Six steps to buying your next car with a tax refund

Six steps to buying your next car with a tax refund

It’s a fact of life. Many Americans will spend their tax refund on a new or used car. And much of that spending will occur during before the tax-filing deadline of April 18, with March typically one of the biggest sales months of the year for the auto industry. For those inclined to spend, the […]

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Now is a good time to figure out how to use a tax refund on a vehicle

Now is a good time to figure out how to use a tax refund on a vehicle

It’s a fact of life. Many Americans spend their tax refunds on vehicles. Indeed, some car dealers say they make up to 45 percent of their total used car sales for the year between February and April, Black Book’s Ricky Beggs told MarketWatch. So with tax buying season upon us, it’s a good time to […]

Technology trumps color among car shoppers, survey says

Technology trumps color among car shoppers, survey says

Listen. Do you hear the sound of car-buying preferences shifting? Chances are that you do – loud and clear – as technology drives the change. “In-vehicle technology ranks increasingly higher for consumers as they consider must-have and desired features in their car shopping,” said Michelle Krebs of Autotrader. An online survey of 1,012 U.S. new-vehicle […]

Wanna buy James Bond’s car? It’ll cost you at ‘Spectre’ auction

Wanna buy James Bond’s car? It’ll cost you at ‘Spectre’ auction

Would you pay $1.4 million or more for a car you can’t drive? Christie’s auction house, carmaker Aston Martin and EON Productions are betting that someone will bid at least that much for a DB10 produced for last year’s James Bond film, “Spectre.” The iconic Bond car, one of just 10 produced and the only […]

Jeep® brand celebrates 75th anniversary with special-edition models

Jeep® brand celebrates 75th anniversary with special-edition models

Green with envy. That may be the feeling you get the first time you see a special-edition 75th anniversary Jeep® brand vehicle wheeling down the road – or up a mountain. And who could blame you, considering the Jeep model lineup will be offered with exclusive shades of green (exterior) that reflect the brand’s proud […]

Self-driving cars are safer than drivers, after all, new study says

Concept 26

It’s only natural. Worrying about whether you could ever let your vehicle do the driving. And recent reports about higher crash rates for self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles than for those driven by humans – including one from Google itself – haven’t been reassuring. Enter the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and its study “Automated Vehicle […]

Electric car sales – except Tesla and BMW – ran out of gas in 2015

Electric car sales – except Tesla and BMW – ran out of gas in 2015

As cool as electric vehicles are for some new-car buyers, more than 98 percent simply are cool to them, based on 2015 sales. Even as the number of EVs increases – more than two dozen models were available last year – U.S. sales actually slipped to 116,600 from 123,000 in 2014, according to Inside EVs […]

Most consumers want steering wheels in self-driving vehicles

Volvo Concept 26 autonomous car interior design.

Autonomous (self-driving) vehicle technology is all the rage. In a few years, sooner than you may think, cars, trucks and other vehicles will be able to manage most driving activities without human intervention – with some test vehicles already there. But not everyone is convinced yet that that is such a good idea. In fact, […]

Autotrader names 20 ‘must-shop’ certified pre-owned vehicles

BMW 3-Series a standout among luxury vehicles.

You want to replace your car, truck or SUV but can’t afford a new one. Welcome to the club. Some 38 million people purchased used vehicles last year, about a third from franchised dealerships. Some of those – about 2.5 million – purchased certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles. So, should you be shopping for a CPO […]

Super Bowl 50 worldwide TV audience will see an epic battle

Super Bowl 50 worldwide TV audience will see an epic battle

The matchup is set. The competitors are ready to air it out. Super Bowl 50 on CBS, no doubt, will be an epic battle of wills between … Acura, Buick, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mini and Toyota, the seven car companies that have purchased commercial time for around $5 million for every 30 seconds of exposure […]

World Car of the Year finalists lining up for New York auto show

Photo: World Car of the Year
Last year’s overall winner was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

And so the field narrows. From 51 nominees for World Car of the Year awards to half that many in Car of the Year, Luxury Car, Performance Car, Green Car and Car Design categories. Four carmakers made the finals with three vehicles each – Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Toyota – with four others making the […]

Wonder less about what’s causing your check-engine light to glow

Wonder less about what’s causing your check-engine light to glow

Drivers, check your engine lights. That annoying red or yellow glow may mean something actually is wrong with your vehicle. Exactly what it means, though, depends a lot on the brand of vehicle that you drive, based on data collected by CarMD for its 2015 Vehicle Health Index. “Different vehicle makes tend to have a […]