The dealers I talked to tried to rob me blind, as if I was asking them to take possession of my long departed AMC Eagle wagon instead.
Manny Lopez - DETNEWS
- October 31, 2009
Amazing it took Detroit this long to to learn this --Ed.
Without Uncle Sam's largesse, you're not likely to get a decent price on a trade-in today.
That car that grandma only drove to church on Sunday with low miles and all the extras that you got and now want to use to get something a bit more hip?
Chances are you'll be offered far below the book value from a dealer.
Sell it on your own instead.
Especially if you've got a Toyota, Honda or Ford, the top brands for reliability, according to the 2009 Annual Car Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports magazine that was released Tuesday.
In the annual survey, Asian automakers still rule for reliability, but Ford Motor Co. is staking a claim to that title.
Striving for reliability
That's great news for Ford. And one of the benchmarks it, General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC need to continue to aspire to if they're going to survive and thrive.
After all, selling a car ought to be as good an experience as buying one.
That became clear to me two years ago when I unloaded my 1999 Honda Accord for a new GMC Acadia and realized used cars can be sold for more than scrap.
The Accord, which I bought grudgingly because it so put me into the adultosphere, was the most reliable car I've ever owned.
Bought it in 1999 for around $18,000. Drove it for eight years and put 125,000 miles on it without needing to invest in tie rod repairs, a new water pump, or any of the other myriad issues that befall cars driven for nearly a decade.
Dealers make low offers
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