In late January, 2011, a man tried to sell his used car, a BMW, without using an auto appraisal or car buying service like Big Bucks Auto. After the “buyer” of the BMW signed a fake name on the bill of sale, he forcefully captured the seller, brutalized him, tied up his hands and feet and threw him into the trunk. With the seller unconscious in the trunk of his own BMW, the buyer started driving away from Manhattan toward an unknown destination, but likely what would have been the final resting place of his captive.
Why selling your car makes you Eco-friendly There are many reasons why you may want to sell your car, but did you know that selling your car is a great way to join the Green Movement? Cut back on carbon emissions by selling your car Sell your car: Save the planet Selling your car will cut back on carbon emissions in a more significant way than you may realize. According to the U.S Census Bureau, it takes 600 gallons to run one car for just one year. For the past 20 years, a whopping 60% of the total CO2 emissions released into our atmosphere have come directly from cars and motor fuel. It is very important for this large percentage to drop in order to fight global warming, and you can greatly contribute to this effort when you sell your car. […]
If you’re like me, I enjoy my spare time by collecting model cars. Now when I say “model cars” I don’t mean full size automobiles. I’m talking about collectible die cast model cars! It’s great to have some serious downtime to enjoy your favorite hobbies…it’s important to have that balance in your life. When you sell your car, the process can sometimes be a chore. Big Bucks Auto wants to make that process as simple as possible. It really takes no time at all! That means you’ll have more time on your hands than you think. You Can Own Your Dream Car by Collecting Die Cast Models In our last article Saab: They’re Still Here! I mentioned how hard it was to find used Saab parts. It turns out; finding a die cast Saab model car is even harder! Collecting die cast toy cars makes it possible for us to own the vehicles we could only dream of owning. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a Lamborghini? Think it’s more than likely out of your price range?? Have you ever considered a collection of die cast model cars? Photo credit: The Franklin Mint […]
3 Cars Not Likely to Come to Big Bucks Auto Over at Big Bucks we buy used cars. So it goes without saying that whether it is old, new, muscle, or a standard four door sedan, we love cars and care for the environment. This is why we are excited to see what concept cars roll out at the 2010 Paris Auto Show from Oct 2nd thru Oct. 17th . Paris Auto Show: What is it? The Paris Auto Show is one on those shows that everyone looks forward to. Alternating years with the Frankfurt Auto Show, every major car buff notes it on the calendar, counts down the days until comes around, and follows it religiously. All major global manufacturers attend which leads to numerous unveilings. This is THE Auto Show to watch. It has always been the spring-board for exotics and super-cars, and this year will be no different. […]
I have to admit, I often find myself daydreaming about cars, especially I after I see a rare one. I see a Ferrari from time to time, or even a Shelby. Just the other day I was driving on a back country road and was passed by a Rolls Royce. When I see one of these beauties I always imagine what it must be like to get behind the wheel of some of the most expensive cars in the world. I can’t envision what a 400+ horsepower engine must feel like! So what the best of the best? I had to wonder. Here’s what I found: #1 The Bugatti Veyron The Bugatti Veyron is indeed the most expensive car in the world coming in at a cool 1.7 million dollars. It is named after the racer Pierre Veyron who won the 1939 24-hour Le Mans race while racing for the original Bugatti company. This car looks like a cross between a formula one racer and the old version of the famous Bugatti. The ultimate price of this car comes down to one thing alone, and that is speed. At 1001 horsepower, the Bugatti is the fastest street-legal car in the world from 0-60mph; it only takes 2.5 seconds. It is the second fastest car overall though, topped by only the SSC (Shelby Super Cars) Ultimate Aero (257 mph versus 254 mph) but the Ultimate Aero looks more like a formula one racer. […]
Car Tweets That Inform & Entertain Twitter yields a monstrous and relentless flow of information. For car enthusiasts, it can be a bit daunting to find Twitter car experts that offer good information or, at least, a little entertainment. If you’re curious, search Twitter and you’ll see the number of car tweets out there. […]
A Blemished Reputation on Google Recently, I was alerted that there were some not so nice reviews about Big Bucks Auto online. I was further disturbed when I saw that these listings appeared really close to the top on Google. I, of course, checked out the review sites and immediately upon reading them, found the stories really absurd. I mean, someone had done some of their homework, but for the most part, they read like constructed nightmares designed to not just make Big Bucks look bad, but to make our competition look really good. Uncertified Fake Reviews Logically, if I could see that these had a good chance of being planted, I assumed that the websites that posted them be concerned as well and would listen to my reasoning and remove them. That’s when I began to understand what we were facing. Reputations, Rip-Offs, Reports, and Rebuttals I checked into Rip-off Report First since they were listed first. I am not listing a link here, since that how they get more power, but I went to the site and looked all over to try to find out what I could do. They have a program called “Corporate Advocacy” where they claim to help a business “Engages your business in a process that helps to satisfy customer complaints and make amends for past mistakes. “. I filled out all the forms and asked for more information. They sent an email to me basically sounding incredulous since Big Bucks only had two negative listings with them. Apparently, they didn’t seem e to think it was a big deal? I don’t know, but I think it’s a big deal when someone calls me a liar. Anyway, I finally got the pricing for Rip-Off Report’s “help”: One time charge of $7,500 Then a Programming fee of Plus $600 Per Report ( $1,200) Then a Monthly Monitoring Fee of $40.00 per Report , but a minimum $100.00 per month Times a minimum of 36 months of mandatory Monitoring Rip-Off Report would cost Big Bucks Auto a total of $12,300 over three years! I didn’t know whether to laugh or choke! Needless to say, we choose not to go with that route because it really felt like pure extortion! It would have been more ethical to just demand payment to remove the listings. Then it’s just blackmail! With little choice, we posted what is called a “rebuttal” and hope that anyone who reads the negative reviews can understand how we run our business. Check out this link if you wish to know more about how Rip-Off Reports creates their extortion business. It’s complicated, but very insightful. Pissed Consumer Personal Slurs The next “consumer advocacy” site was Pissed Consumer. Here, we had three “reviews” (ETA: now four!). It’s funny how they called the entries “reviews” but that kind of wording is not reflected at all in the name. One of the reviews was the same as a listed at Rip-off. Oddly enough it was also the same one that glorified the closest local used car dealer that we are in direct completion with. I understand that this is an internet marketing tactic that is considered unethical and “black hat”. I am not crying sour grapes and I can stand the heat, but I am glad that I can say that I never got ahead with my business by running someone else through the mud. […]
When you go to sell or trade-in your used car, there are many factors that will contribute to the car’s resale value. Some of these factors are far more obvious than others, and many may even be out of your control as a car owner. However, it can still be helpful to keep the factors that affect an automobile’s resale value in mind before buying a new car, or selling your current car. Here are the top 10 factors affecting [...]