Top 10 Car Websites in South Africa #oreileys #auto #parts


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Top 10 Car Websites in South Africa

by Dalene Ingham-Brown on 13 November 2012

If it packs va-va-voom, then it s on this list. These top ten car blogs and websites in South Africa bring you the latest in motoring news and reviews, tips and tricks.

Landing themselves in various different categories, here is a quick list of our pick for the most informative, helpful websites around.

News and Reviews

Car Mag is the cool son of the Car magazine print title that was born in 1957. The Car Mag blog s updates offer candid, personal views on all things motoring. Why s this site greater than great? Well, it allows you to submit your own articles to its online community, and even has a mobile version to make handheld browsing a breeze. That s neat. Without a doubt, one of the best South African car blogs.

Wheels24 s slogan is Motoring News. First. and that s exactly what they provide. Falling under the Media24 umbrella, Wheels24 diligently brings its interactive audience daily updates on everything from news releases to the glitz and glam of motor shows.

SA Car Fan brings you the latest motoring news daily. as promised. Its fresh news and down to earth reviews give its readership what they re looking for: honesty. Other updates introduce the newest car models on the market while their website video channel hosts an entertaining collection of motoring gems.

TopCar brings readers the freshest news and motoring nuggets from the relm of motorsport, first drives and road tests. What makes this one of the coolest car blogs in South Africa? Each car that has been road tested gives readers the opportunity to contribute their ranking of the vehicle by use of a five-tier star rating system. It s a brilliant way to get a fair overview of showcased vehicles.

Motoring journalist Ray Leathern is a proud member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ), and manages his own website, Autocirca. Featured in almost every motoring publication under the South African sun, Ray s first drive reviews are not to be missed. Always managing to bring the fast paced world of motoring to readers in a passion filled, entertaining and simplistic way, Autocirca gets the quirky award.

Travel

Calling all serious off-roaders, adventureres, outdoorsy people and nature lovers. Leisure Wheels brings you off the beaten track adventures with its focus on 4×4 s and exciting southern Africa destinations. The best car blog South Africa offers in its genre.

Our trusted friend, AA. pioneered roadside assistance in South Africa and now they bring us their expert advice. The website s pool of motoring and travel tips are hugely informative and make for easy reading. Their calculators and tools deserve a high-five; they really do their part in making it easier to plan road trips.

Technology, Design and Features

Popular Mechanics. Popular offline, popular online. As is expected, the website blog brings readers the most exciting science and technology breakthroughs of the century, as well as the latest news on everything with wheels. and more.

Commercial

When you re in the e-commerce trade of new and used cars, there s no better way to add value for your users than to provide them with a constant stream of motoring news and reviews. Autoworld gives those looking to buy vehicles the latest industry news for juicy reading in between picking their dream car.

Cars is another e-commerce site successfully adding value to those who end up on their website. Apart from the updated motoring, transport, road closure and regular industry related news, the website also offers informative articles that help you through the different stages of buying a car.

These are our pick of the top 10 car blogs in South Africa. Did we miss an outstanding one? Comment below and let us know.

Dalene Ingham-Brown

Title: Blog Contributor

Affiliation: Drive South Africa Blog

Passionate about travel, social media and making lists, Dalene is on a mission to nurture her love for camping in South Africa.


10 Affordable – Cool Second-Hand Cars #used #autos #for #sale


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10 Affordable Second-Hand Cars That Still Ooze Cool

It’s not that you can’t buy a new car, it’s just that you might not want to. Why dump a ton of money on a flashy new vehicle would you could spend less money on something that’s even cooler? These second-hand cars are budget-conscious and, better yet, they’re still hot. The following list was compiled by myself and a good friend who s been in the car game for years. We hope you enjoy.

