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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.
Even with so many makes and models to choose from, American drivers are largely drawn to a few major brands. One of those is Ford, which is poised to remain the top-selling brand in the country for the fourth consecutive year.
Leading the pack was the Ford F-Series. The trucks, available in a variety of sizes and styles, are consistently at the top of the segment. However, that was not the only section of the Ford company to excel – in fact, the brand saw success across all types of models, including the Mustang, Fusion and Focus.
"The great news is that we are not overly reliant on any one segment – we're seeing double-digit sales growth in cars, trucks and utilities," said John Felice, vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service for the brand. "The Ford brand has had more retail share growth than any other brand in the country, with our most significant gains coming from import-dominated coastal markets."
In total, more than 2.4 million Ford vehicles were sold throughout the 2013 calendar year, outpacing second-place Toyota by nearly 400,000 automobiles. That represents a 15 percent increase over the number of cars sold last year, and the brand only looks to continue growing in the coming years – leaving many opportunities for drivers to get behind the wheel of one of the brand's creations.
Anyone looking for Ford vehicles can head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot is home to hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans from a variety of automakers, ensuring drivers have plenty of options to choose from. These affordable vehicles are ideal for any number of motorists and could be a great investment.
Sorting through the many used cars for sale to find the best option isn't the easiest undertaking for drivers. With so many makes and models to choose from, it can be overwhelming to attempt to select the right one, which is why Edmunds.com compiled a list of The Best Used Cars of 2013.
"There are a lot of popular cars on this list, and that's not a surprise," said Scott Oldham, the editor-in-chief of Edmunds.com. "Wider availability of a particular vehicle almost always translates to more competitive prices and better value for used car shoppers."
Leading the way with four inclusions each were Honda and Toyota. For Honda, the Fit was named the best used subcompact sedan, while the Accord was named the best used coupe, the CR-V was the top pre-owned compact SUV and the Odyssey was rated the top used minivan. The Toyota Avalon was named the No. 1 used large sedan, the Highlander was the top midsize SUV, the Tacoma was the best compact truck and the hybrid category was dominated by the Prius.
Ford was next with three selections – the Fusion, which was the best midsize sedan, the F-150, which was the best large truck, and the Mustang GT, selected as the top performance car.
All of the models considered were produced from 2006 to 2011, providing many options for drivers looking for the right model car.
Whether you're looking for well-known brands like Honda, Toyota or Ford or are open to simply finding the best vehicle for your needs, you can find a future ride at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The auction lot has a wide selection of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, any one of which could act as your next vehicle.
Each year, YouGov releases a list of the top brands in the U.S. based on how they are viewed by the general public. While this highly anticipated list, called the U.S. Buzz Rankings, is usually released at the end of the year, the organization decided to unveil the mid-year survey results for 2013, and a mainstay of the auto industry found itself in the No. 1 spot.
According to the survey, Ford is the "buzziest" brand so far in 2013. The manufacturer narrowly edged out Amazon, Subway and The History Channel for the honor. It was the only member of the auto industry to land in the top 10 and improved on its sixth-place finish at the end of 2012 in just a few short months.
YouGov conducts the survey by asking respondents what they have heard about the brand in the past two weeks, if they heard anything at all. Then the participants are asked to rank how positive or negative the news was.
Through the first six months of 2013, the buzz was positive for Ford. The Michigan-based brand posted its highest-earning quarter in more than 10 years at the beginning of the year while also improving its market share. A slew of new ads also helped the brand resonate with consumers and highlighted some of the most popular individual models offered by the automaker.
Drivers who are interested in looking at some of the models that have helped make Ford the No. 1 brand in the U.S. should head to NJ State Auto Auction. The auction lot is home to an array of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, including Ford and many other famous brands. There you could find an affordable option for your next ride.
The type of car drivers are drawn to depends a lot on the individual's situation, but it also varies based on where they are in the world. Cities around the U.S. have their own distinct personalities, and some of that rubs off on the vehicles chosen in any given place. For that reason, Ford decided to take a look at which of its models were the most popular in different spots around the country, as well as what features are in demand for different locales.
Ford found that Philadelphia drivers saw the appeal of environmentally friendly cars more than any other city. The City of Brotherly Love had more motorists going green with models that featured a fuel-saving EcoBoost engine and improved fuel efficiency. Places like San Francisco may typically be thought of as the more eco-friendly locales, but that Northern California city was actually the home of the most drivers who want top connectivity options.
