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Dec
04
2019 Consumer Guide Best Buys

2019 Consumer Guide Best Buys

New Premium Subcompact Crossover Class Highlights Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2019 Best Buy List

With Six Best Buy Models, Honda Is Most-Awarded Brand

Nov
12
Rand Road Dealership, Used Car Dealer Gallery

Once home to sleazy bars and adult-entertainment venues, Rand Road outside of Palatine, Illinois, is now populated by a dozen or so small used-car dealerships.

The village of Palatine, Illinois, isn’t much worth knowing about unless you live there. A relatively contemporary Chicago suburb today, the community dates back more than 150 years, though it was best known for most of its first century as a lightly used rail stop utilized mostly by local farmers.

Oct
30
Vehicles With Worst Resale Value

Purchasing a luxury or electric vehicle new may not always be the best financial decision.

When considering the cost of a new vehicle, most consumers take into account the initial purchase price of the car or truck, and maybe the cost of fuel, insurance, and maintenance.

Oct
24
2019 Jeep Wrangler, Vehicles With Best Resale Value

2019 Jeep Wrangler

When considering the cost of a new vehicle, most consumers take into account the purchase price of the car or truck, and maybe the cost of fuel, insurance, and maintenance.

Sep
13
Mobil 1

First seen in 1974, Mobil 1 was among the first commercially available synthetic motor oils.

If you’re like most motorists, you pay someone else to change your oil. And, like most motorists, you’ve probably gotten the hard sell on the benefits of synthetic oil.

Sep
10

Most Fuel Efficient Crossovers

It wasn’t that long ago that the typical family-oriented passenger car was notably more fuel-efficient than the average SUV. Today, the efficiency gap between the two vehicle types is much smaller than it used to be. Crossover SUVs–those based on passenger-car chassis instead of truck-like body-on-frame architectures–have proliferated, and many new SUV models have gotten smaller and lighter while still retaining an extra degree of cargo room and functionality over their comparable passenger-car counterparts.

Jul
30
What is the Doc Fee?

You’ve probably been asked to pay it, but do you know what the doc fee covers?

One challenge new-car customers face is determining the veracity of certain fees and charges that may be added to the price of the vehicle being purchased.

Jul
20
What is the Destination Charge?

Why are you paying to have your new car or truck delivered to the dealership? Read on:

There was a wonderful Wild West quality to the early days of the American auto industry. Though we largely associate Detroit, Michigan, with the manufacturing of cars and trucks, pioneering car companies had sprouted up all over the country by the early Twenties.

Jul
13
Car-Care Quiz From 1959

What kind of car owner would you have been in 1959? Take this handy quiz and find out.

Sometime in 1959 or 1960, Allstate produced and shipped to policy holders a delightful booklet of helpful car-care hints. The digest-sized, 96-page publication, titled Money-Saving Facts for Car Owners, is packed with useful information, including a chapter on the wisdom of using premium gas, and another that deals with checking your fan belt.

Jul
11
How Rebates Work

Instead of offering rebates, why don’t carmakers just lower the price of the car? Read on:

Automobile manufacturers rarely adjust vehicle prices during the course of a model year. Apart from the occasional–and usually small–midyear price increase, most cars and trucks remain the same price for a full 12 months.

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