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BP Oil Spill: Best Thing We Can Do Is Laugh At It
BP Oil Spill: Best Thing We Can Do Is Laugh At It

If you saw Woody Allen's somewhat dark comedy Crimes and Misdemeanors, you'll recall the brilliant line that "comedy = tragedy plus time." And then it led to a line about Lincoln's assassination. Before this goes anywhere, let me say this: Dark humor, the kind that some people find hurtful, not...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze preview
Research Your Car Purchase: Capital One’s Tips For First-Time Car Buyers

The Seventh Annual Rules of the Road Survey from Capital One Auto Finance has just been released. It states that first-time car buyers do a pretty good job of researching the make, model, and price of the car they want to get. However, they do a less than a stellar job on other costs associated...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Accent 4-door Sedan Auto GLS Angular Front Exterior View
Research Your Car Purchase: A New Capital One Survey

A new Capital One survey reveals that first-time car buyers do a pretty good job of researching the make, model, and price of the car they want to get. However, they do less than a stellar job on other costs associated with owning a car. The Seventh Annual Rules of the Road Survey from Capital One...Read More»

1997 Nissan Altima
Lost Love: A Car Remembered, A Car Replaced

I often lament that I was forced to sell our 1997 Nissan Altima. The popular five-seat, mid-sized car made the mark for Nissan by proving that Nissan could be relevant in a world dominated by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. The debut of the Altima in 1993 was seen by many at...Read More»

1997 Ford Club Wagon XL
Car Repair Horror Stories

_ Everyone has had one - a car repair horror story. The failed fuel pump that causes you to be late to the family reunion and the minor repair that turns into a budget busting car expense from hell are examples. My own experience, which I often recall when travelers seem entirely too upset over...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Car Buying Guide: When To Get A Car Loan From A Dealer

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We have been discussing how an unprepared car buyer can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary by not arranging for a car loan prior to walking into a car dealership. However...Read More»

2009 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT S Open Doors
Auto Insurance Coverage Explained

Auto insurance is a necessity. Picking the right car insurance coverage protects you if you cause an accident, or if a tree limb lands on your car. It’s important to understand the options when you shop for quotes. Common types of auto insurance coverage include: Collision: This car insurance...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" LT w/1LT Engine
The DIY Driver: How To Change Your Oil, Perfectly

Let’s start out by making some assumptions. You know how to safely access the underneath of your vehicle. You are amply equipped with tools and auto parts and your heart is in the right place because you would like to do right by the environment and your neighbors as you change the oil in your...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta: Marketing Mundo

I recently blogged about a great, very slick, very well choreographed Ford Fiesta ad that put a huge smile on my face. It was an ad meant to impress the world, and leave you with the idea that this car is something special, despite being a sub-compact. And first and foremost, it was the slickness...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class: If You Advertise It, They Might Come

The other evening I was skimming through many of the useless, mindless, and crud-filled channels that my exorbitantly-priced cable package comes with, when I came across a movie channel I barely remembered I had. (Bare with me, here. Like a Simpsons episode, this is the preamble to the theme of the...Read More»

Dodgy dealer
Help! Doug: Can Dealers Legally Advertise Lease Payments Disguised As Car Payments?

Q. I'm no genius but I've got common sense. I was almost taken by a dealer that advertised a really low monthly payment, without making it clear in the ad that the payment was not on a loan. The money down was not a real down-payment, but a strange lease down-payment I had to pay tax on. So, I...Read More»

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
How Extended Warranties Work

Extended warranties are the automotive version of the hedge bet. You pay money up front so that if you experience some car failure down the road you won’t have to jeopardize your child’s college fund to replace the transmission in that 2007 Ford Explorer that you’re driving. That’s...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe first drive
Cadillac Free Maintenance: What's It Worth?

Cadillac has announced the roll out of their Premium Care Maintenance program to coincide with the appearance of the 2011 models. The first of which will be the 2011 Cadillac CTS which will for the first time include the CTS Coupe. So what is Premium Care Maintenance and what will it do for...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Hits You In the Gut, Not The Cerebral Cortex

Jeep recently put out its ad for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In short, Jeep is proud to be American and wants consumers to buy American again, specifically pricey Jeeps with leather and such--cecause it's good for America. If you've seen Jeep's latest patriotic ad for the 2011 Jeep Grand...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus
Car Buying Guide: Shop Around To Save Money

Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! We’ve been looking at how to get the best price on new cars from your local dealer. This is what we have learned so far: Walking in the front door of your local car dealer is not...Read More»

2007 Ford Fusion
Car Insurance Claims 101: Be an Informed Driver and Policyholder

What does it mean to file an auto insurance claim? When you file a car insurance claim, you are requesting reimbursement to help cover costs associated with a loss. That loss may be the result of a car accident, vandalism, theft or accidental damage. In return, you pay the deductible, which is an...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
The Golf, Again, Or Who Framed The Volkswagen Rabbit?

The word Golf has had an intriguing year. The word conjures up an immediate mix of unfortunate associations, from the media sensation of the Tiger Woods scandal to the heartbreaking oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico--yes, just change one letter and you have a car name that sounds exactly like the...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail
Less Obama, More Australia: Chatter Versus Macho

Too much talk, too much chatter, too much blah, blah, blah. Did you see that Obama speech the other night? I didn't. It was about BP Oil, so I skipped it, largely because it's a staged media event to make him look like the Commander In Chief is commanding, somewhat like a chief. Too much talk, too...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
A New Internet Resource For New And Used Car Buyers

BestCarBuyingAdvice.com recently went live on the Internet. It’s the latest addition to High Gear Media’s growing list of specialized websites: a unique model of publishing multiple automotive media sites to address every interest and lifestyle. What’s the specific interest of...Read More»

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