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Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

This month, Hertz announced plans to rent an electric version of that bane of capitalization-sensitive copy editors everywhere, the tiny Smart fortwo. Hertz will roll the Smart cars out in both its Connect car-sharing service and its regular car rental locations in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. The first

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Ever been in a car and felt like you were looking up at an SUV or truck’s bumper, it was so high? Those sky-high bumpers could cost you big money in an accident. This month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released results of a series of crash tests showing what happens when SUVs and

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

Millions of people will be hitting the roads this holiday season, and at least some of them will be doing so in a rental car. Taking road trips in a rental car can really make a lot of financial sense; it’s a great and much cheaper alternative to buying a new car to replace your

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 5:08 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

You probably can’t turn on the radio or TV right now without hearing someone suggesting in a grandfatherly voice that the holidays is just a lovely time to buy your spouse/child/parent a new Lexus/Mercedes/whatever, and offering great incentives to those with enough holiday spirit to take the plunge. But do auto makers actually offer better

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 5:12 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It’s time for another edition of good news, bad news. The good news: Sales of domestic vehicles are up this month over the same time last year and are on pace to nearly match the 12.3-million-vehicle pace of October, according to Bloomberg News. That’s good news for the U.S. auto industry, which continues its climb

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Friday, November 26, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

And the Chevy Volt EGOTs! The new plug-in hybrid from GM this week polished off the automotive equivalent of an EGOT, the acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winners made famous by TV’s “30 Rock” sitcom, this week. That’s because the Volt landed a place on Car and Driver’s annual, influential “10 Best”

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 10:24 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Much like rock beats scissors and the first Star Wars trilogy beats the second, good service apparently trumps low prices for new car buyers. That revelation comes in an interesting survey from JD Power last week on how car buyers choose their dealerships: More than half (52 percent) of new-vehicle buyers indicate that dealer treatment

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Saturday, November 20, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

In addition to being the best time to buy a toaster for $5 at a door buster sale and the worst time to ship a package, this is the time of year when the automotive press begins rendering its verdicts on which car models represent the best and brightest offerings in the auto industry. This

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:52 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

So I’ve got some good news and some bad news for people who like frugality and would like to see more of it among American drivers. First, the good news: The fuel economy of the American auto fleet set an all-time record of 22.4 mpg in 2009, according to a report by The Detroit News.

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Friday, November 12, 2010 4:14 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

That Kia Sedona minivan you’re looking at probably won’t thrill you on twisty roads or wow you with its power when merging onto the highway, but it will save you a bundle on your auto insurance. This week, InsWeb released its annual list of the most- and least-costly cars to insure, and the Sedona is

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