Cars Blog

Saturday, December 24, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

More cars were designated as Top Safety Picks than ever before, showing a marked improvement over last year. A total of 115 vehicles for the 2012 model year received the Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. The designation is awarded to vehicles with high levels of crash protection

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The number of consumers who are considered delinquent on their car loan payments is expected to decrease early next year and then rise slightly, ending 2012 at the same rate as this year, according to TransUnion. Delinquent auto loan payments are defined as car payments that are 60 or more days past due. TransUnion’s annual

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Using your cellphone could raise your car insurance rates — if you have a car crash, that is. Cellphone usage, even hands-free, is considered one of the leading causes of distracted driving. It’s consider by some to be so risky that the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, has issued a recommendation to U.S. states

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:54 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Everyone wants to get the best deal possible when buying or leasing a new car, but having some extra cash is your wallet at the holiday season is especially helpful. One way for car shoppers with their eye on buying or leasing a new Toyota to end up with some extra dough is with a

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Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:54 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

While dying in a car crash is still the leading cause of death for Americans in most age groups, traffic fatalities have dropped to historic lows, according to data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA. According to the agency’s fatality and injury data for 2010, there were 32,885 deaths, the

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Half of the cars on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new top 10 fuel sippers list, 1984 to present, are 2012 models, marking the first time that newer, high-tech models are ousting the older, low-tech small cars that have been on the list for more than two decades. The “all-time” list is actually comprised of cars

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Saturday, December 3, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Hybrid cars are safer than their gasoline counterparts, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute. The odds of being injured in a car crash are 25 percent lower on average for people traveling in a hybrid versus in the gasoline equivalent. While it’s too early to

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Buying and financing a car is becoming less and less affordable, according to the latest data from Comerica Bank. An average-priced new car required 24.2 weeks of median family income in the third quarter. That’s a 2.6 percent increase or $650 more than in the previous quarter. While that may not seem like a lot,

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Friday, November 25, 2011 8:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Forget about standing in line for electronic gadgets and head to your local car dealer to buy a car instead. Thanksgiving weekend offers the best days this year to get the deepest discounts on a car, according to data by TrueCar.com, the car-pricing site. TrueCar’s analysts determined that Black Friday is the absolute best day

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you’re getting ready to load up the car and take a road trip this Thanksgiving holiday, you’re going to have a lot of company, as AAA is expecting a substantial increase in Thanksgiving travelers this year. Try these tips to save time, stress and money to ensure your Thanksgiving holiday is a pleasant one.

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