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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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Saturday, June 25, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

This week J.D. Power today released the 2011 edition of its annual Initial Quality Study, and the results look good for the auto industry as a whole. The main metric the study tracks, problems per 100 vehicles after 90 days of ownership, improved industry-wide, falling from an average of 109 to 107 (lower is better).

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:57 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

It looks like Toyota’s rollout of a wagon version of its popular Prius hybrid car could be accompanied by some buyer confusion, thanks to a naming snafu. From James Healey at USA Today: Toyota is expanding its Prius hybrid brand into a family, and the first addition is the Prius v, essentially a Prius wagon.

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Tags: auto, car, Cars
Saturday, June 18, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

At some point in nearly every conversation I’ve had about the bailout of the American auto industry, someone brings up the idea that many American cars “are made in Mexico anyway.”  While that’s an exaggeration, there’s a perception — well-founded in some cases — that U.S. car companies appeal to the patriotism of Americans to

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:54 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Sometimes in the car-buying process, you have to decide whether to keep looking for the perfect car, or go ahead and settle down with the best option available. If you’re having a particularly tough time finding that ideal auto right now, you’re not alone. Conditions on both the supply and demand ends of the auto market

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Saturday, June 11, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s long been an article of faith among SUV haters that any safety advantage they had over cars was canceled out by their tendency to flip over at the drop of a hat. That may once have been true, but a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that electronic stability control,

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 2:45 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

A couple of troubling stories about traffic fatalities involving police officers illustrate how much more police departments could be doing to protect officers and set a better example on safety for U.S. drivers. The first one is a story from Pat Beall of the Palm Beach Post regarding the venerable Ford Crown Victoria cars that

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