Highly-rated Ford models to look out for at auction

Ford is one of the biggest car brands in the UK, as well as the wider world, with its vehicles a popular choice among all kinds of drivers, from mums and dads wanting people carriers to those seeking a high-performance driving experience and are keen to put their foot on the gas.

Whatever kind of car you want – be it something small and compact or a slightly sportier model – you’ll be sure that Ford can deliver. So, what’s the best way to get your hands on a vehicle? While you may be tempted to head straight to your local dealership, I think it’s worth considering what Ford car auctions have to offer too. If you’re lucky enough to have placed the winning bid, you just may find that you’ve saved thousands of pounds compared to what you would’ve paid on the mainstream market.

Of course, it’s not all about price and whatever car you bid on you’re sure to want a reliable, high-performance model that will last for years to come. Here’s a guide to some of the Ford cars we think are worth looking at, but don’t just take our word for it, as these have won awards from prestigious industry bodies in recognition of their performance.

Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140PS Zetec


If you’re looking to bid on a stylish and sleek estate, it’s worth checking auction lists to see if any Ford Mondeos are going under the hammer. As one of the company’s most famous models (it first rolled off the production line in the early 1990s), it’s something likely to feature in many auction lists and although many variants have been manufactured, the Mondeo 2.0 TDCi 140PS Zetec is a relatively new model you might want to consider.

Typically valued at around £20,000, the car has a powerful 1,997cc engine and can go from zero to 62 mph in 9.5 seconds. Other features include electric windows, cruise control, full chrome window surround and power steering, while it also has a score of five, the highest possible rating, on the Euro Ncap Occupant Protection barometer. It also took both the Best Family Car and Best Estate titles at the 2011 What Car? Awards, with leading motoring publication Auto Express noting its low running costs and “rewarding road manners”.

Focus 1.6 TDCi Style


While we all want a car that delivers a quality, high-performance ride, there’s been a bigger focus on green motoring in recent years.

If you want to ensure your driving habits don’t have too heavy an impact on the environment, its worth seeking out the Focus 1.6 TDCi Style, the winner of What Car?’s best used green model in 2010. As well as praising its green credentials, the publication’s group editor, Steve Fowler, indicates it is fuel efficent and a great choice for families.

S-MAX


After a reliable MPV? The S-MAX could be just what you’re after, in no small part because it’s been named the best car of its type in the Auto Express New Car Awards for three years running between 2008 and 2010. Top Gear is also a big fan of the Ford model, praising its practicality and responsive handling.

There’s a great choice of S-MAX models to choose, but I think the 2.2TDCi is a particularly good option. Not only does it have 197 brake horsepower, but is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds.

Whether you’ve bid on Ford cars at auctions in the past or are thinking of doing so for the first time, leave us a comment to say which of the firm’s models you like the most.

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What You Might Not Have Known About A Convertible

Whether you want to buy a new or used convertible, there are things that you should be aware of. This car is not like all the other ones and there are differences that we need to be aware of at all times. By being informed you are going to avoid the possibility of ending up with problems in the future. It would be a shame to buy a convertible car and then notice that you do not like it.

The first thing that you have to be aware of is the fact that the convertible does not actually turn into a coupe as soon as the top will be up. It will just be a convertible that has the top up. It does not really matter how well the car was reinforced or what features have been included since there will be some noise that will be associated. Specialists refer to this as wind or road noise. This happens since instead of metal the top of the car is vinyl or cloth.

The second thing that you have to know is Cowl Shake. This is a term that few even heard about. It will happen since a convertible will not be rigidly structured as a regular vehicle. As soon as you hit a pothole you might feel like the entire car will be shaking. Some of the models will handle this situation better than others so make sure that you also consider this. In addition, there are some sub-connectors that can be installed to make everything better.

The last thing that the dealer is not going to mention is rattling. Sometimes it will not be that major but it is a reality that rattles will be more common with convertibles. This basically means that you need to ask or be informed about how much rattling the car is going to have.

In conclusion, these are the 3 facts that nobody is going to actually talk about. It is true that with some of the more expensive models these problems are not going to be so visible. However, you should be aware of the fact that they exist. Most people are not going to care because they will buy this car as it is a convertible. You cannot be any cooler than driving one. The top goes down and you will most likely want to buy one even with the problems that have just been mentioned.

Drive Into a New Adventure With the Honda Civic

Get your travel on and still have a reliable vehicle for all of the other trips in life! We don’t say that often but the truth is, you gotta have a balance of safety and adventure in life. So if you’re on the hunt for a good car, the Honda Civic is definitely right for you. Don’t just take our word for it, though — check out the video!

