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How To Purchase A Car In The U.S.

 

 

When it comes to buying cheaper, you can certainly do it outside the U.K. Even with taxes, fees, and deliveries – when you’re in the market for a U.S. car there’s really only one place to shop. The best online marketplace that has the best car buying guide available on the internet. While you might not think there is such a thing, the U.S. has an excellent online comparison site that can help you get into the U.S. new or used car of your dreams even from across the pond. So, what website should you trust when it comes to buying a car in the United States?

A website that offers you every ounce of knowledge and easy comparison tools to help you better understand the U.S. car buying market, as well as the economic value of your dream car. A website that can help you search thousands of American dealerships for the right car at the right price. Hands down, that online marketplace with a comprehensive buyers guide is www.cars.com. A leading online destination, Cars.com can help you purchase exactly what you want even from the U.K. Why are they the best way to shop cars?

With Cars.com you can easily research every car on the market, and for those of you that want American Made they offer you something quite special. The American-Made Index is a long standing guide to help you understand just what cars are truly American. In 2017, they revamped the guide to feature a more comprehensive analysis of cars manufactured in the U.S. The American-Made Index ranks cars on whether they are assembled with U.S. made parts, if their engines are sourced in the U.S., and just how many U.S. jobs support the manufacture of the vehicle. If you love American vehicles, this top 10 will be something to see.

Of course, those aren’t the only reasons Cars.com is the best way to purchase a car in the U.S. You can research and compare car models by the care features you want, and do a side by side comparison of popular car models in the U.S. Cars.com also gives you the latest and greatest trends to hit the most popular U.S. auto shows in cities like Detroit, Chicago, LA, and NY. There is even a tool to check for the latest safety checks and awards for different cars in the U.S.

Whether you’re looking for a car that has a bigger boot, more legroom, or a lot more technology – Cars.com is the way to shop in the U.S. Not only is it the best way to compare cars, you can read tons of consumer reviews from honest car buyers just like yourself. Consumer reviews are the best way to keep from buying an old banger – especially when you are looking at cars that are sale by owner. Simply put: this is the best place to keep up to date on the latest U.S. car news, reviews, and trends when you use this brilliant online marketplace.

Five Tips for Selling your BMW

 

 

How to Achieve a Quick Sale at the Best Price

There are lots of ways to sell a car. How can you achieve the best price with the minimal delay and inconvenience?

After a house, a car is the second most expensive investment most of us are ever likely to make. The difference is that while buying and selling a house is very procedural, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to your car.

If you have a popular and high end motor car such as a BMW, the process can be a worrying one, but the truth is that no car lasts forever, and it is something we all have to face sooner or later. Here are our top four tips for selling your BMW quickly and easily.

1) Get expert assistance

Many people choose to sell their car privately, but for a high value, luxury car, that route can lead to more trouble than it is worth. By using a specialist car buying company, you can sell your BMW quickly, and be safe in the knowledge that you are getting a fair market rate.

Some might argue that you can achieve a better price selling it privately – in some cases that is true, but it is by no means a certainty. You also have the additional costs of listing it and the stress and inconvenience of having prospective buyers inspecting, asking for test drives, finding faults that might or might not exist, arguing over the price and then failing to come up with the money.

Is it really worth the time and aggravation, for a gain that might not even transpire?

2) Information adds value

Whether you follow tip one or you decide to go it alone, or even if you go direct to a main dealer for a trade in, you need to provide as much detail as possible about your car.

Have information such as mileage and service history close to hand, and if you have invested in any repairs or improvements, whether it is a replacement clutch or an after market tracking device, make sure you mention it.

3) Give it a clean

It might sound obvious, but you would be amazed at the difference it can make to ensure the car looks clean and tidy. Invest in a professional valet inside and out, and keep it that way. This is not always easy if you are still using your BMW while it is on the market, but at least make sure you do not let junk accumulate, and try to keep the kids and the dog out of it once you’ve got it looking spotless!

4) Photographs

If you do decide to sell privately, the chances are, you will be listing the car online. Remember, a picture tells a thousand words, so take plenty of snaps to show your beautiful BMW from every angle.

Don’t forget to take some of the inside as well, and try to get a good clear one of the odometer and the instrument panel with the engine on – to show prospective buyers that the mileage is genuine and there are no alarming warning lights showing.

Sun Protection: Stylish Covers Never Fade Away

 

 

If you live in a hot, sunny climate, you know the need to wear sunscreen. What about your vehicle? The hot sun not only heats up your vehicle’s interior, but it can fade the upholstery. Custom seat covers from CalTrend are the perfect solution. They are attractive yet rugged, come in a variety of styles and colors, and they can keep your upholstery looking new for years to come.

