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If you are in the market for a used car, a Chevrolet has got to be on your list. Why? Simply because it is part of automotive history and has consistently put out vehicles that are reliable, robust and are a great value buy- especially used. Here is a quick history of their best cars so that you have an idea of what you are looking at in the lot.
Through its century-old history, Chevrolet has released over hundreds of kinds of trucks and cars. Car enthusiasts swear by Chevrolet’s models, their styles and dependability.
Released in 1935, it is the brand’s oldest running model. Starting out as a large station wagon, the Chevy Suburban has evolved into a full-sized SUV. This model quickly became a favorite among families who wanted to stray from boring minivans. The Suburban is known nationwide as one of the best SUVs to buy used.
The Chevrolet Corvette is a car in a league of its own. Released in 1953, the model has seven generations under its title, making it one of the most recognizable American cars.
The Camaro was released in 1967 to take on the Ford Mustang. It has since been known as the brand’s most versatile muscle car.
Drive down to New Jersey State Auto Auction to learn more about various Chevrolet vehicles.
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When you are buying a used car, you have a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration before you make a choice. Criteria like the make and model, the price, miles run, and the condition of the vehicle should be your top concern.
The Tahoe is a popular car among families with kids. The spacious SUV makes for a good family car. If you are looking to buy a used Tahoe, you will need to check out all your options before you make a purchase. First, focus on your budget. If your budget is on the lower end, you will probably be able to afford only the older Tahoe models, 2007 and before. The more recent models have better upgrades, so try aiming for one of these. The second thing you need to focus on is the number of miles the car has run. The more the miles, the more careful you have to be with the vehicle. If you are lucky, you will find a Tahoe with a lot of miles driven but in excellent condition. Also focus on the gas mileage. A Tahoe released after 2010 with about 80,000 miles or slightly more is believed to be a good deal.
No matter how good the car is, you will still have focus on some basic maintenance. Drive down to New Jersey State Auto Auction to check out used Chevrolet Tahoes available for sale.
New Jersey State Auto Auction
406 Sip Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
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.
The Chevrolet Volt was recently named the 2012 European Car of the Year, adding yet another award to the list for the hybrid plug-in vehicle. It has also won the 2012 North American Car of the Year award, as well as accolades from Motor Trend, Automobile magazine and the Green Car Journal.
Leading automotive journalists from 23 European nations came together to determine the best newly-introduced vehicles on the market. They started with 35 different models, and narrowed the selection down to seven finalists. The judges scored each finalist in categories such as design, comfort, innovative technology, efficiency and performance.
The Volt and its European counterpart, known as the Opel Vauxhall Ampera, beat the runners up by a wide margin. The Volt and Ampera had scores of 330 points, while the Volkswagen Up! and the Ford Focus lagged behind with scores of 281 and 256, respectively.
"It is a proud moment for us and an honor to receive this award from Europe's leading jury of automotive journalists," said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. "Our car demonstrates that electric driving can be fun and reliable without ever compromising the owner's lifestyle."
The Volt is able to run on gasoline, but its electric battery is capable of powering the car for 35 miles in between charges. This means drivers can use the car to get around town or back and forth from work without ever using a drop of gasoline, but they have the option to switch over if they run out of juice on the road.
Since the award-winning Volt has only been on the market for little more than a year, drivers may not be able to find used models just yet. New Jersey State Auto Auction has plenty of other choices for those looking to get behind the wheel of a fuel-efficient car.
When the news of several post crash test engine fires in Chevrolet Volts came to light late last year, there was much speculation over whether it signaled a fundamental flaw in the car's design. However, an exhaustive investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that Chevrolet is not to blame for the fires, USA Today reports.
The report comes nearly two months after the NHTSA opened the investigation in November and also found that General Motors' response to the issue will prevent it from happening again. Among the changes GM made was an extra steel casing around the battery to ensure that coolant doesn't leak in the event of the crash. Leaking coolant was deemed responsible for the fires.
