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A Swift kick in the head--and chest, and arm--about your car's potential ''surprise'' safety systems

On: Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 3:12PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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There is a special kind of sound that the human brain creates when it is instantly overwhelmed with a concussive force so loud and intense that the entire skull is hammered by it rather than just the eardrum.


Top Three Car Stories of 2014

On: Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 1:05PM | By: Gary P Garry


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We have reached the end of another year, and that in itself is a victory. Every day that I wake up is a good one, and when I string together another 365 of them, I have to be grateful.

It was an interesting year in the automotive world, and we shared some very cool stories on this blog.

As a traditionalist, I like to keep tried-and-true customs alive. In this spirit, we will do that "Best of 2014" thing involving three of the most intriguing car stories of the year.


How To Do Everything Wrong Just Right When Buying a Vehicle on Craigslist

On: Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 2:39PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Never buy a car at night. Never buy a car in the rain. Never bring thousands of dollars in cash to a nearby-yet-unfamiliar-to-you city to a transaction site set up by a person you’ve never met—and who, of course, has an out-of-state phone number—to purchase a car about which you know nothing but what you’ve read and seen in a generic-looking Craigslist ad.

Any idiot knows how batcrap-crazy you’d have to be to buy a pack of gum this way, let alone something as expensive—both to initially buy and then to fix once all its warts reveal themselves in the harsh light of day—as a luxury SUV.

Well, I am proud to say I am certainly not just any idiot. That’s right, folks. I am THE idiot. And welcome to the tale of how I got a better vehicle that I could’ve hoped for despite doing everything I possibly could to get myself cheated, robbed or worse in the process.


Three show 'Birds of a feather sell together at RM's Sam Pack sale for $242k

On: Sat, Dec 27, 2014 at 10:08AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Every car company that can is making serious hay out of every anniversary they can find. Problem is, in a lot of cases, there have to be some asterisks slipped in due to, say, Chevy never producing a 1983 model Corvette, yet claiming an unbroken chain of manufacture since its introduction in 1953.


 

Out of the Mouths of Babes

On: Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:14PM | By: Karen Cook


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When my oldest son was young he had a bad attitude toward the status quo. He watched his parents go to work every day to earn money and then send most of that money away to pay for things like electricity and water bills, cable and credit cards, and, of course, gas and insurance. In an effort to minimize his need to succumb to such a slavish existence, he vowed never to have a credit card and to never go anywhere that he couldn’t get to on his bike. He managed to secure his first three jobs within riding distance of our house. I pointed out that it would be inconvenient and unprofessional to clock-in dripping water on the floor if it happened to be raining, but this was of little concern to him in his “big picture” concept. He did eventually give in and buy a car (which he lived in for six months), but that’s a story for another day. He never used public transportation which I always thought would have been the perfect compromise.


Sometimes You Have to Look Back to Move Forward

On: Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:23AM | By: Karen Cook


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Take a trip back with me about 25 years or so. It was a time before navigation systems and smartphones. It was a time when we had to depend on ourselves to get where we wanted to go, even if we had never been there. If you aren’t old enough to remember, then you’ll just have to take our word for it.


Are Drivers Depending Too Much on Warning Systems?

On: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 8:46AM | By: Karen Cook


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Modern technology is great! It can help lowly human beings in a variety of situations—when it works. The problem with technology is that it is designed by the lowly individuals who use it and can have the same sorts of limitations as the designer. Another issue is that users frequently come to depend on it to the exclusion of common sense and personal responsibility.


Putting School Buses to Work for Fun and Profit

On: Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 8:36AM | By: Karen Cook


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One of the most iconic and easily recognizable vehicles on the road has to be the school bus. The distinctive yellow paint and overall shape of the bus has not changed in more than 70 years. They perform their function well and there has been little need or desire to mess with what works.


Ford Reveals In-Depth Details On Upcoming SNYC 3 System

On: Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:30AM | By: Carl Malek


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In an announcement released earlier this week, Ford has shed new light on its upcoming SNYC 3 infotainment system which will replace the highly controversial and equally frustrating MyFordTouch system.


2016 Tesla Model X: The First Electric SUV

On: Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 2:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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The world is slowly getting greener. We “reduce, reuse, and recycle” when we can and scientists all over the world are working to make all the things we deem necessary to our survival less damaging to our environment. Automobiles are a big place where we try to reduce our “footprint”, electric vehicles are very attractive, especially to younger buyers. Let’s face it, they need the earth longer than the older set.


Good News and Bad News

On: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:20PM | By: Karen Cook


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The news is telling us that the economy is deep into recovery. The unemployment rate is consistently falling and most people who lost a job during the recession have managed to find one again. Sales in the auto industry, however, are not reflecting the upswing.