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Top 10 Used Cars in New York
Here are the top 10 searched used cars in New York Metro Area, including percentage of overall search traffic via CarGurus.
1. BMW 9.5%
2. Toyota 7.6%
3. Honda 7.6%
4. Ford 7.4%
5. Mercedes-Benz 7.3%
6. Chevrolet 6.1%
7. Nissan 5.6%
8. Jeep 4.6%
9. Audi 4.2%
10. Dodge 3.7%
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Think of your favorite movies. What are some of the key elements that made those films so memorable? The characters? The story? Some of the greatest movies cemented their places in pop culture because of the cars featured in them. Let's take a glance at the seven best cars from the movies:
1. 2015 Aston Martin DB10 from "Spectre"
Some would argue that the defining characteristics of the James Bond films are the cars, specifically the Aston Martins. Each film features a newer, sexier version than the last. As a result, the latest 007 movie left audiences in awe of the Aston Martin DB10. The sleek body and tricked-out features will leave any car enthusiast drooling.
2. 1970 Dodge Charger from "The Fast and the Furious"
The FatF franchise is known for its crazy race scenes and modified cars. However, there is one vehicle that stands apart from the rest. Dom's classic Charger is a true thing of beauty. This car was also featured in the "Dukes of Hazzard" as the General Lee.
3. 1984 Ford Econoline from "Dumb and Dumber"
To avoid taking ourselves too seriously, we can all admit that we loved the Mutts Cutts van from the 1994 comedy classic. It's almost impossible not to giggle every time the shaggy, dog-faced Econoline comes chugging onto the screen.
4. 1973 Ford Falcon from "Mad Max"
Though the filmmakers altered the car to give it more of a wasteland appearance, the Ford Falcon still impressed audiences the moment it revved up. In fact, Popular Mechanics ranks this ride the 8th most popular car from movies.
5. 2008 Audi R8 from "Iron Man"
Any machinery that impresses Tony Stark should earn our respect. That is why when Iron Man himself rolled onto the scene in an Audi R8, we decided to take a moment to acknowledge the beauty and power behind the car. According to Auto Trader, this car is the first sports car from Audi and comes with a "420 horsepower V8 engine and Quattro all-wheel drive."
6. 1958 Plymouth Fury from "Christine"
What would this list be if we neglected to include the iconic Christine? If any car could take Arnie from geek to cool in a few scenes, it was the Plymouth Fury. Hopefully, drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of their own don't get the same evil urges he did
7. 1981 DeLorian from "Back to the Future"
While this car is last on our list, it's first in many of the hearts of film lovers. John DeLorian's brainchild redefined the limits for vehicle design. Though his product was a market flop, it's still fun to watch Doc and Marty punch it to a whopping 88 MPH to successfully travel through time.
Cinema could be considered a moving time capsule for different generations. Looking at movies across the decades, we can see what people found most attractive and interesting about the cars of the time. To find one of the cars on our list for yourself, visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction website today.
You may not think that Hyundai and luxury go hand in hand, but with the advent of Hyundai’s Genesis brand, you may want to think again. Genesis is Hyundai’s challenge to BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes- a standalone offshoot inspired by the current Genesis and Equus models. At our used Hyundai dealer in Jersey City, we’re excited to see how these smooth operators morph into a luxury line.
Improving On Perfection
The nascent Genesis has strong roots in a brand that ensured that their shoppers’ luxury experience goes above and beyond standard-issue car shopping. As it is now, prospective buyers of the Hyundai Equus, the automaker’s most deluxe model, receive red-carpet treatment, with all the perks of luxury car ownership brought to you. These models have their own fleet of sales experts who bring the vehicle to your home for a test drive. Hyundai believes there are little things- like valet maintenance service that leaves you with a loaner while they pick up your Equus for routine care- that set luxury car ownership apart.
This is the sort of tone that Hyundai will bring to Genesis brand shops, which will be located within Hyundai dealerships for the time being. As the Genesis and Equus models get renamed to G80 and G90, we’re hoping that used Hyundai shoppers can see them on our Jersey City lot. However, these vehicles boast rich, responsive handling that are found in other popular Hyundai models, such as the Elantra or Sonata.
