Have you ever dreamed of owning your own car? In these days, more and more people buy car. People buy cars for various reasons. There are probably a million reasons why people buy cars.Some people buy cars because they really need a car; others buy a car just to follow the trend. Many seem to buy because of recommendations by others. Their friends or relatives have one and loves it so they buy one as well.Some people buy a car for the price is low or reasonable. This is probably a big reason for looking at specific cars for the price.Emotions prompt you buy a car. This is a big reason people buy cars is because their emotions take over once they look at a car.However, buying a car, whether it’s a first-time purchase or not, can seem like a daunting task. There is certainly a lot of information you need to understand before you run off to your local dealership.Whatever the reason, the number of car owner and people who think about buying a car is on the rise. The car is becoming a part of daily life. More and more people pay attention to cars. They may pay attention to the brand, shape and style of a car when they walk on the street. They may read the car magazine and enjoy the car advertisement on TV, magazine and somewhere else.Just out of the desire for a car and the great attention to the car, the car wrap is becoming a popular means of advertising. Companies advertise on the outside of the car because advertising space on billboards along busy roads and highways is limited and, in some places, not allowed at all. By advertising on the cars, they can reach more people. Realizing the great potential of car wrap, many companies offer free car to the public or pay for you by driving your own car.These companies may give you a free car with advertisements on it. You usually don’t get paid in this deal or get to choose the type of car provided, but you can get free use of the car for the period of the campaign. You only pay for the cost of gas and insurance. Instead of purchasing their own cars, companies will sometimes “rent” space on individual private citizen’s cars. In return for letting a company wrap your car with their advertisement, they will pay you a fee.
Traxxas has been making and distributing nitro rc cars for years now. They are known for the highest quality nitro rc cars on the market today and will be in the future to come. Seeing how popular Traxxas is I decided to make a top 5 list of nitro rc cars from Traxxas.Here they are…5. Traxxas SlayerThe traxxas slayer is the bigger bro to the slash and is one heck of a nitro rc car. The traxxas slayer is a short course racing truck and comes standard with the TRX 3.3 racing engine. I love the traxxas slayer because it can race on almost anything but is especially meant for the local track or backyard. The traxxas slayer comes ready to run (RTR) so you don’t have to mess around with parts and can get to racing it right away. The traxxas slayer is the ultimate king in off road remote control car racing and will be for some time.The traxxas slayer is a 4 wheel drive 1/10th scale remote control truggy. It can go up to 50 miles per hour with the TRX 3.3 racing engine, let’s just think about that kind of speed for a second.I give the traxxas slayer a 4.3 out of 5. I docked points because the slayer is a nitro remote control truck and it can cost money to run these things. Also the user will probably want to upgrade the tires eventually, not at all a bad rc truck!4. Traxxas StampedeThe traxxas stampede is one of my favorite nitro rc cars in that it was ranked “truck of the year” by RC Car Action magazine which is the creme de la creme of rc car magazines. But that isn’t all the reasons behind my decisions to make the traxxas stampede #4 on the countdown.The nitro traxxas stampede is a monster and has some huge tires on it. The stampede has an older engine the TRX pro.15 nitro power. The traxxas