The Importance Of The 5-Star Safety Ratings

November 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Safety

Comments Off on The Importance Of The 5-Star Safety Ratings

According to several experts, the 5-star safety rating system was created in 1978 to ensure drivers were aware of the risks they could be facing if they were to purchase a vehicle that had been considered to be safe by federal agents.

Since then, crash rating results were used by consumers to learn more about how likely they would be of becoming injured in the event of an accident. Side crash testings were added in 1997 and rollover assessments were added in 2001. According to experts, manufacturers have been encouraged to produce safer and more reliable vehicles since the safety testings were implemented.

Consumers have the information they need to research vehicles and find out more about how well they rate and how safe their options are before they actually opt for one model.

In 2011, reports show that tougher tests were implemented to test new models and their makers’ new crash avoidance technologies. Experts urge consumers to keep in mind that frontal crash and overall vehicle score ratings should only be compared to other models from the same segment, which are the same weight and size of the model you’re researching.

Consumers are urged to always research safety ratings and other details before setting their mind on one specific  model.

For more on the 5-star safety rating system, click here for the full article.

Cars Lease Ads Could Sometimes Be Misleading, Some Say

October 5, 2012 by  
Filed under CA Car Dealerships

Comments Off on Cars Lease Ads Could Sometimes Be Misleading, Some Say

Car dealerships that provide cars for lease to its customers make a big splash on the advertising scene, according to some experts.

The ads always display the low monthly payments of a lease for a nice new car and make it appealing for drivers who are not willing to spend much money on a new vehicle. What the ads do not make consumers aware of is that at the end of the lease, they will not own anything.

They will not even have any type of advantage when it comes to trading in on their next car purchase. Those in the market for a car need to be aware of the pitfalls of leasing, specialists report.

For more on this issue, read the full article here:
Cars lease ads don’t always add up

The Best And Worst Cars For Injuries Are Exposed By Insurance Data

October 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Safety

Comments Off on The Best And Worst Cars For Injuries Are Exposed By Insurance Data

If you want to make sure that the car you are spending your hard earned money on will keep you safe in a crash, you are being encouraged to check out a recent list of cars and their damage complaint rates issued by insurance companies.

The lists are separated into the different types of cars and the claim list goes from lowest to highest, which could help car owners to learn more about their vehicles and the types of vehicles that are the safest to drive.

For more details and the full list, read the full article here:
Insurance data reveals the best and worst cars for injuries, overall damage claims

More Models Are Put To The 40-MPG Challenge

September 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Comments Off on More Models Are Put To The 40-MPG Challenge

Fuel economy is becoming increasingly important with the rise in gas prices soaring to all time highs, according to many articles.

The forty mile per gallon challenge is slowly opening itself up to more contenders. Just five years ago, there were only three cars that could make that trek and now, the playing field has expanded to twenty four different vehicles. Experts, however, believe that there are many vehicles that are advertised as being able to get 40 mpg but that cannot deliver when the time has come.

Because of that, specialists are testing the vehicles that promise 40 mpg and, according to the official reports, the results were quite disappointing.

The cars that were actually able to deliver the 40 mpg promise include the Chevrolet Sonic, the Hyundai Veloster, the Kia Rio 5, the Mazda 3i, the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Passat TDI. Amongst the most fuel efficient, the Passat TDI, the Mazda and the Focus are the models that have gone beyond what was promised.

Experts believe that these often affordable models of vehicles are less costly and fuel efficient precisely because they are aimed at the public that is struggling the most with the rising costs of gas. Experts say that out of all the fuel-efficient vehicles, the Chevy Sonic is one of the most fun-to-drive rides due to its lively handling.

Specialists also reported that the Veloster is the funkiest and the Mazda 3i is considered one of the vehicles with the most  eager driving dynamics of all fuel efficient models that are not hybrids.

Experts tested all of these vehicles by driving each one of them from Fontana, California, to Las Vegas through the Death Valley and they have arrived at the conclusion that, in the real world, all of the vehicles mentioned previously are able to achieve the 40 mpg mark without a problem, however, experts point out that because all of these models achieved the same overall fuel economy, it may not mean that all models are equally fuel-efficient. Specialists claim that these vehicles could experience different results if they are tested in different roads and conditions.

If you are looking into purchasing one of these vehicles and you’re still unsure about which model will save you the most yearly at the pump, experts advise you to compare their detailed report on the tests they have performed with each vehicle. By first defining exactly what type of general fuel economy you’re looking for in a car, you will be able to find a vehicle that meets your needs.

For the full list and test results, read the full article here:
The 40-MPG Challenge

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Priced Higher Than Competing Models

September 11, 2012 by  
Filed under CA Car Dealerships

Comments Off on 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Priced Higher Than Competing Models

The pricing for the new 2013 Chevy Sonic RS has been recently released by General Motors, according to several media sources.

This hatchback type of automobile will be sold starting at $20,995 when it goes on sale later this year. Experts believe that its starting price may be an issue for GM since this new model is priced a little higher than competing models from Toyota and Volkswagon.

For more details on the 2013 Sonic RS, read the full article here:
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Pricing Released