Who Should Fix Recalls on Used Cars?

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Automotive recalls have been a revolving theme in the auto industry for the last few years thanks to some epic fails by Toyota, General Motors, Takata, and many more. If you bought a new car recently, odds are good that you’ve received a recall notice.

Some recalls can happen for minor issues that amount to nothing more than a minor nuisance, while others can be for potentially life-threatening problems that need to be fixed immediately. Owners are usually notified about recalls through the mail or electronic communications from the automaker.

How would someone know, though, if a car he or she is considering has had a recall? People shopping for cars can check for recalls using the VIN lookup tool offered on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

When you buy a used car from a dealer, though, whose responsibility is it to disclose, and repair, unfixed recall items?

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A Smart Alternative to Boring Cars: Our 2016 Nissan Leaf Impressions

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There are no falcon doors, there is no Ludicrous Mode, and the company isn’t run by a man fashioning himself after Tony Stark. The center console isn’t comprised of a mega-iPad, and there are no rear-facing jump seats in the trunk. The Nissan Leaf is no Tesla Model S—a brilliant car, made by a fascinating company, and the first image to come to mind when one thinks of electric cars. But in the end, the Leaf may be more likely to succeed.

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Alternatives to Volkswagen Diesels Worth Considering

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So, as most people know, the automotive world has been shaken by the announcement that Volkswagen has massively cheated on emissions testing for 11 million of its diesel-engine vehicles across the globe—482,000 in the United States. That scandal will effectively kill the market for Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars for months, if not years, to come.

What should you do, though, if you had your heart set on a diesel-engine car? It’s time to consider alternatives to the affected 2.0-liter turbodiesel models. Let’s look at the models included in the emissions scandal and suggest another good option. One important thing to point out, though, is that you can find all of these VW models with gasoline engines that were not subject to the illegal tampering. However, their fuel economy will be much lower.

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Chrysler Believes Its 200 Will “Win This Game”

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Sixteen vehicles currently compete in the midsize sedan market in the United States. There are some big names in that group, including the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.

Competing with those big names isn’t an easy task, as the likes of the Nissan Altima and Mazda6 have discovered.

Some automakers have found success after years of development and can compete with the big boys. The Hyundai Sonata comes to mind, which comes in with a slightly lower price and longer warranty. The cars at the bottom of the list typically include the likes of the Chrysler 200.

Chrysler brand head Al Gardner wants that to change, and thinks the 200 can win the whole segment.

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The Best Advice on Paying for a New or Used Car

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Purchasing a new or used car is always an exciting thing. Paying for a new or used car can be a difficult thing, unless you have the right advice before making the transaction.

The first thing you need to do is figure out how much car you can afford. That’s different from how much of a monthly payment you can manage. Most financial experts agree: except under extremely rare circumstances, you should never buy a car based on monthly payments.

Why? It enables dealers to sell you more car than you can afford. Financing a new car for more than 60 months—or a used car for more than 48 months—indicates you can’t afford the car.

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The Case for Car Brokers

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Even rich people love to save money.

There are some people in this world who could walk into any car dealership they want and write a check for any car on the floor.

Sometimes, though, they just don’t have the time to spend at the dealer and go through the hours-long process of buying a car.

For those people, and for regular car buyers like you and me, auto brokers can be a true blessing.

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Don’t Roll Your Car This Summer

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The white Tahoe sat in the median between the north and south lanes of the freeway. Personal belongings were scattered for dozens of feet in all directions. The rear window was broken out, and about 10 people milled around inspecting the damage.

This could have been any of the accidents that are unfortunately all too familiar on American Interstates, except this particular vehicle had come to rest on its roof.

Yesterday was clear and warm with nothing but blue skies, dry pavement, and light traffic. I don’t know how the Tahoe rolled over or what circumstances led to the accident, but it appeared that it happened just moments before I passed. No other vehicles were involved.

How can a single-vehicle rollover happen on such a perfect day for driving?

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When Do You Decide to Sell Your Car?

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Today let’s discuss one of the endless debates in car ownership. It’s the bane of existence for owners everywhere and the justification many people give for buying a new car.

Here’s the issue:

An older car requires sudden and expensive repairs to continue running. Do you take your chances and fix it or get rid of it and purchase something newer?

A friend is struggling with this issue right now and might be on the verge of making the wrong choice.

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Here Comes the 20-Year, 200,000-Mile Warranty

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I remember the day the world changed.

We tend to remember exactly where we were when momentous events mark a distinct “before” and “after” in our lives.

In this particular case, many years ago I was watching television, casually unaware my world would change with the very next advertisement.

It was an ad from Hyundai, the laughable Korean car company, promoting a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

“How could this be?” I thought, “Cars aren’t even supposed to last much past 100,000 miles.”

Of course, today we all know differently, as cars routinely pass that mark and even double it.

The 100,000-mile warranty has become standard fare for Hyundai and Kia and even inspired General Motors and Chrysler to add (and then revoke) 100,000-mile warranties.

Now there’s another warranty on the market that might keep pace with the life of current vehicles: the 20-year, 200,000-mile warranty.

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Can Costco Become the Largest Car Dealer in America?

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Costco doesn’t sell cars, but it’s the second-biggest car dealer in the country.

That’s an oxymoron that’ll make your head explode, especially when you consider that the only organization to move more metal than Costco is AutoNation.

Costco’s wildly popular car buying service has been used by hundreds of thousands of people over the years, most of whom chimed on our blog post questioning just how good a deal Costco offers when it comes to cars.

Of course, it’s not possible to walk into Costco and drive out in a new car. The service is really just a middleman between the dealer and the consumer.

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