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I have always wondered what my kittys were saying to me but the price is a bit high for something that might not work for my furbabys....
Comment by Simersen on Is This the Best Month to Buy a Car? (January 28, 2023 02:54 PM)
Carvana should have been mentioned under the subheading "Avoid Car Buying Scams". Just based on the website you have no idea what you're looking at. P...
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I shudder every time I hear flying cars mentioned. Just have a look at the present road toll, and remember those vehicles are only moving in two dime...
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I have purchased several vehicles through ebay, 2 from dealers and one from a private party. I have been quite satisfied. Any used car is likely to ...
Comment by chuck on Is This the Best Month to Buy a Car? (January 25, 2023 10:08 PM)
BUYER BEWARE! Never a truer statement when it comes to buying a new or used car. They don't call them stealerships for nothing. Read every line in the...
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ChatGPT is at capacity, not accepting new users. Most likely ever student in the US signed up first. I would be afraid of the Withings U-Scan. I woul...
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The hi tech toilet scanner sounds like Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos all over again...
Comment by Emily Booth on Is This the Best Month to Buy a Car? (January 24, 2023 10:29 PM)
I was very disappointed in the Consumer Reports rating for my car when I purchased it in 2015. I wrote to the editor to let her know. In my experien...
Comment by Pete on Is This the Best Month to Buy a Car? (January 23, 2023 08:55 PM)
One thing we have had issues in the state of Georgia, selling cars online and not providing titles. You need to make sure you have in writing that yo...
Comment by Reg on Is This the Best Month to Buy a Car? (January 23, 2023 07:41 PM)
Good article, Bob, as usual. However, be sure you examine the printed purchase agreement line by line before you sign ensuring everything is what and ...

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Is This the Best Month to Buy a Car?

Do you know the best time of year to shop for a new or used car? And how is the global chip shortage affecting auto prices and inventory? Today I have some some tips for online auto buying that will help you save money and get the car you want. You may not even have to set foot in a dealer showroom. Read on...

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Which is the Best Month to Buy a Car?

Do you know the best time to shop for a car? And how is the global chip shortage affecting auto prices and inventory? Today I have some some tips for online auto buying that will help you save money and get the car you want. You may not even have to set foot in a dealer showroom. Read on...

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Are Carfax and Other Vehicle Reports Trustworthy?

If you've shopped for a used car in the past few years, you've probably heard of Carfax, Autocheck, and similar vehicle history reporting services. They purport to give you a reliable, independent look at a car’s major service records, title history, and other factors to help you gauge a used car’s value. But where does this data come from, and how complete is it? Here's the scoop...

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Is There a Big Red Bow in Your Future?

According to experts at Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds (two of the the most popular auto pricing websites), December is the best month of the year to buy a car. Non-stop TV ads touting car deals also attest to that fact. Find out why that's true, and pick up some tips for online auto buying that will help you save money and get the car you want now, or at any time of the year. You may not even have to set foot in a dealer showroom. Read on…

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[AUTO] Trading Privacy for an Insurance Discount?

Old-school car insurers are using new-fangled “connected car” technology to save drivers up to 30% on their auto insurance premiums, while making driving safer and more fun. Sounds good, right? But the devil is in the details. Read on for the scoop...

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[WARNING] Avoid These Car Selling Scams

Selling a car? The Better Business Bureau is warning sellers about a scam that can cost victims just a few dollars or all the hassles of identity theft. If you have bought or sold a used car, you’ve probably seen a “vehicle history report” from a service such as CarFax. Such a report may include information that can help you avoid buying a lemon, or help you get a higher price if you are selling. But it’s important to get vehicle history reports from reliable sources, to avoid being victimized. Whether you are buying or selling, here's what you need to know…

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Here's How to Sell Your Car Online

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[BIG RED BOW?] Online Car Buying Tips

According to both Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book (two of the the most popular auto pricing websites), December is the best month of the year to buy a car. Non-stop TV ads touting car deals also attest to that fact. Find out why that's true, and pick up some tips for online auto buying that will help you save money and get the car you want now, or at any time of the year. You may not even have to set foot in a dealer showroom. Read on...