"The agency's investigation has concluded that no discernible defect trend exists and that the vehicle modifications recently developed by General Motors reduce the potential for battery intrusion resulting from side impacts," a statement from NHTSA read.
The study also determined that electric cars are at no greater risk for engine fires than gasoline-powered vehicles. The announcement is certainly good news for the Volt, which has suffered somewhat of a damaged image as a result of the fires. It had already suffered a bit in terms of sales, with Chevrolet only delivering 7,671 vehicles in 2011 – falling short of the goal of 10,000 units, Bloomberg reports.
The Volt may be cleared, but regardless of what car you have, it could be at risk for many mechanical errors without proper maintenance. New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care center provides drivers with everything from basic upkeep to repairs to make sure their vehicle is kept running smoothly.
The Chevrolet Volt hit a bit of a snag in its quest to become a popular electric vehicle a few months ago when several of the cars' batteries caught fire after a crash test. Though General Motors is confident the issue is an aberration, the Volt is going to get some safety enhancements to ensure it never happens again.
The changes come after it was revealed that three Volts caught fire three to seven days after a government crash test mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last year. After lengthy testing, GM officials determined that the fires started because the crash caused a crack in the battery, which resulted in the leakage of some coolant. The so-called enhancements will be there to make sure there is no chance of coolant leaking.
The enhancements being made to the Volt include a strengthening of an existing structure in the vehicle to protect the battery, as well as the addition of a sensor in the reservoir to monitor the levels of coolant in the battery. Despite the updates, officials will not call it a recall.
"These enhancements and modifications will address the concerns raised by the severe crash tests," GM senior vice president of Global Product Development Mary Barra said. "There are no changes to the Volt battery pack or cell chemistry as a result of these actions. We have tested the Volt’s battery system for more than 285,000 hours, or 25 years, of operation."
While very few people today drive Volts, its issues underscore the importance of keeping a car properly maintained, whether it be through having proper fluid levels or regular upkeep. New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Car Center provides drivers the chance to make sure their vehicle is running smoothly – all at an affordable price.
Despite being the second-best selling car for General Motors this year, production of the Chevrolet Cruze was halted on Monday due to a supplier issue. The company has not specified what the exact nature of the problem is, the Youngstown Vindicator reports, but it could mean consumers will have to opt for used cars.
Some have speculated that the suspension arose from a quality control issue that Tom Mock, the spokesperson for the Lordstown, Ohio, plant where the Cruze is made, said might impact customer satisfaction. He added that there is no word as to when production will resume but that the situation will be assessed on a day-to-day basis, the newspaper reports.
The delay could be a significant bump in the road for Chevrolet since the Cruze was threatening to dethrone the Toyota Corolla as the number-one selling small car by the end of the year. As it stands, the Cruze still outsold a longtime favorite in the Honda Civic as well as the Ford Focus, which landed in fourth, according to USA Today.
With no new Cruzes being produced, anybody who may have been considering purchasing a new one may now have to turn to New Jersey State Auto Auction to buy a similar used car instead. However, pre-owned vehicles are often just as reliable as new ones and experts say that the end of the year is the best time to make a purchase.
In addition to a wide variety of affordable makes and models, New Jersey Auto is also a good bet because it has aligned itself with AutoTrader.com to provide consumers an easy to way to trade-in their current car.
It may be one of the most famous American-made cars brands, but analysts were skeptical about how well its newest car, the Chevrolet Cruze, would sell upon its release. The early returns are in and it looks like the doubts were unfounded. The Cruze compact ranked 10th among sales of all cars in its first 12 months, USA Today reports.
Although some were skeptical about whether or not the tiny Cruze would be a hit with American consumers, General Motors North America President Mark Reuss was not among them. The car had been a hit in other places across the globe so it seemed like a good fit in the United States as well.
"Everywhere in the world where we launched the car, it just took off. So we knew the hardware was really good," Chevrolet sales chief Alan Batey, who worked with Reuss in Australia, told the publication. "Mark passionately felt that if ever there was a chance to establish ourselves in the small-car market, this was it."
