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Today in Car News: Economics 101, Stalling Jettas, and Diesels
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 Hyundai Genesis
Today in Car News: Xterra, Genesis and Lotus Esprit

Would you snap up a new Lotus Esprit rocking a Lexus LFA V-10? Well, not right now you wouldn't, but maybe next year, you can. [Inside Line] The 2011 Hyundai Genesis is movin' on up, with more standard equipment, more power--and more dollar signs on its price tag. [KickingTires] Kia won't be going...Read More»

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Auto Lenders Warming Up To Lower Credit Ratings

If you've been to the dealership earlier this year and weren't at all pleased with the finance terms offered, you might want to give it another try. Auto lenders are loosening up once again, especially on new-car loans, and have started to extend loans to those with more blemished credit histories...Read More»

2000 GMC Envoy
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part II

Yesterday we saw how easy car dealers make the process of trading in a car for their customers. Simply drive up in the car you want to trade, and a few hours later you’re driving home in the new and improved model you’ve hoped to buy. Easy as pie. But how much does the convenience of trading...Read More»

2010 Audi A4
How Can I Dispute A Car Insurance Claim Payout?

Car insurance companies offer a lot of promises when selling you a policy but when it comes to submitting a claim some consumers often experience a payout significantly less than expected. Although this can be frustrating you have to understand every policy holder has a right to dispute an...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
Free Credit Report: Save Money On Your Car Loan By Managing Your Credit: Part II

Yesterday we discovered that managing your credit is crucial if you hope to get the best interest rate on your car loan. See Part I here. If you end up paying a few percentage points more than necessary, it can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than it should over the term of the...Read More»

1999 Toyota Corolla LE
U.S. Fidelis Sued By Maryland A.G. Over Extended Warranties

Maryland’s Attorney General has filed suit against U.S. Fidelis, an auto warranty marketer for violating the state’s Telephone Solicitation Act. According to the Legal Newsline, this act prevents companies from charging Maryland consumers for contracts until the business has signed contracts in...Read More»

2010 Ford Expedition
Today in Car News: Dead SUVs, Paris' 911 Speedster, VW Phaeton

Is the large SUV finally dying--or are we all just talking about it while it's in a coma, when it totally can hear us? [CNNMoney] While GM and Chrysler are shorn of much of their debt, Ford still has a lot--and wants a haircut, badly. [Wall Street Journal] Alpha gaffemaster and current Vice...Read More»

2010 Nissan Sentra
Small Price Hike On Nissan’s Sentra And Maxima Models

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer with a focus on marketing used vehicles, it was well known in the industry that the Nissan Sentra was more than a good deal. The Sentra compared favorably to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in size, performance, gas mileage, and 5-year...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Today at High Gear Media: Cheap Trucks, Wrecked Ferraris and Snooki

The crystal ball for car sales is cloudy, my friends. This year's estimates of 11.6 million sales could be topped slightly--or could be the good old days by next year. Sigh. [TheCarConnection] If you're looking for a deal on a new car, though, the 2010 Chevy Silverado wears the most discounts on...Read More»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country
TARP Update Says Car Dealer Cuts Too Severe

Remember the hue and cry over all the car dealerships that were forced to close in the wake of the federal government’s involvement in the GM and Chrysler near failures. Not only would little league teams lose their sponsors but the social fabric of small town America would be put at risk. In...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Today in Car News: Leaf Falls, Italia Crashes and In-N-Out with Zagat

If you're in line for a 2011 Nissan Leaf, you may have to wait even longer. Instead of 10,000 Leafs planned for sale before March, Nissan North America's now counting on 3,300 electric cars. Bummer. [Gas 2.0] The 2011 Volvo lineup includes a five-cylinder-only S40, more power for the S80, and the...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150
The Benefits Of Owning A Ford F-150

Making the decision to purchase a Ford F-150 could be one of the smartest choices you’ll ever make. These beautiful full sized pickup trucks have a solid reputation in the motor vehicle industry. They are considered to be safe, reliable, and incredibly strong trucks, which backs up one of the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Hybrid Insurance Costs To Rise, Study Finds

The type of consumer owning a hybrid vehicle has changed and that change has resulted in an increased frequency of collisions. This trend was discussed in detail in the latest edition of Industry Trends Report of Mitchell International Inc. which offers business solutions to the insurance...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Total Number Of Car Dealerships: Is The Worst Over?

Almost one in five retail dollars spent in the U.S. comes from the auto industry. It’s no wonder that one of the hardest hit sectors during the economic downturn has been car dealers--on the front lines of retail sales during one of the most difficult economic periods in recent memory. According...Read More»

Chevrolet dealership
As Dealership Ranks Fall: Hyundai, Kia Among Those Opening Showrooms

The next time you're out shopping for a new vehicle, you could find your options considerably more limited than last time. The reason: due mostly to the economy but also due to other changes in the industry, the ranks of dealerships have been culled over the past couple of years like never before...Read More»

Semi trailer
Should The Government Mandate Stability Control Systems In Trucks?

Research completed earlier this year by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute is helping guide the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its decisions to make stability control systems mandatory for tractor-semitrailers. With costs to retrofit most...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Popular Car Insurance Discounts

Some people estimate over 50 percent of car insurance customers pay higher premiums than required every month, however, the little industry secret is that many times your present car insurance company can provide lower rates just by you making a phone call. Think about this … When was the last...Read More»

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.
Today in Car News: Whitacre, Ferrari Minivans, and Saab

Will Ed Whitacre's retirement from General Motors hurt or help its plans to go public this year? Does Wall Streeet care if the company's on its fourth CEO in 18 months? These and many questions...won't be answered today. [CNNMoney] Fewer car dealerships are closing this year, a sign of light at the...Read More»

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