Imagine you have finally decided to buy a particular car after countless hours of research. You go to a dealer and he quotes a final on-road price and you find it somewhat high. Many of us face this situation and we go to some other dealer who also quotes a similar price. So, what makes these dealers inflate the price tag? The answer is simple. They have a margin on your car and a greater margin on the official accessories and specialized warranties. Based on user feedback, we have made a list to help out the average buyer to negotiate and get the best bang for the buck. The Discount Factor – Discounts on cars were often unheard a decade back and people used to buy at whatever rate the dealer quoted. With increasing awareness nowadays, people have started negotiating for the right price and reducing the burden on their pocket. There are some Golden Rules towards a successful rate negotiation, the best one being “negotiate to the point when the dealer asks you to get out of … [Read more...] about New Car Buying Tips For Discounts
You have shortlisted a few models that you find interesting to own but they all look good on paper. This is when you take the next big step, of entering the dealership. A lot of time and effort goes from you and the dealer as well and if you are unprepared for the test drive you are clearly wasting a lot of time. Here is our guide on how to test drive a car before buying. 1. Do your homework You absolutely cannot enter a dealership without any prior knowledge about the vehicle. The basic idea is to do a complete research about the car you want to purchase. The dealership is only best for negotiating the price and making the purchase; everything else needs prior knowledge. Research about the model you want and in which segment. Once you have short listed the desirable cars from a segment, prioritize the features you want in the car. Is it safety, colour, electronic goodies, space, comfort, fuel option, power train? What is that suits your need. Several car comparison sites will … [Read more...] about How To Test Drive A Car Before Buying
Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Britain’s Jaguar Land Rover has been on a roll since separating from Ford in 2008. New models, new engines, new technology and new plants have more than doubled the automaker’s global sales to 583,312 last year. Indeed, JLR’s turnaround, from a money-losing business Ford dumped for $2.3 billion, at a huge loss, to India’s Tata Motors, is one of the industry’s biggest success stories of the last decade. But now the next -- and far more difficult -- challenge awaits: growing annual global volume to 1 million vehicles, a goal of JLR’s hard-charging German CEO, BMW-trained Ralf Speth. Perhaps the best opportunity to do that quickly and affordably has appeared with General Motors’ sale of its money-losing Opel and brands to France’s PSA Group. With the addition of the Range Rover Velar and the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery, as well as filling out the Jaguar lineup with the XE compact sedan and … [Read more...] about JLR should buy Vauxhall to hit 1 million vehicles sold
Hi Bark, I like to know your opinion on the subject matter of the email. My ideal car is a reliable all-wheel-drive, full-size sedan with more than 400-500 horsepower, similar 400 lb-ft of torque, decent average fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon, and it’s made by Honda/Acura with all the safety features (lane keep assist, front collision mitigation, blind spot detection, etc). However, that vehicle does not exist, and I have a budget of $55,000 out the door. So my only choices, it seems, are: 1). Chevy SS (negatives are fuel economy and reliability?) I’m leaning more towards this. 2). Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack (negative are nose-heavy when braking and cornering, and reliability). 3). Infiniti Q50S Red Sport 400 (negatives are not being full-size, and has oversteer/understeer issues). If my wife didn’t give me a limit, I would spring for a Lexus GS F. I didn’t mention any European brands due to reading about notorious times being fixed at dealerships with … [Read more...] about What’s The Best Sporty Sedan For Me?