The Ford Focus in 2012

Smart consumers are looking for ways to save money while still enjoying the benefits of driving a new car. The 2012 Ford Focus makes saving money a possibility with its great gas mileage and low MSRP. Starting with the 2012 models, the Ford Motor Company has decided to improve on its already excellent Focus line of cars. The 2012 Focus stands out for being sportier, edgier and more attractive. This model is made from 55 percent hard steel, which is much more than what is found on other current Ford models. The 2012 Focus is available in a Titanium, SEL, SE or S trim level.

Engine Performance

Although the Ford Focus doesn’t stand a chance in a drag race, it can get you around town fairly fast. The engine is equipped with 2.4-liter, 155 horsepower engine and 145 pound-feet torque. This model comes in either a dual-clutch gearbox or a manual transmission. With a gas mileage of 40 mpg on the highway, the Focus saves drivers money at the pump. If you want a fuel-efficient, practical, inexpensive car, look no further than the 2012 Ford Focus.

Driving Performance

Another feature that is unique to Ford’s 2012 line of Focus automobiles is the torque vectoring control. With this control system, the car enjoys better performance around curves and corners as the system applies break pressure while splitting its power between both front wheels. But Ford hasn’t stopped wowing the public in terms of the Focus’ interior. Its cabin design is second-to-none with the quality materials used by Ford. Several features included for the driver’s convenience are the keyless entry, parking-assistance and rear-view camera. Ford also utilized its MyFord system that allows drivers to adjust music volume and change songs right from the steering wheel.

Safety Features and Other Aspects

Base Focus models are equipped with standard audio systems, adjustable steering wheels and power windows. Those who choose to shell out more money for the premium SE trim will enjoy Ford’s MyKey system that lets parents set a certain speed limit to keep their teenage drivers safer on the road. All trims come with basic safety features such as side airbags, comprehensive airbag systems that include chest protection and side restraint systems. The Titanium Ford Focus boasts a quality Sony sound system, sunroof and MyTouch, which gives drivers the ability to use the audio system and their phone via voice commands.

Now that gas prices have risen to a level that is hurting almost every consumer, there is no better time than this year to purchase a 2012 Ford Focus. Between the starting price range of $15,999-$19,899 and the great gas mileage, this car will save drivers tons of money for years to come.

2010’s Top 10 of the Popular New Vehicles

There are many aspects that go into judging the popularity of a car, such as its price, amount of sales, the size of the engine, its safety features, the exterior look, and the interior look.  Based on our general comparison, the following are 2010’s top 10 vehicles.

The Chevrolet Malibu.  This is 2010’s highest rank car to date, specifically because of its integrated driving system technology.  The exterior is standard – four doors, with a body resembling many of the new sedans made in Japan.  However, the interior design is superb.  And because the Malibu starts at a very reasonable cost, these cars are flying off the lots.

The Chrysler Sebring Sedan. Yes, while it might come as a throw off because it is a sedan, do not let that fool you.  Chrysler has really outdone itself this time in terms of the Sebring sedan’s looks, control, and driving – master design and craftsmanship.  And although the car industry as well as customers are facing difficult financial times, Chrysler has managed to keep the luxurious feel of the Sebring Sedan.

The Dodge Avenger.  From the front, anyone can tell the Avenger is a Dodge.  But from the back, the look is completely different.  Some car experts believe that Dodge has completely overdone the Avenger’s design; however, that is all a matter of opinion.

Numbers four through seven of the vehicles on the 2010 Top 10 list are categorized as SUVs.  They are the XC90 from Sweden, XC60 by Volvo, SRX from America, and the CLK German class.  Because they are basically similar, we have grouped them together.  However, the differences are found in the design.  Some of these SUVs are better looking in regards to its interior, but all of them are highly practical, especially in comparison to the vehicles listed above.  The only downside to the exterior is the color choices, or lack thereof.

At number eight on the list, we have – the Subaru Legacy.  From the moment you first lay eyes on the Legacy, you will immediately notice that the look is sporty and almost mean.  Because of the Subaru Legacy’s spec details, the targeted market is geared towards the younger driver.  It is not meant to be popular with the older set.  However, the overall consensus is that this car drives well, looks great, and is definetly a fantastic deal for the price.

For number nine and number ten on the Top 10 of 2010 list, Audi A3 and Subaru Outback in that order.  Either of these automobiles are a good choice for almost any driver on the road.  But when it comes to the A3 and Outback’s performance and pricing, Audi and Subaru have fallen a bit short.  Of course, if your main reason right now for purchasing a car is to have something fun to play in and take for joyrides up and down the road, you cannot go wrong with either of them.  As a matter of fact, these are the two cars you should look at first.