"Some may be surprised to see Philadelphia top Ford's EcoBoost engine list, but greener living has become a way of life no longer limited to the coasts as people try to save money at the pump," said Sheryl Connelly, the head of global consumer trends for Ford. "Technology has become mainstream, and we are living through an age of information addiction, which means people want to stay connected to their digital lives everywhere – including the car."
New York City and its surrounding areas earned a special designation as well. Buyers in the Big Apple went for moonroofs more frequently than those in any other American metropolis.
You may have a long list of features you're looking for in your next car, but the wide assortment of vehicles such as the one at NJ State Auto Auction could have just what you want. The CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans on the auction lot could be just what you need when you're shopping around for a used vehicle.
It's not uncommon to run into a motorist who expounds the virtues of American-made cars. However, the country of origin for a vehicle goes far beyond just the home nation of its main manufacturer. Where an automobile is produced, where it is driven and what it is made from all tie in to its background, which is why Cars.com starting compiling the American-Made Index.
The index, which ranks vehicles based on the aforementioned three factors, found that the Ford F-150 is the "Most American" car on the market. The pickup truck narrowly edged out the Toyota Camry, which has claimed the No. 1 position for the past four years.
"Strong sales and 75 percent domestic-parts content propelled Ford's popular F-150 to the top of the index for 2013, a rank it held from 2006 to 2008," said Patrick Olsen, the editor-in-chief of Cars.com. "Ford's top ranking this year is a good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013, and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back. While the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-150 didn't change from 2012 to 2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot."
Whether you're looking for a car that's American, Japanese, German or from any other country in the world, you can head to the lot at NJ State Auto Auction. It's home to plenty of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans from a variety of manufacturers, and any one of these selections could serve as your next automobile.
Gaming enthusiasts are likely already gearing up for the silver screen adaptation of the racing game "Need for Speed." To make a movie about racing means using a lot of fast, sporty cars, and DreamWorks Studios recently announced the "leading lady" would be none other than the iconic Ford Mustang. The automaker is not only lending the model to the studio for the film, set to debut March 14, 2014, but is creating a one-of-a-kind vehicle specially for the film.
"Ford Mustang is a symbol of freedom and optimism that allows you to be the person you dream of being, making it the perfect fit for this story," said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company's executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service. "Ford is excited to partner with DreamWorks and Electronic Arts as they bring the epic gaming franchise of 'Need for Speed' to the big screen, allowing us to go further with them as they tell their great story on the global stage."
The silver car will have a custom body, a V-8 engine, blue racing stripes, 22-inch wheels and a hood with twin vents. In addition to that, Ford will also be providing a massive F-450 truck for the flick, so be sure to keep an eye out for it if you go to see "Need for Speed." In addition to flashy sports cars and tough trucks, the film adaptation of the video game stars Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" fame and Michael Keaton, who is best known for his portrayal of Batman.
Drivers who can't wait for the movie to come out can satisfy their craving for fast, fun rides by buying a used car from New Jersey Auto Auction. The dealership has a wide variety of makes and models, including a number of sports cars like the Mustang.
There's a lot of factors that cross your mind when you're ready to purchase a car. For many, an important aspect is the vehicle brand, especially if they've had good experiences with a certain company in the past. This kind of loyalty is essential for automakers, and as such brands are constantly trying to leave their customers with a good impression.
A recent study from Polk, Loyalty Management Practice, took a look at which brands inspire loyalty in customers. Overall, the number of drivers who felt some kind of connection to their car brand and chose to buy another model from that company hit 51.5 percent during the first three months of 2013. This is a 2 percent increase from the same time period last year.
Ford topped the rankings with an overwhelming 65.1 percent of its drivers demonstrating brand loyalty. Other automakers, such as Porsche and Cadillac, experienced the largest increases, with loyalty growing by 9.5 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively.
"In each case, strong-selling models fuel the loyalty to these brands," said Lonnie Miller, vice president of Polk's Loyalty Management. "We saw a majority of the contribution for brand loyalty coming from Cayenne owners for Porsche, CTS owners for Cadillac and Mazda3 owners for Mazda. There's something to be said for paying positive attention to the majority of your customer base while treating buyers professionally and continuing to meet or exceed their vehicle need."
