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Huge Fail for GM

On: Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40AM | By: Karen Cook

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It disturbs me that I write so many articles on recalls, but here’s another one for you.

Toyota Wrapping Up Final Settlements Over Recall

On: Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:22AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Toyota is moving closer towards resolution over their last big legal battle concerning the now infamous issues concerning their vehicles that accelerated without intention. The problem has already cost the automaker billions of dollars and caused the recall of millions of their vehicles during 2009 and 2010.

Hair-Trigger Airbags

On: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:45PM | By: Karen Cook

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We all know that airbags save lives. In the event of a crash the airbag deploys, sometimes causing minor injuries of its own, but saving the occupant from being ejected from the vehicle or slamming into the dashboard or windshield and possibly being killed. Most of us are willing to put up with some scrapes and bruises if it means walking away from an accident relatively unscathed.

Court Cases Contend Continuing Courtesy Constitutional

On: Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 1:18PM | By: Karen Cook

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Usually it is considered a kindness or a courtesy to alert oncoming drivers to a speed trap and this is done by flashing one’s headlights. In most places across the country this practice is frowned upon by police and, in some places, it is against the law. Recently, though, motorists have begun defending their right to communicate with each other and it seems that judges are supporting them.


Made In The USA?

On: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:51PM | By: Karen Cook

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To a large portion of the population, buying American is very important. Labels are checked; if it says “China” it goes back on the shelf. We all want to help our own economy and buying locally manufactured products seems like the thing to do. When it comes to cars, that’s easier said than done. It’s not as simple as just picking a Ford or some other “American” make.

Ram ProMaster Recall

On: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:45PM | By: Karen Cook

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Recalls scare me. I don’t want to think that my automobile may do something unexpected that could cause injury to me or others and do damage to itself. Chrysler’s current recall is one of the scariest in my book.

Ford Rescues the Snowbound

On: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 5:04PM | By: Karen Cook

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This winter has been one of the snowiest in recent memory. I live in Florida, so I haven’t seen a flake but I watch the weather and I’ve seen the mounds blocking roadways and making driving dangerous. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own snow plow? It sure would beat shoveling snow. At least, I assume it would; I’ve never done it myself.

Help! I've Eaten and I Can't Buckle Up

On: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:59PM | By: Karen Cook

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One third of the population in American is overweight. Another third is obese. Why bring this up on an automotive website? People who are in this category either can’t or won’t wear seatbelts, which has been recently reported in a study published online by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Sharing Hurts Sales

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 2:46PM | By: Karen Cook

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If you live in a congested city with huge skyscrapers and tiny apartments built one atop the other, you may not have the available space to store a vehicle. Taxis have been the norm in these situations for decades. Now, though, it is easy to grab a car off the street and drive to almost any destination in comfort without having to depend on a taxi whose driver may or may not know where you need to go. (We’re talking car sharing here, not theft.) It’s definitely a convenience, but a new study by Alix Partners has the auto industry worried.

Something Speciale

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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The newest Prancing Horse in the stable in Maranello is more than even its name hints at. The 458 Speciale is a rare beast indeed, and "special" doesn't quite cut it for us. But then, names like 458 I-Can't-Believe-It's-This-Fast don't really fit on a bumper, or something like, 458 I-Would-Trade-My-First-Born-Child-For-This-Car also doesn't quite flow off the tongue in day-to-day car talk. Taking a model in the twilight of its production cycle and revamping it just enough to warrant a slightly different variation of its namesake is something Ferrari has made a habit out of, starting almost 20 years ago with the Ferrari F355 Challenge, then the F360 Challenge Stradale, and most recently (until now, of course) the F430 Scuderia.

Rent Me, Test Me, Buy Me

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:32AM | By: Karen Cook

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Back in the day, my generation purchased a vehicle based on what we needed the car to do (i.e. cart family around, attract potential partners, get back and forth to work, etc). We watched television commercials, asked questions of salesmen, and took test drives ranging from 5 to 15 minutes. Then we made a decision and bought a car. The up-and-coming generation seems to have a different approach. Television commercials may still pique their interest, but research is done online instead of at a dealership—with a salesman who may or may not answer honestly depending on how many cars he still needs to sell for the month.