Honda Insight Hybrid – 2010

Honda is hands-down the leader in creating clean, fuel-efficient automobile technology in addition to advances in gasoline alternatives, hydrogen powered and no-emission FCX Clarity car fuel cells, and a highly advanced production auto.  And now, Honda has something new to put on its list – the 2010 Insight Hybrid.

On the first day of 2009, the Insight made its debut into the car industry appealing to customer with its extra features.  The efficiency and cost-effectiveness in which it is produced as well as the hybrid technology – Integrated Motor Assist – has completely redefining the evolution technology of all hybrids.  Why?  Customer who are environmentally conscious or simply just like the hybrid will enjoy the benefits of better performances, greater affordability, and a 40/43 fuel economy rating for the highway.

And the engine features of the Honda Insight Hybrid are nothing short of spectacular.  There is Eco Assist, an enhanced fuel economy technology component, 1.3liter iVTEC engine, and IMA hybrid system.  Its hybrid system has a 13 horsepower, 10Kilowatt electric motor featuring the Intelligent Power Unit, or IPU.  The IPU reclaims and stores the kinetic energy brought forth by braking in order to give acceleration a boost if need be.  During low and mid driving speeds, the IMA can run solely on electric power and lets cylinder deactivation happen either when the car’s engine is shut-off or during deceleration.  All of this technology can go far with a 400 mile driving range coupled with a fuel tank that can hold 10.6 gallons.

There are many surprises inside the car as well, such as the 60/40 split rear seat backs that fold back, double digital instrument panels, automated climate control, mirror and door lock, power windows, telescoping steering wheel that tilts, 160 watt audio system with CD, MP3 playback capabilities, volume control that is speed sensitive, and input jack.

Of course, you cannot talk about the Insight Hybrid without discussing its excellent feats of safety – front air bags that are dual-threshold and dual-stage, side airbags in the front, OPDS on the passenger side, side curtain system, EBD anti-lock brakes, and the restraints that have been effectively redesigned.  The ACE body structure the crash compatibility from two vehicles greatly varying in size, which protects Insight passengers and the other car’s when hit head on.  The Honda Insight Hybrids safety points are superior to anything else currently on the market – an aspect that brings in a lot of interest from potential 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid owners.

Environmental mindset customers find the Honda Insight a revolution in the car industry.  The new technology is nothing short of amazing, well places safety features for optimum passenger protection, and an interior jam packed with accessories.  Out of all of the technology for hybrid cars available for purchase at this moment, the Honda Insight is thought by many to be the absolute best.  In April 2009, car dealers in the United States will be launching the 2010 Insight throughout the nation.  And for those concerned about saving pennies and dimes, the Insight’s MSRP comes in well underneath the Civic Hybrid.

Save More Money at the Gas Pump

With gas prices being as high as they currently are, a lot of motorists are changing the way they drive altogether.  Long gone are the days of filling up a large SUV without being taken aback by the cost.  And $20 certainly does not get you as far as it used to.  If gas prices are a big concern to you, like they are with most people, it is time to learn of some methods to help you save more money at the gas pump.

Join a Carpool

If you have a fairly long commute to work, there may be someone you know living in your area who goes the same direction to work that you do every day.  If you do not, there are several websites dedicated to helping those who want to carpool find each other through no cost ad posting.

Although it could take several months to match up with a compatible carpooler, the time you wait is definitely worth the savings you will receive.  You will essentially be spending 50% less on gasoline per work week.  It is almost the same as paying $1.25 for gas when it is actually $2.50 or $1.50 if the price is $3.00.

Move to Reduce Your Commute Time

If you move closer to where you work, you can seriously cut down your commute time, leaving you with big savings and extra free time.  However, that is not very easy to do right now considering the state of the real estate market.  But renters can still do this without as much hassle, especially if they are on a month to month or six-month lease; they will not be bound by a long term contract.  Everyone knows the wish for lower gas prices is no longer worth hoping for, so the sooner you do this, the better off you will be.

Drive a Car with High Gas Mileage

Buying a car that can get more miles to the gallon will save you tons of money.  While your new car might not be as roomy as you would like, your smaller car will allow you to gas up less, saving you more.  There are plenty of resources on the internet that have a list of vehicles and their average gas mileage rate.

Ride Public Transportation

If you live in a city where public transportation is offered, you should use it.  Of course, if you do decide to give public transportation a whirl, you must get organized first.  You will have to learn the bus route’s schedule and possibly wake up at an earlier time in order to not be late for work.

