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.
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.
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.