Cars Blog

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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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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