2009

California May Say Fix Recalls Or Don't Rent
California May Say Fix Recalls Or Don't Rent

An effort to require car rental companies to resolve safety recalls has surfaced in the state where the issue began - California. Assemblyman Bill Monning from Carmel has introduced The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Rental Car SafetyAct named after the two sisters who died in a rental car that had...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200
Negotiating Your Car Deal: Be Prepared Or Pay More

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I could usually tell long before the deal was completed if someone was going to get a good deal or not. The savvy car shopper who got the best price always had their homework done. They knew—beyond a shadow of a doubt—the price they...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
Ultra-Luxury Kia Sedan on the Way

Based on a spy report posted at Kia World, Kia is testing a new flagship sedan code-named K9 and it could go on sale within a year. According to the report, the new sedan is based on the Hyundai Equus platform and carries Hyundai's Tau V-8 engine. The transmission will reportedly be a new...Read More»

Still from Honda's 'The Undying Dream'
Video: Honda's New Film, 'The Undying Dream', Plays Sundance

While much of America's attention this weekend was focused on a certain football game, for a handful of film buffs and car fans, the center of the known universe was the Sundance Film Festival. That's where Honda unveiled the latest short in its "Dream the Impossible" film series -- this one dubbed...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Aveo
7 Worst Cars To Gift Anyone, For Any Reason

We are finally at the season of giving once again. A time to reflect on the things we wish we had, then again, it can also be a time for thinking about the things you are thankful you don't have. Funny thing about gifts, most are given with good intentions. Sadly, not all gifts can be a blessing...Read More»

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome Accents
Selling Your Car: The Easy Way to Make a Video Walkaround

We’ve been discussing the benefits of the video walk-around as a tool to help you sell your car. The video walk-around is an easy way for potential buyers to determine if your vehicle is the one for them—or not—and they can make that determination from a distance. This saves you...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
All Car Advice Article Update

It is time for an update of All Car Advice articles that may have left you hanging and asking, “I wonder what ever happened to?” The original articles appear in parentheses at the end of the update. Sale at Auction of Mayor Rizzo’s 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham – The sale...Read More»

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
The NHTSA Probes How Car Rental Companies Handle Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated an audit query into the practices of car rental companies concerning their handling of manufacturers’ recalls of vehicles in their fleets. The NHTSA will be looking at 3 million General Motors, Ford and Chrysler products...Read More»

2009 Kia Borrego LX
Hyundai-Kia Shares G20 Spotlight

While world leaders at the G20 summit are discussing the value of Chinese currency and other wide-ranging global banking issues, somewhere in Seoul, South Korea, there will be a contingent of “auto repair supporter teams” to ensure that the transportation needs of the heads of state are...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta IIHS crash tests
IIHS: Some Replacement Bumpers Protect Like Originals, Others Don't

Aftermarket repair parts are almost always much cheaper than original-equipment (OEM) parts, so if you're in a minor fender-bender, going with a budget replacement part—like a bumper—instead can be tempting. But there's a lot to be wary of. Turns out, many parts don't comply completely...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Impala
2009-2010 Chevrolet Impala in Recall

The 2009-2010 Chevrolet Impala is being recalled for an issue with seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has posted the recall on its Web site, SaferCar.gov. According to the recall, the Impalas involved in the recall have lap seat-belt webbing that may not be...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Acceleration Claims Down, But Allstate Launches Suit

Toyota earlier this week provided an update on progress regarding its accelerator-related recalls, and it's now more confidently pushing back on assertions that the automaker's electronic throttle controls might have caused unintended acceleration. The automaker said that it's reviewed about 4,200...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Mind Tricks, Reality Distortion, and Other Car Sales Tactics

My son's totally-optioned-out 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was declared a total loss by State Farm. A "Total Loss Specialist" called me and said, if we'd sign this and that, we'd get a check for $27,240. That sounded about right. So we signed this and that, my wife took off work, and a nice, very...Read More»

Screencap from GMC's 'Never Say Never' contest
Contest: GMC Wants To Send You To Super Bowl XLV -- In A 2011 GMC Sierra Denali

Football fans: GMC has your number. The roughest and ruggedest member of the General Motors family recently launched a new contest that will give 17 folks a trip to Super Bowl XLV and one lucky son-of-a-gun a brand new, 2011 Sierra Denali. The premise of the "Never Say Never Moment of the Week"...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe 4-door HB GT FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Toyota Recall Affects GM's Pontiac Vibe: Part II

Yesterday we learned that a recent recall of 1.1 million Toyota Matrix and Corolla models will also affect 160,000 Pontiac Vibes. The recall is related to stalling and rough shifting. However the underlying story is why a Pontiac model is involved in a Toyota recall. The answer to this mystery...Read More»

2004 Pontiac Vibe
Toyota Recall Affects GM's Pontiac Vibe: Part I

Toyota recently announced a voluntary recall of 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix models. Model years affected were 2005 through 2008. 160 complaints relating stalling and rough shifting initiated the recall. However, there is another aspect to the recall that most Americans are not aware of: 160,000...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Feds Look Into Potential Stalling Issue

Experienced any unexpected stalling in a late-model Jetta TDI? You might have information that's useful to Volkswagen, or to the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which just opened a preliminary investigation into the issue. NHTSA said that its Office of...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Today in Car News: Economics 101, Stalling Jettas, and Diesels

Auto sales may have helped consumer spending in July, but were a small bright spot in some pretty dim economic news. [Detroit Free Press] What car would you lose your job over? We'd choose an XKR Convertible, but--hey, wait--we drive cars for a living! No need to steal! Whew. [Jalopnik] The 2009 VW...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Today at High Gear Media: Recalls, Drunk Driving, and Charger

Toyota's latest recall involves more than a million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks. It's been long in the works--and Toyota says it's a "voluntary service action." [TheCarConnection] Stat of the day: we spend almost $100 billion on accidents, from repairing vehicles to repairing people...Read More»

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