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Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices
Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices

Another day, another survey suggesting that Americans would prefer to buy cars online. This time, the data comes from an Autolist poll. While most respondents say that they're okay with the current car sales model, a significant number dislike the muss and fuss of salespeople and haggling. To...Read More»

Car shopping
Study: Men twice as likely as women to buy cars online

Another day, another study proving yet again that, yes, consumers really want to buy cars online. This time, the study comes from eBay Advertising. To gather its data, the company first surveyed over 1,000 U.S. consumers who'd bought a vehicle within the previous six months. Then, it took a close...Read More»

GM's Shop-Click-Drive online car-shopping program sends users to local dealers to complete the sale
Consumers want to buy cars online and prefer dealers who offer it, so what's the holdup?

These days, you can buy just about anything online: clothing, food, sexytime accessories, even booze. One of the few things you can't purchase online, however, is a new car. According to a survey conducted by marketing firm Root & Associates, that's a real frustration for shoppers, and it could...Read More»

Teen driver
Buying a car should be (a) painless, (b) fun, or (c) joyful?

Shopping for a new car can be pretty exciting--until the point that you have to head to a dealership. That's when the migraine meds can come in handy. At least one dealer wants to improve the experience, though. He's got his work cut out for him, because there are many reasons people hate...Read More»

Honcker smartphone app
Another crack in the showroom wall? Honcker app offers car leasing, no dealership visit required

Autonomy, electrification, ride-sharing: tomorrow's auto industry is going to look very different from today's. Some automakers and dealers are fighting the tide of change tooth and nail; others, like Tesla, are charging headlong into the unknown, often without much success. A new app called...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
Would you buy a car on your smartphone? Many Americans would

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that smartphones make life easier for many of us. Need a ride? Book it on Uber. Want to skip the line at the cinema? Open an app and grab some quick tickets. Shocked to see that your beloved new videogame costs $60 in the big box store? Haul out your...Read More»

Money and car keys
Dealership's 'Closing Fees' Ruled Illegal In South Carolina, Court Hands Down $2.8 Million Judgment

South Carolina's Supreme Court has handed down a hefty win for auto shoppers. In a 3-2 ruling, justices found that Hendrick Honda of Easley shouldn't have been charging customers a $299 "closing fee" between 2002 and 2006. The decision will cost Hendrick some $2.8 million in actual (not punitive)...Read More»

Auto loan
Is Leasing A Car A Losing Game?

To buy or to lease? That is the question Consumer Reports asked in a recent article examining the pros and cons of buying and leasing new cars. The answer? "In general it makes financial sense for most to buy a vehicle". The magazine says that goes double for slobs and parents -- and probably...Read More»

Mature Driver
Now We Get It: Boomers Are Buying Hip Cars For Themselves, Not Their Kids

The auto industry is in a very weird place. On the one hand, sales are booming. After several very bleak and painful years, most industry accountants have capped off their red pens and are writing almost entirely in black. Auto technology is booming, too. New powertrains hint at a zippier, greener...Read More»

Car lot
Nearly One-Third Of Car Buyers Opting For 72-Month Loans

Rising auto prices may be a contributing reason why a record number of consumers are going into longer car loans. According to market research by J. D. Power and Associates, nearly one-third (32 percent) of car buyers taking out loans this month opted for 72-month terms. This is up some 30 percent...Read More»

Dealer
Car Customers Hate Haggling More Than Anything

Shopping for a car can be a real pain. But according to a new survey, there's one thing that consumers hate above all else: negotiating the price of their new ride. This isn't entirely surprising. Heck, that hatred led to the creation of an entire auto lineup: Saturn, and its no-hassle, no-haggle...Read More»

Volkswagen 'Autobahn for All' commercial
How Many Shoppers Skip The Test Drive? More Than You Think

Everyone knows that most consumers begin researching their next ride online (or, if you're lucky, in a swanky digital showroom). But do you have so much faith in your web-based legwork that you'd be willing to forego the test drive altogether? A surprising number of Americans do -- and that number...Read More»

Ford's 2013 Fusion configurator website.
2013 Ford Fusion Configurator Goes Live

Manufacturers, it seems, are starting to favor configurator microsites over the old-fashioned grind-out-a-press-release method of informing the public of new product details. The reason why is somewhat obvious: by tracking the configurations built by zip code, manufacturers get an idea for regional...Read More»

Older driver
Baby Boomers Keep U.S. Auto Sales Booming

We all know that America's auto market is on a roll. But have you ever stopped to wonder who's leading the charge back to showrooms? J.D. Power and the AARP have. And they found out -- not too surprisingly -- that Baby Boomers deserve most of the credit, along with their parents and siblings from...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
When It Comes To Cars, Men Dig Superman, Women Love Clark Kent

Here we go again: a new study has revealed the vastly different habits of men and women. The focus this time? Each sex's preference in cars. The data comes from TrueCar, which crunched numbers on over 8,000,000 vehicle sales in 2011. Among the nuggets TrueCar uncovered: Women prefer smaller...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Three Of Five Parents Involve Kids In Car-Buying Decisions, Study

It may come as a shock to some automakers, and a few parents, but a new proprietary study from The Family Room finds that three of five parents (57 percent) today involve their kids in car-buying decisions. The story, originally appearing in Advertising Age, caught our attention, and we wanted more...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet's Avalanche Pickup Hits The End Of The Road

In 2001, Chevrolet debuted the concept of a “lifestyle truck” with the launch of the Chevy Avalanche pickup. Prior to that, trucks were generally built for work, and using them for other purposes meant accepting a harsh ride and limited amenities. The Chevrolet Avalanche injected a bit...Read More»

2012 Ford Expedition
Republicans Go Big And Thirsty, Democrats Go Small And Green

The differences between Republicans and Democrats extend beyond mere political ideology. When it comes to buying cars, party loyalists on both sides have distinctly different tastes, but their respective vehicle choices don’t always play to stereotypes. As the latest survey from Strategic...Read More»

Handing over car keys
Good News: Auto Affordability Improves, Could Lead To Stronger Sales

At a time when it seems like everything is going up in price, here’s a rare bit of good news: an “average priced” new car got more affordable in the fourth quarter of last year, requiring just 23.1 weeks of median family income to purchase. From a dollars-and-cents perspective...Read More»

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