Cars Blog

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:52 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I’ve been doing some research on the history of auto recalls for an article that will be coming out soon, and what struck me was how far the U.S. has come in holding auto companies accountable for car safety. I’m not saying it’s perfect by any means, but it’s a heck of a lot better

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 9:25 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The upcoming 2011 Ford Explorer, far from being the traditional SUV it appears to be, is actually leading a double life. It’s public face is a flagship American SUV, posturing about off-roading, mountain biking and kayaking in ads. But truth be told, it would rather be driving sedately down a nice suburban road somewhere, loaded

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Tags: Ford, SUV
Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:21 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

With the approaching debut of its Equus model, Hyundai is headed farther down a path taken by many foreign automakers with varying levels of success: creating a luxury line of cars to compete in the U.S. premium market. The Korean automaker is betting big — it spent $260 million just developing the all-aluminum V-8 that

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:53 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Planning on buying a car soon? Like it or not, your purchasing decision, whatever it ends up being, will probably be influenced in some form by advertising. Car advertising is so ubiquitous and sophisticated that even the most hard-nosed, comparison-shopping frugality expert can’t completely discount its effects on his or her car buying process. Just

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Friday, June 4, 2010 2:20 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I took a long road trip up to Tennessee over the Memorial Day weekend, and one thing that struck me was how much the Gulf oil spill has changed the way I think about cars. There’s always been a tension between my love of cars (especially cars with powerful engines) and my conviction that our

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 10:40 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Mercury had all the hallmarks of an American car brand on death’s door: a frumpy image, declining sales, a thin lineup of models and no clear path toward relevance. And so, in the wake of another disappointing sales month (down 10.7 percent to 9,128 vehicles), Ford has decided to shutter it for good. I have

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Tags: Cars, Ford, Mercury
Saturday, May 29, 2010 12:03 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I’ve been writing about the economic viability of electric cars lately. I’ve wondered whether Americans will accept cars with substantially shorter range than conventional cars, and whether the infrastructure needed to support electric cars would ever become a national reality. I’ve hoped the answer is yes, because there are a lot of things I like

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 4:47 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Memorial Day, in addition to being a great and necessary celebration of the men and women of our armed forces, is also one of the biggest car shopping days of the year, and this year is likely to be no exception. Fortunately for those who will be hitting dealerships this weekend in search of a

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Tags: auto loan
Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:02 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

When you’re piling into the car for a Memorial Day road trip, make sure you start off by buckling your seat belt. This week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Roy LaHood announced the latest iteration of the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement push, which will last until June 6. Thirty states have what’s called

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 2:57 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Some good economic news today: It looks like more people are staying current on their car loan payments. A new TransUnion report shows the number of car loan borrowers more than 60 days late on their payments fell 18.52 percent compared to the same time last year. Interestingly enough, the lowest delinquency rate is in

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Tags: car loan
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