Something for Everyone
No matter the luxury level, you can count on your Hyundai to deliver reliability that’s second to none. The lineup has something for everyone, with esteemed versatility as a trademark for every model. For customers looking for a vehicle that make every trip enjoyable- from a quick errand to a long road trip- considering a Hyundai is a great idea.
If you’re on the hunt for a new-to-you car, consider a Hyundai- or any of the other high-quality, meticulously inspected vehicles at our used car dealership! Contact us today and our sales experts will help you find what you need.
Just like any other Mercedes vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class models are also technologically advanced. Mercedes equips the cars with the best features to assist their customers and make their drive more convenient.
The standard tech features in the premium 1 package across all three models of SLK-Class include a 5.8-inch color in-dash display. SLK350 and AMG SLK55 also have 5.8inch color screens. Hands-free Bluetooth interface and Bluetooth audio streaming are also included in the standard. Prewiring for Becker MAP PILOT navigation system and Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system are standard for SLK350 and AMG SLK55; but these two are an option for SLK300. SiriusXM radio with 6-month all access trial is standard on AMG SLK55 but in the Premium 2 package for other two models.
TuneIn radio, voice control with learning feature, no-charge navigation map updates for 3 years are all a part of premium 2 package across all three models. COMAND navigation, SiriusXM traffic and weather with 5 years of service and in-dash DVD/CD player and SD card reader are a part of premium 2 package.
Apart from these features, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class cars also have three different Mbrace telecommunications service optional packages. All three packages have different tech features for the convenience of the customers. Some of the features include Mercedes Concierge, point of interest destination download, and turn-by-turn route assistance. It also includes location-based traffic and weather updates.
Another mbrace optional package includes roadside assistance, vehicle finder, speed alert, remote start, door lock/unlock, diagnostics features. Crisis assist, automatic alarm and collision notification emergency call, driving journal are also optional features in mbrace packages.
To get more information about the features of used Mercedes-Benz vehicles, please visit New Jersey State Auto Auction, New Jersey.
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The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is available in three trim levels: SLK300, SLK350, and AMG SLK55. The Standard package includes almost similar features for all the trims. One of them is attention assist that alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings if signs of drowsiness are detected. There is an 8-way airbag protection, electronic stability program, brake assist and antilock braking system. It also has an electronic parking brake, adaptive braking technology, and dual roll bars.
The standard package also includes Mercedes’ mbrace technology that has on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash alert, and speed monitoring. It also includes teen driver geo-fencing and remote door unlocking. The standard feature also has rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The Mercedes also has night security illumination and illuminated entry system for dark areas at night time. Advanced tire-pressure monitoring and antitheft alarm system with remote panic features are also a part of the standard package in all trims. NECK-PRO head restraint is another great feature in the standard package.
SLK350 and AMG SLK55 have infrared-remote hardtop operation in their standard package but SLK300 has it in Premium 2 package. Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination and adaptive highbeam assist are in the Premium 2 package for SLK300 and SLK350. But these two features are standard in AMG SLK55. Blind spot assist is a feature in Premium 2 package for all three trims. The Premium 3 package for all three trims includes Lane Keeping Assist, PARKTRONIC with advanced parking guidance and Distronic plus.
Edmunds brake testing showed that the SLK350 stopped from a speed of 60 mph in 113 feet. SLK300 is also expected to stop in a comparable distance.
