The pros and cons of buying a used vehicle!

This is from a reader Jess Lambert.  I believe that it’s almost ALWAYS better to buy slightly used but here’s what she says.
Considering the purchase of a used vehicle may bring with it some apprehension and fear. But sometimes, purchasing a used car can be a fantastic and rewarding experience. If you’re not sure what to expect and want to know the downsides as well as the positive aspects, this list of pros and cons for purchasing a used vehicle is perfect for you.
Pro: Cost Savings!
You will definitely save money buying used. There’s often no monthly payments unless you buy it off of a lot, and you won’t have to deal with depreciation, which is a very big issue when buying new. People who purchase a brand new vehicle lose thousands of dollars just driving their car off of the lot due to depreciation. Not only this, but because you’re not going to be driving around a new car, your insurance rate will also be lower!!
Con: No Warranty or Guarantee
A con to buying used would be that oftentimes, you won’t end up with a warranty or a guarantee. You’ll end up with exactly what you paid for. This is why it is extremely important if you’re purchasing used to have a mechanic give it a thorough glance over to be certain nothing is terribly wrong and will end up costing you more than the car is actually worth.

Pro: All Business
When you’re purchasing a used car, especially from a private seller, they’re going to be in a hurry to sell you the vehicle. You won’t have to deal with long negotiation or mountains of paperwork, either. And the best part? No additional fees!
Con: Repairs
Purchasing a used car does bring with it risk in the area of repair work that has to be done. If you had a mechanic look over it before purchase, you’re probably aware of how much it will cost to get the car up and running again. Before purchasing the car, be certain you are aware of exactly what you’re getting and how much it will cost. A car with a bad engine or transmission is probably not the car for you unless you are prepared to spend the money and think that it’s worth your time. Perhaps the car is in good working order, but has some minor dents or scratches. Either way, a dealership won’t be there to cover these things for you, so this is an expense you will have to cover yourself.
Pro: A Falling Registration Fee
In most States, the rate of your registration will be based on the make, model and year of your vehicle. You can expect your registration fee to fall dramatically the older your car gets. This is also true of insurance rates.
There are a lot of cons to purchasing a used car, but there are even more pros. Why spend money you don’t have to on a used car that loses over 15% of its value each year you’re driving it around? Not to mention the thousands of dollars you lose driving it off of the lot for the first time. Purchasing a used car is daunting, but making the decision will mean saving money and enjoying a new set of wheels that is all your own. Say goodbye to mountains of fees and endless piles of paperwork and purchase your used car today.

Jessica Lambert is a freelancer who enjoys writing on a variety of different subjects, including but not limited to: lifestyle, finance,
vintage and used cars, artwork, history, baking, and travel. She currently resides in rural Alabama in a lakehouse and spends any free moment with her nose in a book.

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And Another Award!

Top 25 Automotive Bloggers

We have a large automotive category on Savant Magazine that includes detailed reviews on auto products, such as infant car seat coverstire snow chainscar air freshenerstire shine and more.

We wanted to take a moment and recognize bloggers who are passionate about autos and who are producing great content on their blogs. Take a look at our Top 25 Automotive Bloggers below. Congratulations to our winners!

Don’t Get Wrenched

Author: Elayne Kling

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This question comes to me from a mens fitness magazine.

Q: My car battery was stolen twice in just a few days—is there some way I can stop this from happening? (yes—it’s a scam, they steal your old battery, then come back and steal the new one you bought to replace it! So don’t put in a new battery.)

A. My first suggestion would be to fiddle with the wiring and shock the heck out the next person who touches​ it.

battery shock
N​ow I could say ‘just kidding’ because it’s not nice to hurt people but I’ll actually say ‘just kidding’ ​because it would be too much work​ to fix that every time you started the vehicle.​

There are really 2 ways to deal with this issue.

#​1– The unsightly way would be to buy a cable with a​ lock and make it so that no one can open the hood. We actually did this to many vehicles in the East Village, NYC​ back in the late 80’s when the crackheads were stealing spark plugs. Even newer model car owners were doing it because the issue was so prevalent.

