Archive for the ‘Buying a Car’ Category

October 11, 2012 @ 10:00 am
posted by mego

How to Recycle Car Clutter

Let’s face it. The economy may be improving slightly, but finances are still a bit tight for most families. If you’re selling a used car, here’s CarHelp’s best tips for maximizing your profits.

1. Fix minor issues. Repair that squeaky belt, get the oil changed, rotate the tires, and anything that will make the car look and feel better without putting a major dent in your wallet.

2. Clean it out. Remove those Ski Aspen and My Kid’s An Honor Student stickers. Take out CD’s, makeup, and anything else personal. They’re buying a car, not your life. If your car is worth more than $7,000, spring for a detail. You’ll earn that back in spades. Or take it to a DIY service and scrub it down.

3. Determine value of car. Look up your car on Kelley Blue Book. It’s the most reliable and extensive calculator for car prices.

4. Price it competitively. Just about anyone can finance a car. Used car buyers are looking for a bargain. Price your car with a little wiggle room. They’ll feel like they got a good deal, and it will cover any possible mechanical defects they find.

5. Sign the goods. Make a sign with the price, contact information, mileage, and any other selling points. Attach it to a highly visible part of the car. You never know who will call you from the highway wanting to take a longer look!

6. Advertise, advertise, advertise. List it in your local paper, on online classifieds, and in anyplace you can think. Here’s a guide of locations in Portland, with some of those listing are available on a national level.

7. Be safe. When selling our car, the interested party wanted to check out the car. We met in a public location, and when they took it on a test drive to a mechanic to have it checked out, we photographed their license and kept the keys to their car.

What do you do when selling a used car?

November 4, 2011 @ 8:51 am
posted by mego

After watching this video of the Volkswagon Phaeton plant in Dresden, Germany I want to do two things: Go to the plant to see it in person and email the CEOs of the big American companies and say, “This is how it’s done.” The plant is that creative and cutting edge. Watch the video and see for yourself.

October 12, 2011 @ 9:00 am
posted by mego

Buying a car can be a tricky business, and if you’re looking for the best bargain it takes a lot of research, trust and chance. Dealerships offer the most reliable choice, but come with the highest price. And eBay can be a little too risky, requiring flights, car inspections by unknown entities and other problems.

Carhelp is here to, well, help. We’ve collected a few resources for Portland area buyers, but each of these resources can be used nationally. Angie’s List, Craigslist, and eBay classifieds have resources in most cities. We hope this helps you purchase the best car for you and your family.


Oregon Live – Sponsored by, it’s a comprehensive site for new and used car buyers in the Portland area. It includes listings, ads from local auto dealerships, auto reviews, and specials. My favorite feature is the ability to search by model, make, year, new, used, and many more options.



Portland Craigslist – Warning: Go at your own risk! Craigslist is famous for its deals, but also its scams (as evidenced by the homepage). But if you’re ok with a high level of risk, Craigslist is a great local option. My advice? Never view a car alone or in a remote location. My favorite option is the ability to shop by owner alone. I go to Craigslist for a deal, not another listing by a dealership.




Angie’s List – A full list of the 790 car dealerships in the Portland, Oregon area, including 63 top rated dealerships. It also includes a “penalty box” reserved for dealerships with especially terrible reviews. The only drawback is the lack of search options. Used dealerships are lumped in with new, as are dealers that specialize in trailers and RVs.




eBay Classifieds – A list of classified listings (over 750 as of this morning) for cars and trucks selling in the Portland area. Ads are organized by listing date and you can search by a variety of options, including distance from your house, price, year, mileage and by type of seller.



And don’t forget to use Carhelp to find and review a trusted Portland are auto shop after you purchase your car!

What’s your favorite resource for buying a car in Portland? Comment below with your answer.



