Cheap New Cars – Best and Cheapest Cars of 2013 #used #auto #loans

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The Top 10 Cheapest Cars of 2013

A s a kid growing up, all I could do was drool about having the best new car.

I could have cared less if it was the least expensive car.

What kind of kid wants a cheap car, right ?

I just wanted the car to be new and slick. Aka Legit .

Unfortunately, my mom had other plans for me.

When I was 16 and living with my mom, I was allowed to occasionally drive a 1991 Ford Mustang convertible (similar to what you see pictured).

While that sounds sleek, it wasn t. Far from it actually.

But it was a car and it got me to school and work when I needed it to.

If you are in the market for a new car but don’t have a lot to spend, take heart.  2013 looks to be another year where a savvy shopper and good negotiator can still get a brand new automobile for not much more than $10,000.  That does not mean that dealerships will be giving their cars away; you are likely going to have to look carefully to find the best deals.  But with patience and a good knowledge of what you need (and don’t need) in a new car, the right automobile for you is within reach.

Before you run out and start test driving the new 2013 models, consider waiting a bit.  Dealerships typically do not discount their new model-year cars at the start of the year.  If you can wait until closer to the end of 2013, you are likely to get a better deal on a new 2013 car.

Familiar Models

Do not expect to find many surprises on the list of cheapest cars for 2013 .  Most offerings are smaller sedans and many of them were on the list in 2012.   Other than Ford and Chevy, the list of cheapest cars for 2013 is heavily weighted with foreign models.

While several of the automakers – such as Smart and Scion – are newer to the list of inexpensive autos, most of the names should be familiar to you.  That is a good thing when quality is a concern.  Although these cars are inexpensive, with a name like Honda or Hyundai on the back, you know you are getting a car that is likely to last.

New vs. Used

When price is a major consideration, the first question you should ask yourself is if you really need a brand new car.  Remember, any new car – no matter the price – loses at least 10% of its value the minute you drive it off the lot.  Think about whether it might be better to look for a late model used car in good condition and with low mileage instead.

That way, you can take advantage of the fact that someone else took the depreciation hit when they bought the car new and you get the advantage of a lower price.  Unlike a generation ago, when used car dealers had the reputation of being dishonest, today it is possible to buy a pre-owned vehicle with confidence.

If you plan to hold onto your car for many years and basically drive all the value out of it, then a new car might be the best for you.   After all, if you buy a new car for around $10,000 and then drive it for ten years, you will have paid only $1,000 per year for it.  Of course, some cheap cars are not built to last that long, and if you end up spending a lot of money on repairs and upkeep then you really won’t be saving any money after all.

If you cannot find a new car model that meets all your needs with respect to gas mileage, size and maintenance history, it might be better to look for a well-made used car or a more expensive new car.

More than Price

If you have decided that you really need to buy a new car, the next thing to think about is what model and make of car is best for your needs.   There is more to finding an inexpensive car than the sticker price.  Look at fuel economy, dealer costs, warranty, extras, the model’s repair history (if available) and even the engine size and horsepower.  Will you use your car mostly in urban areas for short trips or do you plan to spend a lot of time on the highway?  Will you be driving alone or hauling people or equipment?  Your answers will impact your decision.

If you are not familiar with the process of buying a new car or get nervous when it is time to haggle over price, find a knowledgeable friend or family member to come with you when you start car shopping.  In most cases, sticker price, or MSRP, is only a starting point.  Do your research so you know what the dealer paid for the car (the invoice price) and don’t be afraid to negotiate.

The Best and Cheapest Car List

While there are other cheap cars on the market, here are a number of different options at the lowest price-point.   From true “city cars” to those that are more versatile, the list is sedan-heavy but offers some other options.   Absent from the list is last year’s Toyota Yaris – an inexpensive (and rather weak-engined) auto that is being retooled as a hybrid for 2013.  You may also want to keep an eye out for the traditionally low-priced Nissan Versa. Although the company has not announced its 2013 pricing yet, it is still likely to be low, and Nissan has reportedly improved the car’s fuel efficiency and styling.

1 Ford Fiesta

MSRP: $13,200

Fuel Efficiency: 29 MPG in the city, up to 40 MPG on the highway

The 2013 St. Louis Auto Show – UrbanReview #auto #amortization #schedule

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The 2013 St. Louis Auto Show

Fuel economy is mentioned often in this year s St. Louis Auto Show. which started yesterday and runs through 5pm Sunday.

ABOVE: Sign at the Toyota display

No wonder really, given the views of today s auto buyers:

15% of those surveyed said that fuel economy was their #1 criteria in choosing a new car, but as low as that figure sounds, it still outranked styling, reliability, and cost. In other words: fuel economy is leading the pack, but not by much. (Christian Science Monitor )

Consider where we were in 2008:

The cost of gas in June of 2008, the early stages of the heavy summer driving season and during the presidential campaign, was $4.10 per gallon. The 2008 gas crisis hit its peak one month later with prices averaging $4.11 per gallon. (CBS News/Face the Nation )

By December 2008:

Gas prices declined for the sixth straight day on Thursday, falling below the $1.65 per gallon, according to a national survey of credit card swipes at gasoline stations. (CNN Money ) 

Currently the national average is around $3.31/gal (AAA ).

This focus on fuel economy is partly a response to consumer demand but also to higher standards announced by the Obama Administration in August 2012:

The standards — which mandate an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon for the 2025 model year — will increase the pressure on auto manufacturers to step up development of electrified vehicles as well as sharply improve the mileage of their mass-market models through techniques like more efficient engines and lighter car bodies.

