Cars Blog

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 12:59 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

There’s an interesting article on Bankrate today on the benefits of becoming a one-car family. It got me thinking about the process my family went through to cut down to one car. I have to be honest here and give my wife credit: it was her idea. We started talking about getting rid of one

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Tags: frugal, saving
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 2:22 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Volkswagen recently unveiled a plug-in electric car version of their Golf compact, which it plans to roll out in the U.S. market by 2013. Like Nissan’s LEAF, the Golf Blue-E-Motion will be a pure electric car, in contrast to GM’s much-touted gas-electric hybrid Volt. If you’re considering a pure electric, you’ve probably already made peace

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Saturday, May 15, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

German researchers recently demonstrated a minivan they’ve modified to allow it to be driven via eye movement. The minivan collects input from the driver via a system of GPS, cameras and laser eye sensors built into a helmet worn by the driver. Apparently Associated Press writer Juergen Baetz also envisioned the chaos and carnage that

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Tags: minivan, Toyota
Friday, May 14, 2010 1:49 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Have you ever sold a car and felt like you were saying goodbye to an old friend? And what if that old friend went off and joined al-Qaida? That must be an approximation of how 19-year-old Connecticut college student Peggy Colas must feel. The New York Post reported that Colas unwittingly sold her 1993 Nissan Pathfinder

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:04 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

While following the financial reform legislation currently winding its way through the Senate, one seemingly unlikely but vocal opponent jumped out at me: car dealers. An article in The Wall Street Journal says that car dealers don’t like the idea of the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency, or CFPA, having jurisdiction over their lending practices.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:03 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Recalls of cars are always unnerving for those who borrowed large sums of money to buy a vehicle that ends up being judged unsafe. I think this is particularly true for those who bought a Toyota in the last few years, mostly because the massive recalls were so unexpected. It’s hard to remember now, but

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Tags: Ford, Honda, Toyota
Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:01 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

After the carnage that nearly wiped out the domestic auto industry in 2009, it’s nice to see Ford doing so well. It just reported a $2 billion profit this quarter, and its widely recognized improvements in design and reliability contributed to a marked improvement in Americans’ perception of the quality of American cars in general. Still, despite

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