Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Buying A Car That’s A Couple Years Old Can Help You Save A Lot Of Money

While everybody enjoys the smell of a brand new car as well as the pride that comes with owning a new car, it could be worth your while to buy a car a year or two old. Investing in a new car is something I was warned against in the past by my grandmother. Her help and advice appeared to be to find a car that had not clocked up a great number of miles and was around two years old. Based on her thinking, any kind of car I acquired should be operating well and if there had been anything needing attention, this would already have been carried out.

There are additional benefits to purchasing a moderately older car in addition to those above which I still follow now whenever I decide to purchase a car. In this article I will clarify to you how you can save thousands by purchasing a fairly new but used car.

I’m not really sure if you are aware of it or not but whenever you buy a new car and drive it off the dealership the value of the car just drops by thousands of dollars. Any purchase transaction of say $25,000 for a new car will not have been useful to you even if you think it was. Once you depart the car display room, a new valuation of $20,000 could be the asking price for your car. In fact for the period of that first journey you will have taken a hit of $5,000 and this occurred in just a few minutes of time.

Splash out on a new vehicle, if you think maybe I am being too alarmist here. If you do, just travel in it directly to your house. Then the next day bring the car back to the dealer and see how much you can get for a trade in. Within the space of a 24-hour period, you may learn that the car you paid $25,000 for has a proposed trade price in the range of $15,000 to $20,000.

Over the years this has been the normal approach of doing things. However right now some dealerships are offering you a 100% trade in price for 30 days after you buy the car. In essence, after 30 days, you’ve still got to come to grips that you are looking at a loss of $5,000. This shortfall could possibly be greater if merely selling the car is something you are looking at.

That instant decline in value is something you will not have to cope with if you decide to buy a car that is say 2 years old. If there were issues with the car these should have already been solved as my grandmother originally stated. The contrast between a new car and a used car without way to many miles, is in favor of the latter on this basis.

So when purchasing a new car, these are all factors that you need to consider. Unless you care about losing out on that new car smell you can end up getting a much better deal.

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Keeping Your Car For Years To Come

Normally, new car owners take exceptional care of their vehicles. However after a year or two they begin slacking when it comes to upkeep on their car. This article will place light on how one can make your older car look like you just bought it.

A high consideration is washing your car. Almost certainly, you washed your vehicle every weekend while it was brand new. Now a couple of years down the road you rarely wash your car every 6 months. You are making a serious mistake by doing this. By always keeping your car clean you will also be helping reduce the risk of rust building up on your car. This is particularly important if you live in the northern states that salt the street when it snows. It is common knowledge that constant contact with salt accelerates the buildup of rust on a car. And that’s why it is a lot more important to wash your car at least once every week or two weeks.

You probably actually started out vacuuming your car once a week when you washed it. However, since a year or two have passed you may not even vacuum your car once a year. Unfortunately, when you really don’t vacuum your car routinely, dirt works itself into the carpet. As, obviously, this debris will begin to wear away at the fabric of your carpet as well as the base holding all the carpeting together. Over time, you will discover that your carpet begins to grow holes and tears. Choosing to vacuum your car on a regular basis can help to stop this damage to your carpet.

Now we need to think about the instrument panel and any other leather or vinyl products you have in your car. To prevent all these car parts from drying out and cracking, you need to clean and condition them often. I am certain when you got your car you did this each week when you washed the car. Right now, you’re most likely too busy to remember how important this is.

Now once you start attending to the things just mentioned we have just one more recommendation. Applying a coat of wax to your vehicle should be done on a monthly basis. This can not only help protect the finish from the elements of nature but it will likely help to keep salt off your car. By waxing your car once a month you will see that the finish can end up out lasting the rest of the car.

If you decide to undertake the above maintenance suggestions, you will be rewarded with an new looking car. You should know that even if your car continues to function wonderfully if it doesn’t look nice you may not even want to keep it. This can launch the whole new car shopping for and maintaining process once again.