I know little about cars. I have a friend who collected old cars who kept them on my property. He passed away and his heirs don't want the cars, as most of them are pretty old and beat up. I have had strangers offer to allow me to pay them to tow the cars away as well as some who state they want to buy some parts from the cars. How may I go about finding someone honest who would be able to tell me which cars should be junked and which may have some parts of value?
Warren and I have people in the business who know people with money. Send me a list of the cars to email@example.com and I will send them to people in the DC area, like Ken Gross. Ken knows everyone in the old car business, including Jay Leno. He has written books on old cars and will know if anything is of worth.
Good morning, Warren and Lou Ann: Happy Thanksgiving holiday to both of you. In the spirit of Black Friday today and wanting to support the U.S. economy and auto industry, which American four-door sedan do you think is the best value on the market?
Both Warren and I agree on a couple of them, the Chevy Cruze and the Buick Verano. I like the Verano and will like it more when it comes out in the souped up engine.
The Lacrosse has e-assist that gives you 36 miles per gallon.
Also look at the Ford Fusion. If you need a CUV look at the new Ford Escape they just showed at the LA auto show.
Hi Mr. Brown, I recently totaled my 2001 Nissan Altima in July. I am in need of a vehicle very soon and would like to get back into a Nissan Altima or branch out into something reliable within this price range. Due you have any recommendations? Graduate Student in Need of Vehicle for a Low Low Price
The 2012 Nissan Altima is light years ahead of the one you wrecked in terms of safety, engine efiiciency, overall build quality. Also take a look at the new Chevrolet Sonic and Cruze, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic.
I live in an area where almost all hell breaks loose when the local electric company announces plans to raise rates (again). How much longer will it be before cars have solar roofs and residential garages have skylights incorporated into their design? Or is that totally not feasible?
New technology comes out on expensive, luxury cars first than it trickles down.
Fisker automotive has a solar roof on their car, when it comes out. Other companies are looking into it.
If you buy a Ford Focus EV, when they come out, you can get 2.5 KW solar panels, installed with a monitoring system for $10,000.(I think that is after the federal credit but before the state credit) In California it would run $15,000-$18,000.
I wish we - in California - had a requirement that all new homes had to have solar panels on them, but the roof lobby squelched that idea. I'm not sure how the supply of solar panels would have hurt building either, but we people who believe in these things keep trying.
Buy a range extender or plug-in prius. Buy an EV if you can. Put solar panels on your home.
Create your own energy policy. The government is not going to do it for you.
Hi Warren, Happy Thanksgiving! I'm currently driving a 2002 Accord with 135K miles on it - that guy really is a workhorse. I have a couple of questions. First, I'm hoping to avoid buying a new car for at least five years; is this a reasonable goal if we're putting around 20K on it a year? Second, if we do make it that long, I'm interested in the possibility of buying an electric car at that point, but only if it had become mainstream enough for it to be very trustworthy and easy to get repairs and maintenance on it. What's the chance of that being the case by 2016 or 2017? Thanks!
Yes, another 20 k miles or so, with any needed Honda service, is quite reasonable, money better spent in the dealership"s backshop than the showroom. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to you all. Be warned that from California to New York, cops are cracking down on speeders under the influence.
Good morning, Warren! You mentioned many times over the years how VW is improving reliability, durability, and service. As a VW owner and VW enthusiast I look to the day when my favorite automotive brand reaches the top of reliability rankings to match the fun to drive factor. But I don't see it! JD Power's has VW ranked near the bottom of its annual Vehicle Dependability Study for 2011. When will these changes VW has implemented be seen in automotive reliability rankings?? P.s. Any chance the VW Polo GTI reach the USA?
Good morning to you! This is frustrating. I talk to executives at VW's USA headquarters in Herndon, VA, look at there proposed fixes and am impresssed. I visit regional VW dealerships and am impressed at changes being made. Yet, VW's message seems lost in space. The company needs to come back to earth and prove beyond a doubt to consumers, and not just to the media, that it truly is trying to practice what they preach. I belive them. But that means nothing if you don't believe them.
No matter how much you tout improved VW reliability, the argument will be "no sale" as long as they have issues like common TDI fuel rail issues (which they tend to belittle or try evade based on what I've read), the common problems with the former 1.8 Turbo (sludging & coil packs), etc. We had a '98 Passat that was a wonderful car to drive til it met it's end at 130k miles (still drove like new), but reliable it was not (didn't strand us but expensive repairs somewhat often). I keep wishing for better but right now am very glad I passed on the Jetta TDI wagon in '09 given what I'm reading. VW and Audi (I owned 2 Audis, again, great driving cars, HORRIBLE long term reliability and huge repair costs) just don't seem able to match the execution/build of their designs to the superb design elements, etc.
There in is the catch-22. VW, and Audi, are beautiful cars to drive. Spectacular engineering, great design. But not reliable according to you and the groups that rank these cars.
It's a shame really. I love to drive these cars a lot more than some of the others that are deemed reliable.
But in our fast pace lives we don't want anything that keeps us from where we need to go.
VW is better than this.
Having researched Electric vehicles (EV) for possible, purchase seems that there are numerous drawbacks to the concept; 1). The U.S. does not have power grids to charge EVs if the majority of the population would own one 2). It takes about 50 gallons of oil to produce most EV batteries 3). EV batteries are volatile in severe car rashes 4). After the EV battery life span of about 5 -7 years, battery disposal poses a environmental risk to our planet. In any case, electricity is not a source of energy (unless using wind/solar/ generators) but a byproduct of energy, as you need to create energy. What do you guys think? Is hydrogen the clean alternative?
Electric cars and their various derivatives constitute a part of the answer, a valid part. There is no single silver bullet except, perhaps, a Congress more interested in coming up with a sensible, usable national energy policy than it is in paying homage to campaign donors and conficting ideolgies.