If you’re selling your used car, you’re essentially playing the role of matchmaker: You’re embarking on the process of finding someone who will fall in love with your car and drive off with it into the sunset. It can be a difficult task to pull off, but it doesn’t have to be. There are steps … Continue reading 5 Quick Ways to Make Your Car More Appealing to Buyers →
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Raising a family can be a costly proposition, and buying the right family-friendly vehicle can be a significant expense. First off, you need something that’s large enough to hold the kids and all their cargo, from diaper bags and strollers to backpacks and hockey sticks. It also helps to combine storage space with fuel efficiency, … Continue reading Fuel-efficient and Family-friendly Used SUVs →
Today’s automotive marketplace has become a place of rising expectations. Apparently, the idea that “less is more” now only applies to fuel consumption. Consumer demand warrants cost-adding technology and creature comforts while today’s safety standards require entry-level vehicles to include equipment that was once reserved for premium models. While the entire automotive landscape has evolved … Continue reading The 2018 Hyundai Accent Exceeds Expectations →
If you suffer from anxiety of any sort, there’s one activity that’s sure to trigger it, and that activity is parking. Whether it’s trying to angle your car into a tight spot in a crowded mall lot or attempting to parallel park on a busy urban street, parking is a task that is not for … Continue reading Hate Parking? Check Out These Must-have Tech Features →
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Older used cars offer much value, but they lack many of the features common to today’s models, including rearview cameras, USB ports and navigation systems. If buying newer may be beyond your budget, that doesn’t mean you have to do without today’s technology. The following are affordable upgrade ideas you can make to many older … Continue reading 5 Ways to Upgrade the Tech in Your Older Used Cars →
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Choosing the right pickup can be a challenging task, especially for someone who’s never bought a truck before. Yes, pickups today are available in just two light-duty segments (midsize and full-size) and are sold by only seven brands (Ford, Chevrolet, Ram, GMC, Toyota, Nissan and Honda). Yet each individual model can offer literally millions of … Continue reading How to Pick the Right Pickup Truck Cab →
For many people, a luxury car’s appeal has a lot to do with its value as a status symbol. After all, a fancy German nameplate in your driveway makes a statement about your prosperity. For others, a luxury car’s value lies in its feature content. Premium cars are at the front of the line when … Continue reading 5 Premium Features to Look for in Your Next Used Luxury Car →
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That noted philosopher Neil Young once wrote that “rust never sleeps,” but it can certainly turn into a nightmare for drivers. Big brown rust stains and flaking paint aren’t exactly attractive design cues, and if rust gets into a vehicle’s frame or body structure, it can be downright unsafe. Although cars and trucks today are … Continue reading Used Cars: How Much Rust is Too Much? →
Many drivers shopping for affordable luxury will turn to the used-car market, where they know they can find premium-brand vehicles at pre-owned prices. But there’s another way to squeeze even more value from this strategy: Look for a mainstream model equipped with luxury-grade amenities. These aren’t just the higher trim levels from standard models, either. … Continue reading 5 Premium Used Cars from Mainstream Auto Brands →
Current trends in the auto world have given quite a boost to turbocharged cars and trucks. As recently as eight years ago, they represented just 5 percent of annual U.S. sales. By last year, turbocharged engines were in 23 percent of the new vehicles sold in this country. This trend is expected to strengthen. IHS … Continue reading Are Used Cars with Turbochargers Reliable? →
We use several of our senses when considering any used car for purchase, including sight, touch and hearing. While we don’t recommend using taste when making your evaluation, your sense of smell may offer a clue that a specific vehicle is simply not right for you. Indeed, certain foul odors are so pervasive that you … Continue reading Look Out for These 3 Foul Used-Car Odors →
If you read the automotive headlines, it can be easy to think that the electric-car revolution is about to take a major leap forward. After all, mainstream automakers are promising to electrify many of their current models by 2020, and that includes top sellers like the Ford F-150. And premium brands, such as Jaguar and Land Rover, are claiming … Continue reading How Do Hybrid Drive Systems Work? →
Whether you buy a new or used vehicle, there are certain costs associated with car ownership. The most obvious is the out-the-door price, which is the bottom line number you’ll pay the dealer or private owner when she places keys in your hands. Knowing these costs, or at least having a grasp of what your … Continue reading What Does it Really Cost to Own a Car? →
There are two types of performance cars. Some ignore frills to focus solely on delivering exceptional handling. Being sparsely equipped, they can be challenging to live with. Other performance cars provide speed and excitement that doesn’t come at the expense of comfort. If you prefer the latter and you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll … Continue reading 5 Used Luxury Cars That Offer Thrilling Performance →
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Distracted driving accidents injure hundreds of thousands of people annually, claiming 3,477 lives in 2015 alone according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To say we’re in the midst of a crisis is an understatement. Laws can go only so far in encouraging responsible behind-the-wheel behavior, but new technology in the form of … Continue reading How to Use Apple’s ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ Feature →
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Compact cars are, obviously, compact in size. But that said, folks looking to stretch their legs will find noticeable differences inside the mainstream entries, especially when it comes to rear-seat accommodations. Somewhat surprisingly, the leading mainstream compacts have more front and rear legroom than popular premium choices like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ll use the C-Class to … Continue reading Compact Cars With Lots of Legroom →
The auto industry is in the middle of a revolution, one where new and emerging technologies are steering the market. Such high-tech features are placing a tremendous burden on the typical vehicle’s 12-volt electrical systems and for this reason we’re seeing a new trend: cars equipped with 48-volt electrical systems. Not every new vehicle will … Continue reading Now Trending: 48-Volt Electrical Systems →
A twice-annual vehicle maintenance inspection can go a long way toward helping you avoid a breakdown and the costly repairs that can come with it. While spring car care will carry you through the summer, fall car care is your best bet if you want to keep your vehicle running through the winter. The following … Continue reading Tackle These 9 Car-Care Essentials Before Winter →
Many drivers have dreamed about racing at one time or another, whether it’s taking the checkered flag at Daytona or doing hot laps at the Nürburgring. But what you may not realize is that getting a taste of track-day driving can be both relatively easy and relatively inexpensive. You can find public track days at … Continue reading 5 Used Sports Cars You Can Take to the Track →
Ideally, when you’re kicking the tires on a possible used-vehicle purchase, you should get the candidate inspected by a mechanic. If you can’t, there are still some things anyone can watch out for, and that includes the tires themselves. Tires play a key role in keeping your vehicle safe on the road. They can also … Continue reading How to Inspect Tires When Buying a Used Car →