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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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Saturday, October 8, 2011 9:17 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

It seems there’s a trend of computer-savvy criminals rolling back odometers on off-lease cars to make them appear as if they have lower mileage than they really do. A recent review of off-lease cars in the Northeast by AiM Mobile Inspections, a nationwide company that evaluates new and used vehicles, showed an estimated 30 percent

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:21 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you feel unsafe when you are in the car, you’re not alone. More than half of all drivers (52 percent) say that driving feels less safe now than five years ago, according to the AAA Foundation’s recently released 2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index. This is a big jump from last year, when just 35

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Saturday, October 1, 2011 10:54 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

It’s common sense that the larger and heavier a vehicle is, the more likely it is to cause injury or death to the occupants of any smaller cars it collides with. But, until recently, SUVs and pickup trucks were more likely than cars and minivans of the same weight to be involved in car accidents

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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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