The reason for its success can be tied largely to the fact that it is among the most fuel-efficient cars on the road. Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency has said that it can enjoy up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway all while remaining affordable at under $17,500, and in an uncertain economy both factors cannot be understated.
While you may not be looking to get behind the wheel of a new car, there are plenty of excellent used choices that are fuel-efficient as well. The Ford Fiesta, for instance, has proven to be especially wallet-friendly when it comes to the pump and gets 40 miles per gallon on the highway. New Jersey Auto Auction offers consumers with a wide variety of choices of used cars all for affordable prices.
Chevrolet is inching closer to unveiling the latest version of the popular Chevrolet Colorado. The pick-up, which includes a slew of new features, will first be offered in Thailand before going for sale in Asia Pacific, Africa and South America.
The world has already gotten a glimpse of the new model, with Chevy unveiling the vehicle in concept form at auto shows in places such as Argentina, Germany and Australia. The company has gone to great lengths to make the Colorado especially durable and reliable to help cement its place in the highly-competitive Thai truck market.
"We know customers of this type of vehicle want a workhorse and a daily-use vehicle all in one, so our product has to deliver. We have benchmarked the toughest, most flexible vehicles around the world," said the truck's chief engineer Roberto Rempel. "When you combine that approach with our detailed consideration of global expectations, we are confident the new Colorado will be a winner."
Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of a used pick up truck may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of makes and models at affordable prices.
Chevrolet recently announced that it will release its newest engine in the 2013 Malibu. The Ecotec 2.5-liter four-cylinder will be replacing a similar 2.4-liter model that is currently in use, and it is designed to be both more efficient and powerful than the previous version, Motor Trend reports.
The engine will see its increased efficiency due to a push by General Motors to reduce the amount of friction and design a new combustion system. Additionally, the new engine will provide drivers with an impressive 12 percent more horsepower and 16 percent more torque, while also significantly reducing noise.
"The noise intensity is 40 percent less than our 2.4-liter direct-injected engine, which was named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines," Mike Anderson, global chief engineer for GM said. "Engineers also tuned the 2.5L to deliver more of its torque at lower rpm, giving the Malibu a stronger feel at launch and during on-demand maneuvers, such as passing or accelerating on a freeway entrance ramp."
The Malibu has been one of Chevrolet's most popular cars over the years, and anybody looking to get behind the wheel of the sedan may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction.
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.
American automakers General Motors and Ford had a very successful August, but both were behind Chrysler. With a bevvy of updated models, the manufacturer saw a 31 percent rise in sales compared to last year, the 17th month in a row where sales rose in relation to the previous year, USA Today reports.
Perhaps the biggest reason for the boost in sales was the resurgence of the Jeep Wrangler. Compared to August 2010, the classic Jeep sold 58 percent more, giving the model its best month since December 2007. The company also re-branded its Sebring sedan under the name Chrysler 200, and subsequently saw sales jump 142 percent.
"The 'new GM' is making the strides it promised. About the only negative signs on GM's spreadsheet of August sales were for models being discontinued or soon to be replaced," says analyst Michelle Krebs told the publication.
Ford recently announced that it was partnering with Toyota to help create fuel-efficient trucks and SUVs. Not to be outdone, General Motors and LG Group will be teaming up to design electric vehicles in the future.
The partnership seems like a logical one as LG has worked on the electric engine for the popular Chevrolet Volt as well as the Opel Ampera. The venture will focus on finding other areas to use the technology, and seems to be beneficial to LG, GM and consumers.
"Many solutions for tomorrow’s transportation needs may be available more quickly by building on our partnership strategy," said GM vice chairman Steve Girsky. "Consumers benefit by getting the latest fuel-saving technology faster if we work with the best suppliers and we save time and money in the development process."
The move will likely prove to be an important one in the coming years as the U.S. government recently called for cars to have a 54.5 miles per gallon fuel economy by 2025.
Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of a fuel-efficient car may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of models at affordable prices.
