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190 posts categorized "Buy Lease and Sell"

July 16, 2014

Car Shopping: When Is A “Deal” Too Good To Be True?

Used-car-dealer-thinkstock-76686162x1200So, you’re shopping for a used car: Whether you’re browsing prices online, or watching the advertisements in the newspaper, we know that vehicle cost is always an important part of your research.

New or used, many shoppers suspect that car dealers may publish prices that are insanely low as a way to get shoppers to come in and take a look at what’s on the lot. They’re called “loss leaders” and by the time consumers get to the dealership, the car has already been sold, or it’s an unappealing model that nobody really wants to buy anyhow. And then the dealer tries to upsell the shoppers into another car on the floor, or attempts to negotiate a sale of the inenxpensive car with expensive loan terms.

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November 01, 2013

The 2014 Buick Regal: Buick’s Mid-Sized Sedan Gets Makeover

2014_Buick_Regal-beauty-006By Sue Mead

Let’s start with a question: what comes to mind when you think of Buick? Young drivers? Spritely performance? The latest in automotive technology at your fingertips? Buick is all of these things today, but some car buyers think it’s an ‘older buyers’ brand and that Buick’s vehicles are stodgy, with soft-sprung suspensions. Think again, if this is you!

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September 10, 2013

Automotive Icon, Cal Worthington, Passes at 92

Cal-worthington-remembering-from-the-archivesCal Worthington, the quintessential car salesman best remembered for television commercials starring his “dog” Spot, has passed away at the age of 92. Worthington died Sunday after watching football with family at his ranch north of Sacramento.

While I can’t say that he did anything to encourage my career as an automotive journalist, I can say that Cal Worthington and his “dog” Spot were frequent guests in our livingroom, as his commercials ran frequently on local channels when I was growing up in Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s.  His “dog” Spot was never a dog; every commercial featured a different animal, from lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) to skunks, octopi, and pigs.

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August 28, 2013

2014 Toyota Tundra Review: A New American Pickup

2014-Toyota-Tundra-beauty-shot-1358Pickup trucks are more in vogue than ever! As the U.S. economy comes back and auto sales have soared once again, truck makers are seeing double-digit increases as pickups are being put to work in the housing market, on ranches and farms, and for couples and families that appreciate the multiple-use practicality of today’s trucks.

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August 05, 2013

This SpongeBob SquarePants-Inspired 2014 Toyota Highlander is perfect for “Happy Driving!”

2014_SpongeBob_Toyota_Highlander_exteriorInstead of staying in his usual pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants will be touring the U.S. this summer in a one-of-a-kind concept vehicle as part of a “Happy Driving!” promotional tour, bringing SpongeBob’s special brand of fun to several locations across the country.

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July 26, 2013

Off-Road Adventure: Selling My Mom's 1982 Datsun 280ZX

280ZXMy 87-year-old Mom has owned her 1982 280ZX Datsun 2+2 hatchback for 31 years with only 105,000 original miles and kept it in almost perfect condition. When she decided to sell it recently, she was hardly driving it anymore because my parents mostly drive a Toyota Avalon. Parting with the one and only car she bought on her own that symbolized her independence was a tough decision! She said it was like parting with an old friend.

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April 09, 2013

Your First New Car: What to Look For

Your First New CarChoosing your first new car is a big decision. Whether you opt for a snazzy sports car with a sunroof, a rugged SUV or a trusted and time-honored sedan, your car is a big-ticket purchase. 

There’s nothing like leaving the dealership confident, with the gleaming dashboard and new car smell a happy reminder that you made the right choice, and that it'll last a long time.

While some people may find it intimidating to haggle with a car salesman or overwhelming to choose from all the options out there, if you arm yourself with knowledge, buying a new car can be a good experience. You may want to consider following these tips from as you embark on your quest to find the right car for you:

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February 18, 2013

Costco Auto Buying Program offers big deals on GM products

CostcoThe Costco Auto Program today announced the outcome of its most-recent offer with General Motors. Preliminary sales results for the Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Special Offer indicate the number of eligible vehicles sold is more than 15,000 – nearly triple the final sales results of last winter’s promotional offer from the Costco Auto Program and GM. The Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Special Offer took place Oct. 2, 2012, through Jan. 2, 2013.

During the promotional period, Costco members were able to purchase select 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models at GM Preferred Pricing, in addition to receiving all publicly available rebates and incentives. Moreover, Costco members who made an eligible purchase qualified to receive a $500 Costco Cash Card after completing a Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey. “The Chevrolet, Buick and GMC Special Offer exceeded our expectations but we’re not surprised by it,” said John Gleason, Costco Services Manager. “Costco makes every effort to ensure members receive a great value and exceptional service".

The results clearly show our members recognize the great values the Costco Auto Program delivers.” The Costco Auto Program attributes the offer’s overall success to several factors; including, the diverse selection and popularity of eligible vehicles, comprehensive messaging to Costco members, national public relations efforts and word-of-mouth.

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January 22, 2013

Your Guide to Getting Rid of an Old Ride

Sign05Out with the old and in with the new -- car, that is. We asked Kelley Blue Book analyst Alec Gutierrez to decode three options for getting rid of your old car, so you can make room for a shiny, new one.

There are perfectly good options for selling a used car privately, trading it in or donating it. We mapped out the pros and cons of each, so the process can be as easy as a Sunday drive.

Assess the Worth

Before deciding which option is best for you, you’ll want to get a realistic idea of what your car is worth. "Be honest with yourself, and with the vehicle’s worth," says Gutierrez.

On, you can input your car’s specific details, such as the year, make, model, whether it has all-wheel drive or leather seats, etc., to get an estimate of what your car is worth. “Don’t skip over any of the details, because they can increase the value of the car,” Gutierrez says.

Then, it's time to explore your options for selling your vehicle:

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November 19, 2012

Smooth, Sexy, Sporty and Smart:The 2013 Lexus LS

The 2013 Lexus LS: Lexus has given its flagship sedan a complete redesign and added a new sport version to the lineup. The all-new 2013 Lexus LS 460 is unapologetically big, smooth and sumptuous-both inside and out. Plus, there’s an updated version of its LS 600 hybrid that brings increased fuel efficiency and added plushness. Since it came to the market in 1989, its designers and engineers have set the tone for the Lexus brand by endowing its top-of-the-line model with a high level of craftsmanship, technology and refinement. The newest LS has a more bold exterior; an interior that has been updated with a higher level of quality and technology; there is improved safety and upgraded driving dynamics—along with more than 3,000 new parts! The base LS 460 rear wheel drive version starts at $71, 990 and the LS600 hybrid starts at $119,910.

Lexus-1We came to Tucson, known as “The Real Southwest” and parked overnight at the sumptuous Ritz Carlton Hotel, with accommodations befitting this updated opulent auto. Lexus isn’t shy about its achievements and wants its success to be recognized, so has tailored its ride and drives and media campaign to heighten the prestige of the LS. For its first introduction this summer, Lexus revealed the new model as the centerpiece to an international photo exhibit in San Francisco called the “Lexus Laws of Attraction”, at an L.A. Food and Wine event and at the legendary Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, in Monterrey, California. The new LS F Sport model was unveiled by renowned designers Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan to a global audience during a live webcast on and Facebook. Looking at the exterior of the new iconic LS, you’ll notice it has an aerodynamic sweep of a profile, with short overhangs front and rear and a relatively long midsection.

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