Brand loyalty extends to all kinds of shoppers, including those who are in the market for a used car. These drivers can head to New Jersey State Auto Auction, which boasts plenty of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans from a variety of automakers.
When you're searching for a used car on a budget, it can sometimes feel impossible to find the right ride for the right price. However, you can look to industry experts like Cars.com to help you narrow down your selection. The online resource for new and used car information recently released a list of 10 used cars with price tags below the $10,000 mark to help car shoppers like you find a vehicle that suits their needs without breaking the bank.
"Although the price gap between new and used cars has decreased, many shoppers are still going the used route," said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief for Cars.com. "We took a look at cars from 2006 or later and came up with the best 10 used cars that shoppers should be able to find for around $10,000. To make our list, the cars had to pass crash tests and have key standard safety features. We also analyzed reliability, drivability and practicality."
Ford was a popular brand, as the 2006 Escape, 2007 Freestyle and Fusion, and 2008 Focus all made the grade. The Focus, for instance, comes with Bluetooth connectivity and USB/iPod integration – two features that aren't as common in older vehicles. The 2006 Honda Civic also made the list thanks to its fuel efficiency and impressive handling. Those looking for a spacious interior can check out the 2006 Hyundai Azera, 2008 Nissan Versa and 2008 Kia Optima. The 2007 Scion xD and Hyundai Sonata also made the list.
Once you've whittled your list of options down to just a few, you can head to New Jersey Auto Auction, which carries a wide selection of used makes and models. Here, you will be able to see and test drive the models you want before you buy, and every car on the lot is CARFAX certified, so you know you'll be getting behind the wheel of a reliable ride with any car you choose.
Every year, Consumer Reports looks at drivers’ perception of the various car brands, and then ranks them from best to worst. The most recent report looks at data collected over the past year concerning consumers’ opinions on seven categories for each brand – quality, safety, value, performance, technology/innovation, environmentally-friendly/green and design/style. Toyota, Ford and Honda were ranked the highest in terms of customer satisfaction. Toyota and Honda both saw improvements over last year’s scores, while Ford’s high score remained unchanged. Other brands did not fare as well. Scion, Mitsubishi and Ram were at the bottom of the barrel with the worst overall scores.
“This past year brought stability and increased sales to much of the automotive industry. Yet, the brand awareness scores for some like BMW, Buick and Hyundai have declined,” said Jeff Bartlett, deputy auto editor online for Consumer Reports. “The data shows that is has become harder for companies to compete for share of mind. Consumers are not seeing as much differentiation between brands as they have in the past.”
It is important to note that this ranking is not demonstrative of the actual quality and level of safety of cars. Rather, it reflects how drivers feel about the vehicles they own and have driven. The report can prove to be a useful tool for car shoppers, as it may help them decide between two vehicles, if one brand was ranked well below another.
However, a brand that ranks lower on this list does not necessarily produce low-quality vehicles. A car that was not right for some may still be a perfect fit for you. You can find a wide selection of makes and models at NJ State Auto Auction. No matter which brand you prefer, you can drive off the lot with confidence, as every model is CARFAX certified.
This year marks the 50th anniversary for Shelby American, the company behind the sporty performance cars that once stood alone but are now tightly entwined with Ford Mustang. To celebrate the milestone, Shelby had a special showcase set up just outside the entrance to the New York International Auto Show. Nearly a dozen customized Mustang Shelby vehicles were on display in a roped-off section, but one car stood out from the crowd of mostly-new vehicles. The very first Shelby ever built stood on a raised platform on the outer edge, making it the first vehicle visitors saw as they entered the Javits Center in New York City.
The Shelby, built in 1962, belongs to company founder Carroll Shelby and made its first world debut at the very same auto show half a century ago. The vehicle appeared to have been taken care of over the years, but signs of wear and tear were apparent in the torn leather seats and worn shifter. AutoBlog estimates the value of the sporty vehicle to be around $20 million, but Shelby has no plans of selling.
"I heard someone once offered him $25 million for it, but he turned it down," a Ford spokesperson explained at the Auto Show.
The anniversary was also marked by the debut of the newest Shelby 1,000, based on a Mustang GT500. The street-legal version of this supercar offers 950 hp, and the track-only model is even more powerful with 1,100 hp. The latest Shelby is the most powerful sports car ever made by Shelby or Ford, Torque News reports.
