Introducing … Uncle Sam’s Virtual Car Lot

Over the past 2 Fridays, we’ve looked at non-traditional, economical ways to get behind the wheel of a pre-owned vehicle, including purchases at public car auctions and assuming existing lease deals.  This week, we move to another website that can prove helpful if you are looking to buy a car in a more customary way.

FuelEconomy.gov can prove especially helpful. This government-operated site has tools which allow you to compare 2 or 3 cars side-by-side in a variety of areas. You can also enter general requirements and wind up with a list of cars that meet your criteria. Finally, by using the MPG archive section, you can get a better sense for the fuel economy of pre-owned vehicles you might be considering.

If reducing gas consumption and buying more economically sound vehicles is an objective for you, FuelEconomy.gov includes topics such as –

• Fuel conservation driving tips
• New car economy/MPG ratings
• Information on hybrids, diesels & alternative fuel vehicles
• Side-by-side car comparisons
• Trip calculators for family vacations or business trips
• Vehicle MPG estimates for virtually every model since 1985
• Links to sites with cheap gas information from across the nation

The website also has a companion app that is available in Google and Apple app stores, to bring the site’s resources right to your mobile device.

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