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Faithful Web readers of TheCarConnection have watched us grow from a niche site into one of the most respected auto news and reviews sites on the Web. And if you consume Web content voraciously, via RSS like we do, you know sometimes it can lack the warm and fuzzy feel of a good, old-fashioned...Read More»

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Health Warning: New York Traffic Causes Spontaneous Dancing

There’s an old cliché that says when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you exhaust fumes, courtesy of blocked traffic in New York City’s Queens Midtown Tunnel, then we suppose the answer is to crank up Britney Spears, climb up on the catwalk and shake your...Read More»

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Kids Safer With A Grandparent Behind The Wheel

Forget any preconceived notions you may have about older drivers: a new study has revealed that children may be safest in cars when a grandparent, not a parent, is behind the wheel. While previous studies showed that older drivers have more accidents, the new research focused exclusively on...Read More»

DIY repair infographic from AutoMD
Infographic: How Much Cash Can DIY Auto Repairs Really Save?

The internet has been a boon for folks who like doing things for themselves. Need to install some tile? Transplant a tree? Fix a leaky gutter? Run a quick search on Google -- or better yet, skim the offerings on YouTube -- and you'll find that most of those projects are well within your reach. But...Read More»

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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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Change In Florida Law May Reduce Lawsuits Against Automakers

Let’s say you were speeding behind the wheel of an old Chevy Blazer with bald tires and worn brakes in the rain. Rounding a curve, you leave the road and strike a tree, resulting in permanent injuries. Under previously existing Florida law, you could sue General Motors for producing a...Read More»

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Good News, Business Owners: The IRS Is Upping Your Mileage Rate

If you use a vehicle for business purposes and deduct annual mileage, we’ve got some good news for you: effective July 1, the Internal Revenue Service is raising the standard mileage allowance from 51 cents per mile (applicable for miles driven from January 1 to June 30) to 55.5 cents per...Read More»

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The Real Cost Of A California Traffic Ticket

Roll through a stop sign in Los Angeles County, and you'll get a $35 ticket. That’s not all the traffic stop will cost you, though, since by the time you’re done writing checks to the various agencies, you’ll be out of pocket $334, or nearly 10 times the cost of the original...Read More»

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Staged Accidents And Scams: How To Spot Insurance Fraud

If you're in an accident and there's something a little odd about either the incident itself or what happens in the days and weeks following, you might be right to think that you—and your insurer—are being played. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), staged...Read More»

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Tip: Yes, You Can Use Less Fuel Without Vehicle Downsizing

For those who drive a lot, or have a relatively thirsty vehicle, and tend to live paycheck to paycheck, the 40-cent jump in gas prices over the past month could be a pretty big deal. But it doesn't have to be. Just by more following just a few easy-to-remember pieces of advice, it's likely that you...Read More»

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Tip: How To Choose A Safe Rental Car

Whether you're renting a vehicle for a family vacation, or you just need a set of wheels to get you from between the airport and a business meeting, shopping purely on price probably isn't the best idea. The assumption at the rental counter might be that these are all new cars--and new cars are all...Read More»

Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_nose
Tip: As Snow Melts And Potholes Emerge, Look Out For Vehicle Damage

This has been a particularly harsh winter—not just for people, but for vehicles. Even if you and your vehicle made it through the black ice, snow squalls, and white-outs mostly unscathed, don't forget to schedule a vehicle checkup with your mechanic—especially if your car has been...Read More»

gauge cluster - 2012 Mazda5
Why Does My New Car Have No Temp Gauge?

While cars are coming with increasingly complex instrument panels, you might notice one feature is missing from your new vehicle: the coolant temperature gauge. Over the past several years, we've noticed the trend across a wide range of vehicles. Such is the case, too, with the latest versions of...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60, Catskill Mountains, NY
Subaru's Snow Driving Advice: What's In Your Emergency Kit?

Writing this right now, we're looking out at what the weathercasters call "wintry mix." Less perky humans call it freezing sleet and proto-slush. But we spent much of the weekend in snow country. And that made Subaru's tips for being prepared for driving in snowy climates particularly apropos. We...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
Study: Top-Down In Some Convertibles Can Be Deafening

If you've ever been touring in a convertible, you know that while the open air can be thrilling, it also leaves you with a greater sense of vulnerability. But sunburns and frizzy hair are only part of it; the turbulence battering your ears all day, combined with road noise, could actually lead to...Read More»

Flickr user Mike Burns
7 Most Dangerous Things To Do In Your Car

As you might already know, cars aren't exactly the safest way to get around. Based on miles traveled, taking the car is many times more dangerous than taking a train and several times more dangerous than an airplane or bus. Yet we still take the car, right? For convenience—and driving...Read More»

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Five Winter-Holiday Driving Tips From A Million-Miler

Stay alert, be patient, and be prepared. It's sage advice to keep in mind at every step as we head toward another busy holiday season. And as many of us soon hurriedly pack the family into the car and hit the crowded roads for Thanksgiving, it might take a lot of reminders to . Irv Gordon, a...Read More»

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Getting Ready For Winter Driving: Five Things To Remember

Leaves are falling, nights are cooler, and, in some parts of the country, it could be just a couple weeks until that first frost or surprise snowfall. It's time to get yourself and your vehicle ready. Cold snaps not only expose the weaknesses of dying batteries and balding tires; it's also when you...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact tire on Cadillac CTS
CR: Plenty Of Good High-Performance Tire Choices On A Budget

Many affordable new models today, like the MazdaSpeed3, Mini Cooper S, or Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, offer handling and roadholding that's remarkably close to that of much more expensive sports cars. The catch is that they accomplish this with high-performance 'summer' tires that wear faster...Read More»

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