Consumer Reports Offer Advice To Consumers Buying Cars

March 7, 2013 by  
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The Consumer Reports have indicated that on Friday, consumers will be able to obtain information on the vehicles they want to purchase and how well the models performed in recent Consumer Reports safety tests.

According to the news, consumers who are interested in learning more details on the vehicles they would like to purchase are being given the opportunity to ask experts any questions that may help them in their quest for the perfect vehicle.

Consumers willing to participate and have his or her questions answers can click here to read the full article and learn more about how they can go about contacting the auto specialists at Consumer Reports.

Is The Autonomous Car Technology Safe?

October 11, 2012 by  
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What you may be asking yourself is if science fiction is finally becoming reality and the answer may now be yes.

The idea of a self driving car might not be so far fetched at this point, according to the news. Cars are already beginning to be equipped with features such as automatic parking, something that anyone who dreads to parallel park would love to have in their vehicles. Reports show that safety features never thought of in the past are becoming more and more common.

Cruise control is already a commonly used feature that is also part of the evolution car technology is experiencing. Now, more safety and technological features are showing drivers that the future may not be too far away. Google is already working on the system of driverless cars. However, because this technology is so close to become available to all, there is much debate regarding how safe these features are and how they would really work. Some believe that it’s impossible to create a functional and completely safe self-driving car.

For more on this subject and how close we are to seeing autonomous vehicles traveling on our roads, read the full article here:
Self-driving cars arriving fast; some features already here

Workers At Car-Wash Companies Exposed To Unsafe Conditions

October 11, 2012 by  
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Sometimes, car safety concerns are also related to safety conditions for those who work with cars.

Reports show that workers in car-wash companies have been facing unsafe work environments due to multiple factors. Based on statistics, safety advocates say that about 25 percent of all car-wash company workers experienced nausea or dizziness due to how long they are exposed to highly intoxicating cleaning chemicals.

About two thirds of the employees surveyed did not have access to free drinking water while at work. Some did not even have shelter during their breaks.

For more on the statistics related to safe working conditions in car-wash companies, read the full article here:
Study: Car-wash workers lack safe conditions

The Automobile Industry’s Changed

October 1, 2012 by  
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Odds are that if you have been keeping track of car trends in recent years, you may have realized that many people in America are taking the thought of purchasing a new automobile a lot more seriously as they feel they have been stuck with an out-of-date gas guzzler for too long.

Many car companies see this as an opportunity to present their new cars to a group of people who have never considered them before. Since the automobile industry evolved and the market changed, many consumers have also changed.

For more on the new trends and technologies, read the full article here:
Haven’t Bought a New Car in a While? The Market’s Changed

Used-Car Buyers Pushed Into New-Car Showrooms

September 18, 2012 by  
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The increasingly higher prices set on used cars may be nice for those who are trying to sell a car, however, consumers who are looking into purchasing a vehicle, increasing prices may sound like a bad deal.

According to the news, the fact that used cars are more expensive than new ones is pushing more and more people into looking at new cars. Buying a used car used to be the most reasonable way to get a good vehicle without spending much because of the quick depreciation in value that new cars have after the first year of use. However, newer vehicles have become cheaper.

For more details regarding the increase in the prices of used cars, read the full article here:
High prices are driving used-car buyers into new-car showrooms

Owners Set Against Carmakers Over Post-Recall Issues

September 13, 2012 by  
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According to the National Highway Safety Administration, once a car has been recalled, that specific recall is effective for as long as the manufacturer is in business and parts are available.

A major problem once the car is repaired is that if something else happens to the vehicle and the issue is associated with the same problem that led to the recall, the car manufacturer is no longer liable for the repairs. This has proven to be an issue for many car owners lately who disagree with this practice and hope to see auto dealers assuming more responsibility when it comes to making sure their vehicles are fully repaired.

In many cases, proving that the defect that caused the car to break down the second time around can be quite difficult to prove and because of that, car owners get stuck with the bill. After a recent GM recall regarding 3.8-liter V6s, for an instance, a woman reportedly experienced two fires related to the recall issue. One of the fires happened after the vehicle had been repaired.  According to the news, a man took his 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP to the GM dealership to have repair work done after the vehicle was recalled. Three years after the vehicle had been reportedly fixed, the vehicle caught fire while it was parked at his work’s parking lot.

Since the state statutes of limitations usually allow the consumer to make a claim within a certain length of time and proving that the recall repair had something to do with the fire may take a long time to determine, the car owner simply decided to skip on doing anything regarding this issue.

A spokesperson for GM claimed that too often, fires can be caused by several factors like the age of the vehicle in question and how often its engine is maintained. The spokesperson also claimed that to determine whether a subsequent problem was caused by an issue associated with the same recall issue, the car owner must work with the dealership where his or her car was repaired to discover if the fire was caused by an issue that occurred during the repair procedure.

Unfortunately, issues with recalled cars happen too often. Car owners prefer to give up instead of losing money and time by trying to make sense of just what they are capable of doing legally to have their investment or vehicle back.

To learn more, read the full article here:
Post-Recall Problems Pit Owners Against Carmakers

Beware Of Certain Dealers Selling Only Certified Pre-Owned Cars

September 13, 2012 by  
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The certification of a pre-owned car has some implications and details in its title that might not reflect reality, according to some experts.

When a car is labeled as ‘Factory Certified Pre-Owned’, that means several things. A buyer should be aware that only authorized dealers that are certified and legally capable of holding certain standards concerning specific makes are allowed to sell a factory CPO vehicle. However, some dealers simply recondition or use a third party certification, which may not ensure the quality of the vehicle the dealerships is selling.

To learn more about how to spot a truly certified pre-owned vehicle, read the full article here:
Certified Pre-Owned Cars: A Reality Check

Chevy Confidence Program Can Be A Good Deal For Some

September 12, 2012 by  
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Chevy’s new Chevy Confidence Program, which was first launched in July, is a promotion that reportedly offers consumers no-hassle pricing until 2012.

This program was brought into place by General Motors to help clear out the old 2012 inventory of vehicles and make room for the 2013 models. This was a good way for them to clear up their stock without making consumers feel as if Chevy was just ditching the cars and trying to sell all units as quickly as possible.

For more details, read the full article here:
Is the Chevy Confidence Program a Good Deal?

Beware Of Internet Car-Sale Scams

September 12, 2012 by  
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The dangers of being scammed by a ‘curbstoner’, a person who sells several cars regularly with no license or place of business, have increased with on-line car sales and is the subject of a case study released by stopcurbsstoning.com.

According to the study, these scam salesmen prefer to concentrate on the low end of the used-car market. Another scam that has been raising eyebrows across the country involves e-mail scams that will contain the story of someone who just needs to sell their car at a low overall price including shipping and handling cost.

When buying a car online consumers are urged to keep in mind that if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more details, read the full article here:
The Debt-Free Car Project Chapter 3: Curbstoners and Internet Scams

Best Auto Deals

September 11, 2012 by  
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A lot of people are looking for the perfect car, but they don’t want to spend too much money on a new car yet fell like purchasing a pre-owned vehicle may not be the best deal.

Media outlets have reported that because consumers must rely on well-informed experts to make their car buying decisions, TMV® decided to offer what they call TMV® Deals of the Month, which is a list of the best valued cars around for each month of the year.

Some of last month’s best deals were the Buick Regal Premium 1 Turbo Sedan, the Cadillac CTS Coupe, the BMW 528i Sedan, the Ford Fiesta SEL Sedan and also the Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback.

For more info, continue reading the article here:
Top 10 Deals of the Month for August 2012 — Cars

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