January 1, 2017

New Versus Used Automobile Sales 1990-2010

I've never bought a new car myself.   I feel like I'm in a minority in that regard but maybe not.   I was curious what % of car sales are new versus used so I did some research.  I found data in Table 1-17 on the National Transportation Statistics page.   They haven't updated the numbers on that table for a few years so it only goes up to 2010.   But its good enough for my purposes and you can see the general trend is fairly consistent over a couple decades.

Most car sales are used cars.   The total number of used cars sold is two or three times the number of new cars sold.      In 2010 there were 36.8 million used cars sold and 14.5 new cars sold or leased.

The value of used cars and new cars sold is roughly the same.  In 2010 we spent $324B on used cars and $311B on new cars.  

New cars average sales price is around triple the average price of a used car sold.    In 2010 the average new car was $26,850 and the average used car was $8,786.

Here's the info in graphics over the period from 1990 to 2010 :




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December 28, 2016

$10 From Amazon To Try Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon is promoting a deal right now* to get $10 credit for trying their Amazon Music unlimited service for a month.

Follow this link to the offer.*


What is Amazon Music Unlimited?   I didn't know so I looked that up too.   It is Amazon's subscription based online music library with "10's of millions" of songs.    Amazon Prime music has "over 2 million songs".     Amazon Music Unlimited starts at $7.99 a month for prime members or $9.99 for non-prime members.

Here is all the detail and fine print straight from Amazon:

  1.  Sign in to your to Amazon.com account
  2.  Click “Add gift card or promotion code” and add the offer code AMAZONMUSIC
  3.  Complete the Amazon Music Unlimited sign-up process by clicking here). NOTE: Your promotional credit will be reflected on the sign-up page and credit will be applied after your free 30-day free trial ends.
  4.  Start listening and enjoy access to tens of millions of songs by your favorite artists


Terms & Conditions
This is a limited time offer. The benefit applies to new Amazon Music Unlimited customers only. Beginning at 12:01am (PT) December 24, 2016 and ending at 11:59pm (PT) December 30, 2016, when you start your free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited, you will receive a $10 credit valid exclusively for an Amazon Music Unlimited Plan. The promotional credit will be applied after your 30-day free trial is completed. Digital content and services may only be available to customers located in the U.S. and are subject to the terms and conditions of Amazon Digital Services LLC. Offer limited to one per customer and account. Offer good while supplies last. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.


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December 5, 2016

$15 Toys R Us Gift Card with Purchase of $15 Gift Card for New TopCashBack Members

If you sign up for TopCashBack as a new member you can get a $15 Toys R Us gift card after purchase of a $15 Toys R Us gift card.

Use my referral link to sign up.*

To get the deal :
Join TopCashback and sign up for a FREE account.
Follow the 'get offer now' link at the link above to go to Toys R Us
Purchase a mail delivered $15.00 Toys R Us gift card.   Note this has to be a MAIL delivered card, not an egift emailed card.
Shortly after you've made your transaction, you will see the transaction in your TopCashback account.
Once confirmed, your transaction will become payable within 14 days.


Open until 11:59pm PT on Dec. 6th 2016 or supplies run out whichever happens irst



*I do get a referral bonus if you sign up using my link, so I thank you to do so.

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November 11, 2016

Best of Blogs for Week of November 11th

Every Friday afternoon I share some of the more interesting or notable posts that I have seen in the personal finance blogs and other sources for the past week

DoughRoller tells us How to Get Out of a Bad Variable Annuity

The Big Picture shares Picking Investments is Nothing Like Buying a New Car which they picked up from Visual Capitalist

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