If you're looking for a new set of wheels despite the recession, you're in for a surprise. New cars can be far more expensive than you recall from your last trip to the showroom. According to figures from Comerica Bank, which compiles an annual study on affordability, the average new car sold in America cost $28,715 last year--hardly affordable for lots of shoppers who need reliable, safe, and inexpensive new cars. Good news: There are dozens of cars below $16,000. Some well-styled cars, with plenty of room and five-star safety ratings too.
In 2001 there were only 2 hybrids available on the market; today there are over 20. While the fuel savings can be significant, are they worth the often premium price? You'll have to factor in how environmentally responsible you want to be, balanced with how much you're willing to pay for that responsibility. To that end we've tried to provide you with a reasonable Price Premium estimate based on the non-hybrid alternative. We've also provided you a look at available tax where applicable. With that, here's what's currently available for 2009-10 in the realm of hybrid automob
Buy a car? Right now? Really? Would you believe us if we told you there has never been a better time to be a car buyer? We're talking full blown, White House-mandated initiatives to help get you in a car. We're talking the most extreme guarantees ever offered by manufacturers. And yeah, there are plenty of cash incentives too if you just want a great deal.
When buying a used car for the family, more than any other factor, you want peace of mind. There is nothing worse than the fear of getting stuck with somebody else's problem, especially if it may result in your family being stranded on the side of the road some place. But in addition to trouble free, there is the cost of ownership, especially the cost at the pump. We've compiled a list of the most reliable and economical family sedans to get you on your way with confidence that you made the right choice.
In deference to the current economic situation, also known as the Great Wallet Lightener of 2009, Hyundai has decided that anyone who leases or finances one of their vehicles will have the option to return it and walk away from any financial obligations in the case of a life changing event within the first 12 months of purchase. An explanation follows.
Paying $23,050 for a Honda Accord might not be an option for you right now, but maybe leasing one for $241 a month is. We turned to our friends at LeaseCompare.com to see what were the Top 10 vehicles people have been leasing over the past 6 months. For your benefit, we also asked them what an ideal lease payment would be on each one of these vehicles (and keep in mind the number they gave us is with $0 down; a payment will decrease the more money you put down).
Avoiding premium gas may cost you in the long run.
There are two basic choices when deciding what to do with your old vehicle: sell it privately or trade it in.
Remember your first car? Of course you do. Thinking about getting your newly driving teen their first car? Then heed this sage advice.
Live to drive another day.
Avoid costly repair bills by doing the little things on a regular basis.
Car crashes...not fun to experience, but the tests are very fun too watch. They're also a great way to research a specific car's safety.
It's no news that gasoline prices have doubled in the last two years. Along with the seemingly ever-increasing cost to fill up, we're constantly hearing advice on how to save at the pump. All too often that advice includes a statement such as, "If your car uses premium gas, try switching to regular." Thoughts of using a lower-grade gas usually bring images of huge savings--but in today's world of $4-plus gas, premium gas can actually be a bargain. Using it over regular may actually cost you less.
You're looking for a used car. You need one that's dependable and economical. A sedan's not going to cut it, and the low gas mileage of a heavy truck-based SUV is out of the question. Enter the crossover SUV: A happy compromise of the best of both worlds. Offering car-like handling and better fuel economy than an SUV, plus the utility of an SUV, the only question left is which used crossover to buy. We've crunched the numbers and listed our picks from 10 to 1 to help you reach your own happy conclusion, one of reliability, economy and good gas mileage.
At five days a week, 50 weeks a year, that means I spend 250 hours each year commuting to and from work. For some of you, it is twice that. That is a lot of time that is often wasted. Learn to make the most of it by turning your car into a resource. In 250 hours, for instance, you could learn conversational Spanish or become an expert in just about any subject. Here's how you can get started.