Checking the files, I drove over 120 different cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers in 2015. On track, off road, and in the Taco Bell drive-thru line. No wonder I’m tired and fat. Here are my eight top picks from 2015. If you’re car shopping and you don’t buy one of these, you should be forced to own a Mitsubishi Mirage. Yes, I said it. Luxury Cars Since I’m writing this with a bottle of wine in one hand and an $2,800 parts bill for my Super V8 (not repair bill since I’m doing the work), I’m going to start by including a car I drove 2014. If you’re hunting for the best buy in the luxury segment, look no further than the Kia K900. Say what? I wouldn’t say the K900 is the equal of a 740i or S550 but it’s half the price of the Merc. Ask yourself how much the Mercedes logo is worth to you. If the answer isn’t $70,000 then you should buy the Kia, swap in some new logos and enjoy your long warranty. For the best deal, lease one. Kia … [Read more...] about Alex’s Eight Best Drives of 2015
Earlier this year, General Motors announced plans to sell OnStar as an aftermarket system called OnStar FMV (or "For My Vehicle"). The company recently made good on its promise, shipping OnStar FMV kits to select dealerships across the country, as well as other shops like Best Buy. Which raises at least two interesting questions. First: what effect is this going to have on GM's bottom line? Previously, customers could only purchase OnStar directly from GM. It came as a factory-installed option, meaning that all the dough shoppers paid -- as well as those tidy subscription fees -- went straight to Detroit. Will GM suffer from the loss of hardware sales? Or is OnStar, like mobile phones and Keurig coffee machines, hardware that's practically given away to generate revenue from subscriptions? (We're guessing the latter.) Question number two is for you: where would you buy OnStar? Here are some options, with a few pros and cons for each: A. From a dealer, pre-installedPro: It requires no … [Read more...] about Would You Buy OnStar From A Dealer Or Best Buy?
When looking for a used SUV with third-row seats, there's the best and then there's the rest. Of course, what constitutes the best is in the mind of the beholder and very much dependent on the buyers personal wants and needs. Taking everything into consideration, however, there are a few generalities that hold true across a number of car sites, notably Edmunds.com, consumerguide.com, motherproof.com, and safety and crash test data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the site carseat.org, recommendations for choosing a used SUV include looking for models with side curtain airbags in all rows, those that deploy when rollover detected, standard electronic stability control, and head restraints and 3-point lap/shoulder restraints for all occupants. Edmunds editors also suggest the SUVs must be IIHS Top Safety Picks and have NHTSA 5-star crash test and 4-star rollover ratings. Here are the top 3 … [Read more...] about Top 3 Best Used SUVs With Third Row Seats
From The Car Connection: The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2014: The Nominees The summer and fall months this year have been especially busy, as our High Gear Media editors have had to contend with another record year for vehicle launches. Now, among all that is new, it's time to pick the best—with The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2014. 2013 Nissan Titan, Armada Recalled For Brake Problem Nissan North America has issued a recall for select models of the 2013 Armada and 2013 Titan. The recall stems from a problem with the vehicles' braking system, which could result in a crash. 2014 Infiniti Q50 Review Forget about the inscrutable new badge for a moment. What you're seeing, with the 2014 Infiniti Q50, is the follow-up to the Infiniti G, the first real Japanese-bred rival to the BMW 3-Series; and it lays out a more ambitious agenda than ever before. From Motor Authority: Marchionne: New Five-Year Alfa Romeo Strategy Coming In 2014 Fiat is determined to transform Alfa … [Read more...] about Best Car To Buy 2014, Nissan Recalls, Alfa Romeo Comeback: What’s New @ The Car Connection
We're big eBay fans here at R&T. In case you weren't aware, once a week we update a running list of rare or ridiculous vehicles we find on the site. We've found celebrity-owned machines, actual race cars, terrible knockoff replicas, and even a Batmobile. But the weirdest thing we've found on eBay Motors isn't a car. It's the makings of an entire replica car manufacturer, and it can be yours for $250,000. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Yes, for a quarter-million dollars (or best offer), you can buy your very own Porsche replica operation. You get the molds, the jigs, the tooling, the plans, and the rights to start manufacturing your own 550 Spyder, 356 Speedster, and Super 90 replica bodies and chassis. All you need is a lease on a commercial building, and you'll be in business. Well, maybe not in business just yet. You'll still have to find a source for transmissions and air-cooled Volkswagen engines. The seller does say Subaru EJ20 engines work, too, so that's a plus. … [Read more...] about You Can Buy an Entire Porsche Replica Factory on eBay Right Now
