Archive for November, 2011

December is the best time to buy a new car

  Buying a new car in December offers the biggest discounts for new car shoppers. The reason is simple, dealers want to get rid of their 2011 models before the calendar year ends. Generally speaking the end of the month is always a great time to buy a new car as auto dealers try to surpass monthly quotas. The end of the year offers even more incentives for dealers to clear their lots of the previous years vehicle models. The biggest discounts are available in December for those car buyers not afraid to negotiate. Dealers have to make room for the 2012 models and they really don’t want to have any brand new 2011 models on the lot next year. Car dealers are extremely eager to lock in sales and are more willing to negotiate to surpass yearly sales targets. Which could …

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Paris Hilton buys a 2012 Ferrari California Spyder

  Paris Hilton has a new $277,500 red sports car. The brand new 2012 Ferrari California Spyder was delivered to her Mulholland Estates residence on Black Friday. The Ferrari dealership was all smiles when Paris purchased one of their cars. Saying she is the perfect fit for the Ferrari brand and having all the added exposure was a bonus. Paris waited till Saturday to take her car for a drive. Later she tweeted “Just drove my new car for the first time. Such a beautiful car and so much fun to drive! I love it!” No doubt Paris has amassed quite a collection of luxury cars that includes a Lexus LFA, Cadillac Escalade, Range Rover, as well as two Bentleys.

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Small car sales continue to climb higher

  Small car sales now outpacing midsize car sales according to JD Power and Associates. Midsize cars have always sold ahead of small car numbers in the past however for the first time ‘small is in charge’. Obviously the higher gas prices are a factor which explains why car buyers are choosing to purchase smaller cars. Many compact cars now easily reach 40 miles per gallon. Manufacturers are aware of the increasing small car popularity and are now fitting these cars with more high-end equipment. No longer are compact cars the stripped down amenity-free econoboxes of the past. Instead these cars are now fitted with leather interiors, sunroofs, alloy wheels, etc. Small cars are now considered a lifestyle choice rather than a budget-strapped necessity.

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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth arrives in Canada

  If you like the Fiat 500 styling however you needed more power…here is your answer. The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth should satisfy any speed demon cravings you might have. Although the Fiat 500 Abarth has been available in Europe since 2008, it is making its debut in North America for the first time. While the North American car is built in Mexico, Fiat says it will be as close to the European model as possible. Fiat has dropped a 160 HP Turbocharged Engine with 170 lb-ft of torque in there little hatchback. Which is slightly more power then the same european model. The suspension has also been beefed up with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) twin-tube shock absorbers by KONI and stiffer stabilizer bars front and back. Will the Fiat 500 Abarth be a hit in Canada? That question remains to be seen however …

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The Psychology of “Used Cars”

  Are there advantages to buying a used car over a new car? There is price, probably the main advantage, possibly the only advantage. There are also disadvantages, mostly related to repairs and bragging rights (although there are economic bragging rights that some people do take advantage of). But what does “used” mean to most people? The term “used” implies that somebody else has already “used” it. Subconsciously, the word “used” implies: • Worn (no longer shiny and new) • Partially consumed (not complete anymore) • Lower quality (not the latest, up-to-date technology, for instance) Nobody gets too excited about a “used” car. It is usually a practical choice, an economic compromise for people who would probably much prefer a brand new vehicle. Just for the record, a “classic” car or an “antique car is not the same thing as a “used” car. …

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Hyundai Buys 5 Super Bowl TV Advertising Spots

  Korean automaker Hyundai has purchased five Super Bowl television spots. The 60 second commercials will run right before kickoff, plus two during the pregame show and two during the first and third quarter of the game. Hyundai hopes to have standout spots as well, but says it will focus more on a brand message as opposed to going for only entertainment value. The amount paid was not disclosed however last year 30 second spots were running around 3 million a pop. Super Bowl Sunday is one of televisions highest-rated and most expensive sporting events. Hyundai vehicle sales have already surpassed last years and we still have almost two months to go. Sales are so strong supplying vehicles to its dealers are its biggest problem. No doubt other car manufacturers can only wish they had the same problem.

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Hurricane Irene’s aftermath increases risk for used car buyers

  The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) wants consumers all across the country to be alert for flood vehicles that could begin to appear on the used car market. The effects of Hurricane Irene and its aftermath have resulted in almost 12,000 flood vehicle-related insurance claims in August alone. The one word that separates a good buy from a scam is disclosure. As long as a seller discloses the fact that a vehicle is a flood vehicle, then there is no fraud. The trouble comes when a seller hides the fact that a vehicle has been declared as such and that fact is hidden from prospective buyers. NICB recommends that consumers follow these tips to avoid getting ripped off by flood vehicle fraud: • Select a reputable car dealer. • Inspect the vehicle for water stains, mildew, sand or silt under the carpets, floor …

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Edmunds Lists Top Movie and TV Cars of All Time

  Everyone has a favorite car that co-starred in a great movie or TV series. Inside Line at Edmunds.com have listed the top 100 vehicles from both movies and TV shows. Whether you think of Tom Cruise driving that super cool 1981 Porsche 928 in Risky Business as a great movie car. Or possibly Eleanor, the ’1967 Shelby GT500′ from Gone in Sixty Seconds. The greats are all listed. It doesn’t look like any were overlooked. Here is a shortened list of the top five Movie or TV cars of all time: 1. The Dukes of Hazzard 1969 Dodge Charger: More than 300 Chargers portrayed the General Lee during the series 145 episodes (1979-’86). Today it’s the ultimate Hollywood star car. 2. Goldfinger 1963 Aston Martin DB5: The greatest James Bond car is fitted by Q with “modifications” for this 1964 movie. The standard against …

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Pirelli introduces all new P ZERO Silver tires at SEMA

  Pirelli introduced its new Formula 1-derived street tire – the P Zero Silver – during a press conference at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this afternoon. The return of Pirelli to Formula One, for which the Italian group is exclusive supplier for the 3-year period 2011-2013, has again placed the company at the center of attention for sports lovers and driving enthusiasts around the world. Pirelli has brought its experience as the reference tire for the UHP market together with its state-of-the-art F1 motorsports technology to deliver a multi-compound UHP replacement tire with increased longevity for the performance-minded enthusiast seeking UHP capabilities with matchless durability for their own sports sedans and coupes. P Zero Silver is an ultra-high-performance replacement tire with solid roots in Pirelli’s successful Formula 1 program that will allow the company to exploit …

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BMW Group post’s strong sales results in October

  BMW Group reported October vehicle sales were up 17.5% over last October’s results. The German automaker sold 27,288 vehicles in October, up from 23,222 in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date BMW sales are up almost 15% in the first ten months of 2011 over last year. “The critical fourth quarter has made a good start, fueled by demand and boosted by new models,” BMW North America chief Ludwig Willisch said in a statement. He expects “a strong run to the end of the year,” driven by new models. Top selling vehicles are the 3-Series as well as the 5-Series. Their SUV sales have also jumped quite a bit over last year. Their Mini Brand is also doing very well this year.

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