Affordable Second-Hand Car #1 Land Rover Defender

I can remember a time when a Land Rover was the car to have. Kids these days may be badgering their parents for something else on their birthdays, but the British four-wheel-drive off-road utility vehicle is still hip as far as I m concerned. Fun fact: in the 1980s the Australian Army ordered Defenders made to their own specifications, called the Land Rover Perenties, some of which were 6 6 drive with turbocharged 3.9L Isuzu diesel engines.  (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #2 BMW E30 318iS

The BMW E30 318iS – a.k.a. the mini M3 or the poor man s M3 – was available for only one year. Along with the new model came a new engine, the most modern available in the E30 range, and excellent weight distribution that has led to frequent comparisons with the famous E30 M3. Rumour has it that the 318iS out-performed BMWs own 325i, prompting the company to restrict its power so sales of the more expensive 325i weren’t affected. 41,234 models were made in total, ending in 1991.  (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #3 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

The Mercedes-Benz 300CE is a rarer two-door coupe version of the 300 E sedan. Much of the car’s engineering and many of its features were advanced automotive technology at the time of its introduction, and since many of those innovations have been adopted throughout the industry. Following its introduction in 1992, the 300CE was re-designated as the E320 in 1993 and complemented by the less powerful (but also less expensive) E220 in 1993.  (WWW )

 Affordable Second-Hand Car #4 Datsun 260Z

The Datusn 260Z was the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupe, sold by Nissan Motors in the US for the 1974 model year only and until 1978 in the rest of the world. The car was designed by a team led by Mr. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan s Sports Car Styling Studio, which explains why it’s still just as cool today as it was 30 years ago. The 260Z claimed a few updates over the 240Z, including an enlarged engine with a longer stroke to 2.6 L, better climate controls, additional stiffness in the chassis, a rear sway bar, and a redesigned dashboard. (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #5 Fiat 124

The Fiat 124 won the 1967 European Car of the Year award, following its introduction in 1966 via a spectacular publicity stunt in which it was dropped by parachute from a plane. The popular mid-sized family car produced many variants, including a station wagon, a four-seater coupé, and a two-seater spider convertible. Tally up the vehicle’s original production run and its licensed variants manufactured worldwide, and the 124 becomes the fourth biggest selling single automobile platform of all time.  (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #6 VW Karmann Ghia

The Karmann Ghia was an unexpected, but welcome, departure from Volkswagen’s function-focused Beetle. Styling by Luigi Segre of the Carrozzeria Ghia (a famous Italian automobile design and coachbuilding firm) and bodywork by the German coach-builder Karmann came together to produce a surprisingly sporty car for VW. It was a success – more than 10,000 were sold in the first year and production was quickly doubled. The Karmann Ghia went on to gain fame on American television as the car driven by CONTROL Agent 86 Maxwell Smart in the opening credits of the third and fourth seasons of Get Smart.   (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #7 Porsche 928 S

You really can’t go wrong with a Porsche. The 928 was originally intended to replace the iconic 911 and although that’s not exactly how history worked out, the 928 is a special car on its own. Porsche has manufactured only six front-engined models since its inception in 1949, one of which is the 928. After the original iteration took the top honors at the 1978 European Car of the Year competition, the “S” model debuted with a few modifications and became, at least according to Porsche itself, the fastest street legal production car sold in the US.”  (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #8 Volkswagen Beetle 1200

There will never be a time when the Volkswagen Beetle is not a classic, universally beloved car. Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers after 1945. It’s now the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide. The original was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen,” but later models were designated VW 1200, 1300, and 1500 to indicate engine displacement.  (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #9 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV6

The Alfa Romeo Alfetta is an executive saloon car and fastback coupé produced from 1972 to 1987. The GTV6, a version of the GTV with the SOHC V6 2.5 L engine from the Alfa 6 luxury sedan, was released in 1981. Its most noticeable feature is a bulge in the hood, a necessary modification in order to clear the top of the intake. The GTV6 was a successful racing car, including winning the European Touring Car Championship for an unprecedented four years in a row, and it appears briefly in the James Bond movie Octopussy. (WWW )

Affordable Second-Hand Car #10 Leyland Moke CALI

If you want a car that’s really going to stand out, this is it. The Mini Moke (also known as the Austin Mini Moke, Morris Mini Moke, and Leyland Moke) takes its name from Mini, the car with which it shares many parts, and Moke,” an archaic term for donkey. For a brief period around 1972, Leyland Australia produced a variant of the Moke commonly called a Californian. The original Californian had a 1,275 cc engine and immediately recognizable trimmings in Op-pop verve black and white tiger striped vinyl or Orange Bali vinyl.  (WWW )


