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What Is Normal Wear and Tear and What Is Excessive Wear When Buying a Car?

If you are buying a used car, then you should be prepared for all its imperfections. The moment the vehicle is driven, it already goes through the wear-and-tear process. You can therefore imagine how much of this wear is happening when it has been used for, say, five years, which is usually the “acceptable” lifespan of a good vehicle.   Simply put, all used cars have wear and tear. As a buyer, however, you must know whether it is considered normal or excessive.   The wear and tear may be deemed “normal” if: The scratches, dents, and other car imperfections appear superficial. This means that they are small, roughly around 2 inches maximum, and they are found in very limited spots only. Usually, you can find them on the side of the vehicle. There are a few tears on the seats, especially if they are made from cloth, not leather. Curb rash, or the markings that appear on the rims of the wheels due to driving on curbs normally on minimum speed, is present in one or two of the wheels. There are no alterations done on the vehicle prior to the sale or auction. There is no missing part of the vehicle. The tire tread depth is no less than 1/8 inches. You can conduct a simple coin test to evaluate tread depth. Get a Lincoln, turn it upside down that the head is within the tread, and measure. If you can still see the head, then the tread is still fine. Otherwise, the wheels need some changing. Of course, do not forget to match the depth with the manufacturer’s recommendation.   Meanwhile, excessive wear and tear may be called on: Any modification or alteration performed on the vehicle, including repainting or changing of the engine. There is curb rash present in all four wheels. There are deep large scrapes, dents, and scratches in various parts of the vehicle, including areas where they are not supposed to be found or they are hard to reach. The car has been poorly maintained or repaired. There are missing components of the car or they may have been replaced by items that are not within the criteria of the manufacturer. Some parts of the vehicle are already badly damaged they look as if they are separating from the vehicle. These include grilles, bumpers, lights, or hood.   Why Does This Matter?  Coming across a vehicle with excessive wear and tear doesn’t have to mean that you can no longer buy it. As long as it’s not salvage or lemon, and it’s still in good running condition, it still remains a serious consideration.   However, vehicles with this kind of wear or tear give you a good leverage when it comes to pricing. You can negotiate or bid for a much lower price since you have to spend for repairs yourself. Depending on the overall quality of the vehicle, among others, you might also have to pay a higher insurance premium than those who own the same model with excellent exterior and interior condition.

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Which Hybrid Cars Are Selling Best At Auction?

Whether you’re all about protecting the environment or taking advantage of tax incentives, hybrid cars are in demand—and you want one too. There’s no other place to get them cheap than in various auto auctions where prices can drop as much as 50%. But rather than choosing hybrid cars at random, begin with the hottest ones. Unfortunately, there’s no official car auction report we can access. What we did is to use two of the biggest review websites online and choose hybrid cars that are found in both top car lists. 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid #2 US News and World Report A Edmunds Rating The Fusion hybrid doesn’t remove the niceties that come with the traditional Ford Fusion. It only makes its base model more impressive. It is described as quiet, steady, and, of course, fuel efficient. It also scored high in crash rating. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the cost, which is around $25,000 (probably $20,000 if you get this at an auction). It’s also plug-in, which means it doesn’t run so long on electricity, but it’s great if your commute is short. It’s chosen as the Best Cars for Families Winner in US News and World Report. 2015 Toyota Prius #7 US News and World Report B Edmunds Rating As one of the first hybrids to hit the road, Toyota Prius has become the symbol of stability and reliance, and it has lived up to its excellent fuel economy despite the release of many models over the years. It’s also a good car for families with teens or young adults with its roomy seats and large cargo area. However, it’s criticized for its sluggish acceleration, and awkward driving position. If you want a very affordable Prius, though, choose those between 2010 and 2014. 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid #1 US News and World Report There’s a good reason why this ends up the best hybrid car for US News and World Report: it’s the winner for the best midsize cars and has great ratings in reliability, safety, performance, and even critics. Although Edmunds didn’t give it a rating, it praises the vehicle for its strong acceleration, plenty of space despite being a midsized car, interior controls that are easy to learn and use, and sophisticated interiors. It may not be the best car for those who want quieter vehicles. 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid A Edmunds Rating #3 Hybrid SUVs Hybrids are often associated with small compact cars. Toyota tries to defy that by making the 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which means big boys can also be just as fuel efficient. Not only that, it can accommodate 7 people with plenty of leg room, and it’s easy and comfortable to handle. US News and World Report, meanwhile, awards different titles including one of the best hybrid SUVs in the market. The downside? A very expensive price tag, so make sure you get this from an auction. Owning a hybrid has become easier, more convenient, and cheaper with auctions. Use this as your guide on what to choose.

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Buy RV at Auction: What to Look for at Inspection

