Cars Blog

Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, and while I enjoyed the plentiful features and pleasant driving experience of this car, there was one feature I found myself grateful for every time I got behind the wheel — the seven-inch display located in the top of the center stack

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

Car shoppers who’ve been hesitant about buying a new car from Ford or Lincoln due to the reports of the less-than-user-friendly MyFord Touch “infotainment” system (not to mention the new owners who’ve been grumbling) will be happy to hear Ford has announced that an improved system which is simpler to use will be arriving early

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Saturday, November 5, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Subprime car loans – loans given to people with bad credit — are now being packaged into securities that are being scooped up by investors, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times. These loans, given by independent used-car dealerships who promote their businesses as “buy here pay here” are highly profitable because the

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Winter arrived with a full-fledged bang this past weekend, leaving numerous drivers with their cars unprepared. If you live in an area affected by cold temperatures, snow and ice, then taking a few steps to prepare your car for winter now will help ensure you are not caught off guard when winter weather hits and

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

While Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year for kids, it’s also one of the most dangerous thanks to the number of pedestrians and cars on the road. Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to

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Thursday, October 27, 2011 8:09 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

American car brands received a mixed bag of results in Consumer Reports’ latest round of reliability ratings. The 2011 Annual Auto Survey predicts the reliability of new 2012 car models. Knowing a car’s long-term reliability is helpful for shoppers buying a car because less reliable cars tend to cost more in repairs, often increasing the overall

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:30 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

With car accidents as the leading cause of death for children younger than 18, it’s imperative to have the appropriate type of car safety restraint that also fits properly in your car. The latest analysis of booster seats by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, or IIHS, has produced 31 booster seats with the “best bet” designation

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 8:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

With higher fuel economy standards on the horizon, automakers are increasingly focusing on new technologies to improve their MPG ratings while enticing car shoppers with a variety of cars in different sizes and body styles. Several automakers have recently made announcements that will improve the MPG of their line ups in ways that they believe

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Saturday, October 15, 2011 6:13 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

National Teen Driver Safety Week kicks off tomorrow and if you are a parent of a teen driver, you have lots of reason to worry every time your kid gets behind the wheel of a car. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens ages 16 to 19 and more than 350,000 teens

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:37 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Drivers can save hundreds of dollars annually on their car costs when the new fuel economy standards announced by the Obama administration go into effect. Overall, Americans will save $44.3 billion at the gas pump according to analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, or UCS, with

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