Archives: August 2013

Average transaction price up from last year

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Average transaction price up from last yearTrueCar.com recently released its estimates for the average transaction price of cars sold in July.  According to the source, the average transaction price for vehicles sold across the country in July was $31,088, up 1.2 percent on a year-over-year comparison and down 0.1 percent on a month-over-month comparison.  "Despite the sizable increase in incentives spending compared to last year's levels, average transaction prices for t ...
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Kia Optima named most affordable midsize sedan

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Kia Optima named most affordable midsize sedanCars.com recently named the 2013 Kia Optima as the most affordable midsize sedan. According to the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, the Optima outshined its competitors when it comes to affordability primarily because of its strong features, which include cruise control, automatic transmission, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, a rearview camera and a power driver's seat. Experts noted that the fu ...
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Get your 2014 Chevy trucks as dirty as you want

Friday, August 2, 2013
Get your 2014 Chevy trucks as dirty as you wantNever again should you take the paved road over the dirt road when driving in your new 2014 Chevy Truck. Gone are the days worrying that debris might kick up and either damage or just cake dirt all over that new machine you just purchased. Husky Liners® mud guards are now available for 2014 Chevy trucks - a product that is unmatched when it comes to protecting your vehicle's exterior doors and quarter panels. The mud flaps are ...
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Hyundai builds 1 millionth Santa Fe

Monday, August 5, 2013
Hyundai builds 1 millionth Santa FeHyundai recently announced it built its 1 millionth Santa Fe in the United States since releasing the crossover in 2000. "When the 2001 Santa Fe launched in the United States 13 years ago, not only was it Hyundai's first SUV, but it was one of the first compact crossovers on the market – just behind Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "It was a bold move that paid off an ...
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Cars are older than ever, highlighting need for vehicle floor mats

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Cars are older than ever, highlighting need for vehicle floor matsThe average age of passenger cars is currently at a record high 11.4 years, while light trucks reached 11.3 years, also marking a record high, according to a new Polk report.  The report noted that the while vehicles on the road ages 6 to 11 are decreasing, vehicles on the road that are older than 12 years are increasing. Experts note that this represents a good opportunity for the aftermarket automotive industry, as demand will ...
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The Husky Liners® 5th Wheel Tailgate now available for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The Husky Liners® 5th Wheel Tailgate now available for the 2014 Chevrolet SilveradoAnyone who owns the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is likely looking for some accessories to improve its performance. Luckily, Husky Liners® has just released its 5th Wheel Tailgate for the new truck. Not only does this tailgate seamlessly fit into the 2014 Silverado and is easy to install, but it weighs less than factory tailgates. So what does that mean? The fact that the tailgate is therefore lighter means that just by insta ...
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KBB names 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

Thursday, August 8, 2013
KBB names 10 Best Back-to-School CarsKelley Blue Book recently released its list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2013, highlighting the ideal vehicles for kids heading off to school.  According to KBB, the list is based on the vehicles that receive high grades in fuel economy, safety, style, versatility and value. The vehicles on the list are priced below $20,000 and some can even be bought for less than $15,000.  "Parents and students alike will be surp ...
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Best Automotive Interiors for Under $60,000

Monday, August 12, 2013
Best Automotive Interiors for Under $60,000The editors at Autotrader.com recently named the Best Automotive Interiors for Under $60,000. The report noted that since Americans spend more than 50 minutes per day on average in their car, it might be worth looking into what automakers have the best interiors. "Automakers are increasingly investing in high-quality interior materials and finishes at all price points, offering consumers more for less,"said AutoTrader.com Site Editor ...
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Tony Stewart has surgery on leg after injury in Iowa

Monday, August 12, 2013
Tony Stewart has surgery on leg after injury in IowaIn NASCAR news today, Tony Stewart broke his right leg at Southern Iowa Speedway, and has already had one surgery with two more scheduled. The three-time champion will likely be out of this year's chase for the Sprint Cup, barring a miracle. His hopes were still strong, despite breaking his tibia and fibula.  "I told someone to go get my phone or else I was going to get up and get it myself," Stewart said in a message on his website. ...
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Two more vehicles earn coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

