Used Car Finder – How to Find a Used Cars For Sale in My Area in Easy Way!

There are lots of people who cannot afford to buy a car from the showroom and for these people the option of buying used cars. In fact there are several used cars being sold in your area even as you read these lines!  

There are many used cars for sale in my area and it would be the same case for you as well. The used cars are really a good deal provided you don’t mind a few minor scratches as well as a few little dents. Besides in case you do get a good deal then you can also save a lot of money.  

It is a fact that buying your car can be exciting, however primary bouts of common sense are required to find and buy any kind of car; in case the car is second hand, then the aforementioned commonsense factor gains all the more importance. Sure as a person you might feel “there are several used cars for sale in my area why do I need to be choosy?” then you are making a big mistake.

There are a few tips that need to be kept in mind before buying a used car that is being sold in your area. Following are some of those important points:

·         Experts are of the opinion that you should avoid buying any sort of used cars after any one them has been involved in some sort of severe accident.  The car has to be completely avoided in case it faces some brutal collisions in the front. The damage might look all OK and the car would also look normal later on there are several problems sure to crop up due to the damage.

·         Now we do know that you feel “there is no dearth of used cars for sale in my area and it is stupid to look for other places for the same.” However it would be wrong to buy a used car that has faced some sort of major accident.

·         There is a certain section of people who are quick buyers and are also less thinkers. A particular rash decision might cost you dearly; therefore you need to check out a few places before you zero in on particular second hand car dealer and buy from him.

·         Another perfect way to find used cars for sale in one’s locality is to keep your eyes and ears open. There can be many used cars for sale in my area however I would most certainly go with the ones that I have read about myself and not just heard about.

Hybrid Vehicle Tax Credit

A lot of people have asked about the advantages in buying a hybrid car. Almost everyone knows that hybrid cars tend to be more expensive than buying a normal car. So how can you really benefit from acquiring this type of vehicle?

What other advantages can you avail?

Well for one thing, you can save more gas from driving hybrid cars with its better mileage, and can also lower the carbon dioxide deposits which regular vehicles detrimentally emit throughout our atmosphere. So basically, you can essentially reduce your expenses in buying gas, and save the world at the same time. Not too bad for an expensive car. But this is just a part of the deal. There is also a hybrid vehicle tax credit which will also be a great advantage for you.

What is Hybrid Vehicle Tax Credit?

Hybrid vehicle tax credit is removed directly from the sum amount of a federal tax issued upon buying a hybrid car. Unlike tax deduction which subtracts a certain percentage from a specific amount, Hybrid vehicle tax credits are fixed and are available to vehicles acquired or placed in service on or after January 1, 2006. This benefit is only available for the first owner or the original owner of a qualified hybrid vehicle. If the vehicle was chartered by a company, the issuing company can claim the tax credit. Many new Hybrid vehicles are eligible for this incentive.

Here is a list of some qualified hybrid vehicles that are certified by the IRS:

Ford and Mercury Hybrids
2009 Ford Escape 2WD
2009 Ford Escape 4WD
2009 Mercury Mariner 2WD
2009 Mercury Mariner 4WD
Chevy, GMC, and Saturn Hybrids
2008 Chevy Malibu
2008 Chevy Tahoe 2WD and 4WD
2008 GMC Yukon 2WD and 4WD
2008 Saturn Aura
2008 Saturn Vue Green Line
Ford and Mercury Hybrids
2008 Ford Escape 2WD
2008 Ford Escape 4WD
2008 Mercury Mariner 2WD
2008 Mercury Mariner 4WD
Honda Hybrid
2008 Honda Civic CVT purchased between 7/1/08 and 12/31/08
2008 Honda Civic CVT purchased after 12/31/08
Mazda Hybrids
2008 Mazda Tribute 2WD
2008 Mazda Tribute 4WD
Nissan Hybrid
2008 Nissan Altima

There many more brands of hybrid cars to choose from. Tax credit for these types of vehicles can go as low as US$250 to as high as US$3,400.

If you own a hybrid car it is very important for you to check out id your vehicle is qualified for a tax credit. You can do this by checking it in the internet via the IRS.gov website or by personally visiting the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service for more information.

Owning or buying a hybrid vehicle is a good start in helping our planet rejuvenates itself from the affects of over pollution. Carbon dioxide emission from gasoline engines have been the major cause of radical climate changes that we are suffering nowadays. The global warming issue is really affecting how we live and will also be damaging for our future. A little extra money in buying hybrid cars can actually be more advantageous than getting the cheaper gasoline engine car. Don’t forget that whatever you do today can essentially affect the outcome of our tomorrow.

Tips for Purchasing Used Cars for Sale by the Owner

When you are thinking of purchasing a vehicle or anything that has value, it is always smart to consider all aspects of the deal. This is the same concept to embrace when you are purchasing used cars for sale by the vehicle owner. For such a transaction, you would have to do a title search to ensure that the vehicle actually belongs to the seller. The auto may also not be certified either, and may have no guarantees as car dealerships would. Use Carfax to get information about accidents that the auto was involved in and mechanical problems that were repaired.

What to Consider?

An automobile that is sold by its owner is oftentimes sold ‘as is.’ This means that if you are buying a lemon, you are stuck with it. It might look good on the outside, but filled with problems under the hood. This might be a major problem when buying used cars for sale. This could cost you more than you bargained for. So, it is wise to do your due diligence and possibly look at a car dealership to make comparisons.

Find the Reason

You will hardly find a seller disposing of an automobile at a cheap price without the possibility of some mechanical problems. There could be a reason why it is being sold. It’s in your best interest to ask why the car is being sold. They may be buying a new one, but you won’t know if you don’t ask. Bring a mechanic along with you to do an examination of the used cars for sale that you’re considering. Be sure to have the mechanic do a test drive in addition to checking under the hood. If there are repairs to be done, you will at least know how much you have to spend. In some cases, you could get lucky and score a winner by purchasing one that was well maintained by the owner, but you are still taking a risk.

