Tax refund your key to a new vehicle?

Tax refund your key to a new vehicle?

Now that we’ve gone from holiday season to tax season, it’s time for millions of Americans to go … shopping for a new vehicle with the money they receive in their tax refunds. Will you be one of those shoppers in 2015? Tax refunds for 100 million Americans averaged nearly $2,700 last tax season, and […]

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These are the least-expensive cars to own, Kelley Blue Book says

2015 Jeep Patriot

What will your new car cost you? Ask most people that question and they’re likely to answer with the MSRP or, if they’ve done their homework, something such as Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Market Price. But that’s less than half the story. The rest of the story is told by your new car’s cost to […]

And the winners of the Santander Academy Awards contest are …

And the winners of the Santander Academy Awards contest are …

It was a night of glamour, fashion and the biggest stars in Hollywood – the 2015 Academy Awards. Weeks of speculation about which film would be declared the best picture or which A-list actors would take home the coveted Oscars came to a head as the envelopes were opened. And the winners were Birdman, best […]

Minivans to full-size sedan, Kelley Blue Book chooses ‘Best Family Cars’

Minivans to full-size sedan, Kelley Blue Book chooses ‘Best Family Cars’

Hopping in the family car is a lot different in 2015 than it was, say 30 or 40 years ago, when a station wagon might have been about the best choice available. And the differences make, well, all the difference in Kelley Blue Book’s “15 Best Family Cars of 2015.” “Determining the best family car […]

Is your new vehicle vulnerable to computer hackers, other intruders?

Is your new vehicle vulnerable to computer hackers, other intruders?

It had to happen. As if it isn’t enough to worry about our computers or smart phones getting hacked … Now we are learning that our smart vehicles, increasingly loaded with sophisticated computer and wireless technology, are vulnerable to hackers, too. A new study released by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) found that “nearly 100 percent […]

Academy Awards they’re not, but ‘Best Cars’ nod might do for these brands

Academy Awards they’re not, but ‘Best Cars’ nod might do for these brands

And the winners are … No, not Academy Award winners. You’ll have to wait until Feb 22 for those. We’re talking about U.S. News & World Report’s “2015 Best Cars for the Money” award winners. American Honda Motor Company and its luxury brand Acura won the most categories (3 each), with 10 other brands sharing […]

Study puts safety of self-driving vehicles to the test against human drivers

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Imagine streets and highways full of self-driving, a.k.a., autonomous, vehicles loaded with the latest information, navigation and crash-avoidance technology. Should make that next drive to the grocery store as safe as you possibly could imagine, right? Well, not necessarily, according to two researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), which advocates safer, […]

The standout cars and trucks of Academy Award best picture nominees

The standout cars and trucks of Academy Award best picture nominees

The Academy Awards happen in just a few days. Of course, this is when movie fans’ attention turns to … cars! Well, maybe not entirely, but we still thought it would be interesting to take a look at the cars of this year’s best picture nominees. It wasn’t as easy as you might think. Yet […]

Arriving at the best deal for our new vehicle was worth the effort

Arriving at the best deal for our new vehicle was worth the effort

Cinch up your seat belts, we’re going on a sort of road trip. That’s how it felt, at least, as my wife and I went through the process of getting a new vehicle. It lasted almost a year because, at first, we weren’t sure we wanted to do that yet. Our 15-year-old Dodge Grand Caravan […]

Knowing your limits is the key to getting an affordable vehicle

Knowing your limits is the key to getting an affordable vehicle

Here’s how to stay out of trouble when you’re ready to buy your next car, truck or SUV: • Apply our version of the 20/4/10 rule. • Know your limit for total spending. • Stick to it regardless of temptations. But, if you’re not great at math – and a lot of car shoppers will […]