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My Car was Recalled -- Now What Do I Do?

traffic Vehicle recalls are at their highest in almost a decade, with nearly 22 million vehicles flagged for safety issues last year alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM’s massive recall and Toyota’s recent recall investigation settlement are raising a lot of questions about how and when automakers should inform consumers about safety issues. While these investigations are important, you may have more pressing questions on your mind, like what to you do if your car ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Recalls, Safety

Nissan Rogue Named Top Safety Pick+

People looking for a compact SUV with top safety ratings have yet another option to choose from. The 2014 Nissan Rogue has been named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Rogue, which is all-new for 2014, earned the award by scoring “Good,” the highest score possible, in the institute’s five tests. It also earned the award for receiving a “Basic” rating for front crash prevention for its optional forward collision warning system. “Nissan ... continue reading»

Tags: Nissan Rogue, Model News

Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion to Settle Unintended Acceleration Investigation

Toyota U.S. headquarters Toyota said today it will pay the federal government $1.2 billion to settle a four-year-long investigation into how the automaker handled one of the biggest recalls in U.S. history. The recall involved millions of vehicles with sticking accelerator pedals, which could get wedged in the floor mat, causing unintended acceleration of the vehicle. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a press conference this morning that Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement is the largest criminal fine any automaker ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Recalls, Toyota

Can You Afford the Average Car? Probably Not, Study Says

Toyota Yaris Most Americans are spending more than they can afford on a new car, according to a study released this week by Interest.com, a subsidiary of Bankrate, Inc. Analysts looked at the median income, insurance rates and taxes in 25 cities to determine the affordability of a new vehicle based on region. They compared those figures with Kelley Blue Book’s average price of a new car, truck or SUV last year, which was $32,086. Washington, D.C. is ... continue reading»

Tags: News, car financing, affordability

Fast-Selling Corvette Stingray Gets Price Hike

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray If spring fever has you thinking about buying a new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, be prepared to shell out a couple thousand dollars more. Chevrolet's website lists the base price for the 2014 Corvette Stingray as $53,995 including destination. When the redesigned sports car went on sale last year, the starting price for a coupe was $51,995. The convertible also gets a $2,000 price increase to $58,995. The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray has been a sales success ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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