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J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Initial Quality Study Results

According to JD Power and Associates, despite modest improvement in initial quality on both newly developed models and new version of existing models over the last 5 years, the trend has not continued and initial quality for newly developed models for 2011 is down, as is reported in the organization’s newest study.

The Initial Quality Study, conducted by JD Power for the last 25 years, is a survey of recent buyers and lessees of 2011 models.  Owners are contacted after 90 days with the cars and are given a 228-question survey designed to provide the manufacturers with information to “facilitate identifying problems and drive product improvement.”

Sirius XM Adding to Pre-Owned Enticements When You Buy From A GM Dealer

GM Dealers (Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC brands) looking to move more used cars in 2011 have a little more ammo in their bag of tricks, thanks to Sirius XM Satellite Radio.  According to a recent press release, the company is now offering a free three month subscription to the company’s service with the purchase of a pre-owned vehicle that has a factory installed receiver, regardless of make/model.  The only caveat is that the vehicle be purchased at one of more than 1,000 participating GM dealerships across the US.

GM will continue to provide the same three month subscription to buyers of new and certified pre-owned GM vehicles, but this new offer allows budget-conscious and bargain shoppers the opportunity to experience Sirius XM, as well.

What Cars Are Really “American”?

Anytime I hear someone exclaim loudly, “I only buy American” when asked about his car preference, I have to laugh.  Apparently nobody told him about what really is “American” these days.

In fact, do you know what counts as American these days?

I’ll tell you what the auto industry thinks: regardless of where the company headquarters itself, regardless of where the lineage of the car points to and regardless of which nation claims the manufacturer as their own, a car’s primary nationality is truly about where the car is assembled.

GMC Adds Free Maintenance Program to Certified Pre Owned Vehicle Sales

In further news designed to make the used car market even more attractive to current car buyers, GM announced a new program for buyers of GM Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles.  The new program, called GM Owner Care, will provide buyers of these CPO vehicles with two years of free maintenance.  The arrangement provides a two-year/30,000 mile maintenance program that covers oil changes, tire rotations and multi-point vehicle inspections at no additional charge.

Edmunds.com's 2011 Used Car Best Bets

2009 Mazda Miata

We’ve been talking a lot about used cars, lately.

The reason is simple:  there are some really great deals to be gotten if you know what to look for and how to spot them.  Our friends at Edmunds have put together their annual Edmunds Used Car Best Bets, which is a great list that will help you in that search. 

TrueCar Releases TrueTrends Report for June

TrueCar

TrueCar.com recently put out its TrueTrends Auto Industry Intelligence report for the month of June and the information, once again, paints a great picture for consumers in the market to buy a new car. 

The manufacturers are continuing to put solid incentives and rebates out, hoping to entice consumers off of the sidelines.  And with June the kickoff of the bread and butter months for car dealers, they are willing to bend a bit to sell a car or two.

So what is TrueCar telling us and how can it help you get a new car?

Ciao! Fiat Returns To America

2012 Fiat 500

The resurgence of micro-compact cars in the US has brought about some outstanding benefits for consumers and car fanatics alike.

For consumers, great looking cars that get great gas mileage and are much easier on the wallet are the primary boon.

For car lovers though, innovation and product has been the prize.

TrueCar Adds Black Book Values to ClearBook.com Used Car Site

ClearBook partners with Black Book

The hardest part about trading in your pre-owned car, is knowing if you are getting a fair value for the car.  There are a number of resources, in print and online that can show you what the presumed value is and you can hope that you are making a good deal.

One of the best is Black Book.  No nonsense and completely independent, Black Book offers accurate and up to date pricing based not only on the condition of the car, but of other external markers that shape both the market and the industry.

Hyundai Ups the Ante in the Sales Race with Guaranteed Trade In Prices

Hyundai

Hyundai really, really wants you to buy their cars.  And furthermore, they want you to know that all of that talk that begins with “of course they have the best warranty in the business, they have the worst cars,” is just simply not true.

