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Why Toyota Shouldn’t Build a New Sports Car

May 22nd, 2015

Toyota sports car concept

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t think Toyota should build an inexpensive sports car.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m a freak about sports cars. I clamor for rear-wheel-drive, manual-shift, great-handling coupes and roadsters. I was thrilled when the Subaru BRZ came out, and I’ve gushed about the new Porsche Boxster and basically all iterations of the classic 911.

My brother-in-law races Miatas, and my father-in-law raced Porsches in his younger years.

I love sports cars and everything they represent.

There have been rumors that Toyota would build a sub-$20,000 RWD sports car, but, believe it or not, I don’t think it should.

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GM Offers Best Rewards for Military Service

May 21st, 2015

Corvette convertibleMemorial Day weekend fast approaches. It’s a great time for new and used car shopping with summer just around the corner. More importantly, it’s an important time to recognize the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Some automotive manufacturers extend special discounts to military personnel (and sometimes retired veterans) that might be worth considering if you’re shopping for a new car. Check their websites to find the models you might want. (The website MilitaryRates.com has a list of companies offering discounts.)

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How to Find Your Perfect Car

May 20th, 2015

2002 Saturn SL2

“What’s the best car I can buy?”

The question pops up quite often at family gatherings, social events, in random Facebook messages, and anywhere people find out I write for a car blog.

The answer is always the same.

“The one that makes you happy.”

Of course, people want more information than that. They want to be told which car offers the best value, best performance, best fuel economy, best reliability, and so on. Needless to say, there is no “best car money can buy.” There is a “best car for you.”

Today we’ll look at the best car to buy if you want an inexpensive used car with great gas mileage.

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10 Cars to Buy When You Get Promoted

May 15th, 2015

2007 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Hard work pays off. Hopefully, you’ll get out of a job what you put into it. If you’re a hardworking person, you’ll likely receive an opportunity to move up in the world. So maybe you’re moving on to something new, or you’re replacing someone who has left a position above you. Either way, moving up can be pretty awesome. So with your newly accepted promotion, you’ll want to spend your more generous new wages appropriately. So why not buy a new car, something that will really show the world your hard work has paid off (literally). People often say “you should dress for the job you want.” So why not drive a car for the job you want?

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While 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Debuts, Save Big on Current Sports Cars

May 14th, 2015

New Camaro Logo

This weekend the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will debut in Detroit. Chevy has slowly teased photos in an attempt to whip up a media frenzy. Why the special focus? A couple of reasons: The Camaro is an automotive icon, and sports cars are suddenly hot again with lower gas prices and an improving economy.

It’s a great time to crave a sports car. There are traditional coupes like the Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang. Throw into the mix sedans like the Dodge Charger, the Nissan Maxima, and the Subaru WRX, and there is no shortage when it comes to selection or deals.

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Tesla: From Underdog to Insane Mode

May 14th, 2015

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A few years ago the idea of buying an $80,000+ electric car that had limited range, few places to refuel, and no dealer network was a laughable proposition. To top it all off, the company that wanted to sell the car had very little automotive design or manufacturing experience.

Around the same time, one of the world’s top automakers had plans for a new electric car that promised to be affordable, good looking, and easy to take on a road trip anywhere roads exist without worrying about running out of range.

The winner?

Like we even have to say it.

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Today’s Mistake Equals Tomorrow’s Collectible

May 13th, 2015

2015 Lexus RC 350

Today we’re going to cover a spread of two and a half decades on a single page. Specifically we are going to discuss two cars that are 25 years apart and have absolutely nothing in common except a certain attribute that can make even the most forgettable car something special.

One of these cars remains in production, though even the automaker admits it probably shouldn’t. The other car hasn’t been on a production line since the Bush administration. The first one.

What is it that links this 2015 Lexus to a 1990 Volkswagen?

Rarity.

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Selling a Car? Watch Out for Scams

May 11th, 2015

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It used to be that selling a car meant posting an ad in the newspaper classifieds, fielding phone calls, arranging test drives, and accepting a hand-written check as payment before the buyer drove happily into the sunset.

Those days have long since been replaced by online ads resulting in text-message replies and fake checks as payment.

The vast majority of private-party used-car deals go down without a hitch, but occasionally scam artists get away with conning sellers out of thousands of dollars. How can you avoid such a fate?

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Fastest Selling Cars Mean No Bargains Available

May 7th, 2015

2015 VW Golf Sportwagen photoIn the car-selling business, there is a term “days to turn.” It refers to how long a vehicle sits on a dealership lot before it sells. Cars, trucks, and SUVs with a low days-to-turn number rarely see good deals, while higher numbers work in the buyer’s favor.

What’s that mean for you as a buyer? Wait a month or two if the car you seek is on the fastest-selling list below. Passions cool, especially if it’s a recently introduced new car. You’ll never regret waiting a few months if that means significant savings.

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New Mercedes-Benz G-Class Raises the Question of Car Color

May 7th, 2015

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Despite how it might look, this is not a post about the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Very few of us will ever test-drive or purchase Merc’s veritable luxury performance off-roader, and even fewer will step foot into a G63 AMG or G65 AMG.

However, the new G-Series has caught my attention not because of the G63’s mind-numbing 5.4-second zero-to-60 time or the G65’s 621 horsepower, but because the color choices are as ridiculous as the car itself. Orange, lime green, magenta, and bright yellow complement the traditional choices.

I bring this up because just yesterday a friend asked, after reading our article about look-alike cars, why more color choices aren’t offered on new cars to set them apart. Here’s what she asked:

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