Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Eight states have agreed to put 3.3 million “green” cars on U.S. roads by 2025.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:29 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Hybrid car buyers spend less on a new car through the life of a car loan due to better car loan interest rates.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

While car sales are up substantially over 2011, sales of hybrid cars are the fastest-growing segment.

Saturday, December 03, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Hybrid cars are safer than their gasoline counterparts, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute. The odds of being injured in a car crash are 25 percent lower on average for people traveling in a hybrid versus in the gasoline equivalent. While it’s too early to

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 8:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

With higher fuel economy standards on the horizon, automakers are increasingly focusing on new technologies to improve their MPG ratings while enticing car shoppers with a variety of cars in different sizes and body styles. Several automakers have recently made announcements that will improve the MPG of their line ups in ways that they believe

Saturday, September 24, 2011 9:07 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Car buyers who purchased hybrid cars have long enjoyed perks beyond spending less at the pump due to great fuel economy. Among the biggest additional perks were federal tax credits in the thousands of dollars for many buyers, as well as the privilege of driving in the carpool lanes in many states when driving solo.

Saturday, July 09, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell ·

Not all hybrid cars are created equal. Some deliver genuine benefits to the environment and consumers, while others are just pricey options that allow automakers to cash in on those five green little letters. This week the Union of Concerned Scientists unveiled its 2011 Hybrid Scorecard to help consumers tell the difference. The Scorecard rates

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, April 30, 2011 6:00 am
By Claes Bell ·

Projections about the adoption of all-electric cars vary wildly depending on who you talk to. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama set a goal of having 1 million electric cars on American roads by 2015. But not everyone is so sanguine about the prospects for the penetration of all-electric cars into

Friday, April 22, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald ·

Today’s Earth Day celebration takes on a growing urgency in light of the horrible mess our species has made of the planet in the past 12 months between the BP oil spill and the nuclear disaster in Japan. (Feel free to insert your own timely enviro-rant here.) If there’s a silver lining to this radioactive

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