When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, keep in mind what it is your trying to accomplish.
If you have kids do they typically like to bring a friend along on a family excursion, and could this new vehicle safely accommodate an extra person in the back. Are you looking for a new vehicle that’s better on gas, or perhaps a vehicle that has all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive to get you through the winter months when commuting to work.
When looking at a new car do you have a family of four or greater, is there room in the cargo area to fit groceries. I did find this to be an issue while looking at some of the crossovers and compact SUVs on the market.
Also what type of a warranty does the new vehicle come with, and what are the crash test ratings and customer reviews of that vehicle.
The Issue :
My wife and I both commute about 50 miles to work each day round trip, in opposite directions. We own two SUV’s and found ourselves spending so much money on gas and repairs each month, that it made sense to find a vehicle that was newer than ten years old and better on gas. Living in New England, the winter months can get downright treacherous while commuting during snow storms and blizzards.
Armed with dealer invoice figures ( I used the TruCar app for your IPhone), along with some automotive review and crash test rating knowledge, it was time to hit the new car lots. My first thought was to find an economical crossover or a compact SUV that had decent gas mileage, which would also satisfy our goals including the amount of money that I wanted to spend.
We had to have a vehicle that was low cost and four-wheel-drive because we had to sell one of the SUVs that we own… or so we thought….
After some major sticker shock it was time to hop back into old reliable, and to head back home to do a little more research. On my way home I couldn’t help but think, what is it that we’re trying to accomplish and what do we own. These are questions to ask yourself. After all, buying a new vehicle is a huge investment, but do it right and it may make a lot of sense.
We own a two SUVS, both very good in inclement weather (they just tend to gobble up parts once in a while, and use a ton of gas). However, it also never hurts to have an extra vehicle on-hand, in-case one of them breaks down you now have a backup vehicle to commute to work in while making repairs on the vehicle that’s down for the moment.
Owning one SUV that’s seventeen years old, and another that’s ten years old, at this point in the game it doesn’t cost much to register them every year and keep them on the road. I decided to keep the two SUVs, cycle in a new economy car to commute in that is awesome on gas, it had to have a killer warranty and more importantly it has to be low cost!
If you’re shopping for an economy car, that has great gas mileage you don’t have to spend a ton of money. While weighing the options I quickly noticed that you can find economy cars starting at around twelve thousand dollars that have fuel economy ratings at over 30 city and 40 miles per gallon highway.
Technology has come such a long way over the years, that some of the new fuel economy ratings are where the hybrid vehicles used to be at. That’s enough to make anyone smile.
While shopping around and making decisions I ended up purchasing the new 2014 KIA RIO, which gets around 27 city and 37 highway for gas mileage and also comes with all kinds of fun gadgets that make the ride to work a little more enjoyable. This allowed me to cycle in a new vehicle, and to also keep costs low.
A car dealer in Florida on eBay called AutoNationDirect has just launched a seriously incredible promotion from March 23rd to March 30th that is about to make your jaw drop. Over the next 8 days, they are going to be selling 29 BRAND NEW cars at 50% off MSRP. Too good to be true? Well, as long as you meet the terms and conditions (which look doable to me), you get a fully warrantied, brand new car for a ridiculously low price. Here are the terms and conditions quoted from the listing:
Other Terms and Conditions:
- $500 PayPal required immediately after clicking “Buy it Now”
- Full payment required within 3 days of deposit.
- Only specified VIN’s offered.
- Vehicles available first-come, first-served while supplies last.
- Vehicles are to be shipped out of Florida and buyer is responsible for arranging shipping and insurance.
- Tax, shipping, tag and title fees are additional.
- Price includes all consumer rebates and dealer fees.
- Limit one vehicle per household.
- Employees of eBay or AutoNation and their families are not eligible for this promotion. Brokers and Dealers are not eligible for this promotion.
- The Program Period starts at 12:00PM ET on March 23, 2012, and ends at 11:59PM ET (or until supplies last) on March 30, 2012.
- Cash deals only, no financing.
- Buyer must agree to sign a talent release to be used for public relations purposes.
- Buyer will be contacted by an AutoNation Direct Consultant and must complete the buying process and take delivery of the vehicle within five days of purchase.