10 Steps for Selling Your Car – Kelley Blue Book #used #cheap #cars


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10 Steps for Selling Your Car

    Step 1: Gather Your Car’s Information Step 2: Know Your Car’s True Condition Step 3: Decide Whether to Trade-in or Sell Yourself Step 4: Increase Your Car’s Resale Value Step 5: Set the Asking Price for Your Car Step 6: Create an Online Ad That Sells Step 7: Screen Potential Buyers Step 8: Use the Test Drive to Sell Step 9: Negotiate the Best Price for Your Car Step 10: Complete the Sale

Whether you’re looking to unload your car quickly or get the best offer for it, it’s smart to start with a little preparation. KBB.com is here to help, with tools and information for every step of the process: from determining your car’s value to setting your asking price to getting a firm online offer.

1 Gather Your Car’s Information

Many people overlook this step until the very end, but the selling process really starts with rounding up your paper work. The car’s title, service records and original sales paperwork are the big three.

Here’s why: While you may already know the basics (year, make, model, current mileage), you’ll need to know your car’s style (not just a 2003 Honda Accord, but a 2003 Honda Accord LX) along with optional features like keyless entry, a CD player, leather seats or navigation system. Options can bump up your car’s resale value, so be sure you have a complete list. If you want to see if you missed anything, check your original sales documents or the window sticker.

Finally, gather up as many maintenance receipts as you can find. “These days, regular oil changes are an even better indication of good upkeep than tune-ups,” says Dan Ingle, Kelley Blue Book’s Vice President of Vehicle Valuations and Industry Products. “If you changed your oil every 3,000-8,000 miles, in keeping with the manufacturer’s recommendations, that’s a good signal to a buyer that the car has been cared for.”

Tip:

If you don’t have your service receipts, ask your dealer, regular mechanic or oil change center if they can print a statement that summarizes your visits. This kind of information reassures a buyer that the car is in good shape, which can help you get a higher price.

Next Step 2: Know Your Car’s True Condition


10 cheapest cars: Why (almost) nobody buys them #used #auto #loans


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    Nissan Versa sedan is lowest-price new car at $12,780 Dealers seldom stock bare-bones models Most buyers demand more features

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Cheap new cars can be a disappointment zone.

If you go looking for the $12,780 2014 Nissan Versa sedan that went on sale Tuesday as America’s lowest-price new car, good luck. Dealers almost never stock the lowest-price model.

They say nobody buys the bottom version, and shoppers say that’s because they aren’t available. Automakers say the so-called “take rate” for the lowest-price version of any model runs from 2% to 5%.

Using that new Versa as an example, the bottom-price model has a manual transmission. Few can or will drive a stick-shift nowadays. Moving up to the conventional four-speed automatic adds $1,000.

And you still don’t have the high-mileage version you probably saw advertised.

That’s the one with the CVT (continuously variable-ratio automatic transmission), which is rated an appealing 40 mpg on the highway. Lowest-price CVT model is the S Plus, starting at $14,580, including shipping.

Suddenly, instead of a chops-licking, less-than-$13,000 new car, you’re getting close to $15,000.

At which point buyers often start thinking about nicely equipped, lightly used cars instead of new ones.

It’s not just Nissan. Most automakers price their vehicles that way.

Of course, there’s more profit in even slightly higher-price models, so that’s what car companies want to make and dealers want to keep on the lot and in the showroom.

In addition to being hard to find, bare-bones cars just aren’t that desirable, even among those who swear they “just want basic transportation.” Often “basic” means sans air conditioning, power windows and a radio.

Power windows sounds like a luxury until you picture yourself reaching from the driver’s seat across the car to hand-crank the passenger-side window.

Using Versa again, the average transaction price is $16,092, according to research and shopping site TrueCar.com. Three cars have lower average transaction prices: SmartForTwo ($14,264), Chevrolet Spark ($14,707) and Mazda2 ($15,528).

