Archive for May, 2010


Fun Friday- Memorial Day Weekend


The Cars that “Do it All”

New vehicle niches are popping up all the time these days.  The auto market has become very fragmented so it is no wonder that a new vehicle segment has emerged, the “do it all” segment.  Many people wonder if there truly is a vehicle on the market that can do it all.  So MSN has composed a list of the top vehicles in the market that can “do it all.” 

2010 Ford Flex- This rectangular shaped car seats seven passenger and can comfortably seat two adults in the rear seats. The rear seats can be flipped down to make for more storage room.  The standard Ford Flex comes with a 3.5 liter 262 horsepower DOHC V6 engine with a 6 speed automatic gearbox.  All wheel drive is also an option on this crossover. 

2010 Ford Transit Connect- This full size van can be used as a 2 seat commercial van or as a 5 passenger van.  The interior in not very luxurious, but it is quite spacious.  You have the option to get Bluetooth capability, parking sensors and/or remote starts.

2010 Honda Fit- The Honda Fit may look small from the outside, but the inside is quite spacious.  The interior is simple and the second row seating can be arranged with many different panels and cushions. The crossover has a 1.5 liter DOHC 117 horsepower engine with 27 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway.

2010 Honda Ridgeline/Pilot- Both the Honda Ridgeline and Pilot make a very versatile pickup truck.  Both trucks are powered by a 3.5 liter 250 horsepower single overhead V6 engine. The pickup bed has a very nice feature which is a lockable trunk.

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL 350– This car is practical yet at the same time luxurious.  The Mercedes GL350 BlueTec is powered by a 3.0 liter turbo diesel 210 horsepower V6 engine.  The SUV has 14.3 cubic feet of luggage room and 83 cubic feet of room if you flip down the second and third row. 

2010 Subaru Outback-The Outback is truly the modern crossover.  This year’s Outback is much taller and wider than its predecessor.  The vehicle’s variable transmission makes the Outback 2.5i have fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

2010 Toyota 4Runner- The Toyota 4Runner is a very outdoorsy SUV.  This vehicle has is capable of going off-roading.  The vehicle has seating for five or seven passengers with an optional third row seating.

2011 Toyota Sienna- A minivan is perfect if you are looking for a car that provides comfort and space for your passengers.  This Sienna has the option for an all- wheel-drive and rear seat video screens to keep your passengers entertained.

2010 Volkswagon Jetta SportWagen TDI- The SportWagon provides the passengers an eco friendly ride.  With the “clean diesel” and “advanced lean burn” engine this car is not too bad for the environment.  The vehicle’s seats are comfortable and the wagon offers a lot of usable space.

2010 Volvo XC70- Volvos are known for being safe cars, but not only that they are very versatile, especially the XC70. The stylish vehicle comes with a 3.2 liter engine or a 3.0 liter 281 horsepower turbocharged engine.  The vehicle also has the maximum amount of towing capability.

To read the full article on MSN, please click here.


Fun Friday- The Dog Walker


Which Used Cars are Best to Own

People are buying used cars more than ever these days.  It is said that once you leave the lot, a new car looses about 20 percent of its value.  So with the current economic situation it makes a lot of sense to buy a used car.  When buying a used car it is important to do your research on the vehicle.  MSN Autos put together a list of the “10 Best Used Cars to Own” the list is based on satisfaction surveys, true cost-of-

Hyundai Elantra– This vehicle is priced very low, for a new Elantra the price is starting at $14,145.  Although, a used 2007 Elantra can go for around eight thousand.  This sedan is roomy and pretty well designed.

Honda Accord- This vehicle usually scores high in the JD Power long term dependability test and maintains a high resale value. 

Mercury Montego– This sedan is the top ranking large sedan in the long term dependability study by J.D Powers and has a high safety rating making it a great bargain.

Honda CR-V- This sport utility vehicle has topped the J.D. Power 3 year dependability study.

Toyota Highlander- This crossover SUV has topped the dependability study and resale ratings. This car is probably better purchased used because the new ones are under recall.

Infiniti G35- The 2006 model has a 298 horsepower V6 engine which is comparable to the BMW 3 series, although, this car is much cheaper than the 3 series.

Cadillac DTS- This vehicle is known for its reliability and it comes for a great price. For a fully loaded 2006 it is around $22,000.

Toyota Tacoma- This midsize truck has great reliability and a good resale value.

Ford F-150- The Ford F-150 is very popular among truck lovers it is dependable and has a good resale value.

Porsche 911- For a sports car this is a great buy!  For a 2005 model Carrera it is about $40,000, which is pretty good for a sport car of its class.

To read more about the “10 Best Used Cars to Own” on MSN Auto, please click here.


Fun Friday- Paparazzi

This 13 year old boy sang this song at his 6th grade talent show. Wow!


Buying Used Cars: What to Avoid

When buying a used car there are many factors one looks into, but some very telling information is never looked at.  Many people usually compromise on necessities to meet ones pricing needs.  For many people it makes since to buy a used car because they are more affordable than a brand new one.  It is important to bargain with a dealer, but only if you have already done your research.  There are certain things that a car buyer should avoid when buying a used car. 

10 things to avoid when buying a used car:

  1. Buying a car with no service history report- It is thought that in this day in age with all the technology, a car that does not come with a service history report has probably not been serviced. 
  2. Buying a car that has a salvaged title- If an insurance company thinks the car is a “total loss” it probably is.
  3. Buying a car with mismatched tires- The tires on most cars wear out at the same time; so a car that needs a tire will probably need more than one.
  4. Buying a car with brushstrokes in the paint– If a car owner thinks to use house paint on a car it is likely that he or she has given up on much of the maintenance as well.
  5. Buying a car with acorns stashed in the glove box– If nature has started to come into the vehicle than stay away from it.  For example, if a squirrel has started to stash acorns in the 1992 year old vehicle you better believe it is going to come back for them.
  6. Buying a car that was once a rental– A lot of people who rent a car tend to drive more rebellious in it because it is not theirs.  So these cars tend to have more problems.
  7. Buying a car from a lot that has been covered in oil– A good sign that a car is not good to buy is that there is a puddle underneath it.  Many car dealers get around this by telling potential customers that it isn’t the car that the oil is coming from, it’s that the lot itself that is covered in oil.
  8. Buying a car with a manufacturer press fleet refugees– A car that is a press vehicle can be a bit damaged because it is pushed to the limits to demonstrate the car’s performance.
  9. Buying a car that became a race car– There are things that can be applied to a regular car that can make it have race car abilities and after that has been done it is hard to tame the vehicle back to normal.
  10. Buying a Camero with Death Metal stickers– This vehicle attracts buyers whose loyalty is not to the car, but to metal band legends.

So dealers before buying a used car for your fleet go over these 10 tips and you will be bound to have a decent history and a great inventory.

To read more about the 10 things to avoid on MSN Autos, please click here.


Fun Friday- Mother’s Day Cartoon


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