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Nissan GT R

It’s been almost 10 years since Nissan released its first GT-R. Since that time, this model has all but revolutionized the way sports cars are perceived. By combining key components of Japanese car culture with a more reasonable retail price, the GT-R has become the sports car of choice for many American motorists. And lucky for those motorists, a new GT-R is on the way!

About the Nissan GT-R Nismo 2017

The GT-R Nismo has only been part of the GT-R family for a couple of years now; introduced in 2015, it brought a revised aerodynamic package that enabled it to go from zero to 60 in under three seconds’ time. The question is, what will the 2017 model do to improve on the original’s style and performance?

Well, a few changes have occurred. Start with the exterior of the vehicle, where some little tweaks have been made to the bumper and the grille, as well as some improvements to the car’s overall aerodynamics. What this allows for is more downforce, improved efficiency, and superior stability even when the vehicle is moving at high speeds.

Some changes have been made to the interior, as well—including a more premium feel to the cabin, high-quality leather accents, and a more streamlined dashboard layout, now featuring just 11 switches and knobs as opposed to the original 27. The central monitor has been enlarged, and there is now a Display control on the center console.

Additionally, Nissan has upgraded the all wheel drive performance, which will now boast better handling than ever before. All told, this stands to be an even better incarnation of one of the all-time great sports cars. The question is, when does it arrive in retail stores?

Buying a Nissan GT-R Nismo

Nissan has announced the release period for the 2017 model, though not any pricing information. The release will come sometime in the first half of next year; once a more specific date is nailed down, we’ll have that info here at Get My Auto.

As for pricing, the current model retails for $154,000. It’s expected that the 2017 edition will bump that price by somewhere around $4,000, hopefully still coming in at under $160,000.

Anyone looking for photos or additional information about this new release can find them here.

Nissan Used Cars and Trucks for Sale

It’s unlikely that you’ll see any of these in used car lots any time soon, of course. A prestigious, high-end vehicle like this is going to be held onto for a good long time. Even the 2015 model is difficult to find on used car lots, though they do pop up from time to time.

The good news is that Nissan makes a lot of other terrific cars and trucks, some of them pretty sporty in their own right; some of these you can find pre-owned, and with relative ease. It never hurts to look, anyway, so connect with a local dealership today!

Used Car ShoppingFor years there has been speculation as to when used car prices might finally soften, despite their steady increase and no real signs of slowing. As recently as the first half of 2016, used vehicle prices seemed pretty solid, and there was no drop-off in sight. Now, as the year starts winding down, there is finally some evidence that prices may indeed soften—and that there may be sharp price decreases before 2016 is over.

How much of a price drop can consumers expect to see? While it’s impossible to say for sure, some estimates put it at three to five percent before the end of the year—reason enough for consumers to consider investing in a used vehicle before Christmas comes.

A Long Time Coming for Used Vehicles

Throughout 2016, all economic indicators have defied the notion of a price softening, which makes this last-minute revelation all the more surprising. According to people in the know, such as KAR Auction Services CEO Jim Hallett, however, the price drop is real.

“We’re now starting to see them soften a little bit more and we may get to those 3 to 5 percent levels,” Hallett has stated.

But if the price softening is happening after all, why were used vehicle prices so robust for the first half of the year? Eric Loughmiller, also of KAR, says it’s because there were more one-to-three-year-old vehicles in the mix earlier this year, all due to an influx of off-lease vehicles. This created a richer array of used vehicles that kept prices high.

Now that more and more of those off-lease vehicles have sold, however, it’s bringing the average down a bit, and providing consumers with overall lower prices to choose from.

Hallet also says that he’s seen less of a desire among consumers to purchase off-lease vehicles accepted on behalf of lessors, resulting in more of these cars showing up at auctions, either online or otherwise. He’s seen a nine percent increase in the commercial vehicle segment—off-lease and repossessed vehicles—at the company’s recent physical auctions.

“I would expect to see that continue,” Hallett remarks. “As we see more volume, we have more selection, and the dealer — rather than paying what might be the residual value on the vehicle at termination — would rather take his chances on buying the vehicle online or in an open sale or a closed sale or physical sale.”

