Everyone knows about Carfax, right? And everyone knows how to read one. Right? Well . . . no. A few months ago a couple came in wanting to trade their 2002 Ford Escort. They still owed money on it and were concerned they might be “upside down,” or owing more for the vehicle than it was worth. Their instincts proved correct. One of the first things any car dealership does when appraising a trade is to run a Carfax on it. When the Carfax on this particular vehicle came back, we learned that it had a salvage title. Whenever a vehicle has a salvage title — meaning it was deemed a total loss at some point in its history — it loses a tremendous amount of value. The wholesale value of a typical Escort like theirs was around $3,000, in good condition. With a salvage title, it was worth about half that, or $1,500. And they still owed $5,000. Ouch. When I showed the young couple the Carfax they were stunned. It came as a total surprise to them that their car had been … [Read more...] about Car Salesman Confidential: How To Use Carfax, Part 1
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It wasn’t too long ago that buying a new hot rod was a local event. You decided what you wanted, how much you could afford, and set out to the local car show, swap meet, or cruise night. If no luck was found there, you rummaged through the local classifieds until you found what you wanted, or you gave up. Your dream car could be just a few hundred miles away and you would never know it. Then came the Internet, and it all changed, for better and for worse. Today, the world is your oyster and you have only to surf the Web to find your pearl. At least it would work that way in a perfect world, but as you know, this rock is far from that. As the Internet is the ideal tool for locating that numbers-matching whatever of your dreams, it also provides the anonymity that con artists and thieves thrive on. Just like dating services that are filled with super models and millionaires, the guys peddling classic American muscle aren’t always what they appear. EbayArguably the most … [Read more...] about Internet Scams & Car Buying On Ebay – Don’t Get Robbed!
Insurance. For many folks, it’s been a bad word when it comes to high-performance Mopars. Many folks who remember when 426 Hemis were factory options in B-Body and E-Body Mopars also remember how expensive insuring them back then was–many times, insurance payments were lots higher than car payments! That’s a big reason why insurance gets part of the blame for the disappearance of factory-built performance cars after 1972. Nowadays, there are specialized insurance policies available for those who restore and enjoy vintage rides. However, more than a few companies and underwriters require that all drivers in the household be at least 25 years old, and/or have at least 10 years worth of driving experience. That can be an obstacle if you’re 22 years old and living on your own, or you’re still in high school and living at home with Mopar-devoted parents who’ve supported you all the way on your first project.`But not all of them do. The best thing that … [Read more...] about Insuring Your Classic Mopar – Cover It!
Race Car Of The Month Penske NASCAR Matador But there was one glorious attempt to bring the Hudson Hornet’s racing legend over to AMC, and it started in 1972 with a series of Roger Penske-prepared Matadors. Penske and driver Mark Donohue had considerable success with Javelins in SCCA Trans Am racing after their legendary run from 1967 through 1969 in Chevrolet Camaro Z/28s. So even though NASCAR was something new to both Penske and Donohue, and the boxy ’72 Matador couldn’t have been more ill-suited to competition, they entered stock car racing with great expectations. Besides the AMC’s challenging aerodynamics, the big problem for the team was engines. Going up against the well-developed big-block engines from GM, Ford, and Chrysler, AMC had to run a 366ci small-block, which in many ways was an upsized version of AMC’s 305ci Trans Am engines. Despite rules that favored small-blocks, reliability hampered the Penske effort throughout 1972. Their best … [Read more...] about 1966 Batmobile – Auto News and Events
Do your research. If you’re shopping for a race school, that’s the best advice we can give. Ultimately, finding the correct school requires shopping around. Since more racing schools exist now than ever before in the history of mankind, we put this handy guide together to help make shopping around a little easier. Driving schools typically come in three flavors: serious race driver training, fan experience, and then there are ones that cater to both audiences. For the fan who wants a taste of driving a real race car and has no serious intentions of competing, there are many schools from which to choose. The weekend racer who seeks serious training has fewer options. In fact, most schools across the country cater more to the fan audience. But this is America, and somewhere and somehow, somebody is probably selling something you want. (If somebody’s not selling it, figure out how to sell it, and then you can drive a Cadillac Escalade for the rest of your life.) Schools … [Read more...] about Race Car Driving Schools- Schools Around The Country
