Cars Blog

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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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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Tags: auto, Cars
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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