If you are in the market for a car, buying a used one may seem like the best way to go. You can save thousands of dollars and pick the one you want from a wide selection. However, before you head to the dealership or go for a test drive, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Before you ever set foot on a lot, narrow down your options. Do some research at home and settle on a few cars that seem like good candidates. This way, when you are confronted with hundreds of different cars, you will not be so easily overwhelmed. You can just focus on the ones that you know you are interested in.
Do a thorough background check on any used car that seems promising. You need to know exactly what the vehicle’s history is before you spend your hard-earned money on it. The last thing you want is to discover that the car you just spent thousands of dollars in was once in an accident and suffered significant damage.
Have an independent mechanic do a thorough inspection of the car before you buy it. If the seller is reluctant to allow such an inspection, or just refuses to let the mechanic proceed, you need to move on. A seller who will not let anyone else look at his car is probably trying to hide some problem with the vehicle.
Be sure to figure out how much you can afford to spend. Having a price range in mind helps you avoid getting into financial trouble. It also makes it easier to limit your search by eliminating a lot of vehicles right off the bat.
Once you know how to buy a used car, you will find car shopping a lot easier. Keep these tips in mind for the future.
If you happen to have a fleet of cars for taxi or trucks, the thing you can never live without is fleet insurance. Without insurance, you wouldn’t even be able to operate your business.
There are many companies out there that offer fleet insurance, and just like anything else in life, not all insurance plans and insurance companies are created alike.
As the owner of a business, you need to have a good fleet insurance plan, and the only way to do that is to is to get a fleet insurance quote. It’s easy enough to do that. Just go to Google and type in “fleet insurance quote”. You should be able to have ten websites that pull out the quotes of the different insurance companies. (We found our insurance company that way.)
Choose from among the ten websites and check out the information there. Ideally, you shouldn’t just get a quote from one insurance provider, you also need to get information from two other insurers. In this way, you can be sure you will be getting the best insurance plan for your needs.
Do an apples to apples comparison for the three insurance quotes. Get a feel for the fleet insurance plan that will fulfill your needs by looking at the features of each quote and, of course, the plan.
Fleet insurance plans are not terribly expensive, however, just because they are not expensive, it does not mean you should go for the cheapest. Our advice? Go for the insurance plan that gives you the best value for your money.
Fleet insurance is a staple in the automotive industry and the good thing about it is that it’s one of the few types of insurance where you can get a tailored quote.
Today the winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year were announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the awards are announced at the North American International Auto Show, the show does not give the awards. The North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards are in their tenth year and are the only independent, international awards in North America.
The jurors considered 17 cars and 13 trucks. The three car finalists were the Toyota Prius, Mazda RX-8 and Cadillac XLR. The three truck finalists were the Nissan Titan, the Ford F-150 and the Cadillac SRX.
Jurors voted early in December, sending their ballots to Richard Gabrys, the vice chairman of the accounting firm of Deloitte. Gabrys counted the ballots but kept the winners secret until the news conference, when the sealed envelopes containing the names of the winners were opened by Tony Swan, the executive editor of Car and Driver magazine and a juror.
Instead of coming from a single publication, the jurors are selected from the broad range of veteran automotive journalists representing newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Most of these journalists have been covering the auto industry for at least two decades.
This group of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada selected the Toyota Prius as the North American Car of the Year and the Ford F-150 as the North American Truck of the Year.
The Toyota Prius received 298 points, compared to 167 for the RX-8 and 113 for the XLR.
The Ford F-150 received 317 points, compared to 249 for the Titan and 198 for the SRX.
The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on several factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. To be eligible for entry into the awards pools vehicles must be new or “substantially changed” from the previous model year.
The Toyota Prius, the automaker’s revolutionary hybrid vehicle has already had a successful year after being the first hybrid to be named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year as well as Popular Science’s coveted Best of What’s New Grand Award and Automobile Magazine’s Design of the Year.
The Ford F-150 has also had a remarkable beginning to the current model year. Ford spent millions to revamp their already successful series of heavy duty trucks and came out with a true winner for . The F-150 topped all other trucks to be named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year.