Used Cars: 5 To Avoid (and 5 Better Alternatives)

Long Island Used Cars On Sale in November at Advantage Nissan; Year-End Is Coming

In addition to worrying about the honesty of the seller, you also want to be sure to avoid vehicles with poor reliability records. To help with that, MoneyWatch looked at owner surveys to see which cars look like trouble, focusing on five separate categories. We focused on 2008 models -- the year ranked in the latest dependability study from J.D. Power and Associates . Buying a 3-year-old used car also lets you shop after the biggest new-car depreciation already has taken place: Because used car prices have risen so sharply this year , 1- and 2-year-old used models can make worse financial sense than buying new. To make our list of used-car rejects, a model had to get the minimum two out of five in the J.D. Power "circle ratings" for dependability. It also had to be ranked below average as a used car by Consumer Reports in its annual April car issue and online car rankings . Here are our recommendations for used cars to avoid -- plus some better ideas in the same categories. Volkswagen has two entries on our avoidance list. Orginal Source:

The Best Used Cars For The Money

From new to pre-owned models, we offer our customers multiple options, and our sales associates are ready to help shoppers make their final decisions. With one of the largest inventories of Long Island used cars at Advantage Nissan, customers may search the large quantities to find what they are looking for. Advantage Nissan makes sure that every model undergoes rigorous testing before being placed on the lot for purchase, and some of the specials that may be available ay include financing options such as: 2003 Nissan Altima SE available for as low as $7,913 with 106k miles 2007 Nissan Armada SE 4WD available for as low as $16,988 with 56k miles 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster available for as low as $25,913 with 10k miles 2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0SR available as low as $13,413 with 14k miles Not only does Advantage Nissan offer these specials and more on Nissan models, but the dealership also carries other vehicle brands with the same high quality standards. Customers from Westbury, East Meadow, Garden City, Carle Place, Hicksville, Mineola, Jericho, Uniondale and beyond are welcome to visit Advantage Nissan to take advantage of the specials that are available. For more information about available promotions, visit or call 877-818-8340. Advantage Nissan wants all customers to know their feedback is important to the success of the dealership and welcomes all input from concerned or satisfied buyers. Delivering customer service that surpasses 100 percent satisfaction is Advantage Nissans lifetime goal, and Advantage Nissan has been a leader in this area demonstrated in the high number of return buyers and customer referrals. Advantage Nissan is conveniently located at 939 Old Country Road in Westbury, New York 11590. PR Company: Nexteppe ( ): Nexteppe provides dealerships with a dedicated support team and a full suite of all-in-one products including InControlPro, Comment Builder and ProSHOTS. Take your dealership inventory marketing and management to the next level with Nexteppe. Orginal Source:

Every politician worth her salt knew that the outcome was a foregone conclusion, and yet, they went through with it anyway, causing needless mayhem and panic. And that's not just what progressives are saying. Even the National Automobile Dealers Association -- which often leans slightly to the right -- has criticized elected officials for their actions. Why? Because all the screaming and shouting put a crimp in showroom traffic. Though car sales rebounded later in the month , the uncertainty caused by the shutdown made shoppers scale back on spending, at least temporarily. And as we all know, when demand drops, so do prices. Nowhere was that seen more clearly than in the used car market, where prices fell more sharply than they had in two years. According to NADA, used car prices tumbled 3.5 percent in October -- the kind of dip not seen since October 2011. NADA'sJonathan Banks says that the downturn in prices could've easily been prevented: "Without the drama created by federal lawmakers that resulted in the shutdown, it's likely that October's rate of decline would have been directly in line with recent seasonal norms." The biggest losers were used midsize vans, which slipped 4.7 percent. Used luxury cars fell slightly faster than normal, too, at 3.8 percent. Orginal Source:

