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Ford Fiesta: The Honking, 2010
Ford Fiesta: The Honking, 2010

This is just wrong. Morally, socially, technically and in all other ways. This is what happens when society--hold on, let me rephrase that--automotive geek society goes unchecked and the robots and the geeks are in cahoots. This is what happens when computer geeks intermingle with automotive...Read More»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
Fix-A-Flat: The Debate Over Its Use

The stories about fix-a-flat have been raised to the level of urban legend. There are many reasons for this and chief among them are that auto service facilities have an ax to grind with the product. Fix-A-Flat reduces the need for road service and creates a need to clean the inside of the tire...Read More»

2010 Chrysler 300
Car Loans Easier To Get As Interest Rates Stabilize

Lenders are easing credit restrictions as car loan interest rates settle to manageable levels. The result is more consumers qualifying for car loans, including sub-prime borrowers who have had the most difficulty getting another vehicle. According to Bankrate.com’s July 15, 2010 Interest Rate...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
Top Five 2010 SUVs Under $25,000

SUVs are great for commuting, for going on vacation, and they also make an ideal family vehicle. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a vehicle of this type for under $25,000. However, there are quite a few to choose from when you begin researching. These are the top five suggested affordable...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro
Top Five 2010 Model Year Coupes Under $25,000

If you want a brand new 2010 model year coupe at an affordable price, now is the time to buy it. There are quite a few reliable and durable vehicles of this type on the market at the moment. When you are on a budget it can be difficult to find a reasonably priced coupe, but that doesn't have to...Read More»

2006 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Summary)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. After working as Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I liken the business to a shark tank where only the strongest survive. This leads to an approach where car dealers and their sales staff use tricks to get more money out of customers than...Read More»

Ford Th!nk Flags
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part III)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. This series of articles is dedicated to a long list of tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I saw first-hand how subtle some of these tactics can be...Read More»

2002 Chevrolet Impala LS
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part II)

We’re looking at tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. This compares to being upfront and transparent in their business dealings. Part II describes the specific trick of using a supposedly independent trade valuing source to buy a trade for less...Read More»

1999 Ford F150
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part I)

Even car dealers know that they have a bad reputation for good reason. Most won’t admit it, but they know it nonetheless. Part of that bad reputation results from using tricks to get customers to pay more than they want versus being upfront and transparent in their business dealings. Over the...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: First Impressions

Last week I had the opportunity to join Mark Phelan, auto critic for the Detroit Free Press, as he reviewed the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is well crafted and vital to the future of the company. Chrysler is betting a lot on its first new vehicle since entering...Read More»

2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
Crosley On A Pole Has Future Up In The Air

In an age of variable message signs and LED digital displays, does a car on a pole have any chance of surviving into the next calendar year? Possibly not unless a Hanover County Virginia Board of Supervisors decides to alter an earlier position they took on the future of the Crosley in the air. It...Read More»

2011 Smart electric drive
2011 Chevrolet Corvette: Great Car, Tired Ad. Not Like Old Spice

So, are there any original ideas left out there? Is the well of human creativity as dry as a slice of salted Melba toast being chewed on by a dour German philosophy student? Is the world of fantastically creative souls who flirt about the automotive advertising world nothing but a tired and spent...Read More»

2005 Dodge Neon 4-door Sedan SRT4 Side Exterior View
Mortgages Aren't The Only Loans That Can Be Refinanced

If your car loan is a few years old, chances are your monthly payments are higher than they need to be. Why is that? Because interest rates are at their lowest in more than 50 years.   Most people hear about interest rates and only consider refinancing their home mortgage. And like many...Read More»

1997 Ford Aerostar Wagon XLT
Car Buying Scams: Grand Theft Auto

Stealing cars in a video game can be fun and exciting. Unfortunately, stealing cars in real life is devastating to the victim and robs all of us of our sense of security and safety.   There is a new online version of grand theft auto where vehicles aren’t actually stolen. Instead, car dealers...Read More»

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
Blind Spot Avoidance Systems: Take Your Pick

“Out, damned spot! Out I say!” What lady MacBeth couldn’t do, the automotive technology community may accomplish if their efforts to eliminate the ever dangerous blind spot come together. Responsible for possibly 395,000 crashes a year, the temporary visual black hole is now under assault on...Read More»

Driven: 2010 BMW 750Li
More Summer Savings For New Car Buyers With BMW And MINI

A sagging national economy and slumping new car sales have lured two more auto manufacturers into the summer frenzy aimed at kick starting a depressed market through the use of incentive programs. BMW and MINI are offering low interest rate programs as they attempt to attract new buyers back into...Read More»

2010 Nissan Maxima
Nissan Offers Big Incentives - July 2010

The auto industry was hit hard in June when month-to-month sales took a big hit. Many car makers recorded a drop of between 10 and 15 percent in new car sales between May and June. Even Honda--one of the strongest manufacturers--recorded a decrease of nine percent. A lack of incentives to lure...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
What's Slicker, The Nissan Leaf iAd Or The Nissan Leaf?

Change is in the air. Less is more. Up is down. It's true, I read it somewhere on the Internet. Americans are actually buying smaller cars. Car makers are making engines with two cylinders and not 12. And in some cases, no cylinders, merely batteries that weigh hundreds of pounds, kilos or stones...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
July 2010 Incentives From Toyota

Many car makers cut back on incentives in June 2010, and lower sales were one of the consequences. General Motors sales in June dropped 13 percent from May. Even Honda--normally a strong competitor--saw its sales slip nine percent. One of the biggest losers was Toyota, which saw a decrease of 14...Read More»

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