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The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has three models with powerful engines and transmissions.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It produces a torque of 273 lb-ft. and a power of 241 HP. It has a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and a rear wheel drive. Its expected acceleration time from zero to 60 mph is 5.8 seconds. The fuel economy for city driving is 25 mpg and on the highway is 32 mpg.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces a torque of 273 lb-ft. and a power of 302 HP @ 6,500 rpm. It has a standard seven-speed automatic transmission and a rear wheel drive. The expected acceleration time from zero to 60 mph is 5.4 seconds. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for the city is 21 mpg and for highway it is 29 mpg.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLK55 is a car with a 5.5-liter handcrafted AMG V8 engine. The car produces a torque of 398 lb-ft. and power of 416 HP. It is a rear wheel drive and a standard AMG-tuned seven-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The estimation by Mercedes of this car going from zero to 60 mph is 4.5 seconds. Even though it has great power, the fuel economy of this car is not that bad. The city fuel economy is 19 mpg and the highway fuel economy is 28 mpg. The car has an optional AMG handling package with limited-slip differential feature and AMG performance suspension feature. It has a standard torque vectoring brake technology. It provides additional precision and control in turns via a targeted rear-wheel braking.
To book a test drive of a used Mercedes-Benz vehicle, please contact New Jersey State Auto Auction, New Jersey.
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Durability in a vehicle is always of top importance. Who wants to suffer a breakdown in the middle of nowhere? The Toyota Highlander is spacious, seats up to eight midsized people and implements state-of-the art technology. Three different engines with front or all-wheel drive, 185 horsepower and 184 ft of torque, makes this an ideal choice. If you want maximum mileage, go for the Highlander Hybrid with 280 horsepower of electric motors mounted in the front and back. At the New Jersey State Auto Auction, you have a host of models to choose.
The Highlander is available in Limited trim, LE, LE Plus and XLE. The LE models have a 2.7-liter cylinder. The rest of the models have a V6 3.5 liter model. The standard features differ from the LE that includes basic air conditioning, USB outputs, Bluetooth, touch screen, stereo speakers with CD/AM/FM. The LE Plus has additional features like a power lift gate, radio powered to HD, power adjustable driver’s seating. The Limited model offers a high-end pre-collision system, radar cruise control, stolen vehicle finder, automatic high beam alerts, among others.
The Highlander delivers on its promise – it never fails. Every single model is fitted with airbags along with a knee airbag for the driver. The tire pressure monitoring system and the stability control system ensures that passengers are always safe. The Limited range also has an additional feature that provides the driver with a traffic alert. You are in safe hands with all the features – automatic collision notification, pre collision system of warning and any emergency assistance. In a nutshell, the vehicle never fails, period.
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Only a handful of cars could possibly stake claim to a 35-year long unbroken history of being released annually. However, the Toyota Celica is one car that survived to tell the tale. In its long and glorious history, the car went through a significant number of changes in terms of its powertrains, buyer profiles and competitors. Notwithstanding, it never forgot its identity of being the company’s beginning-level sport coupe.
Having arrived in the US in the year 1971, a year known for political upheavals, the oldest Celica became renowned for its rear-wheel drive – a trend that has been able to stay for three generations. A significant change arrived when front-wheel drive was adopted for the fourth-generation Celica during the eighties of the last century. The Japanese automobile manufacturer made the vehicle a bigger attraction when it was converted into coupe, hatchback and convertible versions during the nineties of the last century.
In the face of complaints by car enthusiasts on the new Celicas not being very sporty, the company came up with an alternative version. This recent version of the Celica was both sporty and comfortable. People who are interested in sporty convertibles and coupes might certainly take a good look at Toyota Celica. However, it is important to note that he car’s qualities do differ with the time period.
For an affordable and fun sports car, look into a used Toyota Celica. Contact the New Jersey State Auto Auction store to look further into one of these great vehicles and their availability.
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Attendees of the 2016 New York International Auto Show were treated to a first look at Lincoln's new Navigator concept car. The unusual model probably had onlookers half-expecting the vehicle to set sails or take flight – anything but simply drive down the street.
According to Yahoo! Finance, the statement-making Lincoln Navigator concept took its inspiration from yachting. The model boasts large, graceful gullwing doors that sweep out from either side of the vehicle and a classy retro interior that features seaworthy teak detailing.
The reveal of the impressive vehicle follows a years-long effort by the Lincoln brand to revive its image and boost sales. The brand, owned by Ford, believes the new design, is just what consumers need – even if it is a little over-the-top.
