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April 4, 2014 General Motors will provide a free loaner car to anyone who has a recalled car that needs a defective ignition switch replaced.

April 2, 2014 A bill in the Senate would require an automaker to tell federal safety regulators as soon as it knows about a fatal accident involving one of its vehicles.
March 25, 2014 GM has taken a lot of heat for its failure to recall vehicles with defective ignition switches. Consumer advocates are pointing the finger at NHTSA. They say the government auto safety agency was asleep at the wheel in the GM recall case - and many others.
July 22, 2013 A new study finds that some of the countryís major insurance companies use education and occupation to premium rates for auto policies. The Consumer Federation of American says this is unfair and discriminatory.

 June 5, 2013
Peer-to-peer car sharing is only a few years old. As this new business model expands, itís running into a few roadblocks. Some state insurance regulators are asking questions about liability issues.

May 21, 2013
By law, a car dealer cannot sell you a vehicle thatís under a safety recall until itís been repaired. But a company can rent you that same vehicle even if it hasn't been fixed. A bill in the U.S. Senate would close this safety loophole.

 April 19, 2013 New car loans of six & seven years are becoming increasingly popular. Some lenders will even stretch out those payments eight years! These long-term loans drive down monthly payments, but increase the cost of borrowing that money.
March 21, 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some dealerships that offer third-party financing are discriminating based on race. A person of color often pays more for the same auto loan than a white person with a similar credit score.
March 21, 2013 picked SUVs, minivans, hatchbacks and wagons that are designed to make it easier for you to transport your pet in safety. These vehicles also have comfort features that make the ride more enjoyable for Fido or Mittens.
February 25, 2013 How far would you go to save a few cents per gallon? If you drive too far out of you way, youíll waste time  and spend more on gas to get there than youíll save. But how far is too far? Online calculators can help.
February 18, 2013 Return a leased vehicle before the end of the contract and you can expect to pay an early termination fee. That is, unless the manufacturer or dealer wants you to get into another lease sooner. It's called a pull-ahead lease. Is it for you?
February 8, 2013 Good drivers are supposed to get the best insurance rates. But new research shows safe drivers with lower income are frequently charged more than those who recently caused an accident. How can this be?
January 15, 2013  The Federal Trade Commission is in the process of updating its Used Car Rule and some prominent consumer advocates are not happy with the proposed changes. They believe more should and could be done to protect buyers.

December 3, 2012  Most people buy it and forget it. But that can be a costly mistake. Premiums vary wildly from company to company. Experts say you should comparison shop every few years. Hereís how to quickly see if youíre getting a good deal.
June 12, 2012  Under current law, rental car companies can put you behind the wheel of a car or truck thatís under a safety  recall, but has not been fixed. Consumer advocates want Congress to pass a law that grounds recalled rental cars until theyíre repaired.
May 31, 2012 Itís unfortunate, but unethical salespeople often see service members as easy marks. The unscrupulous practices include: falsifying loan applications, bait-and-switch financing and  selling a car they know has been in a wreck without telling the customer.
April 23, 2012 What bugs you about taking your car to the repair shop? Consumer Reports asked more than 5,000 subscribers about their gripes. Find out what they said. Plus tips on how to get the job done properly.

March 23, 2012 Some dealers promise to pay off any amount you owe on your trade-in, even if you are upside down on the loan. Watch out: consumer advocates say they may be lying. Fall for the pitch and you could get taken for a ride.


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