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How To Get Used Car Value
How To Get Used Car Value

Buying someone else’s lemon is an old school expression when it comes to describing the purchase of a used car. Today, that’s where to find real value when buying a vehicle. Here are some ways to insure that the value is real. Identify Your Purchase: Take some time to figure out what kind of...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
Wear Your Seat Belt--Or I’ll Cry

Maybe it’s the unrelenting heat, maybe it’s the fatty deposits lodged in my brain from eating way too much butter and ice-cream, maybe it’s my meds. Or maybe it’s the fact that I am a sucker for an emotional commercial if done right, and one that I happen to agree with. I saw a great ad...Read More»

2010 Honda Ridgeline
Too Many Test Drives And Not Enough Sales: Discouraging For Dealers

“It’s discouraging for all of us,” said my friend Stephanie. I worked with her in sales when I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer; she continues to sell cars. I had asked her about customers who test drive new cars, but walk away before making a purchase--a let-down, it seems, for...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Touareg
Pay As You Drive (PAYD) Insurance Cuts Premium Costs

If you have a car that is driven less than 15,000 miles, you might want to consider converting to Pay As You Drive insurance, also known as PAYD. This type of auto insurance also puts you in better control of the premiums you pay. PAYD is not available in every state, but knowing about the theory...Read More»

2010 BMW M5
Top 5 Car Chases = Top 5 Car Ads

OK, before we start, there will be no O.J. Simpson references or jokes, no white Broncos, and no speeding down a highway with some jerk in his Ferrari to prove how rich and/or blasted he is on the devil's dandruff. This piece is about car chases in movies and how they are nothing but pure car ads...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
The Top 5 States for Speeders

Planning a roadtrip over the long holiday weekend? Here are some things to consider: 1. Are there enough things to do during the day and at night? ("Things" being historic tours, napping, or bikini contests, depending on your point of view.) 2. Are there ample activities for kids? (This is...Read More»

Traffic
Beijing, Mexico City Have Most Painful Commutes for Drivers

Think traffic is bad? IBM says it's worse than you think--and points to Beijing for the world's worst commuter times. The technology titans have compiled a "Commuter Pain" in the U.S. for two years, but this year decided to go global, as the company positions itself as a leader in anti-congestion...Read More»

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, Detroit Auto Show
New Or Used: What's The Better Deal?

That new car smell is strangely alluring, but do you really need to buy something right off the showroom floor? Well, millions of North Americans do just that each year, but even more of us seem to prefer the used car fragrance of carpet shampoo and deodorizers. The question is, who’s the smarter...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
BP Oil Spill: Best Thing We Can Do Is Laugh At It

If you saw Woody Allen's somewhat dark comedy Crimes and Misdemeanors, you'll recall the brilliant line that "comedy = tragedy plus time." And then it led to a line about Lincoln's assassination. Before this goes anywhere, let me say this: Dark humor, the kind that some people find hurtful, not...Read More»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
Uniroyal's Latest E-Book Is A Keeper

Uniroyal Tire’s latest E-Book actually has to do with tires. There are ten available on topics as diverse as financial security and health and beauty tips. The most recent, Mommy’s Guide to Cars and Tires, is worth the free download and read. The publication is part of Uniroyal’s More Mileage...Read More»

2010 Dodge Charger
Tips On Keeping Young Drivers Safe And Saving On Teen Car Insurance

When teenagers start driving, parents start to worry a little more than usual, and rightfully so; teen drivers have an increased risk of being involved in an accident. However, you can help make your teen’s transition to driving smooth and safe by learning more about teen drivers and getting...Read More»

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
How Extended Warranties Work

Extended warranties are the automotive version of the hedge bet. You pay money up front so that if you experience some car failure down the road you won’t have to jeopardize your child’s college fund to replace the transmission in that 2007 Ford Explorer that you’re driving. That’s...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
Car Buying Guide: Car Loan Do’s & Don’ts

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We discovered in yesterday’s column that paying a higher interest rate than necessary on your car loan can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more than necessary over the term of...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Cabin Air Filter: A Good DIY Project

There’s an easy and clean auto part replacement that can produce cleaner cabin air in your vehicle. Your car’s cabin air filter recommended change interval is anywhere from 15,000 miles to 30,000 miles, depending on what you’re driving. If you are frequently on construction sites that are...Read More»

2007 Ford Fusion
Car Insurance Claims 101: Be an Informed Driver and Policyholder

What does it mean to file an auto insurance claim? When you file a car insurance claim, you are requesting reimbursement to help cover costs associated with a loss. That loss may be the result of a car accident, vandalism, theft or accidental damage. In return, you pay the deductible, which is an...Read More»

Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (MkVI)
Top Five Volkswagen Music Ads

As I got off the train to go to work this morning, in my clouded head that so desperately needed strong, black coffee to make the synapses fire, and kick other bodily functions into top gear, I bemoaned the fact that there's so little good car advertising outdoors in most public places. What a...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Impala
How To Understand A Car Insurance Comparison

Understanding a car insurance comparison is easy. To get started, all you have to do is enter car insurance quotes in your favorite search engine and you will find hundreds of websites that offer car insurance comparisons or quotes. Some will ask a question or two to get started, while others will...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima
How To Find Car Insurance Discounts

Car insurance companies want your business. In addition to doing whatever they can to beat the competition, such as offering lower rates, most car insurance companies offer at least nine different types of discounts to attract and keep customers. Some of the most common auto insurance discounts...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Should You Get Comprehensive Car Insurance?

Before we discuss the reasons for purchasing comprehensive car insurance, it's important to have a clear understanding of what comprehensive coverage means. According to Insurance Services Offices (ISO)*, there are two main categories of covered physical damage losses including collision damage...Read More»

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