Wanna get a car now? (中英文版)

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From dreamstime.com


As we all know, America is a country on the wheels, and without a vehicle, life here can be rough. Without having a car, how can you broaden and enrich your life via such activities as going out for internship or work?

When the spring is around the corner, it is the best time to purchase a car. Considering that lack of money and uncertainty of future are the two crucial problems for international students, the initial choice is to purchase used cars, which is going to be the main topic of this article.

众所周知,美国是一个车轮上的国家,在这里生活学习工作,没有车是万万不能的,当一个人的行动受限,你还如何扩展和充实自己的生活?

眼下又要到了开春的时节,买车之事当务之急。

作为留学生,未来未卜,预算紧张,二手车往往是我们的首要选择,本文将重点介绍二手车市场。

When to buy?

什么时候买车?

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In my opinion, it is the best time to buy a car right now instead of the conventional idea of buying a car after spring. I have three reasons for this opinion:

First, your car has to face the long winter in Ohio. Hence, it is important to make sure your car has good condition during the snowy day. So, while you purchasing a car, why not test the performance in snowy day?

Second, as I have observed, the price of most cars decreases except SUVs and trucks during winter.

Third, as an old saying that time is treasure, waiting a long-lasting freezing winter does not deserve. At present, semester having begun, winter being ending, and the price having not increased yet, buying a car right now can keep you away from the rush hour of purchasing a car.

很多人都说开了春再买车,可是从个人观点来看,现在才是买车的最好时间。

一来,Ohio的冬天是你的爱车必然要遭遇的事情,所以更应该在买车的时候就测试出车子在雪地上行驶的性能如何。

二来,据我观察,SUV和卡车冬天会涨价,但是其他的车子冬天会相对降价。

三来,很多人等啊等啊,就是为了等到春天再买车,可是把寒冷的日子都冻过去了,何苦来着。现在冬天将过,车价还没有回升,开学也有一阵子了,避过了买车的高峰时节,该下手就下手吧。

How & where to buy?

怎样和上哪儿买车?

How to buy a car depends on lots of factors, and the very first thing you need to do is to choose the brand and age of car according to your budget. This kind of information is all over the professional websites like KBB, which is informative for buying a used car. This kind of websites has two functions: 1) estimate the price of the used cars; 2) find out the dealer near to your location.

There also some other websites of this kind such as Cars.com, Autotrader.com, Edmunds.comCarsdirect.com

看车子的地方很多,首先根据自己的预算决定买什么年纪的车子。这种信息可以在KBB上查询,这个网站比较专业,二手车信息比较全.这类网站一般有两个作用,一个是估算旧车的价格,另一个是查询附近的dealer.

类似的网站还有Cars.comAutotrader.comEdmunds.comCarsdirect.com

From Craigslist.com

From Craigslist.com

Without considering about having no information page of Kent, Craigslist is another good alternation. However, you still can find information under the Akron/Canton and Youngstown from both dealers and individual owners.

BE CAUTIOUS with Fraud on Craigslist!

The advantage of dealing with owner is that you don’t have to pay the extra money for foxy dealer, but if you are not the expert, probably you need to bring one as your accompany when you go to test the car. Otherwise, go to dealer.

Craigslist也是一个不错的选择,但是没有Kent,大家可以在Akron/Canton和Youngstown附近寻找,这里不但有dealer的信息,还有个人放上来的Owner信息。碰到个人买卖的要持谨慎心态,不该收的支票不要收,不该寄的支票也不要寄。我反正是见识过两次这种事儿了。向Owner买车最大的好处是避过了狡猾的dealer,具有很大的价格优势,但是自己如果不懂车,最好有懂车的朋友协同前往,才能看出车子的优劣,不然还是乖乖找dealer去吧。

If you find the car you want, you should begin to focus on the paperwork, especially the Carfax. Carfax is a kind of file of car including all kinds of records such as transaction and accidents information. Usually, dealer will provide Carfax files, which sometimes do not show the whole information, though. If you buy a car directly from an owner, you need to order a Carfax by yourself. Just make sure the information such as accident, insurance and the number of transitions.

From Carfax.com

From Carfax.com

Carfax is not free, and each will cost $34.99. But if you buy five once, it will just takes you $45.99 totally. You can keep the Carfax account for several months. I have some if you need, leave me a message.

遇到了中意的车子就要开始做功课了,去Carfax查车子记录是很重要的。Carfax就是车子的记录。从保养到倒卖,车祸等等,几乎所有的信息都在上面。一般来说,如果去dealer那儿买车,会自带Carfax记录,但是有同学反映,这个记录往往并不准确。如果去Owner那儿买车,一般有Carfax的可能性不大,所以需要自己查,看一下有没有大修过,有没有事故,保养记录如何,多少个车主。

Carfax需要花钱购买,$34.99一个,$45.99五个,账号有几个月的保存期。

如果有需要Carfax的,可以给我留言,我还没用完。

Other information might be helpful

The one has the information of how to test the car’s performance

http://www.tiandaoedu.com/liuxue/Ready/2009/0325/6704.html

The one has a lot strategy of purchasing a car

http://www.carbuyingtips.com/

Statistical analysis of each index of car

http://www.jdpower.com/cc/auto/index.jsp

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6 thoughts on “Wanna get a car now? (中英文版)

  1. Molly says:

    It’s a wonderful article. And I think you can put your herbie’s picture in this article that may attract more comments. O(∩_∩)O~

  2. Rachel Pryately says:

    All of this information is very helpful. For me though my dad is a car dealer so I have seen what can happened when buying used cars. Yes you may run into more troubles, but that can happen with buying new cars too. I understand the concept of buying a new car, but for those who cannot truly afford a new car, I do not understand why they insist on it. You can get used cars that are maybe just a year old and the price is incredibly lower. I have no shame in buying a used car.

    • Thank you for your comments. There is no reason to be shamed on saving money. Using less money to make life better is an art and a skill of smart people. ^_^

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