Tan Chong Insurance Business Stream (TCIBS) and AXA Affin General Insurance today launched the availability of RTI-GAP Insurance for Nissan cars in Malaysia. RTI-GAP basically means Return to Invoice-Guaranteed Asset Protection. This type of insurance is actually pretty common and sometimes even mandatory to be purchased in first world countries, but we’re only just seeing it introduced in Malaysia this year. This type of insurance basically ensures that you won’t have any problems covering your outstanding hire purchase loan if your Nissan is stolen or is declared a total loss because of damage. It also helps you easily replace your car with another Nissan of similiar value. Let’s say you bought your Nissan at RM80,000 and after three years the value drops to RM50,000. If something happens to the car at that point of time, you will only be reimbursed the market value of RM50,000 by your motor insurance. And if you still owe the bank RM60,000 at that point of time, … [Read more...] about RTI-GAP insurance now available in Malaysia for Nissan cars from TCIBS and AXA Affin GI
Of all the stories we’ve heard about rare barn-find cars, we owe one of the most memorable to Marshall Woolery of Puyallup, Washington. Woolery, who runs Thun Field Rod & Custom, was asked to look at “special” car. He all but dismissed it at first—in fact, it was only out of courtesy to a mutual friend he even went to look at the Dodge you see here. But once he saw it, he called us and said, “D-d-d-d-dude, it’s a f*****g Daytona!” As if a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona wing car isn’t special enough, the owner, Ron Smith, has had this one since new, sitting unknown to all but a handful of people for more than 30 years. Understand one thing about this Daytona’s owner: he isn’t a car nut by the conventional definition. As such, he did things to it that we wouldn’t necessarily do at the time. For example, “I wanted to doctor it up a little because I was really patriotic,” he says. So he had a painter apply … [Read more...] about One-Owner, Original-Paint, Barn-Find 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
The pre-owned car market will only expand in years to come. Renault aims to capitalize on the market with its new Renault Selection pre-owned car vertical. Renault India has forayed into the used car market in the country with the establishment of its ‘Renault Selection’ business that will cater to the needs of pre-owned car buyers and sellers. Renault India has inaugurated its first Renault Selection outlet in the city of Bangalore. The first Renault Selection outlet has been setup in partnership with Trident Auto at their dealership in Whitefield. The state- of-the-art multi-brand pre-owned car outlet is spread over 21,000 square feet, which facilitates sale, purchase and exchange of all cars. The facility can accommodate 100 cars at any point in time, giving customers complete freedom of choice. Renault Selection is a pre-owned multi-brand car outlet that has been created to serve as a reliable platform for buying, selling and exchanging certified pre-owned cars. … [Read more...] about Renault enters used car market space with Renault Selection
It was the best of Rovers, it was the worst of Rovers. It took us 3000 miles, silently and safely, wrapped inside an interior sumptuous to the point of silliness. However, it is funny looking and a funny size, the Rover 75, seemingly not much bigger than a Mondeo and not entirely suited to the sort of old Rover pumped-up plushness. In a car of such modest proportions, it was as if a team of surreal burglars had entered your house and rammed a three-piece leather suite, a giant-screen TV, a boss stereo, a highly-polished mahogany sideboard and a load of cream-faced clocks into your small back bedroom.I was on a mission, driving 1000 miles to a dusty Spanish border town to search for a tin of pate, a rusty tin plate and a knife hidden down the side of a wall, and I had chosen the Rover 75 to do it in. I had chosen this model because I had been to the town once before, in a car that was the 75’s inspiration.Let me explain. When my wife and I were in our early 20s and poor, we took a … [Read more...] about Alexei Sayle drives a Rover 75 (CAR archive, Nov 1999)
My family loves small cars. If you asked my wife what car she has enjoyed the most out of the hundreds of vehicles she’s driven over the years, it would be a 1st generation Honda Fit Sport. In her world not even a decked out S-Class or a modern day Mustang compares to the fun she gets driving the original Fit around town.At the auctions you can pretty much tell my presence by scanning the parking lot for a first generation Honda Insight. If you see one there, it’s mine. After more than 45,000 miles I still haven’t found anything that compares to it. Although a 1995 Miata that now occupies my garage comes awfully close.So now that you know how much my family is into small cars, the obvious question arises. “What do you think of this small car?”Press pictures always try to give the nip and tuck treatment to any new car. In person the Sonic strikes me as what would happen if a Dodge Charger mated with an Aveo hatchback. As unholy as that thought … [Read more...] about New Car Review: 700 Miles In A 2012 Chevy Sonic LT