Cars Blog

Saturday, February 5, 2011 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Memo to tax cheats out there: Don’t try to claim an electric car tax credit when you buy a Dodge Durango. From the Associated Press: A Treasury Department inspector general report says nearly 13,000 taxpayers erroneously claimed about $33 million in credits for plug-in electric and alternative vehicles during the first six months of 2010.

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Tags: auto, Cars, tax, Taxes
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 10:34 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

After averaging a relatively modest $2.78 in 2010, the federal government’s Energy Information Administration predicts the price of gas will rise substantially this year and next, hitting an average of $3.29 in 2012, with price spikes temporarily raising the price well beyond that number. The prediction comes in the EIA’s most recent “Short-Term Energy Outlook,”

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 1:02 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

It looks like the federal government may one day require you to take a sobriety test every time you start your car (from the Associated Press): An alcohol-detection prototype that uses automatic sensors to instantly gauge a driver’s fitness to be on the road has the potential to save thousands of lives, but could be

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, January 29, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I had an interesting car experience this week. I took my Mazda into my regular mechanic for a routine oil change plus a tire rotation and a brake check. When I got the car back, however, I suspected the rotation hadn’t been done, even though I was billed for it on the invoice. Normally, when

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Sitting in traffic isn’t just annoying, it’s expensive. A new report from the Texas Transportation Institute, via CBS Moneywatch, finds commuters during peak timess in 12 American cities spent an average of more than $1,000 worth of time and gas idling in traffic in 2009. TTI’s annual Urban Mobility Report measures the cost of delays

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, January 22, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If you’ve ever wished you could be sleeping or watching a movie instead of driving your car, Volvo may one day have a new product for you: the first ever operational road train. CNET’s Car Tech blog has a breakdown of how the technology would work: Volvo has successfully demonstrated a vehicle road-train system that

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:23 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Nearly two years after the financial crisis of 2008-2009, life is still tough for car buyers with bad credit. According to a report by CNW Research, lending to car buyers with a credit score below 640 dropped from $51.37 billion in 2007 to just $8.99 billion last year. For those keeping score at home, that’s

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 4:43 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

A lot of recent car shows, including the recent Detroit auto show, have showcased automakers’ push to bring practical, fully electric cars to market. With one new all-electric vehicle already for sale from Nissan and with others on the way from Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes and Fiat in 2011 and 2012, I thought it

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Saturday, January 15, 2011 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If the Joneses are broke, do car buyers still try to keep up with them? There was an interesting story on NPR this week about how luxury cars are making a comeback at the Detroit Auto Show: Sales are also increasing for other luxury carmakers. For the past three years, the auto market was so

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Tags: auto, Cars, wealthy
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:10 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If you’re noticing more ads for hot auto lease deals lately, you’re not imagining things. Like Jason Vorhees, auto leasing keeps dying and coming back so many times it’s getting hard to keep track. Ward’s Auto has an interesting article this month on a renewed leasing push by automakers: Leasing took a hit in 2008

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