Used Cars

No Return: Man Takes Lemon Van On A Rampage, Trashes Six Cars
No Return: Man Takes Lemon Van On A Rampage, Trashes Six Cars

With anything involving car shopping and vehicles, if you're not on guard and a careful shopper, mistakes can be very expensive—and infuriating. So found a Salisbury, Massachusetts man earlier this week. His wife bought a van, then he took it to his mechanic, who found a host of...Read More»

Haynes repair manual. Image: Haynes Publishing
The Bible of the Shadetree Mechanic Joins The Digital Era

If you’ve ever spun a wrench on your own car or motorcycle, chances are good that you did so with the assistance of a Haynes repair manual. Available at libraries, auto parts stores and mass retailers alike, it seemed that there was a Haynes manual printed for any vehicle older than five...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Gas Prices Driving Used Car Prices to 16-Year Record Highs

Prices for used cars are accelerating, according to a report from the country's car salespeople. Used-car prices are now at a 16-year high, according to the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA), which tracks used-car prices. Correlating to the high price of gas, demand for small and...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
The Death and Rebirth of the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has faced some, errrr, challenges in the past few years. At times, many said outright that the industry was dying. But as 2010 and 2011 are proving, consumers and car buyers are still in the driver's seat. As always, automotive marketing plays a big role. It's a discipline...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
April Sees Record High Used Car Prices

If Kelley Blue Book and Manheim Consulting are correct, used car prices are at an all-time high, favoring consumers looking to trade their existing car on a new model or even sell their used car in a private party transaction. In particular demand are late-model, fuel efficient cars, which...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Not The Betting Type? Hyundai Guarantees Its Trade-In Value

Hyundai has in just a few years built itself into one of the strongest brands in the market. But to some shoppers who've been buying Toyotas or Hondas for a generation—and counted on their excellent resale value—choosing a Hyundai, even if they like it more, could still feel like a leap...Read More»

Teen driver
Auto Leasing Rebounds To 2005 Levels

Leasing is back, in a bigger way than it's been for more than five years. Last month, nearly 21 percent of vehicles that left dealer lots did so on leases; in February, that number was closer to 25 percent. The last time that leasing accounted for this many new car sales was back in the...Read More»

Clunkers
Americans In No Hurry To Retire Clunkers, As Sales Falter

It's the cycle of life. As we buy new vehicles, we trade others in; frugal used-car owners buy those, and sell their older vehicles. And in turn, a tired heap of a vehicle is retired. Trouble is, we're not retiring as many vehicles as we used to. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now about ten...Read More»

2010 Ford Flex
Selling Your Car: The Video Walk-Around – Post It On YouTube

The economic downturn is forcing more people to sell their cars privately instead of trading them in with car dealers. Most of us only sell a handful of vehicles in our lifetime, so there are new skills to learn now that most vehicle sales begin on the Internet. When I teach private owners how to...Read More»

Car Tell Auction Prices iPhone App
Car Tell Auction Prices iPhone App Helps Consumers Avoid Overpaying

Have you ever been on a dealership lot and wondered what it paid for that used car? Standing there wondering how much are they actually trying to make on your purchase? Of course you have, everyone has been there. With the rise in smartphone apps it was only a matter of time until someone came...Read More»

1979 Lincoln Town Car, Missoula, Montana
Owners Keeping Vehicles Longer, Aftermarket Serves To Benefit

It seems the days of buying a brand-new car every two to three years are fading into history, as most buyers are keeping their new cars for much longer. Among families who buy their cars new, six, eight, even ten years isn't uncommon. According to Polk, car ownership continues to get longer; as of...Read More»

2008 Toyota Camry Solara Convertible
How To Find Used Car Bargains In A Tight Market

You have heard about the birth rate spiking nine months out from a blackout or a bad snowstorm. Well that is sort of what is happening in the used car market except in reverse. There's a dearth of used cars available to buy and to find the reason you have to be a student of the past. When Lehman...Read More»

2006 Ford Mustang GT Convertible - front
How To Spot Used-Car Warning Signs

If you're looking at buying a used car, the simplest clues can tell you if you're in luck or in for a bad ride. As a former service writer, I've seen those clues up close and personal--and here to point out what you should see first when you look over a used vehicle: The license plate. Probably the...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring
Selling Your Car Online: Setting Yourself Apart From Dealers

The economic downturn is forcing more Americans to sell their cars privately rather than trading them in with a car dealer. For those brave souls venturing online to post their used car ads, it can come as a surprise to discover just how many dealers are posting individual used cars on both premium...Read More»

2008 Ford Taurus SEL
Buying From A Car Dealer: Getting The Most For Your Trade

The world of car sales—private sellers or at a dealership—is like the Wild West. It’s free-wheeling and whoever does the best job negotiating the terms of the deal, wins. It’s the unpredictable nature of the business that turns off many people to selling vehicles themselves...Read More»

2011 Hennessey HPE650
Selling Your Car Online: Free Websites Or Premium?

More Americans than ever are having to sell their vehicles privately rather than trade them in with a car dealer. It’s well known that you can put more money in your pocket by selling privately compared to trading in. In fact, you can often not just make more money on the trade, but you may...Read More»

2008 BMW 3-Series 328i
Ask TCC: What Should I Know About Buying A 2008 BMW 3-Series?

As you might imagine, we get a lot of questions about buying cars--both new and used. Our friend Scott Mowbray wrote: I'm looking at a 2008 BMW 328 or 335, with about 25,000 to 30,000 miles, from a dealer, warranty remaining one owner etc. Possibly with a six-speed standard transmission. Any...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Today at High Gear Media: Recalls, Drunk Driving, and Charger

Toyota's latest recall involves more than a million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks. It's been long in the works--and Toyota says it's a "voluntary service action." [TheCarConnection] Stat of the day: we spend almost $100 billion on accidents, from repairing vehicles to repairing people...Read More»

Used car salesman
Dealers Dodge Financing Oversight—Will Shady Lending, Too?

If a deal is too good to be true it probably is; and you shouldn't talk monthly payments at the lot before you decide on a car and a price. Don't forget those two valuable pieces of advice at the used-car lot; you'll still need them as it looks like shady lenders won't need to duck for cover after...Read More»

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