Archive for the ‘budget cars’ Category

Chevrolet looking at the Aveo to boost subcompact market performance

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

You may be wondering if the Aveo brand going to be dropped by Chevrolet.  Not really since the carmaker faces a big issued with regards to their global branding strategy. According to a report recently, the reworked compact vehicle might get a new name as it hits the U.S. market by next year. The car has been at their dealerships since 2003 but the market is just having a hard time pronouncing the name, thus it will be changed.

Although the carmaker did not exactly point it out, but maybe majority of the American consumers have not even heard of Aveo. The sales figures are really bad and advertising back up is not really there. Also, the Aveo does not hold much of an appeal when placed side by side with its competitors.

According to insiders, the upcoming Aveo will create a different story. It will not be marketed as an economy car but will get the standard features like heated side mirrors and air conditioning. It is also expected to have a handling and feel similar to the small cars of Volkswagen.

Chevrolet will also offer the car with a sedan variant and a 5-door hatchback which will be both manufactured in Michigan and other Chevy factories in different corners of the globe.

Overall, Chevrolet wants to tell us the new subcompact will be a different car compared to its older sibling. And this will require a name change. There is a big but to this story though since Chevrolet has a global branding strategy tagged as “One Chevy” and using a different name for the North American market will hurt this direction.

While Cruze is also being sold as Cruze in other parts of the world, and Spark sold as Spark, is there really a dilemma to have the Aveo pushed as the Aveo when it goes on sale in different continents starting next year?

2010 Kia Forte Koup SX — Beautiful Car!

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

2010 Kia Forte Koup SXIn this day and age, it really is something special to believe that the Koreans can make good cars – we really have to stop that particular thinking though because the brand new 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite cars.  It has grown on me and I can tell you for sure that it is going to be a beauty.

Kia has actually been in the states for about 16 years now and I think that they have actually exceeded a lot of our expectations when these cool cats came onto the market at first.  Kia is known for offering up cheap, good cars but how good are they really? 

Well, the 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX proves that they are actually some of the best and certainly work well if your needs are pretty simple!

Toyota Takes on Affordability Again with the Venza

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

As we saw last time, Toyota is a grand brand of automaker for those buyers who are on a budget.

Now, as most of us well know, you can often save quite a bit of money if you are willing to buy a vehicle that is a couple of years old. So, with that in mind, that is why we are now taking a look at the Toyota Venza of 2008.

This is a crossover sedan with the kind of sleek, smooth exterior that makes the car look like a more luxurious model. The interior is refined and the utility features are by all accounts excellent. If you lead an active life on the road, then this is the vehicle for you.

When NOT to Buy a Used Car

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Speaking of used cars, you also have to realize that there is a time and a place where buying a used car would be the worst idea in the world.

More often than not, that occurs when you absolutely need a vehicle right that second.  You may not be in the best position to buy a car then.  Of course, that does not really help, does it?  If you need a car, you need a car, period.

However, you are in a vulnerable place at a time like that, and you may wind up buying a car that does not run so great simply because you are in need.  When that happens, you are most likely going to have to take advantage of the Lemon Law pretty quickly.

Try to take as much time as you can to really be able to test drive a used vehicle and make sure it does not have any problems that are going to pop up and bite you as soon as you drive off the lot.

By far, one of the biggest decisions that you, as an adult is going to have to make is finding the right car for you.  I know that whenever I pick out my car, it is going to be used and it is going to be a huge decision.  If you are thinking about buying a car – there are a few steps and tips that you should follow, especially if you are buying a used car.

Used cars, in this day and age tend to be the best option, if only because they are cheaper and they tend to be a better deal.  After all, you could drive a used car for quite a while and save all sorts of money where if you lease a car – you are always stuck with a car payment.

Whenever you are buying a used car though, you always want to make sure that you run it through carfax, that way you will not be surprised if the car has any problems or to find out if it has been in any accidents.

Now that we have talked about researching your rental cars before you commit to anything – it is now time to discuss some other ways that you can find discounts and cheap rental cars.  To be honest, coupons, whether they are coupons you get via the mail or via e-mail are a fantastic way to ensure that you are getting the best deal on any rental car that you need.  There are a ton of different websites that offer up different promo codes that you can use online and most of them really work!  So that is something that you should consider when you are looking to rent a car.

The next thing that you should think about is calling up the rental car offices that you are choosing between and inquiring about the discounts that they are offering right at that moment.  To be honest, most of the rental car companies are realizing that people need to save money and are offering up all sorts of promotions and specials right now.

Finally – look for specials, especially if your dates are flexible.  Try to be as flexible as possible when you are booking a rental car and you could save a lot of money in the long run!

Renting a car is something that everyone in the world has to do at some point in their life.  Whether it is because you are on vacation or your car is being fixed – renting a car can be extremely costly … that is, unless you follow these quick and easy steps to ensure that you are getting the best possible price!  One of the first things that you want to do is make sure that you research your rental car a couple months in advance … that way you can make sure that you are looking up some of the best deals.

The next thing is you want to make sure that the company does not require you to put down a method of payment for pre-pay … that way you can look around while still holding a good deal under your belt.  You also just do not want to have to pay for a rental car in advance, incase you do need to cancel at the last minute.

You also want to shop around – quite a bit.  Personally, I go to quite a lot of different websites in order to ensure that I find the very best deal around and that is what you should do!