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How To Market Station Wagons, Maligned Steeds Of The Americas
How To Market Station Wagons, Maligned Steeds Of The Americas

Good marketing and advertising is crucial in making or breaking a car, and there are many examples of good, great and poor marketing in the automotive world, regardless of the continent, language, market segment or company. And one prime example of how not to do marketing, at least in North...Read More»

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Zoning Out While Driving: Some Explanations

If, after buying a new car, you have ever reached for a non-existent gear shift lever or headlight switch, you get an idea of how at home we become in our cars. Some studies have shown that the average time a person spends in their car is 540 hours per year. In 2005 the Telework Exchange found that...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber RT
Car Loan Interest Rates Continue To Fall

Do you qualify for a zero percent offer from an auto manufacturer during the 2010 model year clearance sales that are taking place across the country? Only 1 in 20 new car buyers do. If not, you’ll be happy to hear that interest rates on car loans are continuing to drop.  According to...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Car Shopping Advice: Lower Your Stress At The Dealership (And Save Money)

We’ve discovered that shopping for a car at a dealership is stressful. In fact, a recent study by AutoTrader.com found that shopping for your next vehicle is more stressful for women than men. One of the biggest stresses for most car buyers is negotiating the selling price. You don’t have to...Read More»

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Should The Government Mandate Stability Control Systems In Trucks?

Research completed earlier this year by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute is helping guide the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its decisions to make stability control systems mandatory for tractor-semitrailers. With costs to retrofit most...Read More»

1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS
Top 5 Rated Sitcom Mechanics

The perennial poor regard with which some consumers hold the auto repair profession may be coming from some unrelated quarters. Like the popular notion that violence, incivility and downright rudeness all have their roots in the screen in our living rooms, did you ever think that attitudes toward...Read More»

2010 Ford Expedition
Top 10 SUVs With Lowest Insurance Expense: Edmund’s Survey

Need to buy an SUV? Want to cut your monthly expenses? One way of doing so is to reduce your insurance costs. On average it costs 10 to 20 percent more to insure a sports utility vehicle compared to a regular car. This is over and above the higher purchase and maintenance costs of sports utility...Read More»

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Women Feel Disadvantaged In Car Dealer’s Showroom

A recent survey by AutoTrader.com reveals that women are less comfortable buying cars than men. The survey says that almost one in four women (24 percent) find shopping for a vehicle stressful. This compares to just 15 percent of men. The study also reveals that almost twice as many men feel...Read More»

2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Passed And Future: Jerry Flint And Chrysler Cars Ads

Having had the chance for an afternoon nap and time to dream about my ideal Miata roadster, I felt relaxed when I woke up and took time to look at all that was going on in the world of the automobile and two things struck me today as I surfed the Web, one interesting and one sad. As Tough As Flint...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535i xDrive AWD Angular Front Exterior View
Wagon Review: 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon

It's one of the best looking Wagons around--the 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon simply has stunning exterior features. The blend of sharp and curved edges are what make this wagon turn heads in a crowd. Although the design hasn't changed since 2004, it is still a classic BMW style that will never...Read More»

2010 GMC Savana Passenger RWD 3500 135" LS Side Exterior View
Passenger Van Review: 2010 GMC Savana

The 2010 GMC Savana is most definitely a passenger van that will take on all others in its class. Whether it is used for carrying passengers or as a cargo hauler, this van does both very well. It is a functional vehicle without all the thrills and spills.  It is by no means a stunning looking...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Hennessey Bites Into 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

There is a point when too much of something is not a good thing. Too much coffee is never good; neither are too many hamburgers. Apparently “too much” is not in vehicle tuner Hennessey’s vocabulary. Next up on Hennessey’s chopping block, or chop shop, is the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor...Read More»

2009 Dodge Caliber 4-door HB R/T Open Doors
Top Vehicles For Drivers Over 6' - The Dodge Caliber

The Caliber is deceiving. I leased a 2008 Dodge Caliber for a female business partner as part of her compensation. She had asked for a BMW, but my spidey senses said that would be a waste of my cash. I liked the look of the Caliber and thought the price point was good. I had a hunch that I had...Read More»

2009 Infiniti M35 4-door Sedan RWD Wheel Cap
California Air Pressure Regulation

Even though there was a dust up over it in the last presidential campaign, it is universally accepted that low tire pressure negatively affects gas mileage. The Ecology Department of Washington State University estimated that for every 1 psi of under inflation in each of your tires your gas mileage...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Ad Pulled; Common Sense Goes With It

Sometimes, sadly, common sense goes right out the door and the greater good "saves" society.  This happened with a recent ad for the new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, called “Shoot the Gap.” Apparently 400 or so people were upset enough for a Facebook group to be created calling for the...Read More»

2010 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 126.0" SLE1 Angular Front Exterior View
2010 GMC Canyon Versus 2010 Nissan Frontier

These two compact pickup trucks each have various pros and cons. The Nissan Frontier has always been a respectable contestant in the market since it was introduced over a decade ago. While the GMC Canyon has a stylish exterior and tends to appeal to drivers who want a truck that is tight and...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI 4-door HB DSG PZEV Angular Front Exterior View
Top 5 Volkswagen GTI Commercials: Practicality Inspired

I spent last weekend hanging out with my best friend, doing what we do best: napping where possible to regain our strength from the long grind that is daily work, eating unholy amounts of very tasty food, and perhaps our favorite sport, watching car shows and discussing cars. Unless I am mistaken...Read More»

2007 Ford Explorer 2WD 4-door V6 XLT Front Seats
Top Vehicles For Those Over 6 Feet Tall

I have been test driving several new vehicles and have a problem that many men (and some minority of women) have in terms of functional driving positions and overall "creature comfort". Those of us who are over 6 feet tall span several generations and few manufacturers' actually design vehicles...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part III

We have been investigating a marketing ploy that car dealers use to entice customers into their showrooms. It’s called the “bait and switch” because dealers use a low priced ad car (a vehicle they use in an advertisement) as “bait” to lure customers into the dealership. Once there, the...Read More»

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