Buying a Used Car

Buying a used or certified pre-owned vehicle is becoming increasingly more popular in today’s economy. In 2009, 35,492,000 used cars were sold. This number jumped about 4% in 2010 to 36,884,000 used cars sold.

Used or Certified Pre-owned vehicles are a better fit financially for many looking to get a new vehicle. It is important to remember to not purchase a vehicle based on price alone. There are many key concepts to keep in mind, many which are similar to those performed if purchasing a new car. The first of these is to consider your needs both financially and functionally. Do not buy a car that is going to cost more than you can afford or that will not be able to keep up with your day to day needs.

Once you have found a car that meets your needs the next step is to have the vehicle inspected before purchase. Many dealerships will already do this, but to be safe, do your own inspection as well. This is so you can see exactly what you are getting so there will be no surprises when you own it. It is also important to test drive this car before you commit to it. A test drive gives a sneak peak to how it drives out on the roads. It gives you time to actually experience the different aspects of the car.

Finally, purchase the car. While this is easier said than done, make sure to negotiate a price that you feel fits the cars, but also your budget. It is important to keep your financial situation in mind at this point in time. Make sure the payments on the car do not exceed what you can afford.

Buying a used or certified pre-owned vehicle has many benefits that are often overlooked.

Pick One, Any One

Looking for an SUV that has off-road capabilities? What about one that seats 8 passengers and still has room for storage? Whatever your needs are, Toyota has 4 SUVs that are all a little different but are built to fit your needs. Each SUV is a little different, but each built under Toyota’s Five Principles of Challenge, Improvement, Go and See, Respect and Teamwork.

The 4 Runner doubles as a family commuter and an off-road vehicle. This SUV is built with many needs in mind. Available in 3 different trims: SR5, Trail and Limited, each offers something a little different. The Toyota 4 Runner received an 8.8 customer satisfaction rating, showing just how pleased customers are with this 17 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway SUV.

The FJ Cruiser received a 9.4 customer satisfaction rating besides the complaints of blind spots due to the design, which come with every vehicle. The Toyota FJ Cruiser is an SUV that is built to off-road. Complete with water resistant seating, the 4×2 AT, 4×4 MT and 4×4 AT are ready to hit the trails. The FJ Cruiser gets 17 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. This Toyota SUV received the “Best Resale Award” from the Kelly Blue Book.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is an 8-passenger SUV. This high technology off road vehicle comes complete with a rearview camera and multi-terrain monitor. This does not come without a high price tag, however the 4-zone climate controls and 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway makes the price tag more worth it.

The Sequoia is the fourth and largest SUV Toyota has to offer. This combines the seating of the Land Cruiser with the power of the off-road vehicles. Seating 7-8 passengers in this spacious SUV is not a problem at all. The V8 engine is great for towing, but should not be mistaken for an off-road SUV. The Sequoia comes in SR5, Limited and Platinum trims and gets an average of 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

Toyota SUVs do not lack power or luxury.

Written by Prime Toyota
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The 2012 Honda Accord

Even though Honda is known as an engine company, their vehicles are just as detail oriented if not more so than their engines. This remains true for the detail oriented 2012 Honda Accord. Each Accord comes equip with a power moon roof, steering wheel mounted controls, Bluetooth hands free services, two position memory driver’s seats and a navigation system. It is easy to see why about 400,000 Accords are sold each year.

With all of these luxury features, one would think the safety features would be lacking, but keep in mind this is the detail oriented Honda brand we are talking about. Safety is always high on expectations of Honda, and it sure does deliver. Each 2012 Honda Accord has both front and side curtain airbags, along with an Anti-Lock breaking system, driver and passenger-active head restraints and an emergency trunk release, just to name a few.

The power behind the 2012 Honda Accord is not lacking. Coming in seven different makes: LX, LX Premium, SE, EX, EX V-6, EX-L, and EX-L V-6, the 2012 Honda Accord is meant to meet the needs of many customers. With an iVTEC engine for power and efficiency, the 20 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, proves this to be true. The 3.5 Liter V6 engine comes with a 5 speed manual or automatic transmission.

