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

Gary Stoller at USA Today has a pretty interesting article this week on the price of rental car gasoline. As you probably know, when you return a rental car with a tank that’s not totally full, the rental car company refills the tank, charging you an inflated price for the gas they use. What you

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:45 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

People say they “hate to say I told you so” all the time, but in this case, I actually mean it. I argued last year when gas prices were in a relative slump that it wouldn’t last, and that people who were going back to driving trucks and SUVs because of low gas prices would

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Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Projections about the adoption of all-electric cars vary wildly depending on who you talk to. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama set a goal of having 1 million electric cars on American roads by 2015. But not everyone is so sanguine about the prospects for the penetration of all-electric cars into

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:58 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

For many drivers, driving off the lot with a new or used car means taking on a hefty auto loan. Americans carried $408 billion worth of auto loan debt in 2010, according to CNW Research, up from $379.7 billion in 2009. For those with auto loans, paying interest on that debt is a significant part

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Saturday, April 23, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Howdy, pilgrim, it’s another recall roundup (insert sound of blasting six shooters here). This week, we’ve herded up a whole passel of defective little doggies. Saddle up and find out if your auto is on the list! This month Ford announced it was expanding a recall of its Ford F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT trucks

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 2:41 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

As part of my continuing series on whittling down the cost of car ownership, we’re going to take a look at depreciation costs. At first glance, depreciation looks kind of mundane; it’s simply the difference between what you paid for the car and its current value. Compared to the other costs of car ownership, such

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

No matter what your credit rating is, it’s likely you’ll have an easier time getting an auto loan this year than in 2010, according to a study by CNW Marketing Research, an auto industry research firm based in Bandon, Ore. CNW found auto loan approval rates have risen substantially for all categories of borrowers since

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:10 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The blog I wrote last week about a recent AAA study on driving costs seems to have struck a chord with a lot of people, so I thought I would follow it up by taking a closer look at some of the major expense categories that contributed to that eye-opening $8,776 figure. Today we’ll look

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Saturday, April 9, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

With gas prices headed higher and discounts on new cars in short supply, it’s no surprise a new AAA survey shows the cost of owning and operating cars is going up: AAA released the results of its annual ‘Your Driving Costs’ study today revealing a 3.4 percent rise in the yearly costs to own and

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:26 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Gas prices seem to get uglier by the minute. The average price of gas has risen from $3.56 March 21 to $3.68 on April 4, according to the Energy Information Administration. Small wonder, then, that sales of hybrid cars are way up, according to AutoObserver.com: Gas-electric hybrid models, led by the Toyota Prius – the

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