Transaction price is all-in, out the door, so it includes taxes and license fees as well as factory rebates, shipping and dealer discounts.

And cheap-to-buy often isn’t cheap to own. A low-price vehicle frequently depreciates faster than a more expensive car, so at trade-in time, the gap between the value of what you have and what you want is pretty big. Depreciation is the single biggest cost of owning a car, but often overlooked because it doesn’t hit until years after you buy the car.

The 10 cheapest new cars in the U.S.

The list was complied by kbb.com and USA TODAY research. Rankings are based on sticker prices, including shipping charges. All are 2013 models except the 2014 Versa.

•Nissan Versa S Sedan, $12,780

•Chevrolet Spark LS Hatchback, $12,995

•Smart ForTwo Pure Coupe, $13,240

•Ford Fiesta S Sedan, $13,995

•Kia Rio LX Sedan, $14,350

•Ford Fiesta S Hatchback, $14,995

•Chevrolet Sonic Sedan, $14,995

•Toyota Yaris 3-door, $15,165


10 Tips for a Successful Car-Buying Experience on Craigslist – Feature – Car and Driver #auto #wheels


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10 Tips for a Successful Car-Buying Experience on Craigslist

The vehicle listings on Craigslist are often light on graphics and always free of oversight, and cruising them can be an eye-opening experience. Usable at no cost for most sellers, half-truths are plentiful in the listings and vehicle histories rare, leaving it to you to connect the dots. (Very few people take our advice for selling a car online .) Yet Craigslist can be a highly effective tool for locating the car of your dreams. Here are 10 tips that should help you separate fact from fiction and satisfied with your purchase:

1. Hone your search. Craigslist allows users to configure their search results to include dealers, private sellers, or both. If a warranty, certified pre-owned status, or convenience is high on your list of priorities, you’ll want to restrict yourself to dealer listings, as there’s no reason to waste time scrolling through pages of clapped out Fox-body Mustangs and worn-out work trucks. On the other hand, if driving for two-hours to look at rust-ravaged, Vietnam-era forward control Jeep that “ran when parked” is your thing, you already know the drill: private sellers all the way. Still, the “both” setting can be handy when looking for a nice commuter car or winter beater, as sometimes dealers will offer such things, although that practice is becoming less common.

If you know exactly which vehicle you want and how much you’re willing to pay, CL offers the option of plugging those criteria in right at the top of your search. Doing so will narrow the offerings accordingly, facilitating a focused search and a rational purchase with a minimum of drama. (To cast a wider net, you can also use one of the many sites that allow you to search every local Craigslist across the country.) Of course, one could argue that a life that doesn’t include at least one late-night back-alley transaction involving a sagging Ford Torino, small farm animals, and some class-C fireworks isn’t really a life worth living.

2. Size up the seller. It’s true you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the type contained within can be quite revealing. If an ad is composed in ALL CAPS and is accompanied by a couple of grainy images that resemble lo-res screengrabs from the Zapruder film, you’re probably in for a rough ride. Likewise, certain sellers like to spice up their ad with buzzwords and phrases like “air blows cold” and “stops on a dime,” which are actually thinly veiled code words for, “if [insert name of component or system in question] is still working when you buy it, it likely won’t be by the time you get the car home.” Bottom line: Judge the vehicle on it’s own merits and don’t believe the hype.

3. Call first. Get as much information about the vehicle as you can on the phone—and always ask if more photos are available or can be taken, especially of problem areas—and try to pick up on the seller’s character. Do they sound composed or sketchy? Engaged or disinterested? There’s nothing worse than carving an hour out of your busy schedule to drive across town only to be greeted by a seller who says, “Well, I was just kinda throwing out a feeler, not sure if I really want to sell it at this point.” Of course, if their voice is tinged with the languid drawl or hyper-intensity of a narcotics aficionado, there’s a good chance they’re looking for a quick sale—cash talks—so quit reading and start buying! We kid, of course.

4. The meet-up. As the buyer, it’s up to you to go to the seller. Meeting on common ground is always a good idea, and if the seller agrees, make arrangements to meet at a well-lit, mutually agreeable location, preferably one with lots of credible witnesses foot traffic. A local “cars and coffee” event is a good option, as is the parking lot of the local auto-parts store or speed shop. Of course, if the vehicle in question isn’t in running condition, you’ll have to visit the car where it sits.

