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How to Make Your Car Last 200,000 Miles -- and Beyond

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Many car owners like to keep their vehicle until the wheels fall off, while others will hold onto their car until it needs costly repairs. Whether you want to run your vehicle into the ground, or just keep it out of the repair shop, experts agree that basic maintenance can help you stretch your car to 200,000 miles and beyond. Check out How to Make Your Car Last 200,000 Miles – and Beyond. continue reading»

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Priced More Than Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata

The revamped 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will start at $22,390, plus a $760 destination charge, when it goes on sale this summer. This represents an increase of $280 over the 2012 base model, and makes the 2013 Malibu one of the more costly affordable midsize sedans available. Kicking Tires says that many of the 2013 Malibu’s recently redesigned competitors “can all be had for less and with essentially the same features.” The 2012 Volkswagen Passat starts at $20,590 ... continue reading»

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Chrysler and Ford Decline in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

If you’re shopping for a luxury car made by Lexus, Jaguar, Porsche or Cadillac, you may have some additional peace of mind, as those brands topped the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, in that order. The study also indicates that there’s good news regardless of what kind of vehicle you plan to buy, as “vehicle manufacturers post the strongest improvement in initial quality since 2009 and are producing higher-quality vehicles than ever before.” Still ... continue reading»

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NHTSA Investigates More Toyota Models for Fire Hazard

In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Toyota Camry sedans and RAV4 crossovers from the 2007 model year after owner reports of door fires. NHTSA has expanded the investigation, which now includes 2007 to 2009 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Yaris models. Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs from the 2008 model year are also included. According to a NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) document, faulty wiring in the power window master switch assembly in the driver ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, NHTSA, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Toyota Camry, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Yaris, Model News, Office of Defects Investigation

Used Car Prices Declining

Tim Boyle/Getty Images If you’re shopping for a used car, there’s good news. Used car prices are beginning to drop after months of record high levels. Earlier this year, analysts said that used car shoppers should expect to pay more due to higher demand and lower inventory levels. In February, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Used Car Guide predicted that used car prices would peak in April and May. While this was good for consumers who wanted to trade in ... continue reading»

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