According to the Kelly Blue Book, the 2012 Honda Accord received an 8 out of 10 rating for customer satisfaction. The 2012 Honda Accord is a great purchase for anyone looking for a “not-so-typical-family-car family car.”

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Charge Up with the Dodge Charger

The most well known Dodge vehicle is the Dodge Ram. Now take the safety, durability and most of all, the brand, and put it in a car. What do you get? The Dodge Charger. With an 8-Speed Transmission, an average of 31 mpg Highway and countless safety features, the Charger lives up to the Dodge name.

The Charger comes in nine different models: the SE, SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Road and Track, R/T Max, SRT 8 Superbee, and SRT 8. Each of these comes standard with many safety features to back the Dodge name.

These safety features include, but are not limited to, a backup camera, a safety cage to absorb energy in case of an accident, reactive front head restraints, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control which maintains safe distance between other cars while driving, radar censors and crumple zones designed to better protect passengers during accidents.

The Dodge Charger also comes standard with UConnect. Offering AM/FM radio, MP3 and audio input jack, 4.3” touchscreen along with voice command and Bluetooth capabilities, UConnect is the extra set of hands you have always wanted.

At Mancari of Oak Lawn, we offer a wide variety of Dodge Chargers in stock and ready to purchase. Offering many specials on our cars, make sure to stop by Macari of Oaklawn today.

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The All-American Sports Car

On its 6th generation, it is no wonder that the Corvette is considered an All American sports car by General Motors. Complete with automatic and manual transmissions, this V8 6.2 Liter engine still delivers the same great results expected from the Chevrolet name and the Corvette Model. Achieving about 16 mpg/city and 26 mpg/highway, the fuel efficiency is increasing with each model. Both the automatic and manual transmissions clock in 0-60mph at 4.0 seconds. The automatic reaches a top speed of 198 mph making it the fastest automatic Corvette to date.

Don’t let the speed of the car over shine what else the Corvette has to offer. With a 9.3 Overall Consumer rating with the Kelly Blue Book, the 2012 Chevy Corvette proves why it is a Consumers Digest Best Buy for 7 years in a row for Sporty Cars. The 2012 Corvette also received scores over 9.0 out of 10 in value, reliability, quality, driving, design and comfort. It is no wonder why Corvettes sell so fast.

The 2013 Corvettes for Sale come in many different makes and models. These include the Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport Coupe, Grand Sport Convertible, Z06, and ZR1. Each of these brings something different to the table, but still remains true to the Chevy and Corvette names.

With many different models of Corvettes for sale, it is important to note the customer satisfaction and loyalty that has been built around the Corvette. Many flock to this car because is a true sports car at a fraction of the cost of many European sports cars.

2012′s Ultimate Crossover

GMC’s 2012 Acadia Crossover appears to be the love child of a Cadillac and an Escalade. Satellite radio, air conditioning, USB connections, Bose surround sound system, six-disc CD changer makes the standard on this vehicle outshine other crossovers. Additional perks include heated seats in front, a double-pane sunroof, a heads-up display with DVD player, and Bluetooth connectivity; giving you a comfortable and homey feel when you drive this crossover on trips. The Acadia is perfect for family trips, as it seats eight with room to spare and at 24 mpg highway you won’t be breaking the bank to get to your destination.

You will feel power at your fingertips with its submissive handling and superb ride quality if you decide to take her on curvy roads. With the optional all-wheel-drive system, even at a 5000-pound curb weight, hills will be effortless. Its aggressive exterior gives the feel of a truck and will demand attention with any of the traditional truck colors’ (white, black, red), 20 inch standard rims will make it feel like rolling in style, never making a larger family or even an average family feel like they are sacrificing their style and luxury.

Families looking for a third-row vehicle will find what they need here with the Acadia’s well thought out seating plan. Driver and front passenger seats are pleasantly comfortable and offer a high driving position for optimal visibility. Second-row and third-row seats easily fit adults, but if leg room is not needed in the third row the second-row can slide back and forth for desired leg room up front. Acadia owners will never fear for their precious cargo as they take this vehicle to the road.

