10 Best Coolest Used Cars

Wednesday August 26th, 2009 at 4:88 PM
Posted by: twain

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Buying a new car is going to cost a lot of dough. With the same or a lot less money, what used models could you buy? The list below ranges from the practical to the completely impractical. But it’s fun to think about cars that are truly unique, beautiful, or purpose built. What are some of your favorite “used” cars?

Below are some cars that I think are uniquely desirable though not in any order of priority. Picking the top ten was hard because there are so many cool cars to choose. So, I included a few more of my favorites. What would you buy if reliability wasn’t a factor?

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Cash for Clunkers Bill in Congress

Friday March 20th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: m35man

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You know that old Studebaker your Uncle Freddie has in his back yard? The one that makes strange noises and smokes like a paper factory every time he takes it out for a spin? Everyone knows someone who has an old beater like Uncle Freddie’s.

Well, if you can convince old Freddie to give the vehicle to the government and buy a hybrid, for instance, he might just benefit from a stimulus package designed just for people like him who are holding on to old cars that would be better for the environment and everyone in general if they were taken off the road.

If a proposed bill to give consumers turning in old beaters cash vouchers worth as much as $7,500 to buy new, more fuel-friendly cars passes, Uncle Freddie will be in the pink and the Studebaker will be history.

This is the type of forward-thinking innovative legislation we need right now. Getting old fossil fuel-only burning cars off the highway is beneficial for everyone involved. Consumers get a price break on a new car. A fuel-efficient vehicle is added to the American fleet. The dealer selling the car makes a much-needed profit on the vehicle. And the salesman working for the dealer makes a hopefully healthy commission and keeps his tenuous job yet another day. I mean, I’ve heard of a win-win situation, but this is a win-win-win-win situation.

Read more about the Cash for Clunkers stimulus program, as reported by the Detroit News, after the jump:

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Used Car Sales Intensify As Economic Outlook Deteriorates

Friday March 6th, 2009 at 9:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

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Well here’s one from “No kidding” file: As new car sales tank, used car sales are on the upswing. Even in January, when some automakers experience more than a 50 percent drop off in new car sales, used car sales were up a remarkable 10 percent. Naturally, the hop in used car sales is directly connected to the faltering economy. It makes sense, since used cars are usually thousands of dollars cheaper than their newer counterparts. And that leads many buyers to skip the new car showroom in favor of used car lots.

One of the downsides though, is that as more people frequent used cars dealerships, prices increase, in spite of the down economy. Steve Jardine, a dealership owner in New York, remarked to Newsweek that a 2006 Toyota 4Runner was selling for about $14K in November, can now easily fetch $19K. And since there are fewer new cars being sold, that means fewer used cars on the market, which caused Jardine to predict that used car prices “will go even higher”.

Naturally, if you happen to own a late-model, low-mileage car, you could profit from this recent market shift, since dealers are doing everything they can to secure quality used cars. Some dealers are even going as far as offering owners a new car without increasing payments.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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Tips for Trading In Your Car–A Pop Quiz

Friday February 6th, 2009 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: goofshow

quality pre-owned vehiclesBy Harmon Leon

Trading in your vehicle can be a very emotional experience. It’ s like saying goodbye to an old friend (or an old enemy if the car has been a bothersome a piece of crap). Despite the obvious, car owners have more of a sentimental value (“This is the first place I lost my virginity!”) to their vehicle compared to its actual worth when it comes to trading it in.

So here’s a little auto trade-in pop quiz to help you can do it right. Hopefully this will make the experience less painful than a nerve-exposed tooth pulled with rusty pliers.

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Dude, how do I donate my car?

Friday January 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 PM
Posted by: goofshow

donate your carBy Harmon Leon

Donate your car, fool! Why go through the hassle of trying to make a little extra scratch trying to sell that old clunker when you can be a doer of good? That’s right, by being a doer-of- good you can also get a good size tax reduction while at the same time helping out a charitable cause. It’s fast! It’s easy. There’s no muss! There’s no fuss! There’s no unsightly panty lines!

So, which of the following are good reasons to donate?

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Ten mistakes to avoid before buying a used car

Tuesday January 20th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: goofshow

used car salesmanBy Harmon Leon

I can think of nothing more nerve-racking and less enjoyable than shopping for a used car. Ok, maybe dental surgery with rusty pliers. You take a big spin of the wheel hoping it doesn’t’ roll up lemons, putting blind trust into a commission-hungry salesman or random private owner. How can you really know the car’s true history? Will it break down the first time you back it out of your driveway? Is the car haunted? Was there a dead body in the trunk? These thoughts and more race through used-car-shoppers’ heads as they try to find new used wheels.

So here are a few tips to help you get on the road (no pun intended), so you don’t make the 10 most crucial used car-buying mistakes.

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