5. A word about vans. Nothing is more creepy and suspicious than two or more guys loitering around an unmarked, windowless lockbox on wheels in a parking lot. (Especially if your meeting place is near a school or government facility.) We love vans, too, but discretion is advised.

6. Get an inspection. Be realistic. If the deal in question involves a decade-old pickup priced around $3K, it’s unreasonable to start bitching about surface rust or worn upholstery. Take it for spin, and thoroughly exercise the accelerator, brake, and, if applicable, clutch pedal and shifter. The steering and suspension will inevitably be looser than when new, but overt creaks, clicks, or clunks could indicate a potential safety issue. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a late-model daily driver for the wife to shuttle the kids around in—or you’re purchasing a classic—do yourself a favor and have it inspected by a reputable shop or expert in the make. A seller with nothing to hide will be more than agreeable.

7. Negotiate. Everything on Craigslist is negotiable. Even if a seller states that a price is firm, the very nature of Craigslist and its low, low price of free for the listings encourages ambitious pricing. Haggling as portrayed on television, however, where the seller caves after a tense 15-second negotiation and lets the car go for half of the asking price rarely happens in the real world. It’s OK to start low, but insulting a seller with an absurdly low number can quickly sour a deal. To score a good price while retaining a modicum of dignity, try asking the seller what their bottom dollar is, and then counter with an offer 15 to 20 percent below that figure; chances are you’ll be within 10 percent of the actual number the owner needs to get the deal done. Always negotiate in person; the only thing cheaper than talk is a tactless e-mail. One last thing: Seal the deal with a handshake, as the human element imparts an air of finality to the deal that only a true psychopath could ignore.

8. Make sure there’s a clean title. Talk is cheap, and when it comes to a missing or suspicious title, everyone has a story. Sorting out an unsound title or sourcing a duplicate is possible, but our experience proves it can be time-consuming and soul-crushing work. So unless the car in question is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, walk. You don’t need the hassle. If a bank or financing company still holds the title on a vehicle, ask the seller to make some calls to ensure everything is kosher, and that the title can be obtained and delivered without undue delay.

9. The exchange. When it comes time to trade green for pink, you can’t find a better location than your personal bank. In addition to being the home turf for your money, banks generally have a notary public on staff who can witness signatures and emboss the bill of sale or other paperwork with their all-important official seal. Building a sound paper trail is a great way to protect yourself in any transaction, so don’t be afraid to ask the seller to take a certified check if the selling price is more than a couple of grand.

10. The road home. At this point, the vehicle in question is yours. Unless spelled out in writing beforehand, the seller has every reason to expect you’ll be removing it from his property pronto. Suddenly announcing that you need to, “get my El Camino running first—to make room,” is of little concern to the seller. If your new vehicle needs to be towed, have arrangements in place; if it’s a driver, buy a pal lunch and have him drop you off. Before you leave, double check to make sure you have everything: the manuals, the spares, and the loose interior bits from that box that was in the trunk. Once the previous owner has your cash, they’ll have little incentive to track you down to hand off anything you forgot.


10 Best Used Cars Of 2013 #toronto #auto #show


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10 Best Used Cars Of 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet ) — When demand for used vehicles rises, the race to find the most reliable beater on the market suddenly becomes a slightly scuffed version of the new car market.

Sales of new cars increased 13.4%, but the definition of the “best” car money can buy has changed since the recession curbed everyone’s spending. Those used cars that were once rental car fodder and lures for cash-strapped high school kids are now legitimate competitors to newer models. That’s creating an interesting mix in the overall vehicle market.

Automotive data service Polk revealed last year that the average age of cars and light trucks on U.S. roads is roughly 11 years. That’s up from 8.9 years a decade ago and 9.8 as recently as 2007. New car sales slumped during the 2008 and 2009 recession years as America’s drivers squeezed as much mileage out of their old cars as possible.

