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High Price, Poor Work Biggest Car Repair Complaints: Survey
High Price, Poor Work Biggest Car Repair Complaints: Survey

There’s nothing worse than having to get a car repair done, and then it costs too much and/or isn’t done properly. Not surprisingly, these are the top two complaints of respondents in a new survey from Consumer Reports. Wait, there’s more. Of the 13 reasons given for being less...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Going To Extremes: the Short List for North American Car of the Year, Part One

Now that the short list for the North American Car of the Year (NACOTY) is out, there’s a lot to marvel at among the 14 selections. There’s also a list of 14 for the North American Truck of the Year, but this story concerns the cars up for consideration. What’s noteworthy about...Read More»

2010 Audi A4 Avant
Family Car Guide To 2011 Luxury Wagons

It’s a fact. Wagons today are more exciting than ever. Lone gone are the days when driving a station wagon was considered the kiss of death. Getting past stereotypes takes some time – and a lot of new styling, features, and technology on the part of automakers. And these car companies...Read More»

2010 Audi A4 Avant
The Family Car Guide: 2011 Luxury Wagons, Part One

The field of luxury wagons this fall is more than a little exciting – if you’re looking for a family car that combines the attributes of an SUV with the easy-handling of a car, plus a good deal of luxe features, mostly standard, some optional. In fact, even consumers who’ve long...Read More»

2010 Acura MDX
Sales Ethics: When Is Enough, Enough? Part II

I was being trained in the Wild West of car sales. Although I would later become Internet Manager for a major car dealer, early in my career I found myself working with a retired school teacher who was desperately trying to trade her expensive, high-end SUV with hardly any miles for a modestly...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Will The Latest Sonata Recall Dampen Hyundai's Success?

Readers who follow this website know that I’m a big fan of what Hyundai has been doing in the U.S. market over the last few years. They have worked hard to put out stylish, well-built cars that have garnered positive reviews from those of us in the auto industry and consumers alike. Hyundai...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan FWD 4-door SE *Ltd Avail* Front Exterior View
VW: When the Event Becomes the Ad

Any savvy advertiser knows one advertisement does not change a potential customer’s mind from undecided or even negative to positive. It’s a relentless multi-pronged attack at all levels from ads on the web and TV and in newspapers to billboards to websites and now, the ever ubiquitous...Read More»

Evo MR in the snow
Five Tips To Ready Your Car for Winter

For most of us, the first snow fall is still a few months away, give or take, but we always seem unprepared when the first batch starts falling. Preparing now can save you time and money in the future. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your vehicle to be in top condition for when the white...Read More»

Pulled over by the police
Aggressive Driving Class: A Personal Experience

Sometime ago I screwed up while driving to a friend’s home in a neighboring state. After arriving late to the party I was informed that it was a well known speed trap and not to feel bad about the ticket. It happens. Wanting the whole experience to go away I marked guilty on the ticket and...Read More»

2007 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part IV

When you pre-negotiate a trade value, the figure is not cast in stone. The dealer has to see the car in person for a “hands-on” inspection before they can confirm the actual trade-in value. I worked long enough as an Internet Manager for a major dealer to know that car dealerships hate...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series (Euro spec)
The FCG List: Top Safety Picks Among 2011 Luxury Large Cars

Consumers looking to lease or buy a larger, more upscale car--and who want to be sure it’s safe for the family--have several excellent choices in six 2011 large luxury cars rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You might note that some names are missing...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
eHarmony And Auto Trader: An Internet Love Story

Like any other automotive enthusiast, I am sure you have hopped online late at night, always accidentally ending up on Auto Trader after strictly promising yourself just a quick check of Car Town and then straight to bed. But that rarely, if ever, happens. Instead you get caught into perusing the...Read More»

2011 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan Limited FWD Angular Front Exterior View
2011 Affordable Large Cars Rated Top Safety Picks

Families seeking comfort, space, and affordable, yet stylish, transportation often choose large sedans. And key among considerations for any family vehicle is safety. For 2011, families have some great choices in affordable large cars that are also rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
V6-Powered 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Versus 2011 Ford Mustang - Which Do You See in Your Driveway?

Consumers with a yen for sharp-handling muscle cars that are easy on the wallet have two great choices in the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro and its counterpart, the 2011 Ford Mustang. We’re not talking about the brute force of the V-8s here. This is all about the V-6 powered models. They’re...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
2011 Scion tC: First Drive

Scion has been in the U.S. since 2002, introduced as a sub-brand to Toyota aimed at younger buyers. Lots of companies try to target the youth with marketing schemes and clever advertising, and most of the time they fail. Younger Americans know a thing or two about marketing and advertising as they...Read More»

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Free Car Repair Help Made Available

Two western states have made their auto repair protection efforts available in the form of pamphlets that can be accessed online. The California Bureau of Auto Repair, whose actions has been the subject of a number of All Car Advice posts, publishes a Consumer’s Guide to Auto Repair. It can...Read More»

2010 Lexus IS 350 4-door Sedan Side Exterior View
How To Build a Brand: 2011 Lexus IS, Music To My Ears

I came across an ad for the 2011 Lexus IS and was intrigued. Not so much about what the ad is, which we will cover momentarily, but more about what the ad means to the brand and how it builds the brand. I’d say the from the lowly Lexus IS all the way up to the spine-tingling LFA...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Grille
2010 Mercedes E-Class: 4 Winners and a Flop

How do you build a brand? By not compromising. I have come to learn that Mercedes makes very few compromises in all they do. Be it cars, like the somewhat odd looking, yet screamingly fast Mercedes Benz SLS supercar (be it gasoline-powered OR electric), or be it car ads that use equal parts humor...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
Is A Big Green Family Machine In Your Future?

What kind of new family car will you be buying in the near future--say, 2012? If the federal government has their way, you’ll be looking at new car labels that make it very clear how fuel efficient and environmentally friendly all new cars, trucks, and SUVs sold in America really are. Maybe...Read More»

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