Auto Rebates and Coupon Tax Facts #auto #reviews


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Auto Rebates and Coupon Tax Facts

By Donna L. Montaldo. Coupons/Bargains Expert

Donna Montaldo is a journalist who combines her past experience in the retail industry with her experience and passion for using coupons and finding bargains. Read more

Consumers and automobile manufacturers benefit from the many cash-back coupons and rebates offered on car sales. Another group that benefits greatly are the state tax collectors.

Last year cash rebates totaled more than $28 billion, according to Edmunds.com. Although much of the 28 billion is returned to the consumer, many states collect sales or excise taxes on the pre-rebate sale price.

Continue Reading Below

Consumers are Catching On

Car buyers are launching complaints when they discover that they paid sales tax on the pre-rebated amount of their automobile purchase.

Jack Gillis of Consumer Federation of America told the Washington Post that he finds the policy outrageous and said Sales tax always has to be based on the actual sales price. With a rebate, that s price less the rebate. What s the next step – you go ahead and charge tax on the MSRP (manufacturer s suggested retail price) even though you ve negotiated $5,000 off the price?

In many states, car sales taxes are handled much the same way as grocery store coupons. If an in-store coupon or frequent shopper card results in the consumer paying a lower amount for an item, then the savings is subtracted from the total before the tax is computed.

However, if the consumer uses a coupon supplied by a manufacturer, then the tax is figured on the total sale first then the coupon amount is deducted. If the consumer savings comes by mailing in a rebate, the sales tax is based on what the consumer pays at the time of purchase.

Continue Reading Below

In car sales, consumers who purchase a car using the popular employee discount method would pay taxes based on what they paid at the time of sale. However, if the consumer receives a manufacturers coupon that reduces the price, the tax is calculated at the full sale price and then the coupon amount is deducted from the sale.

How Much is it Costing Consumers?

Example:

Auto Price – 30,000

  • Automatic Manufacturer Discount – 10 percent
  • Adjusted Auto Price – 27,000
  • Sales Tax (Based on 6 percent) – $810
  • Total Price Paid by Consumer – $27,810

Auto Price – 30,000

  • Manufacturer Rebate Coupon – 10 Percent
  • Sales Tax (Based on 3 percent) – $900
  • Adjusted Auto Price – $30,900
  • Coupon Deduction – $3,000
  • Total Price Paid by Consumer – $27,900

Difference – $90

Because of consumer confusion about coupons, rebates and sales tax, some manufacturers are considering reducing the prices of the automobiles on a permanent bases which would mean consumers are taxed based on how much they actually pay for the car.

Not all states tax car sales the same way. In Delaware, consumers pay 2.75 percent of the price consumers pay at the time of sale. If a rebate or coupon is subtracted from the total at the time of sale, then the consumer pays tax based on the adjusted amount. If a rebate is paid to the consumer at a later time then at the point of sale, then they have the option to complete a state form requesting a refund on the rebate amount.

The debate over the future of rebates in the auto industry continues with some analysts who believe they are here to stay.

George Hoffer, professor of economics at Virginia Commonwealth University, told the Washington Post, Lower list prices and cutting dealer margins forces the dealer into narrow band of prices. It guarantees factories will have to come back with rebates.


Denver Auto Show: 5 Last-Minute Facts About This Week Weekend #matthews #auto


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Denver Auto Show: 5 Last-Minute Facts About This Week + Weekend

If you haven’t heard, the Denver Auto Show is taking over Colorado, starting today. Thousands of car enthusiasts and those searching for a new vehicle are heading downtown to get a look behind the wheel of some of the best cars on the market today. Schomp MINI is representing the MINIs at the Denver Auto Show, and you won’t want to miss seeing the MINIs that we have inside the building.

If you’ve never been to the Denver Auto Show before, we’ve put a list together of five things you should know before heading downtown to see the lineup of cars. Come stop by the MINI booth and sit behind the wheel of a brand-new MINI Cooper.

