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Bankrate’s Cars Blog covers all things cars. Learn things like how to handle simple car maintenance, what to do if you lose your driver's license, which are the best cars, and which are the most popular vehicles among car thieves here.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The issue of unintended acceleration has hit the news again and this time it has nothing to do with Toyota cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has begun a preliminary evaluation of the Ford Taurus, 2001-2006, and the Mercury Sable, 2001-2004, after receiving 14 complaints from owners of the cars unexpectedly accelerating.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently pledged reducing gas prices to $2.50 gallon or less …

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

A few simple tactics can add up to about $800 in savings when you buy a new car, according to a recent study by three university professors published in the current issue of Quantitative Marketing and Economics. The study, which was based on a survey of 1,400 car buyers, found that car shoppers could save

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Saturday, March 3, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Toyota and the unintended acceleration issue that resulted in more than eight million Toyota and Lexus cars being recalled in 2009 and 2010 has resurfaced yet again. CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 program aired a segment earlier this week stating that it obtained documents written by Toyota engineers in 2006 that showed there was a problem

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:45 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you let out an audible gasp when you filled up your car with gas recently, you’re not alone. Gas prices have jumped 13 cents per gallon on average across the nation in the last week and nearly 30 cents per gallon on average from a month ago, according to the Energy Information Administration. The

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:36 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Don’t want to hang up and drive your car? The feds are pushing automakers to make sure you do. Numerous studies have shown that drivers are very worried about other drivers causing a car accident because they are distracted by their phone or the array of “infotainment” gadgets in their cars, but they continue to

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

An upcoming Kruse auction is the chance for someone to own a rare piece of car history that was owned by one of the most prestigious families in America. A 1913 Rolls-Royce silver Ghost Town Car, used to chauffeur Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his family, will be auctioned off at the Central Texas Museum of

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

The leading cause of death for teens aged 16-19 are car accidents, and it’s long been known that having passengers in the car increases the risk of a car crash, but two new studies explain how they increase crash risk. The pair of studies, from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, and State Farm, were

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Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Smart car shoppers know that car costs are not just about the monthly payment or even the total sale price, but the entire cost to own the car, including gas, car insurance, maintenance and repairs. After analyzing the ownership costs for every 2012 model, Intellichoice released its Best Overall Value of the Year, or BOVY, awards,

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 9:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

There is more than meets the eye in the recent small claims court case where a former attorney was awarded a nearly $10,000 judgment because her Honda Civic hybrid car did not get the fuel economy advertised. Plaintiff Heather Peters, a former attorney, took her case to California’s small claims court after opting out of

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