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Why People Still Buy Cars with Manual Transmissions


We live in an age where almost everything is automated, as machines carry out tasks with more efficiency and precision than humans. So, when everything is taken care of so conveniently, is there even a reason to do things manually anymore?

Manual transmissions have been on a steady decline for a while now in terms of sales numbers. In fact, only five per cent of new cars sold in Canada had manual transmissions (as of July 2013). Even sports cars with manual transmissions are not doing as well – and we are talking about Porsches, Ferraris, Jaguars and Aston Martins here!

But, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t drivers who search high and low for a ride that come with a gear stick. Here are their reasons to do so:

Reason #1: Performance

One of the main reasons to choose a manual transmission over an automatic one is superior acceleration. Manual transmissions don’t weigh as much, have shorter gearing and require less power to function because they don’t do any gear shifting themselves. If you are a beginner, this may not benefit you right away, but if you are an experienced driver, then a manual transmission can provide you with the performance boost you are looking for.

Double-clutch automatic and semi-automatic transmissions are an exception to this since they shift at the speed no living human being can match, but they are still rare. So, unless you procure one of those, then the manual transmission is still the best option.

Reason #2: Driver Engagement

There’s no doubt that driving stick can be a challenge for beginners, especially since most of us are accustomed to automatic transmissions. The challenge is learning how to use the clutch pedal in harmony with the gear shift to switch between gears, and while it’s not always easy, it’s very rewarding when you get to connect with your car on that level. Braking is also easier since manual transmissions don’t come with torque converters, which cause more torque to be transmitted to the wheels once the car is on the move.

Having this level of control makes manual driving more engaging because drivers get to feel “at one” with their cars.

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Why Car Dealer Margins are Thinner Than You Think


Car dealers don’t make as much money as some shoppers tend to think. According to recent data, a dealer’s margin is roughly 8.7 per cent per vehicle, which means that a car that costs $20,000 would allow a dealer to make only $1,740 – and this excludes overhead costs and other expenses.

Yet many consumers are convinced that car dealers are ripping them off, as mentioned in our previous article. A J.D. Power and Associates study shows that 36 per cent of car buyers think that dealers earn an average of $3,000 per new car sold and 26 per cent believe that the amount is between $1,500 and $3,000. In truth, however, it’s only slightly above $1,000.

So, what is it that makes those margins so thin? And how exactly are dealers able to profit from selling vehicles in general? Well, let’s figure it out right here…

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How To Get A Lower Price On Your Next Car: A Step-by-Step Guide


Negotiating the price of a car can be nerve-wrecking – but only if you don’t know how to do it. According to J.D. Power and Associates, 36 per cent of car shoppers believe that dealers earn an average of $3,000 per new vehicle sold, while 26 per cent think that the margin is between $1,500 and $3,000. In reality, it’s just a little over $1,000. That’s why you have to be tactful when asking a dealer to lower the price.
The best way to succeed when negotiating with a dealer is to understand how car pricing works. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to obtain this information and use it to convince a dealer to lower the price.

Step #1: Choose Your Vehicle
In order to negotiate the price of any product, you need to know exactly what it is first. When buying a new car, you should know its year, make, model, trim level and options, if you want your negotiations to go smoothly. In the case of options you may need to be flexible since some of them could be unavailable, particularly if you are buying a car closer to the end of the year. It’s worth having more than one car in mind if you want to increase your chances of getting specific features for a good price.

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