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January, 2010 Archive

The Toyota Recall – What Owners & Buyers Need to Know

Toyota originally began recalling models due to accelerator problems back in October of 2009. This week’s recall and suspension of sales was much more extensive, covering eight Toyota models. Toyota says that the likelihood of the accelerator sticking is "extraordinarily rare" and that unless drivers have experienced problems they can continue driving their vehicles. If [...]

Tax Deduction for 2009 Vehicle Purchases

If you purchased a new vehicle between February 17 and December 31, 2009 you may be able to receive a tax deduction according to the Internal Revenue Service. This program is not to be confused with the government’s earlier CARS or “Cash for Clunkers” program. Instead it is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment [...]

Woman Learns Deal to Good to be True

How do you know if a good deal is too good to be true? According to a recent Star Tribune report, Tammie Townsend didn’t know until her car salesman called with a surprising request. Two weeks after purchasing a used vehicle from Wasler Chrysler in Hopkins, MN she was to redo her contract and pay [...]

10 Best & Worst Car Makers in Brand Perception

This month, Consumer Reports released their 2010 Car Brand Perception Survey. Chevrolet, Ford, and Subaru saw 30-point increase in overall perception scores, while Toyota held on to the number one spot. The survey is comprised of consumer’s brand perceptions based seven categories: Safety, quality, value, performance, design/style, technology/innovation, and environmentally friendly/green. The scores do not [...]

Electric & Hybrid Cars at the Detroit Auto Show

This year, at the North American International Auto Show, nearly every car maker is making it’s presence known on the electric/hybrid front. Here’s a quick look at what may be on the market in the coming years. Toyota responds to consumers demands for a cheaper and smaller hybrid with the FT-CH concept. A "dedicated hybrid" [...]

2010 North American Car & Truck of the Year

Yesterday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford Transit Connect were named as the 2010 North American Car and Truck of the Year respectively. Funded and juried by 50 automotive journalists from the US and Canada, the North American Car of the Year awards aim to [...]