Cars Blog

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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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If you’re a regular reader of our Interest Rate Roundup, you know that auto loan rate averages are pretty low right now. But when I dig a little deeper into the massive amount of data that Bankrate gathers every week, I see individual banks offering even lower rates that may put the auto loan rates

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

You know driving is dangerous when “only” 33,808 deaths in 2009 makes the news as a good thing. But in this case, it unquestionably is, especially when you compare it to the 37,423 deaths that occurred on American roads in 2007, or the 43,510 deaths that took place in 2005. While traffic accidents are still

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Tags: auto, Cars
Saturday, September 11, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Parking your car for weekend fun, especially if you live in a big city, can be really stressful. Few things are more annoying than forgetting where you parked and having to conduct a late-night search, or worse yet, running out of time on a parking meter and getting a parking ticket. Wired has an excellent

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Tags: Cars, tax
Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:52 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Auto injuries are the leading cause of death among U.S. children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so good news this week for parents: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released safety test results for booster seats showing marked improvement in seat safety over last year. The IIHS rated 72 different boosters,

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Tags: auto
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 4:35 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Auto buyers who want to stay connected through texting and social media services like Twitter and Facebook while driving have a growing number of options. Putting aside whether it’s wise to divide your attention between driving and the social Web at all, several automakers are offering technology packages that will make it marginally safer by

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

Remember the extensive discussion we had a few months ago about new versus used? Playing the role of the devil’s advocate, I advanced the notion that with incentives and the rising cost of used cars, some cars might actually be cheaper to buy new rather than used.  What followed was a great conversation where a

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Friday, September 3, 2010 2:02 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

I’m pretty sure Bankrate readers are a little more conscientious than your average netizen, but I would feel remiss if I didn’t warn everybody, especially those who plan to be driving around, to party responsibly this weekend. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its annual DUI crackdown, culminating in increased enforcement

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Friday, September 3, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

I ran across an interesting car rental pricing experiment conducted by the good people at MousePrint.org. They looked at how the price of a car rental changes as you get closer to the date you plan to pick the car up. The compact car rental in question was booked through Alamo and was to last

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Tags: auto, Cars
Thursday, September 2, 2010 9:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

In a bid to have fuel economy numbers make a bigger impact on car-buying decisions, the EPA is considering upgrading the fuel economy sticker it requires on all new cars with a number of new features. One version of the new sticker features a prominent letter grade as well as a dollar estimate of fuel

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Tags: auto, Cars
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