Shopping for a used car? Here’s a tip: get yourself a set of American wheels and celebrate the 4th of July. More specifically, a used set of American wheels from the model years 2008 through 2012. Used cars from these years have dipped in price and are continuing to drop in price, especially in July and August (proof). That’s why they’re the cars you should be looking for and that’s why they’re the ones we ranked.
It is hard to define how American a car truly is, and the order of any ranking depends on this definition. Is it built in the U.S.? Uses only U.S. made parts? Or perhaps there are other ways to measure the American-ness of a car: the history of a brand, the look of a car, the feeling of the suspension or the roar of a true American V8. [keep reading]
Automotive News reported recently that the Wuling minivan in China is selling like bingzis or whatever the Chinese call hotcakes. Translation: this means they’re selling really darn good. Whilst Americans continue to buy up big trucks, SUV’s and crossovers, don’t be surprised if there’s a renaissance of the minivan. But wait, then why would Dodge drop the Grand Caravan or why would Ford stop building minivans in America altogether? To focus on crossovers where there might be more money to be made.
This might be a premature shift in strategy because there’s still a market for the minivan. Sure, the number of people buying minivans has dropped from about 1.3 million in 2000 to 540,000 in 2011, but so far in 2012, AutoData reports 10.6% growth. Two months the L.A. Times reported that fuel efficiency is what car buyers care about most after a Consumer Reports found 37% of shoppers care about fuel economy. Quality of the car, which should probably be more important came in second at a measly 17%. Gas mileage alone is reason enough why minivans should make a comeback, but keep reading for more. [keep reading]
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. If you want to give up, wait! Consider these minivans you can find on Mojo Motors. All seat 7 to 8 people, except for the Mazda5, and are comparable in size, price and features like sliding doors. Keep reading for the simplest research guide on used minivans you will find.
The minivan is back in all of its sliding door glory. At the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler unveiled a futuristic minivan that was so unexpected, it even surprised the Chrysler communication staff according to The Car Connection.