"Gullwing doors are not at the top of [consumers] needs right now," said president of the Lincoln brand Kumar Galhotra in an interview with USA Today. "There are two reasons that we did this. One is that it's a concept. Concept (vehicles) offer great ways to explore ideas. The second is that the interior of the vehicle is very important … and this is a great way to showcase that interior."
Rehabbing the brand
The past several years have not been easy for Lincoln. According to Yahoo! Finance, the brand sold a miniscule 80,000 vehicles in 2014 – compared to around 250,000 a year in the early 1990s. Its most famous offering, the Lincoln Continental, had since retired, and its last remaining major player, the Lincoln Navigator, was a clunky SUV that cost a small fortune just to fill up, explained the source.
Ford was considering shuttering Lincoln's doors forever, but Mark Fields, who would later become Ford's CEO, talked the then-CEO out of it, feeling a renewed sense of hope in the brand's future.
Key to the brand's future were two things: a commitment to "quiet luxury" as the Lincoln mantra and Matthew McConaughey.
You've seen the commercials: A suave McConaughey drives a Lincoln around while muttering weird things. Sometimes he's en route to a fancy dinner party, sometimes he's randomly in the desert facing down a bull. No matter the setting, you can be sure he's going to say some strange stuff like:
"Sometimes you gotta go back to actually move forward." Or: "That's a big bull." Or even: "I just liked it."
What are you trying to say, Matthew?! The ads are odd and unconventional, that's for sure. But they certainly worked, despite of – or perhaps because of – their weirdness. After the premier of the ads, Lincoln had its strongest October sales since 2007, with sales up 25 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A wave of parodies followed suit, the most famous of which were a series of SNL skits starring Jim Carrey. According to THR, the skits led to a more than 100 percent increase in Lincoln brand visibility on social media.
Quiet luxury soars
The many, many parodies of the McConaughey ads aside, Lincoln's new image took flight. With lots of luxury vehicles on the market that emphasized engine power and other hard performance specs, Lincoln leadership wanted to appeal to wealthy consumers that didn't care for hefty horsepower or turbo-charged stats, explained Yahoo! Finance. "Quiet luxury" was what Lincoln wanted to represent, and it seems to be working.
"We made a very big commitment to Lincoln about three years ago, saying we want to turn Lincoln into a world-class luxury brand with a client experience to match," said current Ford CEO Mark in an interview with Business Insider, as reported by Yahoo! Finance. "And we've had a lot of success implementing that strategy. We grew our sales and our market share two years in a row. In the first couple of months of this year our sales are up 19%."
And the gullwing-boasting Lincoln Navigator is all about taking that quiet luxury to new heights. According to USA Today, the production version of the vehicle is slated to go on sale in 2017, which is exactly 20 years after the original Navigator was introduced to the world.
But you don't need to be a millionaire – or Matthew McConaughey – to drive a Lincoln. Head to NJ State Auto today to find a Lincoln that suits your wallet, and your needs.
Mercedes-Benz has always been a company that harps on innovation, power, style and comfort. Consequently, this should come as no surprise to anyone that the SLK Roadster perfectly fits into the given criteria. To put it in simple words, this vehicle is for those people who are emotionally and physically ready to drive a sports car while having the comfort and convenience of a convertible.
If you take out your SLK Roadster, there will be no shortage of people jealously peeping into your car. The car is simply awesome when the speed is concerned. It has the ability to reach a speed of 60 miles per hour within a time span of 5.4 seconds. What’s more, you have the brand name of Mercedes-Benz stamped on the car for establishing your class. The handling is pure bliss and the ambience and exhaust akin to a sports car are something that should fascinate you.
The engine installed in the car is a V6 that has an outstanding exhaust note. The door and the dash are endowed with soft-touch material thus imparting the car with rare class. Not to mention it’s bold, cherish able exterior appearance!
If at all you are interested in getting behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster, make it a point to visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction store to find a great deal on an even greater car.
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All eyes in the auto world will be on the Javits Center in NYC for the 2016 New York International Auto Show March 25 – April 3. Guests will gawk at nearly 1,000 cutting-edge vehicles and check out the newest offerings from the world's leading automakers at an event that's as glitzy and glamorous as the auto industry can get.