What Does this Mean for Used Vehicle Buyers?

Softening prices are obviously good news for consumers—but a couple of questions present themselves:

How long will these lower used car prices last?

Will they actually get any lower, or is this as soft as used vehicle prices are going to get?

Nobody can say for sure, so maybe it’s worth noting that you can get some truly great values on used vehicles right now, and it’s as simple as visiting your local certified pre-owned dealer. To learn more, we invite you to stay plugged in to the Get My Auto.

Scion-Toyota-LogoTimes are changing—and with that change comes another shift in the story of Toyota and Scion. You might remember that, back in 2003, Toyota established Scion as its own separate brand, a place where Toyota could explore new products to potentially bring in more young drivers. Now, more than a decade later, Toyota has announced a plan to fold Scion back into the main brand.

Scion was a Success

Let it be said from the outset that this does not mean Scion was a failed experiment. If the goal was to bring in more clients from the younger demographics, the Toyota off-shoot was a smashing success. Over a million Scions have been sold, more than 70 percent of them to people new to the Toyota family and more than half of them to folks under the age of 35.

Jim Lentz, the founding VP of Scion and now the CEO of Toyota North America, frames it this way: “This isn’t a step backward for Scion; it’s a leap forward for Toyota. Scion has allowed us to fast track ideas that would have been challenging to test through the Toyota network. I was there when we established Scion and our goal was to make Toyota and our dealers stronger by learning how to better attract and engage young customers. I’m very proud because that’s exactly what we have accomplished.”

Consumer Needs Are Changing

So why is Toyota effectively reabsorbing the Scion brand? Simply put, because consumer needs are changing. Today’s younger car buyers still crave those fun-to-drive, aesthetically pleasing vehicles that were always Scion’s stock in trade. However, they have also grown in their appreciation of everything that Toyota stands for—reliability, strong craftsmanship, and practicality. Toyota’s newer vehicles uphold all these vehicles, but are also a bit sportier and more fun to drive. In a way, Toyota has absorbed the lessons learned from Scion.

The brand transition has already begun. MY17 Scion vehicles are already being sold under the Toyota banner, while other Scions will soon follow suit. Service and repair processes for Scion customers, meanwhile, will remain unaffected by all these changes.

“Scion has had some amazing products over the years and our current vehicles are packed with premium features at value prices,” notes Andrew Gilleland, who serves as Scion vice president. “It’s been a great run and I’m proud that the spirit of Scion will live on through the knowledge and products soon to be available through the Toyota network.”

One additional note worth making is that all of Scion’s current dedicated team members will be given opportunities to transition into new roles within Toyota.

This is obviously a big change for the auto industry, but potentially a jolt of electricity for Toyota and its loyal customers. You can get a full rundown of Scion’s achievements in the link above, and you can stay tuned in for further updates, on this and other leading brands, at the Get My Auto.

Toyota Tundra Used Truck

A good truck should be strong. It should be tough. It should be rugged. It should remain resilient and dependable even after it’s been down the road a few times, racked up a few miles, accumulated a bit of wear and tear. Thankfully, many of today’s leading truck models more than fit this description, and can continue to provide amazing value even if you buy them used, with a lot of miles on them.

This isn’t to say that every used truck you buy is a winner. For one thing, not all models are created equal, and it’s smart to do some homework on specific vehicles before you commit to one of them. Additionally, it’s always in your best interests as a consumer to do your due diligence—thoroughly inspecting and test driving a truck before you buy it.

Which Used Truck Should You Buy?

With that said, some used trucks are generally quite dependable, and quite easy for us to recommend. Here are the top ten used trucks:

2009 through 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
2009 through 2012 Chevrolet Colorado
2009 through 2012 GMC Canyon
2008 through 2013 GMC Sierra
2005 through 2014 Ford F-150
2011 through 2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty
2009 through 2014 Nissan Frontier
2006 through 2014 Honda Ridgeline
2005 through 2014 Toyota Tacoma
2007 through 2014 Toyota Tundra

Looking over this list, you might recognize a few trends. One is that, generally, and with noteworthy exceptions, we think American-made pickup trucks are the best. Chevys, in particular, are just really good buys that we think most truck enthusiasts will be pleased with. We’ll also note that the Ford F-150 remains the bestselling vehicle in America, so you really can’t go wrong with that.

