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2011 Scion tC: First Drive
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»

2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition
Today in Car News: Car Sales, F-150, and Camaro Vs. Mustang

Don't count on a big car-sales turnaround anytime soon, CNN reports a little belatedly. Hey, way to be all Debbie Downer. [CNNMoney] We're driving the 2011 Ford F-150 lineup in two weeks; we'll let you know if its new electric power steering is good or just plain shocking. [PickupTrucks] The last...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Worst August Auto Sales In 28 Years

August is usually one of the best months of the year for car dealers. Not so in August 2010. Car sales dropped a whopping 21 percent from sales a year ago. This resulted in the slowest August on record for the last 28 years. Ironically, the biggest decrease in sales was recorded by Asian...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today in Car News: Car Sales, GM Fours, and Ghostbusters

By all accounts, this year's car sales are as nostalgic and flat as a three-week-old A&W root beer left in your cupholder inn summer. [Consumerist] And in what was supposed to be the year of the small car, it's --not shocking--that the two best-selling vehicles are big ole pickup trucks...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 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»

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