A recent new car buying experience VW story !!!

Recently a car buyer in the Los Angeles area,  took advises from desicarguide.com and went about to buy them a new car at a great deal.I did ask him to do a summary of his experiece so that fellow car buyers can have some insight on the things I talk about here. Here is his email I received .

Story from used car to new car (The story with car dealerships)

Salvage Cars and when to buy them.

Salvage cars are those that may require extensive repair works and the expense for that repair is greater than the price/ value of that car. Whenever this situation arises, the car is declared salvage. In certain cases, if there is a significant damage on the frame of the car due to an event like accident or hurricane, it is also determined to be salvage by the inspection agency. In some cases cars with no damage, like a theft recovery are re-branded and titled as salvage.

Leasing Vs Buying - How to decide ?

In the US about 20% of the new cars are leased. Leasing is the process where you can 'rent' a new car for a typical 3 year period with an agreed upon usage like 30,000 Miles or 36,000 Miles. As an incentive, most car manufacturers throw in promotions and FREE maintenance during the lease period. For some people, the "FREE maintenance" factor itself can be a big motivator even though leasing ends up being expensive.

Auctions Buying Guide

You would have often heard others say 'ohh I got this car at the auction and I saved quite a bit', you may be wondering how that is done. In the USA cars are also sold at auctions, some of which are exclusive to Car Dealers only. Here I try to explain the different type of auctions and how you as a beginner can take advantage and save money.


How much is reasonable auto insurance coverage?

How much is reasonable coverage ? To keep costs down, figure out what types of coverage you can avoid entirely and then take just what you need of the essential sections. To give you an idea of how this will work :

Auto /Car Insurance in the USA - Introduction

Auto/Vehicle insurance is a mandatory requirement and a crucial need while driving in the USA.  Infact driving with out insurance is an offense in several of the states. With the sheer amount of traffic in US cities especially the big cities, it is not a question of if ..but rather when "something" can happen. So obviously there is no excuse for not having an insurance coverage to protect you in the events of harm.

Auto Insurance - How to save and get discounts ?

How to save on auto insurance and get discounts.

First Time Auto Insurance Buyer Tips

First Time & Below 25Yr Old Insurance Buyer Tips

Check Engine Lights - What to do ?

A Check Engine Light(CEL) is a yellow warning engine symbol or the words "CHECK ENGINE" that appears on the dash board, during driving or even while starting the car. First thing is do not panic.The major events - like low oil, temperature or battery have their own separate warning lights, so do not panic.

For the first time car buyer in the USA.

If you just came to the country , first things first - A big welcome to you.  I am sure you are looking around and observing the different ways means and techniques of living in this great country. And I am sure that these are way off than that you would do back in India or your native country. So you would have discovered almost instantly that a car is a means here , a necessity , instead of a comfort or luxury.


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