However, with a price tag starting around $150,000, this car is not for everyone. Those looking for used cars in NJ, whether they want to find a powerful Mustang or something smaller and more fuel-efficient, can head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealer has a wide selection of makes and models at affordable prices.
The 2012 Ford Focus Electric was recently named the most fuel-efficient five-passenger vehicle in America. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Focus Electric has a fuel economy of 110 miles per gallon equivalent in the city, edging out its biggest competitor, the Nissan Leaf. The new car can travel 76 miles on a single charge, which is just a bit better than the 73-mile range of the Leaf. It also recharges in half the time of the Japanese model.
The Focus has been offering great fuel economy for years, so an older model can be just right for drivers looking to get behind the wheel of a used car. The 2009 model, for example, gets 35 MPGs on the highway, according to Edmunds.
This is just one of the many fuel-efficient vehicles offered by the American automaker. Ford hopes the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusions could be the most efficient hybrid and gas-powered mid-size sedans. This could make Ford's lineup one of the best in terns of fuel consumption.
"Ford is giving customers the power of choice for leading fuel economy regardless of what type of vehicle or powertrain technology they choose," said Eric Kuehn, chief engineer for the Focus Electric. "The Focus and Fusion are great examples of how we transformed our fleet of cars, utilities and trucks with leading fuel efficiency."
Whether drivers are looking to get behind the wheel of a used Focus, or they want to check out some other fuel-efficient cars, they should head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealer carries a wide variety of affordable, fuel-efficient models to choose from, and all their cars are CARFAX certified.
The Ford Fusion has been a popular midsize sedan since it first hit the market in 2005, and with the recent announcement of its upcoming models that's not likely to change anytime soon. Ford revealed that the next Fusion will come in a plug-in, hybrid or turbo option, USA Today reports.
The unveiling came at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which kicked off earlier this week and happened as Ford continues to make a big push toward fuel efficiency, and many analysts are surprised that the company is going to offer a plug-in model because so few major manufacturers have done so.
"We brought our global teams together around a blank slate with the charge to develop a midsize car with ground-breaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy," Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of global product development, said in the announcement, the publication reports.
Although the new versions are part of the 2013 model, that does not mean that drivers can't get excellent fuel efficiency out of their used Ford Fusion as well. For instance, the 2010 Fusion got a respectable 34 mpg on the highway.
Of course, there are a number of things you can do while out on the road to help improve your gas mileage even more. For instance, driving at or around the speed limit has shown to have a positive impact, as has opting for cruise control on the highway.
Whether you're looking for a Fusion or another similar midsize sedan, New Jersey State Auto is the place to go. Its diverse collection of used cars at affordable prices makes finding the right vehicle easier than ever.
Though often regarded as a showcase for some of the world's most luxurious cars, this year's Los Angeles Auto Show was a little different than in years past. Although there was still a fair amount of impressive vehicles, the larger focus was on consumer-friends sedans and crossover SUVs, the Los Angeles Times reports.
One of the highlights of the show was the debut of the 2013 Ford Escape, which has earned its place among the most popular SUVs on the road. Though its been around for more than a decade, the latest model of the Escape was so eagerly awaited due to the fact that it has a redesigned cabin, which offers more space, as well as a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Escape's main competitor, the Honda CR-V, also debuted its latest model, the L.A. Times reports. It may not have a new look like the Escape, but it includes several new features such as in-car audio streaming and a new 185-horsepower engine.
Although SUVs made a big splash in the show, practical sedans also garnered their fair share of attention, most notably the 2012 Hyundai Azera. The model enjoys a new, sleeker look and is expected to compete with industry standards such as the Ford Taurus and Volkswagen Passat, according to the newspaper.
Though not everyone can make their way to the L.A. Auto Show, consumers can certainly take a few hints on what the best used cars to buy are. New Jersey Auto Auction offers drivers with a wide variety of makes and models and they're all at affordable prices. Additionally, ever product is Carfax Certified so you know you're getting a good deal.
Ford recently unveiled the 2013 version of its popular Escape, and consumers may be surprised to see a much different look for the SUV. The revamped look includes a curvier frame, and Ford believes the Escape will be among the most fuel-efficient cars of its kind, USA Today reports.
