Itís that time of year when thousands of people will take off the cap and gown and head out into the world. For many, a new car is on the horizon, but you could be vulnerable without doing your homework. If you are graduating youíll want to read this information. If you know someone who is graduating, please feel free to share this:
Youíve studied hard for 4 or 8 years, possibly longer. You have sweated and fretted over exams. You pulled all-nighters trying to study for that exam you Read Find out>
The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is already on the streets and if Ford has anything to say about it wonít stay on the pavement for long.
Ford is hoping buyers will enjoy the adventure-ready aspect of the midsize pickup by teaming up with Yakima, a company that makes adventure products. The idea is that buyers can customize their pickup with some of Yakimaís highest-selling accessories that are now available through Ford dealerships.
During a recent Ford media event in Dallas, Ford Ranger Read Find out>
Parents Magazine is out with its 10 Best Family Cars of 2019.
The list started with 30 minivans and SUVs that all passed government safety tests with flying colors. They all also provided a good value.
Parents Magazine then got into more specifics to narrow the list down. A child passenger safety technician installed multiple car seats in each, and a mom mechanic weighed in about gas mileage, maintenance costs, and high-tech driving features. Parents also looked at family-friendly Read Find out>
This past Saturday, we had several calls from people who identified themselves as Senior citizens wanting advice on new vehicles. Many were considering going from a sedan to a crossover. By the time you get to be a Senior citizen, you have probably bought a good number of cars. The truth is, even if you donít admit it, you are wondering if this will be your last car, and frankly, that makes you think a little harder and a little longer. When I was the owner of a car dealership, I sold a lot Read Find out>
Each week, I hear from listeners whoíve been thwarted by making classic car buying mistakes, without even knowing it. So here is a handy list of 8 common mistakes people make and tips on how you can avoid them. #1: Not Trusting Your Gut Mistake number one is not trusting your gut. This oneís easy to avoid. Trust your instincts, you have them for a reason. If something doesnít feel right, either with the business or salesperson, Read Find out>
We will soon be bidding farewell to the Buick Cascada. Buick has told its dealers that they are going to end production of the Buick Cascada convertible by the end of the year, according to trade publication Automotive News.
The Poland-made roadster was never intended to be a big volume car, but talking to dealers, sales have never been as good as they expected, and the dealers havenít ordered a lot of them in recent months.
When the Cascada was introduced, GM had an ad on TV in 2017 for Read Find out>
Edmunds.com is handing out its first-ever Editors' Choice Awards. They go to vehicles in seven categories that Edmundsí editors rate as best in their class. They ratings are based on selected criteria like driving and performance; comfort; interior; utility; technology; fun factor and value.
"Our editorial team tests more than 300 vehicles a year ― that's more than a collective 17,000 hours behind the wheel," said Alistair Weaver, editor-in-chief at Edmunds. "We're going beyond what's Read Find out>
This segment of SUVs continues to do well in America. About 1000 more large luxury SUVs were sold this January versus January 2018. The big winner was Range Rover, it doubled its sales this year from a year ago.
Here are your volume leaders that we know of, with Escalade and Navigator excluded, since neither manufacturer reports sales monthly. Mercedes-Benz GLS: 2,007Infiniti QX80: 1,943Land Rover Range Rover: 1,651Mercedes-Benz G-Class: 427Lexus LX: 251Toyota Land Cruiser: 114 Read Find out>
Quality and value are two musts on our list when it comes to shopping for a new car at places like the Chicago Auto Show. Thatís also where U.S. News & World Report recently handed out its 2019 Best Cars for the Money awards.
The awards cover 14 automotive categories and highlight vehicles that provide consumers with the best combination of quality and value. The winners are scored on data-driven rankings, along with ownership and pricing info.
Electric vehicle range can be impacted drastically by extreme temperatures, according to a new study from the American Automobile Association. Itís especially true when using the car heater during frigid temps, but hot weather has an impact, too. Using either the carís heating or A/C system can reduce range and result in the need to charge more often. Both are things drivers should keep in mind when they head out on the road in those conditions.
Nissan is rolling out the 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition. Available on either the SV or SL grades, itís designed to emphasize the Pathfinderís rugged heritage.
Pathfinder Rock Creek EditionThe Rock Creek Edition package is an option in both 2-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, and in a choice of seven available exterior colors. It goes on sale this spring with a package price of $995.
It features unique dark 18-inch wheels with 255/60R18 all-season tires, black mesh grille, Read Find out>
The SUV craze continues for 2019. We donít have a good picture, however, because General Motors does not report sales except quarterly, and although Ford released total numbers, we donít have a breakdown by model, so you wonít see those numbers either.
Kicking off 2019 SUV sales at the top of the list is Honda CR-V, which hasnít been there in a while. CR-V had a gain of almost 20% versus January of 2018. Nissan Rogue was off 28% from a year ago, primarily due to a cutback in incentives. Read Find out>
You teach your kids to be responsible, about the birds and the bees, how to be a responsible adult, but do you teach your kids about the basics of cars? Too often, parents hand their kids a set of car keys and simply say, ďbe carefulĒ.
There are things your kids need to know about cars to prepare them for the rest of their lives. This is not necessarily a job for dads, either parent can step up and prepare kids for proper maintenance, safety, and care of his or her car. This can save Read Find out>
The redesigned Mazda3 rolls into dealerships in March. The fourth-generation model comes as either a sporty hatchback or standard sedan and comes in either Standard, Select, Preferred or Premium trim levels. The front-wheel sedan starts from $21,000 while the hatchback starts from $23,600 (not including destination.) Both feature Mazdaís SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine with available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive.
All-New InteriorThe redesigned model looks attractive inside and out. In Read Find out>
If youíre interested in Mercedes-Benzís smallest sedan, here is some pricing info for you.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class PricingThe all-new 2019 A-Class sedan arrives in U.S. dealerships soon. The base model 220 will start from $32,500, while the 220 4MATIC will start from $34,500. Then factor in the $995 destination charge.
MBUXOne of the biggest highlights of the A-Class sedan is that it introduces the new infotainment system called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). It has a completely new Read Find out>
December is the time to snag a bargain and itís been that way for years. It is easy to get caught up in the hype and incentives and not end up getting a good deal. This year, people seem incredibly surprised at the deals dealers are offering up right now, mainly due to big customer incentives.
As a reminder, you can take all or part of the rebates in CASH if you need readily available cash for Christmas bills etc.
Timing Is CriticalI often talk on the air about why timing is important Read Find out>