Archive for the 'Cost of Ownership' Category

I spotted this 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on my local Craigslist and it got me thinking.  While this car would make a good entry to a prominent auto blog’s daily feature about interesting cars for sale, I’m less interested in whether their commenters would rather spend the $15k on importing a South African Golf MK2 with […]

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Consumer Reports has released its list of the best values in new cars for 2012. The Honda Fit has topped the list again this year, thanks to its reliability more than its initial price, since Consumer Reports tries to predict the actual cost to own a car rather than just the retail price. The 2012 […]

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Forbes has released the 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list and the list is dominated by Chrysler and General Motors. Combined, the two American car companies that took bailouts have 9 out of the 12 cars on the worst cars list. Forbes created the list by finding the cars, trucks and SUVs that scored […]

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The 2011 Kia Sedona has been honored by U.S. News & World Report as the best minivan for the money for 2011. The Best Car for the Money awards combine U.S. News vehicle rankings with five-year total cost of ownership data from TrueCar.com to determine the vehicle that best combines initial value with low cost […]

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Toyota has been busy this year. First, the affordable FT-86 was revealed, and now the anything-but-affordable Lexus LF-A supercar has been unveiled. Apparently Toyota has been listening to all the complaints that its lineup is made up of transportation appliances rather than passionate cars. The gorgeous Lexus LF-A is anything but an appliance, even though […]

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A report by Safety Research and Strategies says that more than 3,400 Americans will be injured or killed by defective GM and Chrysler products in the first year after bankruptcy.  Since Chrysler and most likely GM won’t be held liable for any defects on vehicles sold before their bankruptcies, all those people will have nobody […]

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One way consumers can save money on auto maintenance costs is by comparison shopping and calling several dealerships and independent shops, according to a new analysis in Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto issue. “Consumers are feeling the pinch these days, but with a little detective work, they can save hundreds, while still taking proper care of […]

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BMW has recently announced they are hiking up pricing on all new 2009 BMW models due to ever rising costs. The company said the increases were “driven mainly by continually rising raw materials costs and ongoing exchange rate pressure,” in a statement released on Monday. “The significant structural and economic changes in the marketplace are […]

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Residual value. It’s a term often uttered, but rarely really understood. It could mean the difference between a good purchase and a money pit. Residual value is what makes your car purchase a good long-term investment, not just a good buy the day you pick it up from the dealer. Edmunds.com has released it’s newest […]

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The signs are everywhere. People are finally starting to get it. Gas prices are not coming down. It’s just becoming to big of an expense to drive and own a big truck or SUV. Across the board manufactures are starting to get affected by ever slumping ans weakening truck and SUV sales. How are they […]

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