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Friday, March 4, 2011 12:01 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · 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
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 10:42 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

This month, Consumer Reports released its 2011 “Automaker report cards.” The report cards grade automakers based on a combination of their models’ projected reliability and road test scores. The results are interesting mostly for what hasn’t changed — after a year of tumult for Toyota and rebirth for the American auto industry, the rankings are

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Saturday, February 26, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Howdy, cowpokes, and welcome to another recall roundup. This month there have already been around 3 million rootin’-tootin’ recalls, and here are the details on the biggest of the bunch. Yeehaw! It’s no surprise Toyota’s latest recall is the biggest doggie in this herd. The automaker issued recalls affecting 2.7 million Toyota and Lexus SUVs

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Tags: auto, Cars, recall
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:39 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

This week the U.S. House voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency from allowing E15, a blend of 85 percent gas and 15 percent ethanol, to be sold at American gas stations. From David Shepardson of the The Detroit News: The House voted 286-135 to block the EPA from spending any money to carry out

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Tags: Cars, gas
Saturday, February 19, 2011 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Penske Automotive Group, which owns a massive chain of auto dealerships worldwide, announced this week it was ending its relationship with Smart. Smart cars will now be sold and serviced at Mercedes Benz dealerships instead, following a brief transition. It’s not hard to see why Penske made this decision. Since being introduced to the U.S.

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:17 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Sending a kid off to college in the fall? If you’re thinking about buying him or her a car or helping out with costs, enrolling your child in car sharing might make more sense. Car-sharing provider Zipcar has been particularly aggressive about enrolling colleges in partnerships to provide car sharing on their campuses. The company

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Remember that whole unintended acceleration thing that supposedly happened with Toyota cars? No, not the one caused by the accelerator pedal getting stuck down; that was legit. I’m talking about the allegation that Toyota cars were plagued by faulty electronics that could cause them to accelerate on their own. Well, turns out the claims were

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, February 5, 2011 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Memo to tax cheats out there: Don’t try to claim an electric car tax credit when you buy a Dodge Durango. From the Associated Press: A Treasury Department inspector general report says nearly 13,000 taxpayers erroneously claimed about $33 million in credits for plug-in electric and alternative vehicles during the first six months of 2010.

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Tags: auto, Cars, tax, Taxes
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 10:34 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

After averaging a relatively modest $2.78 in 2010, the federal government’s Energy Information Administration predicts the price of gas will rise substantially this year and next, hitting an average of $3.29 in 2012, with price spikes temporarily raising the price well beyond that number. The prediction comes in the EIA’s most recent “Short-Term Energy Outlook,”

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 1:02 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It looks like the federal government may one day require you to take a sobriety test every time you start your car (from the Associated Press): An alcohol-detection prototype that uses automatic sensors to instantly gauge a driver’s fitness to be on the road has the potential to save thousands of lives, but could be

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Tags: auto, Cars
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