Archive for September, 2009
General Motors has been trying a variety of new ideas as it seeks to become profitable following a government bailout. One of them was a partnership with online auction site eBay, but low prices aren’t likely to be found on new cars there anytime soon, opening up the possibility of looking for inexpensive used cars in New Jersey instead.
In fact, dealers told the Wall Street Journal that they were consistently receiving bids that were far below the market value of the car, and that sifting through them was a hassle, along with the fact that there did not seem to be much interest.
“Being the first manufacturer out there to put new vehicles online, I think in just that six-week period, it shows you that there were a lot of people looking at these vehicles who weren’t looking at those vehicles before,” GM spokesman John McDonald told cnet. “We’re not fire-selling vehicles on eBay, [so] there’s a certain amount of user education in that, and a certain amount of dealer education.”
The bids made that were too low for new car dealers may receive more attention from those selling used cars in New Jersey, however, because of price depreciation.
Roger Penske, owner of the international Penske brand, had said that he wanted to buy the Saturn nameplate, extend General Motors production of the vehicle lines, and then eventually contract out new design work since beginning purchase talks in June. Now fans of the quirky brand may need to restrict their searches to used Saturns in New York.
While General Motors had been amenable to a situation where it would continue to produce Saturns for a short while before Penske would need to find another contracted manufacturer. The group had made one attempt, and failed, leaving officials no choice but to terminate the plans to acquire Saturn, the company reported.
It represents a stark turnaround from news just a day ago suggesting that the two companies were close to a deal, when the Detroit Free Press announced that a deal could be expected on September 30. Although some paperwork was already in place with Saturn dealerships, it now remains to be seen if new models will join used Saturns in New York.
A tiny hatch that gave up a lot of weight compared to its bigger Civic cousins, the newest update to used Honda CRXs in New Jersey is expected to be on display next month at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Unlike its predecessors, the CR-Z is expected to have it.s 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric powertrain, according to Jalopnik. Lookswise, the concept includes a long grille reminiscent of newer Audis, and a split hatch that could have been lifted from some Merceded Benz or Volvo models.
Expected to be released in Japan in 2010, it may take another several years before it appears stateside, and there are rumors over whether the car will have an automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.
Buyers looking for a two-seater model with a little more fun don’t have to wait to check out used Honda CRX’s in New Jersey, or their newer targa-roofed Civic Del Sols. They’re more affordable than newer cars, and offer a great way to make one’s way around the Garden State before the CR-Z’s introduction.
Nearly 4 million Toyotas need to have their driver side floor mats taken out to prevent the possibility of uncontrolled acceleration following a report that a new Lexus ES350 in San Diego crashed, causing four fatalities. Buyers looking to minimize their risk may want to stick with some used Toyota models instead.
Among the models affected are the 2005-2010 Avalaon, 2007-2010 Camry, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma and the 2007-2010 Tundra. Along with the Toyota models, the luxury models from Lexus such as the 2007-2010 ES350 and 2006-2010 IS250 and IS350 may all be affected.
“A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death,” noted company officials in a statement regarding the millions of vehicles that could be affected by removable floor mats.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said that waiting for a fix was not as important as immediately removing the mats, as it remains an “urgent matter,” DOT secretary Roy LaHood told Forbes.
It may be hard to take your eyes away from Eva Mendes for very long, but smart buyers who see the fine lines of the car she’s driving could be enticed to check out used Toyota Priuses in New Jersey as well.
The starlet was recently seen hopping into one of the environmentally friendly cars for a spin. Celebrity reporters weren’t able to find out why Mendes was heading out in the Prius, but hybrids have become a popular vehicle for Hollywood celebrities looking to green their habits in recent years. (split in two or reword)
Of course, she’s not the only reason one might want to consider picking up a used Toyota Prius in New Jersey. A pre-owned model takes some of the sting out of hybrid’s higher initial prices, and offers an increase in fuel economy over cars with standard engines.
The ride quality of a 2005 model could be attractive to some, and it was the second year that the Prius was available in a larger size with more space for passengers and cargo, according to a Cars.com review.
We don’t yet have the ability to purchase electric-powered variants of Ford‘s compact Focus line of cars, but a recent segment on the Jay Leno Show could spur interest in fuel-efficient used Ford Focuses in New York for buyers who can’t wait for the electric version.
Leno’s own garage isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, with a variety of muscle cars and classic vehicles that were produced for performance, but he recently began a Green Car Challenge on his new show that puts celebrities like Rush Limbaugh behind the wheel of yet-to-be-released eco-friendly models.
One of those is the upcoming electrically-assisted Ford Focus, but buyers who need a car now and are interested in fuel efficiency could find their interest whetted with a 2004 model.
Used Ford Focuses in New York from that model year won’t get 50+ miles per gallon, but they are “frugal with fuel,” according to Edmunds.com editors, and the difference in price between a new electric Focus and pre-owned models will likely pay for several years of fill-ups.
Many SUVs and crossovers now offer an optional or standard third row of seating, but as many families know, the middle row of seats is often shortchanged like the middle child. Cars.com editors recently responded to a family’s query about second-row seating, and their suggestions could point towards used Honda Pilots in New Jersey for families with growing children.