RVs have become an iconic symbol for recreation for several generations. Most probably, you have a personal experience riding one when you went out camping for a few days with your family. Now you want to pass on the tradition to your own, relive the best RV memories, or be more practical and live in one. Either way, you can get a used RV at a good price when you join an auction. During an auction, you have the chance to buy the vehicle at a price you’re willing to pay and get it for at least 30% off their trade-in value or dealer’s price. But before you start bidding, conduct due diligence and perform a vehicle inspection:   Check the papers. This should be number one since we don’t want to waste our time checking the vehicle, only to realize it’s a lemon or there are encumbrances attached to it. An auction sets aside a good time for inspection, which can be a day or two before the actual auction. At this time, a staff will help you, answering questions like whether the vehicle has the necessary papers including title of ownership. You should also check out the vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number). Although the plate can change and the exteriors and interiors can be modified, the VIN remains the same. It can tell you a whole lot about the vehicle’s history, including repairs done. Although it may not explicitly stated, you can also get a better idea of how the vehicle’s been used. For instance, if it’s been to more rugged states, then it’s possible the wear and tear is worse than what you expect.   Begin with the outside. Look at the paint. Does it look brand-new despite the vehicle’s age and mileage? It’s possible it’s been repainted and that dents and scratches are now hidden. Note if there are any leaks on the underside or that insulation and plumbing are still in good condition. Inspect the wheels, utilities such as batteries, and roof.   Proceed with the inside. Analyze the floor plans, check the windows and doors including the hinges, any accompanying appliance or utensil in the kitchen (if there’s one), bathroom and bedroom fixtures, feel of the floor, water and waste system, as well as heating and cooling. For a more extensive checklist, visit here.   Use the other senses. Smell the surroundings. If it smells musty, it’s possible that moisture is high. If there’s moisture, molds may also be present. Feel the texture of the furniture, seats, and bed. Listen for any possible noises such as those of vermin.   Take it on a spin. You can never tell if the RV is working well unless you take it on a test drive. Often, you can only ride the vehicle within the auction compound, but that should already be enough for now to let you know if the RV remains usable. In auctions, vehicles such as RVs are sold in “as is” condition—that is, what you see is what you get. To make sure you get your money’s worth, don’t skip the inspection process.

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How Do I Lease The Next Vehicle I Buy?

Owning a vehicle is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in your life. Not only is it a huge responsibility, it is also costly. In fact, according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics, transport including car ownership can eat up the biggest chunk of your household expenses. In other words, there’s very little room to make a mistake with your choice. The good thing is there’s a win-win solution for you. If you want to make sure you’re buying the best and the most practical car you can afford, lease it first.   Leasing is a cool way to access some of the newest car models in the market without spending too much money as you would if you decide to buy one. Moreover, you have many leasing options as even car manufacturers allow you to do it.   If you want to lease a brand-new vehicle, pay attention to the following:   Cost of lease: Leasing payments are often way cheaper than the monthly payments you make on a brand-new car purchase. However, that doesn’t really happen all the time simply because dealers can slap you with too many fees and an incredibly large advance. The best advice at this point is to learn to compare leasing costs across different dealers within your area.   Insurance: One of the main advantages of leasing a car is you don’t have to spend on auto insurance since it’s the lender’s responsibility. The downside is if something happens to the vehicle, such as it gets stolen or is damaged, the coverage may not be enough to recoup the loss. You will then be forced to spend thousands of dollars. As a precaution, look for a vehicle that is covered by gap insurance, which can kick in if the main auto insurance coverage won’t be enough.   Year of use: If you’re planning to use the vehicle for 5 years, it’s best if you’ll just purchase a car. By then, you will have your own unit, and if you take good care of it, it can last for a few more years. But if you’re decided to lease, drive it for no more than three years so you can still be covered by the vehicle’s warranty.   Add-ons: Dealers are here to make money, and they’ll attract you to spend more in many ways including add-ons like alarms or maintenance plans. Unless you need them badly, skip them, or you can negotiate for their costs to get the best deal.   Lease Still Expensive? Get a Car through an Auction   If after determining your lease price and you still think it’s expensive, you still have one more choice: you can get a vehicle from an auto auction, which bids out hundreds of varied vehicles. Many of these cars can be yours for as much as 75% off the car’s book value or even dealer’s trade-in value. These vehicles may not be brand-new, but a lot of them are recent models and in excellent condition as well as mileage.  

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How Does Mileage Affect Car Prices at Auction?

Have you ever been in a car sale or a public auction and you have heard someone ask about the mileage? Doesn’t it concern your or even raise your curiosity as to why mileage always figures itself in these situations? You will find your answer here. But before we proceed with the answer, let’s know something about mileage. (more…)

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Buying From Pickup Truck Auctions – Tips and Tricks

Many people prefer pickup trucks for their solid body, firmness, and durability. They seem to be able to beat even the most difficult terrains, making them the perfect buddy in any adventure. They can be spacious enough with plenty of leg room and areas for storage. Moreover, depending on the load and weight, pickup trucks can be used to haul supplies or tow a trailer or a camper. (more…)

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Top 5 SUVs Sold at US Auto Auctions

Auctions are some of the best places to spot and buy the most popular, hottest SUVs in the U.S. market today. Prices quoted below can be much less if purchased at an auto auction. To know what they are—just in case you want to invest on them—we’ve referred to Motor Trend magazine, which is famous for releasing SUVs of the year based on an intensive judging system using a variety of criteria including engineering enhancement, design, and fuel efficiency. (more…)

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Vehicle Title: Check before You Bid

When it comes to car auctions, you have two things to remember. First, more often than not, you are allowed to inspect the vehicle and get as much information as you can about it. Second, you have to perform due diligence since cars are sold as is. Once you have won, you can never return it. (more…)

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How to Prepare Your Used Car for an Auction

The best strategy for getting a good price on your car at an auction is to think like a potential buyer. Most buyers are looking for a new car experience at a used car price, so the closer you can bring your car back to showroom condition, the more they’ll be willing to pay. Follow these guidelines and your car should be the most popular vehicle come auction day. (more…)

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Do Cars Sold at an Auto Auction Come with a Warranty?

One of the things a person should ask or look for when buying a vehicle, whether brand-new or used, is whether it’s still covered by a warranty. To be clear, a car’s warranty is different from auto insurance, though both are meant to offset costs that can possibly drain your savings and even other investments. An auto insurance policy is meant to protect you in case you meet an accident. This way, you don’t have to pay entirely for the repair of the other vehicle. Some policies can also cover you in case you become injured or meet your untimely death. (more…)

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