Cars Blog

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 11:26 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

When I was a kid, my dad and I used to debate the merits of various fast cars. One of his top criteria was stealth — he maintained that a fast car was no good if it advertised to law enforcement that it was likely to be traveling well north of the speed limit. When

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Saturday, October 16, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Driver error may one day be a thing of the past. This week Google announced it’s testing cars that drive themselves. The computer controlled cars have driven 140,000 miles on California roads with only 1 accident — one of the prototypes was rear-ended by a human driver while idling at a stop light. Fortunately, Google

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Friday, October 15, 2010 5:11 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

General Motors is recalling 300,000 Chevrolet Impalas from the 2009 and 2010 model years for a potentially dangerous seat belt defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cars in question may have improperly attached seat belt webbing that could come free from the lap belt anchor in a car accident, providing little protection

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:44 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

This week the EPA approved using a fuel mixture of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, in cars built in the 2007 model year and beyond. A coalition of environmental, energy, power equipment and motor vehicle industry groups opposed the move (talk about strange bedfellows), on the grounds that corrosive ethanol

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Saturday, October 9, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If safety is a key factor for you in deciding which cars to buy, this is a banner week for you. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, unveiled new, higher crash safety ratings standards this week for autos sold in the U.S. The new ratings are in response to a “good problem”: the

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 4:52 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

What color is your car? I’d give you 3 to 1 odds it’s silver, gray or charcoal. That’s because, for the 10th year in a row, PPG Industries’ annual car color survey has found silver to be the most popular color in America, gracing 31 percent of new cars purchased in America. Black and white

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Monday, October 4, 2010 3:15 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If your eyes are telling you more of your fellow motorists are texting in their cars, despite many states passing laws to prevent exactly that, they probably aren’t lying. Last week the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study that found laws banning texting while driving put in place by the states aren’t working.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Next time you pull your auto up to the pump, take a second to look for a now-ubiquitous sign that says some variation of “This fuel may contain up to X percent ethanol.” If you’ve already seen it, you probably didn’t think much about it. But the ethanol content that little disclaimer warns you of

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Good news for drivers from the FBI’s annual crime report: Auto theft was down 17 percent last year compared to 2008 and down 31.5 percent compared to 2000. You can check out all the data, including for your hometown, at the FBI’s Web site. As anyone who’s had their car stolen can tell you a

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Saturday, September 25, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

You know how when take your car in for a 15-minute oil change and you get a little sticker on your windshield that tells you when you need to come in for your next appointment? Well, as you’ve probably noticed, the mileage number is usually 3,000 miles beyond your current mileage. Fortunately for those of

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