Why is Tax Season Good?

Tax season is here! Why is that a good thing? Many of us have already received our refunds and are investing money Ford-F-150_2015back into the economy through automotive purchases. A win-win for the economy and the consumer.

So what vehicles are the most sought after?  The 2015 Ford F-150 and Acura TLX proudly sit among the top sellers in a January auto sales report, according to Edmunds.com.

“Momentum is especially strong for our F-Series pickup, with the all-new F-150 the hottest product on our dealers lots in January,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s U.S. sales analyst. Ford reported that the new aluminum-bodied F-150 is averaging just 12 days on the lot. High-end Platinum and King Ranch F-150 models are “turning even faster, averaging just nine and 10 days, respectively,” Ford said.

Ford posted a 15 percent sales increase in the U.S. in January, with sales of 178,351 vehicles.

Photographer: Benedict Redgrove;Acura’s revamped Acura TLX was a top performer as well. Consumers grabbed 2,892 TLXs in January, “easily besting the combined sales of its two predecessors in January 2014 by 27.9 percent,” the company said. The TLX replaces the Acura TL and TSX. A sure winner for 2015.

Check out our vast selection of F-series trucks and the gorgeous Acura TLX’s HERE. We’ve got plenty of both these winning vehicles in Ashland, come by and check them out! Turn lemons into lemonade with this tax season!


Oregon is the Most Affordable State in Which to Own a Car

Oregon:  Great scenery and affordable driving!

Oregon: Great scenery and affordable driving!

There’s yet another reason to love Oregon!  Not only is the state known for gorgeous scenery, great weather, and a lack of sales tax but now, Bankrate.com says it’s the least expensive state in which to operate a vehicle!   At $2,204 a year Oregonians pay nearly a thousand dollars less than the national average and almost 50% less than Georgia, the most expensive state!  The survey considers the cost of gasoline, taxes, fees, insurance, and repairs.  Oregonians also drive less than the national average.  To view the entire list click here.

Sources:  www.autos.yahoo.com,  www.bankrate.com

The San Francisco Bay Area’s Proposed Mileage Tax

Image courtesy of www.autoblog.com

Any conversation about the San Francisco Bay Area wouldn’t be complete without someone mentioning the traffic:  how bad it is, how fast people drive, how many miles commuters travel.  And soon, taxes could be tied up in the whole mess.  The Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission are floating a plan to tax Bay Area residents according to the number of miles they drive.  The plan would require all vehicles registered in the area to be outfitted with a GPS-like device to track the distances traveled.

At issue is a loss of tax revenue at the pump.  Vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient… so, the less fuel it takes to run your car or truck, the less you spend on gas.  The less you spend on gas, the less gas tax you pay.  Some say the mileage tax could raise as much as $15-million a day.  That amount of money is tempting even if you’re not trying to solve budget problems the size of California’s.

But we think the bigger issue is a loss of privacy.  If police are banned from sticking a tracking device on your vehicle without a warrant, why should city government be any different? And then there are questions of fairness:  Those who can afford to live where they work – primarily in San Francisco – will pay less than those who had to move out into the suburbs to find affordable housing but still commute into the city.  And who will have access to the information gleaned from your GPS?  Could it be held against you at trial?  What’s next:  a fingerprint required to turn over the ignition?

The proposed mileage tax is in the research phase right now, and the governing bodies are not expected to act quickly to implement it even if it does go into effect.  But don’t be surprised if that conversation about the Bay Area soon includes another complaint… about Big Brother in the back seat.

Sources: www.autoblog.com and www.sfgate.com