Monday, August 12, 2013
Two more vehicles earn coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratingThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests vehicles in various situations to see just how safe they are. For the Top Safety Pick+ designation, a vehicle is rated as good, acceptable, marginal or poor on its performance in rollover, rear, side and moderate-overlap frontal impacts.  The most recent vehicles to be added to the coveted Top Safety Pick+ list are the 2013 Dodge Dart and Hyundai Elantra sedan. With more than 60 av ...
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Planning on selling your car? Here's some advice

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Planning on selling your car? Here's some adviceA car is likely the second-largest purchase you will make in your lifetime, behind a home, and as a result, you are probably hoping to get the most money for it when you decide to sell it. With that being said, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of getting the most for your ride. Kelley Blue Book offered some advice for owners considering selling their vehicles.  "Whether you are looking to ...
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Strong car sales expected due to high incentives

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Strong car sales expected due to high incentivesThe automotive industry is in the midst of a strong year, and experts predict that gains will only continue. Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide, said that new vehicle sales will continue to be strong as trade-in values are high and automakers are offering generous incentives. "Traditionally, this is the time of the year when auto manufacturers increase incentives on outgoing model year vehicles to make ...
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Cars being sold today drive farther on less fuel

Friday, August 16, 2013
Cars being sold today drive farther on less fuelVehicles on the road are going farther on less gas, and kudos goes to the auto manufacturers. With government regulations set to kick in in 2025, car makers are creating innovative ways to save on fuel, and so far, they have been successful. According to a recent report from TruCar, fuel economy of new vehicles sold increased 0.7 mpg, marking the the fifth consecutive month of record-setting fuel economy. "Although the monthly changes hav ...
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What are the 17 best cars in the industry?

Friday, August 16, 2013
What are the 17 best cars in the industry?Edmunds.com recently released its list of the 17 Best Cars You Can Buy, highlighting some of the top vehicles in the industry.  "This isn't 'the cars that give you the best value for your money,' or 'the cars that an owner survey dictated were the most reliable,'" reads the article. "It certainly is not 'the cars that will most likely get you noticed outside the club.' Sure, many of the cars on this list cost a pretty penny, but guess ...
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Brian Scott looking to continue success at Bristol with Husky Liners® as primary sponsor

Monday, August 19, 2013
Brian Scott looking to continue success at Bristol with Husky Liners® as primary sponsorWINFIELD, K.S. (August 19, 2013) - Husky Liners® will serve as primary sponsor of Richard Childress Racing's No. 2 NASCAR Nationwide team driven by Brian Scott at the Bristol Motor Speedway Friday evening August 23. Scott, currently in his fourth year of competition in the Nationwide Series, is ranked seventh in the series driver championship point standings. "I'm really excited to have Husky Liners® on board this weekend at Bristol ...
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New cars to include recall information by 2014

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
New cars to include recall information by 2014The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that by August 2014, vehicle manufacturers must provide online recall information for individual owners. In addition, the NHTSA said that automakers have to make recall notices more explicit by using the words "urgent safety recall," which will be in capital letters at the top of a notice. "We all want speedy repair of recalled vehicles, and the goal here is to incr ...
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Car buying to be popular at the end of the summer

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Car buying to be popular at the end of the summerNow until the end of the summer is a great time to buy a car, according to a report from Edmunds.com, the premier resource for car shopping and automotive information.  According to the automotive website, the end of summer is the sweet spot for car shoppers looking for the best deal, as dealers are looking to get ride of 2013 model-year cars and make room for the new 2014 vehicles.  "Shoppers typically will find the perfect ble ...
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2014 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra first pickups to take five stars on NHTSA safety test

Thursday, August 22, 2013
2014 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra first pickups to take five stars on NHTSA safety testGeneral Motors offers some of the safest trucks in the business, and a recent test is a testament to that.  The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500 are the first pickup trucks to receive the five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety. This is the highest attainable score the pickups could have received, and they are first trucks to get five stars since the National Highway ...
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Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s No. 3 might be coming back to NASCAR

