Car & Maintenance Tips

How preventative vehicle maintenance saves you money

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A car is likely your largest purchase besides your house, and therefore, you should be doing everything possible to ensure it stays properly maintained. Not only will this enable you to enjoy a nicer vehicle or potentially sell it for more money than you would otherwise, but it can also put more money in your pocket from fuel savings.  The Car Care Council recently issued a report convincing consumers why they should have periodic t ...
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Ford leads in commercial vehicle market share

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Ford leads in commercial vehicle market share A recent Experian report showed that Ford held the largest share of the commercial vehicle market in the second quarter. According to the data, Ford vehicles accounted for nearly 21 percent of the total commercial vehicle market, topping any other automaker. "While the number of commercial vehicles on the road pales in comparison to the number of passenger cars and light trucks, as the data shows, the medium- and heavy-duty market is just ...
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New Honda Odyssey presents simple innovation

Friday, September 6, 2013
New Honda Odyssey presents simple innovation In the case of minivans, innovation isn't always what comes to mind. Safety, comfort and size for are usually what matter most to families investing in a new car. But innovation can sometimes come from surprisingly simple changes. Honda announced that its newest model of minivan, The 2014 Odyssey, will feature a built-in vacuum cleaner, making it the first and only vehicle in its class to do so. The addition is very exciting for parents wh ...
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Even as the age of cars on the road grows, new cars remain expensive

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Even as the age of cars on the road grows, new cars remain expensive According to TrueCar.com, vehicles bought in August had a record-high average transaction price. The data showed that the average transaction price for light vehicles across the country was $31,252, up 3.2 percent on a year-over-year comparison and up 0.5 percent on a month-over-month comparison. The previous all-time high was $31,228, which was achieved in December 2012. "Historically low interest rates as well as very attractive lease sp ...
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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 value The 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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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 mats The 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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Squeeze the value out of your vehicle

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Squeeze the value out of your vehicle When it comes to owning a vehicle, it's important to nurture it as much as possible. Anyone who has sold a car knows that the price they paid for the vehicle is likely not the same as what they are selling it for now. Once you pull out of that dealership, it's more than likely you will never get the same price for that new car. However, that doesn't mean there are not ways to significantly reduce the impact of this lost value.  H ...
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AAA says 8 million drivers will be stranded this summer driving season

Friday, May 31, 2013
AAA says 8 million drivers will be stranded this summer driving season As the summer driving season kicks off, AAA is expecting to help a lot of Americans with car issues.  According to a recent report, AAA predicts that more than 8 million Americans will need assistance while on the road this summer driving season, which they categorize as the time from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Already, 31 million people hit the road for Memorial Day travel, but many trips were cut short or ruined as 250,000 of ...
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Fact: It costs more to own and operate a vehicle these days

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Fact: It costs more to own and operate a vehicle these days AAA's recently released Your Driving costs study revealed that its costs 1.96 percent more to own and operate a sedan this year than it did last year.  "Many factors go into the cost calculation of owning and operating a vehicle," said John Nielsen, AAA Director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. "This year, changes in maintenance, fuel and insurance costs resulted in the increase to just over 60 cents a mile. Before you make any v ...
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Price for car repairs increases

Monday, April 15, 2013
Price for car repairs increases The results are in and Americans are paying more for car repairs. According to the results of the 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index, which investigated the cost of repair cars for the model year 1996 to 2012 vehicles, car repair costs increased 10 percent on a year-over-year comparison, averaging $367.84 per repair. CarMD noted that this is the first time in six years that the cost of repairs increased.  "On one hand we're seeing a ...
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