DuraPlus

CalTrend’s DuraPlus seat covers are designed for busy families, outdoor lovers and work-truck owners. They provide a customized fit for SUVs and trucks, and the canvas-like fabric is tough. It resists UV rays, mildew and scuffs. In fact, DuraPlus itself is fade-resistant, so while it protects your original upholstery from losing its good looks, it will continue to look great for a long time. DuraPlus, however, is only one of a large collection of versatile fabrics designed to fit into any lifestyle.

Waterproof and Water-Resistant Cover Choices

Sunny weather means an increase in outdoor activities. Great for families, outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of water sports (think surfing), CalTrend’s waterproof and water-resistant covers shrug off mildew and stains and look good doing it. The choices include:

  • NeoSupreme – Made from a fabric similar to that used to construct wetsuits. Repels water and resists UV rays.
  • Neoprene – Sporty but attractive fabric with thick foam cushioning. Resists water, UV rays, mildew, stains and fading.

Fun yet Sturdy Cover Choices

Interests, activities and tastes as are individual as every person, so CalTrend makes many different fabric textures and patterns so that you can love the way your vehicle looks while you protect the original upholstery from fading.

  • Pet Print – Tough, stylish fabric that stands up to claws while keeping everyone—animal and human—comfortable.
  • Retro Camo – Rugged, canvas-like fabric in a trendy retro print. Resistant to UV rays, water and mildew.

CalTrend’s seat covers let you stylishly protect your upholstery from the sun. Contact us to begin your custom order for quality seat covers today.

The Easiest Car Buying Guide You’ll Ever Find

Buying a car can be tricky to find for newcomers. You have to learn a lot of terms and deal with mumbo jumbo like variable interest and premiums when it comes to your financing. So to make it easy we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to car buying. From start to finish, we’ll help you find the car that’s right for you.

 

Locality

You want to try finding a local dealer, or at least a local branch of a national chain. It may be that you’ll have to go and see them at their office to go sign some financial papers. You don’t want to be making a long trip just to go and do that. Instead, make sure you’re dealing with someone at least in the nearest city instead.

Research

You need to use the internet like it was your greatest tool. It can open a whole world of car retailing companies to you. That means you’ll easily find a selection of companies you can think about using. You can check out cars at Autoworld. Some companies will also have financing offers ongoing for certain car types.

It’s best also to start checking review sites for the popular cars in your budgetary range.

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Showrooms

You need to go see the car in person, just to get a feel for it. Ask to sit inside the car, and if possible take it for a test ride. You need to get a feel for a car. Now car feel isn’t much of an actual thing to judge a vehicle on. It’s all about personal preference. Does the car feel right to you? Is the steering too tight? Are the seats too low? These sorts of things can impact your driving experience in the long term, and it’s a good idea to identifying them as soon as possible.

Financing

If you’ve done your research, you should already have a few candidates for finance. Make sure the payments fit your budget though. Interest rates can affect this. Don’t always go looking for the lowest amount, as they may want you to pay higher per month to get the money back faster.

Paperwork

Before you sign for anything, you have to make sure to read it. This goes for buying the car from the dealer, and any financing agreement you enter into with another company. The fine print is where you need to start paying attention.

If possible, consult a lawyer to get them to read through the full contract. You may not be able to understand the full ramifications of these contracts due to the legal jargon being used. Put it in the hands of someone who will translate it back into simple English for you. Once you know when you’re getting into, feel free to sign away.

Be sure to keep a copy or several copies of all paperwork for this. You’ll need it in the event the originals are lost or damaged. Better yet, ensure the other copies are in the hands of people you trust. That way if your copy is somehow damaged or destroyed, the others should hopefully still be intact.

 

Changing Gears & Business Careers: How You Travel In Working Life

You’re going to get through a lot of vehicles during your career. And, as a lot of people will tell you, the car you drive is a good indication of how successful you are. So let’s take it from the top and have a look at what you will be driving – or riding – as you progress through the ranks in your business career.

Starting Out

You’re young, broke, probably foolish. You still have no idea about what you want to do. But you don’t want the cleaning job anymore. And you do want to drive. Because, quite frankly, travelling on the bus for 15 miles as you can’t afford the train isn’t what you need right now.

