Posts from ‘Money Matters’

May
26
25 Late-Model Collectible Cars

1985 Buick Riviera Convertible

While styling, performance, and rarity have been the traditional tickets to collectibility, vehicles that offer features—styling or otherwise—that are monuments to their era or simply aren’t likely to reappear also have a shot. It’s why we believe cars of the Fifties are so treasured today; their chrome, tall fins, and sheer mass so perfectly characterized the jet-aged optimism of the time, and it’s almost certain their likes will ever be seen again.

Apr
24
Test Drive Checklist

Test driving a new vehicle can be exciting, but be sure you stay focused and carefully examine all aspects of your potential purchase. This test drive checklist will help.

At Consumer Guide, our editors test hundreds of new vehicles every year. We evaluate them in a wide variety of conditions: daily commuting in the city, highway road trips, performance testing, and ferrying kids and family members, to name a few. In short, we strive to use each vehicle the way an owner would.

Dec
02

Consumer Guide Best Buys

New Frugal Fun Award Highlights Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2020 Best Buy List

 With Six Best Buy Models, Honda Is Most Awarded Brand

Sep
16
What Is Midgrade Gas?

Are there any vehicles that require the use of midgrade gasoline? Read on…

You see it every time you pull in to the gas station to fill up. Situated there, between the regular and premium gasoline options on the fuel pump, is a mysterious third choice: Midgrade. What is midgrade gas? Read on…

Sep
09
Top Tier Gasoline Stickers, What is Top Tier Gasoline?

What is Top Tier Gasoline?

For most new-vehicle shoppers, the purchase of a new car or crossover is a significant life event—one preceded by at least a little worry, uncertainty, and a search for confirmation that the decision to acquire a particular vehicle isn’t a bad one.

Jul
08
Cheapest American Cars of 1980

1980 Mercury Bobcat

There are few emotional influences more powerful than nostalgia. To hear my mother tell it, for example, everything was better in the old country. Given the fact that mom’s childhood home lacked electricity, indoor plumbing, and access to Netflix, I’m pretty sure the fog of time is clouding her judgement somewhat.

Jun
10
Used Luxury Car Deals

As crossover SUVs gain in popularity, used sedans have become something of a bargain. Shoppers can find some particularly compelling deals on luxury sedans, a number of which have dropped significantly in resale value.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with sedans. The most popular automotive body type of all time, the humble sedan has for years served the American buying public with a sort of quiet reserve and dignity. Residing in the space between the utilitarian station wagon and the flashy, indulgent coupe, the sedan has, for decades, outsold all other passenger-vehicle types.

May
24
Should I buy a car or a crossover?

The Honda CR-V (left) costs about as much as a Honda Accord (right), and offers about as much passenger space. Which would you buy?

The sedan is dead. By now, you’ve probably heard the dire prognostications for what was once the auto industry’s most popular type of passenger vehicle. The four-door sedan—long a staple of American motoring—has given way to the crossover SUV, and it doesn’t appear that consumers are looking back.

Mar
28
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

For folks scandalized by the price of new Cadillac and Lincoln SUVs, we have interesting news for you. There is a collection of ultra-luxury people movers hitting the road that make $100,000 Escalades look like economy cars. Crossovers from the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and even Lamborghini are now available, and the starting prices for these rare utes may startle.

Mar
11
Should I Buy A Car From JD Byrider?

Should I Buy A Car From JD Byrider?

If you’re gainfully employed, living within your means, and pretty good about paying your bills, there’s a good chance you don’t need to know too much about your FICO credit score. For most consumers, the only time the score matters is when it comes time to finance a house, car, or other large purchase–and if you’ve been responsible, you’ll qualify for a decent interest rate.