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Is This the End of Red Lights?

The wait for a traffic signal to turn green can seem like eternity. Worse still is being stopped by a red light every half-mile. These seemingly minor annoyances can add up to make drivers anxious, irritable, and prone to take bigger risks that lead to accidents. If drivers had better information about traffic signals, the roads would be more tranquil and safer. Technology that enables this sort of thing is already available. Here's how to tap into those tools...

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[ALERT] Car Buying Scams

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[COMING SOON] Digital Driver Licenses

A few months ago, I asked if everyone was ready for a digital driver's license. I noted that limited trials of Digital Driver's Licenses (DDLs) were underway in Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Wyoming and the District of Columbia. Now, Louisiana emerges as the first State to offer a Digital Driver's License to the general public. Read on to see how it works and how it has been received...

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[AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable?


If you've shopped for a used car in the past few years, you've probably heard of Carfax, Autocheck, and similar vehicle history reporting services. They purport to give you a reliable, independent look at a car’s major service records, title history, and other factors to help you gauge a used car’s value. But where does this data come from, and how complete is it? Here's the scoop...

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5 Predictions for the Future of Automotive Technology

Cars as people know them have reached the end of their life cycle. In the past 100 years or so they’ve come an incredibly long way, but a new trend is just around the corner. It’s no longer going to be an evolution of already existing cars, but rather a complete wave of new and innovative automobiles that resemble the things people call cars. Read on to learn about the future of cars...

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Uber or Lyft: Which is Best?

Like it or not, ride-hailing services powered by smartphone apps are here to stay. It’s mainly taxi drivers who don’t like Uber, Lyft, and the many also-rans in competition with traditional taxi services. Passengers, by and large, are thrilled to get rides in minutes for far less than taxis charge. Let's compare the Big Two in the ride sharing revolution...

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Are Keyless Cars Hackable?

Does your car have an old-school key that opens the door, or a new-fangled electronic push-button key fob that opens the door and also starts the car? If it's the latter, then it's most likely trivial for a thief with some inexpensive gadgetry to unlock your car and drive away. Here's what you need to know, and one easy way to protect against this hack...

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Should You Buy a Connected Car?

Computer sales are moribund; tablet sales are tanking; even iPhone sales are slowing down. Hardware makers are desperate to find The Next Big Thing to reignite their revenue growth, and they think they have found it. They’re going to connect everything! But do you really want your car connected to the Internet? Read on...

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Are You Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

Questions abound concerning self-driving cars. For starters, who is the legal driver of the vehicle? Who's at fault in case of an accident? And how soon before the steering wheel, brake pedal and accelerator are considered optional features? Read on for answers, and some points to ponder…

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Ready For Driverless Cars?

The biggest hypefest of the 21st Century is “driverless cars.” Is there presently any car that can take you from Point A to Point B, in all kinds of conditions, without human help? How soon can we expect to see driverless cars at dealerships, and whose brand name will be on them? How will driverless cars reshape American society?

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Whose Car Is It Anyway?

Little by little, it’s become more difficult to tinker with your own car. Now automakers want to make it illegal for anyone to mess around with their creations without their permission. Actually, they’re claiming it’s already illegal, and consumer activists are lobbying the Copyright Office to restore our right to tune and tweak our cars, or simply study their inner workings. What the heck is going on?

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Tech That Stops Distracted Driving

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A speeding car slams to a halt. The same car refuses to stop when the driver hits the brakes. Then it turns left abruptly, all by itself. Just for fun, the horn honks and the windshield washers spray. What's going on…?

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Selling a Car Online

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Why I Hate My TomTom GPS

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Gas Mileage Tips

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