According to Manheim Consulting ‘s Used Vehicle Value Index. used car prices actually fell 0.8% last year, but jolted up 1.2% in December as Superstorm Sandy reduced an already small supply. Dwindling new car inventory and used car lots already depleted of 2- and 3-year-old vehicles are keeping prices high as sales increased 5% last year and more than 10% from 2010.

That’s making a lot of formerly undesirable older vehicles a lot more popular. Manheim found that owners are looking to sell their old Toyota ( TM ) Camry, Honda ( HMC ) Accord or Ford ( F ) Fusion, Manheim says they’ll make an average of 2% more on the deal than they would have last December. Even used pickups and vans have benefited as demand accelerated 2.6% and 0.2% respectively within the past year.

While Polk has found that American car buyers are regaining their confidence, there’s no way to make them ignore the value of an older, cheaper, equally reliable vehicle. Considering the advanced age of the average American car, we asked the folks at Kelley Blue Book to see what decade-old models should factor into car buyers’ decision-making this year. They came back with an extremely flush selection of 30 vehicles.

Even folks at auto-sales site Edmunds. who are typically more focused on newer model’s than yesterday’s favorites, are acknowledging the appeal of an older vehicle. They just released a rundown of the 17 “best” used cars of the market and showered praise on models including 2006-11 Ford F-150s, 2006-11 Subaru Outbacks and 2006-11 Honda Odysseys. The following are just 10 of their selections and some of the reasoning behind the picks. With used car prices not quite the deep discount they once were, it pays to know which vehicles are worth the price:


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By lerin.tilleyyy488 – 11/07/2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — In September 2013, I had a car repossessed due to bad choices on my part. Knowing full and well I couldn’t finance another car through a reputable source, I went to ECA and purchased a 2007 Toyota Yaris for $9,996.00. My payment was $300.00 a month ($149.00/biweekly), and I was told that the reason the car was so high in price was due to the warranty.

After having my car for less than 30 days, the blower in the AC/heat went out. The warranty department fixed it for free, but dealing with the warranty department was a huge pain. You have to drop off your vehicle and be without a car for at least a day, which is terrible if you only have one car in the family. I had belt problems that always squealed when the weather was cool or moist, and I took it to ECA Warranty three separate times to have it fixed. I also had a mechanism in the fuel system leave me stranded on the side of the road once, and had to pay the $100.00 deductible to have it fixed through their warranty.

They put a GPS tracker in the vehicle, along with a kill switch. I was dedicated to never being behind on my car payments, so they were always withdrawn the same day I got paid so the money would always be there. One day, I stepped out of work to go to lunch and my car was dead. Originally I thought it was the battery, but I called ECA anyway to see if it had been shut off on their end. When I talked to her, I asked if, for some reason, my last payment hadn’t gone through (even though it showed up on my bank statement) and she said, “Yeah, but we just had a glitch so it shut down your car.”

I asked why I hadn’t been notified earlier about the glitch, and she said, “Well, you know now.” So basically, even though I’d made every payment and never been at all late, my car was deactivated. I called back later and asked to speak to the manager, and I was rebuffed and told that I had no reason to complain because my car was back on.

I talked to my bank and they agreed to refinance my auto loan at a much lower rate (I went from 23% to 8.49, which is wonderful for someone with a discharged Ch. 7). I called and asked for a payout, which was faxed to me. I was sick that week, so I never made it to the bank and another car payment went through. The next week, I called again requesting an updated 10 day payout. He started to verbally tell me the payout, and when I asked for a written payout, he rudely refused. I said, “I have a payout that was faxed to me two weeks ago, I don’t understand why I can’t get an updated payout,” and he said, “Whoever sent you that shouldn’t have, I can’t send you another one.”

I asked how I was supposed to give my bank the information when they needed it in written form, and he said, “Uh, you just use the old one?” in a very condescending manner. I told him the old one was no longer accurate in terms of my balance, and he said that wasn’t his problem. So I got frustrated and hung up. He called me back shortly and told me that even though it wasn’t his problem, he would email me my payout “just this once”. Finally, I got the stupid thing in writing.

