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Used Car Trade-in Values Expected to Increase in June

If you’re planning on trading in your used vehicle for a new car or different used vehicle soon, you may want to wait until June. The National Automobile Dealers Association says that compared to June 2010, trade-in values of small cars are predicted to increase more than 30 percent in June. "Strong consumer demand for small used cars is driving up prices," says Jonathan Banks, senior analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide, in a statement. "The NADA Guide ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Used Cars, Affordable Small Cars, trade in values

Volkswagen, Hyundai Announce Pricing on 2012 Passat and Genesis

Volkswagen and Hyundai announced pricing this week for their new 2012 sedans. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat will start at $19,995 and the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan will start at $34,200. The 2012 Passat’s MSRP is $7,000 less than the 2010 Passat’s $26,995 asking price. Volkswagen says in a statement its new Passat is bigger thanks to an increased wheelbase. The new Passat will be built at Volkswagen’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen ... continue reading»

Tags: Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Genesis, Model News

Rankings Update: The Buick Regal and Honda Fit Retake the Top Spots

We just completed our monthly rankings update, and the addition of some new reliability data shook things up. In the affordable small car class, the Honda Fit ousted the Ford Fiesta from the number one spot for the first time since the Fiesta debuted. Perhaps more interesting to anyone who’s been watching Hyundai’s market share grow is that the Hyundai Elantra is tied for runner-up with the Fiesta, and both are just a tenth of a point off ... continue reading»

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Volkswagen Routan: Driver Distraction and Chatty Navs

Last week, the New England Motor Press Association and MIT sponsored an excellent roundtable on in-car connectivity. One of the attendees asked the panelists why car companies couldn’t build a passenger-sensing system into their infotainment systems to allow for certain functions, like entering a destination into the navigation system or pairing a phone while the car was moving. The panelists all agreed that drivers would find a way around passenger sensors and perform the functions themselves, increasing driver distraction ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Car Tech, Volkswagen Routan, Distracted Driving, Navigation, Bluetooth

The Strange New Used Car Math

Used car prices are at their highest levels in 16 years. People are keeping their cars longer, so used car supplies are tight. In order to keep their used car lots filled, dealers are paying more for the cars they buy. So, used car sellers take note: sell your car now and you could make more money than at any other time in the car’s life.  However, it’s not that simple. If you sell your car, you’re ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Used Cars, Selling a Car, Buying a Car

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