Hate high pressure sales situations? So do we! That’s why we created CarWoo! in the first place. In a perfect world, everyone would get to use CarWoo! to buy their next car. But if you have to go it alone the traditional way, here are a few tips to keep your stress level down. Continue reading
There’s reason for celebration in Dearborn today as The Ford Motor Company is rolling the one-millionth Mustang off the floors of its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, MI. The lucky millionth is a bright red 2014 Mustang convertible that drove off the assembly line to expected fan fare this morning.
Buying a new or used car can be a confusing process. After hours of researching, weighing options, colors and trims, you are then subjected to numerous unfamiliar terms and language revolving around the actual purchase. We’ve assembled this list of some of the most used terminology to help you feel slightly more confident when sitting in the finance manager’s office.
Sometimes, despite the cliché, seeing really is believing. Watching the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drop its top lets you know you’ll be coming across this car for the rest of your life. It is destined to never be forgotten. Whatever factors you think may go into designating a car an “instant classic,” the convertible version of the Camaro ZL1 likely ticks off most of the boxes on your mental list.
It’s the age of smartphones, Internet, iPad’s and Twitter. So what’s the first source of information you’ll head to when it comes to buying a car? Chances are you’ll look at a car buying blog or two. These blogs offer a tremendous amount of information. Some blogs specialize in providing sneak peeks at upcoming cars, while others offer reviews that are so thorough, you might think you’ve been in the driver’s seat even before seeing the car in the flesh.
Yes, we know you’re already on CarWoo!’s car-buying blog, in of itself an excellent place to be for the latest news and reviews, but when it comes down to it, CarWoo! is less about research, more for car-buying; it’s for after you’re done with your research and are ready to get live offers on new cars.
GM may be planning a revival of the El Camino and Nomad models, as earlier this year, GM applied for trademarks on both with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. A GM spokesman explained the move:
“Chevrolet benefits from a rich history of iconic names and monikers. We trademark these names as needed to protect them as a matter of practice.”
Or GM is considering updating and manufacturing the two models again.
The Chevy Nomad debuted in 1955 and lasted through 1972 on the assembly line. From 1955 to 1957, the Nomad was produced as a two-door station wagon, catering to the freewheeling bachelor simply interested in a “little more leg room” in the back seat:
A new engine and small but impactful style changes keep Audi’s compact crossover among the luxury elite for 2013.
Audi Q5 Trims and Features
The Audi Q5 is a five seat luxury compact crossover that is available in five trim levels for 2013: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, and 2.0T hybrid Prestige. Audi gives shoppers versatility by providing two gasoline engines (a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder for the 2.0T and a supercharged 2.0 liter V6 for the 3.0T) alongside a 245 horsepower, 26 combined MPG 2.0T hybrid powertrain.
Plenty of standard luxury comes with the 2013 Q5, including tri-zone climate control, walnut wood trim, and leather seating with a reclining feature for rear passengers. There are also some intriguing packaged features like interior aluminum accents, voice controlled MMI navigation featuring Google Maps, adaptive cruise control, and side assist blind spot warning.
Shopping for the 2013 Audi Q5? Give yourself the gift of CarWoo! and make your holidays a little brighter.
New York “Gotcha” Cameras Allegedly Ripping Off Honest Drivers
There are 540 communities in the U.S. with red-light camera programs in place; all have varying levels of enforcement and fines. New Jersey just shelved its ENTIRE program in June, as 63 of the state’s 85 cameras gave drivers too little time to make it through a yellow light before determining the driver was “running the red” and then sending them a citation.
New York City has a similar problem. In October, engineers discovered that some intersections had yellow lights that were burning too fast; drivers are supposed to be allotted three seconds of yellow before the light turns red in a typical 30mph intersection. Manhattan drivers were only getting two and a half, and now a class action lawsuit is trying to recoup the $47 million the red-light program earned for New York last year on the assumption that the cameras were unfairly ticketing people unaware of the shorter duration (and subsequently gunning it through the intersection).
Summary: Consumer Reports releases annual owner-satisfaction ranking
Consumer Reports: Chevrolet’s Volt is Loved the Most
“Considering all factors – price, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, et cetera – would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?”
Consumer Reports asked this question of 350,000 owners with vehicles canvassing the 2010-2013 model years. Scores for the 240 different models were based on the percentage of respondents who answered “definitely yes” to the question above. (“Do you love it, honey?” “I do, I do, I SO DO!”)
For the second consecutive year, the Chevrolet Volt is top cat. A convincing 92% of Volt owners would jump up from their seats and offer a resounding, “yes, yes, YES!” if propositioned again. The Volt wasn’t the only fuel-efficient model to score highly; Toyota’s Camry Hybrid, Prius, and Prius C received favorable responses, along with Nissan’s electric Leaf, providing further evidence that the greening of the auto industry is firmly at hand.
The Chevy Corvette, the Porsche 911, the V8 Dodge Challenger and the Ford (rawr) Mustang all nailed high marks for sports cars. For the luxury types, the Audi A7 and A6 and Lexus’ GS scored well.
Just what about cars that DIDN’T get good ratings? Those unlucky car schleps include:
- The Nissan Versa. Less than half of Versa owners said they’d buy this car again. Who can blame them? It looks crappy. And like it’s from 1998. No one likes cars from 1998.
The best 5 cars under $20,000 for 2013
Sometimes the best car is the one that gives you the most for the least amount of money. Not a bold statement, is it? Automakers have been upping their entry-level game for some time now, to the point where shoppers can’t help but take notice. And while the options at this level are generally petite in stature, they boast big features, and massive value. So, what economical options are the easiest on your overworked wallet? Take a look below; thank me later.
MSRP starting at $15,995
The Dodge Dart provides fantastic value; it’s big for a compact sedan, fun to drive, and comes with impressive tech options. Granted, attaching blind spot and rear crossing detection, park assist, and rain sensing windshield wipers puts you over the $20,000 mark, but it’s minimal. And what better way to toast the New Year than by counting all those MPGs?