There are few truly bad vehicles for sale today, but, when there are more models boasting more whistles and bells than ever before, that doesn’t make car shopping easy. Even if you’re car savvy, you can still make an uninformed choice or get a bad deal. And the wealth of resources for information can obscure the fact that many of the rules of the game have changed. But fear not: We can help. We’ve spent months researching the changing auto-retail landscape and have collected the best advice here. As new ways of shopping supplant the old, those in the know can save time and money and get greater enjoyment out of their new car. OLD[/caption] Spend a Saturday kicking tires on dealership row to decide what you want. NEW Stay home, do your research online, and only visit dealerships for test drives. ADVICE There are many ways to research new vehicles online, from magazine websites such as caranddriver.com to the automakers’ own sites. The volume of information is … [Read more...] about The 7 New Rules of Car Buying: How to Shop in Today’s World – Feature – Car and Driver
Imagine that you were a buyer of fine art. Not THAT kind of fine art, mind you—I’m not talking Seurat or O’Keefe here. Just some private collection pieces for your home, maybe in the range of $1K-$10K. Something a little unique and different, maybe not something the masses would enjoy. It might take a little bit of art education to truly appreciate it, but you are capable of appreciating it more than most. Now, imagine that the only place you could buy them was in a Thomas Kinkade “Painter of Light” store, right next to prints of barns and horses and lighthouses. Now, imagine that the sales reps at that store don’t really want to sell you the higher end paintings, because buyers of that sort of thing are notoriously difficult to deal with, and they don’t really make any money on them, because the artists demand most of the profit. They’d rather just make their commission selling to the ignorant masses who want a touching portrait of … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: What You Want To Buy Isn’t What They Want To Sell You
Ever since British inventor James Dyson came up with his cyclone technology, domestic vacuum cleaners have changed beyond recognition. But in the workshop and car, conventional designs are still the favourites – not least because they can be used to clear up liquid spills. They also tend to use a high-power motor better suited to those heavier-duty chores. So which is the one to clean up in your garage? We plugged in vacs from nine leading suppliers to find out. How we tested them We upped the ante this year by testing dry vacuum performance against rice, sugar and even flour. To compare wet performance, we timed how long each model took to suck up 10 litres of water. • Best handheld cordless vacuum cleaners As always, ease of use is a big factor here. So we measured lead and hose lengths, made sure the main pole is adjustable to allow floor cleaning at a comfortable height and checked that converting from dry to wet mode isn’t too fiddly. Our final factor was price, … [Read more...] about Best car vacuum cleaners: 2017 group test
Out of all the kit in your toolbox, screwdrivers can get the most abuse. They may be designed for screws, but they often end up being used as chisels, pry-bars or punches. Even well made tools can have a much shorter life than an equivalent-quality spanner or socket set. Fortunately, screwdriver sets are a great way of inexpensively replenishing the tool kit. And now, more than ever, they also make it easy to keep up with modern DIY developments, such as the increased use of hex and Torx screws over conventional slotted and crosshead parts. How we tested them Screwdrivers should be easy to grip, so we tried one from each set against a series of increasingly tighter screws to see which let us muster the most torque. Nuts cut into the shafts or heads allow more pressure to be applied, too. We assessed each set for versatility, seeing whether stubbies for small spaces were included. As many screws on cars are positioned in recesses no wider than the screw’s head, slotted drivers … [Read more...] about Best screwdriver sets: 2016 group test
We all dream of a white Christmas... but if snow does fall this winter, do you have the skills necessary to drive safely on challenging icy roads? As the scores of stranded motorists each year will testify, a lack of experience means we Brits are a bit clueless when it comes to driving on snow and ice. A winter driving course could help you combat the fear of driving during the tough winter months, as well as boost your skills so you actually know what you're doing. As well as being practical, they can be a lot of fun, too. Most courses will teach you how to control slides and drifts on real snow and ice, so expect to travel to get the most comprehensive training around. Scandanavia is a perennial favourite, especially the motor industry's testbed in Arjeplog, Sweden, but there are also some courses available in Canada, the Italian Alps or even here at home in Britain. Price: 450 Euros (£400) (www.bmw-drivingexperience.com) The majority of BMW's line-up is still rear-wheel … [Read more...] about Best intensive winter driving courses: improve your skills on snow and ice
You don’t need to be a boy scout to know the wisdom of being prepared, and it’s never more important than at this time of year. When the temperatures plummet and icy rain, snow, slush and black ice combine, every single journey becomes a potential hazard. And of course, shorter days mean that more time than ever is spent driving in the dark. For most of us, staying at home isn’t an option, so forward planning is the best way of reducing the risks. Using our long experience of evaluating the accessories market, Auto Express has put together a list of 15 essential products that should help you through the long winter months. • Product Awards 2016: the winners Some are aimed at preparing you and your car so that you don’t get into trouble in the first place; others will help to get you out of difficulties that can’t be avoided when you’re on the road. Pricesquoted are from a variety of online sources. Winter car kit checklist and best buys Winter … [Read more...] about Winter car checklist: car kit & best buys
