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

ALG's Brand Perception of Quality rankings, June 2014
Honda, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus Are Consumers' Choice For Quality

Consumer perception is a very important thing -- subjective, yes, but it can be the deciding factor in the battle between brands and technologies. In the 1980s, for example, many consumers preferred the quality of Betamax tapes, but VHS offered longer recording times. VHS manufacturers waged a...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Drivers Hate Texters, Love Classic Rock, And Other Findings From Expedia's Road Rage Report

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season, and to get you in the mood, Expedia has published its annual Road Rage Report. Some of the findings may surprise you, and a few might suggest ways for you to improve your own driving habits. In gathering data for the 2014 report...Read More»

Vin Diesel
Women Say Men With Hot Cars Are Arrogant & Compensating For Something

If you're a guy -- especially a single guy -- your hot rod may be the center of your world. On weekends, you tell friends you're busy, just so you can stay home to buff and polish it. And whenever possible, you love showing it off to the ladies. That's a problem. According to a new study conducted...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Ford F-150, Chevrolet Corvette Tie For "Most American-Made" Vehicle

When buying a new car, we know that many shoppers want an "American" vehicle. (Though for others, it's not such a big deal.) The problem is, we live in an era of international corporations, meaning that parts and production for a single vehicle can be spread around the globe. As a result, it can be...Read More»

Traffic Jam
Study: Long Commutes Are Just As Stressful As Low Pay

Decades ago, cruise ship company Cunard began advertising with a now-famous tag line: "Getting there is half the fun". It was catchy, but also grimly ironic, since Cunard was part of the same corporate cluster that ran the Titanic and the Lusitania. Few would claim that getting "there" is fun...Read More»

J.D. Power 2014 Social Media Benchmark Study
J.D. Power: Toyota, Ford, Chevy Rule Social Networks; Fiat, Mini, Chrysler, Not So Much

We often think of social media as the playground of the young: the tweens, the teens, and the Millennials, with a few Gen Xers thrown in for gravitas. But while those whippersnappers may be more comfortable than older folks when it comes to diving into a new social network, in the end, everyone...Read More»

Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program
Study: Connected Cars Eagerly Anticipated, Slightly Feared

Connected cars, like autonomous cars, are coming. In fact, connected cars will likely arrive first, because the underlying vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology is simpler, cheaper, and enhances the effectiveness of self-driving vehicles by allowing them to "talk" to other cars on the road. Given our...Read More»

Car decorated with hearts (photo by Flickr user sashafatcat)
Tesla, Hyundai, Cadillac, Are The Most-Loved Vehicles In America

How do you feel about your car? Your toaster? Your television? No, how do you REALLY feel about them? Do they satisfy you? Meet your needs? Turn you on? Could you quantify those feelings -- perhaps on a scale of 0 to 1,000? That's essentially what market research firm Strategic Vision asks...Read More»

2014 Toyota Yaris
Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevy Make Big Impression On U.S. Drivers, But Tesla, Subaru Are Closing In

If you're a fan of European auto brands, we have some bad news: by and large, your car companies are being left in the dust by their American and Asian competitors. At least that's what Consumer Reports claims in its latest Car-Brand Perception Survey. To create the survey, the magazine polled...Read More»

2009 Ford F-150
Survey: Women Prefer Men In Black Ford Pickups, Men Prefer Women In Red BMW Sports Cars

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new car: What kind of fuel economy does it earn? What safety features does it offer? Will I need to call tech support just to set up the radio? One thing we've never heard folks ask, though, is whether their new ride will be attractive to...Read More»

Hawaii license plate
Wyoming, Hawaii Have America's Favorite License Plates, Delaware Not So Much

Few of us pay much attention to license plates. They're just slices of metal printed with numbers and letters -- useful for identification purposes, but little else. But like everything in our manufactured world, license plates are fully designed objects. People spend months, if not years, choosing...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Are Democrats Better Drivers Than Republicans?

Last week, we published an article about the worst (and best) drivers in America. A study carried out by CarInsuranceComparison.com revealed that the worst drivers -- based on fatality rates, traffic citations, and other factors -- tended to live in the South, with better drivers situated in the...Read More»

Best and worst drivers in America (study by CarInsuranceComparison.com)
Louisiana Drivers Are The Worst In America (Rest of The South Isn't So Hot, Either)

When Shakespeare wrote about Italians and Spaniards, he tended to make them a little crazy. Too much sun makes the blood boil, went the thinking at the time. Four-hundred years down the road, we know that most Renaissance medical theories were pure hogwash, but could a new study about driving in...Read More»

Couple arguing
Study: Your Spouse Is The Most Annoying Driver You Know

As the holidays approach, you and your family/loved ones/significant other/pets will likely do a lot of traveling -- most of it by car. So, as if the thought of spending a long, uncomfortable afternoon with your drunk aunts, uncles, and cousins weren't stressful enough, you've also got to put up...Read More»

BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid
Study: Consumers Very Interested In Electric Cars & Hybrids. Diesels, Not So Much

Last week, we told you about a new study commissioned by Audi, which proves that consumers want to see more diesel vehicles in U.S. showrooms. That struck us as awfully convenient, since Audi has been trying for years to persuade Americans that diesels provide the improved fuel economy and reduced...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Audi Gets Snippy, Publishes Survey To Prove That Americans Want Diesels, Not Electric Cars

Due to environmental concerns and increasing government regulation, automakers around the globe are working to create vehicles that achieve greater fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Many automakers are relying on hybrid and electric technology to reach those goals, but not Volkswagen: VW and...Read More»

Older driver with phone
Yikes: Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf The Internet While Driving

Bad news for foes of distracted driving: a new survey from State Farm says the problem is getting worse, even though drivers know better. In July 2013, the Annual State Farm Distracted Driving Survey polled 1,014 adults across the U.S., asking them about their behavior behind the wheel and their...Read More»

Stanford/Audi TTS autonomous Pikes Peak car, aka 'Shelley'
Would You Consider An Autonomous Car If It Came With A Deep Insurance Discount?

At this point, the question isn't whether autonomous cars will become a reality. We already know the answer: yes, they will. And soon. Now, the question is: when will the motoring public will get onboard with self-driving vehicles? The answer will determine how quickly autonomous cars -- and their...Read More»

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