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

Two weeks after the massive earthquake hit Japan, industry experts are beginning to get a better sense of the the disaster’s impact on the global auto industry, and the results are pretty grim. We’re not just talking about shortages and higher prices for Japanese cars assembled in Japanese factories and shipped overseas. Because of the

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 11:23 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

For frugal car buyers, there’s nothing more important than a car’s long-term reliability. No one wants to be stuck paying off an auto loan on a car that’s having constant mechanical issues. J.D. Power released its annual vehicle dependability study this week, and the results were pretty surprising. The study surveys owners of major brands’

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