First Good Job

Wahey! You’re earning money. Well, enough to kit yourself out in some knockoff Ralph from TK Maxx and to buy a round of drinks every night of the weekend. Which starts on a Wednesday, of course. The thing is, your insurance is expensive even though you’re only driving your dad’s Austin Metro that is older than you are. A flash ride is still some distance away.

Student Days

You decide to go back into your education as a mature student – which is funny because your 10-year old sister is already more mature than you ever will be. But it’s a disaster for your car aspirations. Back on the bus for you, your Pot Noodle, and your dreams of of driving something luxurious.

Proper Job

Your first proper job. With monthly pay and everything. And a pension, which somebody told you was a good thing but you still don’t quite understand why. You never realised that working 9-5 could be so…worky. Ah, well. At least there’s the potential of a company car. And, naturally, you plump for a Subaru Impreza WRX STi Turbo with a bass bin the size of your mum’s bathroom.

The Executive

You get a promotion. And then another. And then some idiot gives you a six figure budget every three months to spend on marketing or something. And keeps asking about something called ROI…whatever that is. Is it a car? You’re not sure. But, somehow the team you lead manages to keep things together, and you get a great bonus every quarter. Which makes Mr BMW and his 5 Series very, very happy indeed.

Director

You’re not quite sure how you managed it, but most of your working life now consists of flying across the world in business class. You have offices in Paris, Hong Kong and Chicago, and you have regular guys from a car service that picks you up as soon as you land. You haven’t driven for around three years, apart from a corporate day at Thruxton. You miss it. But, there are benefits to not driving. You haven’t managed to have as many naps in the same day since you were in nappies. And your crossword completion time is getting quicker by the day.

Retired

Well, that all happened rather quickly, didn’t it? Now you don’t do much at all, apart from potter. And a little charity work on Bonfire Night. And take the occasional drive out to the country – although it’s all getting a touch hairy on the roads. It’s these youngsters, you see. Back in your day…

The End

Your final car won’t be an issue for you, so there’s no point in worrying about it.

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How To Get A Luxury Car Without Breaking The Bank

You’ve probably decided that you’d quite like to get a luxury car at some point in your life. Only there seems to be one small problem stopping you: money!

It’s no secret that luxury cars aren’t placed at the cheaper, budget end of the vehicle market. As a result, you’ve doubtless resigned yourself to thinking that you’ll never be able to afford one.

The truth is, luxury cars can be within everyone’s reach! It turns out there are many different ways that you can afford the car of your dreams. So, what’s the secret? Keep reading and all will be revealed!

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Find out how much your existing car is worth

You might think that your old banger isn’t worth much money, but I’m willing to bet it’ll be worth more than you think! The trick to getting the highest appraisal for your car is to make it look like new.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to spend lots of money to achieve such a goal. Instead, all you need are a few simple cleaning tools and a few hours of your time. Do a Web search for a term like “how to detail a car” for more information.

Once you’ve given your car the showroom shine, it’s time to get it appraised.

If you’ve seen a luxury car for sale from a dealer like H A Fox, they can give you the “trade-in” or trade price for your car. Of course, if you want to sell your car privately, you can get even more money for it. But, the beauty of part-exchanging your car is you don’t have to wait for a buyer. And, that also means the car you’ve seen for sale won’t get sold to anyone else!

I’d also recommend finding out how much your make and model has sold for in the past so that you can get a realistic price for yours.

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Build up a cash deposit

As you want to get a luxury car, you’ve doubtless seen the prices of the model you want. If you’ve got some spare cash each month after you’ve paid your bills, it’s worth putting the money into a savings account for a year or so.

First, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of seeing your car fund grow each month. And, second, you’ll earn some interest on your savings as long as you don’t make any withdrawals in that year!

Decide whether you wish to get a new or used luxury car

Once you’ve built up a cash deposit, and you know how much your car is worth, it’s time to decide whether you want to get a brand new or used luxury vehicle. Here is what I recommend you do:

  • You want a new luxury carlease it for three years. After that period, you are then free to hand the car back to the dealer and do the same thing again on a different new or used model;
  • You want a used model – buy the car instead of leasing it. New cars depreciate a lot during the first three years of their lives, so it makes sense to buy one that’s older than 3+ years.

Let us know what car you’ve got and how you funded it!

Holidaying In Europe? Bring Your Car!

So you’re looking to do something a little different with your holiday this year. That’s respectable. Sometimes it can all get a little bit too samey for most people. So what can you do that’s got a bit of difference to it?

Never left your home country before? Well, there’s a whole world out there waiting for you to experience it. How about upping the stakes a little though. Instead of one country, how about several?

How about Europe?

