30th July 2011

Selling Your Used Car Has Never Been Easier


Selling a car is much different now than ever before. There are many options available to market and sell your used vehicle.

In the not so distant past, there were two ways to sell your used vehicle. You could trade it in on a new vehicle, or you put a classified ad in the local newspaper. These options were restrictive, in that the buyer was likely to be found in a smaller geographical area. The amount of money that you were likely to get for your vehicle was directly related to the overall economic conditions of your local area.

Things have changed for the average person who wants to cash in on their used car.

With the advance of technology, compared to even ten years ago, you can now list your vehicle for sale world-wide.

There are a few things that you need to take into consideration once you have decided to sell your car.

You will need to get the paperwork related to your vehicle together. The new owner will need a clear title, a bill of sale, and any warranty books or service records. The worth of your vehicle increases when you can present maintenance records.

If your state requires the license plate to go with the car, you will need the license plate and registration; otherwise, the new owner will provide their own license plate.

You then need to decide how you want to sell your car.

There are trade magazines, such as Auto Trader, that cater to specific car types. If your vehicle falls into that category, the magazine has both an online and a print version.

Your local newspaper is still an option, although the circulation area will be limited when you compare it to an online listing with places like craigslist, or eBay Motors. Both of those give you thousands of opportunities for people to see your ad. Both online sources have a history of successful transactions.

Craigslist is cost effective, as there is no charge for listing, however, you are limited to your metropolitan area, as opposed to global with eBay Motors. Craigslist does generate outside views for your listing as the listings are picked up by the search engines, so it is possible to have a buyer from outside your area. eBay Motors on the other hand, is a much easier venue for someone in the market to shop for a vehicle.

It is also possible to take advantage of websites that purchase cars outright such as cash for cars . If you are looking to get cash for used cars , they make it very easy for you to fill out an online form with your information, or call their 1-800 number.

No matter which way you choose to go, the options for selling your vehicle have never been greater.

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30th July 2011

54.5 MPG CAFE Agreement Reached for 2025

Today, President Barack Obama, flanked by automotive executives in front of a backdrop of efficient cars, announced that a new corporate average fuel economy standard had been reached. By 2025, cars and light trucks would achieve a 54.5 mpg fleet average compared to the current 27.5 mpg.

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30th July 2011

Mazda Loses $327m In Q2, Vows To Fight On

Mazda lost $327m in the second quarter, falling below analyst expectations as tsunami-related supply interruptions and currency woes battered the company’s bottom line. According to the Detroit News, this was Mazda’s third straight quarter of losses and the firm has lost money during its last three fiscal years. But, as this video (which, as far as I know has not yet been shown in the US) argues, the “Hiroshima spirit” which allowed locals to rebuild after the devastation of the nuclear attack in 1945, flows through Mazda. The company has a bold new design direction, an “enthusiast howl” of an ad campaign, and it says it will return to profitability when its fiscal year ends in March. But its projected profit for the full year is only $12.8m, which means Mazda is cutting it real close… and as the last quarter proved, projections can always be missed. Here’s hoping the last independent, mass-market, enthusiast-oriented automaker is able to turn things around this year and keep fighting the good fight.

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30th July 2011

Mercedes CLC-Class

People have been talking about a baby CLS for quite sometime now, but the car has finally been caught testing. The CLC – codenamed C117 – will be based on a long-wheelbase version of the upcoming front-drive B-class platform. It will also get an AMG model that is considered an indirect successor to the classic 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II.

The upcoming CLC model will be equipped with a four-wheel drive system that will be paired up with a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine offered in two versions: one with 121 HP and one with 154 HP. The top version will be powered by a 2.0 liter petrol engine with 207 HP and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds, while top speed will be in the 145 mph area. The diesel line-up will include a 1.8 liter engine with 108 HP and 134 HP, plus a 2.1 version offered with 168 HP and 201 HP. The engines will be combined with a a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or a dual-clutch gearbox.

Expect the new Mercedes CLC to be launched in late 2013.

