Things To Consider When Shopping For A New Car

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When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, keep in mind what it is your trying to accomplish.

Ask yourself:

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.

The Hunt:

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….

Regroup:

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!

Smart Shopping:

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.

 

 

 

Deceleration: This is it.

The X-Games is awesome to watch, but not so awesome when people crash and get injured.  That was the case with Toomas Heikkinen a few days ago. It was rumored that he broke his ankle and got a few other bumps and bruises.  Considering the speed and the extremely abrupt deceleration, I’d say he did fairly well if that was his worst injury.

Brand New 1986 Ford Bronco XLT Found On Ebay

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.

1986 Ford RS 200 Group B Rally Car For Sale on eBay

Like Group B rally cars? Want to own your own street version of a 1986 Ford RS 200?  Asking either of those questions is like asking if ice cream is still delicious post-Y2K. Of course it is! For those of you that are not familiar with this little turbocharged rascal; what we have here today is not your average 1986 Ford. It’s an RS 200 that was originally intended for Group B rally racing, which is a disturbingly awesome piece of racing history.  Watch this video to get an idea of what the RS 200 is all about.

Now, as I said, this particular car is the “street” version with probably 250 horsepower and just over 1000 miles on it. Yes, 1000. It’s apparently a 1 owner car that is located in Florida, and can be yours for simply $129,000.  I can’t say whether that is a crazy-go-nuts price or not, because these things don’t come up for sale very often. When they do, they don’t have 1000 miles on them.  What do you think, are you ready to give up the cash?

See more pictures and info in eBay Item # 260908404349

Wow, An Original Model T Still Exists!

When you go to a car show or cruise night, there is never a shortage of hotrodded Model T’s.  This is totally understandable considering that Henry produced 15 million of them by 1927.  That’s a heaping amount of rolling stock for us to still be playing with.  What really impresses me though, is when I get to see an “original” one.  I’m not talking about a restored Model T in original form, as those are somewhat plentiful as well.  I am talking about one that has never been sliced up, or taken apart.  One that you know has all of the original bolts that an assembly line worker installed nearly 90 years ago. That is a special car, a real survivor.  You know that the car was delicately cared for by multiple generations so that a piece of American history could be passed on to the next.  Cars like that have character that restored cars can’t compete with, and can’t be reproduced.  They have bumps and bruises with stories to match. » Continue reading more of this post…

Mustang Club Video From Poland: Caution – Burnout Content.

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Here in the United States, we are known for our undying love of big American cars with big V8′s.  There is something special about burying your foot into the floor board of a V8 powered car and feeling the tires rip away at the pavement as the white cloud of smoke billows out from the rear quarter panels.  It’s passion.  What you may not realize though, is that some other countries have just as much passion for these big American V8′s as we do.  This video was apparently filmed in Poland by a Mustang car club member.  It is really quite a fantastic video.  I have watched it a few times, and it definitely makes me wonder if I need more Mustang in my life.

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1kBHcAbzw

1998 Ford Explorer How-To Video Suggestions

1A Auto Wants Your Suggestions!

1998 Ford Explorer

Over the last few months, 1A Auto has recorded several hundred high definition how-to videos on our 1A Auto YouTube Channel and we are adding dozens more each week.  We want to give our customers all the guidance that they may need when replacing the typical do-it-yourself auto parts like the ones that we provide.   Our YouTube videos are all 10 minutes or less and they cover everything from the tools that you will need, to the time that it should take, and all the tips and tricks that we have learned along the way.  They show you how auto parts are replaced in a real world environment, not in the fantasy TV land of rust-free metal and easy to turn bolts.

Most recently, we acquired a 1998 Ford Explorer that we will be breathing some much deserved life back into.  It has typical mileage, normal wear and tear, and makes a fantastic winter vehicle in New England!  Over the next month or so, we are going through it and making dozens of helpful how-to videos about the entire process. This is where you come in! We are looking for “how-to video” suggestions for this Explorer project.   » Continue reading more of this post…

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