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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 4:10 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The U.S. auto market continues to feel the impact of the Japanese earthquake. Toyota announced this week it would be limiting shipments of some replacement auto parts to U.S. dealerships. From the Associated Press: Toyota has told dealers to stop ordering 233 parts for Lexus, Scion and Toyota models unless a customer needs one for

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Tags: auto, Toyota
Saturday, March 26, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Two weeks after the massive earthquake hit Japan, industry experts are beginning to get a better sense of the the disaster’s impact on the global auto industry, and the results are pretty grim. We’re not just talking about shortages and higher prices for Japanese cars assembled in Japanese factories and shipped overseas. Because of the

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 11:23 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

For frugal car buyers, there’s nothing more important than a car’s long-term reliability. No one wants to be stuck paying off an auto loan on a car that’s having constant mechanical issues. J.D. Power released its annual vehicle dependability study this week, and the results were pretty surprising. The study surveys owners of major brands’

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Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

That didn’t take long. The aftershocks of the disaster in Japan are beginning to reverberate in the U.S. auto market. American auto dealers selling Japanese brands like Honda and Toyota are cutting incentives on models affected by factory shutdowns in Japan. From the Associated Press: Buyers will typically have to pay sticker prices, instead of enjoying discounts

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Tags: auto, Honda, Toyota
Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:57 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

There are a lot of things about St. Patrick’s Day that are pretty sweet: glittery green top hats, corned beef and cabbage, parades and of course, free-flowing green beer. But one thing that’s unfortunately ruined many a St. Patty’s Day, besides bad corned beef, is driving drunk and getting cited for a DUI. DUIs are

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Tags: holidays
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:52 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Add significant and potentially lasting damage to the Japanese auto industry to the list of tragic consequences from Friday’s massive earthquake in Japan. The Japanese auto industry is a linchpin of the global auto market, and disruptions to it affect consumers worldwide. In 2010 alone, the country produced nearly 9.6 million passenger vehicles. For some

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, March 12, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s a relatively minor consideration in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in Japanese history, but Japan’s storied auto industry has already been significantly affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday. In the short term, most major Japanese auto companies were reportedly forced to shut down at

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 1:01 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The biggest news of the past few weeks for drivers is undoubtedly the meteoric rise in gas prices. Right now, my $4 per gallon prediction for this summer is looking a little low. According to Department of Energy, the average retail price of a gallon of gasoline has risen more than 30 cents in just

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Saturday, March 5, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The Detroit Free Press has an article this week on how car makers are revving up incentives: Several major automakers today launched a new round of incentives to keep February’s strong sales momentum heading into spring. General Motors, whose February sales surged 46.4 percent from a year earlier after it had industry-leading incentives, today launched

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Friday, March 4, 2011 12:01 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Howdy, and welcome to another recall roundup. Mazda announced this week it is issuing a recall to corral a herd of malfunction-causing spiders out of the fuel systems of 52,000 of its Mazda6 cars from model years 2009-2010. Spider-wrangling isn’t normally part of Mazda’s job description, but the yellow sac spiders in question “may weave a

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Tags: auto, Cars
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