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Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...
Like glittery metallic paints on cars? There's something you should know...

You're a conscientious consumer. You buy eggs from cage-free chickens, your bling is blood diamond-free, and your iPhone...well, you try not to think too much about your iPhone. But what about your car--specifically, its glittery metallic paint? Have you mulled that over much? Apparently, you...Read More»

PPG 'Hyper HD' palette for the 2018-2019 model year
What color will your car be in 2018?

Sometimes it's hard to identify trends when they're actually trending. In the 1970s, for example, most people just assumed they were living on the whole rainbow; it wasn't until they reached the 80s that they realized how earthtone-centric their clothes, cars, and appliances had been. You could say...Read More»

Nissan develops first "self-cleaning" car prototype
RIP Car Washes: Nissan Debuts 'Self-Cleaning' Car

If you enjoy spending Saturdays in the driveway, hosing down your favorite ride, we have some bad news. If you happen to own or work at a car wash, we're afraid it's even worse. ALSO SEE: Tesla Wins Support From FTC Heads To Sell Directly To Consumers Nissan has debuted a new kind of paint that...Read More»

Citroen Revolte / 2CV concept
Burnt Sienna, Russian Sage: Earth Tones For Tomorrow's Cars?

When you look at paint preferences, one thing becomes clear: today's new car buyers are a pretty conservative bunch. Despite the cultural differences separating auto shoppers in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, folks around the globe gravitate toward the same handful of hues: whites, grays, and...Read More»

2013 Ford Focus ST
Do Angry Birds (And Their Droppings) Really Prefer Red Cars?

The color of your car is important for a host of reasons: it reflects your personality, it affects your car's resale value, and according to researchers in the U.K., it determines how likely you are to be scraping bird poop off the hood every morning. Study organizers set up shop in five cities...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Spark  -  in lilac metallic
As Bright Colors Rock Auto Shows, Black And White Reign At Dealerships

If you've managed to follow our ongoing coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show, you might have noticed a trend: While the cars themselves are practical, inexpensive, and more compact this year, for smaller or sportier cars, bright and pastel colors are very much back in vogue on the auto-show floor...Read More»

2013 Ford Taurus
Good News, Car Shoppers: All Colors Back On The Menu

One of the unexpected outcomes of the recent devastation in Japan was the impact on paint colors for new cars, even among non-Japanese manufacturers. Ford, for example, restricted orders of cars in “Tuxedo Black” and multiple shades of red. At issue was a product supplied by German...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Ford: Supply Limited For Black, Red Vehicles

If you're looking for one of several Ford or Lincoln vehicles in black or red, you'd better be ready to settle with what's out at the dealership—and potentially even paying a little extra. Ford has just told its dealerships to halt orders of some models with certain hues of semi-metallic red...Read More»

car battery
Die Harder: Power, Juice, Thousands of Fun Watts

What is the sexiest, most appealing part of a car, you ask? Ok, no one asks that except for slightly deranged hot-rodders who fantasize over curvaceous sheet metal after having inhaled way too many paint fumes. So our next question is, what is the hardest working part of your car? Your engine?...Read More»

2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
Go Zooming With The 2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

When the Suzuki SX4 appeared on the marketplace a couple of years ago, I was smitten. Here was a petite hatch with all-wheel drive that behaved like it was bigger and more expensive than it was. I drove one (with manual transmission and no cruise control) from the Los Angeles area to Las Vegas...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Curbstoning - How To Protect Yourself From Scammers

Curbstoning is becoming popular in this economic downturn as private sellers attempt to unload cars for cash. We’ve all seen the cars on the side of the road--usually in high traffic areas--with “for sale” signs taped to the windows or white paint scrawled on the windshield.   However...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Curbstoning - Protect Yourself From Scammers

We’ve all seen the cars on the side of the road--especially in high traffic areas--with “for sale” signs taped to the windows, or a price and phone number scrawled in white paint on the windshield. It’s called “curbstoning.” It’s private sellers trying to generate interest in their...Read More»

Dealer
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»

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano crash in Slovenia
Car Insurance: Never Lose Touch With Your Baby

I got a tip on a great ad and story from a friend about a really innovative car insurance idea. Wait, don't get angry, do not click away from this page--this is still about great car ads, and all things related to cars, including insurance. This one has a great ad for car insurance, which made me...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»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan unveiled in Russia
New Volkswagen Polo Sedan: Built In Russia, For Russians

Russia is hard on cars. The cold weather, the large amount of salt used as a result of cold weather, and variety of street conditions wage a constant assualt on passenger vehicles. Volkswagen has fired back a salvo with the launch of the 2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan, a car designed specifically for...Read More»

2009 Ferrari California
Road Testing For Daydreamers

The so-called "buff books" (traditional automotive glossy magazines) sell cars with sex appeal and fantasy. We all love to read about the latest exotic sports car or decadent luxury sedan. The magazines jockey for position atop the "road test methodology" food chain, by providing more performance...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus
Is Ford Playing the Age, Race, Gender Or Ethnicity Card?

So as I sat here today reading up on what was going on in the world of automobiles, I sipped my scalding hot coffee that was as thick as a Firestone truck tire, and almost as black (we had no milk), and then suddenly the caffeine kicked in, my cranial cogs started to grind away and my gray matter...Read More»

1999 Daewoo Nubira SX
Is Honesty a Virtue When Selling Your Car?

In my book, HELP! I Gotta Sell My Car NOW!, I explain how private sellers can set themselves apart from dealers and less-than-honest private sellers, by being upfront, honest, and transparent when working with buyers. Some might ask how an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer – someone...Read More»

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