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."
While the Ford F-150 and Toyota Camry claimed the first and second slots, the top five was rounded by the Dodge Avenger, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, respectively.
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.