Something else to note is the range of dates we’ve listed here, some of which extend as far back as 11 years or more. What this says is really pretty simple: These trucks are made to last, and to run well for a good long while. If you can get a 2005 truck that’s been taken care of and has reasonable mileage on it, you may very well be getting a truck with a lot of years left in it. That’s a testament to the craftsmanship and design of today’s leading pickups.

Tips for Buying a Used Pickup

Even so, we reiterate our caution: Do your homework. Using the VIN for a specific truck, get a full vehicle history. Inspect under the hood, as well as the interior and exterior of the vehicle, to ensure it’s been taken care of. Take it for a drive, and be mindful of anything that either sounds or feels off. Also make sure you buy from a reputable dealer—preferably a certified pre-owned vehicle seller. You can learn more about the used truck buying process by plugging in to our Get My Auto blog.

Audi A3 2017 Are you a luxury car enthusiast? And are you a lover of Audis, in particular? If
so, then Christmas may be coming a couple months early this year. It’s just been announced that the 2017 Audi A3 will hit retail in October. You can get all the details from a report over at Audi USA.

How Much Will the New Audi Cost?

While not everything is yet known about the new lineup of Audi vehicles, the company has made a partial pricing structure available. Here’s what we can tell you thus far:

The 2017 Audi A3 sedan with quattro all-wheel-drive will be available for $35,150 if you get the “Premium” model. An all-wheel drive model, with all the bells and whistles, will be available for $44,100.
Are convertibles your thing? Note that the 2017 Audi A3 Cabriolet will sell for $41,250 (starting price) and tops out at $50,200 for the “Prestige” version.
Finally, the 2017 Audi A3 performance sedan will start at $43,850 for the “Premium Plus” version. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line “Prestige” model is priced at $49,350.

For each of these 2017 Audi A3 vehicles, a one-time $950 destination charge will also be required.

More Information About the 2017 Audi A3

2017 audi a3 cabriolet interior

There’s more to the A3 lineup then what we’ve mentioned here, though for the additional models, information is a little bit spottier. For example, the A3 with front-wheel drive, as well as the Sportback E-3 model, will also be available in updated forms, though Audi has not yet announced the pricing information for these vehicles.

As for the updates made to the new Audis, they seem tasteful and restrained. Audi isn’t remaking these cars from scratch, but rather is taking everything drivers love about them, refining them a bit, and adding a few new features. All of these new vehicles will include “Audi Pre Sense Front, a radar-based system that provides forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking,” the Edmunds article reports. Smartphone integration, rear cross-traffic assist, Audi virtual cockpit, and MMI touch are among the optional features that consumers can spring for.

Some other features that will be available for all of these models include LED taillights, power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and beyond. Some minor adjustments to the exterior design of the sedan, convertible, and S3 have also been promised.

A Good Time to Buy a Luxury Vehicle

Audi has long been known for providing a superior luxury experience for an affordable price- and it looks like the revamped A3 lineup fits into this tradition. For those who have always loved Audi, this is a no-brainer. We would add that these new vehicles will also be good options for those buying their very first luxury vehicle. If nothing else, it will be prudent to head to the Audi showroom this fall to check out these promising new offerings.

Keep up with Audi and other major auto makers by following along with the Get My Auto blog.

Old Ford Mustang Blue
How old does your vehicle have to be before it is considered, well, old? The answer is ever-changing, and in fact, the average age of in-operation cars and trucks is getting higher all the time.

There are a few different implications of this—a few different ways you could interpret it. One is that people are more reluctant to buy new automobiles, perhaps because the cost of a new car continues to rise. Maybe that’s part of it. But another, more positive way to look at it is that cars and trucks simply last longer than they used to. Vehicles are made to be durable, and to provide a lot of bang for buck—which means that even after they accumulate a bunch of miles, they still perform optimally.

