Cars Blog

Saturday, August 6, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The grand theft auto business ain’t what it used to be. The most striking thing about the 10 Most Stolen Vehicles list released this week by the National Insurance Crime Bureau is there’s not a single model produced after 2004 on it: 1994 Honda Accord 1995 Honda Civic 1991 Toyota Camry 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:59 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

General Motors is testing a new tracking feature, called Family Link, in its OnStar-equipped cars that would allow parents to monitor kids’ travels in the family vehicle. Available to an invitation-only group of 10,000 OnStar subscribers, the feature basically uses OnStar’s built-in GPS and telematics to map a car’s location on a website accessible to

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Tags: auto, GM
Saturday, July 30, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

There are a lot of reasons for frugal folks to be wary of buying luxury cars: massive depreciation, a thirst for expensive high-octane fuel, and of course, high auto insurance premiums. If you’re wondering why people pay higher prices to insure expensive cars, look no further than a news story from Monaco, in which one

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 12:19 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Unless there’s a dramatic political reversal in the near future, it looks like American cars will get radically higher gas mileage in the coming decades. David Shepardson of the Detroit News is reported yesterday Obama administration officials and several key automakers have agreed on a mileage standard of 54.5 miles per gallon, to be reached

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Saturday, July 16, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Hate paying auto insurance premiums? Washington and Oregon residents may get a break from doing just that if they buy a General Motors car this summer. According to the terms of a new insurance promotion being offered by the Detroit automaker and insurance provider MetLife Auto & Home, Washington and Oregon car buyers will receive

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:16 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I received an email this week from a rental car industry insider asking me if I had any figures on the percentage of late-model used cars that were originally owned by rental companies. I didn’t have up-to-date numbers for her, but we did eventually get into an interesting discussion about the merits of buying used-cars

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Saturday, July 9, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Not all hybrid cars are created equal. Some deliver genuine benefits to the environment and consumers, while others are just pricey options that allow automakers to cash in on those five green little letters. This week the Union of Concerned Scientists unveiled its 2011 Hybrid Scorecard to help consumers tell the difference. The Scorecard rates

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:01 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Would you buy a car without a spare tire? Someday, you may have no choice. Gene Peterson of Consumer Reports has an interesting item this week on the gradual disappearance of the spare tire: But now we’re seeing the days of the temporary tire dwindling, with more cars eliminating the spare altogether (along with the

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Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Let’s be honest; the life of a designated driver isn’t exactly glamorous. Watching everyone else party down while remaining studiously sober so you can drive everyone home in your car can be a drag, especially on holidays like the Fourth of July. Sure, it’s a nice thing to do, and I’ve done it plenty of

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:27 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Coming to the end of your car lease? Ann Carrns of the Bucks blog at the New York Times has an idea: The recent rise in used-car prices may provide a lucrative opportunity for those with leases to come out ahead of the game. That’s because dealers set a so-called residual price when they lease

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