Denver Auto Show 5 things you should know

SCHEDULE

Starting today, the Denver Auto Show open its doors to the public for five days of fun. It open at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, but has earlier hours everyday after. Today also happens to be Military Day, which lets active and retired military personnel free admission, with appropriate military ID (white active duty or blue retired military cards).

LOCATION

Colorado Convention Center

TICKETS

The MINI Container


What is the Best Car Paint? Get the Facts #selma #auto #mall


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What is the Best Car Paint? Get the Facts

January 27, 2012

The best car paint depends on the car model that you have chosen. There are several different types of car models that are present in the market but the same car paint looks completely different on every car model. Before you choose new car paint, take a look at the best car paint products on the market now.

Are Automotive Paints Unique?

Automotive paints are made of many toxic compounds and they are manufactured specially for coating cars. All types of paint follow a simple method of application where primer is sprayed onto the surface of the car. This prepares the car for the new car paint. The application technique of the paint job, the amount of paint and the depth of color will then decide the eventual shade of the car.

Types of Automotive Paints

There are many types of automotive paints but the major ones are as follows

  • Nitrocellulose paints- these paints are one of oldest varieties of paints. The paint is made up of cellulose and was used on cars since the 50 s. This paint formulation is particularly good to resist light and pollution and lasts for a long time. Recently, several countries have tightened restrictions on the use of nitrocellulose due to the large amount of organic solvent that evaporates into the air when you use it. You can still find this variety in the market but there are better formulations that you can choose too.
  • Acrylic lacquer is another variant that is really popular. But this paint too requires a thinner to create a really great coat on the car. The finish is smooth and appears glass like. The only requirement is regular buffing to get the paint to shine properly. This paint is still available in the market and is the best variant for beginners to practice with. The paint dries fast and mistakes can be sanded down rapidly too.
  • Acrylic enamel is one of the cheapest paints around and can be easily used by beginners.
  • 2 pack paints are used on all modern cars and are one of the best car paint varieties in the market. They are easy to use and relatively cheap too. The finish lasts long and is extremely damage resistant. The paint is made in two parts where paint and hardener are mixed to create the complete coat. This paint does contain isocyanates though which are considered extremely dangerous to human health.

Can I Mix Two Paint Brands Together?

No you cannot. This is because two different chemical structures of paint are not compatible with each other. Please make sure that you check the original paint on your car and remove it completely before attempting a repaint job.

What Are the Varieties of New Auto Paint that Are in the Market?

The latest shades of auto paint that are popular are pearlescent and metallic. Metallic paints are made by mixing aluminum flakes with the shade of paint that you want. The effect can be controlled by calibrating the amount of flakes that you add to the paint shade. Dozens of shades are available for you to choose from. Pearlescent shades are made of a solid base coat, a pearl flake coat, and a clear top coat. Pearlescent paints can also change when the light hits it causing a color flip when the light hits it. For example, the color Amaranth changes from blue to pink to pink purple depending on the light which strikes it.


Auto Rebates and Coupon Tax Facts #buy #a #used #car


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Auto Rebates and Coupon Tax Facts

By Donna L. Montaldo. Coupons/Bargains Expert

Donna Montaldo is a journalist who combines her past experience in the retail industry with her experience and passion for using coupons and finding bargains. Read more

Consumers and automobile manufacturers benefit from the many cash-back coupons and rebates offered on car sales. Another group that benefits greatly are the state tax collectors.

Last year cash rebates totaled more than $28 billion, according to Edmunds.com. Although much of the 28 billion is returned to the consumer, many states collect sales or excise taxes on the pre-rebate sale price.

Continue Reading Below

Consumers are Catching On

Car buyers are launching complaints when they discover that they paid sales tax on the pre-rebated amount of their automobile purchase.

Jack Gillis of Consumer Federation of America told the Washington Post that he finds the policy outrageous and said Sales tax always has to be based on the actual sales price. With a rebate, that s price less the rebate. What s the next step – you go ahead and charge tax on the MSRP (manufacturer s suggested retail price) even though you ve negotiated $5,000 off the price?

In many states, car sales taxes are handled much the same way as grocery store coupons. If an in-store coupon or frequent shopper card results in the consumer paying a lower amount for an item, then the savings is subtracted from the total before the tax is computed.