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There are plenty of benefits to going to multiple countries on holiday. You never have a chance to get bored, for one. Being in a foreign country with a different culture is in itself exciting. It can’t sustain you for the whole trip though. It will only take a few days to burn out.

With a broader holiday plan, you can see the ‘greatest hits’ of your chosen destinations. You’ll be leaving before you even dare consider any of it boring.

The good thing about multiple country holidays is that they’re long. Longer than average at least. Maybe you have a lot of holiday hours to use. Maybe you just want to unwind for as long as possible.

Of course one of the drawbacks to these holidays is the time spent in the airport. Airports aren’t inherently trouble. They can be annoying after multiple visits though. As an alternative, you could try driving holidays in Europe.

It doesn’t matter if you’re hiring a car or bringing your own. There’s a great deal of appeal in turning your average holiday into a road trip of epic proportions. Just make sure your motor is in a good shape.

Do make sure to stop and smell the flowers occasionally. That is meant almost literally too. The verdant countryside is the perfect place for you to take a breather.

If speed is your drug, enjoy the German Autobahn. While it is an urban myth that it has no speed limit at all, in most vehicles in good conditions you can go as fast as you like.

Now, the variety of a European trip is what makes it so enticing. If you’re a lover of art and architecture, you’re going to love going through Italy and Germany. Passing by all the orange rooftops and elegant design of Florence. The dark spires and gothic buildings of Hamburg too.

If culture isn’t your thing, how about food? Fresh pastry and bread in France. Currywurst, beer, and fine chocolate in Germany. Pasta and pizzas made fresh in Italy. You might want to think about going for a run occasionally to keep the pounds off.

There’s something at every stop for you to enjoy. Why restrict yourself to a single measly country when you can try them all.

Miss something in a country you’d like to go back to? Well, there’s your holiday for next year if you like.

Even for a first-time traveller this would be a wonderful experience. An overload of new things, and new people. It’ll be the trip of a lifetime.

Slow The Rate Of Car Depreciation

 

Is there any feeling in the world that quite matches the joy of driving a brand new car for the first time? Probably not. However, the knowledge that the value has instantly dropped does leave a slightly sour taste in an otherwise magical occasion.

Cars depreciate as soon as they leave the forecourt. That’s a fact that sadly cannot be escaped. We all know there’s a number of reasons behind the decreasing value, but it doesn’t soften the blow.

Whilst there is no way of keeping the car’s price at its original value there are a number of measures to ensure your prized asset retains at least a fair share of its worth.

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As well as knowing the ways of preventing depreciation of a brand new car, it is also worth noting the various ways in which you can actually increase the value of an older car. There are a number of tips to ensure your vehicle reaches its maximum resale price. This will definitely come in handy, whether you’re looking for a quick sale now or just looking to retain its worth with a view to selling further down the line.

For the small amount of hardship involved, it has to be worth employing this advice. It will help your state of mind, as well as your bank balance.

To the same token, there’s a number of ways to retain value on a new purchase. Even if you buy a reliable favourites with high residual value like a Volkswagen Polo, it’s impossible to stop some depreciation. However, there are some fundamental basics that will benefit you both as a driver and as a future seller.

Spending money can help you accumulate more later down the line. The choice of car paintwork is definitely one area where you should fork out the extra money for long-term gains.

Cars with a metallic paint job are believed to sell for an average of £2,000 more than their non-metallic counterparts. Considering it only costs around £500 at the time of purchase, its resale value is essentially four times that of the job done. When you also take into account the fact it’ll make the car look nicer throughout your time of owning it, getting this piece of work done really is a no-brainer.

Another factor to consider is add-ons and modifications. Personalising your car might seem a great idea at the time but it will normally make the selling process much harder. By cutting your potential audience, you naturally decrease the potential value.

Likewise, a lot of unnecessary add-ons will increase the amount of depreciation on your car. That’s not to say some extras, such as sat navs, aren’t a good idea. Aside from those ‘must have’ optional extras, our suggestion would be to keep things basic by opting for a relatively standard setup. There’s a strong chance you won’t use some of those add-ons anyway.

Your car is going to depreciate. Sadly, there’s no getting away from that fact. Hopefully, by using your brain you can at least slow down the process.

 

Amazing Car Safety Features That Could Save Your Life In An Accident

We all have our ‘near miss’ stories involving car accidents. Some of us may even be unfortunate enough to have been involved. There’s no doubt about it, our roads are dangerous places. Even if you’re the safest driver on the planet, you can’t predict the actions of others. Traffic accidents are a huge problem in our country. In fact, it is the leading cause of death among young people.

