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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 10:08 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The total cost to own a car is always top-of-mind for any financially-savvy consumer. This cost includes not just the monthly payment, but car insurance, the cost of gas, repairs, maintenance and depreciation. While it’s always best to run the numbers yourself for car insurance and fuel cost needs, there are numerous resources that can provide

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Saturday, September 24, 2011 9:07 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Car buyers who purchased hybrid cars have long enjoyed perks beyond spending less at the pump due to great fuel economy. Among the biggest additional perks were federal tax credits in the thousands of dollars for many buyers, as well as the privilege of driving in the carpool lanes in many states when driving solo.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:35 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you drive an older car, especially one that’s eight years old or older, you might think it’s immune from theft. After all, who would want it? But old cars are much easier for car thieves to steal than newer models because they don’t have the theft-prevention features that are standard on all cars today.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 8:50 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

While gas prices are expected to drop over the next month due to the switch to winter fuel blends, U.S. drivers are on pace to spend the most to refuel their cars this year than ever before — and experts say gas prices will continue to remain high. Despite consumers using less gas and production

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:01 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

It’s common sense that the steadier speed you drive your car, the better your fuel economy — hence the reason why gas mileage at higher speeds is higher for almost all cars than city driving. One would think that it’s impossible to dramatically improve gas mileage in the city thanks to all the traffic lights

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 9:52 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you’re thinking of trading in your used car, chances are you’ll get more now than in past years for the same make, model and age. The average value of 1- to 3-year-old used cars has risen from $15,000 in 2008 to more than $23,000 this year, according to analysis by Kelley Blue Book. The

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you are a new car shopper with less-than-stellar credit, it’s getting easier to get a good car loan rate.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011 9:45 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you are buying a used car but wish you had some of the technology available today’s cars, you can now get automatic crash response services, navigation and more for most of the cars on the road today through a new service from OnStar. The General Motors subsidiary now offers its safety and navigation services

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 2:11 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you’ll be packing up the car to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend, you might find the roads crowded. AAA estimates you’ll be joining an estimated 27.3 million U.S. drivers vacationing by car, a slight increase over Labor Day 2010. Here are three ways to save money on your road trip: Check your

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Saturday, August 27, 2011 6:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If the auto insurance premiums on that Cadillac Escalade you’re considering end up giving you sticker shock, don’t say I didn’t warn you. For the ninth year in a row, the Cadillac Escalade tops the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of most stolen cars, trucks and SUVs. According to the IIHS survey, which tracks

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