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Why Gap Insurance Is Critical For A New Car
Why Gap Insurance Is Critical For A New Car

GAP insurance is short for “Guaranteed Auto Protection” insurance and is critical for anyone purchasing or leasing a new model car. GAP insurance works as an extra layer of insurance coverage on top of your basic auto insurance policy. When a vehicle suffers total loss, or is considered a...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»

Hyundai’s New Models: A Change for the Better

WhenI was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, it was obvious to those of us on the front line of car sales that Hyundai was the primary up-and-comer in the competitive automotive industry. It wasn’t always that way. Over the last twelve years this Korean auto maker revamped a tarnished...Read More»

1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS
Top 5 Rated Sitcom Mechanics

The perennial poor regard with which some consumers hold the auto repair profession may be coming from some unrelated quarters. Like the popular notion that violence, incivility and downright rudeness all have their roots in the screen in our living rooms, did you ever think that attitudes toward...Read More»

Dealer
Women Feel Disadvantaged In Car Dealer’s Showroom

A recent survey by AutoTrader.com reveals that women are less comfortable buying cars than men. The survey says that almost one in four women (24 percent) find shopping for a vehicle stressful. This compares to just 15 percent of men. The study also reveals that almost twice as many men feel...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Still Trying Harder To Win Customer Approval: Part II

Yesterday we learned that Hyundai continues to earn the approval of savvy car buyers with the roll-out of another consumer-based program designed to educate Hyundai owners and save them money. The new program is simple: make all factory-recommended maintenance for Hyundai cars available online. The...Read More»

2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Passed And Future: Jerry Flint And Chrysler Cars Ads

Having had the chance for an afternoon nap and time to dream about my ideal Miata roadster, I felt relaxed when I woke up and took time to look at all that was going on in the world of the automobile and two things struck me today as I surfed the Web, one interesting and one sad. As Tough As Flint...Read More»

Car repair
Communication: The Auto Repair Minefield

Communicating in a car repair environment can be like an extended stay at the Tower of Babble. Not only is the vocabulary list technically challenging, its extensive use of acronyms makes an extended conversation nearly useless unless you can decode unrelated vowels and consonants strung together...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
BMW X3: What’s Up With The Cupholders?

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I was amazed at the number of buyers whose first question about the biggest and best model that just arrived on the showroom floor was how many cupholders it had. They weren’t concerned with advances in safety or design, horsepower or gas...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535i xDrive AWD Angular Front Exterior View
Wagon Review: 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon

It's one of the best looking Wagons around--the 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon simply has stunning exterior features. The blend of sharp and curved edges are what make this wagon turn heads in a crowd. Although the design hasn't changed since 2004, it is still a classic BMW style that will never...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van RWD 1500 135" Side Exterior View
G.M. Ventures Funds Bright Automotive

G.M. Ventures, the new venture capital division of General Motors Company, announced its first funding effort with a $5 million infusion to Bright Automotive. The Indiana based start up is building the Idea, a commercial plug-in hybrid van similar to the conventional gas Ford E-150 and the G.M...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS
World Class Cadillac CTS

Remember when Cadillac was “The Standard of the World”?  With cars like the 2010 Cadillac CTS Performance Collection, GM’s top division may soon claim that moniker once again. Available as a sedan, wagon and now, in coupe form, the CTS can serve most people with its variety of guises. The...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Hennessey Bites Into 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

There is a point when too much of something is not a good thing. Too much coffee is never good; neither are too many hamburgers. Apparently “too much” is not in vehicle tuner Hennessey’s vocabulary. Next up on Hennessey’s chopping block, or chop shop, is the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor...Read More»

2000 Chevrolet Impala
Gates Rubber Offers Free Belt Wear Gauge

In the late 1990s car manufacturers switched the construction material in their fan belts from neoprene to a synthetic rubber called EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer). Besides requiring the use of another automotive acronym, what the change accomplished was to produce a component that had a...Read More»

2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 4WD Crew Cab 143.5" 3HB Front Exterior View
The Vacation Of Torque And Batteries

Taking vacation should never interfere with one’s love of the automobile, in fact it should enhance it by giving the vacationer--that is me in this case--ample opportunity to look at cars and think about their societal value and advertising value, and not to think about how the car ahead of me is...Read More»

2010 Nissan Titan
Help! Doug: Why Are Auto Lease Details Kept Secret From Consumers?

Q. My accountant says that I should lease a new truck. However I don't understand auto leasing and when I try to negotiate with the dealer, the things I consider important to know seem irrelevant to the dealer. First of all, I want to know what kind of profit the dealer is going to make on the...Read More»

2009 Dodge Caliber 4-door HB R/T Open Doors
Top Vehicles For Drivers Over 6' - The Dodge Caliber

The Caliber is deceiving. I leased a 2008 Dodge Caliber for a female business partner as part of her compensation. She had asked for a BMW, but my spidey senses said that would be a waste of my cash. I liked the look of the Caliber and thought the price point was good. I had a hunch that I had...Read More»

2011 Ford Super Duty F-250 2WD Crew Cab 172" XLT Front Exterior View
Ford One-Ups GM; F-Series Super Duty Now With Best-In-Class Power

Ford was not going to be left behind in the ongoing power struggle between them and the Chevrolet Heavy Duty line. Today Ford has announced that the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty line's 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel will now offer a whopping 800 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower...Read More»

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