stampede will drive over most terrain and does some wicked wheelies and some rock crawling. The traxxas stampede comes ready to run (RTR) so you can just start ripping up the dirt in moms backyard.The talon tread pattern on the tires gives the traxxas stampede the ultimate traction control and makes handling corners and hills a breeze. The traxxas stampede is very stable because of the foam inserts that are provided.I give the traxxas stampede a 4.4 out of 5 simply because it is a bit of an older model and can be pricey.3. Traxxas 4 TecComing in at #3 is the traxxas nitro 4 tec, a crazy ready to race nitro rc car. One of the main features of the traxxas 4 tec is the top speed. The traxxas 4 tec goes over 70 miles per hour, now that is what I call fast! How does it go so fast? Well, the traxxas nitro 4 tec comes with the new TRX 3.3 racing engine which permits insane amounts of horsepower and speed. Some may argue that it is one of the fastest nitro rc cars on the market today that is ready to run.I’ve raced a lot of nitro rc cars before but none as powerful and as fast as the nitro 4 tec. The nitro 4 tec looks very aesthetically pleasing to the naked eye. Very nice body graphics reflect the style and speed of the very sleek looking chassis. The new mesh wheels look great and will definitely last a long time. Obviously the most appealing things about the nitro 4 tec is the giant TRX 3.3 engine and break neck speeds.I give the Traxxas Nitro 4 Tec a 4.7 out of 5. The only reason the 4 tec does not get a 5 out of 5 is because it is for more advanced racers because of the speeds it can achieve right out of the box. This can cause your hard earned money to be burned in the first 5 minutes of playing with the 4 tec. Simply put the 4 tec is too fast for the beginner.2. Traxxas T MaxxThe traxxas t maxx nitro rc truck ranks in at #2, most of the time people say “second is first for loser” but in this case it is not. The traxxas T Maxx is a 4×4 monster nitro truck that is ready to run (RTR) and one of traxxa’s best selling nitro rc trucks on the market today. What sets the traxxas t maxx apart from the rest of the fleet? Adaptability! The traxxas T maxx can climb cliffs, do jumps, tear up asphalt, and go through mud bogs and still come out of all that in a wheelie.Performance is what the traxxas t maxx is all about with the all new TRX 3.3 racing engine which offers incredible amounts of horsepower and torque. The traxxas t maxx is a very durable monster truck in that it can be bashed pretty hard and still function at %100, and it better for the price point.I give the traxxas T maxx a 4.8 out 5. The traxxas t maxx was docked marks for price point and a few other things such as further upgrades and such. You will never be sorry driving a nitro monster truck like the traxxas T maxx.1. Traxxas RevoDrum roll please! My #1 favorite nitro rc car from traxxas is the Revo. The traxxas revo has proven itself over and over again in that it is a very capable monster truck that can handle almost anything, except flying. The traxxas revo is a very durable and stable rc truck as I have personally tested it many times.I’ve bashed the revo, taken jumps with the revo and it still works! The revo is pretty fast too, I’ve gotten speeds of over 45 miles per hour. The traxxas revo is a benchmark rc truck, which means it will be tested against for years to come. It is the all around best rc truck on the planet in my opinion (my opinion could be biased hehe).I always love upgrading to a different radio when I buy a new revo, because I spend a lot of time at the track and want to hone in my skills on a good radio controller. All in all the traxxas revo is super capable of any surroundings or environment you introduce it to, and can bash like no other nitro rc truck.I give the traxxas revo a 4.9 out of 5 possible marks. Why 4.9? Well my friends…nothing can be perfect, not even my revo.
