Cars Blog

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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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:35 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

In case you haven’t heard, the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA, Show is coming up next week. Car fanatics from all over the world look forward to the show, mostly because it sports some of the wildest and most beautiful custom cars anywhere, put together by the very best shops on the planet

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Monday, October 25, 2010 4:17 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The conventional wisdom that buying used cars is always the most frugal option may be tested by rising prices in the U.S. auto resale market. Edmunds.com estimates the average price paid for a used, three-year old auto has risen $1,471 — or 8.5 percent — since last year, reaching $18,832. What’s behind the rise? Edmunds

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, October 23, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Honda joined Toyota this week in announcing an upcoming recall of faulty brake systems that leak brake fluid in its cars. The recall will affect around 470,000 2005-2007 Acura RL sedans and Honda Odyssey minivans. The Detroit News is reporting the master cylinders for both automakers came from the same parts supplier: Advics Co. Ltd.

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Tags: auto, Cars
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