Cars Blog

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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Tags: auto, Cars
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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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 5:31 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

For those having repairs done to their cars after a collision, being an informed consumer is key in ensuring your repaired car is as safe and structurally sound as it was before. Part of that is ensuring that only safe and effective parts are used to make the repairs. I wrote a few months ago

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Tags: auto, Cars
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:34 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Speed cameras aren’t exactly the most popular devices among motorists, but they may be about to get more annoying. The Daily Mail is reporting government officials in Finland are testing a camera that not only has the ability to ticket speeders, but can also assess whether you’re wearing a seat belt, tailgating the car in

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Friday, November 5, 2010 5:56 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If you’re looking to buy a fuel efficient car, the federal government has a shopping list for you: The EPA and the Department of Energy have released their annual list of the top 10 most fuel-efficient cars for sale in the U.S. 1. Toyota Prius (hybrid): 51 mpg city, 48 mpg hwy 2. Ford Fusion/Mercury

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 5:23 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Last week the Automotive Recyclers Association, a trade group representing America’s junkyards, threw down the gauntlet to Honda and Hyundai. The two Asian automakers had released statements discouraging the use of recycled/salvaged parts for car repairs, saying reusing parts, especially those gleaned from totaled cars, represented a safety risk to passengers. The ARA responded by

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Monday, November 1, 2010 4:24 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

As of yesterday, the Pontiac brand of cars is officially dead. That’s because on Oct. 31, Pontiac dealership agreements expired and all existing unsold Pontiacs officially became used cars in GM’s eyes, according to the Detroit News. If you’re a Pontiac owner, don’t panic. GM dealers will continue honoring warranties and offering maintenance services on

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Tags: GM
Saturday, October 30, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Consumer Reports released its latest auto reliability ratings this week, and the results were, as always, really interesting. The top 5 most reliable automakers were Scion, Porsche, Acura, Honda and Infiniti, all of which scored at least 20 percent higher than the industry average. The bottom six, all of which had reliability at least 20

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