Pricing

When the owner of an automobile advertises used cars for sale, it is usually expected that the price is set at a certain amount. Do a comparison to ensure that the pricing is fair. The seller will more often than not tell you that it’s a great deal, but nothing beats doing your own research. The person may want to sell quickly and have no loyalty to you. So while you research, the transaction may be completed with another buyer. However, you can always go to a car dealership and get a better deal.

Conclusion

When you approach a private seller, be aware that this is a human being looking out for his/her best interest and not yours. A car dealership would be looking to conduct a trade with you, but they would also understand that you might be the word-of-mouth referral for another business deal so they will treat you fairly. Just do your research and ask the right questions with a private seller.

EV Basics IV – Electric Vehicles and the Environment

Important Acronyms:

BEV: Battery Electric Vehicle – A vehicle powered exclusive from energy stored in its battery pack.

CO2 = Carbon Dioxide – A type of “Greenhouse” gas emitted by cars and power plants. CO2 emissions have been identified as a major cause of global warming.

EV: Electric Vehicle – Any vehicle that uses electricity to provide some or all of the power to its wheels.

ICE: Internal Combustion Engine – The smog-belching, globe-warming automobile power plants used in the dark ages of the 20th Century.

NOx: Nitrogen Oxides – Chemicals which create smog and other health hazards.

In previous articles in the EV Basics series, I have touched on the environmental benefits of driving an EV. Now, it is time to look at these benefits in more detail. Recently, some readers may have noticed a well-organized media campaign trying to discredit EVs. Most of the anti-EV sentiments sound like this, “A car has to get its energy from somewhere, doesn’t it? What difference does it make if it gets it from a gas tank or a battery pack?” These are valid questions. I will answer them by explaining why EVs produce less smog, fewer greenhouse gases and use less energy overall than their ICE-powered counterparts. By the end of this article, readers should understand why it is better for the environment to power cars with electricity from the grid instead of gasoline made from oil.

If we generated all of our electricity through renewable sources such as wind or solar power, driving EVs would produce no smog-forming pollutants such as NOx. However, our utility grid currently gets power from a variety of sources, most of which produce NOx and other pollutants which can create health hazards for local communities. How much pollution do power plants create, compared to tailpipe exhaust from ICE-powered vehicles? According to research compiled by Sherry Boschert, author of the book, Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that Will Recharge America, use of EVs would reduce the amount of NOx generated by automobiles somewhere between 32 and 99%. Different studies have arrived at different figures, but virtually all agree that the reduction in NOx and other local pollutants would be significant. The total amount of pollution reduction for any location would depend on the local power plants. Areas with cleaner power plants would decrease overall pollution more than areas with dirty plants. However, nearly all urban areas would see a major improvement in local air quality because power plants are generally located far away from population centers while tail pipes produce smog right where we live and work.

Greenhouse gases, on the other hand, are a serious problem whether they are produced next door or on the other side of the globe. EVs can reduce this burden on the environment as well. As is the case for smog-forming pollutants, an EV would produce absolutely no greenhouse gases if it were charged from a grid that was fueled by power plants which produced no greenhouse gases. However, EVs produce far fewer greenhouse gases even when charged by today’s old-fashioned grid. In his research paper entitled Debunking the Myth of EVs and Smokestacks, Chip Gribben concludes that EVs charging exclusively from power generated by old-fashioned, coal-burning plants would still reduce CO2 emissions by 17 to 22% relative to ICE-powered cars. In areas where the grid is relatively “clean,” such as California and Arizona, EVs would reduce automobile-related greenhouse gas emissions by 71% or more.

Many people believe that the most important oil-related global disaster will occur when oil runs out. Clearly, there is only so much oil we can pull out of the ground (or the tar sands, oil shale, etc.). If we do not have a suitable replacement for oil in place by the time it becomes impossibly rare and expensive, society could collapse completely. EVs help on this front in two ways. Gribben concludes that EVs charged from the grid use energy twice as efficiently as do ICEs fueled using the current oil/gasoline infrastructure. Since they are twice as efficient, EVs use half as much fossil fuel to get the same distance, assuming a grid that is supplied exclusively by fossil-fuel burning power plants. So we may conclude that EVs would allow humanity to “stretch out” our finite oil supply and get as much “mileage” as possible out of the available oil (pun intended!).

At the same time, switching to EVs would allow us to power our cars from a more flexible energy source, the power grid. Paul Scott, co-founder of the EV advocacy group Plug-In America, tells audiences, “Get all your cars on the grid, then clean up the grid!” If we start switching our cars to grid power right now, then they will benefit directly from advancements and improvements in renewable power generation. As fossil fuels become scarcer and more expensive, power plants using alternative energy sources will fuel an increasing percentage of our grid power demand. If we are using EVs as this transition occurs, we can keep driving along without having to rebuild our transportation infrastructure. When fossil fuels run out completely, we will be ready!

One last quote, this one by the rap group, Public Enemy, “Don’t believe the hype!” The oil industry has unimaginable amounts of money at its disposal. When they spend a tiny portion of their profits trying to create the illusion that EVs are just as bad for the environment as ICE-powered cars, countless media outlets pick up their stories. When they try to discredit the scientific community’s conclusion that our cars are dangerously warming the globe, millions of people take them seriously. It is up to every person who cares about our planet to counter any these misinformation campaigns. It is up to you to spread the truth about EVs to people who have been inundated by oil industry propaganda. Now go out there and start setting people straight.