However, if the consumer uses a coupon supplied by a manufacturer, then the tax is figured on the total sale first then the coupon amount is deducted. If the consumer savings comes by mailing in a rebate, the sales tax is based on what the consumer pays at the time of purchase.

Continue Reading Below

In car sales, consumers who purchase a car using the popular employee discount method would pay taxes based on what they paid at the time of sale. However, if the consumer receives a manufacturers coupon that reduces the price, the tax is calculated at the full sale price and then the coupon amount is deducted from the sale.

How Much is it Costing Consumers?

Example:

Auto Price – 30,000

  • Automatic Manufacturer Discount – 10 percent
  • Adjusted Auto Price – 27,000
  • Sales Tax (Based on 6 percent) – $810
  • Total Price Paid by Consumer – $27,810

Auto Price – 30,000

  • Manufacturer Rebate Coupon – 10 Percent
  • Sales Tax (Based on 3 percent) – $900
  • Adjusted Auto Price – $30,900
  • Coupon Deduction – $3,000
  • Total Price Paid by Consumer – $27,900

Difference – $90

Because of consumer confusion about coupons, rebates and sales tax, some manufacturers are considering reducing the prices of the automobiles on a permanent bases which would mean consumers are taxed based on how much they actually pay for the car.

Not all states tax car sales the same way. In Delaware, consumers pay 2.75 percent of the price consumers pay at the time of sale. If a rebate or coupon is subtracted from the total at the time of sale, then the consumer pays tax based on the adjusted amount. If a rebate is paid to the consumer at a later time then at the point of sale, then they have the option to complete a state form requesting a refund on the rebate amount.

The debate over the future of rebates in the auto industry continues with some analysts who believe they are here to stay.

George Hoffer, professor of economics at Virginia Commonwealth University, told the Washington Post, Lower list prices and cutting dealer margins forces the dealer into narrow band of prices. It guarantees factories will have to come back with rebates.


What is the Best Car Paint? Get the Facts #second #hand #cars #uk


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What is the Best Car Paint? Get the Facts

January 27, 2012

The best car paint depends on the car model that you have chosen. There are several different types of car models that are present in the market but the same car paint looks completely different on every car model. Before you choose new car paint, take a look at the best car paint products on the market now.

Are Automotive Paints Unique?

Automotive paints are made of many toxic compounds and they are manufactured specially for coating cars. All types of paint follow a simple method of application where primer is sprayed onto the surface of the car. This prepares the car for the new car paint. The application technique of the paint job, the amount of paint and the depth of color will then decide the eventual shade of the car.

Types of Automotive Paints

There are many types of automotive paints but the major ones are as follows

  • Nitrocellulose paints- these paints are one of oldest varieties of paints. The paint is made up of cellulose and was used on cars since the 50 s. This paint formulation is particularly good to resist light and pollution and lasts for a long time. Recently, several countries have tightened restrictions on the use of nitrocellulose due to the large amount of organic solvent that evaporates into the air when you use it. You can still find this variety in the market but there are better formulations that you can choose too.
  • Acrylic lacquer is another variant that is really popular. But this paint too requires a thinner to create a really great coat on the car. The finish is smooth and appears glass like. The only requirement is regular buffing to get the paint to shine properly. This paint is still available in the market and is the best variant for beginners to practice with. The paint dries fast and mistakes can be sanded down rapidly too.
  • Acrylic enamel is one of the cheapest paints around and can be easily used by beginners.
  • 2 pack paints are used on all modern cars and are one of the best car paint varieties in the market. They are easy to use and relatively cheap too. The finish lasts long and is extremely damage resistant. The paint is made in two parts where paint and hardener are mixed to create the complete coat. This paint does contain isocyanates though which are considered extremely dangerous to human health.

Can I Mix Two Paint Brands Together?

No you cannot. This is because two different chemical structures of paint are not compatible with each other. Please make sure that you check the original paint on your car and remove it completely before attempting a repaint job.

What Are the Varieties of New Auto Paint that Are in the Market?

