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Car Customers Hate Haggling More Than Anything
Car Customers Hate Haggling More Than Anything

Shopping for a car can be a real pain. But according to a new survey, there's one thing that consumers hate above all else: negotiating the price of their new ride. This isn't entirely surprising. Heck, that hatred led to the creation of an entire auto lineup: Saturn, and its no-hassle, no-haggle...Read More»

Volkswagen 'Autobahn for All' commercial
How Many Shoppers Skip The Test Drive? More Than You Think

Everyone knows that most consumers begin researching their next ride online (or, if you're lucky, in a swanky digital showroom). But do you have so much faith in your web-based legwork that you'd be willing to forego the test drive altogether? A surprising number of Americans do -- and that number...Read More»

Ford's 2013 Fusion configurator website.
2013 Ford Fusion Configurator Goes Live

Manufacturers, it seems, are starting to favor configurator microsites over the old-fashioned grind-out-a-press-release method of informing the public of new product details. The reason why is somewhat obvious: by tracking the configurations built by zip code, manufacturers get an idea for regional...Read More»

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Baby Boomers Keep U.S. Auto Sales Booming

We all know that America's auto market is on a roll. But have you ever stopped to wonder who's leading the charge back to showrooms? J.D. Power and the AARP have. And they found out -- not too surprisingly -- that Baby Boomers deserve most of the credit, along with their parents and siblings from...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
When It Comes To Cars, Men Dig Superman, Women Love Clark Kent

Here we go again: a new study has revealed the vastly different habits of men and women. The focus this time? Each sex's preference in cars. The data comes from TrueCar, which crunched numbers on over 8,000,000 vehicle sales in 2011. Among the nuggets TrueCar uncovered: Women prefer smaller...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet's Avalanche Pickup Hits The End Of The Road

In 2001, Chevrolet debuted the concept of a “lifestyle truck” with the launch of the Chevy Avalanche pickup. Prior to that, trucks were generally built for work, and using them for other purposes meant accepting a harsh ride and limited amenities. The Chevrolet Avalanche injected a bit...Read More»

2012 Ford Expedition
Republicans Go Big And Thirsty, Democrats Go Small And Green

The differences between Republicans and Democrats extend beyond mere political ideology. When it comes to buying cars, party loyalists on both sides have distinctly different tastes, but their respective vehicle choices don’t always play to stereotypes. As the latest survey from Strategic...Read More»

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Good News: Auto Affordability Improves, Could Lead To Stronger Sales

At a time when it seems like everything is going up in price, here’s a rare bit of good news: an “average priced” new car got more affordable in the fourth quarter of last year, requiring just 23.1 weeks of median family income to purchase. From a dollars-and-cents perspective...Read More»

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New Type Of Car Loan Designed To Give Buyers Peace Of Mind

A car loan is a fairly straightforward financial transaction; to buy a new car, you agree to pay a lending institution a monthly amount to cover the principal and interest over a set period of time. What isn’t simple is that some cars depreciate faster than others, which potentially changes...Read More»

Car shopping
More Than Ever, The Car Dealership Experience Matters

In an ideal world, car shoppers could research models, arrange financing and insurance, negotiate a trade and even arrange home delivery of their new car from the comfort of their living room. Visiting a car dealership would be reserved for test drives and for picking up the odd maintenance item...Read More»

Chrysler Vehicle Order Tracking System
Chrysler Lets You Track The Status Of Your New Vehicle

Not so long ago, most new-car buyers had one option to track the status of their order: wait for the dealer to call and say, "It's in." Chrysler has changed that, though, with a new series of websites that keep shoppers up-to-date about their vehicles' whereabouts on the assembly line. The program...Read More»

Car shopping
Choosing A Car? Go With Your Gut

One of the occupational hazards of being an automotive journalist is that friends, neighbors and relatives come to you for car advice on a regular basis. They don’t really want your advice, since in most cases they’ve already decided on purchasing a specific vehicle. Instead, they want...Read More»

2012 Nissan Altima QR code
Nissan To Use QR-Coded Window Stickers On All 2012 Models

If you’re shopping for a 2012 Nissan vehicle and you own a smartphone, the experience is about to get a lot more media-rich. Nissan has announced that it will utilize Quick Response (QR) coded window stickers across their product line for 2012, which makes it the first automaker to...Read More»

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Are You Able To Afford A New Car? #YouTellUs

With the U.S. budget in shambles and an August 2 deadline looming on raising the debt ceiling, many consumers are thinking hard about whether they can afford a new vehicle. But then again, some may feel they can't afford not to buy a new vehicle. If our budget problem isn't resolved before August...Read More»

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Can You Afford To Buy A Car? #YouTellUs

America has a budget crisis on its hands: simply put, it can't pay its bills. This is already affecting our economy and the market for new cars. Some consumers may consider rushing out to buy a vehicle before August 2, while others think it will be better to wait it out and see how everything ends...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Americans Will Buy Hatchbacks After All: Who Knew?

For years, the accepted wisdom in the American automotive industry was this: American consumers don’t want hatchbacks. Hatchbacks, we were led to believe, were ugly box-on-box designs synonymous with low-end buyers. Real Americans bought SUVs and crossovers, even though crossovers were...Read More»

2002 Chrysler Concorde
New Study Shows That We're Keeping Cars Longer

Sales of luxury brands like Audi and BMW may be up, but those of us Americans not in the “luxury car” tax bracket are keeping our cars longer, according to a recent study by AutoMD. Their survey asked over 3,000 participants questions relating to the anticipated lifespan of their...Read More»

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What Cars Are Generation Y Consumers Buying?

Generation Y consumers are critical to automakers, since the 18- to 27-year-old demographic helps to set trends and advance technology. The latest Buick model hay have an onboard hard drive and iPod integration, but that’s only because the technology was developed for other GM models more...Read More»

Aston Martin V12 Zagato race car
Aston Martin V12 Zagato, Cake Boss, Ford, Fuel Cells: Today's Car News

Aston Martin is gearing up the V12 Zagato for the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race. [MotorAuthority] The fonts on the instrument panel of future Fords will be 40 percent heavier to make it easier for people to read the options. [TheCarConnection] Ford is adding SYNC App Link to the 2012...Read More»