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March madness for car buying

It’s march madness!! Ok, we’re not really talking about basketball, we’re talking about all the car deals that’s going on right now! If you haven’t been watching those in-game car commercials, it’s ok, we’re bringing you the best deals here!

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Why cars are cool again

Too often we hear that the millennials (Americans born between 1981 - 1997) are not interested in cars. In the age of sharing economy and clean energy, cars have been portrayed as old fashion and dirty. The likes of Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, Amazon have greatly reduced the need of a privately owned car….or has it?

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Different ways of paying for your car

There are many ways to pay for a car, you can buy it with cash, lease or finance it. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each so when you find your dream car, you can choose the best way to pay for it. Here is a summary table of the major differences between each method.

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Some tips on how to test drive a used car

A test drive is crucial to determining whether a used car is in good condition or not but most people are not sure what to look for in a test drive. A lot of the necessary work for a test drive is actually done before you even turn on the ignition so we’ll help you with a few tips to prepare you for your next test drive.

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3 OBD apps you might not know about

What is OBD? Most people probably haven’t heard of it despite having driven a car for years. OBD stands for On-board diagnostics and the port comes standard in all vehicles in the US since 1996. Think of it as the USB port on your laptop. OBD give vehicle owner and repair technician access to the status of the vehicle sybsystems. If you take your car to the garage for a maintenance check, your mechanic will plug into the OBD port to quickly identify any problems with your car. You don’t have to be a mechanic to take advantage of OBD on your car. Generic bluetooth OBD dongles are widely sold for as little as $10 and are compatible with Android and iOS devices. AutoInsight leverage OBD to help users inspect used cars. Here are 3 other OBD apps that you might not know about and may find them useful.

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Questions to ask seller when buying a second hand car

When we buy a used car, we know we have to check out the history report, inspect the car and test drive it. That’s pretty much drilled into anybody with a common sense. One thing that most people don’t consciously prepare for when buying a second hand car is the conversation with the seller which is probably just as important in the process of evaluating a car. I’ve accompanied some friends before to meet with car buyers and I was surprised at how many of them don’t ask much of any questions at all. Here are a few questions you need to make sure to ask and some comments on what kind of answer you’re looking for.

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Ford exiting Japan and Indonesia

Ford announced this week that they will close operations in Japan and Indonesia and that they sold just over 11,000 vehicles in the two markets in 2015. That number is just so baffling low to me considering that Ford sold 25,576 Fusion in December 2015 alone in the US! How can they not even sell more than 20,000 vehicles in a year in two markets that have a combined population of over 370 million people?!

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Shift vs Beepi

Shift is another one of the new kind of marketplace for users to buy and sell used cars similar to Beepi. On a high level, you may be excused if you think Shift is just another Beepi or vice versa. They have the same value proposition, help sellers sell for more and buyers pay for less without all the hassle of a car transaction. However, they actually have very different business model. Here are the major differences between them that customers need to be aware of.

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Beepi, a better way of buying used car?

Beepi is a new kind of marketplace for users to buy and sell used cars. Essentially Beepi acts as a car dealer but with no physical storefront. They aim to help sellers sell for more and buyers pay for less without all the hassle of a car transaction. You can read more about how the process work here. As a used car buyer, this sounds like a great preposition. Buy a car for less without having to negotiate with car dealers, have the car delivered to your doorstep, and have all the paperwork taken care of for you!

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TrueCar good or bad

Happy new year! 2015 shaped up to be a record breaking year for auto sales with 17.5 million cars and trucks sold. With low loan rates and cheap gasoline price, 2016 will likely be another great year to get yourself a new set of wheels! Without further ado, here’s a great car buying tip to start off the year. If you haven’t checked out Truecar.com, you probably should. They provide data on what others have paid for a make and model of car in your area. It brings price transparency to an otherwise opaque car buying market.

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AutoTrader vs Cars.com

Anyone shopping for a car will most likely use both Autotrader and Cars.com. Both sites provide you a wealth of resources for you to buy, sell, or trade in your car. Largely there’s not much of a difference between the two so you can’t go wrong by going with either one. Having said that, let’s look at some differences that may matter to you as a potential car buyer.

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Getting a driver license as a foreigner

For those of us who came to the US as a non-resident alien, I’m sure it’ll forever be a memorable experience. Aside from the initial shock of landing in a city that looked nothing like what you imagined, settling down into life in the US could be a whole new adventure in itself. One of the most important piece of document you need is a driver license because it’s your de facto ID card in the US regardless of whether you have a car. For those that came to the US as college students, its also the ID you need to show at bars or clubs to prove you’re 21 or older before they serve you alcohol. You can get a driver license at a local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and the process vary slightly from state to state so make sure to look up the application process for your state before going. Also note that most (if not all) DMV do not accept credit card so best bring enough cash with you.

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AutoInsight help used car buyers shop with confidence

I remember the first time I bought a used car through Craigslist, I thought I was saving money by getting a good deal but in the end it didn’t quite work out that way. I bought a 2001 Honda Accord for around $3000 with 110,000 miles on it. I did everything I could to ensure the car was still in reliable working condition. I checked out Carfax and saw no history of major accidents. The seller was also the only owner of the car which was a good indication that the car had not been abused. The test drive felt good and I was really happy with my purchase, well, at least for the first 3 months. That’s when the car started acting up out of the blue! Battery died on me, I had to replace the break pads, and one day I started to hear weird engine noises which eventually costed me a fortune to repair!

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