For many people, a luxury car’s appeal has a lot to do with its value as a status symbol. After all, a fancy German nameplate in your driveway makes a statement about your prosperity. For others, a luxury car’s value lies in its feature content. Premium cars are at the front of the line when … Continue reading 5 Premium Features to Look for in Your Next Used Luxury Car
That noted philosopher Neil Young once wrote that “rust never sleeps,” but it can certainly turn into a nightmare for drivers. Big brown rust stains and flaking paint aren’t exactly attractive design cues, and if rust gets into a vehicle’s frame or body structure, it can be downright unsafe. Although cars and trucks today are … Continue reading Used Cars: How Much Rust is Too Much?
Many drivers shopping for affordable luxury will turn to the used-car market, where they know they can find premium-brand vehicles at pre-owned prices. But there’s another way to squeeze even more value from this strategy: Look for a mainstream model equipped with luxury-grade amenities. These aren’t just the higher trim levels from standard models, either. … Continue reading 5 Premium Used Cars from Mainstream Auto Brands
Current trends in the auto world have given quite a boost to turbocharged cars and trucks. As recently as eight years ago, they represented just 5 percent of annual U.S. sales. By last year, turbocharged engines were in 23 percent of the new vehicles sold in this country. This trend is expected to strengthen. IHS … Continue reading Are Used Cars with Turbochargers Reliable?
We use several of our senses when considering any used car for purchase, including sight, touch and hearing. While we don’t recommend using taste when making your evaluation, your sense of smell may offer a clue that a specific vehicle is simply not right for you. Indeed, certain foul odors are so pervasive that you … Continue reading Look Out for These 3 Foul Used-Car Odors
If you read the automotive headlines, it can be easy to think that the electric-car revolution is about to take a major leap forward. After all, mainstream automakers are promising to electrify many of their current models by 2020, and that includes top sellers like the Ford F-150. And premium brands, such as Jaguar and Land Rover, are claiming … Continue reading How Do Hybrid Drive Systems Work?