May

Hyundai’s New Models: A Change for the Better
Hyundai’s New Models: A Change for the Better

WhenI was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, it was obvious to those of us on the front line of car sales that Hyundai was the primary up-and-comer in the competitive automotive industry. It wasn’t always that way. Over the last twelve years this Korean auto maker revamped a tarnished...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»

Dealer
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»

2011 BMW X3
BMW X3: What’s Up With The Cupholders?

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I was amazed at the number of buyers whose first question about the biggest and best model that just arrived on the showroom floor was how many cupholders it had. They weren’t concerned with advances in safety or design, horsepower or gas...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van RWD 1500 135" Side Exterior View
G.M. Ventures Funds Bright Automotive

G.M. Ventures, the new venture capital division of General Motors Company, announced its first funding effort with a $5 million infusion to Bright Automotive. The Indiana based start up is building the Idea, a commercial plug-in hybrid van similar to the conventional gas Ford E-150 and the G.M...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS
World Class Cadillac CTS

Remember when Cadillac was “The Standard of the World”?  With cars like the 2010 Cadillac CTS Performance Collection, GM’s top division may soon claim that moniker once again. Available as a sedan, wagon and now, in coupe form, the CTS can serve most people with its variety of guises. The...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»

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon
Best Vehicles For A Family Road Trip

Road trips are fun and choosing the right vehicle could make all the difference to your ultimate driving experience. A family road trip requires a car to be safe, reliable, economical, and also capable of handling any road in its path. These top five 2010 vehicles are the ideal solution to all...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Cheeseburger In Gas Tank: How Can That Happen?

A Rock Hill South Carolina woman found a cheeseburger in her gas tank. That’s right, a number of TV stations and the local newspaper reported in their online editions that it cost the owner $1,000 to have a cheeseburger and pickle removed from her gas tank. The account said that she filed a...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Fiat 500: Do-Overs Or Dead On Arrival?

As I was was busy savoring every bite of my life-shortening, artery-clogging, saturated-fat-laced lunch, knowing that the thick layer of mayonnaise was probably responsible for the seizing sensation going down my left arm, I thought to myself, wouldn’t life be great if we got do-overs? You know...Read More»

2011 Audi A7
How To Sell A Million Expensive Cars: Audi A7 Sportback And The Calendar

Few automobile-producing nations understand the combination of substance and style better than the Germans. Let’s face it--they have VW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and if you close one eye and have consumed 10 beers, Opel too. Germans know how to make not only a nice car, but a fast...Read More»

2008 Nissan Altima Coupe
Top 5 Mistakes Made When Getting Cars Repaired

When you drop your car off for repairs you might feel like all the cards are stacked against you. It’s not an environment in which you have a comfort level much less feel knowledgeable. The whole process impacts not only your transportation needs but also your finances. So don’t misplay your...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»

2010 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 3.0L quattro Prestige Angular Front Exterior View
New Jersey May End Roadside Assistance

On the heels of eliminating safety inspections for motor vehicles the state of New Jersey is now considering the elimination of the ESP program. That stands for Emergency Service Patrol. It is a 16 year old program that was initiated to increase safety on the roads by keeping the lanes clear and...Read More»

2010 Nissan Maxima
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part I

You finally found the perfect car on sale in the local Sunday paper. The price is so low you don’t dare miss this opportunity to finally get the car you’ve wanted for months. You grab your check book and drive down to the dealership that placed the ad. When you arrive you’re surprised that...Read More»

2006 Ford Ranger XL
Ford CEO Slips "New Ranger" Into Model Offerings List During Interview

Being the proud owner of a 1998 Ford Ranger, regular cab, 2.5-liter engine, five-speed transmission, and step-side bed, I was disappointed when Ford announced that they have no plans to bring the next generation Ford Ranger to North America. Granted, the Ranger has changed little over its 27-year...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CX 3.0L Instrument Panel
Delphi's Telematic Plan For Car Repair

The auto parts maker Delphi is moving into the second phase of a pilot program in which it is testing the viability of an integrated automotive diagnostic program using telematics. It is integrated in the sense that it draws in a number of interested players into a diagnostics on the fly approach...Read More»

1997 Plymouth Neon
Hoopty Ownership: Conversation Piece Or Necessity

Forbes recently published a glossary of automotive technology. This was not meant to be all inclusive by any means but it did cover terms as diverse as deuce and tiptronic. The one that caught my eye was as follows: “Hoopty, Hooptie, Hoopdee: A piece-of-junk car. Driven as a badge of pride--or at...Read More»

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