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Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

In today’s electronic age of “check-ins” with social media via GPS-enabled cellphones and similar car connectivity via GPS navigation, it may seem as if anyone can track your movements, but the Supreme Court recently ruled that you can’t be tracked without your knowledge unless the police get a warrant. The nine Supreme Court justices recently

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:42 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

There’s yet another sign that the economy is picking up — numerous collectible cars pulled in top dollar at the recent collector car auctions held throughout Phoenix this past weekend, setting auction records. The largest of the auctions was Barrett-Jackson’s 41st Annual Scottsdale Auction which saw record-breaking attendance as well as sales. The auction house

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Friday, January 20, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS, says that electronic causes cannot be ruled out as a cause of sudden acceleration in cars, and that it’s possible that today’s electronics systems and data recording devices in cars don’t collect enough data to prove or disprove the problem, so “black boxes” that

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 2:24 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

With all this talk about government mandates to increase the fuel economy in cars, you might think that we are destined to see an influx of hybrids, electrics and other alternative-fuel cars. While more of these types of alternative-fuel cars will be introduced in the coming years, the majority of cars are still likely to

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Saturday, January 14, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

What’s the biggest reason car shoppers switch brands when they buy a new car? When the current brand doesn’t build the type of car they want, according to the latest Customer Retention Study from JD Power and Associates. Thirty-three percent of study respondents who switched automaker brands for their last purchase indicated that they did so

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you feel like your car today doesn’t get any better gas mileage than cars you’ve owned previously, it probably isn’t in your imagination. A new MIT study shows that, while there have been major advances in fuel efficiency technology over the last few decades, there have been only minor improvements in actual fuel efficiency due

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Saturday, January 7, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you’re planning on buying a new car in 2012, you’ll be part of a fairly large and growing “club” — nearly 14 million Americans, to be exact. About one million more Americans are expected to buy a new car or lease a vehicle this year than last, according to numerous auto industry analysts. Car

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Forty percent of drivers polled in a recent Consumer Reports study are delaying key repairs and maintenance on their cars. The nonprofit says that the delay can increase their risk of a safety issue that can lead to a car accident. Ignoring necessary repairs can also result in larger, more costly problems later. Delays in

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 5:47 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The list of top-selling cars for 2011 has some surprises this year, according to a sales study by Edmunds.com. Two Hondas, the Honda Civic and the Honda CR-V, are notably absent from the top ten list of best-selling new cars. Both vehicles typically log high sales every year, but sales in 2011 were compromised, due

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 6:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you were hoping for a car key presented in a beautifully wrapped box this holiday season and found yourself disappointed, don’t fret. The end of the year is the best time to buy a car, according to numerous auto industry analysts. A quick visit to any auto manufacturer website or car dealer ad in

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