Looking at the Numbers

But what do the numbers really tell us? How old is the average car out on the highway? According to the most recent statistics—dated for 2015—the average age of automobiles on the road is 11.5 years. That’s an all-time record.

To put things into context, the average age of a vehicle in 1995 was just 8.4 years. By 2000 that number had risen to just 8.9 years. As recently as 2004, it was still hovering at 10.0 even. But the trend has been for the average age to increase every year, which means just one thing: People are holding onto their cars. They like what they have, and they have no particular reason to ditch perfectly well-functioning cars and trucks.

Implications for Used Car Buyers

The fact that today’s vehicles are so well-made is good news for those who are considering purchasing a used vehicle. Because durability and longevity are now standard-issue, you can buy a vehicle from the last several years—even one with 100,000 miles or more—and have some reasonable assurance that it still has plenty of life left in it.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your due diligence when buying. Even a vehicle manufactured last year could be a lemon, which is why visual inspection, test drives, vehicle history reports, and rigorous evaluation are all critical tools in the consumer’s toolbox. Being aware of lemon laws is also a good idea.

While being cautious and prudent, though, you can also move forward in the knowledge that a car with a lot of miles on it may still run like it’s brand new—yet at the same time, it might come with a significant price reduction. In fact, a car that’s just a year old may be marked down to just half its original manufacturer sticker price.

Buying Used Cars Near You

The bottom line: Today’s cars and trucks are made to age well—and that’s good news for consumers. Don’t be afraid to buy a vehicle with some real road experience. So long as you are reasonably cautious, you can still get an incredible value on used cars from a local used dealership.

Steering Wheel Odometer

When you buy a used vehicle, one of the things you care most about is the mileage on it. Even more than the year it was manufactured, the mileage reveals much about the condition of the vehicle and about any possible issues that might soon arise. The level of mileage you’re willing to accept may vary—one driver may want a car with fewer than 60,000 miles, while the next may be willing to go as high as 100,000—but no matter what kind of mileage you’re looking for, you at the very least want the the car dealer to disclose that mileage honestly.

And auto dealers are happy to do this—most of the time. You should know, however, that there have been reported cases of dealers misleading buyers about the mileage on a vehicle; this happens at auctions, too. In these cases, the buyer eventually finds out the true mileage of the vehicle, only to be told that the sale was final, there’s nothing the dealer can do to make things right, etc.

Penalties for Odometer Fraud

But is this actually true? It all depends on how the dealer presents the vehicle. If your bill of sale notes “actual miles unknown” or “not actual mileage,” then, sadly, the dealer is protected against any claims you might bring against them. Without these caveats, however, any dealer who sells a vehicle with misleading mileage information is subject to possible penalties—including:

  • According to the Department of Justice, consumers can obtain triple damages in court, or $1,500—whichever is greater.
  • The Department of Transportation, meanwhile, can seek a criminal warrant and fines of up to $100,000 on your behalf.
  • Finally, the Attorney General can also help you pursue civil or criminal penalties.

The best part is, you don’t even need a lot of money to deal with legal fees. So long as you keep all your paperwork, these state agencies will work with you to get to the bottom of things, and see that justice is done.

How to Avoid Odometer Fraud

Ideally, of course, you’ll avoid odometer fraud in the first place—and here are a few ways to do that:

  • Verify mileage against the title and disclosure statements.
  • Compare the odometer’s reading against inspection and maintenance records.
  • Be mindful of general wear and tear on the vehicle; is it consistent with the stated mileage?
  • Examine the tires, and note that if 20,000 miles or less are on the vehicle, it should still have its original tires.
  • Always buy from a reputable dealer; a certified pre-owned program is especially dependable.

Report Odometer Fraud

Rest assured that, if you do fall prey to odometer fraud, there are state agents who will join you as allies. Your first step is to report the problem to one of the agencies mentioned above, or to reach out to the local police. Odometer fraud is serious business, and not something you need to settle for.

