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5 Common Mistakes Used Car Buyers Make

pre-owned vehicle dealer sign When it comes to used car buying, there are lots of mistakes buyers can make. However, there are five common mistakes that experts familiar with the used car buying process say shoppers often make: not researching price, buying a certified pre-owned car that isn’t, not staying in budget, not doing the right research and not checking the tires. That last one is often overlooked, according to Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com. He is in charge ... continue reading»

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All-wheel Drive or Four-wheel Drive: Which is Right for You?

2015 Jeep Cherokee The middle of summer may not seem like the right time to worry about the differences between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, but it’s certainly not something you want to save for the middle of a howling blizzard, either. In fact, because both of those technologies provide benefits in a wide variety of driving situations, understanding the differences between the two is an important part of shopping for a new or used vehicle.  This is easier said than done ... continue reading»

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Your Car's Brain is in Your Pocket

Hyundai blue link apple watch There’s an interesting phenomenon in new cars. Soon, a major factor in what car you buy could be decided by what phone you carry in your pocket. More and more, your smartphone is becoming the brain behind most vehicles. Smartphone apps are also becoming a driving factor behind buying decisions. Michael Dietz, senior group manager, connected car and owner marketing for Hyundai Motors America, says smartphone apps have become an influencer in the car buying process. “We have customers ... continue reading»

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Why do Today's Transmissions Have so Many Gears?

manual transmission It wasn’t that long ago that a five-speed automatic transmission was considered a major automotive advancement. Now manufacturers are working together to develop 10-speed transmissions. Yet, six-speed transmissions still have their place. The primary reasons for vehicles with more transmission speeds are fuel economy and performance. Automakers are under federal mandate to improve their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) numbers, as well as greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide numbers, while consumers are demanding better performance. It poses the question ... continue reading»

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10 Used SUVs that Won't Break the Bank

2009 Toyota RAV4 Now is a great time to be in the market for a used SUV. Gas prices are still reasonable and a used SUV could save you money over a new SUV because someone else has taken that initial depreciation hit. Of course, not all SUVs are created equal. Some are going to be more expensive to operate. That’s where the U.S. News Used SUV Rankings come in. The rankings combine scores based on the collective opinion of the ... continue reading»

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