Best Time to Buy a Car: Part 2

    The Best Time to Buy a Car, Part 2

    Last week we exploded some of the myths and covered a few facts to do with the best time to buy a car. This week we conclude our piece with some more tips for timing your purchase to ensure get the best value when buying a vehicle.

    Unpopular Bargains

    Often when a manufacturer replaces an existing model with a new model they offer all sorts of incentives on the old model to clear out existing stock. A recent example of this is when Chevrolet was replacing the unpopular Cobalt with the new Cruze. To keep sales up on the Cobalt and keep its manufacturing plant in business, Chevy announced some unbelievable incentives on the older model.

  • Are Hybrid Cars Declining in Popularity?

    Are Hybrid Cars Declining in Popularity?

    A recent study by research company Polk has revealed that hybrid cars, believed to be the way of the future, have suffered a decline in popularity over recent years. The survey reveals that a large percentage of hybrid car buyers are unlikely to purchase another after their experiences with the economical and environmentally friendly cars. The number of hybrid models on the market has doubled since 2007, but could it be that car companies have over-committed in a niche that was once believed to be the future of the automobile industry?

  • The Best Time to Buy a Car: Part 1

    The Best Time to Buy a Car

    There are a lot of stories around about the best time to buy a car. Some of these stories are true, but most fit into the category of urban myth. Some of the ones that aren’t true, or at least don’t have any actual research to back them up, are:

    Myth # 1: The best time to buy a car is in the afternoon when the salesperson is sleepy.

    Myth # 2: You will get a better deal on a car on a rainy day.

    Myth # 3: There are better days of the week to buy because the dealership is slower on those days.

    While there is ongoing speculation about the above myths, there are some things about timing your car purchase which we know to be true. They are:

    Tax Time = Bad for Buyers

  • Ready For the Apple iCar?

    Apple iCar

    Okay, the Apple iCar is a bit of an exaggeration (although it has been said that Steve Jobs wanted to build one). But Apple is wedging themselves further into automotive integration, and this time it’s a lot more significant than just an iPod adapter.

  • Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

    Certified Pre-Owned

    A Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle is a used vehicle which has been inspected and refurbished to ensure the vehicle measures up to rigorous quality standards. A CPO vehicle is usually backed by a manufacturer’s warranty, often in the form on an extended warranty. CPO cars are not new, they emerged in the early 90s from the luxury car market, with companies like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz releasing used off-lease vehicles that had relatively few miles on the clock.

  • What Is An American Car?

    What is an American Car?

    “Be American, Buy American.” That was a popular bumper sticker from not all that long ago. The Big Three’s dominance of the American car buying market had slipped dramatically to Japanese imports, the Japanese economy looked like a juggernaut threatening the stability of our own economy, and the patriotic cry was to support American industry by buying American cars. Of course, it was easy to make the distinction then; If it was from Ford, GM, or Chrysler it was an American car. Everything else was an import.