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Couple Finds Cash For Clunkers Trade Back On The Used Lot
Couple Finds Cash For Clunkers Trade Back On The Used Lot

A Southern California couple who decided to trade in their 2001 Nissan Xterra under the Cash for Clunkers program in August later found the vehicle for sale in the same dealership's used lot. Oops. It seems that the dealership, Volkswagen of Garden Grove, decided to forget about the CARS claim on...Read More»

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Do I Really Want a Hyundai Accent That Costs Less Than $10,000?

Hyundai Accent SE 3 Door Price: $9,970 Mileage: 27 city/35 highway Engine: 110 horsepower/106 lb. feet of torque In response to the horrific state of the new car market earlier this year Hyundai decided to start offering a stripped out version of its economy hatchback the Accent. What started out...Read More»

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New Cars Remain At Near-Record Affordability

Although cars remain at near record levels of affordability, new-car buyers turned to more expensive vehicles this past quarter. That's according to Comerica Bank's latest Auto Affordability Index, which looks at the number of weeks of family income needed to buy a new car. Overall in the second...Read More»

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Diesels Gain (And Lose) Some Appeal At The Pump

In case you haven't noticed, diesel and gasoline prices have now reversed their trends of the past several years. Now diesel is considerably cheaper than regular unleaded in most spots. Here on the West Coast, gasoline is averaging about $2.95 while diesel is at $2.70, according to the federal...Read More»

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High Miles On Used Cars A Bigger Turnoff Than Condition

What causes a particular vehicle to depreciate more than another of the same make, model, and year? According to ordinary car shoppers, vehicle mileage is seen as the top reason for depreciation, ranking above accident damage, maintenance records, and other issues such as flood damage or title...Read More»

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Hey, America: How Long Are You Gonna Drive That?

In 2006, research outfit AutoPacific polled new car buyers in the U.S. and found that 44% intended to hold on to their vehicle for at least four years. One recession later, and the figure has risen to 59%. However, that may not be all bad news--at least not for buyers. The jump might be due to...Read More»

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Dirty Dozen: The Most Awesomely Craptastic Car Commercials Ever

Yep, the economy's in the toilet and headed further south--where that final destination is, we can only guess. (Tierra del Fuego? Tampa?) Everyone's getting desperate--here at TCC we're stopping all deliveries of Costco cheese crackers --but car dealers are the worst off, so far as we can tell...Read More»

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Nielsen Sees A Few Bright Spots For The Auto Industry

Research and statistics firm Nielsen has released more data about U.S. shopping and buying habits, and as always, the company's findings are pretty interesting. In fact, after surveying 250,000 Americans online, Nielsen has identified a few causes for optimism in the auto industry, despite today's...Read More»

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Kia Looks to Saturn Dealerships For Growth Spurt

Kia is poised to conquer—in reputation, reach, and market share—this year, in a very significant way. And it could bring a better dealership experience. As a host of other automakers and brands are holding back, Kia has shifted into high gear with several very significant introductions: the...Read More»

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For The Love Of…Cuteness, Buy A Car! NADA Gets Down to Begging

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has rolled out a national ad campaign relying, quite simply, on the cuteness of kids. The print ads depict adorable tykes (or rugrats) discussing how their lives have improved since mommy and daddy bought a new car and rely on sweet-as-sugar but...Read More»

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Americans Giving Up Some Image For Practicality

How do you think about your car? Is it less "you" in these tougher times? That seemed to be the intent of a survey of 1000 U.S. adults—not necessarily car owners or shoppers—conducted nearly a month ago by Ipsos Public Affairs for the used-car giant CarMax, asking the following: “Thinking...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37
Infiniti G37 Most Recommend To Friends—And Shoppers Listen

More owners of the Infiniti G37 would recommend it to a friend than owners of any other model. That’s according to data released earlier this month from the marketing research and consulting firm AutoPacific. For the first time this year, as part of its annual New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey, the...Read More»

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In-Car Satellite TV Still Tuning In, Slowly

In-car television is still in its infancy--at least, the satellite-powered variety. But AT&T may have moved a step closer to delivering 22 channels of auto-aimed broadcasting with its CruiseCast service, announced last year and finally moving out of the vaporware phase. Engadget reports that...Read More»

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Compared: 2010 Toyota Prius Vs. 2010 Honda Insight

In the race to dominate the hybrid market, there really are only two players--Toyota and Honda. While Ford and General Motors ramp up to speed with gas-electric vehicles, it's the Japanese duo that's been selling hybrids in the U.S. for more than ten years and has captured the most buyers. This...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Want A Fuel-Efficient Deal? Act Now!

Thinking of buying one of the most fuel-efficient cars like the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight, or even the Ford Focus or Chevy Cobalt XFE this year, but waiting for even lower prices as dealerships become more desperate to move inventory? That’s probably not going to happen. It’s true that...Read More»

2008 Dodge Viper
Chrysler Handing $1K To Return Buyers

You may be waiting for the right time to buy a new car--and the chaos in Detroit's boardrooms could be a turn-off. Would another grand off the sticker help? A new report says Chrysler will try to stoke its sales, even as it's in bankruptcy court, with a new rebate for returning shoppers. If you own...Read More»

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Cars Most Affordable In Decades, Yet Shoppers Balk

With all the incentives, lease specials, and aggressive price reductions at dealerships—some desperate to stay open and keep the cars moving—it’s a good time to be a shopper. The latest Auto Affordability Index figures from Comerica are reflecting that; the average-priced light vehicle in the...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram
HEMI V-8 A No-Cost Option For Dodge Ram In March

Even cash-strapped buyers of the new Dodge Ram won't be heard muttering, "I coulda hada V-8." The Dodge boys are slammin' hoods and makin' deals; March is "Dodge truck month" and you can order a variable-valve timed, happily burbling HEMI for no extra cost in the Dodge Ram 1500. The free HEMI is a...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion Pricing Announced - A Touch More Than Camry

Ford's 2010 Fusion, which has been earning accolades in hybrid form from car publications far and wide, will ring in under $20,000 when it goes on sale later in March. The base vehicle's MSRP will be $19,270, while the hybrid version will retail starting at $27,270. Ford is taking aim squarely at...Read More»

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