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Tips On Driving A Manual Transmission

By   April 7, 2015

Hurst Speed Shifter Transmission

Manual Transmission

If you are like us then you are a fan of the traditional manual transmission. The driving experience is just more fun with a third pedal and that can improve your performance car lifestyle.

But if you aren’t an accomplished driver, then you may still be a little green when driving a manual. People also aren’t often taught very well with how best to drive a car with a stick and the lessons normally focus on keeping from killing the car.

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find out some tips on how to better drive a manual car.

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How To Drive Faster Through Weight Reduction On Yourself

By   March 18, 2015

eating right will give you a competitive racing advantage, just like the pros

Just Like The Pros Eating Right Will Help Your Driving

We all know that in racing weight reduction is a huge thing. If you’ve gotten into any form of racing then you know just how hard it is to reduce a car’s weight after a certain point.

No matter what class of racing you drive in (or if you just want to carry less weight while driving around town), you want to haul around as little as possible within the rules. But what do you do if you can’t get that last 20 pounds out off of the car? Well, in many classes the driver is weighted with the car and often there is a decent amount of weight that he is carrying.

Click past the jump to see five weight loss tips for the racer in all of us.

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5 Car Buying And Negotiating Tips

By   August 6, 2014

Impressed by the 2015 Dodge Challengers, I Bought a Challenger and here are 5 Car Buying Tips

Impressed by the 2015 Dodge Challengers, I Bought a Challenger and here are 5 Car Buying Tips

Earlier this week I added a 2014 Dodge Challenger to my garage (don’t worry the Porsche is still there as well). The car was the SXT Plus with the performance package. Since this will be used primarily on the street I went with the V6 over V8 as the performance is more than enough for public roads and it gets better gas mileage.

As you may recall we experienced the 2015 Challenger lineup (including the SRT Hellcat) not that long ago. I was pretty impressed with them and decided to add a Challenger to the garage. So, with the 2015s on their way I thought now would be the time to get a good deal on a 2014 as they make room for the new cars. By doing this I did miss out on the silky smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, but you can’t always have everything and save money.

In purchasing the car I was able to put my negotiating skills to the test. I got a good deal and below I’m sharing some tips that I learned or used along the way.

5. Have Your Information Ready

If you are planning on financing the car and don’t already have a loan lined up through a credit union or bank, then having your information handy makes the process much faster.

Before going to the dealer make sure to have this information:

  • Write down the names of two unrelated acquaintances that you have known for over two years. Also, write their addresses and phone numbers.
  • Write down the names of two family members and make sure to include their addresses and phone numbers.
  • Write down your current employers information, including their address, phone number and your start date. Do the same for past employers going back 5 years and beyond the information above include your end date.
  • Write down your current address as well as your past addresses going back 5 years.

4. Have Bargaining Leverage

It is always good to have some leverage when negotiating the price. For example with the 2014 Dodge Challenger that I just purchased I used the fact that the 2015s will be in showrooms in September and that they need to make space for them to try and get the price down more. Also make sure to do your research to figure out how much you should be paying for that car.

Sales people will usually negotiate in monthly payments as they are lower numbers. Take a calculator (or use the app on your phone) to multiply the payments by the number of months to figure out what you are paying for the car. This then lets you know how much over the sticker price you are actually paying.

3. Start Very Low

Car dealers will always try to get you to come up a bit on the price, so starting much lower than where you want to be is a good idea. When I mean low, I mean real low. If you want your payments to be $500 a month start by saying you can do $200 a month. And make them get you up to $500. If they go over $500 during the negotiation then just stay firm on that is your top price.

But having said this once they get you to the monthly payment, try to get them back to negotiating based on the price. The calculator that you bring is a great way to say, but the price of the car is actually this if the payments go that high. And them let them know what price you want to pay for the car.

2. Watch for the Second Sale

I encountered the second sale tactic when I purchased my car. I negotiated a price that I was comfortable with and payments that worked, so I was ready to go and sign the loan documents and be off in the new car.

However, once we got in the financing office all of the sudden the guy started writing stuff on a piece of paper. He said let me do something real quick that will save you money long term. Then he handed me a paper with some add-ons that raised the monthly payment by $200.

The reason for the price increase was the addition of an extended warranty, gap insurance, LoJack and 5 years of oil changes and tire rotation maintenance. We then started a second negotiation with me asking what is it if I take this off or that off, etc. In the end I decided to add gap insurance, but declined everything else (but there was some hard selling of the extended warranty, especially). This did raise the monthly payment, but only by about $10.

1. Be Ready to Leave

This is the number one thing when it comes to negotiating. There was a time during my car buying experience when the price was just too high for what I wanted to pay. I then told them that I’m not comfortable with that price and if they can’t give me the price I was asking for at that time that I would just have to leave and see if another dealership could match the price I wanted.

Most dealerships don’t want you to walk off the lot. Once you do that chances are that you won’t be back anytime soon. So, make sure not to get too attached to that car as being willing to not buy it is sometimes the smartest thing. If the dealer won’t get to a price that you are comfortable with just thank them for their time and start walking out. Most of the time your price all of the sudden is more reasonable to them.

5 Tips On Buying A New Performance Car

By   August 6, 2013

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like the BMW M6

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like a BMW M6

Buying a new performance car can be a very exciting experience. You can also have a bad experience if you are looking for a high end vehicle, but are prepared to have the dealer take you seriously. What if you have worked for years and you can now buy that new BMW M6 that you have been dreaming of, but you want to make sure the dealership knows you are serious about buying? Well, we are here to help with that.

We have put together our top 5 tips of for buying a new performance car. Many of these tips are good for buying any new car, but are especially made with higher end performance cars in mind. So, if you are thinking of buying a new Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari or some other higher end performance car, this list should help you make that purchase.

  1. Dress Nicely
    Car dealers that deal in luxury and higher end Performance cars need to know that you are interested in buying the car and not just taking it for a joy ride. By dressing nice, you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but something like a nice polo shirt and khakis shows that you are more serious about buying the car. So, in general leave the t-shirt and jeans at home (unless you are famous or already have a relationship with the dealership).
  2. Bring a Friend
    When buying any new car it is easy to fall in love with the new car. This is especially important when buying a performance car as they can provide an even more emotional experience for you. A friend can help you keep from making a bad purchase, they can also help you know if the car is as good as you might think it is.
  3. Drive in With a Decent Car
    You don’t need to drive in with a new luxury or performance car, but you also don’t want to drive in with a car that looks like it barely made it. Even if you have an older car, at least wash it so that the dealer knows you are able to afford a new car. You want them to take you seriously and if you drive in with a 90’s Honda Civic that looks like it was hit by a train, they probably won’t.
  4. Research the Car
    Before you go into a dealership you will want to research the car that you are wanting to buy. You’ll want to checkout reviews on various websites and magazines to see what they think of the car. This will let you know of things that the reviewers liked or didn’t like. Knowing this information will let you know what to pay attention to when test driving the car. You want to see if any flaws in the car are deal breakers for you.
  5. Call or Email in Advance
    Calling or Emailing a dealership in advanced is good to make sure that the car that you would like to test drive will be available. If you are pretty sure you will be buying it if you like the way it drives, you can often hammer out most of the deal at home and have everything ready for the purchase once you get to the dealership.

Those are our top 5 tips for buying a new performance car. Let us know in the comments below what you think of them or if you have any other tips.