Cars Blog

Saturday, September 10, 2011 9:52 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you’re thinking of trading in your used car, chances are you’ll get more now than in past years for the same make, model and age. The average value of 1- to 3-year-old used cars has risen from $15,000 in 2008 to more than $23,000 this year, according to analysis by Kelley Blue Book. The

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you are a new car shopper with less-than-stellar credit, it’s getting easier to get a good car loan rate.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011 9:45 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you are buying a used car but wish you had some of the technology available today’s cars, you can now get automatic crash response services, navigation and more for most of the cars on the road today through a new service from OnStar. The General Motors subsidiary now offers its safety and navigation services

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 2:11 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you’ll be packing up the car to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend, you might find the roads crowded. AAA estimates you’ll be joining an estimated 27.3 million U.S. drivers vacationing by car, a slight increase over Labor Day 2010.┬áHere are three ways to save money on your road trip: Check your

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Saturday, August 27, 2011 6:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If the auto insurance premiums on that Cadillac Escalade you’re considering end up giving you sticker shock, don’t say I didn’t warn you. For the ninth year in a row, the Cadillac Escalade tops the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of most stolen cars, trucks and SUVs. According to the IIHS survey, which tracks

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:21 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s true that the general economy is in dreadful shape, but there’s seldom been a better time to get an auto loan. The Bankrate national average for a 60-month new-car loan is but a few basis points off its all-time low, and I’ve been seeing a lot of 60-month auto loan rates of 2.75 percent

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If you’re hoping that a president can deliver $2 gas, as one candidate has already promised, there’s something you need to know: There are now more than 1 billion cars, trucks and other vehicles on planet Earth. From Ward’s Auto: According to Ward’s research, which looked at government-reported registrations and historical vehicle-population trends, global registrations

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:46 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Buying a car online can help you avoid a lot of the headaches associated with buying a car from a traditional brick-and-mortar dealership. Instead of enduring high-pressure, face-to-face sales tactics often used by car sales staff, car buyers can negotiate and arrive at a deal over email, and walking away from a deal is as

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Saturday, August 13, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Would you let an insurer put a GPS device in your car to monitor your driving in exchange for potentially lower rates on your auto insurance? State Farm is betting you will. From Paul Eng of Consumer Reports’ Cars Blog: The In-Drive service, a joint effort with Hughes Telematics, is like a mash-up of OnStar’s

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:06 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

AAA has a new survey out this month illustrating the impact of the tough economic environment on car owners. The survey finds that 1 in 4 American drivers couldn’t afford to make a car repair of $2,000 if they faced one today. That finding is pretty troubling, considering how many car repairs can run that

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