October 11, 2011 @ 12:27 pm
posted by mego

My husband works long distance from a company located four hours from our house. It’s just close enough not to justify an expensive flight, and because I volunteer for the organization, I frequently ride along with him. The problem is that the trips are often scheduled during working hours. There are quite a few things I can do on a smartphone, but sometimes I run into a problem that can only be solved on my laptop.

And that’s why I’m going to ask for an Audi this Christmas. Great reason, right?! A girl can always dream.

The 2012 A6 comes with it’s own wireless network. Add that to a list of unbelievable features like driver’s assist and a supercharged v6, and this baby will make you feel like a million dollars for a mere starting price of $40K.

See the Car & Driver’s review by clicking here.

Drivers in the Portland, Oregon area can test drive the all-new A6 at the following Portland area Audi dealerships:

SUNSET Porsche & Audi

Audi Wilsonville

Drivers in the San Diego, California area can test drive the all-new A6 at the following San Diego area Audi dealerships:

Audi Miramar

Hoehn Audi

Audi Escondido

September 30, 2011 @ 9:00 am
posted by mego

2011 Toyota Highlander

2011 Toyota Higlander

So apparently this accidentally turned into a Car Buying Guide and Yahoo! Auto promotional week on Carhelp. But fall is a great time to purchase a car, and with interest rates so low I’m sure many of us are at least considering a new purchase. This week we’ve posted about used car ratings and gas guzzlers, so we’ll end it with the cost of insuring a car.

According to Yahoo! Auto, the least expensive cars to insure are as follows:

10) Toyota Highlander SUV ($1,154.02)
9)  Ford Escape XLS SUV ($1,150.26)
8)  Toyota Sienna V6 Minivan ($1,142.94)
7)  Honda Odyssey EX Minivan  ($1,138.16)
6)  Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport ($1,131.27)
5)  Nissan Murano SL SUV ($1,127.89)
4)  Honda Odyssey LX Minivan ($1,114.62)
3)  Toyota Sienna LE Minivan ($1,107.70)
2)  Toyota Sienna I4 Minivan ($1,100.66)
1)  Chrysler Town & Country LX Minivan ($1,091.80)

And the most expensive automobiles to insure are:

10) Mercedes G55 AMG SUV ($3,086.49)
9) Aston Martin DB9 Volante Convertible ($3,088.96)
8) Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet ($3,092.31)
7) Mercedes CL600 Coupe ($3,114.28)
6) Aston Martin DB9 Coupe ($3,120.45)
5) Mercedes S65 AMG Sedan ($3,220.86)
4) Mercedes SL63 AMG Convertible ($3,263.46)
3) BMW 750Li Sedan ($3,280.70)
2) BMW 750i Sedan ($3,280.70)
1) Mercedes SL65 AMG Convertible ($3,543.81)

It’s not surprising that the most expensive cars to insure are luxury automobiles. They’ll also be the most expensive to repair and maintain. And it’s not surprising that Toyota has four cars on the least expensive list, as they have a reputation for lower repair and maintenance costs.

Keep in mind that your rate will be lower or higher than the average based on a variety of factors, including your driving record, credit rating, location, miles driven per year, etc.

September 29, 2011 @ 9:00 am
posted by mego

Chrysler Promotional Image

Following a guide for the best used cars is “Biggest Gas Guzzlers.” Another great guide from Yahoo! Auto. I found it interesting that all but three of the autos listed are luxury automobiles.

A little research before purchasing a car will help you save a lot of money in maintenance and gas costs. For me, owning a gas guzzler isn’t just annoying for the increases in gas costs, its the amount of time it takes to fill up more frequently. Do you find that annoying as well?


September 28, 2011 @ 9:00 am
posted by mego

Ford Promotional Image

Interested in buying the best used car? Yahoo! Auto has published a great guide, including details on the Ford Fusion, Honda Fit, Ford Edge, Honda CR-V, Lexus RX 350, Toyota Sienna and other great cars. You can find the guide by clicking this link: The Best Used Cars. Click on the images in the guide for classified listings for each model.