Image is of the current Mercedes CLC

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29th July 2011

Rumormill: Unconfirmed next-generation Ford and GM truck powertrain details swirl


TheDetroitBureau.com is reporting a few juicy rumors about the future of full-size pickups from both General Motors and Ford. According to details supplied by shadowy sources, Ford is currently hard at task on the development of a range of new V6 engines. The powerplants are said to be under development in a range of sizes, including 2.6-, 2.7- and 3.0-liter displacements. The engines are being crafted under the codename “Nano” with a single dual-stage turbo making up for the cut in displacement. The largest of the trio is said to have a target of 300-315 horsepower, which is effectively what the current naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V6 churns out. TDB maintains that the new V6 lumps may also work their way into the Mustang line at some point as well.

The report indicates that GM, meanwhile, is hard at work on a forced-induction V6 of its very own to fight Ford’s EcoBoost surge. Additionally, the company’s heavy-duty trucks will be the only models available with the big-boy 6.2-liter V8, while both light- and heavy-duty pickups will be available with the company’s 6.0-liter V8. Finally, the tried-and-true 5.3-liter V8 will soldier on for the next-generation as well.




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29th July 2011

About Time Machine: Prius v Takes Me Past and Present

Toyota introduced the original 2001 Prius to the U.S. in Y2K, nearly a dozen years ago. Since then, Japan’s behemoth automaker has sold a cool two million of its shovel-nose gas-electric, with half that tally being consumed in the United States. In Los Angeles, the Prius is conspicuously common and comprehensibly cool-about as ubiquitous as a Hollywood wannabe yet as special as a Hollywood star. That it took Toyota well over a decade to give its haute hybrid a sibling brings one thought to mind: What took so long?

I spent a weekend with the Prius’ new big little brother, the Prius v, and came away trying to convince my wife she needs one. Toyota says the v stands for versatile, although van seems more apropos. At 181.7 inches long, 69.9 wide, and 63.0 tall, the v is slightly smaller than the original 1995 Honda Odyssey, a vehicle that, while not a huge sales success, set Honda down the path of minivan greatness.

Both the Prius v and Gen 1 Odyssey have four conventional doors (slide this, modern haulers) and share comparable anteater profiles. The v is 17 years the Odyssey’s junior, and although its style is reminiscent of the Honda’s, its performance is a remarkable sign of progress. Consider the following: The 3500-pound Odyssey had a 2.2-liter four-cylinder and four-speed auto good for 140 horsepower, could get from 0 to 60 in 10.3 seconds, and ran the quarter mile in 18.3 at 76.9 mph. The 3400-pound Prius v, in contrast, uses a 1.8-liter four (plus electric motors) paired to a CVT to dispatch 134 horses, to go from 0 to 60 in 10.2, and run the quarter mile in 17.6 at 78.2. I know what you’re thinking: Those are such similar stats, so where’s the progress? In a single word: Efficiency.

In 17 years’ time, Toyota has figured out how to build a vehicle of Odyssey mass and speed that is 115 percent more fuel-efficient. Think about that: For every 10 gallons of gas the Odyssey drinks, the Prius v sips just 4.7. That equates not only to significantly less fuel usage on the front end, but also a monumental emissions reduction on the back end. Over a 15,000-mile period, the Prius v would burn through about 356 gallons of gas (at a cost of roughly $1300) and emit around 3.45 tons of CO2. The Odyssey? Make that 765 gallons (around $2800) and 7.43 tons.

Even compared with a modern mini minivan such as the 2012 Mazda5, the Prius v deserves LEED certification. At 42 mpg combined, the Toyota flips the Mazda’s combo of 24, essentially doubling efficiency and halving emissions. Ford’s upcoming C-Max van was going to come stateside with a standard gas-only engine. But with the Prius v’s arrival, Ford is switching to solely gas-electric.

And the C-Max better be fun to drive, because the v is-something I never expected to say about an oversized Prius. Thanks to Toyota’s Pitch and Bounce Control technology, which uses electric-motor torque to neutralize unwanted vehicle behavior, not to mention available W-rated tires capable of another 65 mph on top of the v’s 103-mph top speed, the plump Prius stays surprisingly flat through aggressive cornering and feels-dare I say?- sporty. The v is proof that quick and powerful aren’t prerequisites for fun to drive.

Since the original Prius, Toyota has clearly been onto something special. Over three generations, the Prius’ technology and MO have been envied and imitated, always to less success. The v’s arrival might be a bit tardy, but better late than never, although I doubt the competition feels that way.

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