Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Saturday, October 04, 2014 6:00 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Some sophisticated crime rings are using identity theft to get their hands on new cars.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

While new cars are dramatically higher in quality than years ago, the number of problems experienced by new car owners has increased recently. J.D. Power’s 2014 Initial Quality Study found a 3 percent increase in problems experienced by new car owners in the first 90 days of ownership, averaging 116 problems per 100 vehicles. The

Saturday, August 25, 2012 6:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Kelley Blue Book culled its data to develop a list of the top 10 cars for students that can be purchased for less than $16,000.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 6:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

The largest single model-year survey of automotive owners rates the top cars using 15 criteria.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 7:48 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Cars are built with a higher quality than ever before, according to the latest study from J.D. Power.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Car owners of 2012 model year cars weigh in on their satisfaction with their new cars.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 6:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Unveilings of new cars were fast and furious at the press days for the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Thursday, December 29, 2011 5:47 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

The list of top-selling cars for 2011 has some surprises this year, according to a sales study by Two Hondas, the Honda Civic and the Honda CR-V, are notably absent from the top ten list of best-selling new cars. Both vehicles typically log high sales every year, but sales in 2011 were compromised, due

Thursday, October 27, 2011 8:09 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

American car brands received a mixed bag of results in Consumer Reports’ latest round of reliability ratings. The 2011 Annual Auto Survey predicts the reliability of new 2012 car models. Knowing a car’s long-term reliability is helpful for shoppers buying a car because less reliable cars tend to cost more in repairs, often increasing the overall

Friday, July 09, 2010 12:20 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA ·

This is going to be my last post on new cars vs. used cars for a little while as I head out on a much-needed vacation. For those keeping score, used cars have won a decisive victory in the Cars Blog comments section and after numerous smackdowns, I’m crying uncle (at least for the time

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