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Acura and Toyota Ranked as Best Retained Value Winners by Edmunds

2015 Toyota Highlander

When Edmunds released the results of their 5th annual Edmunds.com Best Retained Value Awards last month Acura and Toyota owners were very pleased. The awards seek to highlight the makes and models that retain the highest residual sales values after five years as a percentage of average transaction prices when new.

Top 6 Autos for Halloween Trick-or-Treating

2013 Honda Odyssey

Halloween is less than a week away and some people have the luxury of staying at home with family and walking their own neighborhoods to take their kids trick-or-treating. For many people fright night means piling the whole clan into the family vehicle and driving across town to where the “good candy” is or perhaps to visit family so the cousins can revel in the festivities together. If your plans include a trip across town with a big group you need to check out the top 6 autos for Halloween:

When you really need to pack in the passengers you can’t beat a minivan for utility. Minivans get better gas mileage than SUVs and have a lot of cargo options.

Edmunds lists the 17 Worst Cars You Can Buy

Dodge Avenger

With all of the “best car” lists that are created every year, Best Autos under $35,000 for Driving Enthusiasts, AAA Selects Top Autos for Commuters, and Top "Green" Cars for Spring, to name a few, you might be wondering which vehicles come up short in the rankings.

Edmunds 2013 Car Shopping Trends Report

Car Shopping Trends Report

In order to better understand the car buying process, Edmunds.com recently released a report detailing car buying information mined from user data derived from their audience of 18 million users per month along with a survey put together by Added Value in 2011 regarding consumer expectations. These two sets of data were correlated to determine if shopper expectations materialized in the purchasing process.  This report confirms some information about the car buying process regarding how consumers research their purchases and offers new information about what shoppers expect to find.

 

Cadilac ATS: Award Winning Car Packed With Tech

2013 Cadillac ATS

Th 2013 Cadilac ATS has been getting rave reviews ever since it was introduced in 2011 at the North American International Auto Show. The car has won:

  • Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year
  • Popular Mechanics magazine Luxury Car of the Year
  • 2012 Esquire Car of the Year
  • 2013 North American Car of the Year
  • 2013 Urban Car of the Year by Decisive magazine

This compact luxury car is also loaded with technology features. In 2012 Cadillac launched the “Cadillac User Experience” or CUE. The ATS features an 8-inch touchscreen with touch-sensitive buttons, similar to many smartphones. Haptic feedback provides the ability to use the system by feel without taking your eyes off the road.

Leftovers Offer Delicious Deals

Nissan Pathfinder

The debut of a new vehicle is a heady time for both automakers and consumers. The automakers gets to strut their stuff: sleek new designs, performance improvements, cutting edge technology. Consumers get exciting new vehicle choices to provoke them to pry open their checkbooks.

It does present a conundrum for the automakers, though. In our world of instant digital communication, the news of upcoming new models spreads faster than crabgrass. As consumers begin to drool over the new sheetmetal, inevitably there are lots full of the now unfashionable outgoing models that still need to be moved.

The Best Time to Buy a Car: Part 1

The Best Time to Buy a Car

There are a lot of stories around about the best time to buy a car. Some of these stories are true, but most fit into the category of urban myth. Some of the ones that aren’t true, or at least don’t have any actual research to back them up, are:

Myth # 1: The best time to buy a car is in the afternoon when the salesperson is sleepy.

Myth # 2: You will get a better deal on a car on a rainy day.

Myth # 3: There are better days of the week to buy because the dealership is slower on those days.

While there is ongoing speculation about the above myths, there are some things about timing your car purchase which we know to be true. They are:

Tax Time = Bad for Buyers

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