Here are a few of our automotive guilty pleasures

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. The world is full of cars, and just about as many of them are bad as are good. It’s pretty easy to pick which fall into each category after giving them a thorough walkaround and, more important, driving them. But every once in a while, an automobile straddles the line somehow between good and bad — it may be hideously overpriced and therefore a marketplace failure, it may be stupid quick in a straight line but handles like a drunken noodle, or it may have an interior that looks like it was made of a mess of injection-molded Legos. Heck, maybe all three.

Yet there’s something special about some bad cars that actually makes them likable. The idea for this list came to me while I was browsing classified ads for cars within a few hundred miles of my house. I … Read More

Coronavirus is a car sales roller coaster with an uncertain end

With no handy playbook, no precedents for the toxic economic fallout from COVID-19, the only thing predictable about auto sales is now unpredictability. And with viral spikes forcing fresh public restrictions — including in California, the nation’s largest auto market — any automotive recovery seems likely to follow the same topsy-turvy course.

Analysts say the worst may be over. But they can’t be sure. The pandemic drove auto sales to a sickly, 30-year-low in April, as Americans bought just 633,000 cars — down 53% from April 2019, and worse than any sales month of the Great Recession in 2009. 

June brought a few rays of hope. But June’s annualized selling rate of 12.9 million units was still a stark reminder of the booming 17.2-million pace of the previous June. Second-quarter sales at General Motors, Ford and FiatChrysler fell 30% or more. Tesla’s mere 5% drop —and a stock

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Chevy Is Hosting a Week of (Chevy-related) Automotive Celebration

From Autoweek

Chevrolet isn’t letting a little thing like the Woodward Dream Cruise cancellation kill its summer. The company is hosting a weeklong virtual car show called Cruisin’ the USA in your Chevrolet, hosted on the company’s social media channels all week.

“Classic car events have served as a place for us to honor Chevrolet’s deep automotive history and its influence on our present and future with car enthusiasts from around the world,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing vice president. “Cruisin’ the USA in your Chevrolet is a way for us to keep that spirit alive.”

Each day incorporates a different theme with historic footage, guests, trivia and more. Expect a lot of Chevy love (Luv?) for the brand’s vehicles new and old. We’ll also get a look inside GM’s Heritage Center and check out some custom builds.

Here are the days and topics:

–August 10: The Origins

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Buying a car will be even more of a nightmare this summer as inventory dries up. Here’s what you need to know if you’re shopping around.

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used car dealership

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t tank the used car market like many thought it would.

  • Currently, used car demand is strong because new car inventory is down.

  • It’s still possible to get a good deal; you just have to act fast and be flexible and patient.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Just because there’s the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to worry about, it doesn’t also mean you have to hit pause on all aspects of your life. Perhaps you’re thinking about buying a car this summer. 

Business Insider spoke with Tom McParland, who runs a service called Automatch Consulting that helps people buy cars, about some advice. 

As he writes for the automotive site, Jalopnik, McParland warned that this year’s Fourth of July car deals might not be as great as people expect because of low inventory, cheap financing being walked back

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