The belles of the ball this year? SUVs and CUVs, according to Forbes. Sports cars will also have some time in the spotlight, though it's sport- and crossover- utility vehicles that will be named Prom King and Queen.
The Popular Kids: Utility vehicles
Automakers are expected to dramatically pull the white sheets off some exciting new models. Porsche is going to wow with its display of a four-cylinder Macan, Forbes reported, while the U.S. will get its first look at the impressive Maserati Levante. Also on the lineup is the electric Mitsubishi Outlander and a reworked Acura MDX.
Mercedes-Benz will be flaunting its crossover option, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43, though some industry experts think the model is more about looks than utility. The AMG carries the "coupe" name, with its fluid lines, but is indeed a spacious vehicle that boasts Ride Control Sport suspension setup, noted Digital Trends. Although the model may be more focused on being a good-looking, luxury crossover, it is able to exceed 60 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds. Maybe Mercedes shouldn't take all the blame for its looks, though – the site did mention that the "swoopy silhouette" has recently become incredibly popular with SUVs that straddle the line between the coupe life and pure utility.
The hatch is back
Also in the spotlight? The hatchback. Honda Civic will be showing its first hatchback since 1995, reported the Miami Herald. It will have a feisty 174-horsepower engine and will be marketed toward those Millennials, who Honda's Senior VP believes are looking for vehicles that combine "hatchback utility and sporty performance," the newspaper noted. Hey, if Millennials can bring Star Wars, typewriters and vinyl back, why can't they do the same for the good ol' hatch?
"Godzilla: The Sequel" hits theaters
It's loud, it's brash and it's unapologetic – the Nissan 2017 GT-R is a creature to be reckoned with. The manufacturer flaunts a brand spankin' new rendition of the vehicle, nicknamed "Godzilla," at the show this year. And well, it's better. Wrote Chris Ziegler in an article for The Verge:
"Basically, Godzilla is more terrifying – but also somehow friendlier, than ever."
The GT-R is a true supercar, capable of going from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds, and has 20 additional horsepower – though the engine is allegedly quieter. The aesthetic changes are subtle, with a slightly different vent design and hood. Ziegler explains that the updated GT-R is intended to convince people that you don't have to be Dom Toretto in "Fast & Furious" to have a reason to use this car – you can also drive it around the country on a road trip. Heck, if you owned this $100,000 vehicle, you'd probably drive it to the grocery store.
Middle-road, but definitely not mediocre
It's not all just cutting-edge crossovers and intimidating supercars at the NY International Auto Show. Traditional cars will have some time to shine, too, according to Forbes. Leading the pack will be the brand-new Subaru Impreza, a compact sedan with state-of-the-art powertrain technology that Subaru just can't wait to show off. Also look out for a revamped Kia Cadenza and Chevrolet Sonic, which boasts an updated tech interface that's compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Can't afford the Nissan GT-R of the other supercars on display at the New York International Auto Show? Don't worry, just head to NJ State Auto and we can fix you up with the perfect vehicle, even if you have poor credit.
When the time comes to buy a new car, you may fantasize about zipping around in a racy, fire-engine red Mercedes. But times are tough, wallets are thin and that Mercedes might just be better off in your dreams. Only for now, of course – you can revisit those dreams later. But just because you can't afford a flashy, late-model sports car doesn't mean you have to settle for a vehicle that you wouldn't be caught dead driving. There are lots of cars out there that will get you where you need to go and look good doing it too, without the hefty price tag.
Besides, fashions and trends come and go. Opinions are changing and what's old is new again. Have you noticed how many old movies and TV shows are being remade? Ghostbusters? Jurassic Park? Star Wars? We're in the Golden Age of revisiting the past with a fresh perspective. Just because a certain model of car was once seen as uncool – whether that was 10 years ago or just last month – doesn't mean it can't be cool again.