The latest model has a number of other impressive features as well. In addition to a rear tailgate that can be operated remotely by the driver simply waving his or her foot under the bumper, the Escape will also get about five more miles to the gallon than in previous years due to a new engine.
The redesign comes as the Ford Escape is challenging some of the most popular SUVs in the industry. Analysts say that the new look was unveiled in the hopes of competing with the Honda CR-V, which has long been one of the most-driven vehicles of its kind.
"We wanted to create the impression of an athlete, like a runner or a swimmer, in the new body," Ford's European design director Martin Smith said in a statement.
According to Bloomberg, both the CR-V and Escape have been enjoying a resurgence as of late as consumers are beginning to value fuel-efficiency above most other characteristics. In particular, smaller SUVs have accounted for 11 percent of all auto sales in the United States so far this year.
Whether you're looking for a Ford Escape or a smaller fuel-efficient sedan, New Jersey State Auto Auction has what you're looking for. In addition to having a wide variety of makes and models, New Jersey Auto ensures that all of its used cars are Carfax-certified so you know you're getting a reliable vehicle.
Though the year is not yet over, the early results are in and car manufacturers have seen their best year in terms of sales since 2008. There were a few models that stood out above the rest and according to Forbes, American-made cars had a great deal of success in 2011. In fact, six of the 10 most popular models this year were made by either General Motors, Ford or Chrysler, a stark difference to last year when American-made cars represented just three of the top 10.
For the second year in a row, the best selling car of 2011 so far has been the Ford F-150. Though it has always been popular, the F-150 may have benefited in recent years thanks to Ford's push to make it more fuel-efficient. Coming in at number two behind Ford was the Chevrolet Silverado, which also had the same standing last year.
Though American-made cars took the top two spots, the Toyota Camry landed in third, making it the most popular passenger car. A longstanding favorite among American consumers, the Camry remained in the top five despite sliding numbers and having to contend with the devastating earthquake that rocked Japan and slowed production. With a redesign coming in 2012, it is likely to retain its spot for the time being.
The Ford Escape also made an appearance on the list at number five, signaling the American driver's need to find a more fuel-efficient SUV. The mid-size favorite is also in line for a redesign in 2012, the publication reports. Other highlights on the list were Ford Fusion (number six) and the Chevrolet Cruze at number nine.
Whether you're looking for a truck, a fuel-efficient SUV or a family car, New Jersey State Auto Auction has everything you need. All makes and models are Carfax certified so you know you will be driving away with a reliable vehicle.
Ford recently enjoyed positive reviews of its redesigned Explorer, but the latest incarnation of the popular SUV was much different than any previous model. Twenty-two people recently completed an Explorer made entirely out of Legos in a joint venture by Ford and Legoland to promote the Florida theme park, USA Today reports.
The finished product was certainly a sight to behold. The life-size creation required more than 380,000 Lego bricks to complete and ended up weighing around 2,654 pounds. The finsihed product will soon be on its way from Chicago to Florida, being towed in a clear-sided trailer so that drivers on the highway can catch a glimpse of the sculpture. According to the publication, Legoland is set to open to the public in Florida on October 15.
As for the the functional, new Ford Explorer, early returns have many drivers pleased with the updated model. The body offers a sleek divergence from the shape of the previous years, and its EcoBoost engine offers a drastically improved fuel efficiency.
Motorists looking to get behind the wheel of a Ford may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of makes and models at affordable prices.
With rising gas prices and an greater emphasis placed on fuel economy, smaller and more fuel-efficient SUVs have become increasingly popular. According to CNN Money, there are a number of SUVs that have helped changed the face of the cars and remain a favorite among consumers.
The Ford Explorer is the first one that comes to mind. The redesigned Explorer has seen a large increase in sales this year thanks in large part to the fact that it has shifted from a truck-based look to a sleeker, more economical one. The Ford Escape has been popular as well due to its impressive 28 miles per gallon.
As for another American standard, Chevrolet has a high-selling smaller SUV as well. The Equinox offers consumers a much more manageable size than some of their other models.
"Maybe it doesn't make sense to get a Tahoe right now, but I still want an SUV," Jeremy Anwyl, chief executive of Edmunds.com, told CNN.
Anybody looking to get behind the wheel of a used SUV may want to check out New Jeresy Auto Auction, which has plenty of options at affordable prices.