When you're a spoiled-rotten car reviewer, you spend a lot of time in cars you didn't pay for. That's obvious. What might not be obvious is that automakers seldom go out of their way to grant reviewers access to their full telematics functionality in loaner vehicles. I'm talking about the kinds of subscription-based, cellular-enabled systems like GM's OnStar and Hyundai's Blue Link that let you fire up a smartphone app or open a web portal that communicates with your car. They can do some compelling things, like lock or unlock the car, remote-start it when the weather's foul, or even drop a dime on your speeding teen or cheating spouse by monitoring vehicle speed and location. Related: Is the 2018 VW Atlas' Fender Stereo Worth the Cost? Some of these things are worth checking out, and thanks to the purchase and yearlong testing of our Best of 2018 award-winning Volkswagen Atlas, we had a six-month free trial in which to put its telematics system, Car-Net, through its paces. … [Read more...] about Should We Renew the Car-Net Subscription for Our Volkswagen Atlas?
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Tweet TweetSelecting the right car insurance can be difficult if you don’t understand all aspects of it and this is why many people are spending too much money on the insurance for their vehicles. If the time for renewal is now, it is important that you invest time rather than money, into getting the lowest cost and highest quality car insurance that you are able to. In order to help you make the right choice, here are some answers to some very common car insurance questions. What Kinds of Cover Are There? When it comes to the cover which is available, you will find that there are many, some optional and others mandatory as required by law. Let’s first take a look at the covers which are required by law. – Liability Insurance – The majority of states require car owners to have this cover which pays out for any property damage or injuries which you cause to others in an accident. This only covers injury or damage to others, not yourself. – Personal … [Read more...] about Your Car Insurance Questions Answered
If we’re going to be talking and thinking about autonomous cars, self-driving cars, robo-cars, drive-o-droids (copyright pending) or whatever the hell we want to call these things, we should get a sense of exactly what they do and how they do it. How do they know what’s around them, and how can they potentially be better than human drivers? Let’s just take a moment to break down what the act of driving actually is: controlling a moving object significantly larger than yourself through a complex environment full of other moving objects, and controlling the rate of motion, including entirely stopping the motion, the direction of that motion, and adjusting the manner by which speed and direction changes are effected based on environmental conditions like road surface friction and weather/visibility. Really, the more you think about it, it’s pretty incredible we can drive at all. For one thing, we’re asking our bodies to act and react at far quicker intervals … [Read more...] about How Autonomous Cars See The World
Arguably the most important aspect of selling your long-serving set of wheels is getting the correct car valuation. Luckily, this doesn't have to be down to guesswork or witchcraft, as there are a number of handy car valuation websites that offer free valuations that arm you with the knowledge of what your car is really worth. Where car value was once only really the knowledge of industry insiders, or those with plenty of time on their hands to conduct lengthy analysis of the used car market, it is now as simple as punching a few digits into the correct website and coming away with the latest car prices. How do I check how much my car is worth? Good question, as simply typing "what is my car worth?" into your chosen search engine will be enough to bring up some relevant websites but it is worth considering the sort of service you are going to use to eventually sell your car. Third party sites, such as We Buy Any Car and Evans Halshaw, will first give you a rough estimate of your car's … [Read more...] about The 10 best websites to quickly and easily value your car for free
Average monthly payments are $515 for new and $371 for used vehicles Rising car prices contribute to higher payments but longer loan terms temper the monthly increase Auto finance calculators will help estimate what may work for you With a car payment likely to be one of your highest monthly expenses, it’s important to know what you may be able to afford before financing a vehicle for the next several years. Rising car prices make buying a new vehicle more challenging for many Americans and, along with increasing loan amounts, have contributed to the current trend of higher monthly payments. Average loan amounts are up to $31,099 for new and $19,589 for used cars, according to Experian data for the last quarter of 2017, and the average car payment is $515 and $371, respectively. So buyers are increasingly turning to longer loan durations to offset these costs and make their payment more affordable. New and used car loans have crept up to 69 and 64 months on average, while … [Read more...] about What is the average car payment, and what can you afford?