The latest shades of auto paint that are popular are pearlescent and metallic. Metallic paints are made by mixing aluminum flakes with the shade of paint that you want. The effect can be controlled by calibrating the amount of flakes that you add to the paint shade. Dozens of shades are available for you to choose from. Pearlescent shades are made of a solid base coat, a pearl flake coat, and a clear top coat. Pearlescent paints can also change when the light hits it causing a color flip when the light hits it. For example, the color Amaranth changes from blue to pink to pink purple depending on the light which strikes it.


Used Minivans: Facts Worth Knowing About. #blair #auto #mall


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Used Minivans: Facts Worth Knowing About

A used minivan can be a good choice for a car buyer that s looking for a vehicle with a lot of cargo capacity, but don t want a big, bulky, and fuel-inefficient truck or full-size van. Whether you are a soccer mom, or you are carpooling, a used Dodge Grand Caravan or Honda Odyssey can provide the space and versatility you need at a great price. Most automakers have at least one minivan in their model lines, and with all the choices that are out there, finding the right used minivan can be a long process. This guide will tell you what to look for, and it will also provide you with some basic facts on used minivans.

Used Minivan Basics

There are three different sizes of minivan: compact (which seats 4 to 5 people), regular (for the average-size family) and large (for greater cargo capacity or bigger families). After the large-size minivan, you re really moving into full-size territory and those vans are best suited to those with really large families.

Of course, prices will vary depending on location and the vehicle s condition, but you can expect to pay about $13,000 for a used 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, or about $14,000 for a used Honda Odyssey. Correspondingly, a van with more options (such as power locks, keyless entry, and CD changer) will cost a bit more.

Most fairly modern used minivans come with a 6-cylinder powerplant, but there are a few 4-cylinder models still available. Most minivan models provide adequate (but not too brisk) acceleration, and at least 20 miles per gallon on the highway. As the van gets bigger, so should the engine and the fuel mileage and efficiency will go down.

In general, minivans are among the safest vehicles you can buy but before you make your decision, look at your van model s crash test ratings, and you should also look for features such as rollover control and side airbags. Larger vans don t usually come with this kind of equipment, so make your purchase carefully.

Minivans Are Family Friendly Vehicles

When you re transporting your family in a used minivan, you should look for some key features. Adjustable seats, dual air conditioning controls, an entertainment system such as a DVD player/monitor combo, and cup holders all make it a lot easier for your family to ride in comfort.

Many used minivan models come with removable rear seats, but newer models come with second and third-row seats that are reconfigurable (some can even fold into the floor). Those with larger families can benefit from a van with a second-row bench seat. Most minivans can seat at least seven people, and have the space for parents and kids to move about. They can hold more cargo than the average SUV, too.

While sport utility vehicles continue to be popular on the used vehicle market, used Dodge, Honda and Kia minivans are a more financially sound choice for most families. They are cheaper to insure, and maintenance costs are generally lower. They offer better fuel efficiency, and far more cargo area. All in all, a used minivan is an ideal choice for the family on a budget.


What is the Best Car Paint? Get the Facts #fisher #auto #parts


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What is the Best Car Paint? Get the Facts

January 27, 2012

The best car paint depends on the car model that you have chosen. There are several different types of car models that are present in the market but the same car paint looks completely different on every car model. Before you choose new car paint, take a look at the best car paint products on the market now.

Are Automotive Paints Unique?

Automotive paints are made of many toxic compounds and they are manufactured specially for coating cars. All types of paint follow a simple method of application where primer is sprayed onto the surface of the car. This prepares the car for the new car paint. The application technique of the paint job, the amount of paint and the depth of color will then decide the eventual shade of the car.

