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Everett Miller
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Cars Wanted To Buy

People spend a lot of money on their cars and trucks. In fact, about 16% of the average American's total budget goes to transportation, including vehicle costs and fuel. That makes it the second-biggest expenditure after housing but before incidentals like food, education, and saving for retirement.

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If you don't need a tall driving position and rarely travel in deep snow, a traditional car might be a better choice, however. Whether in the form of a sedan, coupe, convertible or station wagon, cars tend to be lighter and have a lower center of gravity than crossovers, which aids efficiency and handling.

The Covid pandemic has muted depreciation, however, and prices for used cars are growing faster than for new. As the price gap narrows, buying new becomes more appealing because the vehicles are in better condition, plus, they have a full warranty and can be financed at a lower rate.

Another option is to use a no-haggle dealership, typified by CarMax, Vroom and Carvana. These companies can charge more than traditional dealerships, but generally score positive reviews from consumers. Each promises stress-free shopping with a non-negotiable price and money back guarantees, plus large and easy-to-search inventories. Each will also deliver a new car right to your door, in most instances. Unlike the others, CarMax also offers physical locations where shoppers can peruse cars.

Under normal circumstances, a car shopper might be advised to wait for the end of the month because that's when many dealers are looking to make quotas and are more likely to negotiate. They might also be told to look for cars that are being discontinued or redesigned because dealers want to get them off the lot.

"I received a phone call from the finance manager of the dealership," Darren Johnson says. The manager told them the financing for the car had fallen through and if the couple wanted to keep it, they had to come back and sign a contract with different terms.

"They got me at the back of the car, one officer was talking about why was he pulling me over when all the paperwork and everything is in my name," Flynt says. "I'm like, there's so many cop cars behind me, it looked like I robbed a bank."

For example, if the dealer offers $3,000 for your current vehicle, you could use all of that and cover a 10% down payment. Or if you had already saved an additional $3,000 and wanted to lower your monthly payment, you could combine the amounts and put 20% or $6,000 down.

Do you have a vintage car sitting in your garage that you never drive? Well, your classic car is wanted for cash! It can be hard to say goodbye to a beloved automobile, but we make the process a lot easier by offering you cash for it on the spot. With Sell A Classic Car, you can sell your classic car and receive the most convenient deal for you! Sell A Classic Car is a California Licensed and Bonded car dealer and give top dollar in cash for your vehicle. We buy and sell classic cars and also arrange all shipping details for cars bought from us.

Depending on where you live, there are two options for buying a Tesla. First, showrooms located in New Hampshire, California, Virginia and Colorado can sell you a Tesla directly. Showrooms tend to keep a limited supply of cars on hand, however, so they may not have exactly what you want. But if they have the stock, you can buy and drive like you would at a normal dealership. In all other states, the law either forbids this or is unclear.

What the heck is a microchip shortage, and what does that have to do with cars? Great question! Nowadays, almost everything runs on those little computerized chips. Even cars. All those fancy buttons, doohickies and bright lights on the dash in a new vehicle need a chip to power them up.

Used cars are normally cheaper to insure than new ones. In fact, a 5-year-old car is about 27% less expensive to insure than its brand-new counterpart.9 If you already have insurance, ask how much your premium will change if you buy a certain make and model. Let an independent insurance agent do the comparing for you.

In our search, we considered a number of different used cars, searching sites like Carvana, Vroom, Shift, TrueCar and Manheim Auctions through Steve Lang, owner of 48 Hours and a Used Car, who buys cars at auction for mostly for buyers of fleet vehicles. We also searched local through AutoTrader and

Then, we had to try to figure out what the actual sale price would be; the auction publishes an estimate for what each car will sell for based on the market. Once we found a car we wanted to bid on, we would set an opening bid and a cap. If we got the winning bid, the car would be inspected at the auction site and a report issued; if all looked good and we agreed to the purchase, Steve would invoice us and arrange for shipping.

Primary years sold: 1968-1970 Subarus are so popular today that it might be hard to believe the company's first attempt to break into the U.S. market was a disaster. The imported Subaru 360 looked like a wind-up toy, weighed less than 1,000 pounds, and was powered by an engine that would have been at home on a motorcycle, says the auto site The Truth About Cars. While the fuel-sipper was immensely popular in Japan, sales here peaked at just over 2,000 cars in 1969.

Primary years sold: 1999-2005 Toyota had its biggest misstep in the Echo, which rolled off assembly lines in 1999. Supposedly styled to attract younger car buyers, "the Echo looked like it was constantly stopping short" and the base model was so skimpy that it forced buyers to load up on options that made it as costly as better cars, Autotrader contends. The result: Sales peaked under 49,000, then plunged.

The late '90s found Cadillac grasping at straws as buyers of higher-end cars started flocking to imports, so execs "imported a car from Europe and the results were disastrous," according to Curbside Classic. Aside from the ridiculous branding (ads implored buyers to get "the Caddy that zigs") the Catera looked disturbingly similar to the mass-market, $20,000-cheaper Chevy Malibu. Sales peaked at an underwhelming 25,000 in 1997 and 1998.

Ford had high hopes for the boxy Flex: It wanted to sell 100,000 a year. The most ever sold of this distinctive SUV? Just under 39,000 in 2009. While the Flex got generally favorable reviews from critics for its practicality and retro style, buyers just didn't bite (except for Californians, who make up a disproportionate slice of owners). Ford discontinued the vehicle in 2020.

Primary years sold: 2002 Luxury brand Lincoln decided it wanted a piece of the juicy pickup truck market when it created the Blackwood, which sold for just a single model year. The truck barely cleared 3,000 in sales, ensuring its quick demise from the assembly line. What went wrong? It was simply way too nice to be at all useful, with a bizarre covered cargo bed, no four-wheel drive, and finishes that were so high-end that no one wanted to use it for the dirty jobs a pickup is expected to perform, according to The New York Times.

Primary years sold: 1987-1993 Cadillac never expected the Allante to be a big seller, but top sales of just 3,400 in 1990 were still grossly underwhelming. The main reason: This weird fusion of Italian and American design had a convertible soft-top roof that leaked like crazy when it rained, damaging the car's reputation so much that no one wanted to buy it even after the issue was rectified. (Side note: "Allante" means nothing in Italian. It's a computer-generated name picked from thousands of options by GM executives.)

Primary years sold: 2003-2006 In the end, the meticulously built Phaeton ran into the same problem as the Kia K900: It was a luxury car from a non-luxury brand. "There is a substantial disconnect for most buyers, whether German or American, between spending something north of $70,000 for a sedan and seeing the VW brand logo in the middle of the steering wheel," Autoblog says, calling the Phaeton one of the dumbest cars ever made. U.S. sales were particularly atrocious, peaking at under 2,000 in 2004. 041b061a72


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