What will you do about getting your vehicle ready for summer driving?

What will you do about getting your vehicle ready for summer driving?

Summer is almost here. So, it’s a good time to start thinking – or not – about all that car maintenance you should do before the weather makes driving miserable especially on those long weekends, road trips and vacation. We could have just provided some sensible advice, but there’s always someone who won’t listen to […]

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Ram trucks go the (short) distance to set a Guinness World Record

Ram trucks go the (short) distance to set a Guinness World Record

Ram trucks only had to go 3.1 miles to break a Guinness World Record and set a second one for good measure. That was the required distance covered by 451 participants in the Ram Truck Round-Up about a week ago as part of the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards weekend in Arlington, TX. The […]

Annoyed with some of your new car features? You aren’t alone, says Cars.com

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Annoying. It’s the only way to describe some car features – the sort that someone, somewhere said, “Hey, here’s a good idea,” and someone else said, “Yeah.” But it really wasn’t. Whether it’s giant key fobs or square cup holders (no kidding), there apparently is plenty to consider. That’s what Cars.com experts think, anyway. “Every […]

This could be a timely reminder to get your recalled vehicle repaired

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Proposed legislation would require recall repairs.

License plate? Check. Registration? Check. Insurance? Check. Inspection sticker? Check. Recall repairs … What’s that you say – recall repairs? It’s not the law yet, but it will be if two senators from the Northeast have their way. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut want the federal government to require vehicle […]

When certified pre-owned is just another way of finding ‘peace of mind’

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With certified pre-owned, manufacturers continue to stand by their products.

Peace of mind. It’s often the thing shoppers want most when considering a used (pre-owned) vehicle, whether they’re purchasing from a franchised dealership or some other seller. The solution for at least 2.3 million last year was dealership certified pre-owned, or CPO, programs. That may not seem like a lot compared to the nearly 40 […]

What will you do about getting your vehicle ready for summer driving?

What will you do about getting your vehicle ready for summer driving?

Summer is almost here. So, it’s a good time to start thinking – or not – about all that car maintenance you should do before the weather makes driving miserable especially on those long weekends, road trips and vacation. We could have just provided some sensible advice, but there’s always someone who won’t listen to […]

Classic or not, ‘Herbie’ and ‘Bandit’ movie cars hit the auction block

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Herbie the Love Bug goes on the block at Barrett-Jackson auctions.

Two classic cars associated with two classic movies – well, sort of – go on the auction block this month far removed from their glory days and from the glitter of Hollywood. Enter Herbie, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, from The Love Bug movies and a Smokey and the Bandit “tribute car” owned for the last […]

The best car shopper now might be the smartphone generation

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Shhhhh. Don’t tell their (your) parents. But three-quarters of millennials believe they are better than the older generation car shopper thanks to their “prolific” use of mobile technology during the car-buying process. And if you’re in that age group, you probably have a point, according to Edmunds.com. Millennials quickly are becoming better educated and more […]

‘Perception is reality’ for 2015 Brand Image Awards winners, says KBB

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2015 Accord helped Honda win KBB award.

What do Honda, Ford and Porsche have in common – besides the obvious, of course? All have been named best overall brands in Kelley Blue Book’s 2015 Brand Image Awards. Honda was named best non-luxury brand, Ford best truck brand and Porsche best luxury brand. It was Honda’s third consecutive overall win and Ford’s second […]

Blogination, no fooling: The best from Santander Consumer USA

Blogination, no fooling: The best from Santander Consumer USA

April Fool’s Day is long gone. That must mean our “Best of the Blog” content really is the best we have to offer from March. That includes five stories posted last month that you likely are going to find most useful and three more that are very popular among our blog visitors so far in 2015. […]

How owners of recalled vehicles feel about service from dealerships

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Owners of recalled vehicles are more satisfied than at any other time since at least 2009 with the service they receive from franchised dealerships. That’s true despite last year’s record number of recalled cars, trucks and SUVs – more than 30 million. Recall service satisfaction rose to 789 points from 777 in 2014 on a […]