A guide to buying a new vehicle and saving money on gas and maintenance, the Globe and Mail’s new daily magazine, has been released.
The guide has been written by a Globe columnist and includes tips and advice for buying a used car, starting a business, and making money in a market that has changed dramatically since the global financial crisis.
It also covers tips and tricks for finding a good-paying job and how to make money online.
“In the new economy, when you go online, the way you get into a business is by using an online platform,” said John Schafer, vice president of product and business development at Ford Canada.
“There are all sorts of ways you can get into that business.
But, when it comes to buying and selling a vehicle, you’re in a completely different world.
You can’t buy it with a credit card, you can’t get it on eBay.”
It is important to note that buying a vehicle online is more expensive than buying from an independent dealer, said Schafer.
The average price of a new Ford Focus is about $37,000, according to Ford Canada, compared with about $23,000 for an average Canadian home.
The most expensive model is the new Focus RS, which retails for about $35,000.
“If you are a first-time buyer, you probably need to spend a little more money,” said Schaper.
“It is certainly a different world and you need to understand the ins and outs of buying a car.”
It can be expensive, too.
Ford sells a new Focus S and Focus RS for about the same price, according the Canadian Automobile Association.
Buying a used vehicle, the most expensive vehicle, costs about $32,000 and will take about six months to build, depending on the size of the vehicle and the amount of repairs needed.
A new car will run $2,500 to $3,000 more, according a Globe analysis.
A used car can have significant issues, Schafer said, with its engine, transmission and suspension failing.
The repair cost of a used Ford Focus will run about $5,000 to $10,000 depending on what parts are replaced and if the vehicle needs a new windshield, brake pads, shocks and brakes.
Schafer said Ford is aware of the potential financial loss for consumers when buying a Ford Focus, but he said it is important that people do their homework before they make a decision.
“I think you need the facts,” he said.
“If you have an issue with the vehicle, and it is not related to the fact that you paid a lot of money for it, that is a good sign that you need more research.
I think it is good to have that in the back of your mind.”
Ford is planning to release a new edition of the Globe in January that will include new tips and information.