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Buying used is the way to go green

Used Cars from Japan - Green HondaFeel eco-guilty about buying a used car? Don’t. “Used cars” and “green cars” seem like diametrically opposing expressions but the truth is buying a used car may be a better way to help combat pollution and global warming than buying a new hybrid. At least, for the next couple of years until used hybrids become available.

If you really want to help the environment then you shouldn’t only be concerned with a car’s miles-per-gallon (mpg) fuel efficiency ratio. More importantly, you must consider the total energy consumed and pollution contributed by the entire process of building and operating the vehicle. Looking at the bigger picture, buying a used car may be more eco-friendly.

Take as an example a Toyota Prius, an extremely fuel efficient hybrid averaging 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway. It takes about 113 million BTUs of energy to make a new Prius and a gallon of gasoline can produce about 113,000 BTUs of energy. This means the Prius has already consumed the equivalent of 1,000 gallons of gasoline before it even leaves the factory. Of course, the fuel efficiency of the Prius makes up for this “carbon deficit” in the long run, after clocking about 50,000 miles in its odometer.

As Matt Power wrote in this May’s issue of Wired, there is a better way to avoid this carbon deficit which comes with producing a new car – buying a used car – a fuel efficient used car.  This way, the first owner has already paid for its carbon deficit, or at least started paying substantial installments.  Power wrote that if you buy a 1998 Toyota Tercel which averages 35 mpg, a new Prius will have to go 100,000 miles to catch up with the carbon savings of the 10-year old Tercel.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go back a decade in style and settle for an outmoded Tercel. There are plenty of relatively newer models of used cars available today.

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5 things to remember when buying a used car

Used car shopping always entails risks.  More so if you purchase cars from online sources.  Even buying from reputable websites doesn’t always guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the actual car.  Let’s face it, even with the best quality control and compliance to importation standards, a used car is still essentially a used car.

You can however manage these risks if you know what to look for in used car sources.  Here are a few tips that might prove helpful:

  • Understand your options – Although buying used cars direct from sources such as Japan has its advantages such as cheaper cars and more vehicles to choose from but local distributors may be faster and more convenient. If you buy from direct sources, vehicles will need to be shipped in, which means a longer wait and some shipping cost. Local distributors however, usually have their stock available for you to check out directly at the yards. A good way to go might be to check local dealers first. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can consider looking at exporters.
  • Research is a plus – Nobody wants to pay too much for any car. Before considering any vehicle, check online sites that provide current used car values. Usually, car prices are based on purchase histories. While they give you the current average prices for certain makes and models, these should not be taken as absolute benchmarks. In short, research only helps to give you an idea of the acceptable range. You still need to do your own appraisal of the actual vehicle you are planning to buy.
  • Check the car’s accident and ownership history – See if your dealer can provide a full ownership and accident history before purchasing any vehicle. A good rule of thumb is that if the price is too good to be true, it usually is. In some countries like Africa and in the Middle East, stolen vehicles have made it to the market. Horror stories abound of cars being impounded by Interpol from the owners off the street for being stolen. Condition reports and accident histories are also important. Stay away from dealers who don’t offer these.
  • Odometer check - See if the dealer can offer independently provided odometer checks for their vehicles. Odometer fraud is a serious issue especially for older models where mileage becomes suspect. If the vehicle doesn’t come with an odometer certification, pay attention to details that may give you clues to the car’s actual mileage such as the condition of the suspension, tire wear, etc. Check if the vehicle has a service history record you can verify online or with authorized service centers. Service records will include a record of the car’s posted mileage at every servicing entry.
  • Test drive - - Nothing beats a test drive to determine the condition of a vehicle. If you can’t test drive, do a background check on the dealer. Have they been around long enough? Do you know someone who’s bought from them before? Are they affiliated with established and reputable business organizations? Does the dealer give guarantees on the car’s quality? Do they offer documentation on the vehicle’s condition? If the answers are all no, better stay away.
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Featured Cars

REVIEW: NISSAN SKYLINE GTR 33
Power in a Sedan

Nissan Skyline GTR 33 Power in a SedanWhy is the Skyline so popular?  Perhaps because this monster of a sedan can hit 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds; and if you press the gas pedal a little bit more, you can reach 100 mph in just 12.3 seconds.  No wonder the Skyline is also fondly called “Godzilla.”  But is it all about speed?

Because first glance at the Nissan Skyline GTR 33 wouldn’t make that argument compelling; it looks large. But the outside dimension may be deceiving because the Nissan Skyline is the size of VW Passat or Suburban Legacy although it packs far more power.

Except for the bucket seats, you’ll never notice that the car could go for high speed rides or comfortable city cruise. These seats give the driver the stability when negotiating tight maneuvers.  The car’s suspension, break system, aerodynamic exterior design, and sleek but simple interiors complete the package.

A sports car that could sustain such power must have better suspension and the Nissan Skyline has them. Underneath, fixed suspension arms are fitted all around reinforced with stiffer bushings and wider geometrical spacing. 

With a speedster like Nissan Skyline GTR 33, one may wonder if its brakes could handle such power. The car is fitted with a sophisticated braking system that makes use of ventilated discs. The ABS systems and large ducts (four in front and two at the back) to cool and prevent the discs from heating are very useful for breaking at high speeds.

A flatter windshield regulates the flow of air. Two diffusers – front and a carbon fiber rear diffuser – help pull the car to the ground as it accelerates. This ensures better handling in high speed, further improved with a dual-type rear wing adjustable to four different settings.

The Nissan Skyline is a mean car with amazingly good performance. Its only drawback seems to be its nose-heavy body. In the hands of an expert, the car could be extremely fast and furious.

Engine: In-line six cylinder, twin turbo, iron block, aluminum head, 2658 cc
Max torque: 276 bph @6800 rpm
Dimension: 4675 mm x 1950 mm x 1360 mm.
Weight: 1601 kg
Drivetrain: Longitudinal front engine, all-wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual, power assisted rack and pinion
Topspeed: 155 mph
Performance: Acceleration 0-30 mph : 1.6 sec., 0-60 mph : 4.9 sec., 30-50 mph : 2.1 sec. 50-70 mph
: 2.3 sec., Quarter Mile : 13.2 sec. @103.6 mph
Suspension: Front and rear stock V-spec springs and shocks
Brakes: Front and rear four-piston calipers, endless pads
Handling: Lateral grip (200ft skidpad) : 0.95g Slalom Speed (700 ft slalom) : 68.3 mph
Braking: 60-0 stopping distance : 110 ft.
Mileage: 19.6 mpg

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