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Car News – The Best Advice You Can Get

The first thing that anyone wishing to buy a car or replace an old car would want to get is reliable car news. They do not want to be misled by the exaggerated or inaccurate information provided by dealers or agents. Finding a source that can provide dependable news on new as well as used cars was a daunting task in the past. You had to rely on what the salesman or the car owner said. But, nowadays, with the popularity of automobile publications, both in print and online, getting the most useful and valuable car news is absolutely easy. You can search all the available magazines and other sources of information before you make any purchasing decision.

There are a lot of automobile magazines that dedicate special sections to car reviews and pictures. You can get any kind of information you want from these publications. If you are looking for a particular model or any car that you can afford, whether you want to know the price of an accessory or the additional amount you will have to pay for a new feature, everything will be there in such magazines. Typically, car news in a print magazine cover market trends, reviews on the existing and soon to be released models, servicing information, dealer news, price of different models, comparison of similar models, recommendations from experts, experience of car owners, design ideas, remodeling suggestions, answers given by experts to the questions of readers and car owners, etc.

When it comes to online automobile magazines, you are treated with a more visual presentation through multimedia images like videos, 3D animation, and the like. In Internet magazines, there is more scope for the reader to watch the car in action as these magazines mostly give test drive reports in video format. There is also the additional advantage of participating in forums and discussions where car lovers and proud owners can share their experience and get doubts cleared. You will also get newsletters once you subscribe for that service; newsletters are an effective and useful way to get updated information on what is happening in the car industry. Some websites provide the facility to find a suitable car for you by searching with your brand or budget as the parameter. You can find the nearest dealer for a company; get their contact information, price, and servicing details. Check the website of the dealer if they have one and collect as much information as possible from the site before you contact them directly.

There are also websites dedicated to information on used cars. Not every one looks forward to buying brand-new cars, especially in the present economic conditions. Used car reviews and videos will give you an idea about what to expect from a particular model and whether you will get a suitable one for the budget you have in mind. Another source to watch for car news is the TV shows on cars. Most of the popular channels have special programs to review each and every model of car that hits the road.

All these sources of car news will provide you the necessary information to choose your dream car. Even students who are into automobile related courses can benefit from such information.

Where to Sell Used Cars – Disposing of an Unwanted or Unneeded Automobile

Where to sell used cars is the question you’re asking? You’ve just bought another car, inherited a car or decided to get rid of an extra car so: Where to sell used cars?

Sometimes when you’re buying a new or used car the dealership may not want your old car. There are many reasons for this. Your car may be a model they do not sell. They may not have room for another used car or who knows why they didn’t offer you enough money?

Now you’re faced with disposing of your car.

Again you’re asking: Where to sell used cars?

You could list it in the local paper. They usually offer a better price to you than they will a dealer. You may or may not want to deal with the telephone calls or people coming over to look at it.

You could sell it on ebay. If you will sell the car as a No Reserve auction, it will definitely sell. On eBay lots of good pictures are a must. If you do not know what you are doing you may take less for the car than it is worth. If, however, you do post a lot of good, detailed pictures your car may do very well.

You may still want to list a phone number or at least respond quickly to questions. There are a few things that are must knows about selling on eBay motors. Use a low starting price to get immediate notice. If yours is just a plane jane auto that can be bought on any street corner then eBay may not be the place to sell it.

To sell on eBay lots of good pictures are a must. Using ebay’s photo hosting is expensive. I prefer Photobucket.com’s free service. Make sure to take clean photos of all sides of the car as well as all detail of the interior. Have the car washed and waxed and cleaned inside before taking the photos.

List all the good points about your auto. If it’s never been smoked in that is a good buying cue for those with allergies. Since no used car is perfect, be honest and tell all the bad points. Like the dent on the side from the lady at the grocery store parking lot.

Use paypal to allow a quick deposit and be specific about how long the winner has to come pick the auto up. Usually 10 days is sufficient. Require the buyer to call and discuss the details. I would follow up with an e-mail to make sure and confirm the details in writing.

You could list on AutoTrader or other online and print auto magazines. Autotrader.com has a service where your car ad runs until sold. First, research what others are asking for the same car and see what Edmunds.com says it is worth.

Be realistic and do not expect to sell for hundreds over retail or private party pricing. An overpriced car could set forever and not sell. Remember the car is going down in value everyday. The only exception to this are rare and collectible automobiles.

Advertise Free on Craigslist.Craigslist.com is available for most major metro areas. It is a good free service to put a classified on. Since it’s free a lot of people put their cars there. To get attention again you car needs to be priced right

Give the car away and take a tax deduction. There are many deserving organizations like Goodwill Industries here in Florida. M.A.D.D., Cars for Kids and others who will happily come pick up your used car and use the funds to improve the lives of others. They will give you a receipt to use when doing your taxes.

What should you fix? If your car has a major problem like a blown engine or transmission then you may want to sell for parts to an individual or auto salvage yard. Here it will bring only a fraction of what a similar running auto would bring. If it has a safety problem like bad brakes or inoperable wipers I would fix them before selling the car. Little things like a cigarette lighter not working should be mentioned, but are not that important.

After reading this list you now know where to sell used cars. So lets go sell that extra car and get it out of the driveway. You’ll save money by taking it off your insurance and be a hero with the neighbors.

Carwash Franchisor Case Study

There are only a handful of car wash franchises in the world. This might offer some insight on how car wash franchises come into existence. This is a crazy story. It is the history of our company and how we ended up in the Carwash Franchise business. One of our franchisees of our mobile car wash business; The Car Wash Guys, was in Idaho, was the son of a wheat farmer, the areas largest farm family land holder in Idaho’s banana belt. About a month before he called us I put up this web site called http://www.detailguys.com and said what the hell, I will put up a form in case someone wants to buy a franchise for only auto detailing and not mobile car washing we can make a sub franchise out of it. Previously I did a couple of trade shows. The Black Expo and a BizOp/franchise show, great results and really I did not need any leads. But what I learned was their were significant people wanting low-priced franchises. So I put up the website and put a form on it and the very next day I get a lead from Phil the farmer in Idaho, looking for a simple business. He wanted to start a business, but stick more with auto detailing on a mobile bases, which was slightly different than that of our mobile care wash franchise. So he wanted a franchise ID. But heck I was in CA and ID seemed like another World at the time. It was. Things went good, because we made it work and Phil then bought a car wash guys mobile truck and later an auto detailing trailer and hired on some more workets.

Things again were getting even better. He could now detail and wash. He saved his money and decided to open a car wash. So he called me up one day and said Lance, Am I allowed to open a fixed site car wash? I thought, but I hate carwashes, because they hate mobile washers chipping away at their customer base. But then I thought the combo would be unstoppable. I said yes. Here is what we built:

http://www.carwashguy.com

This is over the river in WA State in Clarkston, Phil lives in Idaho in Lewiston. So then I had a franchisee operating three concepts in 2 states. He said to me. What do you know about carwashes? I thought, everything. I mean they are competition and I know my enemy better than the Navy Seal teams before entry. I had every industry magazine from the start of car washing magazines. I had every published book, manual written, and article, all in boxes. I have attended every trade show of the International Car Wash Association in the last six years, and collected literature at every table. It was a long project but we put the franchise together. Phil got his car wash opened and it became our prototype and then we started franchising fixed site car washes. It just proves you never know what you will learn or which market niches you will enter in the future as an entrepreneur. The important thing is to constantly scan the horizon for market niches and opportunities, which will work. Think on this concept today.