CAR insurance premiums have dropped for the first time in three years - but Brits say they haven't noticed the difference. The average annual policy now sits at £768 - down by £13 from 12 months ago, according to latest figures. Reforms on injury payouts and whiplash laws have seen insurers slash prices. But 70 per cent of drivers said their renewal quote has actually gone up. And Confused.com's price index report found it was down to motorists staying with the same insurer. Figures show Brits pay an average £45 "loyalty tax" by not shopping around each year. How to cut your car insurance premium Never auto-renew: You can knock potentially hundreds of pounds off your annual bill by not letting your premium auto renew and going with a new insurer instead. Under new rules brought in last year insurers have to show clearly how much you paid last year so you can see how much more you'll be paying. Check your job title: Recent research found drivers could be … [Read more...] about Car insurance is CHEAPER than a year ago but 70 per cent said their premium went up – here’s how to cut your costs
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index The company says it will buy up to 20,000 electric cars from Jaguar Land Rover as it strives to put a ride service into operation within two years. John Krafcik, left, Waymo’s chief executive, with Ralf Speth, the chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, at the New York auto show on Tuesday. Waymo will purchase up to 20,000 electric cars from Jaguar for its driverless ride service. Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times Supported by ByNeal E. Boudette March 27, 2018 Waymo, the driverless-car company that was spun out of Google, has pushed farther ahead in self-driving cars than any of the automakers or other technology companies trying to pioneer the field. It has been working on its software, sensors and other gear for nine years. It has 600 or more test vehicles operating in at least four cities around the country. Its vehicles have racked up more than five million miles of testing on public roads. … [Read more...] about Waymo, a Google Spinoff, Ramps Up Its Driverless-Car Effort
Microwave ovens eventually die and require replacement. When mine started making an odd popping sound and emitting an electrical smell during use, I unplugged it, went to the closest store known to sell microwave ovens, bought a new one, plugged it in, and then continued heating up leftovers for lunch. It took less than an hour. Cars eventually die and require replacement. People don’t buy cars like they buy microwave ovens. You never wake up, decide to buy a new car, walk into a dealership showroom, swipe a credit or debit card, and drive away in less than an hour. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND 'LIKE' US HERE. J.D. Power research confirms this. In recent years, the company’s New Autoshopper Study has found that about 80 percent of car buyers use the Internet to research new vehicle purchases, spend an average of 14 hours doing so, and take an average of four months to make a decision about which make and model to buy. As a person who … [Read more...] about 8 Important Decisions to Make Before Buying a New Car
Your car may be the most valuable thing you own. You’ve worked hard and made many payments to get that title. Whether looking for a new vehicle or just letting go of the monthly gas expense, you deserve to get the most you can out of selling your car. To this end, we’ve put together 12 no-fail steps to help you get the maximum money possible from a buyer. Step 1: Selling Your Car Starts With Documentation Used cars are harder to sell to private individuals. Most people worry that there may be something hidden in a vehicle’s past that could lead to major repairs or make it unsafe to drive. What you need to do is ease their concerns with as much documentation as possible. There are a few ways of doing this. You can provide all of your maintenance and repair records, and you can purchase a CARFAX report to show potential buyers. 1. Gather up those repair and maintenance records if you have them. This shows that you’ve given the car regular oil changes, tune ups, … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide To Selling Your Car For Top Dollar
It goes without saying that a car costing £1000 is not going to be as good as one worth ten times that price. Whether or not it is 10 times worse, however, is another matter. So it is that we say welcome to the world of £1000 wonders, where our job is to search the CarGurus classified listings in order to prove that it is perfectly possible to find bargain basement used cars that have plenty left to offer. First though, a few tips. THE BASICSTempting as it might be to track down an old Jaguar saloon or Mercedes-Benz S-Class that’s fallen into sub-£1000 territory, in reality such a car is likely to have running costs that are disproportionate to its value. At this end of the market it’s more sensible to stick with cars that were affordable to buy in the first place, free from fancy equipment (less to go wrong) and equipped with parts that are cheap to buy and easy to find. Locating a car with a full service history is desirable but a little unrealistic. … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. £1000 Wonders: Why Cheap Doesn’t Mean TerriblePost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories