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Tips to FSBO Your Vehicle

April 13, 2015

fsboTip 1 – Pick your time. If you can possibly help it, don’t sell your car after Christmas, when no one has any money. Consider holiday periods: will the people be in town or away. Sometimes this can work in your favor because if people are not at work they have more time to look for cars, and they are usually cashed up with nothing to do.

On the reverse side, when buyers are busy working, they don’t have the time to do a lot of car shopping, which can make negotiating easier.

Additionally for this reason, if you get a buyer to come on a week-night, it is unlikely he can compare yours to other cars – which can also work in your favor.

Tip 2 – First Impressions are everything Just like you are going on a date – first impressions are everything. Get all the rubbish and junk out of it. Deodorize it. Wash it, clean it.

Tip 3 – As the good boy scout says. Be prepared. Get your paperwork in order. Find the spare keys. You don’t want to be rushing around at the last minute, just when the buyer is ready to go for it. You can’t find something. He may just say, he’ll get back to you. Believe meBusiness Management Articles, it happens. So get organized before hand and you’ll have a much smoother run of it.

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Is Your Car Lemon? Here’s Some Info to Help!

April 10, 2015

lemon carBuying a car is not like buying a radio; you cannot return it to the store for a refund if you do not like it, or if it has a manufacturing defect. In fact, for many years, if you purchased an automobile that came from the factory with defects, you were just stuck. You could try to get the dealer to repair the problem, but if the problem continued and the dealer could not repair it, you were out of luck.

In 1982, the luck of owners of so-called “lemons” changed for the better, as California and Connecticut passed the nation’s first “lemon laws.”

These laws, spawned by consumers who had waged tireless battles against major auto companies, allowed owners of defective automobiles to seek compensation or replacement with the help of their respective states. These laws swept like wildfire throughout the country, and now all 50 states have some form of the lemon law.

The specifics of the lemon laws will vary from state to state, but in general, they define a “lemon” as a vehicle that:
-> Has a “nonconformity” that affects the safety, use, or value of the vehicle, and
-> The nonconformity has not been successfully repaired after a “reasonable” number of attempts, and/or
-> The vehicle has been out of service for a total of a certain number of days for repair of the nonconformity.
-> The length of the warranty period also varies; coverage typically runs anywhere from one year or 12,000 miles to two years or 24,000 miles. As previously stated, the specifics vary from state to state, particularly the number of repair attempts that constitute “reasonable” and the number of days that the vehicle must be out of service in order to qualify. In some states, repairs that affect the brakes or other safety equipment need only one repair attempt to qualify as “reasonable.”

Restitution is fairly consistent from state to state; it usually requires the manufacturer to either replace the vehicle with one of comparable value, or refund the purchase price, along with taxes, registration and delivery fees. Some states leave the option of replacement or refund to the manufacturer, but most give the option to the consumer.

What should you do if you think you have a lemon? You should:

Make sure that you document everything relating to repairs of the vehicle, including when and where it was repaired, who signed the work order and what work was done.
You should contact the manufacturer in writing, alerting them to the nature of the problem.
You should consult with your state’s Attorney General’s office to learn how your state’s law affects you directly.
You may have to go through an arbitration process; this involves both you and a representative of the manufacturer explaining your respective situations to a panel that will then provide a ruling. The arbitration ruling is usually binding on the manufacturer; they will have no recourse should the panel rule in your favor. Generally, if you don’t agree with the panel’s ruling, you still have the option of filing a lawsuit in court.

You may wish to hire an attorney to represent you; there are plenty of lawyers who specialize in lemon law cases, and they can probably bring the case to a solution more quickly than if you handle the case yourself. Be sure to contact your state’s Attorney General’s office regarding the specifics of your own state’s lemon law. You don’t want to miss a deadlineFeature Articles, or you could be stuck with your lemon for a long time.

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Sealing the Deal

April 6, 2015

handCongratulations !!!!

You got the deal you were looking for. Now is the perfect time to mention to the dealer that you are looking to trade in that car you are currently driving. This way they cannot jack up the new car costs and offer you more for your car to make it seem like a better deal. If your trade-in is in good shape you should be looking for a price somewhere between retail and wholesale. If your car is spotless make sure the dealer knows he will not have to recondition it. Most research sites list trade-in value in the pricing reports, this is a good starting point. If your trade-in is less than perfect don’t expect more than wholesale price. The dealers will take clunkers but they end up on the auction block the next week.

Once all the numbers are crunched and the papers are filled out double check everything before you sign. Also look out for extras, which you do not need. Rust proofing is rarely needed as most manufacturers already offer a rust warranty. Also window etching, extended warranties and accent packages are highly overpriced and sometimes useless.

Now would also be a good time to inspect the vehicle one last time. Check for paint blemishesHealth Fitness Articles, how much gas is in the car (some dealers will actually empty the tank leaving you just enough gas to get to the closest station) and that it is the exact model you test drove.

Now sign the papers and drive home in your new car. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

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Getting the most from a Test Drive

March 30, 2015

test+driveSo, the car looks great, you can picture yourself in it .. and now, the most … part – it is time for a test drive. Don’t dismiss the test drive as just part of the sales process, taking a test

Don’t dismiss the test drive as just part of the sales process, taking a test drive is the most important part of buying a car. Yet so many people dismiss it as formality!

And if you don’t believe me, I (embarrassingly!) write from experience! The car that I’d lusted over, that ‘dream’ car that I’d so avidly researched, I sat in it in the car dealers, fell in love and signed up on the dotted line (without taking a test drive – I didn’t feel I needed to)!

Sadly, my ‘dream’ car, that I used for a 60 mile round trip twice a day for the next three years had a blind spot! The day I part exchanged that car, I test drove every possible replacement for my ‘dream-turned-nightmare’ car!

So, how do you get the most from your test drive?
First of, if you are refused a drive, don’t buy the car. Do you want to be stuck with a car that you are not comfortable in; one where the seat is too low and gives you backache? One that has a blind spot?!

The ideal road test should ideally be at least five miles to give you a chance to experience different speeds and road types and for the mechanics to warm up properly.

What to check:
When test driving from a car dealership, most do have their own insurance – but do double check!

If buying privately, check on your own policy that you are insured and check that the car you are looking to buy has an MOT and up-to-date road tax.

Check the condition of the car – look for any dinks, dents, scratches. Look at the condition of the tires and look under the bonnet. (It is always best – wherever you are buying a car from – to have someone who knows a bit about them to come with you and give you a second opinion).

First of all, watch the current owner drive the car – this will give you a feel for how the car is treated. For example, someone who ‘rides’ the clutch means that if you do buy the car, you may have to fork out for a new clutch soon.

Listen for unusual noises and knocking and then, it’s your turn! When driving ….
> Gears – a very high biting point suggests a worn clutch
> Check the steering – for a slack response and that the wheel doesn’t ‘kick’ in your hands.
> For car with power steering, gently turn the steering from lock to lock and listen to see if the pump audibly complains
> When braking, the car should pull up in a straight line and without any judders
> Listen for mechanical noises, any clunks, unusual sounds that you may not have picked up when you were a passenger. eg. The engine shouldn’t sound rough
> Look around the interior – look for dirty or torn seats; cracked speaker covers, check the boot etc

You want the car…what next?
You’ve test driven the car, you want it … so how do you make sure you get a bargain?

How much you can save by negotiating on a car varies and, ultimately, depends on how much the seller is willing to accept for it at that moment in time.

Being a cash buyer always gives you the edge on a sale and if you appear confident and knowledgeable, this will help your case!

You’ve got a great deal on a great car!

The next step is to get a good deal on your insurance. Shopping around is always the best way to find the most competitive premium and the easiest and quickest way to do this is use the internet. Something like the Motorcarloans Insurance finder– which visits over 50 different insurers and brokers to find you the best deal in a matter of minutes – means you get the compare cover and premiums all from the click of a mouse!

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This Truck is Hot!

March 19, 2015

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Great Deals From Local Dealers

March 16, 2015

C37752013 Scion TC Coupe

#C3775, red, 42,067 miles, 4 cylinder, auto, cruise, PW, PL, A/C, Premium am/fm CD, Panoramic Sunroof, ABS, all airbags, traction control & Much More!

Offered by Ruge’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep

IMG_58442004 Cadillac CTS

4 Door Sport Sedan, V6, auto, A/C, sunroof, leather, All Options!! Black Beauty!! 120K, Hard To find @ This Price!

Offered by Kane Motors

un308032009 Chevrolet HHR LT w/2LT Pkg

#UN30803, silver ice, 44,318 miles, 4 cylinder, auto, PW, PL, Premium am/fm CD/iPod, P/sunroof, running boards, fogs, all airbags.

Offered by Middletown Honda

th5790062010 Hyundai Sonata GLS

#TH579006, pearl white,  86,107 miles, 4 cylinder, auto, cruise, PW, PL, A/C, am/fm CD/MP3/Sat, ABS, all airbags, alarm, traction.

Offered by Newburgh Toyota Scion

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Jetsons…Meet the Jetsons!

March 9, 2015

flying-car (1)Science fiction has served as a looking glass into the future for many advances we eventually came to feel we couldn’t live without. Its conceived devices that labor on our behalf without requiring our attention, imagined the ability to see and hear one another instantaneously over great distances and predicted the reality that we’d be Inovationable to make journeys that once took weeks or even months in mere hours.

One technological perk where the present has yet to catch up with the future sci-fi has painted for us, however, is the elusive, personal flying car.

Spend just a little time as a daily car commuter in a major city, or a road warrior business traveler who spends too much time stuck inairports, and it’s easy to understand the allure of a car that could levitate above the delays and frustrations of traveling with the jostling masses. Or a personal plane that lets you kiss those airport securityhassles goodbye as you depart for your next vacation.

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The Future Has Arrived!

March 2, 2015

volvo_logo_detailVolvo Cars’ Drive Me pilot program announced last week will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish streets by 2017.

The vehicles will be driven by ordinary people in Volvo’s home city of Gothenburg using a controlled 31-mile route. They’ll be used for daily commuting on roads with a barrier between the lanes and operate “in real traffic in a real situation,” the company said.

The trial will run until the spring of 2019.

“We are entering uncharted territory in the field of autonomous driving,” said Peter Mertens, senior vice president of r&d at Volvo Car Group. “Taking the exciting step to a public pilot, with the ambition to enable ordinary people to sit behind the wheel in normal traffic on public roads, has never been done before.”

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2015 Chrysler 200 Rising to The Top!

February 26, 2015

200With the first nine-speed automatic transmission in its class, the 2015 Chrysler 200 delivers better acceleration than the 2014s, with better economy — up to 36 mpg highway [see all mileage ratings]. As predicted, the nine-speed is controlled by a rotary shifter with an optional sport mode; and there is are all wheel drive and park-assist options.

The 2014’s basic engines carry over, but both have been upgraded; the four-cylinder now has 184 hp and 173 lb of torque, while the V6 has risen to 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Chrysler 200 has also jumped forward to become the most aerodynamic mid-size sedan in America, with a cD of 0.27 — possibly the lowest drag coefficient of any Chrysler ever built — partly thanks to a standard underbody cover. A stop-start system will, with active grille shutters, be added as a late option to increase gas mileage, according to source oh2o.

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Check Out the All New Honda HR-V

February 23, 2015

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