Types of Automotive Paints

There are many types of automotive paints but the major ones are as follows

  • Nitrocellulose paints- these paints are one of oldest varieties of paints. The paint is made up of cellulose and was used on cars since the 50 s. This paint formulation is particularly good to resist light and pollution and lasts for a long time. Recently, several countries have tightened restrictions on the use of nitrocellulose due to the large amount of organic solvent that evaporates into the air when you use it. You can still find this variety in the market but there are better formulations that you can choose too.
  • Acrylic lacquer is another variant that is really popular. But this paint too requires a thinner to create a really great coat on the car. The finish is smooth and appears glass like. The only requirement is regular buffing to get the paint to shine properly. This paint is still available in the market and is the best variant for beginners to practice with. The paint dries fast and mistakes can be sanded down rapidly too.
  • Acrylic enamel is one of the cheapest paints around and can be easily used by beginners.
  • 2 pack paints are used on all modern cars and are one of the best car paint varieties in the market. They are easy to use and relatively cheap too. The finish lasts long and is extremely damage resistant. The paint is made in two parts where paint and hardener are mixed to create the complete coat. This paint does contain isocyanates though which are considered extremely dangerous to human health.

Can I Mix Two Paint Brands Together?

No you cannot. This is because two different chemical structures of paint are not compatible with each other. Please make sure that you check the original paint on your car and remove it completely before attempting a repaint job.

What Are the Varieties of New Auto Paint that Are in the Market?

The latest shades of auto paint that are popular are pearlescent and metallic. Metallic paints are made by mixing aluminum flakes with the shade of paint that you want. The effect can be controlled by calibrating the amount of flakes that you add to the paint shade. Dozens of shades are available for you to choose from. Pearlescent shades are made of a solid base coat, a pearl flake coat, and a clear top coat. Pearlescent paints can also change when the light hits it causing a color flip when the light hits it. For example, the color Amaranth changes from blue to pink to pink purple depending on the light which strikes it.


Auto Detailing Facts, auto detailing Tips, How to detailing Guides, how to polish, how to wax, DIY detailing, do it yourself guides #used #car #dealer


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Facts, Tips and Tricks from the Experts

Welcome to Autogeek’s Detailing Guide. This is your personal detailing instruction manual covering all car care topics: polishing, waxing, washing, cleaning wheels and tires, convertible top care, and more. Print it out, bookmark it… treat it like your own detailing handbook. You’ll find tips and techniques here that are currently used by detailing professionals and enthusiasts to create automotive masterpieces. Borrow from their knowledge and turn your own vehicle into a work of art.

These detailing how-to’s are written from the combined experiences of the Autogeek staff as well as tips provided by customers, professional detailers, and industry leaders in car care. We constantly update our how to guides to provide you with the latest tips and products as we learn about them. Follow the links throughout these guides to learn more about the products recommended and to add

them to your own detailing arsenal.

To put more information at your fingertips, we’ve created the AutogeekOnline forum. It’s a place for detailers and enthusiasts to discuss their hobby, share advice, and post pictures of their work. It’s a great way to get feedback on your specific detailing issue from others who’ve encountered the same problem. Best of all, you can log on to AutogeekOnline.net at all hours to get the information you need to achieve the best possible finish on your vehicle. Click on the first link on the left column to visit the forum.

If you’re looking for information a specific product, use the search box at the top of this screen to locate it. In addition to our own products – Pinnacle . Wolfgang . DP . Diamondite and Cobra – Autogeek carries hundreds of other excellent car care products for every surface of your vehicle.

Check back often because we’re always updating our detailing guides and adding new features. Our goal is to provide you with the best information and products for your vehicle all in one place, here at Autogeek.net.

I found the website helpful. I liked that they offered multiple products and lines. I also liked the online advice and the way site linked together. I had questions about what products would be best for my black car, paint condition, etc. so I called and talked to someone. My call was handled quickly and I think I received some excellent recommendations, products I was not considering which surprised me. The customer service person explained why they recommend the products they did versus the ones I was considering. I purchased most of the suggested items. Payment transaction was easy. I received an e-mail to track my shipment which was helpful. My order arrived quickly and in excellent condition.

B. Childs, Jamestown, NC


Auto Electrical Systems – Facts – Repair Advice #auto #loans #rates


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Auto Repair #9:

Understanding Your Import Car’s Electrical System

Today’s auto electrical systems are getting more intricate and are stressing the limits of current technology but they are basically the same design as 30 years ago. What can today’s do-it-yourselfer do to keep from being electrically-challenged in the middle of nowhere? A quick overview of your car’s electrical system would be a good start. The major components of your car’s electrical system are explained below, along with some troubleshooting tips.

