Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 2:10 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 Is your car making a funny noise? The shifter seems way too confusing? Does the engine stall and nobody knows why? Or are you shopping for a vehicle and want to be sure it’s safe and free of defects? Either way, a gold mine of information is at your fingertips – and so is a place where you can report potential safety issues for investigation. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website NHTSA.gov is the place to research vehicle safety and contact engineers if you think something’s seriously wrong, like GM’s defective ignition switches and Takata’s potentially deadly airbags. “NHTSA encourages all vehicle owners who think they might have a safety issue to contact the agency,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said. “Consumers can check for existing recalls on their vehicle, as well as submit a complaint about any … [Read more...] about Is your car safe? Here’s how to find out
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Nathan Bomey and John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 5:43 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 Originally published Sept. 15, 2013 Detroit is broke, but it didn’t have to be. An in-depth Free Press analysis of the city’s financial history back to the 1950s shows that its elected officials and others charged with managing its finances repeatedly failed — or refused — to make the tough economic and political decisions that might have saved the city from financial ruin. Instead, amid a huge exodus of residents, plummeting tax revenues and skyrocketing home abandonment, Detroit’s leaders engaged in a billion-dollar borrowing binge, created new taxes and failed to cut expenses when they needed to. Simultaneously, they gifted workers and retirees with generous bonuses. And under pressure from unions and, sometimes, arbitrators, they failed to cut health care benefits — saddling the city with staggering costs that today threaten the safety and quality of … [Read more...] about How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you — and don’t blame Coleman Young
You’re looking at a $1,200 repair estimate for your ailing car when an ad catches your eye: a brand new set of wheels for a mere $450 a month. At first, dumping your old car might seem like a no-brainer — and you can’t help picturing how good you would look in that new car. But automotive experts say you’ll almost always come out ahead — at least financially — by fixing old faithful. There are, however, other important considerations when deciding whether it’s time to say farewell. THE COSTS OF BUYING NEW “Even though the repair cost might hurt, you really have to think about buying a new car as a tremendously more expensive proposition,” says Jim Manelis, head of direct lending for Chase Auto Finance. At the very least, for a reliable used car, expect to spend a minimum of $2,000, plus tax and registration fees, says Mark Holthoff, editor at Klipnik.com, a community website for used car enthusiasts. Depending on the severity of … [Read more...] about Should you fix up or break up with your car?
For most people, not having a brand new car sort of budget can mean scrounging around on AutoTrader, Cars.com, eBay, or even the ever-professional Craigslist for used vehicles. The resulting experiences end up shaping the future of our car ownership, our finances, and perhaps our legal situations in some cases. Today we want you to know about your sketchiest used car buying experience. I’ve always bought used cars; it’s a fun little (expensive) game to play. Use your skills and knowledge, and you might not get burned. Let someone else take that depreciation hit! Totaling up the cars I’ve owned thus far, my count is 11. All were used and at least five years old at the time of purchase, and only two came from dealers. My sketchiest car purchase story comes from one of those dealer vehicles, and it’s the silver Giugiaro-designed blob you’ve been jealously eyeing. The year was 2009. After parting ways with my Infiniti I30 and sampling the … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s Your Sketchiest Used Car Buying Experience?
Polestar has been Volvo’s in-house performance brand since 1996, providing higher-performance versions of Volvo cars, much like Mercedes-Benz’s AMG or BMW’s M. You know how that works. Now, though, Volvo is spinning Polestar off into its own unique brand, with Polestar-badged cars that, while they may share some technology with Volvo, will not be just re-worked Volvo S90s or whatever. Meet the first of that: Polestar 1. Polestar’s future is pinned on the motion of electrons through conductors instead of chemical explosions in cylindrical chambers, but they’re wisely starting off with a hybrid car for the Polestar 1, which I think is a good idea given the current fetal state of the global electric charging infrastructure. They’ve planned three cars so far, with the next two being full battery-electric vehicles. The Polestar 2 is planned to be a higher-volume electric four-door sedan, targeted squarely at the newly-mostly-released Tesla Model 3, and … [Read more...] about The Polestar 1 Is A Wildly Advanced 600 HP Hybrid Sports Coupe You Can’t Really Own
Tweet TweetBuying a car goes through a number of steps like taking a test drive to financing for the car, getting an insurance and much more. For many buying a car is a daunting task and things cannot be good if you are doing it for the first time. For many buying a car is a lifetime experience and they spend in hours and days to find the model they love. There are some who will simply walk into a dealer’s store and come out rolling a car. This simply means you don’t have a set time frame to choose and buy a car but there is a specific checklist which you can follow to make the buying process smooth and meaningful. Consider your options Start with what you can see out there. You can look for the car companies, models, colors, price as well as reviews. Comparing them can help you narrow down the search. To check out the Dealer reviews you can go for the websites which are specialist in car reviews. Get a list of the features which you want in your car You need to bifurcate … [Read more...] about Planning To Buy A Car? The Checklist To Follow
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
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Almost exactly one year after it arrived on CAR’s fleet, the slate grey BMW i3 has gone, leaving me with pangs of loss. It didn’t set my trousers on fire dynamically, nor can I fondly recall individual drives, but the i3 fostered a new type of connection.It’s the modernism at the heart of the i3 where the magic happens. When you open the pillarless doors and sink into the minimalist cabin you feel good – it’s decluttered, and roomy with that lack of central transmission tunnel. Optional £780 twin sunroofs bathe the recycled dashboard in daylight, while the suicide rear doors draw more interest than ire (the fronts must be open before the rears).We regularly carried four passengers – this is a roomy car for something less than four metres long. A practical small electric car? Nearly. There’s no fifth … [Read more...] about A year-long test of a BMW i3 Range Extender: what did we learn?
► CAR reviews new BMW i3 REX► We live with i3 Range Extender► 94Ah EV battery range on test Our stint with the i3 is nearly at an end. It’s facelift time, see, though you’d be hard pressed to tell from the car (above) unveiled in Frankfurt. Blacked-out A-pillars and roof lines, some fresh paint choices, reprofiled bumpers and a chrome strip running across the rear are about your lot.What is new is the i3 S, a warm hatch with 10mm lower suspension, 20mm wider tyres and 0-62mph in 6.9sec. Count us as interested…You can read our full BMW i3 S review here. By Tim PollardThis month's big picture (above) is what the i3 is all about: it's a reminder that electric cars can be fun to drive! This is heartening news in an age where it's easy to be sucked into a vortex of negativity about the future of motoring, automotive pleasures as know them crippled by taxation, emissions, congestion and headline-grabbing ministers pledging to eradicate … [Read more...] about Our BMW i3 has been superseded by a facelift