Archive for March, 2009

Tata’s ultra-cheap Nano Car: British Riding Impressions

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Purchase of A Used CarThe British journalists from the Car Magazine went to India where Tata Motors produce the Nano car at the price of $2,500/ £1300, the cheapest car, by far, ever made. Unfortunately, they weren’t allowed to drive the car, only to have a walk on the back passengers’ seats. Thus, we found out that the largest Indian car manufacturer is ready to launch the car on the market as they have already started the production.

The Tata Nano is a small rear-engined four-passenger city car aimed primarily at the Indian market. The car has been very appreciated by many sources and especially by the British journalists as they have experienced on their own the car’s 33 horsepower and its ability to reach 65 miles an hour. They said that its four small wheels are at the absolute corners of the car to improve handling. There is a small trunk, big enough for a duffel bag. The car is powered by a 623cc two-cylinder engine at the back of the car. We’ve also found out that stationary, the four-speed gearbox’s shift felt long and lumpy. On a short run close to 60mph the Nano didn’t feel strained or unstable, so it should cope with extra-urban duties if required. Moreover, the tiny 12-inch wheels grip admirably.

According to Tata Group, the Nano has a fuel economy of 4.55 L/100 km (21.97 km/L, 51.7 mpg (US), 62 mpg (UK)) under city road conditions, and 3.85 L/100 km on highways (25.97 km/L, 61.1 mpg (US), 73.3 mpg (UK)). Besides, it is a little over 10 feet long and nearly 5 feet wide. The car will come in different versions, including one standard and two deluxe variants. The deluxe version will have air conditioning, but no power steering.

Overall, the guys from Car Magazines were pleased by Nano’s driving test and they reassure us that Nano drives like a proper car and it will probably be the best city car from Europe and not only once it will hit the market.

Online Tips for the Purchase of A Used Car

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Purchase of A Used CarThe modern day world is centered round the computer and the internet. Today many people opt to do transactions through the internet rather than personally go about buying or selling things. Things have now become comparatively easy with many sites offering their services for buying and selling various things. Used cars can also be purchased through the internet. The advantage of these online sites is that you can purchase the car that you can get the best deal. You can also get the ideal car to suit your needs and your budget. You can choose the type of car you want, a very old used car, or a fairly newer one, or a vintage model. You can also choose the manufacturer, the make and the model. All this can be done sitting at home, at the click of a mouse. The car you require may be sold by an individual, a car dealer or a car auction. Be careful of sites that are frauds.

  1. Before buying a car and going to the online site, be sure of the type of car you need. You should know how often you will use it, whether you are buying if for your own self or for the family, whether you have the finances for buying the car, whether you can afford to spend regularly on its maintenance. The answers will determine which car will suit you according to the mileage that it gives and your budget. You should keep in mind that you have to include the insurance, the road tax and other costs into the budget. You should also shop around for the lowest interest rates, if you are going to take a loan.
  2. With this information you can go to the online site and check out the car you like. You will get details about cars along with their pictures. Then you should contact the seller. You should get his landline phone number along with his mobile number. You should find out about the history of the car. This includes the car’s service and damage history. You should know about the make, the model, the year of manufacture, the transmission etc. of the car. You can also ask for a picture of the inside of the car. If the car has been properly maintained, the value of the used car will be more. If it has been involved in accidents or has had some damage done to it, the value of the car should be less. You should also see how the engine functions in a used car. You should check if the description given by the seller matches the photos posted by him. Get the vehicle identification number. With this you can check out the condition of the car by getting a CarFax report.
  3. Choose at least five cars from the online sites that sell used cars. Gather all the details about these cars from various sources. Do not rush into buying a car. Wait and do a thorough research, and get the car that fits your needs and your budget. You should find out about the price offered by the seller. You should try to negotiate the price. Find out who will pay for the shipping charges and negotiate the price of the shipping also.
  4. Before deciding the price, it is best to consult the Kelly Blue Book or the Edmund’s website to know the true value of the car you have decided to purchase. The price given in the site might not include the various taxes and other fees that might have to be paid.
  5. After having decided on the car and the price, it would be best to check out the car in person. You should examine the inside and outside of the car, take it for a test drive and get a mechanic to check it. Then you should see that the owner has all the necessary papers like the registration, vehicle identification, the log book and the service history of the car.
  6. After you are satisfied with all the above factors, you can buy the car. After the payment is made, get a receipt with the signature of the seller with the address and car details. Have two copies – one for the seller and one for yourself. If you cannot go directly and see the car, online transaction is possible.

Tips for Selling Your Used Cars Online

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Earlier, whenever had to sell your used car, you had to go through the dealer or make a private party transaction to sell it. You had to do research and find out about a reliable dealer and go through a lot of time and effort before you could sell your car. Nowadays, with the internet facility, you have the option of selling your used car online. There are many sites that can give you all the information necessary to sell your car.

  1. The first thing to do would be to personally check with car dealers and also check the internet, to find out exactly how much you can get for your car. You should be able to give the exact details about your car- the mileage put in, the year and model of the car, the interior and exterior condition of the car, the engine size, its manufacture etc. You can surf the net and see if there is a listing of a car similar in all respects to your car. This will give you approximately the value you can expect for your car.
  2. After all these details are ready you can put it up in the online site. You can also check the car online auction sites for selling your car. All the details about your car like the color of the car, the year and the model of the car, the make, the mileage, the engine size the other accessories like air conditioning and audio system should be mentioned. This will attract online customers, if accompanied by pictures of the car. The pictures should give a full view of the car from different angles.
  3. This will lead to many buyers being interested in seeing your car. The exterior of the car should be polished and look well kept without any dents. If dents are there they should be repaired. The interior of the car should have good upholstery which is clean and not damaged. Fix any problem that can be fixed. Let the buyer know the true condition of the car.
  4. You should have all the papers about the car ready. You should have the maintenance record of the car. You should also have the warranty on the car. The buyer might want to get the car checked thoroughly. It would be a good idea to get your car checked at a garage and have all the details ready, so that the buyer will know that you are not hiding any details about the car.
  5. Do not sell the car to the first person who offers a price for it. Wait for other buyers to quote a price. Be sure to get the best deal.
  6. After a price is quoted and you are satisfied, you can sell it. Be sure to give the car only after the payment is made.
  7. In online deals, the transactions are only through the internet. The seller posts the details and the pictures, the buyer responds, all the queries that the buyer has are answered by e mails. Many people interested will respond to the advertisement. Since all the details are available online, there is no need for the seller to go to a dealer and spend a lot of time in selling his car. He can either sell for the price that he quotes or sell it to the highest bidder. Either way, it is hassle free. The payment is made either by credit card or cash on delivery.

Online sale of used cars and online auction of used cars is now one of the trusted methods of selling a used car. It is a convenient option with the seller getting the best deal. You should go to a trusted site, see the options, see the comments by other buyers and sellers and then put your car up for sale.