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Car-Borrowers Are Snoops, And Here's The Proof
Car-Borrowers Are Snoops, And Here's The Proof

When people ask to borrow our computers, we fear the worst. We clear our browser history, hide questionable files, and turn off chat programs to prevent moms or granddads or co-workers from stumbling across anything unseemly. Do we do the same when folks borrow our cars? Probably not -- but...Read More»

A Moon Pie made by the Chattanooga Bakery
America's Favorite Food To Eat Behind The Wheel Is...

Like Lindsay Lohan and Jack Daniels or Mickey Rourke and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eating and driving make a terrible pair. For starters, munching behind the wheel is a distraction. No, it doesn't receive as much attention in the press as texting, talking, or tweeting, but eating...Read More»

Gossip Girl presents the faces of Generation Y
J.D. Power Confirms: Brand Loyalty Is Dead, Especially Among Millennials

As automakers know all too well, Americans have a love-hate relationship with cars. And as if that weren't bad enough, J.D. Power has just revealed that brand loyalty -- the thing that brought our parents back to the same dealership year after year -- is dying a slow death. Among Generation Y...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Study: Women Flip Off Other Drivers, Men Key Cars For Revenge

It's funny how terrible drivers suddenly become experts on terrible driving when they get behind the wheel. We may be drifting out of our lane, our turn signal may have been blinking for the past five miles, but when we're driving, everyone else is an idiot. This peculiar brand of egomania has a...Read More»

Couple arguing
Study Finds That Men Are From Lincoln, Women Are From Volvo

In marketing, companies always track the demographics of their customers to identify shopping trends. They look at age, geography, income, and many other factors, but perhaps none more so than sex. The auto industry isn't immune from this -- not by a long shot -- and it's drawn a number of...Read More»

Smart Fortwo Hello Kitty
The 12 Most Embarrassing Cars In America

We've all had to drive one -- some of us, more than one. Maybe it was our first ride, a hand-me-down clunker from our great-aunt Lorraine. Maybe it was a friend's sputtering pickup we'd borrowed for a cross-town move. It might've even been a rental -- one of those big, beige, boxy sedans that...Read More»

Digital dashboard cluster of a Mercury Grand Marquis (via Ruben de Rijcke)
Do You Know What Your Dashboard Warning Lights Mean?

We see them every time we start our cars. From time to time, we see them while we're driving, and we're filled with a dark mix of fear and dread. But really, how many of our cars' warning lights can we properly identify? Across the Pond, Brittania Rescue wondered the same thing, so they...Read More»

2014 Ford Fiesta ST
Forget Amazon & Lowe's: Ford Is The Top Brand In America

Ford has done it: the Detroit automaker is now the best-perceived brand in the U.S. -- not just among car companies, but among all companies. That news comes from marketing research firm YouGov. Every day of the week, its workers speak to 5,000 Americans, gauging public opinion on 1,100 of the...Read More»

Infographic: Automotive Relationship Survey, via AutoTrader
Breaking Up (With Your Car) Is Hard To Do

A car can be like the third wheel in a relationship. When does the new girlfriend get to drive it? Would you rather spend your Sunday cruising the highways or snuggling with the boyfriend? The Bermuda love triangle that sits between two lovers and one car has wrecked more than a few marriages...Read More»

Couple arguing
Husbands, Wives Are Worst Backseat Drivers, But Teens Keep Their Mouths Shut

There's nothing quite as wonderful as a backseat driver -- someone who always knows the fastest way to get from Point A to Point B, someone who can sense accidents before they happen, someone who's forever on the lookout for speeding motorists and errant shopping carts. But perhaps that's just us...Read More»

1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet radio
It's The End Of The Radio As We Know It

Radio is a standard feature in most automobiles. It keeps us company on long road trips down desolate highways, inspires fights between siblings, and encourages wallflowers to sing forgettable pop tunes at the tops of their lungs. And in five years, it'll be dead. At least, that's what most folks...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Few Look To Switch Auto Insurers, But Those Who Do Often Jump Ship

Back in January, J.D. Power & Associates released its 2013 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study, which showed that most Americans are happy with their insurers, based on the way those companies handl the claims process. But what if we looked at customer satisfaction from a slightly different...Read More»

Police car with headlights on
Top 11 Excuses That Men & Women Give Police Officers

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a study that suggested drivers' excuses have little bearing on whether they're ticketed when they're pulled over. But of course, that doesn't mean that drivers will stop offering alibis altogether. The folks at Insurance.com recently asked 500 U.S. motorists...Read More»

Infographic: J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study
J.D. Power: Consumers Very Interested In Autonomous Car Features

Steve Jobs did some amazing things in his lifetime, but making an Apple car and changing the auto industry were two goals he never achieved. Or did he? You could argue that the iPhone -- with its easy access to music, the web, and an ever-expanding catalog of apps -- dramatically altered the way...Read More»

Couple arguing
Who Lies More Often About Driving Mistakes: Husbands Or Wives?

Stop us if you've heard this one before. A woman runs out of the house one morning, late for work. As she whips open the driver's side door, she notice a scar/dent/ding on the front fender. She stops what she's doing, dashes back into the house, and asks her husband what happened to the car. He...Read More»

Google Maps Navigation app for Android 2.0 phones
Why Isn't Satnav As Simple As Google Maps? Drivers Prefer Phones For Getting Around

If your job requires you to spend time slouched in front of a computer, chances are good that you use several software programs to accomplish your daily duties. And naturally, you find some of those programs easier to use than others. That's similar to the way that many drivers feel about...Read More»

Santa Claus in his Ford Evos-inspired concept sleigh
Breaking: Many People Would Like A New Car For The Holidays

This may come as some surprise, but many of your friends and family members would like to receive a new car this holiday season. In fact, 65% of adults fall into this category. If that figure seems precise, that's because it is. The Auto Alliance polled 5,000 American consumers and discovered that...Read More»

Homer Simpson, distracted driver
Survey: 21% Access The Web While Driving, 13% Update Their Status

Holiday driving is a terrible thing. Between the stress of added traffic and anxiety about spending hours at a dinner table with obnoxious in-laws, many motorists are in lousy moods. To make matters worse, a new State Farm study indicates that a growing number of drivers aren't paying attention to...Read More»

2013 Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln, Lexus, Buick, Subaru Ace Customer Satisfaction Index

Customer satisfaction is on the upswing -- at least in the auto industry. In fact, a new study shows that the majority of auto brands have improved in customers' eyes, and satisfaction has matched an all-time high. The news comes from American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which gauges...Read More»

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