Here are 10 simple steps that will help you turn your used car into cash. Everything from pricing to advertising and negotiating is covered in this short, easy-to-follow process.
Step 1: Know the Market
Is your car going to be easy to sell? Is it a hot commodity? Or will you have to drop your price and search out additional avenues to sell it?
Here are a few general rules to answer these questions:
- Family sedans, while unexciting to many, are in constant demand by people needing basic, inexpensive transportation.
- The sale of convertibles and sports cars is seasonal. Sunny weather brings out the buyers. Fall and winter months will be slow.
- Trucks and vans, used for work, are steady sellers and command competitive prices. Don’t underestimate their value.
- Collector cars will take longer to sell and are often difficult to price. However, these cars can have unexpected value if you find the right buyer.
Your first step is to check on-line classified ads to see how much other sellers are asking for your type of car. Keep in mind that dealers will have different prices than private party listings. The eBay.com classifieds and other Internet
Few things are more frustrating than driving down the road and being startled by an unexpected “thwack!” against your windshield. Loose pebbles kicked up from the road, dust falling from construction trucks and even large insects can all wreak havoc on your car’s glass. Before you realize it, a small chip turns into a big problem, and insurance may not even cover the repair.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid replacing your whole windshield and a few key ways to protect your windshield while you’re out and about. It’s virtually impossible to prevent surface damage to your car’s glass surfaces, but the following techniques may save you some cash while you save up for a replacement.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals and scrapers on cold mornings.
You may be tempted to scrape the ice off your car or douse the windshield with cleaning fluid on cold mornings, but these efforts will only cause deeper issues down the road. Instead, leave yourself plenty of time to get where you need to be, and avoid using excessive force to scratch off the ice. Constantly scraping away at your windshield makes it easier for small rocks and other road
When it comes to moving heavy loads on a construction site, in a warehouse or in a storage facility, a lift truck is sure to be the most beneficial piece of equipment you can place money in. However, today there are a great many types and styles of forklifts to choose from, so it might be challenging to determine at once which one is the best option for your business and environment. Go on reading through this simple guide to learn more about the major lift truck types and their benefits.
Standard lift trucks come into two principal models – electric and internal combustion (IC). They represent the biggest potential for the weight capacity that ranges from 3,000 to 120,000 lbs (it depends on the particular model). These forklift trucks are so effective thanks to their counterbalance that compensates the load in front. Counterbalance is commonly presented in the form of batteries (for electric lifts) or a real weight built in the rear of the forklift’s body. Where are standard lift trucks used? You can find them in oil refineries, paper mills, agriculture, pipe yards, manufacturing and construction. Even within all these applications, the type
The Mahindra Nuvosport is the latest compact SUV ready for launching in India. The Mahindra and Mahindra limited (M & M) has been developing this vehicle to replace the not so popular Quanto in a highly competitive compact SUV segment. The M & M wants to launch the car on April 4.
The Mahindra Quanto is available only in four diesel variants with all the variants having manual transmission. The company has not made it clear whether the petrol variants will be made available initially. Diesel variants with 5-speed manual transmission in trims of N4, N4+, N6 and N8 are expected initially. The company may go for diesel AMT variants also.
There are six variants – N4, N4+, N6, N6 AMT, N8 and N8 AMT.
Prices in India
The NuvoSport is slotted between the KUV100 and the TUV300. There are popular vehicles like the Ford EcoSport, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Mahindra TUV300 in the segment. The six petrol variants of the EcoSport are priced Rupees 6.69 to 9.62 lakh and the five diesel variants Rupees 7.29 to 9.75 lakh. The Brezza is priced
Great fuel efficiency and used cars are no longer mutually exclusive.
Scores of vehicles with combined mileage ratings of 30 mpg or greater have been entering the new-car market over the past few years, a result of increased consumer demand and automakers wanting to meet tougher federal fuel economy requirements. Now, from Acura to Volkswagen, those 30-mpg-plus vehicles are making an appearance in the used-car market.
There are conventional hybrids, EVs and plug-in hybrids — as you’d expect. But there also is an ever-growing selection of standard gasoline and diesel models as well.
