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Jul 24

Five Common Stick Shift Myths

Although stick shift cars are nowhere near as popular as they once were, accounting for less than 7% of new cars sold this year, plenty of diehard fans still exist, eager to defend manuals as superior and more desirable than their automatic counterparts.  Unfortunately, many of the reasons devoted drivers use to support stick shifts …

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Jul 12

What Consumers Need to Know About Automotive Quality Reports

Many factors should be considered when researching a car purchase including fuel efficiency, size, and available features but quality is generally the most significant element drivers use to make their final decision.  Recently, J.D. Power and Associates released their 26th annual Initial Quality Study (IQS), a quantitative report on vehicle quality and reliability using data …

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Jul 05

Driving Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Hybrid

Excellent fuel economy is the cornerstone of hybrid vehicles but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to improve those figures even more.  By following a few simple tips, hybrid owners can truly maximize their cars efficiency. First, hybrid drivers should understand the benefits of a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and how to use it to their advantage.  …

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Jun 27

Edmunds’ 15 Best Used Cars to Buy

Car buyers in the market for quality used cars have struggled over the last year due to inventory shortages as a result of the economy and the lack of trade-ins.  Recently however, the used car market has been on an upswing with more cars available resulting in lower prices.  Plus, vehicle quality is reaching an …

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Jun 21

Best Used Cars for Grads

With graduation season behind us, many young adults are in the market for a “new” used car to get them back and forth from their recently acquired first jobs or for that vital job interview question regarding reliable transportation.  To help narrow the used car field down, AutoTrader.com compiled a list of the top five …

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Jun 19

Tips on Finding a Great Mechanic

In the summer, many of us take frequent, long road trips to visit family and friends. When packing for these trips, it is easy to forget to check up on one essential item: your car. A quick trip to a good mechanic will save break downs and car troubles when traveling this summer. Here are …

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Jun 06

Driving Tips Courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service

With the unofficial start of summer behind us and many people preparing to hit the roads, the U.S. Postal Service’s ‘Million Milers’ were asked to provide some tips for safe driving.  Who better to learn about safe driving tactics than from the thousands of postal employees who have driven over a million accident-free miles. Since …

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May 30

Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

Hot summer weather can put a lot of extra stress on a vehicle’s mechanical systems and components.  Taking the time and effort to prepare your car, truck or SUV now will help save you from unexpected and costly repairs later.  Below are several helpful tips to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for …

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May 25

Is it Time to Call a Professional?

Knowing when to contact a professional is the best medicine for a broken vehicle.  While many simple car repair and maintenance items can be completed at home with the right tools and instructions, there are several more complicated fixes that are best left to trained technicians.  Below are the top ten repairs, chosen by the …

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May 22

Most Underappreciated Cars & Trucks

Cars.com recently compiled a list of the Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks, or those vehicles they feel should be more popular based on their significance and quality.  While their choices are not necessarily poor sellers, they have not reached their full potential based on Cars.com’s assessment, and therefore may provide those in the market …

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