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Spring ahead with driving safety tips[Apr. 22, 2007]
When cold weather begins to warm, motorists may think their driving cares have melted away with the winter ice and snow. Not so. Just as you winterized your car with an eye to safety last fall, it’s time to begin work on your spring automotive safety check list. Here are some hints for ensuring your car is in top condition for safe spring motoring.
Debunking auto insurance myths[Mar. 27, 2007]
Just as there are many differences between a Toyota and a Lexus, there are many differences between auto insurance policies, although you have to look more closely to spot them. However, choosing a low-cost auto insurance policy may end up costing you thousands of dollars. The familiar pitch, “save hundreds of dollars in 15 minutes,” obscures complex coverage issues that may have you paying much more in the end.
Consumer Reports offers tips for car buying on the web:[Mar. 23, 2007] Consumer Reports’
Annual April Auto Issue offers five quick tips for car shoppers who believe the perfect antidote to the dread of haggling face-to-face at the dealership is car shopping on the Web. The tips can help consumers zero in on the right model, take the car for a test drive, find the best price, and close the deal.
Consumer Reports names the worst and the best used cars[Mar. 13, 2007]
Used cars often offer consumers the best values in the automotive market since new vehicles undergo a rapid depreciation in the first few years. Consumer Reports
2007 April Auto Issue features the lists of the best and worst used vehicles for 10 model years, 1997 through 2006.
Consumer Reports rates Nissan Altima tops among family sedans[Feb. 10, 2007]
The redesigned Nissan Altima accelerated to the top of Consumer Reports’
ratings of family sedans in tests for the March 2007 issue. Rated “Excellent” overall the Altima now ranks alongside CR’s
top-rated Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.
Consumer Reports rates BMW X3 “very good” among sporty suvs[Dec. 5, 2006] Consumer Reports
rated the BMW X3 best overall in tests against two of its competitors—the Acura RDX and Mazda CX7—for the January issue. The X3 achieved a “Very Good” score in testing conducted at Consumer Reports’
Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. The RDX and CX-7 finished with lower overall scores, though still in the “Very Good’ range.
Consumer Reports' 10 best and worst cars for depreciation[Nov. 28, 2006]
Which cars hold their value the best? According to Consumer Reports
' depreciation ratings, several affordably priced models—such as the Toyota Prius hybrid, Mini Cooper, and youth-oriented Scion models—hold their value better than higher-priced sports and luxury models. And while all of the top 10 models have either Japanese or European nameplates, nine of the bottom 10 are domestic models. Contributing to their high depreciation is the fact that many are older models, commonly used by fleets and rental companies, and often heavily discounted.
Consumer Reports rates Mazda3 best amongst four versatile hatchbacks[Aug. 17, 2006]
The Mazda3 achieved a “Very Good” overall score and became Consumer Reports’
top-rated hatchback following tests of four hatchbacks for the September issue. The Mazda3 outsocred the Audi A3, Saab 9-2x, and the Dodge Caliber in a battery of performance tests.
Honda Accord edges past Toyota Camry in Consumer Reports testing of family sedans[Jun. 30, 2006]
The freshened Honda Accord retained its position as Consumer Reports
top-rated family sedan following a showdown between the Accord and the redesigned Toyota Camry for the August issue. The difference in scores is razor thin, and both vehicles are rated “Excellent” overall. Honda and Toyota have consistently set the standard for well-rounded, reliable family sedans with the Accord and the Camry. Along with the Volkswagen Passat, they regularly trade places as CR’s
top-rated family sedan.
Consumer Reports warns drivers about the secret score behind auto insurance[Jun. 28, 2006]
Everyone knows that if you hit another car, your auto insurer will probably raise your premiums. But Consumer Reports
warns that even drivers who have spotless driving records and have never had an at-fault accident may be faced with higher premiums if they run into a new breed of credit score used by insurers.
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