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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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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 1:23 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Just in case you were wondering, the laws of supply and demand are still in effect. As I predicted last month, a combination of factors, including the earthquake in Japan and rising gas prices, is causing a fairly serious shortage of small cars, leading to higher prices and diminished selection for small-car buyers, according to

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

Gary Stoller at USA Today has a pretty interesting article this week on the price of rental car gasoline. As you probably know, when you return a rental car with a tank that’s not totally full, the rental car company refills the tank, charging you an inflated price for the gas they use. What you

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:45 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

People say they “hate to say I told you so” all the time, but in this case, I actually mean it. I argued last year when gas prices were in a relative slump that it wouldn’t last, and that people who were going back to driving trucks and SUVs because of low gas prices would

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Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Projections about the adoption of all-electric cars vary wildly depending on who you talk to. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama set a goal of having 1 million electric cars on American roads by 2015. But not everyone is so sanguine about the prospects for the penetration of all-electric cars into

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