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Cars NOT to Buy in 2016

2016 Dodge Dart

With summer in full swing and school starting a few months from now, you might be ready to shop for a new car to take advantage of rebates and advertised specials.  There are plenty of great cars to choose from but there are also several you would do best to avoid. Thankfully, Forbes has published their annual list of “13 New Cars to Avoid for 2016”.  

Most Anticipated 2016 Models

2016 Acura NSX

As we enter the last full month of summer and start thinking about football and fall weather there’s another thing that’s on some folks’ minds and that is new cars. Specifically brand new or redesigned models. Every year there are dozens of “all new” models to choose from and 2016 is no different. Forbes Autos reports that there are at least 40 new and refreshed vehicles about to hit the dealers’ lots for the 2016 model year.

Not to be Missed Features of the 2015 Ford F150

2015 Ford F-150 Crew Cab

Ford has had the best-selling truck in America for the past 37 years and for the past 32 years the F-150 has also been the best-selling vehicle in America. Overall annual sales of the F-150 is higher than many smaller manufacturer’s sales for their whole vehicle lines. Now for 2015 the F-150 has been redesigned with a much anticipated aluminum-body construction and many other innovative features.

The Safest Autos and Crossovers for 2014

Volvo XC60 - Top Safety Pick

In light of the record number of autos recalled already this year auto safety should be high on the list of considerations when shopping for a new vehicle. While safety features continue to improve every year, all autos are not created equal and some are definitely safer than others. Forbes recently compiled a list of the “safest” 2014 cars and crossovers.

Top 12 Used Autos for New Graduates

2011 Chevy Volt - Great Used Auto for Grads

Many colleges across the United States have already wrapped up the 2013-2014 school year and completed their graduation ceremonies with much pomp and circumstance. Many more will join the ranks of the newly graduated in the weeks ahead. And nearly every college student at some point has dreamed of being handed the keys to a shiny new automobile after several years of hard work to get to this point.

Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2014

2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport - Least Expensive to Insure

Anyone shopping for a new car should be concerned about insurance rates. You are legally required to have car insurance if you want to drive in the U.S. and insuring a new car is typically more expensive than it would be on a used car. Insurance rates vary quite a bit by state and they can also vary significantly by vehicle. Typically luxury cars and sports cars cost more to insure because they are more expensive to repair or replace. Other considerations are how much damage the model can impart on other vehicles and occupants as well as theft rates.

7 Top Autos With Top Resale Values

2013 Audi Q7

If you’re shopping for a great deal on a brand new car you might not be real concerned with resale value but it’s very important if you plan to sell the car one day and even more so if you are looking to lease a car. Thankfully Forbes Magazine has put together a list of the 25 cars with the highest resale values relying on recommendations from the valuation experts at ALG.

Infiniti Leads in Emotional Attachment

Infiniti

Much of what we talk about here at AutoBuying101.com is very pragmatic automotive analysis. How does one particular car compare to another? Who’s offering the best incentives? How is the gas mileage?

But what about the emotional component? How much do we love our cars?

The LEAP Index from New Media Metrics measures emotional attachment to all varieties of consumer brands, not just cars. LEAP stands for Leveraging Emotional Attachment for Profit, and their proprietary research model asks questions designed to measure this emotional attachment, on a scale of 1 to 10. They then calculate the percentage of people who answer 9 or 10.

This Week in Blurbs

This Week in Blurbs

Here are stories from this week that are interesting, odd, entertaining, and/or of remotely tangential interest to the auto buyer, in blurbs:

  • Forbes compiled a list of the most beautiful cars of 2012. Beauty comes at a price apparently, because every one of them is extraordinarily expensive.

Forbes Magazine Names the Auto Brands that Americans Think Are Best

In an article recently published by Forbes Magazine, the publishers identify the automotive brands that Americans think are the best.  This is not a list made up of the best selling cars in America, as that would be populated by Chevrolets, Toyotas and Fords.