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How to Keep your Car Cool in Summer Heat

broken down car We’re about halfway through summer, and many areas of the country are experiencing oppressive heat and humidity, with temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indexes of more than 100 degrees. Getting into a vehicle that’s been sitting in the sun can feel like stepping into a sauna, especially if your seats, shifter and steering wheel are painfully hot to the touch. Just as you need to stay cool in extreme heat, so does your car. These simple ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, car maintenance, summer car care

Lower Monthly Payments Mean Leasing is on the Rise

2013 Honda Accord sedan Automakers have had strong new car sales so far this year, and an increasing number of leased 2013 vehicles may be part of the reason why more customers are driving cars off of dealer lots. A press release from Edmunds.com indicates that leases comprise a quarter of new car sales so far this year. That would be a 3 percent increase compared with 2012 if the trend continues. [READ: Buying vs. Leasing] “Lease offers have become more important to ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Sales Trends, Buying a Car, Leasing

Chrysler Recalls More Than 50,000 Jeep and Ram Models

2013 Ram 1500 Chrysler Group is recalling 45,961 Ram 1500 trucks in the U.S. due to a software issue that can disable the Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The recall affects 2013 model-year trucks with four-wheel drive. ESC systems use sensors to detect when a vehicle is losing control, and then helps the driver maintain control by applying the brakes to certain wheels to keep the car moving along its intended path. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “A ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Model News, Ram 1500

Ram 1500 Picks Up Top Rating from Consumer Reports

The 2013 Dodge Ram (Chrysler Group) Chrysler Group has something to celebrate as Consumer Reports has named the 2013 Ram 1500 its top full-size pickup truck. Explaining the top rating, Consumer Reports writes, "The updated truck delivered impressive performance in our tests, balancing work capability and refinement in a way that sees it outscore established domestic- and foreign-nameplate competitors." This isn't the first award the 2013 Ram 1500 has won. It's the most recent winner of the North American Truck of the Year award ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, Consumer Reports, pickup trucks

GM Promises To Make More Vehicles That Get 40 MPG By 2017

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Eight General Motors models will get 40 mpg or higher by 2017, according to a GM press release regarding the 2012 Sustainability Report. The company plans on doubling the amount of vehicles that receive those ratings by 2017 along with other objectives including increasing the number of electrified vehicles out on the road and decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from its vehicles. Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of General Motors, says, “Our long-term approach to sustainability enables us ... continue reading»

Tags: News, electric cars, cafe fuel economy, General Motors

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