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Dealers Dodge Financing Oversight—Will Shady Lending, Too?
Dealers Dodge Financing Oversight—Will Shady Lending, Too?

If a deal is too good to be true it probably is; and you shouldn't talk monthly payments at the lot before you decide on a car and a price. Don't forget those two valuable pieces of advice at the used-car lot; you'll still need them as it looks like shady lenders won't need to duck for cover after...Read More»

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Confused About All The Recalls? You're Not The Only One

It's nearly impossible to have missed all the big headlines—of millions of vehicles affected by multiple Toyota recalls in recent months, then Congressional hearings investigating them and, in the aftermath, a movement toward stricter rules and greater openness from a new auto-safety bill. But...Read More»

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Auto Safety Bill: Higher Fines, Black Boxes And...Brake Tests?

If you've at all mused that someday Capitol Hill will try to legislate stopping distances, take a deep breath as that time has come—well, almost. All those weighty congressional hearings this past winter have come to fruition—from the House last week, and now the Senate—in freshly drafted...Read More»

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Chrysler 1, Dealers 0 In The Arbitration Game

The results of Chrysler's first arbitration hearing are in, and the news for dealers isn't good. The arbitrator has determined that Joe Kidd Dodge of Cincinnati, Ohio met Chrysler's criteria for elimination and that Chrysler broke its contract with the dealer in an impartial manner. As Chrysler...Read More»

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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda Shifts Gears, Will Testify to Congress

Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda has changed his mind and agreed to testify before the U.S. Congress next Wednesday on the escalating series of safety issues and vehicle recalls that have dominated media and damaged the brand. As we've detailed, Toyota's response has been slow and in some cases...Read More»

Akio Toyoda
Toyota Opens Lines Of Communication While Its President Dodges Congress

Toyota's response to the current recall fiasco has been a little slow -- and that's being generous. As new details emerge from memos and other documentation, it's clear that Toyota officials have spent much of the past few years hiding their heads in the sand, hoping this would all go away. Now the...Read More»

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Tesla CEO Repeatedly Used Private Jet To Visit DC, Make Case For DOE Loans

According to FAA records, the private jet of Tesla CEO and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk has made at least 12 trips to Washington, D.C. since the first of 2009. That in itself isn't a problem; many executives with Musk's resources own private aircraft. The problem is that (a) the operating cost of...Read More»

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Congress Considers Adding 20,000 Electric Vehicles To USPS Fleet

With around 260,000 vehicles at its disposal, the United States Postal Service operates the biggest civilian fleet in the country. Unfortunately, most of those vehicles get terrible gas mileage: the Grumman postal van only earns around 10mpg, and the 17% of USPS trucks that run on E85 don't fare...Read More»

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Good News/Bad News/Good News For Disenfranchised Dealers

High Gear Media has partnered with Tesla Motors on a new writing contest where YOU can win a tour and road test of the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport. You can submit as many articles as you like and enter multiple times. Enter now! Last week, we told you about General Motors' "Comprehensive Plan to...Read More»

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.
GM Has 'A Comprehensive Plan to Address Dealer Concerns'

General Motors and Chrysler have been the target of frustration from thousands of dealers that were cut from the companies' networks during last summer's restructurings. The automakers, dealers, and other interested parties have proposed a variety of ways to resolve the matter -- including...Read More»

Aptera 2e
Congress Speaks: Aptera 2e Now A Car, Not A Motorcycle

Since June of this year, the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle program has awarded low-interest loans to encourage the development of next-gen cars. Ford, Nissan, Tesla, and Fisker got in on the action, but one outside-the-box company has been left on the sidelines: Aptera. The...Read More»

Capitol Hill
Legalwatch: Legislation To Oversee Auto Dealers In The Works

With the recent restructuring of Chrysler and General Motors, there's been a lot of focus on auto dealers -- particularly those who were axed from the two companies' networks. Considerable time and energy on Capitol Hill has been dedicated to protecting dealers during the bankruptcy process, but...Read More»

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Bailout Update: GM, Chrysler Dealers Edge Toward Resolution

To say that the federal government's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors has been contentious is a little like saying that the Bugatti Veyron is kinda fast -- an understatement at best, cause for a righteous uproar at worst. But roughly a year since the Big Three began wooing Washington, the...Read More»

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NADA Brokering Deal To Reinstate Some Chrysler, GM Dealers

Not so long ago, congress considered forcing Chrysler and General Motors to reinstate dealers eliminated from their networks during their respective restructurings. Today, those legislative efforts may have stalled, but the National Automobile Dealers Association is pushing hard to address the...Read More»

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Want Clunker Cash? Stop Reading, Call Your Dealer, It Ends Today

If you've got a clunker you've been meaning to trade in, you'd better take the rest of the day off, 'cause the whole Cash-for-Clunkers program winds up at 8 pm tonight. Here's our checklist of steps for anyone who's still hoping to get those $3,500 or $4,500 rebates for a new car that gets at least...Read More»

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UPDATE: GOP Will Oppose Cash-For-Clunkers in Senate

Last week, we reported that the US House of Representatives voted 316 to 109 to pass HR 3445, which allocates another $2 billion to Cash-for-Clunkers from an energy-loan guarantee program. A backlog of dealer paperwork and unexpectedly high consumer interest means the program may already have run...Read More»

Dr. Steven Chu
Hydrogen Fuel News: Science vs. Politics (Guess Who Wins)

Former president Bush devoted chunks of money to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launching research projects across the country. Unfortunately, the Obama administration (specifically Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu) would rather focus on electric vehicles, since EV technology is literally ready to...Read More»

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Cash-For-Clunkers Kicks Off; Dealers Grumble About Registration, Requirements

Today marks the official start of the federal government's cash-for-clunkers program (sometimes referred to as the "Car Allowance Rebate System" and sometimes as the "Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save" program, both of which cleverly spell "CARS"). On Friday, we mentioned that a set of...Read More»

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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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