The trade-in, the anathema of the automotive world. Everything comes back to the trade-in. Consumers and sales representatives square off, staring eye to eye: the former wants 15 000$ for the trade-in, the latter stifles a chuckle and says it doesn’t even retail that high! This is the scene currently going on in multiple dealerships all over the world.For example, somewhere in Vermont:Client: It only has 34k miles on it, and it is a convertibleSales Rep: It is definitely well maintained, but remember, this is January, not much call for a convertible in the middle of January in Vermont.Client: Why?Sales Rep: Well, something about the snow. To say nothing about the double digit minus temperatures.**Sales rep makes a few calls**Used car manager: I don’t want it.Lewis Used Cars manager: I don’t want itJohnnie Donnie Autos manager: hmmm, maybe I can get you 10,000$ but I am doing you a favorSnowy Mountain Automobiles and Trucks manager: look I ain’t buying now, but I’ll give ya 18,000 if ya still got it in March.**Sales Rep hangs up**Sales Rep: We got 10,000$…Client: What?! You people are crooks! I saw some on the Internet advertised at 35 000$! C’mon honey, we’re leaving.Who is right here? Is the sales representative right that a convertible in the middle of a Vermont-esque January is a tough sell or did he or she not try hard enough? Is Mr. Smith wrong in thinking his car is worth 35,000$? We can tell you that the most likely scenario is that an indignant M. Smith will go home, take pictures of his car, pay to have it advertised on the internet and in papers and magazines; he will likely have to wake up Sunday morning early to go test-drive the car with a total stranger on more than one occasion a stranger who may not even be that interested in buying M. Smith’s convertible. And what does M. Smith DO when the “stranger” offers to buy the car and offers him a personal check? On the other hand, the sales representative has obviously lost a sale because when M. Smith does sell his car, he certainly is not going to return to that dealership. Worst, M. Smith will tell his friends and co-workers about the experience which may translate into even more lost sales. So again, given that the overall result will have unfortunate consequences for both parties involved, who was right in this situation?From experience, I can tell you that a convertible indeed loses about 10% in retail value in the winter months of northern states and close to 15% in trade-in value over the same period. It also gains 10% of value in the spring in both retail and trade-in value. So in the fictitious case above, it appears M. Smith is at fault and does not understand the market. But the intent of this article is not to point fingers. It’s a story, after all.The point is to highlight the important factors that determine the trade-in value of a used car. Most of these variables are self-explanatory.So here we go, each factor is listed in order of importance. By the time you are done reading through, you should have a clearer idea of what truly affects a trade-in’s value. This will help you plan ahead by taking good care of the car you have now in anticipation for the time where you will want to trade it in. It will also help you buy a new car today that will be a great trade-in candidate in the future. Finally, it will prepare you to negotiate your trade-in’s value if you are currently buying a new car.Your trade-in’s value is determined by:1. How well your car’s brand is doing right now.When SAAB declared bankruptcy, SAAB trade-ins lost at least 40% of their normal trade-in value. Jaguar and Volvo are two brands that are currently struggling (along with many others) in new car sales and this hurts their resale value. Saturn trade-ins are barely worth anything today. It’s simple, if there isn’t a great deal of demand for a manufacturer’s new car, usually there isn’t a great deal of demand for the same manufacturer’s old car. Inversely, BMW, Subaru and Hyundai are on a tear, thereby increasing their resale value and therefore their trade-in value.2. Season.Of course, if you live in Florida, the season has less impact than it does in Michigan or Canada. That being said, the net effect percentage wise on a trade-in’s value based on the season is so important we felt it needed to be at number 2. As we mentioned above, the time of year can add or drop between 10 and 20% on a trade’s value. AWD cars and trucks are great trade-ins in the fall, convertibles are horrible trade-ins from August to early-February, Pick-ups usually do well in the spring because home landscaping projects/yard-garage-basement cleanup are on the to-do list. Traditionally, March, April, August, September are prime months in the automotive world for sales. In general, trade-ins fetch higher prices in these periods, though, this varies according to region.3. Body condition.Your car’s overall exterior condition needs to look younger or at least not older than it actually is. If you car is 10 years old, it is understandable that there is a little rust and a few scratches, but it is not OK if the bumper is missing! Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and ask yourself ‘would you buy your car?’