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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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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:58 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

For many drivers, driving off the lot with a new or used car means taking on a hefty auto loan. Americans carried $408 billion worth of auto loan debt in 2010, according to CNW Research, up from $379.7 billion in 2009. For those with auto loans, paying interest on that debt is a significant part

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Saturday, April 23, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Howdy, pilgrim, it’s another recall roundup (insert sound of blasting six shooters here). This week, we’ve herded up a whole passel of defective little doggies. Saddle up and find out if your auto is on the list! This month Ford announced it was expanding a recall of its Ford F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT trucks

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 2:41 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

As part of my continuing series on whittling down the cost of car ownership, we’re going to take a look at depreciation costs. At first glance, depreciation looks kind of mundane; it’s simply the difference between what you paid for the car and its current value. Compared to the other costs of car ownership, such

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

No matter what your credit rating is, it’s likely you’ll have an easier time getting an auto loan this year than in 2010, according to a study by CNW Marketing Research, an auto industry research firm based in Bandon, Ore. CNW found auto loan approval rates have risen substantially for all categories of borrowers since

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:10 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The blog I wrote last week about a recent AAA study on driving costs seems to have struck a chord with a lot of people, so I thought I would follow it up by taking a closer look at some of the major expense categories that contributed to that eye-opening $8,776 figure. Today we’ll look

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Saturday, April 9, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

With gas prices headed higher and discounts on new cars in short supply, it’s no surprise a new AAA survey shows the cost of owning and operating cars is going up: AAA released the results of its annual ‘Your Driving Costs’ study today revealing a 3.4 percent rise in the yearly costs to own and

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:26 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Gas prices seem to get uglier by the minute. The average price of gas has risen from $3.56 March 21 to $3.68 on April 4, according to the Energy Information Administration. Small wonder, then, that sales of hybrid cars are way up, according to AutoObserver.com: Gas-electric hybrid models, led by the Toyota Prius – the

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, April 2, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Beating the previous record set in 2009, U.S. Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood announced today that traffic fatalities in 2010 were the lowest recorded since the government began keeping statistics in 1949: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) early projections, the number of traffic fatalities fell three percent between 2009 and 2010, from

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 4:10 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The U.S. auto market continues to feel the impact of the Japanese earthquake. Toyota announced this week it would be limiting shipments of some replacement auto parts to U.S. dealerships. From the Associated Press: Toyota has told dealers to stop ordering 233 parts for Lexus, Scion and Toyota models unless a customer needs one for

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Tags: auto, Toyota
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