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Top 5 Car Chases = Top 5 Car Ads
Top 5 Car Chases = Top 5 Car Ads

OK, before we start, there will be no O.J. Simpson references or jokes, no white Broncos, and no speeding down a highway with some jerk in his Ferrari to prove how rich and/or blasted he is on the devil's dandruff. This piece is about car chases in movies and how they are nothing but pure car ads...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Customer Loyalty: Hyundai Takes The Cake

Customer Loyalty--You hear the term used and abused worse than a British politician abuses public trust with your tax dollars. It's all about sticking with what you like and more importantly, what you trust. Loyal customers are the holy grail for every auto manufacturer because there is nothing...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
BP Oil Spill: Best Thing We Can Do Is Laugh At It

If you saw Woody Allen's somewhat dark comedy Crimes and Misdemeanors, you'll recall the brilliant line that "comedy = tragedy plus time." And then it led to a line about Lincoln's assassination. Before this goes anywhere, let me say this: Dark humor, the kind that some people find hurtful, not...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Impala
Are Car Buying Services Worth The Money?

Car buying services provide a valuable service, but are they worth the money? The answer depends on how much you value your time. Everyone knows that car manufacturers advertise a higher sticker price than they expect you to actually pay. They do this because negotiating is expected in today’s...Read More»

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-door Convertible PRHT Man Grand Touring Grille
Mazda Zoom-Zooms No More And Toyota Is America

While sitting on my couch this evening, recovering from a thankless day at work, I endeavored to find a way with minimal physical effort to give my overtaxed brain cells a rest. So I stepped away from the laptop, shut it down and then ambled off to TV land to see what inane drivel I could find that...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze preview
Research Your Car Purchase: Capital One’s Tips For First-Time Car Buyers

The Seventh Annual Rules of the Road Survey from Capital One Auto Finance has just been released. It states that first-time car buyers do a pretty good job of researching the make, model, and price of the car they want to get. However, they do a less than a stellar job on other costs associated...Read More»

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Research Your Car Purchase: A New Capital One Survey

A new Capital One survey reveals that first-time car buyers do a pretty good job of researching the make, model, and price of the car they want to get. However, they do less than a stellar job on other costs associated with owning a car. The Seventh Annual Rules of the Road Survey from Capital One...Read More»

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Help! Doug: Why Aren't "Too Good To Be True" Ads Illegal?

Q. The car dealer's TV ad promised $4,500 for anything I could "push, pull or drag" in. I made the trip, but it was "Too Good To Be True" and would've had to buy one of the cars on their lot with a really bloated price. Otherwise, they wouldn't give me squat for my old truck. Why can't "too good to...Read More»

2010 Dodge Charger
Tips On Keeping Young Drivers Safe And Saving On Teen Car Insurance

When teenagers start driving, parents start to worry a little more than usual, and rightfully so; teen drivers have an increased risk of being involved in an accident. However, you can help make your teen’s transition to driving smooth and safe by learning more about teen drivers and getting...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta: Marketing Mundo

I recently blogged about a great, very slick, very well choreographed Ford Fiesta ad that put a huge smile on my face. It was an ad meant to impress the world, and leave you with the idea that this car is something special, despite being a sub-compact. And first and foremost, it was the slickness...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class: If You Advertise It, They Might Come

The other evening I was skimming through many of the useless, mindless, and crud-filled channels that my exorbitantly-priced cable package comes with, when I came across a movie channel I barely remembered I had. (Bare with me, here. Like a Simpsons episode, this is the preamble to the theme of the...Read More»

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Help! Doug: Can Dealers Legally Advertise Lease Payments Disguised As Car Payments?

Q. I'm no genius but I've got common sense. I was almost taken by a dealer that advertised a really low monthly payment, without making it clear in the ad that the payment was not on a loan. The money down was not a real down-payment, but a strange lease down-payment I had to pay tax on. So, I...Read More»

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
How Extended Warranties Work

Extended warranties are the automotive version of the hedge bet. You pay money up front so that if you experience some car failure down the road you won’t have to jeopardize your child’s college fund to replace the transmission in that 2007 Ford Explorer that you’re driving. That’s...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Car Buying Guide: Pre-Negotiate Your Interest Rate

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! The question we’ve been exploring is how to shop for a new car so you get the best deal possible. We’ve discovered that buyers who begin their vehicle search by walking into the front doors of...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Car Advice: Shopping For Tires

When you go to the movies you wouldn’t think of going up to the cashier without knowing the title of the show you wanted to see. The same thing goes for buying tires. The first thing you should do is go to the sidewall of your tires and write down the size. The number is going to say something...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Hits You In the Gut, Not The Cerebral Cortex

Jeep recently put out its ad for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In short, Jeep is proud to be American and wants consumers to buy American again, specifically pricey Jeeps with leather and such--cecause it's good for America. If you've seen Jeep's latest patriotic ad for the 2011 Jeep Grand...Read More»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
Tire Rules That Can Keep You Out Of Trouble

Let’s set some rules about tires that may keep you out of trouble and help you recognize when a tire needs attention. If a tire deviates from its recommended pressure by 25 percent, you have to assume that there is a problem and get it checked out. For a tire required to have 35 psi that’s a...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Car Buying Guide: Pre-Negotiate The Entire Car Deal

Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! We began this thread a few days ago with the question: What is the best way to start looking for a new car? Should I begin online or visit my local car dealer? The short answer is...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus
Car Buying Guide: Shop Around To Save Money

Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! We’ve been looking at how to get the best price on new cars from your local dealer. This is what we have learned so far: Walking in the front door of your local car dealer is not...Read More»

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