The Chevrolet Malibu has been a mainstay in American automotive culture, and the classic car will be making it's European debut later this year at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. General Motors announced that the newly redesigned Malibu will go on sale there for the first time next year, offering motorists a slew of impressive features.
Among the new aspects of the Malibu is a cockpit design that is much more spacious and inviting than in previous years. Additionally, it has a few new storage areas, bluetooth wireless capabilities and a seven-inch touch screen radio.
Furthermore, new Malibu drivers will be treated to a boost in performance as well, highlighted by premium steering and an isolated engine cradle that reduces noise.
"The Chevrolet Malibu is the brand's new top-of-the-range offering, bringing proven value with a premium feel to Europe's midsize segment." said Wayne Brannon, the president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe.
Motorists who are looking to pick up a Chevrolet Malibu may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of used cars at affordable prices.
The Chevrolet Volt has been at the forefront of the electric car movement, and now General Motors appears poised to use the Volt as a template for an electric Cadillac. According to GreenCarReports, the model would likely be the concept Cadillac Converj, which may be available as early as 2013.
The Converj debuted two years ago at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, but many speculated that the beautiful car would never be produced for consumers. However, the news source reports that manufacturers have received the go-ahead to begin making the electricity-powered vehicle.
Though it's in the very early stages, the move could be a smart one for GM. Analysts at USA Today point out that the Chevy Volt already has a pretty steep price of nearly $40,000, but Cadillac drivers are probably less likely to stay away from an electric luxury car due to big price tag.
Although the Converj may be a few years away, drivers looking to get behind wheel of a fuel-efficient Honda Accord or Toyota Prius can check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which has plenty of makes and models at affordable prices.
Often maligned as being unable to compete with Japaneses automakers when it comes to small cars, GM and Ford say they have caught up. According to the Detroit Free Press, both companies are enjoying positive reviews on their latest compact cars – something which has translated into better sales.
In particular, the Ford Fiesta has enjoyed a solid few months. Most recently, it saw a 58 percent jump in July. However, the Fiesta was not alone as the Chevrolet Cruze also experienced a bump and was the top-selling compact car in July.
"I think we've entered a new era in the U.S. where there is more equity in the brands and the products are really competing on equal ground," Ford executive Jim Farley told reporters recently.
Consumers looking to get behind the wheel of a used Ford or Chevy may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of options at affordable prices.
The Nissan Leaf has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to electric cars, and it looks like General Motors is doing what it can to catch up. Bloomberg reports that the manufacturer is boosting production of the Chevrolet Volt in an effort to jump ahead of Nissan.
It may be tough to do, though. Nissan has sold 3,875 of the fully-electric Leaf, while Chevy is a bit behind at 2,745 Volts sold. As part of its plan to eclipse Nissan, Chevrolet hopes to be building 5,000 Volts a month by January of next year.
Despite the apparent fledgling rivalry between the two electric cars, analysts say it might be too early in the process to tell which car, if any, is better and more popular among consumers.
"It’s too soon to tell any definite direction in the race between the two cars," analyst Ivan Drury told the news source. "Even next year it will be very limited. It’s going to take five to six more years before we see these cars selling over 100,000 a year."
Though such prevalence of electric cars is a few years away, drivers can still check out fuel-efficient options by visiting New Jersey Auto Auction.
General Motors recently confirmed that it is set to release a diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze, marking the first such passenger car introduced by a Detroit manufacturer since the 1980s. USA Today reports that GM CEO Dan Akerson says the car will hit the market in 2013.
The Cruze will be only the second passenger car, to be offered with the diesel option in the United States the other being the Volkswagen Jetta . The new version will certainly be attractive to drivers looking to boost their fuel economy, as diesel engines get between 20 to 40 percent better mileage.
"I drove it the other day. It is great," Akerson told the publication. "These new diesels are quiet. Should make it in the low- to mid-40s, and that's with an automatic."
According to the news source, the Cruze was the top selling car in the U.S. last month, and was seventh overall throughout the first six months of the year.
Drivers who want to get behind the wheel of a fuel-efficient used car should check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers a wide variety of makes and models at affordable prices.