That’s why car manufacturers have upped their game over the last decade. Modern cars are now safer than ever with a host of sophisticated technology on board. Today we’re looking at some of those fantastic features. They might just save your life one day.

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Euro NCAP rating

Before any new car hits the market, they must be rigorously tested for safety. Euro NCAP is an independent review that tests all new cars. They put them in crash test scenarios and monitor their performance. They rate the adult occupation safety and the child occupation safety. They also mark the pedestrian safety and a new category, ‘safety assist’. Each test is tallied up and given a star rating (out of five). Always opt for a car with a four or five star rating.

Stability and traction control

This is a modern technology that is actively reducing the number of road accidents. These are the features that fall under Euro NCAP’s safety assist category. They are automatic technology that give the car more control during a crash situation. Stability control applies small amounts of braking to each wheel individually to improve stability. Traction control keeps you on the road while you swerve to avoid a collision.

Airbags

We all know that our cars have airbags. However, you might not consider how sophisticated and clever they have become. The most impressive cars now have an airbag underneath the car. This deploys before a crash to slow the car down and lessen the impact. The reduction in speed may just be enough to save your life. Many cars now also have pedestrian airbags. These are airbags located on the outside of the car, protecting any pedestrians who may be involved.

Improved seat belts

Seatbelts are vital for keeping you safe during a crash. They’ll stop you hitting your head against the steering wheel, dashboard or windscreen. In the event of a powerful collision, they’ll actually keep you inside the car. But, there are good seat belts and there are bad seat belts. Good ones have pretensioners. These tighten around you upon impact and pull you into the seat. They should also distribute the impact of the crash around and away from your chest and body.

Size

This isn’t a safety feature, per se, but size and weight still have a big advantage on the road. Of course, this isn’t always the case. The safest car in the world is actually a small hatchback, the Volvo V40. But, in general, bigger and heavier vehicles are more likely to keep you safe in an accident.

We hope you enjoyed our quick tour through modern safety features. Stay safe out there!

 

Order Books Now Open For The New Sporty Volkswagen Golf R-Line

It’s no secret that the Volkswagen Golf has an enormous global cult following. The iconic model first went into production back in 1974 and has proved a hit with many a motorist ever since. VW enthusiasts will tell you that the German carmaker has built a string of sporty Golf models over the years.

The latest model to pump that super unleaded through your veins is the Golf R-Line. It sits above the GT spec and offers an impressive array of stylish extras for just under a grand more. Are you considering leasing a new sporty Golf soon? If so, here are some reasons why ought to think about putting the R-Line model at the top of your shortlist:

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It oozes sporty style

Perhaps the most obvious thing to note from the new Volkswagen Golf R-Line is how stylish yet sporty it looks! As standard, the car comes with an R-Line rear spoiler and side skirts. It also features an R-Line radiator grille plus a unique front bumper with diffuser and fog lights too.

The next thing you will happen to notice about that car is the stylish 17-inch “Singapore” alloy wheels. Inside, the sports car theme continues. Stainless steel pedals and door sills come as standard. As does the sports front seats with the R-Line logo embroidered onto them.

Two distinct engines to choose from

Check out the specs over at Listers.co.uk, and you will find the new Volkswagen Golf R-Line comes with a choice of two powerplants. The first is a 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit. It uses Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder technology to increase fuel economy.

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VW claims that one can achieve up to 60mpg thanks to the engine deactivating two cylinders when they’re not needed!

It delivers 148 brake horsepower as standard and will get you from 0-60mph in a little over eight seconds. CO2 emissions are 109 g/km.

The other engine option is a 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit. It offers the same power output as the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine. But it can achieve nearly 70 mpg combined. It’s enough to give even a hybrid vehicle a run for its money! Both units are BlueMotion engines that have an emphasis on increasing fuel economy as much as possible.

Modern infotainment system

A lot of Volkswagen’s competitors fit basic stereo systems to their cars. If you decide to get a new VW Golf R-Line, it will come with the “Discover” navigation system as standard. In a nutshell, it’s a system that offers a 5.8-inch touchscreen display in a double-DIN format.

European satellite navigation comes as standard on the Discover unit. As does a CD player with MP3 capabilities. You can also pair your smartphone to it using Bluetooth, and even listen to DAB digital radio. Of course, in places where DAB radio isn’t available, you can still use the FM radio tuner.

Volkswagen says that the Discover nav system includes three years worth of free map updates. The new Golf R-Line is now on sale, with prices starting from £24,190.