Friday, August 23, 2013
Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s No. 3 might be coming back to NASCARIn NASCAR news today, Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s No. 3 might be returning, as it has been out of races since his passing at the Daytona 500 in 2001. Numbers aren't retired in NASCAR like they are on in other sports, and as Austin Dillon will be moving up the Sprint Cup next year, it's likely the number will become his. Earnhardt's team owner, Brad Childress, didn't retire the number, but rather paid each year to reserve it, and now that his ...
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Nevada Apprentice Hunter License perfect for those looking to start the sport

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Nevada Apprentice Hunter License perfect for those looking to start the sportHunting can be an expensive sport, especially for someone who is just starting out. A hunter has buy a gun, a license and stamps for their license, not to mention attend hunter safety class and purchase all the other gear that goes with hunting.  All that goes into starting to hunt can be daunting and could steer some people away from picking up the hobby. However, Nevada has created a solution for that problem. "Hunting is a gr ...
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Truck sales outpace the rest of the industry

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Truck sales outpace the rest of the industryPickup trucks are flying off dealer lots like hot cakes. As the automotive industry continues to show impressive gains throughout 2013, trucks in particular are being sold in high numbers.  A recent report on PickupTrucks.com indicated that when compared to the industry as a whole, trucks are being sold at a faster rate, accounting fro 12.1 percent of total sales. That pace is not expected to slow down either. The article states that ...
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Commercial vehicle demand up, highlighting need to add protection to preserve value

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Commercial vehicle demand up, highlighting need to add protection to preserve valueThe used commercial vehicle market is seeing strong demand, as companies and individuals alike are looking to purchase previously owned commercial rides in high numbers.  According to a recent survey from Polk, in the first six months of this year, used commercial vehicle registrations were up 9 percent on a year-over-year comparison. The report indicated that there were a total of nearly 357,100 used commercial vehicle regi ...
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August to see vehicle sales jump 14.4 percent

Thursday, August 29, 2013
August to see vehicle sales jump 14.4 percentVehicles sales are expected to be strong by the end of the month, and the automotive industry is poised for a strong year in 2013. According to TrueCar.com, new light vehicle sales are expected to reach 1,464,214 units in August, accounting for a 14.4 percent increase on a year-over-year comparison and an 11.8 percent increase on a month-over-month comparison. The report noted that this forecast translates to a Seasonally Adjust Annua ...
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Diesel vehicle sales likely to rise in coming years

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Diesel vehicle sales likely to rise in coming yearsEvidence is mounting that indicates diesel vehicles will be more popular in the future. As automakers are making strides to meet government fuel regulations set to be enacted in 2025, one option is to offer more diesel vehicles. A recent USA Today report highlighted where the diesel market is headed in the coming years. The conclusion: Production is set to drastically increase. A expert panel from the news source indicated that they expect ...
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Ford announces release of new F-150s

Friday, August 30, 2013
Ford announces release of new F-150sFord is now offering a 2014 F-150 STC SuperCrew and STX Sport package to its fleet. Shoppers will notice a little more room in the cab and some new options. "With the rapidly expanding full-size pickup market continuing to benefit from economic growth and replacement demand, price-conscious buyers are returning looking for an affordable truck with space, capability and style," said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. "Adding th ...
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Hunting season kicks off in Montana

Friday, August 30, 2013
Hunting season kicks off in MontanaThe hunting season is set to kick off in Montana. Upland game birds, which include grouse and turkey, can be hunted beginning Sept. 1; bighorn sheep archery season starts Sept. 5; and archery season for deer, elk, antelope, black bears, wolves and mountain lions begins Sept. 7. Hunters are reminded to observe safe fire practices early this season. "Hunters have an especially big responsibility to be fire conscious," said Ron ...
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Cars.com names top tailgating vehicles

Friday, August 30, 2013
Cars.com names top tailgating vehiclesFootball season is on the horizon and that means tailgaters are getting their vehicles ready for the pregame celebrations. While the NFL preseason is currently underway, with the regular season set to kick off at the beginning of September, college football begins this weekend, meaning tailgating is here. With that being said, Cars.com recently named the best cars for tailgating. "With football season comes the return of fans to parking lo ...
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