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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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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 4:35 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Auto buyers who want to stay connected through texting and social media services like Twitter and Facebook while driving have a growing number of options. Putting aside whether it’s wise to divide your attention between driving and the social Web at all, several automakers are offering technology packages that will make it marginally safer by

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Remember the extensive discussion we had a few months ago about new versus used? Playing the role of the devil’s advocate, I advanced the notion that with incentives and the rising cost of used cars, some cars might actually be cheaper to buy new rather than used.  What followed was a great conversation where a

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Friday, September 3, 2010 2:02 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I’m pretty sure Bankrate readers are a little more conscientious than your average netizen, but I would feel remiss if I didn’t warn everybody, especially those who plan to be driving around, to party responsibly this weekend. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its annual DUI crackdown, culminating in increased enforcement

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Friday, September 3, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I ran across an interesting car rental pricing experiment conducted by the good people at MousePrint.org. They looked at how the price of a car rental changes as you get closer to the date you plan to pick the car up. The compact car rental in question was booked through Alamo and was to last

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Thursday, September 2, 2010 9:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

In a bid to have fuel economy numbers make a bigger impact on car-buying decisions, the EPA is considering upgrading the fuel economy sticker it requires on all new cars with a number of new features. One version of the new sticker features a prominent letter grade as well as a dollar estimate of fuel

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 10:45 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Apparently the stereotypical male phobia surrounding asking for directions isn’t just real, it’s actually pretty expensive. The U.K.’s Telegraph has an article this week on a recent study of the cost of driving while lost, commissioned by Sheilas’ Wheels, a U.K.-based auto insurance provider that caters mainly to female drivers: … This “lost” driving time comes

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Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Americans have long had a love affair with convertibles, and many automakers sell them as niche products to provide a bit of glamour to their car lineups. Nissan is going to see if they can bring that convertible magic to the crossover SUV market. The company is planning to release a soft-top version of its

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Thursday, August 26, 2010 4:54 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Today we have news that Toyota is issuing a voluntary recall of 1.3 million Corollas and Matrixes (Matrices?) built between 2005 and 2008. Apparently, some engine control modules installed in those cars may have been improperly manufactured. The issue has been under investigation by the NHTSA since November because the faulty engine control modules could

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:50 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Turns out our cars might be making us fat, according to a study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (via Freakonomics). The study examined the BMIs of people who ride a new light rail system in Charlotte, N.C. were 81 percent less likely to become obese than car-driving (what’s the word for people who

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