2007

Volkswagen Torture Testing Its Vehicles: Video
Volkswagen Torture Testing Its Vehicles: Video

Before the proliferation of electronic sensors and computer technology in the world of cars, engineers actually used to go out and beat the hell out of the cars they were testing--quite literally. BMX-style jumping ramps, old-fashioned door slamming and even a sledgehammer or two to a roof panel...Read More»

2007 Kia Spectra LX
Recall Watch: 2007 Kia Spectra

Kia has issued a recall for its 2007 Kia Spectra for faulty fuel tank straps. The recall only affects those in areas prone to vehicle rusting. The states where recalled vehicles are registered or driven include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts...Read More»

2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
Feds Investigating GM SUVs For Fuel-Gauge Issues

The federal government's National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) is looking into claims that the fuel gauges on many General Motors [NYSE: GM] sport-utility vehicles could be inaccurate. "Consumers have reported incidents of inaccurate and random fuel level reading while driving, resulting...Read More»

2007 Honda Civic Hybrid 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Recall Watch: 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

Honda has issued a recall for up to 36,656 2007 Honda Civic Hybrids due to failed electronics in the hybrid system. The recall documentation states that the voltage converter that transfers power from the integrated motor assist – the electrical part of the hybrid system – to the...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Buying Guide: Know You’re Getting A Good Deal

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, the most frustrating issue my customers faced was not knowing if they were getting a fair and reasonable deal. It was this not knowing—this black-hole of uncertainty—that created such anxiety, it transformed making a final decision to...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic 'Study Break' sweepstakes
Yo, Freshman: Wanna Win A 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe?

This week, the auto world's attention is focused on major motor shows in New York and Shanghai, but in-between the two, there's a special promotion that ought to interest college kids (or anyone else who'd like a new car). For the next several weeks, Honda is giving students in Arizona and...Read More»

2007 Saturn VUE I4
Family Car Tip: Keeping Your Car Rodent-Free

It’s no laughing matter when hungry rodents – rats, squirrels, even raccoons – start chewing the wiring on the family car. Those burned by this expensive repair know that just having the wiring replaced doesn’t get rid of the problem. The critters often just come back...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Recall Alert: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Honk much? If you're driving one of the new 2011 Volkswagen Jettas already built and sold in America, you might be sounding the warning horn more than you'd like. The German automaker's American sales arm says it's recalling some 71,043 2011 Jettas for a problem with the anti-theft system. The...Read More»

2007 Toyota Camry
Should You Sell Your Trade Privately?

Most new car buyers know that they’ll get more for their trade if they sell privately rather than trade with a dealer. But selling your own vehicle can be a hassle: placing the online ads taking phone calls and emails showing the car, including test drives negotiating price completing the...Read More»

1997 Mazda MPV LX
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Lets Mazda Seatbelt Lawsuit Proceed, But What Does It Mean?

The United States Supreme Court today ruled that the family of a woman killed in an accident in 2002 would be allowed to proceed with its suit against Mazda despite Mazda's compliance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations on rear-seat safety belts. The federal ruling...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 VW Jetta: OK Ad for the Price of Good

After skating for an hour with my kids today, I realized how utterly mediocre my skills on this low friction surface are. Dull, mediocre, very ordinary at best. And the ice surface was just as mediocre, a milky white, lots of ruts and pretty blah. And not hours before that, I saw a 2011 Jetta TDI...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Negotiating Your Car Deal: Be Prepared To Stand Up and Walk Out

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, one of the biggest mistakes I saw my customers make was not allowing enough time to find the vehicle they wanted or negotiate its price.  If you expect to walk into a dealership, pick out a car, and then negotiate the best price—all in...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Promo: Get A New 2011 Volkswagen Jetta For Just $5,995 (That's Not A Misprint)

Shopping clubs like Groupon and Living Social are all the rage these days, and newcomer Gilt.com is clearly hoping to capitalize on the group-discount shopping mentality. Less than two weeks before the Christmas holiday, Gilt has announced a partnership with Volkswagen to offer nine brand new 2011...Read More»

2007 Audi A6 3.2L
Are We Driving Family Cars Longer?

A new study released by R.L. Polk this week says that consumers are holding onto their cars far longer than just a year ago. On average, say Polk researchers, consumers are keeping a new vehicle just over five years (63.9 months), which is up 4.5 months from this time last year. Hmm… that...Read More»

Volkswagen's 'Yes We Can' ad
Today In Advertising: Yes, We Can...Sell Volkswagens

Volkswagen may have trouble meeting its lofty 2018 sales goals, and Democrats may have suffered losses at the polls yesterday, but together, they can...sell cars to South Africa. Take a good look at that ad on the left. Enlarge it if you must. That is, indeed, President Obama's "Yes, we can" slogan...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Honda Civic Versus Toyota Corolla: It Comes Down To Price

I need a new, affordable, fuel-efficient small car. My choice is between the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Which one is better? You can’t go wrong with either the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. Both are considered to be at the top of their competitive class of economical, small cars. They...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
Must Carmakers Use Best Safety Technology? Supremes To Decide

With tough new Federal crash-test procedures, and some cars offering as many as ten airbags, you might think that automakers do everything they can to meet the highest safety standards. And many do. But some automakers only fit equipment to meet the minimum requirement, especially if a model is...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Honda Civic Versus Toyota Corolla

I need a new, affordable, fuel-efficient small car. My choice is between the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Which one is better? Two of the most highly-rated small sedans on the market today are the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The Honda Civic was introduced in the 1970s and continues to be one...Read More»

2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan A5 Value Edition
Buying From A Car Dealer: Why People Dislike The Process

I received a call from a desperate car buyer yesterday. She told me her 2007 VW Jetta had just been written off by her insurance company after being in an accident. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, with the exception that the car would never be driven again. The loss of the car was sad...Read More»

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