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How Ford Won the Middle Class, and why Volkswagen Didn’t

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In 1908, if the automobile were a citizen it would have been old enough to vote, but almost no workingman in America or anywhere in the world owned such a contraption. Trolley cars and buggies carried most people to the more well-paying jobs in the cities, while people in places like Chicago’s Packingtown or Pittsburgh’s Homestead led short, brutish lives struggling against the elements on foot. If you were a typical workingman, you made approximately 400 dollars a year, which is only $8,000-$10,000 in today’s dollars, a condition of extreme poverty. Read more

Used Autos Can Offer an Excellent Deal for Any Car Buyer

A car may be an essential for modern life, but it can also be a source of enjoyment and luxury. There’s no denying the thrill of driving a new auto off the lot, with the smell of the fresh interior set to the purr of a finely tuned engine, but this pleasure comes at an expense. A brand new car is a pricey proposition, and it’s an unfortunate fact that it will lose up to a third of its resale value the second you drive it away. Read more

Used & Salvage Ford F250 for Sale at RideSafely Auto Auctions

The F-250 is a part of Ford’s Super Duty line of full-size pickup trucks which was first introduced in 1998. Over the years it has won many prestigious awards, such as the Popular Mechanics’ Best Workhorse, the Truckin’s Topline Pulling Power and the Best Resale Value Truck. Ford F-250 comes in three different cab sizes including the Standard, the Crew Cab and the SuperCab which features 2 reverse-opening doors. The list of options includes choices of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Read more

Search For Used & Salvage Honda Accord at Online Auto Auction

The Accord was introduced as a compact car by Honda in 1976. The fourth generation of the Accord evolved into a mid-size car in 1990, while further evolution upgraded it to a full-size car in 2008. It is one of the most successful automobiles ever sold on the North American market, which can easily be reflected by the fact that it has been featured 26 times on the Car and Driver’s Ten Best list.

Honda Accord has also won numerous Car of the Year awards in various countries around the world. The Accord is commonly available in the hatchback, sedan, coupe or station wagon, depending on the generation. It comes strictly in the front-wheel drive layout.

A vast range of engine options included different versions of straight four-cylinder and V6 engines which were mated to various manual or automatic transmissions. For a few years, Honda has also offered the Accord as a Hybrid as well. The Accord’s highest selling points include spacious interior, good value for money, sporty handling, smooth engines, plenty of luxurious options, top notch fit and finish quality and traditional reliability.

Even though the Accord was always offered with an unimaginable amount of trim levels of options, the moderately priced EX trim level remains the bestselling one. The potential buyers of pre-owned vehicles are usually after the 2008 model year, which belongs to the latest generation of the Accord.

Such used accord or salvage vehicles can usually be purchased from the auction for $500 to $9,000, depending on the condition. Silver, black and gray remain the most sought after color options when Accords are concerned.

Potential owners commonly compare the Accord to the Volkswagen Passat, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda 6 Sports Sedan, especially when it comes to its somewhat dull styling.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Accord with an overall “good” rating for both side impact and frontal offset crash tests.

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Posted by RideSafely.com on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

 

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The Psychology of the Live Auto Auction: The Last “S,” Scarcity

In this series, we have been analyzing the live auto auction environment, the inspiration for our business. We spoke about the pulsing, tense frenzy of the auction floor. We even compared the auction floor to a casino, and the bidding itself as a cutthroat competition or a fierce game of “Defend the Castle.” RideSafely – Online car auction business evolved from our deep understanding of the auction environment, so we are able to make the process more efficient for you. Greater efficiency leads to greater profits.

The business model that RideSafely – Auto Auctions is reinventing creates a CESSpool of panic, competition, desire, and fear. In this series, we have broken the auction floor into four psychological factors, which comprise the acronym “CESS.” In this post, we discuss the final “S,” scarcity.

 

Scarcity

  • The auction started at 6:00.
  • It’s now 7:30 and there are only about ten cars left, only one of which is on your target list.
  • Don’t think that the auction assistants aren’t being paid to make sure that you know that time is almost up.
  • This is the equivalent of the big billboards screaming, “Only 3 days left!” You are being pressured by scarcity.
  • If you still have serious competition, and the clock is running out on you, you will have to fight the “C” of the CESS-pool.
  • Competition. Few chances left. Time running out. Gotta win one. Win the auction, lose your shirt.

The Fix

Just like you started out the evening, you have to breathe, collect your thoughts, keep your cool, and view the auction with a tape running through your mind:

“No deal is better than a bad deal.”

Just think about the long view.

The hundreds of dollars you save today will help you capture the best deal at the next auction.

If you are a dealer, this is exactly why you make sure everyone knows that you are on your last few vehicles. Not only does moving everything through as fast as possible send you and your employees home on time at night, it puts pressure on your buyers to come away with something rather than nothing at all.

 

RideSafely – Online car auction plays both ends of the scarcity game. For the dealer, we make a market for your individual car, not for all cars of the same year, make, and model. For the buyer, we break down the barrier of location; if the car she wants is in New Mexico, we can get it to her. The buyer feels safe with RideSafely.com because we guarantee the lowest price on all “BUY NOW” listings.

To summarize, the auction floor is a terrible place to make decisions on the fly. If you are going there to try to find a deal, come prepared. Do your homework, know your strategy, and don’t let your money get flushed down the CESSpool along with your composure under the pressure of the auctioneer’s gavel. RideSafely – Online auto auction offers both the buyers and sellers a better way.

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Posted by RideSafely.com on Monday, December 5, 2016

 

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