Cars Blog

Saturday, June 18, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

At some point in nearly every conversation I’ve had about the bailout of the American auto industry, someone brings up the idea that many American cars “are made in Mexico anyway.”  While that’s an exaggeration, there’s a perception — well-founded in some cases — that U.S. car companies appeal to the patriotism of Americans to

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:54 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Sometimes in the car-buying process, you have to decide whether to keep looking for the perfect car, or go ahead and settle down with the best option available. If you’re having a particularly tough time finding that ideal auto right now, you’re not alone. Conditions on both the supply and demand ends of the auto market

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Saturday, June 11, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It’s long been an article of faith among SUV haters that any safety advantage they had over cars was canceled out by their tendency to flip over at the drop of a hat. That may once have been true, but a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that electronic stability control,

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011 2:45 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

A couple of troubling stories about traffic fatalities involving police officers illustrate how much more police departments could be doing to protect officers and set a better example on safety for U.S. drivers. The first one is a story from Pat Beall of the Palm Beach Post regarding the venerable Ford Crown Victoria cars that

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Saturday, June 4, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It’s not your imagination; a lot of your fellow drivers are dangerously unqualified to drive their cars. This year’s edition of the National Drivers Test sponsored by auto insurance provider GMAC Insurance shows a lot of U.S. drivers lack the basic knowledge needed to operate a car safely. From the press release: Results revealed that

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 10:36 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Last week the EPA released the next version of the gas mileage label displayed in the window of every new car. The new label will feature more detailed information on fuel costs, emissions and other factors that drivers often take into account when making car-buying decisions, including: Fuel savings or additional fuel cost over five

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

I guess buying a car with a built-in doctor is one way to control health care costs. Eric Taub of the New York Times writes Ford is working on a health care add-on for its Sync in-car electronics system: Working with WellDoc, a startup developer of software-based health management tools, Ford has created a prototype

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If you’ve been sitting on a used car for a while and have been waiting to sell, now is the time. Used-car prices may be nearing a peak, reports Tom Krishner of the Associated Press: People are holding on to cars and trucks for about a year longer than they did before the recession, which

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:49 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Every once in a while in the blogging world, you benefit from some serendipitous timing. Over the weekend, I wrote about negotiations going on in Washington to decide future gas mileage standards. Those new standards could require the American auto fleet to hit 62 mpg by 2025. I got a lot of really thoughtful comments

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Friday, May 13, 2011 4:01 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It looks like a new federal fuel economy standard for cars may be coming down the pike. Dave Guilford of the Automotive News has the story: Quiet negotiations going on in Washington could change profoundly the nature of U.S. cars and trucks over the next 13 years, making more of them electrified and more costly.

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