By Joe Bavier, Emma Rumney and Duncan Miriri JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI (Reuters) - At the edge of Nairobi's Ngong Forest, thousands of used cars glitter in the hot sun on a dusty field, waiting for buyers. Imported from Japan or the Middle East, they offer an affordable route to vehicle ownership in Kenya and have dominated the market for decades. That is an obstacle big carmakers must overcome if they are to crack Africa, a market promising rapid growth as trade tensions threaten sales elsewhere. African consumers also still need conventional engines just as demand in more traditional markets is curbed by restrictions on carbon emissions. Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota, Nissan and others have joined forces to lobby governments for steps that would reduce the imports that have made sub-Saharan Africa notoriously difficult terrain and allow local production to flourish. "The question on Africa isn't, 'Is it a market of the future?'" Mike Whitfield, Nissan's top executive for Africa, told … [Read more...] about Auto giants battle used car dealers for Africa’s huge market
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Not everyone who shops at 1and2 and has a bad experience gets bailed out like that. Some frustrated customers post negative comments on web pages.Most people who would do a web search on 1and2 Automotive would find negative reviews galore. But often enough, unfortunately, consumers forget to do background checks on a dealer before they buy any big-ticket item, from a used car to a refrigerator, even a new dog.It got so bad at 1and2 that a while back the Better Business Bureau sent in undercover shoppers and placed the business on some kind of monitoring program.So Kost saying he's trying to clean up his act is good news.Consider the improvements. The so-called "manager's room" is gone.Customer Dalwan Washington told me in 2017 how when she argued with the staff about a repossession she was locked in a room and berated. Kost told me in 2018, "If someone is in my showroom and they're yelling and screaming, what do you do at this point in time?" That was what the "manager's room" was for, … [Read more...] about Used car dealer seen as ‘one of the worst’ in Dallas says he’s trying to buff up his image
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 4:00 am PST, Monday, December 3, 2018 Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle can provide peace of mind, but it can also cost hundreds of dollars over the price of the same model without the CPO designation. Here are the 10 vehicles that offer the smallest CPO premiums, according to iSeeCars.com. (2015 models were used for the study.) less Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle can provide peace of mind, but it can also cost hundreds of dollars over the price of the same model without the CPO designation. Here are the 10 vehicles that offer the ... more Photo: FCA US LLC, Associated Press Photo: FCA US LLC, Associated Press Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle can provide peace of mind, but it can also cost … [Read more...] about Buying a used car? Here are best certified pre-owned deals
Surging demand to replace vehicles damaged by Hurricane Florence will likely push up used car prices. Analysts at Black Book, which tracks used car prices and sales, say that people in areas flooded by the storm will need replacement cars quickly to be able to get back to work. In addition, dealerships must replace their damaged inventory. Hurricane Florence's next challenge: Dealing with insurers Florence gone but flooding remains a crisis in parts of North Carolina "There will be immediate demand for replacement," said Anil Goyal, executive vice president for operations at Black Book. He expects that spike in demand to push up prices in the eastern U.S. by up to one percent. That would amount to $200 for a $20,000 used car. Jonathan Smoke, chief economist with Kelley Blue Book, estimates that 20,000 to 40,000 vehicles will be total losses due to Florence. State Farm, one of the largest U.S. auto insurers, said that as of Wednesday it had received more than 1,600 … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence impact to push up used car prices
By Katherine Feser Published 2:35 pm CDT, Monday, September 17, 2018 Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 1. Ford Fusion Energi (21.5 days)Source: iSeeCars Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 1. Ford Fusion Energi (21.5 days) Source: iSeeCars Photo: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows), Wieck Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 2. Toyota Prius (23.2 days) Source: iSeeCars Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 2. Toyota Prius (23.2 days) Source: iSeeCars Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 3. Toyota Corolla (26.2 days) Source: iSeeCars Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 3. Toyota Corolla (26.2 days) Source: iSeeCars Photo: Toyota Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 4. Nissan Sentra (26.7 days) Source: iSeeCars Fastest-selling used cars in Houston 4. Nissan Sentra (26.7 days) Source: iSeeCars … [Read more...] about Which used car models sell fastest in Houston?