New or Used? The Epic Discussion

June 26th, 2014

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New cars are one of very few purchases you can make in which you pay at least 20 percent more than what the item is worth.

Pay 40 grand for a new car and by the time you get it home, it’ll be worth about 32 grand. When you think about it with a rational head, that makes zero sense. Depreciating assets are common in this society, though, and the extra money pays for a little thing we like to call peace of mind.

If you’re looking to buy, what really makes more sense, new or used?

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Does the U.S. Finally Stand a Chance?

June 25th, 2014

1968 Ford Mustang

This Thursday, the United States Men’s National Team will take on Germany in one of the most important 2014 FIFA World Cup matches thus far. Both teams have their own futures, plus those of Portugal and Ghana, largely in their hands. While the USA’s Jürgen Klinsmann and Germany’s Joachim Löw have both garnered high praise for their teams’ performances thus far in the tournament, we thought there was still a little room for improvement. We came up with starting lineups we hope Klinsmann and Löw will consider, lest the USA or Germany suffers the same fate as England and makes an early exit after not taking gearhead advice.

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The Upside of GM Recalls

June 25th, 2014

GM-recall

There’s a silver lining in every bad situation.

Sometimes you just have to look on the bright side.

After the rain comes a rainbow.

Every rose has its thorn.

Ridiculous clichés aside, there’s always an upside to even the lowest of situations. The General Motors ignition recall is certainly a low point for the world’s largest automaker, but some people are enjoying the benefits of said recall.

Who could possibly benefit from the disaster and tragedy of one of the biggest and most controversial recalls in history?

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Free Car, or Freak Car?

June 24th, 2014

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The online classified ad offered a free car, with a catch.

A 1984 Volvo 240, with 300,000 miles on the odometer but only 150,000 on the rebuilt motor, was advertised for sale at the cost of a case of beer. Why would anyone give away a perfectly good car to a complete stranger?

Economics, of course.

The listing, now removed, had a fantastic description of the car and its mostly reliable travels across the United States, including four trips to the Burning Man festival. The owner said the car would most definitely get its new owner from one point to another, eventually, and if a mobile jump-start kit was carried at all times.

The ad said that whoever got the car would have to contend with one other minor detail:

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The Harsh Reminders of Traffic School

June 23rd, 2014

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Don is about to kill his wife.

Not on purpose, of course, because he loves her. Talking with her and laughing with her are two of the only things in his life that bring Don blissful joy.

Don’s other love is his car. He loves the thrill of pushing its limits and accelerating quickly, even on city streets. By combining those two loves, Don will tragically lose them both within a couple of seconds.

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What Car Could You Drive for 24 Hours?

June 20th, 2014

2012 Maybach 62

From June 19–22, over 150 cars and hundreds of drivers will race the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race on the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring in central Germany. The Nürburgring, with a lap length of over 20 km, allows a driver to race in 150-minute intervals before being required to take a 2-hour break. A driver’s teammate then takes over and does the same. This lasts for an entire day.

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Buying a Car for the First Time?

June 20th, 2014

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Remember your first time?

Mine was the culmination of a lot of searching, a lot of saving and then a long journey to find what I wanted.

The effort, time and money finally paid off when I experienced one of the greatest first times a young adult could possibly dream of: I bought my first car.

Actually, my first car was a truck and exactly what I wanted in a first vehicle. I bought it just as summer began and looked forward to many long days and warm nights of newly purchased freedom.

With a new summer dawning, plenty of teens and young adults will be considering their first vehicle purchase. What should they look for?

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Anyone Else Ready for the Tesla Model X?

June 19th, 2014

Tesla Model X

It all started with a tiny squeak behind the fireplace.

Some investigation on my part led to the discovery of a baby mouse in the venting system, which in turn led to the removal of handfuls of insulation, which in turn led to the discovery of a perfectly folded newspaper dated September 1988.

I thought maybe I had discovered a hidden stash of money long forgotten by a previous owner, but all I found was a 26-year-old sports section. After the disappointment subsided I headed to the garage to look deep into its abyss to find some tools, so I could fix the damage I did in my quest to remove said mouse and prevent others from entering my abode.

It was there that I made my great discovery. A discovery that could potentially set me up for a future of gas-free motoring.

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When Car Technology Gets Creepy

June 18th, 2014
Bad idea...

Bad idea…

Sometimes the “thank-you wave” just isn’t good enough.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve wished I could contact another driver with whom I’m sharing the road to convey a piece of information that a wave simply cannot.

Sometimes I wish I could apologize for a dumb move on my part or tell another motorist that I’ll stop and let him or her into traffic. Waving is good for a thank you, but not much else.

I’ve wondered what it would be like to type the license plate of the car I want to contact into some kind of device, then have access to the driver so I can convey my message.

Naturally, there would be a downside to such technology, because unfortunately, people like to use good inventions for evil. Road rage would become more personal, and the ability to curse out other drivers would rarely end well.

A new app could make the possibility of car-to-car communication a very real, and very scary, reality.

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GM Failing Recall Test?

June 17th, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Multiple-choice question:

When there’s a safety problem with a car, it’s best to fix it:

A) As cheaply and easily as possible.

B) As thoroughly as possible to make sure the faulty part performs as required.

The answer will be revealed later in this blog.

First, keep in mind that General Motors has had an extraordinarily tough year as it has dealt with the ramifications of waiting more than a decade to recall cars affected by an ignition-switch problem. That problem has proven fatal in a number of instances and is still in the process of being fixed.

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