​#​2– Buy a system to lock the battery into place. These generally come as a ​cross bar with a lock​ set up or as a lock box. They aren’t available for every car though, ​b​attery shapes and sizes are vehicle specific so you’d have to look up yours and see if they make them. If they don’t make them for your battery ​and this ​theft issue ​is a common problem in your area then your local mechanic will know someone who can make/weld one for your car.

I’ve been asked if there is a third way: i.e. put in an old battery until the thieves move on and this could seem like a good idea but I have caveats.

I suppose if you were really DESPERATE you could ask your mechanic if he had an old battery that you could replace it with temporarily (so if the thieves come back they can take that instead of a new one). I don’t love this idea because there are so many variables.

A- Old batteries can be dangerous (some of them can leak acid).

B- They can cause your car to have other issues if they won’t take a proper charge.

C- Only do this if you either know what you’re doing or can ask a mechanic to help you.

As with everything I recommend, finding a good local repair shop is the key to keeping your car in tip top shape and they ​are a fountain of information for all of these problems (even your personal problems)​ because they’ve seen it all!

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10 Insane Facts About Tesla Motors

Interesting infographic from Stanley-R-Harris .

Elon Musk is a South African born investor, inventor & engineer. Many people know Musk from his involvement with Tesla Motors; the American automaker trying to change the world and create some of the first affordable electric-only cars. While being co-founder, CEO & product architect at Tesla, Musk also holds a few other roles in various other multi-million dollar companies. He’s also the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of (Which has now merged and become PayPal). Saying Musk probably has his hands full is an understatement, but even with all the responsibilities that fall on him, he always finds time to take up an active role within Tesla, recently announcing the “Model 3”, the third generation of electric car produced by the company, which has received around 350,000 pre-orders. But, what do you actually know about Tesla & Musk? Well, here’s “10 Insane Facts about Tesla Motors and Elon Musk”. How much did you know? 10-insane-facts-about-tesla-motors-and-elon-musk-0

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Top 25 Automotive Bloggers on Thoroughly Reviewed!

See it here:

Don’t Get Wrenched

Author: Elayne Kling

Elayne was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years where her customers included everyone from celebrities to NYPD to FDNY to countless New York City dwellers.  She is one gutsy New Yorker that hopes to instill more confidence in women when it comes to automobiles.  She has prided herself on the special care she offers women whom she feels are often mistreated in the auto repair world.  Today Elayne fills her blog with tips and trick for her readers that she hopes will educate them and save them hassle and money.  She’s even posted an article on how it’s possible to do your own minor car dent repair!


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Another “Best Of” award!

Thank you to the 10 Greatest website for naming us in the ‘Top 30’ best automotive blogs!

Top 30 Automotive Blogs 2016

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Do Yourself a Favor

Today I found out that a friend of mine picked up her car from a repair shop because they told her she needed $2,000 in repairs and drove directly to a used car dealer and traded it in for $500. This was a Subaru that we could have sold for about $3,500 without putting much money in to fix it.

I get that she was irritated and didn’t want to lay out all that money. I get that she really wanted a newer car and she wanted it in that minute. But what I don’t get is that she didn’t even call me on the way and get my advice. Well I guess I get that too, she knew I’d talk her out of it and and she stomped her foot and wanted to get her way.  She of course spent 10 minutes justifying her thinking to me today but lets face it, it was just an impulsive move that cost her a lot of money.

I’d just like to remind everyone that when you trade an old vehicle in like that the dealer is basically throwing you a pittance that they will then add on to the price of the car they sell you. They really have no use for a vehicle that needs that much work and won’t get much money for it. On the other hand she could have invested about $500 and gotten the safety issues addressed (brakes).   Then she could’ve sold the car, making a nice chunk of change, informing the new buyer they had to put a little more in as well.


Don’t be impulsive, take your time and do the work involved, owning a car isn’t a free ride. I know sometimes you just want the shiny new object and if you can afford to do that then go for it, but if you’re like most of us throwing away a couple of thousand dollars is just plain foolish.


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