The first vehicle up for grabs (which sold before I could even finish writing this blog post) is a 2012 Chevy Camaro V6 Automatic with 12 miles for $12,720. It came with the factory warranty, black paint, and a price that you will never ever beat at your local dealer. eBay Item Number 180849077707
Which vehicles will be up for grabs next? Looks like at least one Corvette, a few SUV’s, trucks, and several smaller sedans. Hit the link, grab some popcorn, open your wallet, and lets watch this play out.
Updates 7pm 03/23/12:
2012 Ford Mustang sold for $15,142 – eBay item # 180849190034
2012 Ford Focus sold for $9,842 – eBay item # 180849123159
2012 Chevy Sonic sold for $8,727 – eBay item # 180849182021
Updates 3:30pm 03/24/12:
2012 Ford F150 SuperCrew sold for $19,315 – eBay item # 180849290385
2012 Ford Fiesta 5 door hatchback sold for $10,415 – eBay item # 180849286794
Updates 11:45pm 3/24/12:
2012 Chevy Volt (Yes, I just said Volt) sold for $22,615 – eBay item # 180849301004
2012 Chevy Cruze sold for $9,530 – eBay item # 180849294243
Updates 7:15am 3/26/12:
2012 Ford Edge sold for $15,130 – eBay item # 180849332448
2013 Chevy Malibu sold for $13,480 – eBay item # 180849326181
2011 Chevy Cruze sold for $9,957 – eBay item # 180849328836
2012 Nissan Sentra sold for $9,210 – eBat item # 180849306196
2012 Ford Focus sold for $9,842 – eBay item # 180849123159
AutoNationDirect on eBay
Their current live eBay listings (may be zero in between car sales)
If you’re a typical car enthusiast, you have likely owned a few really terrible cars over the years. When you bought them, they weren’t terrible. In fact they probably seemed like a great deal at the time. A little bit of elbow grease and you would be hitting the beaches, and living the dream! If you really played your cards right, you may even sell it for a profit. Then reality hits you in the face like a full pedal’s worth of old brake fluid. Yea, we’ve been there.
So which car is your automotive nemesis? Tell us a story.
One of the reasons that I love old cars so stinkin’ much is because of the colorful history behind them. Each car has a story to tell, and each year that passes makes the tale that much more interesting. For me, it’s often the cars that started life as lowly base models that end up being the most interesting, because they are often the ones that people cared least about. Who the heck wants a slow muscle car, am I right? :: raises hand ::
The handsome car in this photo is exactly what I need more of in my life. It has somehow survived the last 40+ years with merely SIX cylinders under the hood, and THREE speeds on the floor. How? I really have no idea. It’s like seeing a honey badger riding a unicorn, it just doesn’t happen. If this were my car, I would not change a single thing about it. I love it for everything it is, and everything that it isn’t. My question to you is, if somebody were to hand you the keys to this car, what would you do with it? Could you keep the straight 6 in it, or would you take the road more often traveled?
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpL4VwhYSE8
Mastering that fine line between drifting and crashing is an art, not a science. To protect the common man from hitting that fine line too harshly, Chevy has just introduced the “No dorifto” inflatable restraint system into its new Camaros. It protects the driver and passengers from that dastardly asphalt ocean that they are adrift in.
Air bags: Can’t win with them, can’t win without them.
This stuff amazes me every time I see it. People buy a new car, and stuff it away in a time capsule for a few decades without every enjoying it. Then, the future happens, they blow the dust off the car, and tada! it’s 1985 again Michael. Who has the money to do this you ask? I have no idea, but it’s fascinating to me, so I recommend that wealthy people continue to do so.
As for this specific car, it is basically old news, but I apparently missed it. I guess about 2 years ago this car was “found” in a trailer. In the video it appears to be sitting behind a 68-70 Chrysler B-Body (at 1:37-1:55 ish), which is actually what I personally would rather have, but alas, nobody seems to care about that car. Anywaaaay…. The 2 or 3 guys break out the video camera, and record the entire removal of this car from the trailer and onto the ramp truck. From there, it lands on eBay and grabs something like $20K. While this is technically a profit based on the original purchase price of $16K, I’m not convinced that it was a great “investment” per se. There are a whole bunch of pictures of this car from 2 years ago on AutoBlog, but who needs pictures when you have video amirite? We are in 2011 after all, and we are totally Y2K compliant. So without further adieu, I give you, the “barn find” 4.3 mile 1985 Camaro Z28 video.
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCK7N2SgJjE