Rising new-car sales have led to cheaper used-car prices.Thomas R Machnitzki, via Wikimedia Commons Rising new-car sales have led to cheaper used-car prices.

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• This year’s spike in new car sales is good news for used car buyers. As more people opt for new cars, more vehicles will become available on the used car market, lowering their prices. According to Kelley Blue Book, wholesale auction prices for used cars were at a three-year low as of April, and the average price for a one-year-old used car is 18.5 percent lower than it is for the same model new. Alec Gutierrez, a Kelley Blue Book analyst, estimates that the price drop equates to $110 a month in savings. Of course, used car prices vary from city to city, and some locales offer better deals than others. (CBS Money Watch)

• To what lengths would you go to catch someone’s attention? Paul Scott is willing to chip in more than half of his annual salary — $32,400 — to bend the ear of President Obama at a Democratic fund-raiser. Mr. Scott, a car salesman who is a co-founder of the advocacy group Plug In America, told USA Today that he would do what he could to promote electric cars directly to the president. His money gets him lunch and two minutes of face time with the president, and Mr. Scott said he planned to advocate a carbon tax that would raise the price of fossil fuels and make electric vehicles more competitive. (Torque News)

• Tesla says that by 2016 it will release a smaller electric sedan — currently being called Gen III — with a price of about half that of the luxury Model S already in production. At a shareholder meeting this week, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, promised a car that was comparable in price to the Nissan Leaf, but with a much longer range, 200 miles. Mr. Musk said he was optimistic that a partnership between Tesla and Panasonic would produce advances in battery technology. (Automotive News)

• Autoblog reports that Ford’s turbocharged 1-liter EcoBoost engine won annual International Engine of the Year honors for the second year in a row. The panel of automotive journalists charged with sorting out the competition were impressed by the power output — 123 horsepower — from the tiny engine. The engine will make its North American debut this year, as a powerplant for the Ford Fiesta. (Autoblog)

• Chrysler has rejected the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s request that the company recall 2.7 million Jeeps that the agency says are prone to catching fire in rear-end collisions. A manufacturer’s refusal to comply with N.H.T.S.A. directives is rare, but Chrysler did not agree with the findings of the agency’s investigation, which affects some of the company’s most popular and profitable vehicles. Agency officials have expressed hope that Chrysler will reconsider, but both sides appear to be digging in for a long battle. (The New York Times)