Cars Blog

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 4:09 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Just a quick note: General Motors has announced pricing for its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid car. At $41,000, the base Volt is more expensive than industry insiders had speculated, and represents something of a gamble for GM. The General has spent $750 million developing this car, and if it prices the car out of the

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:46 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It’s no secret that cars have become more complex and computerized in recent years. Some advocates for independent repair shops say automakers are exploiting this complexity to force customers into dealer repair shops by holding back tools and information necessary to diagnose and repair car problems. A battle over the issue in the Massachusetts legislature

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Monday, July 26, 2010 10:05 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Ever had a friend or relative who sold a car after it had serious structural repairs because they didn’t feel safe in it? Turns out they may have been on to something. Mechanics, especially those with ties to insurance companies that typically foot collision-repair bills, often use aftermarket replacement parts because they are significantly less

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Tags: Cars, Ford, OEM
Friday, July 23, 2010 1:50 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Most of the time, when you buy a hybrid car, you know you’ll be paying a higher sticker price in the hopes that you’ll make up the difference by saving on gas over the life of the car. Now Ford is changing the equation; the hybrid version of its MKZ sedan will cost the same

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 4:47 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If your credit is less than perfect, finding an auto loan to buy a GM vehicle may just have gotten easier. General Motors announced this morning it is acquiring AmeriCredit, a Texas-based subprime lending company specializing in auto loans. From GM’s perspective, the acquisition makes sense. The company announced last month it was “developing relationships

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 2:47 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

President Obama signing the Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act into law gives us a good opportunity to look at the final upshot for car buyers. As we’ve talked about before on this blog, the dealers got a big fat exemption from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the final financial reform law. The National

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:16 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It’s no secret in the auto industry that gas prices are headed skyward once the economy finally limps into a recovery. Gas may be sitting at a reasonable $2.72 a gallon now, but analysts at the Automotive Lease Guide predict it will be over $4 by 2013. Considering how long it takes to develop a

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Tags: Cars, gas
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 5:16 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It looks like banks’ improving economic outlook and desire to boost profits is turning a hair dryer on the car loan credit freeze. The Associated Press is reporting car loan approval rates are rising, especially for borrowers with higher credit scores: “The loan approval rate for customers with the highest credit scores was 90 percent

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Monday, July 19, 2010 3:48 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

News today that Volkswagen is looking to boost its share of the U.S. car market from the paltry 2 percent it’s sitting at now. Worldwide, Volkswagen is the third largest automaker in terms of production, so it does seem a little odd the German automotive giant doesn’t have a bigger footprint in this country. The

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Tags: Cars, Volkswagen, VW
Saturday, July 17, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Recently Chrysler announced a new incentive for buyers that will cover their first two months’ worth of car payments and allow them to return vehicles they don’t like. The incentive applies to all Chrysler vehicles except the Dodge Viper and the Jeep Wrangler. On the surface, it sounds pretty tempting. In my experience, a lot

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