opinion The Detroit News Published 10:51 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 In response to the Sept. 30 Detroit News editorial, "Cops should fight crime, not tow cars," the Michigan Towing Association would like to provide further reasons why the new Detroit towing proposal is flawed. The Detroit Police Department has spent the past week trying to convince the public that it has spent nearly a year developing this program. When pressed for details, none have been forthcoming. The city’s Facebook site pointed out that it examined towing operations of 23 cities, including Boston, Nashville, Phoenix and Los Angeles. The police department likes to use the terms “best practices” to explain why it decided to compete with private business. Yet none of the four cities cited operate their own tow trucks in a similar fashion as Detroit proposes. Each one relies on the private sector. Los Angeles’ towing program has been a model for many cities illustrating the losing … [Read more...] about Letter: Detroit should rethink towing
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Like stories like this? This one is from an older issue of our magazine. You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. photos by scott r. lear unless otherwise credited When Honda’s U.S. luxury division debuted the NS-X concept in Chicago in 1989, it raised plenty of questions. Could Japan build a supercar to compete with the likes of Ferrari, Lotus and Porsche? Was Honda inspired or foolish to use aluminum throughout the car? And were Honda reliability and sports car soul mutually exclusive? Honda had already demonstrated ample racing spirit in high-profile motorsports, most notably with the Formula 1 engines that carried the legendary Ayrton Senna to his three World Driver’s Championship titles. Wisely, they used Senna’s input in developing the NSX, granting the car an instant dose of sporting credibility with racing fans. Automotive journalists of the time were duly … [Read more...] about Resurrecting a Totaled Acura NSX Into a Dream Track Car
It's hard to let go of the things we love, like kids ... or cars. But let them go we must. Such was the case for me and my husband when we (actually, he) finally admitted it was time to bid farewell to our 2004 GMC Safari minivan. To give you an idea of the depth of love we had for the Safari, it was our second one. The first lasted 10 years and survived a run-in with a deer at highway speeds — while towing a boat; the second was a staple in our driveway for 14 years (because who uses their garage for a car?). Related: 15 Cars Pushin' Up Daisies in 2018 Get 2017 Ford Expedition EL DetailsFind a 2017 Ford Expedition EL Near You Yep, for 24 years, we ferried our four daughters and too-numerous-to-number pets locally and throughout the Midwest in a GMC Safari, often with our 17-foot boat in tow. The Safari took entire Girl Scout troops on camping trips and moved kids to college and back — and then to their first apartments. Friends and neighbors borrowed it to haul … [Read more...] about How We Went From a Safari to an Expedition: Our Car-Shopping Journey
Springtime car-nivores on the hunt for a new vehicle, your time for tasty deals has arrived. May wraps up a fallow period for incentives and Memorial Day weekend kicks off the traditional start of peak car-shopping season — and with overall new-vehicle sales down nearly 5 percent through April, there's every reason to believe the holiday could spring some unusually sweet discounts this year. Related: How to Use Incentives, Rebates and Finance Deals We'll have to see what automakers cook up in the coming weeks, but for now, there are still a handful of deals worth your while. Which are they? Read on to find out. Nissan Versa How much can I save? Depending on where you live, enough to make the Versa subcompact sedan worth a second look if you're in pursuit of wallet-saving wheels. With Versas sitting on dealer lots for an average of 79 days through the first third of 2018 — well above the 54-day average for new cars — now might be the time to pounce on the … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New-Car Deal for May 2018?
April showers might bring May flowers, but car shoppers may wish it rained more deals. Autodata Corp. ranks April among the bottom three months for new-car discounts during each of the past four years. In 2017, baseball's opening month was the single worst month for incentives. Talk about dreary. Related: How to Use Incentives, Rebates and Finance Deals But don't declare a rain delay on your shopping just yet. The storm clouds have a silver lining, at least this year: New-car incentives last month gained 6.5 percent year-over-year, per Autodata, for the second largest increase in the past seven months. Amid an overall incentives plateau, March's gains could add some steam heading into April — a month that needs all the help it can get. We still found plenty of highly discounted models, with many this month from GM and Hyundai-Kia. What should deal-seekers consider? Take a look below. Chevrolet Malibu How much can I save? On select trim levels, enough to fund a … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New-Car Deal for April 2018?