Acadia is a Top Safety Pick with its anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; front-seat side airbags, curtain bags for the third-row seats, and a standard six month subscription to OnStar, giving this crossover a serious leg up on its competitors. At the end of the day the GMC Acadia crossover is a desirable vehicle and deserves serious consideration when you are looking to add to your family.

Written By Arnie Bauer GMC Buick Cadillac Dealer
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Why a 2012 Ford Edge is Right for You

If you are looking to purchase a new car this year, a 2012 Ford Edge is worth some serious consideration. With the toughness and dependability you know you will get from a Ford, the Edge is remarkably fuel efficient for its class. The Ford Edge is a midsize crossover SUV, which is an SUV built from a car platform, which gives it the ability to have an all-wheel drive, independent rear suspension, and better fuel economy than a traditional SUV. The 2012 Ford Edge can get up to 30 miles per gallon highway, which means fewer trips to the gas station and less money spent.

The Ford Edge features My Ford Touch, which allows you to control lighting, music, phone and navigation from one convenient screen, allowing your vehicle to work for you. The seats are durable and well designed, with a leather trim option available for added luxury. The whole interior is trimmed with wood, giving it a classy finish that is sure to stand out. The Panoramic Vista Roof that is available is one of the largest skylights ever included in a vehicle. Such a large panel will make your crossover feel like a convertible, giving a beautiful panoramic view of the world above.

The Ford Edge features a power lift gate that opens or closes the trunk with the push of a button, either from the cab or the included remote control. Starting your Ford Edge is as easy as pushing a button, with an intelligent access start system. All you have to do is have your key with you, and the car will start at the push of a button. There is also a light on the side mirror that lights up when a vehicle is your blind spot, allowing you to avoid potentially fatal highway accidents. The advanced navigation system goes as far as to allow you to find the cheapest gas nearby, as well as the weather, traffic updates and more.

There are many other safety features included, such as a rear view camera that automatically displays when the vehicle is in reverse, and an adaptive cruise control system with a built in collision warning. The vehicle is designed for maximum utility, with up to 68.9 cubic feet of cargo space, a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, and a fold-flat passenger seat. One of the most notable safety features is the MyKey, which allows you to give your child a key to drive the car that automatically has additional safety features, such as disabling phone functionality, limiting the sound system volume and top speed of the vehicle and causing the gas light to come on earlier than normal. Overall, the Ford Edge is an excellent vehicle that is worthy of serious consideration.

Buckle Into the New 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is truly a vehicle worth getting to know. While this vehicle has a rather simple appearance it still offers several very good driving and performance features. With the roomy interior and an abundant list of standard features the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe is certainly worth considering when in the market for a new vehicle. This family crossover is a very sensible vehicle that many families would find quite comfortable and convenient for day-to-day routines. The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has a lot going for it and should not be overlooked when considering a new family-crossover type vehicle.

The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe comes nicely equipped with cruise control, keyless entry, power accessories, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6-speaker surround sound system, as well as satellite radio, roof rails, and privacy glass. The rear seat is configured for a 60/40-split type seating. In addition, the vehicle is also available with an upgraded SE package that provides luxuries like automatic headlights a rear spoiler, leather interior, a leather steering wheel, a windshield deicer, and 18-inch alloy wheels. There is even a premium package that makes available a sunroof as well as a high-tech touch-screen navigation system. There is even the option to add a rearview camera on this vehicle.

The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a 2.4 L four-cylinder as standard equipment that produces around 175 hp. The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe also offers as standard equipment a 6-speed automatic transmission, as well as front wheel drive. Anyone purchasing a new 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe can expect fuel efficiency in the range of 20 to 28 mpg. As an option Hyundai offers a 3.5 L V6 that is capable of producing a powerful 276 hp. The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe may not be the most powerful crossover SUV on the market, but overall in its class this is a quite impressive vehicle. Those in the market for a new crossover SUV would certainly want to check out this vehicle.

