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Buying a Car: the End of the Month Is the Right Time
Buying a Car: the End of the Month Is the Right Time

Believe it or not there are secrets that the auto industry wants its customers to know about, but really never goes out of its way to tell them that the industry would like them to know about them. The first is simply this: if you are looking for the best deal on a car, wait until the end of the...Read More»

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CarMax Releases List of Ten Features Car Buyers Want, World Ignores Them

CarMax, those automotive supermarkets full of overpriced used cars, have decided that they too want to be a vital information resource for car shoppers. As such they polled a number of their detainees/customers and asked them what sort of features they wanted in their next car. The answers ranged...Read More»

From THE GOODS
New Cars More Affordable Than They've Been Since 2004

Attention, shoppers: new cars are more affordable today than they've been in over five years. According to Comerica Bank's Auto Affordability Index, it now takes the average family 21.9 weeks of income to pay off an average-priced vehicle. Sadly, that's not because household income has risen, but...Read More»

2009 Nissan 370Z NISMO
Why Are Built-In Navigators So Much More Expensive Than Portable Units?

Do you remember a time before car navigation systems when people actually used to have to know how to (gasp!) read a map? Are you so young that you don't even know how to read a map? Well, it seems that in the course of a short 10 year period navigators have well and truly killed the map. Just...Read More»

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VIDEO: A Look At General Motors' Satisfaction Guarantee

General Motors' new "60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee" (pitched by new CEO Ed Whitacre in the TV spot above) has sparked a good bit of comment, both positive and negative. Those in support of the policy argue that GM has finally taken notice of customer-oriented programs offered by its competitors...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Accent GS
Do I Really Want a Hyundai Accent That Costs Less Than $10,000?

Hyundai Accent SE 3 Door Price: $9,970 Mileage: 27 city/35 highway Engine: 110 horsepower/106 lb. feet of torque In response to the horrific state of the new car market earlier this year Hyundai decided to start offering a stripped out version of its economy hatchback the Accent. What started out...Read More»

2005 Chrysler Sebring Convertible 2-door Limited Side Exterior View
How To Commit Financial Suicide With the Chrysler Sebring Convertible

Chrysler Sebring Convertible While picking on a Chrysler product is kind of like kicking a dog when it is on the ground, this convertible really should come with a warning label buying this ragtop can seriously damage your financial health. While two-thirds of new Chrysler products have been named...Read More»

Cash-for-Clunkers' online buzz (from Nielsen)
Survey: Nielsen Reports Cash-For-Clunkers Online Data

Media metrics powerhouse Nielsen Research spends a great deal of time analyzing TV ratings and buying habits, but the company has also kept its eye on the federal government's Cash-for-Clunkers initiative. New data reveals some interesting insights about the program and its effect on the public. As...Read More»

2009 American Customer Satisfaction Index
Survey: Americans More Satisfied With (Most) Auto Purchases

According to new data released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index, U.S. auto buyers have become happier with their vehicles over the past 15 years. Between 1996 and 2009, auto customer satisfaction has risen by five percentage points, from a 79% average to 84%, with the bulk of that...Read More»

2004 Honda Civic VP
Kelley Blue Book Names "Top 10 Back-to-school Cars"

I was never one of those lucky kids that rode around the high school parking lot in a new car. When I was lucky enough to drive I was rolling in my grandparents' 1980 Pontiac Grand Prix. It was the best car I ever owned. But some parent somewhere is buying their child a new car for the school year...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
The 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV - A True SUV Bargain

Hyundai Santa Fe SEMPG Rating: 17 city/24 highway Price: starting at $22,295 after rebates Engine: 242 horsepower V6 engine There is a less expensive GLS version of the Santa Fe but it comes with an ancient and underpowered 2.7 liter V6 that makes more wheezing noises than your Uncle Phil with...Read More»

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Buying a Car? Check With Your Bank!

I've been shopping for a new or a slightly used car lately, because I need one. I've been to dealerships, and I've also been to my bank to see where I can get the best deal. While on this cycle, I discovered something I think others should know about, if they don't already. Now, we all see...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
BREAKING: Feds Release Sneak Peek At Cash-For-Clunkers Rules

In an effort to meet its deadline for releasing the rules of the federal "Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save" initiative (i.e. the official, clunky name of the cash-for-clunkers program), the government has released a 136-page PDF offering more detail than many will want about CARS. However...Read More»

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Hey, America: How Long Are You Gonna Drive That?

In 2006, research outfit AutoPacific polled new car buyers in the U.S. and found that 44% intended to hold on to their vehicle for at least four years. One recession later, and the figure has risen to 59%. However, that may not be all bad news--at least not for buyers. The jump might be due to...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram
HEMI V-8 A No-Cost Option For Dodge Ram In March

Even cash-strapped buyers of the new Dodge Ram won't be heard muttering, "I coulda hada V-8." The Dodge boys are slammin' hoods and makin' deals; March is "Dodge truck month" and you can order a variable-valve timed, happily burbling HEMI for no extra cost in the Dodge Ram 1500. The free HEMI is a...Read More»

2008 Aston Martin DBS
Aston Reveals Performance Trio

Aston formally lifted the covers on the long-expected replacement for its aging Vanquish model, its DBS sports car, which TheCarConnection.com first previewed in August. The newly-independent British marque also unveiled a pair of limited-edition models that could be sold out before the first car...Read More»

2007 Buick Park Avenue
China’s Boom Squeezes Automakers

There’s been a steady rain falling for days over here inShanghai, but it hasn’t dampened the palpable optimism you can feel as this sprawling river city prepares for its upcoming motor show. And there are plenty of reasons why everyone is upbeat – even though the boom in the Chinese market is...Read More»

2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Preview: 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

Chrysler hopes to recharge its convertible sales by offering thee distinct models of its new 2008 Sebring convertible, which is being unveiled at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Sebring will come with a choice of three different power tops: a hard top, a traditional canvas top, or a less...Read More»

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Racing News and Notes, March 27

Here’s the news from the world of motorsports: IRL • Paul Dana Killed at Homestead: IRL IndyCar Series rookie Paul Dana, 30, was fatally injured in a two-car crash during the morning warm-up prior to Sunday’s season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway. At 10:03 am, just three minutes into the...Read More»

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