Today, I called their finance office to see about dropping off the check for the full amount. They told me to drop it off at the branch from which I bought the car. My loan manager at my bank then did so at 11:30 a.m. I called ECA at 1:00 p.m. to make sure the check had been received, and was told that the check was supposed to be dropped off at their headquarters, which is across town.

No one told me this information before that phone call. I have a car payment scheduled to be auto withdrawn this Saturday, and I was told it would take 3 days to cancel the auto withdrawal feature. I asked them if I would receive a refund for the $149.00, since that payment would technically be an overpayment once the bank’s check is processed, and she said, “Maybe.”

Overall, I knew what I was getting into when buying a car from them. They Target a very shady demographic of people that are bad with money, so it makes sense to overcharge so they aren’t losing money. That being said, I had a naive thought that they would treat me with respect because I pay my bill on time, I keep insurance on my car, and I give them no issues. Never have I been late on a payment, never have I let my insurance lapse, and never have I done anything to warrant being treated with a lack of respect.

Despite all of this, I still got to experience having my car deactivated due to a “glitch”. Imagine trying your hardest to pay all your bills on time and be a perfect consumer and being punished by your car not turning on. I was at work, my car wouldn’t start, and I was horrified people would think it was because I was irresponsible. There is no reason for ECA to have such terrible customer service. There is no reason why people that are following the rules should be made to feel so small and humiliated.

If you are in the terrible position of buying a car from them, hear me now: finance with them, then try your hardest to get the loan refinanced somewhere else. They will treat you like crap once they realize you won’t be giving them that 18-23% anymore, but you will be free.


Top 10 Places to Buy a Used Car #auto #mechanics


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Top 10 Places to Buy a Used Car

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet ) — Just because a car is used doesn’t mean it’s a great deal.

Depending on where you live, the price of a used car on a dealer’s lot or even in a listing on Craigslist can be considerably more than what someone on the other side of the country is paying. Supply, demand and the general economy of the surrounding area mean there might be better deals just a few towns away or across the state border.

“Prices can vary substantially from city to city, and depending on where you live, it may pay to look beyond your ZIP code to find greater savings,” said Langley Steinert, founder and chief executive of used car pricing site CarGurus.

New car sales jumped 13.4% last year as Americans made their way back onto dealer lots. Still, they did so reluctantly; automotive data service revealed last year that the average age of cars and light trucks on U.S. roads is roughly 11 years. That’s up from 8.9 years a decade ago and 9.8 as recently as 2007. New car sales slumped during the 2008 and 2009 recession years as U.S. drivers squeezed as much mileage out of their old cars as possible.

By holding onto their used cars, consumers threw off a very delicate balance and decimated used car supplies. According to Manheim Consulting ‘s Used Vehicle Value Index. used car prices actually fell 0.8% last year, but jolted up 1.2% in December as Superstorm Sandy reduced an already small supply. Dwindling new car inventory and used car lots already emptied of 2- and 3-year-old vehicles are keeping prices high as sales rose 5% in 2012 and more than 10% from 2010.

That makes even the most utilitarian and undesirable used vehicles a popular commodity these days. Manheim found that owners looking to sell their old Toyota ( TM ) Camry, Honda ( HMC ) Accord or Ford ( F ) Fusion will make an average 2% more on the deal than they would have last December Even used pickups and vans have benefited, with demand accelerating 2.6% and 0.2% respectively within the past year.


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10 Tips to Help you Sell More Cars

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I have a couple of new salespeople at the dealership.

When I got in the car business almost 18 years ago, I was thrown to the dogs. I had no worth-while training, the only close I learned was “If I could, Would You. “, my only technique was selling on price and quite frankly, I SUCKED! Later, I moved back to Michigan and had a great manager that took me under his wing and taught me a few good techniques. I am going to share some of these with you.

Tip #1: Stay Away from Negative Salespeople, Huddles, etc!

