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How To Compare Car Insurance Rates
How To Compare Car Insurance Rates

The steps involved in comparing car insurance quotes may sound simple, but each year, thousands of Americans end up paying too much for car insurance because they dont understand what each coverage means or they simply pick the car insurance company with the best ads. It's tough to tell if you have...Read More»

2007 Chrysler Sebring
How Much Car Insurance Coverage Do You Need?

"How much car insurance do I need?" is the number one question consumers ask whether they are purchasing a used car or a brand new luxury car. A universal answer for how much auto coverage is the right amount does not exist, mainly because every driver is different. The amount of auto insurance...Read More»

2003 Mercury Grand Marquis 4-door Sedan LS Premium Grille
License Renewal Regs For Older Drivers

It’s been a year since a fatal crash in the Boston suburb of Stoughton spurred a renewed effort to pass legislation to require testing for older drivers. The four year old victim, Diya Patel, was struck in a pedestrian crosswalk by an 89 year old driver. According to the Insurance Institute for...Read More»

2008 Pontiac G6 4-door Sedan GT Engine
A Car Repair Dispute Is No Time For Inaction

You thought you had found the perfect mechanic. To this point he had taken care of your 2008 Pontiac G6 like it was his own. All your dealings had met your expectations; the shop had completed everything as promised, on time and for the quoted price. But now there’s a problem, this is the third...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Tires 201: Contact Patch Management

In Auto Racing and driving in general, tires play a pivotal role. An experienced race driver and coach once told me that racing is really about contact patch management. The contact patch of a tire is the part of the tire that makes contact with the road. You only have a few square inches of rubber...Read More»

2011 Buick Regal
2011 Buick Regal Review: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love A Buick

Buick recently invited automotive writers to sample the 2011 Buick Regal on the roads surrounding San Diego, California. It was rather fitting that I traveled to the 2011 Buick Regal media event in San Diego on the day of the Lost finale. I have found a number of similarities between the two...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI 4-door HB DSG PZEV Angular Front Exterior View
Volkswagen GTI: An Oldie Mit A German Twist

I spent the better part of today driving around in classic cars, none of them was younger than 38 years old, and they made me feel young, proud, happy and inspired as I drove each of them. Inspired enough to post this blog, which is semi-related to the cars I drove today as their collective nation...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
U.S. Car Commercials A Little Bland?

I often scroll through the inner depths of Youtube from time time, looking for hidden automotive gems. One thing I stumble across quite often are foreign car commercials that are rarely, if ever, seen by the U.S. consumer.  There is a Ford Focus commercial for the Mexican market which does not try...Read More»

Gas pump
Summer Driving Tips To Save At The Pump

As summer starts to creep into the end of May, the temperature is usually not the only thing to rise. For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, and with it, the summer travel season and higher prices at the pump.     Of course, one major factor as to whether you are heading...Read More»

1997 Geo Prizm LSi
Are State Safety Inspections Of Vehicles Needed?

Vehicle Safety inspections are in the news as Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey attempts to balance the budget. Is the $12 million spent on inspections worth the effort if only six percent of the cars fail? This seems to be at the vortex of the decision making process on this issue. Emissions...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD 4WD Crew Cab 167" DRW LTZ Angular Front Exterior View
Top 2011 Chevrolet Truck To Look Out For

In previous years, many truck enthusiasts would give Ford and Dodge the upper hand in terms of full size trucks but as Chevrolet rolls out its new 2011 Silverado, many see Chevy giving its competitors a run for their money. On the outside, the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado doesn’t look much...Read More»

2010 Mazda MazdaSPEED3
The Great Tune-Up Swindle

As an auto-repair shop owner the bane of my existence is when a customer asks me how much a tune-up costs. Nowadays the word tune-up is an obsolete and effectively useless term but I still get asked this question on a near-daily basis. I usually ask my customer if they want me to perform routine...Read More»

2010 Land Rover Range Rover
How GM Should Have Saved HUMMER

_How GM Should Have Saved HUMMER     I am saddened and angered by the demise of HUMMER. A uniquely American creation, HUMMER could have been SO much more than what it became.   I believe that the people who ran HUMMER got too caught up in striving to one-up Jeep. HUMMER wanted to be...Read More»

Teen driving
Teens Rate Driving Skills But Who Are The Boys Kidding?

The gender gap--or is it the veracity gap--is alive and well in teenage drivers. In a study conducted by the Allstate Foundation, 1,063 teenage girls and boys were interviewed online to establish their attitudes toward their driving ability and that of their friends. The findings are very...Read More»

Teen driving
Teen Girls Say They Drive Faster Than Boys And Text More Too

Teenage boys are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Right? Well, they still have higher accident rates than teenage girls. But in a new survey, the girls say they speed more often, and text while driving at higher rates than the boys. The youth-research firm TRU Research conducted the study a...Read More»

Mazda MX-5 Cup In BRE Livery
Indy 500 Champ, Mazda, And SCCA Community Racing MX-5 For Charity

Quick! Name two creatures that like driving down the road with the top down and the wind blowing through their hair. The only two I can think of are people and their pets, so the idea of turning next week’s Playboy MX-5 Cup at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca into a fundraiser for the Monterey Society...Read More»

BMW 2002
BMW Joy: The Ultimate Marketing Machine

Today I had the magnificent pleasure of driving a BMW 2002 tii and I came away not just happy, but filled with automotive joy. I'll come back to why I chose the word “joy” in a bit. Each time I started up the car, a smile came over my face and all I could do was revel in the elemental...Read More»

Honda Odyssey Concept
Four Great Honda Ads: How Honda Goes Its Own Way

If you love car ads, and I do, you know that some brands stand out for their creativity more than others--and this creativity truly reflects the brand's image and core beliefs. I’m not talking about any special tag lines that some marketing hack in an Armani suit with an expensive watch, a lot of...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60: An All-New Crossover

The 2010 XC60 is an all new crossover from Volvo. It's their newest sport-utility with seating for five. The XC60 looks like a small XC90 and comes in one model in the U.S. called the T6 AWD ASR ($37,200 as tested). They're called crossovers because they drive more like a car, but with the...Read More»

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