By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 3:44 pm PST, Friday, March 1, 2019 If you have a hankering for a new car, Phong Ly has some advice for you. Wait a year. The CEO of the automotive research firm and car search engine iSeeCars.com says buying a gently used car can result in major savings, particularly with certain models. "Consumers who buy a lightly used car can still take advantage of the remaining manufacturer warranties and can have the car inspected by an independent mechanic prior to purchasing to ease any uncertainties about the vehicle's condition and driving history," says Ly. iSeeCars.com crunched numbers for over 7 million new and used cars sold from August 2018 to January 2019, comparing the prices of new cars to equivalent vehicles with a minimum amount of use. The 10 models that represent the biggest savings are included in the above slideshow. Two of those cars were among the five top cars to buy used over new in the Bay Area, the Nissan Altima and the Ford … [Read more...] about The best cars to buy slightly used vs. new in the Bay Area and U.S.
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It's been a year since I replaced the key fob on my 2004 Malibu, saving more than $100 buying online instead of from a dealership. I paid about $25 for the fob and $50 to have a Chevy dealer program it a year ago. It's possible to find replacement fobs online for even less, but some auto and online dealers warn against buying "2 for $15" fobs that work for a couple of weeks and then die. Auto repair shops who program a third party device say they will not guarantee non-factory fobs. If they cannot get the non-factory fob to work, the customer still has to pay the $50 to $90 programming fee. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) fob I purchased from Northcoastkeyless.com for $25 still works flawlessly after a year. My only nit is that the paint is starting to fade on the unlock button as shown. Several weeks ago, I decided to order a second fob, since the spare key fob died years ago. (I checked first to see if it was a battery … [Read more...] about How to save more than $100 on car key fob replacements online
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 4:00 am PST, Monday, December 3, 2018 Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle can provide peace of mind, but it can also cost hundreds of dollars over the price of the same model without the CPO designation. Here are the 10 vehicles that offer the smallest CPO premiums, according to iSeeCars.com. (2015 models were used for the study.) less Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle can provide peace of mind, but it can also cost hundreds of dollars over the price of the same model without the CPO designation. Here are the 10 vehicles that offer the ... more Photo: FCA US LLC, Associated Press Photo: FCA US LLC, Associated Press Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle can provide peace of mind, but it can also cost … [Read more...] about Buying a used car? Here are best certified pre-owned deals
Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 24, 2018 Getting a used car with a warranty is a good idea, but you should shop around just like when you choose the car itself. Nearly every automaker has a programs to inspect and guarantee aspects of used cars. They call them certified pre-owned, or CPO, programs. A new survey by the car-buying research site www.iseecars.com lists the brands and models with the lowest premiums for CPO coverage. “The average CPO vehicle costs 3.6 percent more than its non-CPO equivalent, and consumers are faced with deciding if the terms of the warranty and certification are worth the added cost,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “However, certain models have significantly lower-than-average CPO premiums that can bring peace of mind to used car buyers for just a few hundred dollars more.” Nearly every automaker has a CPO program, and no two are alike. Shoppers should compare to get the best combination … [Read more...] about Certified used car survey lists highest, lowest prices
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 by: Lance D Johnson Tags: car parts, car repairs, cheap, customer service, durability, electric cars, electric powered vehicles, Elon Musk, evil corporation, expired warranty, faulty wiring, future tech, inventions, roadside service, service centers, tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Motors, warranty (Natural News) The very first Tesla fans, who pre-ordered their own Tesla Model S in 2013, are now running into big problems with the company. As the warranty expires on their vehicles, Tesla owners are suddenly discovering they can’t get aftermarket parts or repairs. Because there is a widespread lack of service centers that deal with these contentious models, Tesla owners have been forced to fix their own cars. To make matters worse, as soon as the warranty expires, the company treats its customers “like they don’t own a Tesla.” Model S owner Greg Furstenwerth attests to this. He has been trying to fix his own Tesla ever since … [Read more...] about Tesla car owners suddenly discover the NIGHTMARE of trying to get repairs for a vehicle that’s out of warranty