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Annual Cost Of Car Ownership Falls To $8,698

Annual Cost Of Car Ownership Falls To $8,698

Owning a car isn't cheap. First, there's the price of the vehicle, which now hovers north of $30,000, on average. Then there's the cost of maintenance, which can be a real headache in some parts of the country. Tack on the price of insurance, fuel, and the occasional pair of fuzzy dice, and you've... read more

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'Toward Los Angeles': hitchhikers photographed by Dorothea Lange, via Library of Congress

More U.S. Families Opt Out Of Auto Ownership

We've been told time and time and time again that young people just aren't that into cars. Apparently, that's the good news. According to a study published by the American... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Survey Flawed: Georgia Probably Isn't The Most Expensive State For Car Owners After All

Back in August, Bankrate released a study of the costs of car ownership. After analyzing a range of factors -- including registration fees, fuel costs, and insurance -- the... read more September 30, 2013 by 


 
Map of the U.S.A.

Georgia Is The Most Expensive State For Car Owners: How Does Your State Stack Up?

It's no secret: buying a car is a major investment. Sadly, shoppers often become fixated on the purchase price of a vehicle, forgetting that the cost of ownership includes... read more August 21, 2013 by  6


 
Handing over car keys

Auto Leasing Hits Record High: Do We Think About Cars Differently Now?

Once upon a time, the thought of leasing a vehicle was a foreign concept to new-car shoppers. "Why rent when you can own?", our grandparents said. But oh, how things change... read more June 5, 2013 by  9


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt Takes Top Honors In Owner-Satisfaction Survey

Consumer Reports has released its annual Owner-Satisfaction survey, and for the second year in a row, top honors went to the Chevrolet Volt. The findings are based on... read more November 30, 2012 by  0


 
Traffic in China

Americans Own Fewer Cars Than Europeans, More Than Chinese

We live in exciting times. Cell phones and jet planes have made the world vastly smaller. The internet has radically changed the way we communicate and do business. And... read more August 20, 2012 by  4


 
gauge cluster - 2012 Mazda5

Why Does My New Car Have No Temp Gauge?

While cars are coming with increasingly complex instrument panels, you might notice one feature is missing from your new vehicle: the coolant temperature gauge. Over the past... read more February 28, 2011 by  18


 
1979 Lincoln Town Car, Missoula, Montana

Owners Keeping Vehicles Longer, Aftermarket Serves To Benefit

It seems the days of buying a brand-new car every two to three years are fading into history, as most buyers are keeping their new cars for much longer. Among families who... read more November 5, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Ford Fiesta

Ford's Fiesta Movement Keeps Moving After You've Moved On

There's no question that Ford has scored a huge marketing coup with its hip, fully wired Fiesta Movement. The campaign's camera-ready army of influencers tweeted and... read more June 24, 2010 by  5


 
2010 Toyota Corolla

Frugal Shopper: For Cost-Conscious Commuters, Sedans Make Sense

We've recently reported that there are a lot of deals to be had on new vehicles this season—especially on SUVs and trucks. But the flip side is that the costs of vehicle... read more April 9, 2010 by  9


 
mechanic

Report Confirms Auto-Repair Gouging, Ranks Best And Worst Cities

With auto repair chains ever expanding and dealership service becoming more consistent and predictable, you might think that repair costs are becoming much more standardized... read more February 25, 2010 by  7


 
money

TCC Tip: How Much Should My Repair Cost?

Although this summer's Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program provided the right kind of push for some owners to replace their guzzling jalopies with new cars, it's probably not so... read more October 23, 2009 by  1


 
Pirelli Cyber Tire

Frugal Shopper: Experts Say Tire-Tariff Price Spike Looms Ahead

TCC's Frugal Shopper ALERT: If you drive a small, aging econocar—or even a mid-size sedan—and have been thinking about new tires, get them now, because several weeks from... read more October 22, 2009 by  9


 
Overweight

Is It Opposite Day, Or Can Being Carless Really Make You Fat?

The anti-car movement insists that automobiles have made us fat and lazy -- and there's some truth to that. However, a new study in the Journal of Urban Health shows that... read more September 22, 2009 by  2


 
2010 Jeep Liberty - user guide and DVD

Chrysler Slims Down—Owner’s Manuals, That Is

If you’re the type of buyer who, upon taking delivery of a new car, reads the owner’s manual from cover to cover, you might be a little disappointed to find that these... read more September 21, 2009 by  0


 

 
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