If your car is worth less than you owe, you face the dreaded …

If your car is worth less than you owe, you face the dreaded …

Upside down. It’s a bad position in which to find yourself. Especially if we’re talking about a vehicle on which you’re making payments. Upside down means you owe more on your vehicle than it’s worth, which can get you in even bigger financial trouble when you want to trade it in for another and could […]

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New vs. used, manual vs. automatic … and the evolving Batmobile

New vs. used, manual vs. automatic … and the evolving Batmobile

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Most Americans still ‘afraid’ of self-driving vehicles, survey says

Nissan tests the ultimate hands-free device.

Americans aren’t sold yet on self-driving vehicles. But experience with the technologies involved may help ease drivers’ fears. Those are two major takeaways from results of a survey on autonomous vehicle technology involving 1,012 randomly selected adults conducted by AAA in January. “Three out of four U.S. drivers report feeling ‘afraid’ to ride in a […]

Get a good look under the hood at Dallas, other auto shows

The Alfa Romeo Giulia at last year’s DFW Auto Show.

Imagine a new-car showroom jammed with shiny vehicles and eager shoppers. That’s pretty much what you get this weekend at the DFW Auto Show in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX, but on a grand scale. The DFW event holds a special spot on the calendar between Chicago and New York auto […]

What to negotiate for the best deal on your next vehicle purchase

What to negotiate for the best deal on your next vehicle purchase

Knowledge is power. And it might be worth money when you negotiate the purchase of your next vehicle. Which means that knowing what to negotiate could be your surest road to a satisfying outcome on your vehicle purchase and financing. With the average cost of a new vehicle around $33,000 and the average used model […]

These are the 30 best used cars to buy – Consumer Reports

The Buick Verano (2012) was one of nine luxury used cars named.

Used cars are the way to go for most American buyers. Around 40 million a year, in fact, considerably more than twice the number of new cars sold each year. But picking out a good used vehicle is never easy if you want to buy one that’s reliable, affordable and equipped with up-to-date electronic and […]

Mainstream used vehicles that are as dependable as luxury brands

The Prius is one of seven Toyotas on the J.D. Power list of category winners.

You would expect Lexus and Porsche owners to be satisfied with the dependability of their vehicles – and Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar owners. They are paying a lot of money for the privilege of not worrying about whether their cars will run. But one of the facts that jumps out of the latest vehicle dependability […]

Meditate on these 11 ideas to become a better, more confident driver

Meditate on these 11 ideas to become a better, more confident driver

Everyone seems to have advice on how you can become a better driver, from Jalopnik to MotorAuthority, lifehacker to DriverSide. Much of that advice is what you would expect to hear or already have heard. Some of it is much too much – such as MA’s 59 tips, hints, and tricks to being a better […]

How to obtain the best financing for your next vehicle purchase

How to obtain the best financing for your next vehicle purchase

Shop around. And get preapproved. Those are among the keys to finding the best financing for your next vehicle purchase, according to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “As soon as you know your budget, shop around … Comparing offers will help you get the loan that’s right for you,” says the CFPB in […]

Coming down to the wire for World Car of the Year honors

Coming down to the wire for World Car of the Year honors

The competition for World Car of the Year has narrowed again. And 17 still are in the running in six award categories, three for the top prize. Finalists were announced at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland in the lead-up to final awards next month at the New York International Auto Show. Just one […]

What you want most when buying a pre-owned car – and how to get it

The Honda Civic was named best compact car of 2016 by U.S. News.

Not everyone buys a NEW vehicle. In fact, franchise car dealers, alone, sell millions of used, or pre-owned, vehicles each year, while non-franchise dealers and private parties sell many millions more. But even then, shoppers are looking for much the same things – quality and value – in their pre-owned selections as other shoppers seek […]