Souther California Hollywood CarsYou may have decided on purchasing your next vehicle pre-owned, but you’ve still got some big choices left to make. Will you buy from a dealership, or a private party? And if you buy from a dealership, which one should you buy from? A certified used car lot, or a place like CarMax? Options abound, and smart consumers will want to weigh all the pros and cons before making their final decision.

We’ll say from the outset that we generally advise against buying from private sellers, including those you can connect with on Craigslist. Sometimes Craigslist works great, and there are many honest people there, but it is simply hard to verify that a seller is honest and reputable, and there are no real consumer protections in place. Buying from an actual dealership is a much safer move.

Buying a Used Car in California from a Dealer

That still doesn’t clear up the matter of which dealership is preferable. Allow us Used Cars, Trucks and SUVs Dealershipto run through some of the big options that Southern California shoppers have available to them.

CarMax. You probably know CarMax, as there are more than 100 individual CarMax locations found all across the country. It has arisen, basically, as an alternative to more traditional pre-owned dealerships. CarMax puts its cars through rigorous testing to ensure total quality. Buying from CarMax definitely has its advantages: You have a decent assurance that you’re getting a solid and reliable car, and the prices are all fixed, so there is no hassle and no negotiation. The downside, of course, is that buyers looking for a great deal won’t find as much flexibility here as with a more traditional lot.

Certified Pre-Owned Dealerships. Another option is to buy from a certified pre-owned (CPO) dealership. Here you will typically find used vehicles sold by dealerships of the same brand—e.g., certified pre-owned Toyotas for sale at the local Toyota lot. These cars, too, are tested and vetted pretty thoroughly (though not always as much so as at CarMax), and can sometimes come with great manufacturer warranties and guaranties.

Independent Dealerships. Still another option is to buy from an independent dealership—that is, one not affiliated with any particular auto manufacturer. Here you’re taking more of a gamble, simply in terms of the size, variety, and quality of the selection. Consulting online review sites is a good way to make an informed decision about independent dealerships.

Dealer Non-Certified at a Dealership. Finally, you can head to that Toyota lot (or the dealership of your choice) and find cars that are not certified, but may still be good and affordable cars. Some may be made by different manufacturers, and some may simply be too old to qualify for CPO status.

Best Used Car Website in California

There are pros and cons to each of these, which is why we also recommend doing plenty of homework in advance of your purchase. One place to do that is at the Get My Auto website. Check out the blogs and resources available there!

Lady buy used car

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? And if so, are you going to be financing your purchase, taking out some kind of a loan? If this is the case, then you surely want to keep your monthly auto payments as low and as manageable as possible. As such, you may have considered taking out a 72-month loan. But is this type of loan really advisable?

How Popular are 72-Month Auto Loans?

Well, they are certainly popular. In fact, some lenders are now offering 84-month auto loans, which means consumers are stretching out their vehicle payments over a full seven years. Overall, the average length of an auto loan is now 66 months—the longest it has ever been, at least since Experian started tracking this data in 2006.

Just because the 72-month loan is popular, doesn’t guarantee that it is good, however—at least not for everyone. Truthfully, there are both pros and cons to consider. We’ll list a few of each in the next section.

Does a 72-Month Car Loan Rate Make Sense?

Financing Calculation

First, we’ll list a couple of the pros.

Pro: You’ll get a lower monthly payment. Obviously, when you stretch your auto payment over a lengthier period of time, you’ll get lower payments, which can make 72-month loans much easier to manage than a 48- or 60-month loan; indeed, there is real comfort that comes from having low monthly payments.

Pro: Your personal finances will be more flexible. Maybe you can afford a 48-month contract, but simply prefer the 72-month loan because of the flexibility it allows; should you unexpectedly lose your job or incur some major expense, that lower payment will really come in handy.

Next a couple of cons.

Con: You’ll ultimately pay more interest on your loan. These loans usually have higher interest rates, and you’ll also be paying interest over an extended period of time, which means that, while monthly payments might be smaller, the total amount you pay for your vehicle may be quite a bit higher than with a shorter loan term.

