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As Dealership Ranks Fall: Hyundai, Kia Among Those Opening Showrooms
As Dealership Ranks Fall: Hyundai, Kia Among Those Opening Showrooms

The next time you're out shopping for a new vehicle, you could find your options considerably more limited than last time. The reason: due mostly to the economy but also due to other changes in the industry, the ranks of dealerships have been culled over the past couple of years like never before...Read More»

2010 Nissan Titan
2011 Nissan Titan, Armada Priced

Nissan says its 2011 full-size truck and sport-utility vehicle are available now, and the company's released pricing for both vehicles. The big 2011 Nissan Armada SUV returns unchanged for the new model year. It's offered in three different models--SV, SL and Platinum, joining the heavy-metals...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Azera 4-door Sedan Limited Angular Front Exterior View
Five Cars That Lose Value Fast

  Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have made giant strides in recent years.  Some of their 2010 and 2011 cars are among the best they've ever made, and are rated near the top of TheCarConnection's lists for best family sedans and small crossovers. It's showing in their sales numbers--the...Read More»

2010 Audi Q7
Are SUVs Making a Comeback?

Automakers are busy with plans to introduce a fleet of smaller, more fuel-efficient cars in the coming months---cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, 2012 Ford Focus, and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Sales numbers from this year could give them pause, as the results for this year show a surprising...Read More»

2010 Ford Edge 4-door Sport FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Six SUVs You Can Practically Steal This Month

  It sounds so 1999, but the SUV is showing signs of life. By some measures, SUVs are the fastest-selling category of new car this summer. If you're counting by days' worth of inventory, utes like the Audi Q7 are among the vehicles in shortest supply in dealer lots as automakers ramp up for the...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Today at High Gear Media: VW Jetta and a New Supra?

It's Friday at High Gear Media, just like it is around most of the globe. And to celebrate the weekend (is there a better reason?), TheCarConnection's team of reviewers is bringing you our first drive of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, the first VW to go down a new road driven by American tastes. Does...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto + Side Exterior View
Smart Car Shopping: Great Car Deals This Week

This week, the automotive landscape is tilted in favor of the buyer who comes prepared.  The across-the-board discounts we saw all spring have faded, in favor of targeted discounts on particular cars.  You'll no longer find everything at your local Ford or Chevrolet dealership on sale -- but if...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
How To Prepare Your Car for College

Sending a child off to college sometimes means turning over one of the family vehicles as well. The car may not need a meal plan or $500 worth of books, but whether it's a new 2010 Kia Soul or something a little more used, it's going to take some planning to make sure its trip to college is a...Read More»

2010 Subaru Forester
Smart Car Shopping: Who's In Control Here?

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, it was my job to stay in control of my customers. If I couldn’t stay in control, I was obligated to "turn them" to another salesperson. When that happened, I lost half my commission. Yet, experienced sales people understand that unless you’re...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Today at High Gear Media: Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and MINI

Yesterday was the 2011 Ford Explorer's day--and today at High Gear Media, you could hardly escape the dueling electric vehicles making news at Plug-In 2010 in San Jose. The new GM electric car made headlines across our network of almost 3 million readers as General Motors announced the Chevy Volt's...Read More»

2010 Honda Fit Sport
Smart Car Shopping: Great Car Deals This Week

Before you go out car shopping this weekend, there are two things you need to know. One is that you might want to wait a few days.  Our partners at TrueCar.com, the car pricing experts, tell us that the cheapest day to buy this month will be Wednesday, July 28.   You'll often get the best deals...Read More»

USAA iPhone app
Need To Buy A Car At 2:00 AM? USAA Has An App For That.

The USAA iPhone app does a lot of nifty stuff. Apart from letting users manage their USAA accounts, pay bills, and deposit checks remotely, the app also provides many benefits for drivers, including roadside assistance and a handy checklist for folks who've been in accidents. And starting next...Read More»

Dealer
How To Know When To Leave A New Car Showroom

You know when to leave a car showroom when you've bought a new car--but how do you know when to leave when you're not getting anywhere? There’s a tipping point in every new-car negotiation, when the buyer and the seller know the other won't budge. It happened to me once, and the car salesman...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid
Fire-Sale Deals On 2010 Mercury Vehicles? Probably Not

You’ve probably heard the news; Mercury is no more. Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) is in the process of shuttering the brand and focusing more efforts toward Lincoln, and after this fall it’ll be history. Meanwhile, most Mercury models of recent history have been slightly restyled, slightly...Read More»

Dealer
TCC’s Ten Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Test Drive

Fifteen minutes might be enough time to quickly mouse-click through basic specs and prices and comparison-shop a few models; but it’s not long enough to test-drive a vehicle that’s likely going to be part of your daily life for years. According to data from J.D. Power & Associates’...Read More»

Dealer - Sale
Shopping Tip: Buy Now, As Car Prices May Go Up This Winter

If you're in the market for a new car, you should be prepared to buy this summer.  Prices have been on the way down for months, but they're expected to level out in a few months, and even rise by winter. That's the conclusion the car pricing experts at TrueCar.com reach when they look at the...Read More»

Smart Car Shopping: Great Car Deals This Week

If you're going out car shopping this weekend, you should know that automakers aren't discounting cars the way they did just a few months ago. As Toyota fought to recover its reputation amidst allegations of unintended acceleration in the spring, it launched a round of heavy discounts.  That...Read More»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Wants No Regrets: Return Your New 2010, If You Want

Living without regret: it's something we try to do every day here at TheCarConnection, and Chrysler's been following our lead. Earlier this year, the automaker allowed buyers of its Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans to return their new vehicles within 60 days, if they...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang 2-door Coupe GT Premium Angular Front Exterior View
Ford Pumps Up Rebates for 2010 Mustang, Taurus, Focus

There's one easy way to tell when manufacturers are ready to sweep showrooms clean of the current model-year crop of vehicles, and usher in the new year: the "special event" sales pitch. This week it's Ford readying dealer lots for its revamped 2011 models, which include the kicky new Mustang and...Read More»

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