Your Import Car’s Battery

The battery is a storage device, currently 12 volts, used to start the engine and help operate the electrical accessories installed on your car. The battery consists of six cells of stacked positive and negative lead plates, separated by insulators and immersed in electrolyte, which is a water and sulfuric acid mixture. Each of the six cells produces 2.1 volts for a total of 12.6 volts (although it’s actually stored energy, not produced).

The chemical reaction created between the lead plates and the electrolyte creates dangerous, explosive gases that vent through the battery cover vents. Care should always be taken when charging or jump starting low batteries and whenever working under the hood of the car. Always keep the battery clean to allow proper ventilation.

Some batteries use a gel to replace the electrolyte for a somewhat safer battery and the use of maintenance-free batteries has eliminated the need for refilling the electrolyte. However, all batteries lose charging capacity over time through the loss of the electrolyte, deterioration of the plates and chemical breakdown of the connections.

Whenever a car exhibits symptoms of a charging or starting system failure, the most basic test that should be performed first is a visual and voltage test of the battery. Knowing the exact condition of the battery is the best way to know whether or not to suspect other system components and can prevent the unnecessary installation of a starter or alternator, which cannot repair the vehicle until the battery is up to snuff.

To analyze the condition of a battery, very little high-tech equipment is really needed. While there is excellent equipment available for big $$$$, all that is really needed is a good DVOM (Digital Volt Ohm Meter), a battery charger, some patience and a little common sense.

A quick way to tell if a battery needs recharging is by observing the eye on the battery and being able to determine what the color of the eye is telling you. Below is a chart of various battery manufacturers that use a colored eye, as well as what the different colors mean:


Auto Detailing Facts, auto detailing Tips, How to detailing Guides, how to polish, how to wax, DIY detailing, do it yourself guides #auto #extended #warranty


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#

Facts, Tips and Tricks from the Experts

Welcome to Autogeek’s Detailing Guide. This is your personal detailing instruction manual covering all car care topics: polishing, waxing, washing, cleaning wheels and tires, convertible top care, and more. Print it out, bookmark it… treat it like your own detailing handbook. You’ll find tips and techniques here that are currently used by detailing professionals and enthusiasts to create automotive masterpieces. Borrow from their knowledge and turn your own vehicle into a work of art.

These detailing how-to’s are written from the combined experiences of the Autogeek staff as well as tips provided by customers, professional detailers, and industry leaders in car care. We constantly update our how to guides to provide you with the latest tips and products as we learn about them. Follow the links throughout these guides to learn more about the products recommended and to add

them to your own detailing arsenal.

To put more information at your fingertips, we’ve created the AutogeekOnline forum. It’s a place for detailers and enthusiasts to discuss their hobby, share advice, and post pictures of their work. It’s a great way to get feedback on your specific detailing issue from others who’ve encountered the same problem. Best of all, you can log on to AutogeekOnline.net at all hours to get the information you need to achieve the best possible finish on your vehicle. Click on the first link on the left column to visit the forum.

If you’re looking for information a specific product, use the search box at the top of this screen to locate it. In addition to our own products – Pinnacle . Wolfgang . DP . Diamondite and Cobra – Autogeek carries hundreds of other excellent car care products for every surface of your vehicle.

Check back often because we’re always updating our detailing guides and adding new features. Our goal is to provide you with the best information and products for your vehicle all in one place, here at Autogeek.net.

I found the website helpful. I liked that they offered multiple products and lines. I also liked the online advice and the way site linked together. I had questions about what products would be best for my black car, paint condition, etc. so I called and talked to someone. My call was handled quickly and I think I received some excellent recommendations, products I was not considering which surprised me. The customer service person explained why they recommend the products they did versus the ones I was considering. I purchased most of the suggested items. Payment transaction was easy. I received an e-mail to track my shipment which was helpful. My order arrived quickly and in excellent condition.

B. Childs, Jamestown, NC