Cheapest states to buy a car

“The price you see is the price you pay” said every car dealer ever at some point.  That isn’t really the whole truth because a price tag that might fit comfortably within your budget doesn’t factor in the taxes and dealer fees. Once those costs are added into the final price, you might be thousands over budget! See how much extra you might be paying in your state below.

Most Expensive States to Buy a Car with Fees and Taxes Infographic

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And these aren’t the only fees you’ll face either. We’ve listed out the six most common dealer fees here since each dealer approaches fees a bit differently. For the purposes of the this study and the infographic above, we honed in on state and local taxes, registration fees and dealer documentation fees. The costs were calculated based on a used car listed for sale at $16,500. That’s about the average price for a 2011 Honda Accord, one of the most followed cars on MojoMotors.com.

So what are state and local taxes, registration fees and dealer doc fees? Here’s an explanation of each. [keep reading]

Learn what Mojo Motors does in 64 seconds

People don’t like to read. In fact, you’re probably not even reading this right now. Instead, you’re watching the video below because for one thing, it doesn’t involve reading and secondly, people like watching animated videos. It’s a proven fact.

You just watched the video, didn’t you? Told you it’s a proven fact that people rather watch a video than read. So let’s take the next steps. [keep reading]

Does This New Website’s Secret Weapon Finally Make Buying a Car Easy? (The Motley Fool)

motley-fool-logoArticle by Bret Kenwell for The Motley Fool

Shopping for used cars can be a serious drag and there only seems to be a few options when doing so. First you can visit a handful of dealerships and scope out some potential new rides for your driveway. But when you go to these dealerships, you question whether the vehicles are fairly priced, which can leave you with that “Am I being swindled?” concern in the back of your head.  [keep reading]

Where are driverless cars actually legal?

Update on July 28, 2014 – Iowa county legalized driverless cars

There was plenty of interest around our infographic of the states where Tesla is able to sell cars. This led us to consider other infographics we could design. The biggest opportunity, it seemed, was where driverless cars AKA self-driving cars AKA autonomous cars are legal.


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Driverless cars are all the rage in the news cycle right now, especially after Google revealed this video of its autonomous vehicle driving around with no input from humans. Even if the driver wished to override the cars computer system and steer into that coffee shop on the way to work, he couldn’t. That’s because there’s no steering wheel. Or brake pedal. Or accelerator. Just a computer system linked to a drivetrain that gets you to where you want to go. [keep reading]

Father’s Day Gifts for the Car-Obsessed

It’s not easy being a dad, and this is why we have our own special day: Father’s Day. I know, I know—we fathers did not carry the child inside our bodies for nine plus months or give birth after 19 hours of labor, but I stand by my statement that fatherhood is difficult. After all, we were there and watched the birth while offering support and breathing reminders. Let’s also not forget that we, too, have experienced many sleepless nights with inconsolable screamers.funny picture of jack and dad

All kidding aside though, when Father’s Day rolls around, it’s a day I love but never know what to expect. I love the attention, but what really scares me are some of the gift ideas that my five children have come up with over the years; I fathered an eccentric bunch, to say the least. [keep reading]

Is AWD the best drivetrain ever?

The 4WD vs AWD debate and RWD vs FWD debate has been going on for years and what’s best for you depends on your finances, where you live, your lifestyle and expectations. If what everyone else is doing matters, consider this, 30 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads will have AWD by 2015.

Subaru AWD Logo

In your pursuit of finding the best drivetrain, you’ll want to know some auto lingo because all those WD’s have nothing to do with lubricating spray. [keep reading]

In which U.S. states can Tesla sell its cars? (treehugger)

treehuggerArticle by Michael Graham Richard for treehugger

We’ve covered the Tesla vs. Auto Dealers saga pretty extensively. But looking at these pieces separately can give a confusing view of where Tesla and its direct sales model stands across the US. So the map above allows us to take a step back and look at the overall picture. [keep reading]

Recap of the first ever Mojackathon

Mojo Motors celebrated the first Mojackathon (Mojo Motors + Hackathon). A hackathon is an event when people work together on a project for a limited amount of time. In the case of the Mojackathon, teams were given about 90 minutes to work together on a project. The three teams of six(ish) people were challenged to find solutions to problems facing Mojo Motors. In addition to serving up ideas to make Mojo Motors better, teams were served pizza and “soda.”

Collage of Mojo Motors Mojackathon

There were a ton of great ideas and questions during the team’s presentations. While a winner wasn’t named, each team’s work directly impacted the product conversation and the insights presented will be incorporated into future product releases. Equally important was the opportunity to share ideas, work across roles and have a damn good time. Here are the ideas from each team.  [keep reading]

Where can Tesla sell cars?

Updated on November 4, 2014 – Direct sales banned in AZ and WV, new service stations, superchargers and galleries opened

We saw one of the first used Tesla Model S sedans go up for sale last week and it got us thinking, where can you buy, supercharge or service a Tesla these days? We scoured the internet and bribed our design team to put it all together in a sweet infographic – enjoy!

Mojo Motors Tesla Infographic Nov 4 14Click here to download a hi-res version of this infographic. Feel free to share.

Summary

States that Ban Direct Sales: 26

States that Allow Tesla to Sell Cars: 22

States Tesla is Fighting to Overturn Ban: 2

Notes

Manufacturer direct sales are banned in the red states. Tesla can have service centers, superchargers and stores and galleries in these states but cannot sell or deliver cars. For example, you can check out a Tesla at Short Hills Mall in New Jersey, but you cannot take a test drive or discuss pricing with a salesperson. If you want to purchase a car, you would have to buy at TeslaMotors.com and then arrange a delivery. On March 15, 2014 Ohio passed a bill that will allow Tesla to sell its electric cars but it’s waiting to be signed into law by Governor Kasich. Read about it here.

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Written by Max Katsarelas

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