Used Car Tips

Tips to help keep you safe and your car maintained.

Best cars for city driving

City life is tough for cars as well as their drivers. Cars have to deal with potholes, traffic jams and crazy cab drivers. Drivers have to deal with confusing signs, parking tickets and -hah- crazy cab drivers. That’s why many people choose to live where they can get by without a car altogether. And that’s why many people are looking forward to the day when you will be able to buy a driverless car.
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Nonetheless, having a car in the city makes getting around town easier and allows you to escape the concrete jungle on the weekends. The ideal urban vehicle is easy to park, durable and still has room for trips to Ikea. Whether you’re zipping around The Mission of San Francisco or braving the streets of Brooklyn, these cars will make city life a little bit easier. [keep reading]

The real reason gas is cheaper in the winter

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Much of the country has been enjoying low gas prices lately, some states more than others. There are several factors contributing to this year’s dip, but gas prices are typically lower during the winter. If you ask your know-it-all uncle, he will probably tell you that gas prices drop when it gets cold because people are driving less, thus decreasing the demand for gasoline. To a certain extent, he’s right. People do most of their road trips during the spring and summer months. But that’s not the real reason gas is cheaper in the winter. [keep reading]

Become a car-shopping expert in 2 minutes

Finding the right car is complicated. Do you want to buy new or used? What’s your budget? Do you need an extra large cup holder for your venti latte? And that’s just the beginning. Once you get to the dealership, you’ve got to inspect the vehicle, wade through financing options and finally negotiate the deal.

Our Founder and CEO, Paul Nadjarian, has some advice for you. He might live in Harlem and drive a Honda Odyssey, but he is a true car guy who grew up racing souped on station wagons on Woodward Ave. He’s worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, serving as an executive at Ford and eBay Motors before starting Mojo.

Recently, Paul got together with the folks at State Farm and Gawker Media to develop the ultimate car-buying guide. If you’re shopping for a car, this video will prove about as useful as a swiss army knife. Still have questions? Leave a comment and Paul will get back to you with an answer.

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Written by Sam Jackson

Shoppers care more about bulletproofed trucks than recalls

A few months back we studied over 35,000 emails to dealerships on Mojo Motors from shoppers interesting in buying a car. What we found was shoppers don’t care about recalls. Only two people asked about them. That’s right, only .005 percent of people asked about recalls. Since that article was published, there have been something like a billion more vehicle recalls and that’s not counting those GM recalls.

truck-with-bullet-holesShoppers now must really be wary of open recalls on used cars. They aren’t. In a study of nearly 20,000 new email leads to dealers since May, not a single person mentioned the word recall. Most people don’t even ask questions as the majority of people (81 percent) use the stock email message. Here’s what everyone else (19 percent) wanted to know. [keep reading]

7 handy tips for selling your car online (CarInsuranceQuotes.com)

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If you’re ready to part with your car, you could sell or trade it to a dealership with little to no hassle. However, you’ll likely give up a significant amount of your sale price, as dealerships need to add in their markup when reselling your vehicle. [keep reading]

What kinds of minivans are there?

If you’ve found the hunt for a used crossover or SUV to be a little confusing, that’s OK, it is confusing. There are lots and lots of different types, sizes and prices. Researching a used minivan is simpler and much more straightforward.

Minivan Buying Guides

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Consider these minivans you can find on MojoMotors.com. All seat 7 to 8 people, except for the Mazda5, and are comparable in size, price and features like sliding doors. Keep reading for a list of minivans below, or click on what of the links above for detailed information about the used minivan you want to buy.

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Performance Cars the Wife Will Let You Get Away With

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Sporty cars come in many shapes and sizes. Some are known to be fast, and look the part too. Many others are slightly pretentious and sport a spoiler here and diffuser there; perhaps a larger set of rims than the stock alloys while remaining mechanically identical to the non-sporty members of their lineup. And then there is a small group of cars which don’t appear to be out of the ordinary, yet can be faster than most cars this side of 911 Turbo. The simple truth is that a spoiler doesn’t make your car go any faster. In fact, unless you’re going much faster than is safe for your license, it isn’t doing anything at all aerodynamically either, so let’s not kid ourselves. Luckily, a few car manufacturer don’t want to kid with you either, and side step the marketing department to build proper performance hidden away in inconspicuous packages.

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You know a used car has been in a flood if…

Be wary of buying a used car or truck from private sellers in Florida and other southern states in the following months. Tropical Storm Debby wasn’t too kind to the Sunshine State, dropping nearly two feet of rain and causing extensive flooding. This means there are thousands of cars with flood damage driving around. Check out the photo gallery here if you have no idea what Tropical Storm Debby is or what happened in Florida the past few days.

A vehicle history report like CarFax, which is available from most dealerships using Mojo Motors will clear up any questions about flood damage right up front.  AutoCheck will also give you the skinny if the used car of your dreams took swimming lessons. While most dealerships provide a CarFax report for free, expect a charge when looking up the VIN from a private seller.

If you’re looking to buy a used car in states like Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia or Mississippi, you’ll know a car has been in a flood if:

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Used cars to buy this summer

The Detroit News reported the price of gas is dropping (down 3.5% from a year ago) and that is causing the price of small cars to drop too. According to the article, the average price of gas is about $3.71 and if prices stay below $4.00, car shoppers will buy trucks, SUVs and minivans. Even though used car prices are at record highs because of inventory shortages, their prices will decline if gas prices do, in fact, remain stable.

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