Con: You may bite off more than you can chew. One of the reasons 72-month loans have become more popular is that cars themselves are becoming pricier, and as such lenders are trying to make them more enticing to more people—but if you can only afford a vehicle with an extended loan, can you truly afford it at all? It may not be a smart financial move.

Alternatives to the 72-Month Loan

If the 72-month loan is something you’re not comfortable with, you might consider some alternatives. One is, frankly, to choose a vehicle that’s not quite as pricey. One way to do this is to buy used, which will allow you to get a great value for a sharply discounted sticker price. Additionally, you can always talk with an auto lender about some of the specific products that he or she can offer. Whatever you do, don’t enter into a 72-month loan lightly; while it’s the right move for some people, it’s not wise for all, and the pros and cons should be considered carefully.

Cars of Rio Olympic
You might assume that cars and trucks are basically the same everywhere on Earth—that what people drive in one country is pretty much what people drive in the country next door. This isn’t necessarily the case, as local laws and economic trends can significantly alter how a country’s new vehicle market behaves. For evidence of this, we need look no further than to Brazil, a country that’s obviously on everyone’s mind these days as the Olympic Games unfold in Rio.

Car Laws in Brazil

Here’s the first thing you need to know about automobiles in Brazil: Importing vehicles is remarkably expensive. In fact, some sources put the total tax burden of vehicle importing at close to 80 percent of the total value of the vehicle. As The Truth About Cars points out, Brazil’s laws require locally sourced components, and there are also major protectionist tariffs in place. The effect of all of this is to encourage the local production of vehicles, which means that if you were to drive through Rio today you would see a lot of unique vehicles you may not see anywhere else.

The Cars of Brazil Olympics

Here are just a few of them, many of which may be unfamiliar to you:

Troller T4. This body-on-frame SUV is a big seller in Brazil, and not without reason: It has been suggested that it’s actually part Ford, and could serve well as the basis for a more rugged update on the Bronco.

Fiat Toro. Fiat has designed this sleek little unibody pickup on the same basic concept as the Jeep Renegade, and it provides an inexpensive alternative to vehicles from Nissan and GM.

Obvio! 828. This vehicle is described by The Truth About Cars as being pretty out there. The vehicle is, evidently, “A two-seat electric sports car with vertical doors, developed in concert with Westfield (of Lotus 7 replica fame) and Lotus (of Lotus 7 original fame), and built in Brazil. The Obvio! website is short on details and long on superfluous exclamation points, but the claims of 121 horsepower and a 400 km (250 mile) range seem rather optimistic, especially in concert with a claimed two-hour recharge time.”

Super Buddy. Yes, there’s a popular car in Brazil called the Super Buggy—basically a Volkswagen petrol-powered roadster that seats a total of four people.

Renault Sandero RS. This one has French origins, and Renault Sport has a reputation for solid performance. “With only 148 horsepower, the Sandero RS isn’t particularly quick, and we have to wonder how well it actually handles as it shares much with the Nissan Versa,” notes The Truth About Cars.

American Cars in Brazil Olympics

With all of that said, there are some American cars, or cars that can be found in American that sell in Brazil, and some of them sell quite well. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most popular ones:

FIAT. FIAT actually has a factory in Brazil, and is the bestselling auto brand in the entire country.

Chevrolet. Outside of the United States and China, there is no country that accounts for more of Chevy’s annual sales.

Ford. The number of Ford factories in Brazil totals four, and the Fiesta is an especially popular model among Brazilian motorists.

Nissan. This company is quite active in Brazil, largely in partnership with the folks at Renault.

Audi. Though Audi has a limited factory presence in Brazil, it is nevertheless active in targeting luxury buyers.

Of course, there are plenty of other vehicles that you’ll see on the streets of Rio, but this lineup shows some of the variety there—as well as some of the truly weird choices that Brazilian motorists have before them. When you tune into the Rio Olympic Games tonight, take a moment to think about some of the cool cars parked just outside the stadium walls.