The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 6, 1996 · Page 54
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.The Great American Train Adventure.... A thrilling 3,200-mile trip from Washington D.C. to San Francisco America the Beautiful. See it the best possible way...Close^up, friendly, full of Intriguing surprises. And the scenery...You must experience it to believe it! An airplane would be quicker-But oh, what you'd miss! FASCINATING PEOPLE AND PLACES. It's the dream vacation of a lifetime as Amtrak's Capitol Limited pulls out of Washington's historic Union Station and heads west to Chicago. In an ever-changing panorama you pass through the heartland of America-lush farmlands, picturesque mountain areas, legendary railroad cities, tiny whistlestop towns. In the Windy City you board the fabled California Zephyr for a sightseeing trip of truly amazing beauty and variety. MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN SCENERY. Enjoy a delicious lunch in die dining car, then take a seat in the glass-domed sightseeing lounge. Gasp in awe at the snow-capped mountains, the rushing steams, the scampering deer, as the Zephyr crosses the Rockies and the Sierras. Marvel at the 6'/2-miIe-long Moffat Tunnel, Colorado's Palisades, and much, much more. Your train journey ends in Oakland, and an Amtrak bus takes you on into San Francisco. 12 DELIGHTFUL SIDE TRIPS. All along the route you'll be stopping at America's best-known excursion railroads, and taking some truly exhilarating rides. The Strasburg Railroad rolls through the charming Amish region of Pennsylvania. The Potomac Eagle Train visitsthe nesting areas of the bald eagle. In Iowa the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad chugs over high tres- ues and iUongside glorious river valleys. You'll also enjoy the Omaha Zoo Rallroad...the Napa Valley Wine Train".and so muchTmuch more. GREAT FOR VACATION PLANMNG- A MUST FOR TRAIN BUFFS. Filmed by award-winning photographers, the video has a wonderful "you are there" feeling. 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CO N SUM ERA D VICE BY JULIA LAWLOR Used cars: No second-guessing Your guide to buying without feeling used CI98J E NID MITCHELL'S heart was set on a new car when she went shopping last fall to replace her '87 Chrysler LeBaron. But one look at a '94 Saturn (17,000 miles, moon roof, white with nifty gold pinstripe) and she was in love. The price also helped: $11,500, or about $2,500 less than she would have paid new. "I have no doubts about buying used cars at all," says Mitchell, 34, of Randolph, N.J., an administrator for Nabisco. Now is prime time for new-car | buyers to take the plunge, as dealers try to clear their lots of '96 models to make way for '97s. But used cars are worth a serious look. Buying a "previously owned" car no longer means inheriting someone else's rust bucket. About 30 million used cars will be sold in the USA this year, double the number of new cars. Fueling the used-car market: the fact that the average price of a new car is approaching a hefty $20,000, and the improved quality and reliability of old cars. Plus, the popularity of leasing (about a third of new cars are leased) guarantees a pool of relatively low- mileage, one-owner cars that have been well cared for. Because the average car loses 65-70 percent of its value in the first five years, says W. James Bragg, author of Car Buyer's and Leaser's Negotiating Bible, you're letting the first owner take the biggest depreciation hit when you buy secondhand. Of course, no two used cars are alike. This makes buying used more complicated, and riskier. "It's still buyer beware," says Lesley Hazleton, author of Everything Women Always Wanted to Know About Cars. Reducing your risk of buying a clunker takes work, but it can pay off handsomely. "If you spend a couple of weekends out shopping for a two-year-old Lexus 16 USA WEEKEND • Oct. 4-6, 1W6 The popularity a good supply one-owner cars instead of buying a new one, you can save $8,000," says James Boerger, owner of the car-buying service Consumers Automotive. To increase your chances of getting a good used car at a fair price: • Research. Once you have decided how much you can afford to spend, check out the April issue of Consumer Reports, which annually ranks used cars by reliability. Pick a couple of cars you like, then check several used- car guides for the cars' retail and wholesale values in your area. Libraries, lenders and insurance offices have Kelley Blue Book's Used Car Values, Edmund's Used Car Prices or The National Automobile Dealers Association Official Used Car Guide. • Shop around. The best used cars are found at new-car dealers, which have first dibs on low-mileage, one- owner leased cars being returned after two or three years. Manufacturers often recondition these cars and offer an extended warranty. Used- car superstores are also popping up nationally, with huge selections and no-dicker pricing. Some big players: AutoNation USA, Driver's Mart and CarMax. Generally, used-car dealers BUYER BEWARE Along with sales, ftatKl is growing in the ^ v , used-car market What to watch out for. Lemamt. All states have lemon tows, but some are tess effective than others. Low- mileage vehicles touted as "demonstrator" or "executive'' cars may be lemons being _, • passed off as cream puffs. Be careful of: cars shipped from out of state, and when you shop at a dealer, ask to speak to the' original owner and to see copies of,the " says "manufactureVs buybackj"irs ,"C J * ^ ... . M ' . . — *• $ »• "*._._ I , resold, contact your state motor vehicles ,' 'department. Or call Carfax, which can ' •„ track down a car's original title in most ; 04o«etBr trawl is on the rise, reports tiie.federal government Firings roll back octometers, tamper with titles and. bilk consumers for as much as $3,000 \ per car. Take t|ve car you're considering,' to 9 reliable mechanic, who can Determine whether % wear and tear 'lib^wi *--'-'- -'- '" Consumer fteports'ijseq; Car Prjce '?' Service (1-900-446-0500, $175 a minute). have lower prices than new-car dealers or superstores, but many of their cars come from corporate or rental fleets, with above-average wear and tear. You may get the best deal by buying a car privately. Ask friends, relatives and your mechanic if they know any sellers. But be aware you may have no recourse if the car turns out to have problems. • Negotiate wisely. Never be in a hurry to buy, and test-drive thoroughly — up hills, on highways, etc. Armed with your knowledge of the wholesale and retail price of the car you want, offer the salesperson 85 percent of the asking price. Settle on no more than 90 percent. Before the deal is final, get a written history of the car, including service records, the name of the previous owner or owners, and how it was driven. Finally, have an independent mechanic check the car thoroughly. Any major problems — such as accident damage or rusting — should nix the deal. Minor problems can be negotiating points. Hiring a mechanic costs $60-$10Q, but the peace of mind you gain is worth a whole lot more, d a OHUNb Ctock out oyr car gukfc and (Into to mm USA WEEKEND « Oct. 4-6. IW6 17 Explore Anaent Treasures. Bel Lost In Space. Travel Through Time, Ever)' destination holds the promise of adventure. Comfbrc surrounds you on spacious, modern trains. Time seems suspended as you travel through America, enjoying sights visible from nowhere else but the train. Experience it all with the Amtrak' Explore America Fare. Take a grand •WNH* tour of die country or visit family and friends. Your fare excitement you can handle. includes up to three stopovers for one low price. Travel round-trip Call your travel agent or in any one region for S I58; any two adjacent regions for S I98; 1-800-USA-RAIL. or all across America for $278. You can even get more valuable savings from Amtrak with coupons for AVIS, Days Inn, discounts tor winter travel and a free Aratrak I5-minute Phone Card. So go ahead. Enjoy the upgraded service and equipment available on many routes, plus all the iirtd W*«^(»^«/H^^^ K^

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