. Windshields are a value killer. If there is a crack in the windshield, no matter how small it is, you have to figure the price of a new windshield will be deducted from your trade-in price.4.Color combination.Perhaps you like a blue exterior with a red leather interior, but chances are you are part of a select group. Anything Yellow, Pink, Light Blue, Flashy Green, Gold, Bronze… you get the idea, these are tough sells. Beige, Grey, Off-White interiors always look dirty and usually need a good cleaning before they can be resold, so you can expect the cleaning bill to be deducted from your trade-in value.5. Transmission.On any car, there is almost always a higher percentage of buyers opting for one transmission over another. For example, Mercedes-Benz offered a standard transmission on its C-Class series, but over 90% of buyers chose the automatic transmission. Well if you are looking to trade-in a Mercedes C-Class with a manual transmission, you will find that its value is significantly decreased versus the same exact car with an automatic. This can also work the other way around. A Subaru Impreza WRX attracts manual transmission users and will fetch a higher trade-in price if equipped as such.6. Popularity within its segment.By segment, we mean for example full size sedans, intermediaries, full-size sport-utility vehicles, full-size pick-ups and so forth. You can think of segments as categories. In each segment, there are always cars that sell well and others that do not sell as well. In the intermediary segment, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are the leaders, while the Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Magentis sell less than half the number of cars as the leaders (2011 data). What this means is that even if you paid your Kia Magentis the same price as you would have paid a Honda Accord, you will still get less in trade-in value for the Kia despite having identical mileage and model year.7. Equipment.The gap in pricing between a fully loaded model and the same model with basic equipment tends to decrease with time. So even if you put 5000$ dollars worth of options, the difference in pricing in 4 years between each model will more likely be 1500$. Because of this, it is a lot easier to sell a used car with a lot of options and features than a basic model. Features such as A/C, CD player, automatic windows and locks, and alloy wheels are almost a necessity, while a sunroof, leather seats, xenon lights, AWD (when the model also comes in FWD), 7 passenger option on SUVs, dual zone climate and so forth always add to your car’s trade-in value.8. Price it retails for today.The last few years have been very difficult for manufacturers and dealerships. Car companies have begun offering significant incentives and rebates on new cars. This was not necessarily the case 3 or 4 years ago. Therefore, it is quite possible you bought a new car 3 years ago when it had just come out and paid full retail for it, while today, the same car has 5000$ in manufacturers’ rebates deducted from its starting price. It would be understandable for you to assume that your car followed standard 3 year depreciation, but unfortunately you now also have to take into account rebates on new cars and tack on that amount to the normal depreciation.9. APR offered on used cars.If you trade-in your used car at a new car dealership representing a brand that offers competitive rates on used cars, this will be a positive for your trade-in value. The reality today is that manufacturers are offering very low APR’s for good credit customers on new car purchases. Sometimes, the difference between a new car costing 22 000$ with a 1.9% APR and a used car costing 15000 $ with a 6.9% APR is not enough to justify buying a used car. If the APR is high on used cars, they are harder to sell and therefore your trade-in value is negatively affected.10.Model has changed or been discontinued.Anytime you trade-in a previous generation model, or a model that no longer exists, your trade-in value will fall. Every 4 years or so, companies completely overhaul their model lines and newer generation models usually have more luxuries, more powerful engines, better fuel efficiency, and a completely different look. If your car is from the previous generation, your trade-in value suffers. Same thing applies if the manufacturer no longer makes that particular model. Inversely, having for example a 2006 car that looks the same as a 2011 because the manufacturer has yet to update the vehicle will be beneficial to the price you can expect to receive for your trade.11.Dealership has a used car lot.We discussed this subject in Can You Negotiate the Price of Your New Car. Dealerships with a used car lot will likely keep the trade-in on the lot and assuredly sell it for a profit. This profit becomes your trade-in’s value negotiation leeway. In other words, you may be able to convince the dealership to take less profit on your used car (i.e. give you more money for your trade-in) in return for buying a new car there. If the dealership does not have a used car lot, then your sales representative will have to call independent used car dealerships in your area and ask them how much they are willing to pay for the trade-in. In that case, only the items listed in points 1 to 10 become a factor and you are not likely to get more than market value for your trade-in.12. Dealership represents the same manufacturer as your trade-in.We covered this topic numerous times on our website. To put it simply, if you are trading a used Honda for a new Honda at a Honda dealership, you may get more for your trade-in; especially if you bought your Honda at that specific dealership. The important thing to