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2018 Toyota Yaris iA

The following article, written by Consumer Guide Publisher Tom Appel, first appeared in the “2018 Chicago Auto Show Official Show Guide.” Thanks to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producers of the Chicago Auto Show, for allowing us to share the text again here. 

Thanks to easy access to ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Wingz, many urban dwellers have found that they can live free of the complications and costs of car ownership. On the occasion that short-hop transportation is needed, these car-free bon vivants turn to a smartphone app and order up a quick ride. Other times, public transportation suffices.


Best Selling Vehicles of 2017

By now you’ve heard plenty about the eventual death of the traditional automobile. Word on the street is that consumers are abandoning their coupes and sedans for crossovers at a startling pace. Further, margins on crossovers are significantly higher these days, meaning that makers are putting more incentive cash into car deals to help move them out the door.


Certified Pre-Owned Program Guide

By Tim Healey

You’re in the market for a car. You’ve determined that buying new isn’t for you, at least for this vehicle purchase. As you do you research and start paying closer attention to car commercials on TV, you start hearing a certain term being thrown around—certified pre-owned.


Consumer Guide Fuel Economy Champions

At Consumer Guide®, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test vehicle’s trip computer–and we don’t blindly accept the EPA’s numbers. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.

Repair Bill, Should I Buy an Extended Warranty?

Does it make sense to purchase an extended warranty to cover expenses like this?

By Tim Healey

You’ve just picked out your new car. You’ve decided on the options and the color, and now you’re sitting in the finance office while the dealership’s porters prep it for delivery. The finance manager is trying to sell you things like rustproofing, VIN-number window etching, and Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) insurance, and now he or she has thrown another one at you: the extended warranty.

2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport in Dynamic Sunstone Red (an $800 option)

2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 201

Fuel Used: 12.1 gallons

 Jaguar Activity Key

Are your keys too big or cumbersome to carry around? Jaguar may have the solution.

For active-lifestyle types and other folks who participate in activities where carrying a traditional key fob is a burden, Jaguar offers an intriguing new solution. Per Jaguar, its new Activity Key…

Makes living life to the fullest even easier. For extra convenience, you can wear the Activity Key if you prefer not to carry a key fob. The wristband is robust and fully waterproof. It allows you to enjoy a range of activities – from skydiving to swimming – and keep your car key with you. You can use the Activity Key while keys remain in the car as the conventional key fob is deactivated for security.

Collectible Automobile Magazine

Having a hard time shopping for a car guy? We’ve got five good suggestions for you.

Shopping for friends and relatives can be something of a challenge—especially if that person is old enough to have acquired a certain amount of fun/frivolous/indulgent stuff for himself or herself.

2015 Kia Soul, Good cars for young drivers

2015 Kia Soul

With a 15-year-old daughter having just completed driver’s education, I find myself in the unenviable position of shopping for a second car. That car, by the way, will spend most of its time in the service of the aforementioned daughter.

How your salesman is paid

Don’t mistake your friendly, helpful salesperson for an advocate. He/she is likely incentivized to charge you as much as possible for your new vehicle.

I was a terrible car salesman. Part of my problem in plying said trade was my disdain for confrontation. In the early Nineties, when I was peddling the metal, the new-car buying process was still very much an “us versus them” proposition. Giving a shopper a decent deal within 20 minutes of beginning negotiations was not only unacceptable in the eyes of my managers–it was grounds for dismissal. Salespeople were expected to wear customers down, and “leave no money on the table.” It was a brutal business, and one I wasn’t cut out for.

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