Government shutdown puts used vehicle prices in a tailspin

This lack of inventory is widely attributed to an extended period of slow new-car sales, which resulted in fewer trade-ins, combined with a rollback in new-car leasing between 2008-2010 that would have otherwise yielded two- and three-year-old used models coming off lease. Whats more, over 690,000 used cars albeit older and less-desirable models were taken out of the market by the so-called cash for clunkers program in 2009. Analysts predict used car prices will finally begin tapering off, perhaps as early as years end, with healthier new-car sales including those from Japanese automakers recovering from production disruptions because of the earthquake and tsunami in March helping to refill the supply chain via trade-ins. Used car prices at the end of the year will still be higher than last year, but not at the levels during the peak in May and June when prices jumped 25-30 percent higher, says Jonathan Banks, a senior analyst with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Used Car Guide But that doesnt mean there still arent some advantageous deals to be found in the used-car market. The key here is to find the best late-model pre-owned vehicles that, for one reason or another, have lower-than-average resale prices. Age, condition and mileage largely determine a cars value in the resale market, but comparable models can still cost more or less than each other because of various market forces. According to Automotive Lease Guide, a vehicles value down the road can be affected by something as superficial as a particular make or models market perception. Cars initially sold with big cash rebates tend to take a greater hit in terms of depreciation, as do vehicles that have significant fleet sales, which ensures a steady flow of models into the resale market each year. Click here for the gallery: The Best Used Cars For The Money. Orginal Source:

Best used-car deals on small SUVs

With all the gifts and food needing transport, and threat of foul weather, an SUV is a good choice. In our latest price analysis, we found that there are plenty of deals on 3- to 4-year-old used small SUVs. These tend to be Goldilocks vehicles, with a just-right balance of fuel economy, room for families and cargo, and available all-wheel-drive. A used SUV allows you to reap these benefits for less money than buying new. To make it easier to find what youre looking for, we've identified some of the best used deals on small SUVs on the market. Buying a used car has many benefits. Most important is that the original owner takes the initial depreciation hit, as new cars lose much more value in the first and second years than those that follow. Also, most small SUVs have the latest safety equipment, such as curtain air bags and stability control, and are still affordable. When shopping, look for models that scored well in Consumer Reports tests when new, have proven reliability, and perform well in government and insurance industry crash tests. Before handing over the cash, have the vehicle inspected by a trained and trusted mechanic to make sure there are no hidden problems. Check out our top deals for recommended used SUVs from the 2010-2012 model years. Orginal Source:

5 cheap, reliable and fuel-efficient used cars

Clint Allen, who manages used-car sales at Allen Samuels Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, said he is not necessarily buying the notion prices have tumbled. Ive been surprised and shocked at the value these vehicles have retained, he said in a phone interview. Used cars turning heads there, he said, include the Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota products. Weve found that (used-car) shoppers are not always picky about the brand, he said. They may want a $10,000 car and if they find one they like, they buy it. David Rhoten, who manages new-car sales at the Allen Samuels dealership, said sales there are running 30 percent ahead of last year. It is simply pent-up demand from the past, Rhoten said. He said consumers are feeling frisky after hibernating during the recession and its immediate aftermath. Vehicle sales continued to surge in October for most major car manufacturers, published reports said. General Motors had a 15.7 percent unit-sale increase from the same month last year; Ford, 13.9; Chrysler, 11; Toyota, 8.8; Honda, 7.1; Nissan 14.2; Hyundai, 6.5; Mitsubishi, 19.4; and Subaru, 32. Orginal Source:

Sirius XM Guns for New Owners of 'Zombie Radio' Cars

I haunt the classifieds for Miatas, so I can say with confidence that they range from $1,500 for a ratty one to $5,000 for a really nice example. Avoid rodded-out versions with lots of add-on accessories and roll bars if you want reliability. 2005 Chevy Aveo. Admittedly, the Korean-made Aveo is nowhere near in the league of the Spark or Sonic. If you have the money for those, by all means buy one. But for commuting, an Aveo will get you around. And its very cheap! The Aveo 5 hatch had 27 mpg combined. Plenty of $4,000 examples around, maybe $5k for a really good one. Orginal Source:

New car sales affecting used-car prices

So only now are several vehicles from the mid- to late- 2000s when a significant number had a satellite receiver installed hitting the secondhand market. Venkateshwar estimates that, of the 250 million cars on the road, the number with satellite radios will grow from the current 57 million to more than 100 million in 2017. About three-quarters of the people driving cars with inactive Sirius XM radios are the original owners, who presumably have dropped the service or made an affirmative decision not to pay for it. So the large-scale turnover of these vehicles to new owners is becoming a big target for Sirius XM to hawk their service. Among the used-car owners the company is actively targeting, Venkateshwar estimates it manages to convert somewhere around 30% into paying subscribers. Plain old terrestrial radio still dominates vehicle cabins, with more than $15 billion in advertising revenue last year across 12,000 stations, compared to $3.4 billion in subscriptions for Sirius XM. But terrestrial radio revenue has shrunk by 15% since 2001. A broad battle For sure, the battle for car speakers and dashboard touchscreens isnt simply between Sirius XM and traditional broadcast radio. Pandora Media Inc. Orginal Source: