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Smart Car Shopping: Six Great Deals This Week
Smart Car Shopping: Six Great Deals This Week

Don't be misled. The automotive market did not experience a sudden recovery in September; and with a few exceptions, like trucks, October wasn't all that much better. The news merely looked good on paper because automakers traditionally compare current sales to sales figures from one year before --...Read More»

2007 Chrysler 300-Series
How To Avoid Online Car Buying Scams

My father gave me one hard and fast rule about business – never turn down money. But that is what a Lubbock, Texas, used car dealer has had to do as result of an online scam that has relied on a look-a-like name, inadvertent erroneous visuals, and you guessed it, deals that were too good to...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
Insurance Losses Point To Risky Drivers More Than Vehicle Safety

By most indications, a late-model used Mitsubishi Lancer is a good, safe choice. It's earned four and five stars from the federal government in recent model years, and while some of the model line has lacked electronic stability control, it's one of the better-handling small cars—which should...Read More»

2010 Jeep Liberty
Four SUVs That Will Cost You More In The Long Run

Recession or no, Americans still love SUVs. These days, we buy smaller than we used to -- the Cadillac Escalade doesn't sell like it used to, but dealers find it hard to keep the GMC Acadia in stock. And it's no wonder. Today's small SUVs can offer sedan-like fuel economy, serious hauling capacity...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Sonata
Fire Sale: 2010 Models Dealers Are Desperate To Get Rid Of

If you learn only one thing about the car buying process, car shoppers, let it be this: dealers don't own the cars they sell. They're making payments on them, just like you will be if you buy. A dealer's loan, of course, is much more complex than the one you will probably take on if you buy the...Read More»

CGS Motorsports Explorer
Today at High Gear Media

Teenagers text more than any other social group. So what happens when they take to the road en masse? Brace yourselves. [TheCarConnection] As much as we hate to admit it, winter is coming. You need to remember these five things before you head into it--oh, and your keys. Keys will help...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible
Smart Car Shopping: Six Great Deals This Week

Late summer car sales just weren't what they were supposed to be. New car sales in August were down a little over three percent from July -- historically, an unusual time to see a drop. Many automakers have new 2011 models on dealership lots already, and unsold 2010s to market alongside them. We're...Read More»

2011 Dodge Durango
Today at High Gear Media: Volt, Camaro, Verano, Eos, SRX...Whew!

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt could join the Feds' fleet of vehicles. Now, where to plug it in? Lincoln Bedroom? Perfect. [AllCarsElectric] This afternoon, we'll know for sure if GM will build the 2012 Buick Verano in Michigan, or if it has plans to do something else with the space. Our idea: Burning Man...Read More»

Today at High Gear Media: Volt Charging, Smart USA Calling

The new car from Smart USA will come from Nissan, in the form of a five-door rebadged Micra. Daimler gives its blessing, in case you were worried. [GreenCarReports] The 2011 Chevy Volt's 240V charger costs the same as five AppleTVs...but they don't cost $1475 to install. [GreenCarReports] Oh, so...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Captivating 2011 Crossovers, Part Two

In part one of Captivating 2011 Crossovers, we covered two from Honda (CR-V and Accord Crosstour), and one each from Ford (the Edge) and MINI (the all-new Countryman, arriving in January 2011). Here, again in no particular order, are a few more too-cute-and-more 2011 crossovers to check out. Note...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
Captivating 2011 Crossovers, Part 1

Back in 1995 when Toyota introduced the RAV4 as a 1996 model, there wasn’t such a word as “crossover.” Then, the Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback came out and met with consumer interest. Over the years, more and more automakers joined the fray with entries that were more car-like...Read More»

2012 Ford C-Max (European version)
More of Us Travel To Find Good Deals on Car Leases

Would you buy an airline ticket to buy a car away from home? According to LeaseTrader.com, the answer is yes. They call it "automotive tourism," when we travel outside our home region to buy a car that we found online, especially leases. Online car shopping has been a growing trend, and so has...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT
Electronic Parking Brakes: What's The Point?

Take a new luxury car out on the test drive and you'll probably notice one important difference as you're parking: The expected pedal or handbrake lever has been replaced by a single button or switch. So what's the point? Actually it makes sense on many counts. These new electronic parking brake...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento SX
The TCC List: Five Value-Rich Mid-Size SUVs

The leaves are starting to turn, and soon, the weather will turn with them. In some places, it will turn downright nasty. Remember those three foot snow drifts last winter? Remember the car you couldn't get out of them? If you live on the East Coast, or in parts of the mountain west, you do. And if...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Six Family Cars You Can Still Get with a Stick

It's the best way to drive. We're at little biased here. But then again, we do this for a living; and driving dozens of cars every year, we can assure you, there is nothing quite like rowing your own as you put a car through its paces. We prefer the manual transmission. It puts you more in touch...Read More»

Paris
Today at High Gear Media: Paris Show, Ford F-150 and Texting

Today's the day: we're prepped, penned and all charged up for the rollercoaster that is the 2010 Paris Auto Show. [MotorAuthority] Some of the embargoes seem to have leaked already, anyway. [AllExoticCars] A big part of the Paris show will include electric and green car reveals from some surprising...Read More»

Car shopping
When Knowing Your Credit Score Is Not Enough

Car buyers are often told that they need to know their credit score prior to walking into a car dealership to buy a vehicle. Readers of this website know that I recommend that consumers go one step further and get pre-approved on their car loan at a bank, credit union, or online lender. Why do I...Read More»

2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Smart Car Shopping: Big Deals on Five High-Performance Cars

Shopping for a new car? The old, reliable laws of supply and demand could do you a big favor, even if you're looking for a high-performance car--if you plan right. It's good to be the only one who wants something. And in the current economy, few people seem to want high-performance cars. Yes, we've...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
Coins For The Car Gods

When I was a “green pea” in the car business (a rookie, still being trained), I noticed spare change strewn across the pavement near the front entrance of the dealership. Pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters were scattered for 20 to 30 feet out and away from the front doors. When I...Read More»

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