When you think of life lessons, you probably don't think of "Wayne's World." But the Myers-and-Carvey classic dropped a big one on us – you make a car "cool," not the other way around. Wayne and Garth took their 1976 AMC Pacer, dubbed it the Mirth Mobile and made it a legend. An impressive feat, considering that the AMC Pacer was once named the worst car design of all time.
With that valuable life lesson in mind, check out these four car models that deserve a second look. Pick the one that's best for you and then: Party on.
1. Toyota Camry
The stereotypes might be that Camrys are dull and their drivers lack personalities, however, it's time for that to change. These well-made and dependable vehicles will save you migraines and money, because no one likes having to schlep their cars to the shop every few months – whether you're a superstar celebrity or a regular ol' Joe. This vehicle will last years on the road, and it received an A rating from Edmunds for its "generous interior space and a solid reputation for reliability." And you know what? It doesn't look half bad in red.
2. Honda Civic
Ah, the Honda Civic – it's a popular present for sixteenth birthdays, but that doesn't mean its use is limited to the high school set. Civics boast fuel-efficient engines that will save you money at the pump, have a sleek and sporty look and handle flawlessly. The Civic is a popular pick for a first car for a reason, too – it has superior safety features and wide front and rear windows for the greatest visibility on the road.
3. Subaru Forester
You don't have to be a yogi or a mountain man to appreciate this car – the Subaru Forester is also a great pick for the urban, or suburban, adventurer. If you've been looking for a car for your family that's spacious but isn't a minivan, the Forester might be just what you need. All-wheel drive, nimble handling and comfy seats mean that this car is perfect even if the only thing you're climbing are the stairs to your office.
4. Ford Focus
Don't be fooled about the Focus – this car is anything but bland. Its exterior houses an incredibly fuel-efficient engine that makes it one of the best vehicles on the market for commuting. With this compact, reliable car, you can easily zip to wherever you need to go, whether that's work five days a week or New York City for a weekend getaway, and look good doing it.
Want a stylish car at an affordable price? If the answer is yes, check out NJ State Auto Auction. There, you'll find a lot full of Carfax-certified vehicles to choose from that look great and cost less.
Drivers have so many options to choose from when they're shopping for cars. Whether they're mulling different automakers, models, colors or engine types, motorists certainly have their work cut out for them. But for some, the search is narrowed simply by sticking with used cars. These budget-friendly options generally offer safe, reliable rides for a wide variety of drivers, all the while providing access to affordable monthly payments and auto loans.
Why buy used cars?
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why used cars are so attractive to drivers. Not only are the sticker prices of these vehicles lower than their brand new counterparts, but there are many opportunities to save on the average depreciation of automobiles. By investing in a lightly used model, drivers can avoid much of the hit to the value of cars that occurs in the first year of ownership without sacrificing quality. To help in this endeavor, iSeeCars.com compiled a list of the best used cars to buy.
"Everybody knows that new cars depreciate the most in the first year and that different cars have different depreciation rates, but we wanted to see which used cars experienced the largest price drops compared to their new models," said Phong Ly, iSeeCars.com CEO.
It's important to note that the ideal investment for drivers will vary. If you're not sure what type of car is the best fit for you, take your search to New Jersey State Auto. There you can browse through a wide selection of Carfax-certified used cars, trucks and vans to find an option you love.
"Auto industry developments can lead to great deals."
How to find the best options
Auto industry developments can lead to great deals. Overhauls and redesigns drive up the cost of new models and decrease that of recent cars, making these lightly used cars a great value. That's not the only cause, however, so drivers should pay attention to what's going on in the industry to try to locate the best value deals.
"There are numerous reasons for the wide range of differences, but the most prominent factors that increase the price difference between a car's new and lightly used models are lower popularity compared to its competitors, a brand with reported dependability issues or expensive repairs, or having just undergone a redesign," Ly explained.
Motorists can also keep an eye on used car websites to monitor the models at a specific lot. At NJ State Auto, for example, you can sift through used cars under $10,000 – or your specific price point – and try to locate the best vehicles on sale. Then you can move quickly to make sure you don't miss out.
