Cars Blog

Saturday, October 9, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If safety is a key factor for you in deciding which cars to buy, this is a banner week for you. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, unveiled new, higher crash safety ratings standards this week for autos sold in the U.S. The new ratings are in response to a “good problem”: the

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 4:52 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

What color is your car? I’d give you 3 to 1 odds it’s silver, gray or charcoal. That’s because, for the 10th year in a row, PPG Industries’ annual car color survey has found silver to be the most popular color in America, gracing 31 percent of new cars purchased in America. Black and white

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Tags: auto, Cars
Monday, October 4, 2010 3:15 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If your eyes are telling you more of your fellow motorists are texting in their cars, despite many states passing laws to prevent exactly that, they probably aren’t lying. Last week the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study that found laws banning texting while driving put in place by the states aren’t working.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Next time you pull your auto up to the pump, take a second to look for a now-ubiquitous sign that says some variation of “This fuel may contain up to X percent ethanol.” If you’ve already seen it, you probably didn’t think much about it. But the ethanol content that little disclaimer warns you of

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Good news for drivers from the FBI’s annual crime report: Auto theft was down 17 percent last year compared to 2008 and down 31.5 percent compared to 2000. You can check out all the data, including for your hometown, at the FBI’s Web site. As anyone who’s had their car stolen can tell you a

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Saturday, September 25, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

You know how when take your car in for a 15-minute oil change and you get a little sticker on your windshield that tells you when you need to come in for your next appointment? Well, as you’ve probably noticed, the mileage number is usually 3,000 miles beyond your current mileage. Fortunately for those of

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If you’re a regular reader of our Interest Rate Roundup, you know that auto loan rate averages are pretty low right now. But when I dig a little deeper into the massive amount of data that Bankrate gathers every week, I see individual banks offering even lower rates that may put the auto loan rates

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

You know driving is dangerous when “only” 33,808 deaths in 2009 makes the news as a good thing. But in this case, it unquestionably is, especially when you compare it to the 37,423 deaths that occurred on American roads in 2007, or the 43,510 deaths that took place in 2005. While traffic accidents are still

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, September 11, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Parking your car for weekend fun, especially if you live in a big city, can be really stressful. Few things are more annoying than forgetting where you parked and having to conduct a late-night search, or worse yet, running out of time on a parking meter and getting a parking ticket. Wired has an excellent

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Tags: Cars, tax
Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:52 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Auto injuries are the leading cause of death among U.S. children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so good news this week for parents: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released safety test results for booster seats showing marked improvement in seat safety over last year. The IIHS rated 72 different boosters,

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Tags: auto
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