Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, February 09, 2016 10:31 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

The Takata air bag recall has expanded with 2.3 million more cars recalled, bringing the total recalls to more than 26 million vehicles.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

A new report from Wired Magazine describes an even easier method of remotely controlling a car while someone is driving.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

The Chrysler Group has announced a recall of 349,442 cars for a potential problem that can cause the ignition key to become stuck or inadvertently move.

Saturday, June 29, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Despite earlier refusing a request from the feds to recall 1.6 million Jeeps, Chrysler will recall the cars in question.

Friday, June 07, 2013 3:30 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Chrysler has refused a request by the NHTSA to recall about 2.7 million Jeep models, saying they are safe.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Domestic-branded car makers won more individual categories in the latest quality awards than import brands.

Thursday, May 09, 2013 6:08 pm
By Greg Guenthner ·

Tesla has recently become the toast of Wall Street.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell ·

At some point in nearly every conversation I’ve had about the bailout of the American auto industry, someone brings up the idea that many American cars “are made in Mexico anyway.”  While that’s an exaggeration, there’s a perception — well-founded in some cases — that U.S. car companies appeal to the patriotism of Americans to

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 1:23 pm
By Claes Bell ·

Just in case you were wondering, the laws of supply and demand are still in effect. As I predicted last month, a combination of factors, including the earthquake in Japan and rising gas prices, is causing a fairly serious shortage of small cars, leading to higher prices and diminished selection for small-car buyers, according to

Saturday, July 17, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell ·

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