Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

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

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 · Bankrate.com

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 · Bankrate.com

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 · Bankrate.com

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 · Bankrate.com

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 · Bankrate.com

The list of top-selling cars for 2011 has some surprises this year, according to a sales study by Edmunds.com. 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 · Bankrate.com

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┬ábecause less reliable cars tend to cost more in repairs, often increasing the overall

Friday, July 09, 2010 12:20 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

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

Thursday, July 08, 2010 3:04 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Many readers were a little uneasy with my post about how new-vehicle incentives are affecting the age-old new car vs. used car question. I can understand that; the conventional wisdom in the frugal community seems to be that depreciation, especially with that dreaded “50 percent as soon as you drive it off the lot” rule

Friday, July 02, 2010 10:55 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I got a ton of great comments on the my post about new cars vs. used cars, so I’ll add a little more fuel to the fire. Michelle Krebs over at Auto Observer posits that with used car prices rising fast and many new-car incentives still inflated thanks to the decrepit economy, buying a new