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.
As a car-guy, I frequently find myself staring at project cars on eBay. Typing certain words into the search box like “barn find” or “convertible parts car” is a great way to look at interesting vehicles that you wish you could hide in your yard. Another favorite eBay search method is to hop in the cars & trucks area, hit the “buy it now only” tab, and then sort by price – lowest to highest. This is where the heavy hitters are. The cars that nobody wants. The real dumpiest of dumps. The cars that are barely recognizable as cars. The ones that appear to have been submerged in the ocean, and squished through a meat grinder. Yeah, the cars that I really like looking at.
Amazingly, this little gem of a vehicle popped up the other day. It’s a ’74 Vega for 325 bucks (OMG ! BUY IT NOW!) And it looks quite decent! I don’t even think it has been under water yet! Now, maybe it is the super vibrant photography clouding my judgement, but this thing looks like an absolute steal. Here is what the seller has to say:
“We are selling this Vega for our client. The car has been in their family and in New Mexico for at least 20 years. It has not been driven for quite some time as the father died and at the time non of the kids wanted to drive a Vega, really?”
I know right? What is wrong with the youth of today anyway? Honestly, why haven’t you bought this Vega yet!?
Way more pictures and info at eBay Item Number 350743310526
Back in the 1960′s, if you traveled into space, it meant that you were a pretty big deal. It also meant that when you weren’t strapped to the side of a rocket, you were getting sweet deals on Corvettes. Awesome new Vettes. With Big Blocks. And 4-Speeds. Neil Armstrong was doing exactly this back in December of 1966 and Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida was the reason why. See, Jim knew that astronauts were going to be in the spotlight, so if he put them in new Corvettes from his dealership, it would be a hell of a win for everybody involved. He was right. Then, when the next model year Corvette came out, the astronauts typically traded their “old” one for a fresh new one.
Fast forward to today, and I notice that Neil Armstrong’s 1967 Corvette was recently on eBay. It hadn’t seen the street since 1981, and long ago, it had some rough looking fender flares and non-oem wheels attached . Luckily, the big block and the 4 speed transmission are both still there, and that is what really matters. Unfortunately for the bidders, the auction ended without the reserve ever being met. Apparently $250,090 just wasn’t enough to own this piece of American history. What do you think it’s worth?
eBay Item # 251051174912
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)
One of my long term dreams in life is to own a beautiful old Porsche. I haven’t yet decided which model or just how old it will be, but a
convertible ehem… sorry, roadster really does sound quite nice. It doesn’t necessarily have to be super fast, but it will need to be as functional and nimble as it was when it was new. I want to carve the farm surrounded rural roads of New England without a radio, totally enveloped in the amazingly distinct sounds that the air cooled engines can only produce. Maybe I’ll be wearing a well worn leather jacket with some cracks in it, along with a cool hat. Yeah, a hat… that will be nice.
This car that we have here today was spotted on eBay, and it is a long way from carving rural roads. In fact, its a long way from just about everything, including resembling an actual vehicle. That said, these cars are worth an absolute fortune when restored properly. So even though it appears that this Porsche had a major role in a horrific accident that took place at the bottom of a swamp 40 years ago, it still has extremely significant value! In fact, with 6 days still left, the 20 bids have already hit $15,000! Crazy? Like a fox. Let’s think about it. Imagine that you hypothetically buy this car for 20 grand (bargain alert!). You then dump $50 grand into it restoring it over the next 5 years while you break in your leather jacket. When it’s done, the car will be worth more than what you have into it. Convertible versions of these 356′s go for $80K+ depending on their quality and history. Although this one is rougher than most (all?), it may be the bargain of the week! Luckily for me and my family, I know how long it takes me to get metalwork to my impossibly straight standards, so the closest this Porsche will ever be to me is in my dreams. Is this a project for you?
Images borrowed for eBay item number: 290685130752
Just a few days ago, there was a vehicle on eBay that wouldn’t have caught your eye unless you were specifically looking for it. It was a very simple, two tone brown 1986 Ford Bronco XLT … with just 6,980 miles on it. Oh snap! Yes you read that right. Throughout its whole life, it has been meticulously cared for by its original owners and it really, really shows. It has original everything, right down to its perfect looking muffler. It took 37 bids to get up to its ending price of $22,810, but that was not enough to remove the reserve. I guess if you want the most perfect 1986 Bronco in existence, you’ll just have to fork out more cash than that. What’s the one problem with this vehicle you ask? Well, what the heck do you do with it? It would be a shame to drive it, and yet it would be a shame to not drive it. I’m happy I won’t have to make that decision.
For those of you that want to see all eleventeen billion pictures that this seller has available, I recommend checking out eBay item # 160705161860. Just be sure to give it plenty of time to load, because your computer will probably give up the ghost if you don’t.
Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the global economy, but for whatever reason, this seems to be a great week to toss your super rare car onto eBay with an exorbitant price. Yesterday it was a SOHC Holman Moody Mustang, and today it is a 15,000 original mile, 1990 BMW M3. Not just your typical boring M3 though, it’s the nearly 240 horsepower “Sport Evolution” model. Oh, and it’s all black with factory headlight wipers. You know, just in case you get into some muddy rallying situations. This, my friends, is a car that people dream of owning. People like me.
As with all good things in life, there is some bad news… To start off, the car is currently in Munich Germany, which is far, at least from the United States. Secondly, it’s a car that you would constantly have to worry about if you park it in any parking lot by itself. Let’s face it, somebody in a minivan is guaranteed to swing their door into the side of it. You cannot avoid it. Lastly, it is currently bid up to $90,000-ish Euros and the reserve has not been met. That is 120 THOUSAND dollars. What the what?!! So if you want the car in your life, you will likely need to be a millionaire that just won the lottery. Hey, that happens… Check out the Ebay Item #: 170728665662 If you don’t speak German, you may want to translate it. It’s a hoot.