Unlike other models that may offer additional seating at the expense of space for those sitting in the second row, the website recommended the Pilot as one of its top three SUVs for families looking to fit tall teenagers for road trips.
The writers at Edmunds.com agreed, noting that “[As] one of the best crossover SUVs available, the 2006 Honda Pilot is an excellent choice for large, active families in need of versatility.”
Used Honda Pilots in New Jersey like the 2006 model also offers a frame strong enough for some light off-road work, but the suspension also provides a ride that “is quite smooth and comfortable on normal roads,” according to the review.
If you always wanted a pony car but can’t muster the money for a new model, now may be the right time to find and purchase a used Ford Mustang in New York, because the supply took a hit during the Cash for Clunkers program.
In all, more than 1,600 Ford Mustangs were taken off the road during the initiative, and with some models as new as 2008, AutoWeek reports that the likely net effect was that affordable cars were eliminated when they could have gone to less affluent buyers who could have appreciated them. It’s chief competitor, the Camaro, didn’t fare well either.
“Though the Camaro crowd rejoiced at the car’s return this year, 1,007 of its predecessors are now history, including at least eight from every year from 1984 to 2000,” noted the magazine. “The early ’90s were particularly brutal, with 127 from 1991 and 116 from 1992 getting handed a blind fold and cigarette.”
Pony car lovers who are working on a tight budget may want to survey used Ford Mustangs in New York now, because as word gets out that the affordable coupes are in limited supply, prices could jump.
A growing residential population in formerly rural areas of the Garden State mean that there are more frequent collisions with used cars in New Jersey and wildlife that can’t read road signs.
Chief among the states experiencing an increase in the number of deer-vehicle collisions is New Jersey, where incidents have increased by more than 50 percent when comparing estimates of claims made by State Farm customers between 2007 and 2009 to those five years earlier. That is the greatest percentage change in any state outside of Nebraska.
“We want to call attention to potential hazards like this one,” said Laurette Stiles, State Farm vice president of strategic resources. “We hope our updated information will inspire motorists to make safe decisions.”
The twilight and early evening period are when deer are most active, and drivers may want to use high beams as much as possible to improve visibility on rural roads or those with low visibility while driving used cars in New Jersey. If preventive measures don’t seem to work, use the brakes rather than swerving to avoid hitting a stationary object or oncoming vehicle which could result in increased injuries or property damage.
Automakers like Hyundai and Honda offer good values for those looking at used cars this fall, and that may be one reason to consider pre-owned Honda Accords or used Hyundai Elantras in New York when putting together a list of vehicles to consider.
Among midsize sedans, a used Honda Accord may offer a reliable mode of transport that one writer at the Belleville News Democrat says has required little maintenance outside of an oil change over 125,000 miles and 10 years of ownership. It’s a “solid, reliable [car] that can run in top shape forever,” she notes.
Another option is the Hyundai Elantra, which has a low starting price combined with a “great feel on the road [and] some fun extras and superior safety ratings,” according to the newspaper. Some of the best model years for used Hyundai Elantras in New York are 2004-2007.
“The ride is pleasantly easygoing for a small car because its suspension copes adeptly with rough spots,” add Cars.com editors reviewing the 2004 model.
There is only one bidder, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery from China, and the Asian company has lost the support of the national government over concerns about the fuel efficiency of Hummers as well as Sichuan Tengzhong’s inexperience in the retail market, reports Time.
The automotive market for the larger vehicles is now in overseas markets, one analyst told the news provider, in spite of recent research demonstrating brand loyalty among current owners.
Were the plan to go through for the Chinese purchase, a new headquarters for Hummer would be established in Michigan by General Motors, reports Reuters. The state has offered more than $20 million in tax credits over the next 10 years if the sale is made.
The turmoil over future production of the niche vehicles may mean that buyers looking for their next vehicle will want to focus on used Hummers in New Jersey, as well as offerings from other makers.
Some researchers are finding that where you land along the political spectrum may influence which vehicle you purchase, which could affect the sales of some used vehicles in New Jersey.
A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research focused on consumer attitudes as they related to the Hummer line of vehicles from General Motors, all of which fit into the large or midsize SUV class.
They found in interviews of current Hummer owners that they felt morally comfortable driving a vehicle that they told scientists represents American ideals like the “rugged individual” and the “boundless frontier.”
Contrary to those who focus on fuel consumption, the Hummer owners were more likely to be conservatives who felt that their vehicle purchase represented a desire to maintain American culture.
If those ideas resonate, then used cars in New Jersey like the Hummer H3 may offer the best fit of the ideals proposed by other buyers provide a vehicle small enough to navigate some of the more congested cities in the Garden State.
“Hummer claims the H3 is about the same length as a typical midsize sedan — and therefore is able to maneuver through urban traffic,” notes a Cars.com review of the 2006 model, adding that the vehicle can also travel in less civilized areas with ease.
Auto lots are filled with used cars in New Jersey, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the cars originated in the Garden State. As the recent flooding in Georgia shows, nature can have an affect on previously pristine vehicles.