Auto Insights: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Sometimes you have a pretty good idea what you want out of a car.  Sometimes you need a little help.  AutoBuying101 is in business to help you make those decisions.  But unlike other automotive websites, we aren’t going to do some super, high-tech, fancy review of the latest cars.  Nope.  If we did, we would probably sound kinda silly and – at the same time – not help you with what it is you REALLY want.  And what you really want is some good reasons to buy – or not to buy – a car, from car people who think like you do:  more with your wallet and brain and

Intellichoice’s Best Overall Values of 2011

As you may have noticed, we have an ongoing theme that relates to helping you find great autos and being able to buy them without breaking the bank.  We will often steer you to great websites that can help you make those decisions or provide you with tips and information to do it yourself.

NADAguides Names Most in Demand Yet Hardest to Find Vehicles

As is the case in any industry, the law of supply and demand is a huge driver in the automotive market.  The ability to keep popular models flowing into dealership inventory is the key to success at both the dealership and manufacturer level.

NADAguides, one of the most trusted names in automotive analysis, recently released its Most in Demand Vehicles Report.  The report is a comprehensive list of the hardest to find models as well as alternative choices for shoppers willing to go beyond their original ideas.

ALG's 2011 Residual Value Award Winners

One of the most complex concepts consumers will encounter when trying to decide if buying or leasing is the best option for them, is “residual.”

What is residual value?

This number is the projected market value of a vehicle at a given point in time in the future.

So, when it comes to leasing, the residual value is used to help calculate how much a vehicle will depreciate (lose value) during the lease period…and thus how much the consumer should pay every month to lease the vehicle now.

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.

2011 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award Winners Announced

In a world where image really is everything, consumer opinion can make or break a brand.  Recognizing that, Kelley Blue Book – a longtime industry leader in automotive research and information – has just released its annual Brand Image Awards for 2011.  The awards, which are based on detailed data from KBB Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study and are derived from an online study of more than 12,000 in market auto shoppers, recognize the best of the best in 10 categories.  These different categories leave no market uncovered.

TrueCar Releases TrueTrends Report for May

Our friends at TrueCar.com recently released the May TrueTrends report, their monthly car buying industry trend report and, as it is jam packed with some fantastic information for new auto buyers, we thought we’d break down some of the more interesting tidbits for you.

According to TrueCar:

Chevrolet Offers Tips To Save You Up To $100 On Gas

With Memorial Day weekend the unofficial kick off to the summer travel season, our friends at Chevrolet have released a study that examined gas usage by two people driving identical cars.  The study is designed to show consumers how to raise fuel economy and create astonishing savings.

AutoTrader Study: Actual Photos Of A Auto Help Increase Interest And Sales

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what does that translate to in the world of buying and selling autos?  According to AutoTrader, it is worth more auto sales to dealers, which can translate nicely into cold, hard cash.

Ready to Buy Your Next Auto? Right Now, New Is A Better Deal.

With all of the issues hitting the auto buying industry – high gas prices, recall issues, wounded economy, part shortages – the ability to cut a good deal still exists.  But don’t be fooled into thinking that there are no major differences when comparing new vs. used auto options. 

Nope, the used auto market has never been more solid…for the seller.

According to used auto trend watcher RVI Group and their Used Car Price Index, used auto values shot up an astonishing 16% in a year-over-year comparison.  What is causing this?

EPA & NHTSA launch New Fuel Window Stickers and Information

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming to revamp the fuel economy section of the gas mileage window sticker that graces every new vehicle for sale in the US.  The EPA has announced that the new design will be required for every 2013 model year vehicle.

The new sticker designs can be reviewed at the EPA FuelEconomy.gov website and feature considerably more information for consumers to make decisions about the best car for them. 

Fighting Pump Inflation: What Autos Have A High MPG?

Unless you haven’t been paying attention (or perhaps have been in jail or something), you are fully aware that gas has surpassed the $4 per gallon mark in the US.  In Los Angeles, many gas stations are showing prices at or above $5 per gallon.  Amazing really, considering a year ago gas was hovering below the $3 per gallon mark and showed no real signs of upward mobility.

J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study

J.D. Power & Associates

You would think that after all Toyota went through with their “memorable for all the wrong reasons” 2010, the brand would have taken a hit in the many surveys and studies that are taken on the topic of dependability.

Critical Auto Buying Mistake: Only 44% of New Buyers Plan To Get Pre-Approved

According to a recent study conducted by the folks at Kelley Blue Book, only 44% of prospective new car buyers plan to get pre-approved for a loan before buying.  While that isn’t overly surprising, it remains a critical mistake…one that can cost the consumer a great deal of money and time.

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