Why Should I Sell My Car on Consignment?

Everyone has had the experience of selling their car to a private party.  The process is simple enough.  Simply create an ad on Craigslist, stuff it with lots of pictures and provide your contact information (phone, email, or both) and wait for calls.  I agree the process is not difficult and in a perfect world, this is the best way to sell your car to a private party.

The problem is that the Internet world is changing rapidly, and I am sorry to say that the number of scams is increasing at a terrific rate.  Crooks can scan Craigslist and get your phone number and email and then contact you with any number of scams.  For example, see the previous email for the "Car Title Check" scam. 

More importantly, potential buyers will come to your home to see the car.  Do you want strangers to know where you live?  A quick tip:  if you are selling a car always meet at a public place like a shopping center and bring a second person with you.  One last scam is a fake cashier check.  Read…

BEWARE!! Don't Fall Victim to a Car Buyer Scam

As an independent car dealer in California, I use Social Media (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, others) as part of my advertising and I expect to receive lots of "junk" mail. But last week, something happened that raised the bar so-to-speak and I thought I would share my story with you.....

I received an email for one of my cars.  Simple enough, she said that her Uncle was interested in my car and if it was still available, she would have him contact me.  Sure enough, a day later I get an email from a guy named "Nick" who asked me questions about the car like its ownership, pictures, last service, etc.  After answering his questions, his next email caught me by surprise.  Here is the email:

Thanks for the answer! I will buy for sure your vehicle if everything is as you said! I am taking a personal loan and to get the money I need to share with my loan officer the vehicle history report from . I don't want to get it by myself because if…

3 Tips to Smart Car Buying

Car buying can be a very fun experience, unless of course you make one of 3 key mistakes. Here is a quick description of each mistake and how to avoid. 1. Use the Internet to find the car of your dreams. In other words, do your research before you go physically shopping at a car dealer. Narrow down the make and model and also the year. Manufacturers make major and minor changes to models and you need to understand how this impacts your decision (and budget). US News Car Reports ( is an excellent website to learn about different makes and models and how they compare.

2. Go and physically see the car. There is no better way to determine the condition of the car without a physical visit and test drive. Check the exterior for scratches and dents. Review the CARFAX report for any history of accidents or damage. Do not necessarily decline a car because it was in a accident or rear end "bump". Have your local mechanic inspect the car to make sur…

The Rising Popularity of SUVs

Have you ever wanted to get away with your whole family for a weekend, but didn’t have enough room in your little car for everyone and their stuff? Have you ever got stuck in a flood during rainy season? These and other problems are easy to solve when you choose an SUV as your personal transportation. 
And an increasing number of customers are doing just that – choosing SUVs as their family vehicle. SUV sales are up more than 7 percent since 2011 compared to a 4-percent drop in passenger car sales during the same period. So, what’s driving the trend? For one thing, the selection of SUVs is expanding faster than regular cars.  According to recent market research conducted by Chevrolet, customers are flocking to the SUV segment for several reasons ranging from interior spaciousness to rugged exterior styling. Trailblazer customers mostly have families of four or more who do things together, such as sports and travel. Moreover, they are willing to spend more to get good quality.    “Thi…

The Car Buying Sweet Spot Video

Everyone wants to get a good quality car at a good price.  The trick to good car buying is to balance the high cost of a new car purchase with the high repair costs of an older car.

In this video the speaker explains this buying strategy perfectly.

The car buying "sweet spot" as shown in this video matches the car buying strategy we recommend at IW Auto Sales.

At IW Auto Sales we believe that the best time to buy a car is when it is less than 4 years old with less than 50,000 miles.  A vehicle this age is available on the market as a "lease return".  A typical car lease runs 2-3 years with a limit of 24,000 to 36,000 miles.  Car repairs are done by the manufacturer under warranty and some manufacturers offer car maintenance (oil, filters, wipers).  So when the lease vehicle is returned, the car is normally in very good condition.

At IW Auto Sales, we avoid cars older than 4 years with more than 50,000 miles.  We find that cars past 4 years and/or 50,000 miles have i…

2018 Kia Soul - #1 Compact Car

Thanks in part to its upscale cabin, abundance of cargo space, and outstanding predicted reliability rating, the 2018 Kia Soul rates a #1 in the US News compact car rankings. The base model is a great value, and higher trims are playful and nicely equipped.
The 2018 Kia Soul stands out from nearly all other compact cars for a number of reasons, including one of the longest warranties in the class. A few downsides include an underwhelming base engine and low fuel economy. Beyond that, it has a high-grade cabin, ample interior space, poised driving dynamics, and a perfect five-out-of-five predicted reliability score. 

Whether you're looking for a compact car, a hatchback, or a small crossover, the Soul stacks up well against its rivals. It has the lowest price tag in the compact car class, and it’s cheaper than some subcompact SUVs like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. The Soul also offers more total cargo room than these crossovers, making it a good bang for your buck. The Soul is an …

MINI Safety Reports

It is smart to research the safety of a any vehicle you are considering for purchase.  A recent customer ask about the safety of the newer MINI Cooper models.  Some research on the Internet turned up two key reports that detail the safety of the MINI.  

Here are the links:

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
US News:
The Insurance Institute report is very detailed and I encourage you to take a look.  Overall the MINI was rated to have very good safety.  Here is a list of its key safety features:
Driver Air BagPassenger Air BagFront Head Air BagRear Head Air BagFront Side Air Bag4-Wheel ABS4-Wheel Disc BrakesBrake AssistElectronic Stability ControlDaytime Running LightsTraction ControlAuto-Leveling Headlights