The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe offers several safety features that are worth noting, such as a well designed traction and stability control system, antilock brakes, and front and side curtain airbags. As previously stated, the option for a rearview camera also adds to the safety of this vehicle. The 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe has good safety ratings from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and has been shown to protect passengers during front and side impact accidents. Take the time to check out the new 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe and take this functional crossover SUV for a test drive to experience how well this reasonably priced vehicle actually performs.

The 2012 Honda CR-V, The Future is now

Honda is a leading automaker, meaning that the CR-V is top-notch in both manufacturing and engineering. Honda vehicles are made with the best materials available and into a very budget-friendly model that families and people of all kinds can afford. The Honda CR-V has extremely high crash test ratings, making it great for those who wish to protect their children or other loved ones. Not to mention, the car comes equipped with many basic safety accessories, such as airbags and a first-aid kit. Honda, as a leading car manufacturer, has made sure that the CR-V model is of the absolute best quality to ensure the safety of the driver and all of the passengers.

Pricing of the Honda CR-V starts at around $22,000 but this can changed based on accessory package is chosen. The more accessories and luxury add-ons chosen, the higher the price will be. However the base package of the Honda CR-V is very luxurious itself and is a great deal both for those on a budget and for those who want to have a great luxury vehicle. The price of the CR-V makes it accessible to people of all budget types, no matter your credit or income. It is also very functional for people who need a lot of storage or for driving passengers.

The CR-V has great gas mileage, meaning that the car will save you money after you buy it. It comes with a special eco-friendly option (called Eco-Assist) that conserves gasoline consumption and leads to high gas mileage for a midsize vehicle. It gets approximately 22 miles-per-gallon on the city streets and over 30 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Additionally, the CR-V is very reliable, meaning that the owner will not have to have many repairs done as it ages. The Multi-Information Display helps to rank the CR-V the top-of-the-line not only in technology but also in safety. The CR-V is the perfect choice for people who are both on the move or want to slow down and enjoy the ride.

The Honda CR-V is the perfect car for a young professional or a family on the go. Because of its ample storage space, anyone can use the Honda CR-V to haul groceries, supplies, clothing, or anything else that may be needed. Its spacious interior can seat over 5 people so it’s great for families with multiple children. Its huge interior also means that it is comfortable for long road trips. A young professional will look sleek and stylish in the beautifully-designed Honda CR-V, even though it is very reasonably priced. The Honda CR-V is a must-have car for anybody.

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Owners Pride – Nissan Leaf

The best ever small car, Nissan Leaf is the first commercially available Green Car. The Nissan Leaf is an emission free small car. Everyone who rides a petroleum driven vehicle contributes tones of emissions into the environment during lifetime. Nissan Leaf is a blessing to the mother earth. Future generations will have a sound living by replacing our petroleum driven vehicle with this all electric vehicle. If anyone wants to do anything for the future generation, the Nissan Leaf is one of the best gifts. Save our planet; save our environment.

The Award winning Nissan Leaf has a beautiful interior to suit everyone. Five door compact hatchback adds to its striking beautiful look. It is really an owner’s pride. Its tail and brake lights are all LED. The ribbed design of tail lamp adds to its wonderful backside view. The body swells around at the rear; giving a sturdy look to this electric vehicle. There is no radiator and a small window is positioned there for access to charging port. Five persons can be easily accommodated comfortably. There is enough leg space for stretching. The Leaf is very easy to drive as compared to petroleum driven vehicles. Advanced cabin cooling and heating makes it suitable to every place on earth.

Nissan Leaf has the latest features in advanced technology. Owners can manage charging and advance heating or cooling from their mobile phones. They can even set charging schedules, check the progress on charging and best of all, it can tell the owner the available estimated range at any point of time. It has 24 Kilo Watt Hour Lithium Battery that is built into the floor of the car. The recharging can be done by plugging it into electric grid having standard 120V or 240V power. Recharging takes between 7 to 10 hours for a fully flat battery on a charging station. One can build their own charging station at the garage with the help of technicians. Standard power source may take 14 to 20 hours to charge a fully depleted battery.

Although, initial investment is high in comparison to fossil fuel driven vehicles, it is at least cheaper by one third in operating cost. Nissan Leaf’s combined fuel economy is at 99 Miles per Gallon gasoline equivalent.