Edmunds.com lists all the new models with great fuel efficiency in our regularly updated story, “Fuel-Efficiency Finds: Cars That Get at Least 30 MPG Combined.” Now we’re also bringing you a list of late-model used vehicles with excellent fuel economy.
This list is arranged by model year, manufacturer and model, with EPA fuel-efficiency ratings included at the end of each entry. It will help you tailor a search to just those models that are EPA-rated for at least 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Remember, of course, that in real life your mileage inevitably will vary. For vehicles that do not use gasoline or diesel, and for those that
When the first plug-in vehicles hit the market, buyers had little choice in the home charging devices they got. General Motors, maker of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and Nissan, maker of the Leaf battery-electric vehicle, each had partnered with a charging station manufacturer and installer.
Car buyers got a garage evaluation and installation quote before they took delivery of their vehicles. They bought the charging stations (usually through their car dealers) that the automaker recommended.
Fast-forward a few years and the marketplace has wrought its magic. Today, there are more than a dozen EV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles on the market and more on the way. Owners and prospective owners of these plug-in vehicles can choose from dozens of home car-charging stations from more than a dozen manufacturers.
You can shop direct from the maker online, from various home-improvement retailers or via mass-marketing sites such as Amazon.com. Or you can do it old-school and go through your car dealer.
A recent survey of plug-in vehicle buyers by Ford Motor Company found that about half still use the dealer-supplied, one-stop service that provides the charging station and installation for one price. The other half now do their own shopping, both for the home
The following steps will show you how to locate, price and negotiate to buy the new car you want. Using this information could save you thousands of dollars on a new car and make the process quicker and enjoyable. It also puts you in charge of the deal-making process — and that feeling of empowerment is a good one.
But first things first: You need to decide what car you want to buy. If you haven’t done that yet, please check out our “10 Steps to Finding the Right Car for You.” Then head back here once you have chosen the right car.
And if you have any questions along the way, please reach out to the Edmunds.com Live Help team for free assistance. The team will work hard to make your car shopping experience the best one yet. You also can be paired with an Edmunds car-buying expert who can help you wherever you are in the shopping process. This service also is free from Edmunds.
Step 1: Get Approved for a Car Loan
A powerful first step in the car buying process is to get approved for a loan. (If you have decided to lease your new car, things proceed a little differently, so please read “10 Steps to
Until recently, the question of when to change your oil was usually answered by your local garage, which had a vested interest in servicing your car every 3,000 miles. Your alternative was to crack the owner’s manual to see whether your driving habits fell into the “severe” or “normal” category. And then you’d let the listed interval be your frequency guide.
But increasingly, the change-interval question is being answered by a vehicle’s oil life monitoring system, which signals the driver through the instrument panel. This alert usually arrives anywhere between 5,000 and 8,000 miles.
So how does the system know when it’s time for a change? Electronic sensors throughout the drivetrain send information about engine revolutions, temperature and driving time to the car’s computer. The data is run through a mathematical algorithm that predicts when the oil will begin to degrade. The light comes on well in advance, giving the owner time to get the car serviced.
Oil life monitoring systems have been around for several decades. They were introduced in General Motors vehicles in the late 1980s and have been phased in slowly, said Matt Snider, project engineer in GM’s Fuels and Lubricants Group. “We are very confident in the accuracy of
If you are one of the many people who let a windshield reminder sticker govern when they get an oil change, here’s our advice to you: Drop that habit. Instead, follow the automaker’s recommended service intervals. In many modern cars, your best bet is to rely on the vehicle’s oil life monitoring system to let you know when it’s time for a change.
Let the Manual Guide You
Oil change information is in the maintenance chapter of your owner’s manual. If for some reason you’ve misplaced your owner’s manual, many automakers have put their manuals online. You can also search our Edmunds Maintenance Schedules. We have an extensive maintenance database on vehicles dating back to l980.
In many instances, you’ll find that the owner’s manual lists two service schedules. These are based on “normal” and “severe” or “special” driving conditions. Read the descriptions carefully to see which schedule reflects how you drive. In our experience, the vast majority of people fall into the normal schedule.
Trust Your Oil Life Monitor
In recent years, a number of automakers have installed oil life monitors of varying complexity in their vehicles. The more basic versions are more maintenance minders than actual systems. They’re based on mileage,