Even after a few fairly mild years, deciding whether to switch tyres for winter doesn’t get any easier. While some drivers won’t head to a fitter until they see snow, it’s safest to invest in winter rubber now. Even if snow doesn’t fall, winter tyres perform better than conventional ‘summer’ designs below about seven degrees Celsius – a certainty in a typical British winter. New designs and technology are arriving every year, and switching has never been easier, with car manufacturers offering wheel and tyre packages and dealers setting up ‘hotels’ to look after your ‘summer’ tyres when they’re off the car. • Driving in snow - top tips But which winter tyre should you buy? We returned to the 205/55 R16 size found on a range of big-selling family cars and headed to the Test World site at Ivalo, Finland, with Hankook; wet and dry tests were completed at Continental’s Hanover facility in Germany. All tests … [Read more...] about Winter tyres test 2016/2017: best tyre brands and UK prices compared
Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! We began this thread a few days ago with the question: What is the best way to start looking for a new car? Should I begin online or visit my local car dealer? The short answer is you will save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by contacting your local dealer by email and asking for a quote. This compares to walking in the front door and asking: “What’s your best price?” See the original post. Even most experienced new car buyers are content to pre-negotiate just the selling price of the vehicle. As Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I used to love when that happened. It resulted in buyers letting their guard down and believing they had the best deal possible. They didn’t realize there are multiple profit points needing to be dealt with when buying a new car. Handle these ineptly and it can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars … [Read more...] about Car Buying Guide: Pre-Negotiate The Entire Car Deal
Hi Bark, I like to know your opinion on the subject matter of the email. My ideal car is a reliable all-wheel-drive, full-size sedan with more than 400-500 horsepower, similar 400 lb-ft of torque, decent average fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon, and it’s made by Honda/Acura with all the safety features (lane keep assist, front collision mitigation, blind spot detection, etc). However, that vehicle does not exist, and I have a budget of $55,000 out the door. So my only choices, it seems, are: 1). Chevy SS (negatives are fuel economy and reliability?) I’m leaning more towards this. 2). Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack (negative are nose-heavy when braking and cornering, and reliability). 3). Infiniti Q50S Red Sport 400 (negatives are not being full-size, and has oversteer/understeer issues). If my wife didn’t give me a limit, I would spring for a Lexus GS F. I didn’t mention any European brands due to reading about notorious times being fixed at dealerships with … [Read more...] about Ask Bark: What’s The Best Sporty Sedan For Me?
What better way to finish one month and start a new one than going through our traditional World Roundup? None, I know. Enough of the world? That’s fine, I knew some of you would feel that way, and I’ve prepared something else: you can check out new car sales data for 176 additional countries and territories on my blog. Go on, you know you want to! Now if you want to know what happened worldwide in the magical world of car sales, jump in! Before we start, may I interest you in the two photo reports I lovingly uploaded in the last week: Italy (“It’s a Fiat 500-mania”) and Monaco (“Millions on display”). Yes I am in this part of the world right now, lucky me! Let’s begin by an overview of the main worldwide markets: again a fascinating contrast this month: on one hand we have the two biggest car markets going gangbusters: China is up 10% on July 2012 to 1.52 million units and the USA is up 14% to 1.31 million… On the other hand, … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: World July 2013 Roundup: Volvo V40 and GMC Sierra get their place in the sun
Whether you’re changing brake pads, rotating tyres or checking the suspension for leaks, you’ll need to raise your car off the ground. But the jack in the boot isn’t ideal for maintenance and repair work; these devices are never very easy to use, and are meant for emergencies only due to their lightweight construction. A trolley jack, which rolls easily under the vehicle and is stronger than an old-fashioned scissor jack, is much safer and quicker, although it should still always be used with axle stands. So which is the one to give your car maintenance a lift? We pumped up nine to find out. How we tested them We measured the number of pumps needed to reach 200mm – a typical height to hit the jacking point of an average hatchback. We expected to find safety warnings on the jack and comprehensive instructions for use, ideally with photos and diagrams. The larger the saddle, the better, too. A low start height is vital for sportier cars, whereas a larger maximum … [Read more...] about Best trolley jacks: 2016 group test