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From the Toyota Prius to the Ford Mustang: The cheapest and most expensive cars to maintain
From the Toyota Prius to the Ford Mustang: The cheapest and most expensive cars to maintain

When you're shopping for a new car, it's easy to fixate on sticker prices. But as we all know, buying a car involves more than just paying for it: if you're financing, there's interest to consider, and of course everyone has to shell out for registration and insurance. Most car-related costs can be...Read More»

Old gas station, now auto repair shop, Liberty City, Miami, Florida (pic by Phillip Pessar)
Survey: Over Half Of Indie Garage Owners Want To Sell Or Close Their Shops By 2020

How do you feel about your local garage -- the mom and pop place on the corner with the faded, hand-painted sign and the lot full of cars waiting to be fixed? Your answer to that question will color the way you feel about a new survey from Hiscox, an insurance provider for small businesses. The...Read More»

Auto mechanics, California (photo by T. Voekler, via Wikimedia)
Victory For Shade-Tree Mechanics & Coders! Feds Say Automotive Software Isn't Covered By Copyright

Last spring, we asked an important question: "Do You Really Own Your Car?" According to Auto News, one federal agency has now provided a definitive answer, which will make tinkerers and tuners happy -- if the decision doesn't get upended by federal law, that is. HOW WE GOT HERE For as long as there...Read More»

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford F-150: IIHS Gives Aluminum Body Mixed Crash Test Scores & Says It's 26% Pricier To Repair

This morning, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released crash test scores for the new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. Among the results, there's good news and bad news for fans of America's best-loved vehicle. First, the good news: IIHS says that the F-150's new aluminum body...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Senators Intro Bill To Require Recall Warning Lights On Dashboards, Mandatory Collision Avoidance

As everyone knows, 2014 was the Year of the Recall. Between fatal ignition switch flaws at General Motors and exploding airbags from Takata, recalls were at the forefront of everyone's mind. It wasn't just the volume of recalls that made 2014 remarkable, though. It was also the fact that some of...Read More»

Handing over car keys
Do You Really Own Your Car? GM, John Deere Say "No"

When it comes to cars, there are plenty of reasons to buy instead of lease. For starters, when we buy, we're making a capital investment. Though that investment will depreciate over time, we'll still get a chunk of our money back. Also, even in the increasingly rent-friendly, ridesharing economy...Read More»

Hybrid repair costs (from the 2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index)
Study: Repairs For Hybrids Are Getting Cheaper, Other Fixes Remain Flat

There's good news and bad news in the 2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index. The good news is, taking your car to the mechanic last year didn't cost you any more than it did the year before. The bad news? It didn't cost you any less, either -- unless you owned a hybrid. ALSO SEE: In 2013, Google Almost...Read More»

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford F-150: Insurance Rates Hold Steady, Despite Aluminum Body

Wise people often say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", and if ever there was a vehicle that wasn't broke, it's the Ford F-150. That pickup has been America's best-selling ride for nearly 40 years. And yet, for 2015, Ford upended conventional wisdom by "fixing" its hugely popular truck, ditching...Read More»

Car repair
Unsatisfied: Jeep, Dodge Having Issues With Dealership Service?

Are you satisfied with the service at your Chrysler, Fiat, Ram, Dodge, or Jeep dealership? Although you might be happy with your late-model vehicle, the chances that you aren’t quite satisfied at the dealership are much higher if your vehicle has one of those five badges—the brands of...Read More»

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Recalling Many 2008-2011 Models For Stalling Issue

Mitsubishi has recalled nearly 166,000 vehicles in the U.S.—including the Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Lancer Sportback, Outlander, and Outlander Sport—due to an issue with premature wear and early failure of the drive-belt system. In vehicles with Mitsubishi's '4B1' 2.0-liter...Read More»

FIXD app
Kickstarter Of The Day: FIXD, A Health Tracker For Your Car

Once upon a time, aftermarket add-ons were marketed almost exclusively to motorheads. Apart from stereo upgrades and the occasional set of ill-advised Car Lashes, mainstream drivers didn't spend much time looking at specialty rims or undercarriage lights or insane suspension tweaks. But cars have...Read More»

Average length of auto rentals by state (via Enterprise)
The Fastest (And Slowest) States For Auto Repair

Having your car repaired after an accident is never fun, but some of the pain can be alleviated by an efficient garage offering speedy service. Believe it or not, such places do exist, and new data from Enterprise shows where to find them. Enterprise's data comes from its Automated Rental...Read More»

CarMD Vehicle Health Index, 2014
North Carolina, Massachusetts, Delaware Rank Highest In Car Repair Costs

Having a car repaired can be pretty unpleasant. (A recent study suggests that half of Americans would rather visit the dentist than take a car to the shop.) But in some places, the situation is easier, or at least cheaper, than others. To identify those places, CarMD pulled data from its nationwide...Read More»

Woman driving
For Women, Getting A Car Repaired Is More Painful Than A Trip To The Dentist

Few people enjoy taking their car to a garage. Fewer still enjoy it when they know they're car needs extensive, expensive repairs. A new survey from AutoMD suggests that women hate it so much, they'd rather go to the dentist. ALSO SEE: What Car Should You Really Drive? The survey was conducted in...Read More»

2012 Porsche 911 Prototype On Fire
Get A Recall Notice? Get It Done & Prevent Future Car Fires

There's been a lot of talk about recalls lately, thanks in part to General Motors' "Switchgate" fiasco. But Switchgate is an anomaly: most recalls are so modest in size and scope, they can pass by nearly unnoticed. And that's a big problem. A recall is the result of a three-step process. It begins...Read More»

Openbay
Need Car Repairs? Openbay Gives You Options

No one likes taking in a car for repairs. We have to carve out time to drive it in or have it towed, we have to arrange for transportation back home or to a car rental shop, and of course, we have to shell out our hard-earned cash -- cash that could be better spent on vacations or groceries or bolo...Read More»

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A Garage That Comes To You: Is YourMechanic Too Good To Be True?

At some point in your adult life, you begin to see red flags -- flags that shout, "Achtung, baby! This thing ain't all it's cracked up to be." Common red flags include, "I would like to share my Nigerian fortune with you!", or "Apple will give you a free iPad for evaluation!", or "It generates more...Read More»

Auto mechanics, California (photo by T. Voekler, via Wikimedia)
Women Pay More For Car Repair When They Look Less Confident

Very few people walk into repair shops knowing exactly what's wrong with their vehicles. Some folks have hunches, though, and that can make all the difference when it comes to the price they're quoted -- especially if those folks are women. That's the finding of a study conducted by the Kellogg...Read More»

State-by-state ranking of car repair costs for 2012, from CarMD
New Jersey, D.C., California Drivers Pay Big Bucks For Car Repair (Infographic)

No driver likes to see the "check engine" light pop on. Sometimes, it illuminates for a minor reason, like a loose gas cap. Other times, the problem is much more serious. Unless you have a diagnostic machine at your beck and call (or a tricked-out smartphone in your pocket), you won't know what's...Read More»

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