Current rules for the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, program mandate an average of about 29 miles per gallon, with gradual increases to 35.5 m.p.g. by 2016. (NY Times )

I m glad to see manufacturers and consumers on the same page.

ABOVE: Chrysler products continued their Imported from Detroit theme ABOVE: Ford featured the small Fiesta on its first display ABOVE: The Tesla Model S is in the Eco area

The annual show is billed as the largest automobile event in the St. Louis area, the 2013 Saint Louis Auto Show features more than 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs and luxury vehicles from over 25 manufacturers all under one roof.   Maybe, but some weren t  present: Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, BMW, and Porsche.

Still, the show is a great place to see many cars in one place. It runs noon-10pm today, 10am-10pm Saturday, and 10am-5pm Sunday.

Carvana Expands Online Car Sales Nationwide – ATLANTA, Nov. 21, 2013 #used #cars #for #sale

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Carvana Expands Online Car Sales Nationwide Online Auto Retailer Gives Car-Shopping Consumers across the Country an Alternative to Their Local Dealer

ATLANTA. Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Following its successful launch in Atlanta earlier this year, Carvana, the first complete online auto retailer, expands its service area to reach car buyers nationwide. Designed to accommodate the growing number of consumers looking for a reliable online source to purchase their next vehicle, Carvana puts car shoppers in the driver’s seat by providing a secure, intuitive online shopping platform. The company allows individuals to browse its inventory of vehicles, dynamically set their unique financial terms and coordinate delivery method, all from the comfort of their home.

Carvana’s expanded service area, made available by new delivery and pick-up options, gives car buyers nationwide a viable alternative to brick-and-mortar dealerships. Carvana customers can have their vehicle shipped directly in as little as 24 hours, or can elect to pick it up at Carvana’s new state-of-the-art car vending machine in Atlanta for no additional charge. Both the delivery and pick-up options are backed by Carvana’s 7-day “test own” return policy.

Delivery rates are based on Carvana’s national service areas. Customers located within a 75-mile radius of Atlanta will continue to receive free delivery for all purchases. Buyers within a 76 to 250-mile radius of Atlanta can elect to pick up their car at the metro Atlanta vending machine or have their vehicle delivered to them for a flat fee of $199. Users outside 251 miles of Atlanta can either select home delivery or receive a voucher toward one-way transportation to Atlanta and have Carvana’s white glove pick-up service drop them off at the interactive vending machine.

“The demand we have witnessed in our first nine months of operations more than proves consumers’ appetite for online car sales. Car buyers across the country are hungry for an alternative sales channel from traditional dealerships, and we believe we’re the first of many to tap into this growing need,” says Ernie Garcia. president and founder of Carvana. “As much as consumers may love their cars, they don’t care for the car-shopping experience until now. With Carvana, they can car shop on their terms and that’s an empowering, enlightening experience.”

About Carvana

Carvana is the first complete online auto retailer that allows consumers to shop, finance and purchase a car entirely on the Web in less than 15 minutes. The company is backed by more than $1 billion in revenue and more than 20 years experience in the secondary car market. All cars available on come fully covered with a 100-day or 4,189 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 7-day money back guarantee.

The company puts full control into the customer’s hands and breaks away from the traditional car buying process by providing a secure, intuitive online shopping platform that allows individuals to browse the company’s inventory of vehicles, dynamically set their unique financial terms and coordinate delivery method, all from the comfort of their home. Upon delivery, customers can test drive their vehicle in their own neighborhood, and also enjoy Carvana’s 7-day “test own” return policy. If the customer decides they don’t like the car for any reason, they can return it within seven days, no questions asked.

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Mechanic Salary 2013 Archives – Salary By State

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Mechanic Salary By State

Google Trends of a Mechanic seem to have taken a decline on the overall word with a big growth period in 2011 around something called, The Mechanic. However, the truth around the trends of a mechanic come in the detail of specific careers like Auto Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Aviation Mechanics and more. It will be more useful for you to search for your specific mechanic career here on our site to get that specific mechanic trend.

Bureau of Labor Statistics information for Mechanics and Automotive Service Technicians shows the 2010 Median pay to be about $35,790 a year which comes out to be around $17.21 an hour. The type of education you need is a High School Diploma usually certification in your mechanic specialty like Automotive or Diesel Engine. The total number of mechanic jobs in the United States in 2010 according to the BLS was 723,400 jobs with a growth rate from 2010 2020 of 17% which is about average for job growth. The growth from 2010 2020 will add nearly 124,800 mechanic jobs over that period. By viewing our state by state mechanic salaries below you will see you can earn as much as $52,000 a year which is around $17,000 more a year by choosing to work in the highest paying state.

Listed below is information that is specific to Mechanic job salaries that you can expect to receive in that state area. Our state by state breakdown allows you to see which state is best to get a job as a Mechanic. The salary information provided below is off of real-world job listings for Mechanics and the pay offered for those jobs. We source Indeed, Simply Hired, PayScale and The information provided by Indeed about their process for collecting salary averages is as follows: Indeed Salary Search is based on an index of salary information extracted from over 50 million job postings from thousands of unique sources over the last 12 months. Many job descriptions don t contain salary information, but there are enough that do to produce statistically significant median salaries for millions of keyword, job title and location combinations in fact, most job searches you are likely to think of. As new jobs are added each day, the Indeed Salary Search index is automatically updated with fresh salary data, so the salary results are as up-to-date as they could possibly be.