It is very clear that the the majority of Americans are negatively impacted by the rise in gas prices, which makes it surprising considering how few people are taking drastic steps in order to protect themselves from spending too much money.  It is worth changing your driving habits to help keep your driving costs down.

Recognize an Automatic Transmission in Trouble

A car is much like a human being.  Both will begin to display hints that show they are having internal problems.  Sometimes if people are not aware of what those hints are, they may end up having to pay for running expensive tests, taking outrageously costly medicine, or even undergoing pricey procedures.  This is very similar to what happens when a car is not running at its optimum level.

Those who have had to replace their transmission know all to well that the cost is many times more than the current value of the car.  Transmissions will show signs that they are in trouble long before it is too late to fix them.  If you are not familiar with these signs, you are running the risk of facing a financially devastating problem in the future.  It is always more cost effective to repair it than replace it.

What You May Observe When an Automatic Transmission Needs Repairs

Leaks, Wetness, and Stains–Start by checking underneath your car to look for the telltale wet spots, apparent leaks, and dry stains found on the ground.  Of course, anytime you observe any type of leak in your car, there is always a problem and if you see red stains, the leak is usually stemming from the transmission.  If you only find a few drops, go ahead and get the car to the mechanic’s before the problem gets worse–and it will!  What is not urgent at the moment will become urgent in the future.

Dropping Fluid Levels–If you have looked underneath your car and do not see any leakage but you have noticed a drop in fluid levels, chances are you have an internal leak, which means you need to hightail it to the mechanic’s as soon as possible.  Glance at your transmission fluid; it should be red.  If it is cloudy in color, muddy in color, or smells “burnt,” it is time for a transmission flush.

Vibrations, Dragging, and Stuttering–Any time you shift gears and notice a vibration, drag, or stutter, this is a sign of transmission trouble around the corner.  You may have a minor issue such as low fluid or a major issue liked worn or damaged transmission cables.

Noise–A smooth running transmission is a transmission that is in good repair.  There should never be any grinding or whining sounds coming from beneath the car’s floorboards.  If so, you might need to address a gear or valve problem, which is serious.

Extreme Temperatures–Any time your transmission is overheating, you have an ugly problem on your hands.  When a transmission overheats, it means that you have completely missed the early signs of trouble and are now stuck making costly replacements.  You will have to get your car serviced and will have no other cheaper choice to make.  The mechanic will many times find a transmission problem such as these–oil cooler restriction or a damaged solenoid.  And hopefully, the entire transmission will not need to be replaced.

Read This Before Buying a New Sports Cars

One of the most unforgettable experiences of any new sports car owner is the thrill of taking their new ride for its first spin around town.  These high performance cars are not only considered to be the top of the line in terms of comfort and handling, but also incomparable in the way they give their drivers confidence, pride, and joy.  So if you are looking for a statement car that shows the world you have arrived, a sports car is definitely the best choice.

However, many people are a little apprehensive when it comes to buying a sports car because they know it is a high priced item.  There is always room for caution when it comes to buying one of these speed machines; if you want to make your sports car dreams come true, research and plan carefully.

New vs. Used

There is a big difference between choosing a new sports car or a slightly older model.  Besides the variance in price and the fact that older models cost less, new sports cars come with a valuable new car warranty, saving you many repair headaches down the road.  This warranty can completely justify the cost of a new car.  And when it comes to performance, there is nothing quite like a new sports car fresh off of the assembly line.

Timing Your Purchase

If you have your heart set on a brand new sports car but you are determined to save money, wait to purchase your vehicle at the tail end of the current model’s selling year.  During this time, dealerships are desperate to get rid of old inventory to make room for next year’s models; manufacturers tend to offer buyers enticing incentives too.

Shopping Comparison

Before visiting the dealership, write down every option and feature you are looking to get from your new car and then compare several makes and models to see which ones fit the bill.  A few features you may want to consider are overall fit, comfort, handling, engine performance, and size.

The MSRP

Those who are first-time new car buyers may not be aware of what the little sticker on the windshield that says “MSRP” means.  MSRP is simply short for Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price.  And this is where many dealers try to pad the price with nonessential or even bogus items.  So do your research beforehand.

Interest Rates and Financing

In order to receive the lowest interest rate possible for your new sports car, you need to get your financing approved before you start car shopping.  Otherwise, you may be taken by surprise as far as what your monthly payment amount will be.  Doing this will also allow you to compare the dealer’s financing offer with the one you have already secured, giving you one last opportunity to get the very best deal.  However, it is always better to pay for your tag, tax, and title out of pocket; these are not fees you should finance.