Models to watch
"Buying lightly used cars will leave cash in your wallet."
Still, iSeeCars.com identified a few models you may want to pay special attention to, especially if you're concerned about depreciation. At the top of the list is the Hyundai Genesis. These models drop an average of 38.2 percent after the first year of ownership, which equals approximately $16,600 in value. Buying a model that's just 1 year old will present thousands of dollars of savings, and going further back will leave even more cash in your wallet.
Another model that can give way to massive savings is the Cadillac CTS. The study showed a 36.9 percent depreciation after the first year, and with a luxury brand like Cadillac, that translates to a price difference of about $20,000. Other attractive models include the popular Chevrolet Impala, which has a price drop of 33.5 percent after year one, and the GMC Yukon XL.
Brand names carry a lot of weight in the auto industry. People may be loyal to a certain automaker or have thoughts about models thanks to peer reviews, headline news and past experiences with a manufacturer. The bottom line is there are many factors that influence the overall image of a brand, and it's important to understand how the public views some of the major names throughout the world of used cars.
Kelley Blue Book recently released the results of its annual Brand Image Awards, which focus on how drivers view automakers. Evaluations were based on 12 factors covering all aspects of car ownership, including reliability, driving performance, fuel efficiency, overall styling, reputation, prestige and more. The final results reveal a few interesting impressions from around the auto industry.
Honda takes the top spot – again
For the third year in a row, Honda grabbed the No. 1 spot in the Kelley Blue Book survey. That earned it the title of Best Overall Brand for the fourth time in the history of the award. Motorists had high opinions of models such as the Accord, Civic and CR-V. These vehicles also helped Honda earn the title of Best Value Brand. Kia may have won this award last year, but Honda came back to regain the crown thanks the quality of its offerings, overall performance and relatively low prices.
"These awards from KBB.com demonstrate that customers continue to recognize the tremendous quality and value of our products, which are at the heart of the incredible competitive strength of the Honda brand," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We take this recognition from our customers as a mandate to continue building the highest quality, longest lasting vehicles on the road."
""You don't have to sacrifice performance when on a budget."
Many options for curious drivers
Of course, Honda vehicles aren't the only top-notch choices for drivers. Kelley Blue Book also recognized Subaru as the Best Performance Brand and Most Trusted Brand among non-luxury automakers. Additionally, GMC was rated as the Most Refined Brand, while Mazda took the crown for Best Car Styling. Interested in pickups instead? Ford was the big winner in this segment, taking the title of Best Overall Truck Brand.
Prospective buyers who head to NJ State Auto Auction can have their pick from a number of top brands. With a wide selection of hundreds of Carfax-certified used cars to choose from, drivers will be able to find a high-quality vehicle at an affordable price. You don't have to sacrifice performance when on a budget. Reach out to one of the experts at NJ State Auto's financing department. These professionals can help you sort through your options, securing credit approval and finalizing manageable loans that may be needed to get you behind the wheel of the car you want.
Young drivers have a lot to learn on the roads. One of the most important lessons involves safety, but this goes beyond defensive driving habits and fast reaction times. Motorists – especially relatively new ones who face a high risk for accidents – must also prioritize getting behind the wheel of used cars with plenty of effective safety features.
What used cars should have
Consumer Reports recently released a list of the best used cars for teens. The vehicles all sell for less than $10,000 and come equipped with some of the best safety features on the market, making the automobiles smart choices for any family.
According to the source, some of the most important features include electronic stability control. The main benefit of ESC is that it keeps the car on the road in situations where a rollover may be possible, which is often the most dangerous type of accident. In addition to secure seat belts, ESC is one of the most important amenities a car can have.
Buyers should also look for vehicle with side and curtain air bags. Updated brakes and a strong frame are also important aspects to consider when shopping around.
The best cars for young drivers
So what are the top cars? According to Consumer Reports, Ford is a solid automaker to consider. The 2009 to 2011 Ford Focus, for instance, is a fuel-efficient vehicle loaded with amenities, but it stops short of offering overly distracting features. A Ford Fusion from 2010 to 2012 could also be a smart choice. Consumer Reports noted that this is a straightforward vehicle that is capable of getting the job done without overcomplicating the driving experience.