That’s why buyers will want to check for a couple of things with some used cars, to ensure that the car they buy is safe for use. Many businesses will inform potential buyers of vehicles with salvage titles or flood damage, but caveat emptor.
A used car in New Jersey that has completely new interior materials should raise a red flag, according to some automotive experts, as should one with excessive rust or corrosion in the undercarriage and spare tire holder.
Other tips include ensuring the electrical system functions properly and using one’s nose for any moldy smells that could be a sign of previous water damage.
“Flood-damaged cars that are not structurally or mechanically sound could be repaired, re-titled, and sold to unsuspecting buyers,” notes Jason Day, vice president of one used car retailer.
You may be a Ford guy or a Chevy guy, but a recent survey finds that no matter your brand preference, men love pickup trucks. For those looking to see what the fuss is about, a used Ford F-150 in New York may be a good starting point.
The editors at PickupTrucks.com recently conducted a survey of the attitudes of truck owners to their vehicles, and the responses from the online participants showed a particular affinity between owners and their pickups.
In fact, they would choose keeping their rig over their spouse, their house and even some bedroom activities by margins of more than 25 percent for each activity, according to the results. Nearly half of them have spent at least $1,000 on their trucks, and a similar number of younger owners have names for their pickups.
“The high value that pickup truck owners place on their trucks and the amount of money that they spend in aftermarket products makes sense when you consider the fact that 64 percent consider their truck as an extension of their personalities,” noted PickupTrucks.com editor Mike Levine.
If you’re looking to see why these guys are so passionate, driving around a used Ford F-150 in New Jersey, or a Dodge Ram may be the first step.
Race fans can find a variety of motorsports options in New York, from dirt tracks to full-size tracks both at home and in neighboring states, but a new league could provide a new twist for interested owners of used cars in New York.
It’s called Caged Heat, and has received the endorsement of one member of the famous Andretti racing family. The biggest difference between it and other series is that the races can be run in hockey facilities with NHL regulation ice surfaces.
The race entries will be smaller than most used cars in New York, roughly half the size of a normal race car, and will be traveling around a steeply banked track that includes 125-foot-long straightaways. The size of the cars and the length of the track will enable speeds of up to 50 mph on the miniature track.
“With the popularity of racing in the United States and an economy on the rebound, now is the perfect time to offer race fans and sponsors a new, affordable, exciting sport,” said Thomas Wall, Caged Heat CEO.
For interested fans in New York, there is a race scheduled in Rochester at the Blue Cross Arena August 27 and 28, 2010.
Looking to capture market share from the Tata Nano, currently the world’s cheapest production passenger automobile, Ford is introducing a low-cost model called the Figo in India. Although there are no plans to bring the car to the U.S. market, buyers may want to check out compact models like used Ford Focuses in New Jersey.
Company officials say that the car is expected to appear in the Indian market in the first quarter of 2010, with an expected sales price of $6,000 to $8,000, according to analysts cited by the Associated Press. The move is being made as Ford attempts to address the burgeoning automotive needs in South Asia.
“This new car will be a game changer,” Michael Boneham, Ford India president, told the wire service. “It will give us muscle in the heart of the Indian market.”
Buyers in America looking for their own game changer could benefit from taking a look at the 2005 models of used Ford Focuses in New Jersey, which offer a similar price point for the compact car available in hatchback and sedan variants, according to Edmunds.com.
Although used cars are often times more affordable than their newer brethren, buyers may not be able to pay the entire cost of a used car in New York at the time of purchase, which necessitates loan considerations.
One way to reduce the costs of getting a loan is to cut out the middlemen of online loan providers, the affiliate agents who drive web users to various direct lenders, reports AutoCreditExpress.com. That can save on the overhead of the affiliate’s profit margin, and if applications are made within a couple days of each other, one’s credit score will not be negatively impacted.
However, those with bad credit may benefit from a firm that could advocate for them, like the website itself, since tightened credit requirements have made some lenders wary of buyers with shaky financial history, notes company blogger Steve Cypher.
Interested consumers could also take advantage of the financing and leasing trade associations in the UK, which offers a common sense guide for buying a car that includes information germane to most developed countries, according to Contracthireandleasing.com.
“Buyers often focus on the make and model of their next car, and how to pay for it is a distant second,” Paul Harrison, FLA head of motor finance, told the website.
As Nissan gets set to release a press blitz for its 2011 model year Altima, recent cars have experienced suspension problems that could lead buyers towards used Nissan Altimas in New Jersey instead.
The new model will get a variety of appearance upgrades that the company says will offer a more youthful appearance, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a design flaw in 2009 and 2010 model year Altimas could cause the front struts to become loosened.
If the vehicle was not immediately repaired, the structural integrity problems caused by the malfunction could lead to a crash, the agency notes.
On the other hand, buyers looking at a used Nissan Altima in New Jersey could enjoy the 2005 model, which has no outstanding recalls issued against it, and has received praise from some reviewers.
“It steers with a rather light touch, is stable on the road and exhibits minimal body lean,” notes a Cars.com review. “Ride comfort is satisfying, and the fully independent suspension deals adeptly with pavement bumps and holes.”