I can’t stress this enough. There is a type of salesperson in the car business that I call an Old Timer. They think they know everything, they don’t want to learn new things, they are average (or below average) salespeople and they take great fun out of bringing new salespeople down to their weak level. Every dealership I have ever worked in has at least one. Hell, I have even been one before! LOL

They never give good advice and if they try, they lack the skills to even know what they are talking about. They are good at making excuses as to why things are bad instead of learning/trying new things to sell more cars. They get jealous when a new guy knocks a “home run” and claim that other salespeople are outselling them because “they get all the house deals!” They are poison to a new car salesperson. Stay away from them! Avoid them like the plague.

Tip #2: Use a Great Greeting!

Bad greetings include, “Can I help you?” or “Can I get someone for you?” or the ever popular, “Can I help you OR get someone for you?” That was my greeting for my first 7 years in the car business and I am convinced that it cost me enough to pay cash for a new house. Seriously!

What, you may ask, is wrong with this greeting? You see all the old timers using it! Well, it is easy to create a “reflex objection” buy starting off with a yes/no question. Someone may answer, “I’m just looking.”

The greeting you should use: “Welcome to ABC Motors. I’m (your name) and you are. “

Walk into a “Moe’s” one day where everyone yells, “Welcome to Moe’s!” Walk into a department store when someone says, “Welcome to JC Penny.” What comes out of your mouth? Not “I’m just looking” but rather “thanks!”

A good greeting is very important and will start the sale off right by allowing you to get control early-on. It will also make your customer feel welcome and appreciated.

Tip #3: Do a T.O. (Turn Over)!

Let a manager have a crack at a customer before they leave. They might say just the right words. On an average month, I personally close around 5-10 customers for salespeople who did a T.O. (I do F


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Car Wax Review: Top 10 Best Car Waxes

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Taking care of a car involves more than just diligently delivering it to the mechanic and paying the bills. There are a few procedures that can easily be done at home at a much lower cost. Waxing / polishing your car is one of the easy DIY procedures. It keeps the paint safe from (small amounts of) dirt or bird droppings, and goes a long way towards ensuring your car looks spanking new after years, even generations.

Car wax comes in three different forms – liquid. paste. and spray. each with its own pros and cons. When it comes to durability, liquid wax is considered to be the best, but applying it evenly can be a bit tedious. Paste wax can be applied relatively easily, but it dries very quickly — sometimes too quickly. Spray wax is the easiest car wax to use, and thus is considered ideal for amateur car enthusiasts. Also, spray waxes are highly compatible with plastic. But spray-wax coats are very thin, and hence less effective when it comes to cleaning and durability. Spray waxes are handy if you plan to wax the car every 2-3 weeks; for longer intervals, liquid or paste wax is the better option.

Most waxes are coupled with an applicator; you will hardly ever come across a wax brand which is sold without this add-on. If the specific applicator is not available, sponge is the next best option. Before applying the wax, you need to make sure that you go through car waxing tips and tricks, and get well-versed with the simple ones (e.g. wash and dry your car thoroughly, carry out this task in shade, etc.) before you begin. It is Imperative that you clean and wash the car Thoroughly — the capital I’s and T’s aren’t a misprint — before applying the wax, as even the smallest bit of dirt can wreak havoc with the surface of your car if ignored. The car must be clean and dry before applying the wax. If you are new to polishing, a simple search on Google or YouTube can answer all your questions.

Top 10 Car Waxes

With numerous brands available in the market — each boasting of superiority over the rest — it can be difficult to find out which car wax brand is the best. At the same time, you cannot afford to take the risk of making a mistake while making the choice, as it will directly affect the appearance of your vehicle. In such circumstances, you need to take various factors — the durability and protection offered, the task of applying it, the cost, etc. — into consideration to narrow down to the best. Since different makes and models of cars are made with different materials, it can be tricky to find the wax best for your car. If you have a trustworthy mechanic pal, you could ask for his advice on the best polish for your particular car, since he would know the material used in your vehicle and the best wax for it.

Turtle Wax Carnauba Car Wax T-6

Turtle Wax is considered by most, including Consumer Report. to be the best car wax available in the market, because it is very efficient at cleaning the car, and is also quite inexpensive at $6.44-$10.26. This carnauba (a superior type of palm wax, known as ‘queen of waxes’) wax gives your car a durable water-repellent cover, which makes sure that pollutants don’t end up harming the car surface.