Other options include the 2010 to 2011 Kia Soul, the 2006 to 2014 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2004 to 2012 Toyota RAV4. Each of these models provides drivers with the safety and performance features they need to handle the roads while also offering low price points.
If you're looking for quality used cars at low prices, check out the selection at NJ State Auto Auction. The lot is home to hundreds of Carfax-certified used cars, trucks and vans, many of which are equipped with top-notch safety features. Many of the automobiles on sale have a sticker price of under $10,000 as well, giving young drivers and their families many opportunities to save money without giving up quality.
Used cars are a smart investment for many different reasons. Not only are they great options for people who may be strapped for cash, but they're also worthy purchases for anyone concerned about the value of their automobile. That's part of the reason Consumer Reports recently issued a report regarding some of the best used car options for drivers.
"Consumer Reports has long advocated buying used as a way to get the biggest bang for your buck," the report stated. "It's simple math: After one year, a new car has depreciated 27 percent of its sticker price; after three years, it's worth barely half of its sticker. When someone else takes the depreciation hit on the car, you benefit."
Looking at the top brands
As part of the report, which covered all aspects of the auto industry, Consumer Reports focused on some of the top brands. It chose its winners based on reviews and ratings of each vehicle's reliability and performance.
Consumer Reports named Lexus as this year's top brand. The luxury company bested second-place Mazda thanks to its superior road-test results. Coming in behind those two automakers were Toyota, Audi and Subaru. Each of these brands creates a solid range of models year in and year out, and their older vehicles may be quality investment options for buyers.
Best deals under $10,000
The report also listed the highest rated vehicles for different price points. For small used cars under $10,000, Consumer Reports suggested the Pontiac Vibe from 2005 to 2008, the 2008 Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Rabbit from 2007 to 2009. It also had several options for affordable used sedans. The Acura TL and Acura TSX from 2005 were top choices, along with the 2005 Toyota Avalon. Drivers could even get quality SUVs within this budget, with the 2005 Honda CR-V, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2005 Honda Pilot earning praise.
New Jersey State Auto offers a number of great used cars for less than $10,000. Drivers who are trying to stick to a budget can head to this facility and browse through a wide selection of quality used cars that are still affordable. The auction lot also has its own financing department, which can help you secure a loan and get behind the wheel of the car you want regardless of the price tag.
Taking your eyes off the road for one second – whether it's to read a text message or check out the hottie in the car next to you – can be a costly mistake. No matter how minor, car accidents can result in physical pain and financial burden, which is why many automakers and electronic devices have hands-free features aimed at keeping the focus on the road ahead.
Distracted driving remains a problem
Even with so many companies trying to find ways to keep drivers' hands on the wheel, distracted driving continues to plague motorists. Unfortunately, not all of these efforts have the intended results. A recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that hands-free technologies may actually increase distractions. That is despite the fact that three-fourths of drivers think the systems are safe to use, according to the study.
Technology is a double-edged sword
Voice technologies are intended to help drivers by allowing them to keep their hands on the wheel. However, putting your mind to other tasks instead of motoring can be just as dangerous as physically controlling the devices.
"Technologies used in the car that rely on voice communications may have unintended consequences that adversely affect road safety," said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "The level of distraction and the impact on safety can vary tremendously based on the task or the system the driver is using."
While some of the programs caused high levels of distraction, there were a few that were relatively safer. Entune from Toyota, for example, bested its peers. AAA stated that this technology was even easier and less distracting for drivers than listening to an audiobook. Of courses, none of these options were as safe as just driving.
Make smart shopping decisions
Distractions are always going to be present on the roads. However, you can go the extra mile to ensure you stay focused by making smart decisions during the car-buying process. For example, make sure you are surveying all of your options by using a facility like New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot is home to hundreds of Carfax-certified used cars, trucks and vans, so you'll be able to look at a ton of makes and models that may fit your needs. This will enable you to select the one that will be the safest on the roads.