remember here is that you can substitute Honda for any other manufacturer and that anytime your trade-in was built by the same company as the new car you wish to buy, you have a better chance of seeing your trade-in value increase.With this information in mind, we hope you will be able to set yourself up to get the best value for your trade-in, now or in the future. If you are buying a new car now, try and think ahead to the time you will be trading it in. If you are hesitating to get leather seats because you feel they are too pricy, remember they can easily add at least 500$ to your trade-in value and 1000$ to your resale value. Same goes for color and everything else listed above.On the flip side, there are often times price reductions for ‘uncommon’ cars at the dealership. These are new cars that haven’t sold for months or even years because they have unusual features or colors. I used to work at a dealership that had a mustard color model that normally retails above 40k. We held the car for 17 months and ended up selling it for 35 000$. Although the client did get a great deal, and was one of the few who liked that particular color, this person must realize that when the time comes to trade-in the car they will get a significant reduction on its trade-in value.Also keep in mind that as time moves along, the factors listed above begin to become less relevant. If your trade-in is less than 6 years old, the list applies to you. If you trade-in is more than 6 years old (give or take a year depending on the model), than this list becomes less relevant.Regards,
Whether you buy a new or used vehicle, fuel efficiency–good gas mileage–is high on the list of most buyers’ concerns. The difference between choosing a fuel-efficient car or one that guzzles gas, will either save or cost you money over the life of the vehicle, which could be substantial. Fuel efficiency varies widely from one car to the next. Obviously you can check the EPA rating for city/highway MPG on the window sticker, although most of us know the average car never reaches those numbers.You can also check consumer guides, car magazines and Web sites, Web site forums or ask friends, relatives and co-workers which vehicles they recommend as fuel-efficient cars. Don’t buy more car than you need, as larger vehicles generally have bigger engines that are less fuel-efficient. Find the most fuel-efficient car in the size group you’re interested in, whether a two-seater, compact, mid-sized, SUV or pickup truck. There are several online sites where you can compare fuel consumption ratings of any car.Your choice of transmission can also affect the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Generally, a car with manual transmission is a more fuel-efficient car than one with automatic-assuming you shift properly. And a manual with overdrive, tachometer or shift indicator is the biggest fuel saver, saving up to 10% on fuel costs. If you do buy an automatic, which makes more sense for larger cars, the more gears the better.Under normal driving conditions, smaller engines offer better fuel efficiency and economy than larger ones. All other things being equal, the larger engine and the more cylinders it has, the more fuel it consumes. Additionally, cars with smaller engines usually cost less and gas costs are lower because you don’t need higher octane gas. That doesn’t mean a bigger engine is never a good choice. In some cases, a larger, more powerful engine may provide the greater fuel efficiency. If you use your vehicle for work or often tow heavy loads, a smaller engine could burn more fuel if it has to work too hard and function beyond its most fuel-efficient range.Depending on the type and size of motor vehicle you purchase, you may have the choice of front-wheel, rear-wheel, four-wheel or all-wheel drive. The majority of passenger cars and minivans have front-wheel drive, a design that supplies better traction and more interior room than rear-wheel drive. Although front-wheel drive was originally adopted to improve fuel economy over rear-wheel drive by reducing the weight and size of cars without giving up driving performance or interior space, there’s really not much difference in fuel efficiency between the two.And although four-wheel and all-wheel drive provide better traction and braking in certain driving conditions, the weight and friction of the additional drivetrain parts may increase fuel consumption by up to 10% over a two-wheel drive vehicle. Most often in SUVs and pickup trucks, four-wheel drive is enabled at will by the driver when additional traction is necessary. All-wheel drive is an option on some SUVs and a minority of passenger cars. Full-time all-wheel drive, however, makes for the least fuel-efficient car, because all four wheels are always being driven, drawing power from the engine and thus using more gas.Another way to be a fuel saver, is by limiting the options you select for your car. You may not have realized that many conveniences from power windows, seats and mirrors to air conditioning and seat warmers decrease fuel efficiency and cost you more in fuel consumption. They add either weight, increase aerodynamic drag or pull extra power from the engine or through the alternator.
Aluminium wheels are one of the few options that actually reduce weight and thereby increase fuel efficiency.Obviously, considering other fuel options such as a hybrid electric car, is another choice for a fuel-efficient car.