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Keep Your Car Clean to Reduce Spread of Coronavirus

By Ryan Zummallen, Edmunds | Apr 1, 2020

Since vehicle interiors are essentially small contained spaces, it is important to take steps to reduce the risk of contracting the virus while driving or riding inside.

How Root is Building a Future-Proof Insurance Company

Aug 24, 2018

From new technology to preparing for autonomous vehicles, Root is at the forefront of the insurance industry.

Should You Fix Up or Break Up with Your Car?

By Philip Reed | Apr 26, 2018

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.

New Jersey Banning Coffee While Driving? Not So Fast

By Michael Catalini | Aug 9, 2016

Drivers who drink coffee behind the wheel don't need to worry about getting a ticket in New Jersey any time soon.

The Return of the Road Trip

May 21, 2016

Grab your sunglasses, a giant cup of coffee and prepare to hit the highway: 2016 is shaping up to be the summer of the road trip.

FCA Recalling 27,520 Dodge Darts for Safety Issue

Sep 17, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 27,520 Dodge Darts worldwide because the small cars' transmissions can unexpectedly shift into neutral.

Auto Safety Tech: Survey Shows Big Gaps in Knowledge

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Sep 11, 2015

The survey, by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center's Transportation and Vehicle Safety program, suggests big gaps in the public's knowledge about potentially life-saving features.

Car Deals Abound if You Want a 2015 Model

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Sep 7, 2015

If you're looking for a bargain on a new car - and you're not too picky about getting the latest model - September is the time to buy.

US Bank Earnings Rose 7.3 Percent in April-June Quarter

By Marcy Gordon | Sep 4, 2015

U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.

Apple, Google Bring Smartphone Functions to Car Dashboards

By Ryan Nakashima | Sep 4, 2015

Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.

US Agency Probes Jeep SUV Rollaway Complaints

Aug 26, 2015

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park. The probe covers 408,000 Grand Cherokees from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Zero-Percent Financing May Not be Best Deal

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Aug 11, 2015

When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Yet that cheap money might not be the best deal you can get.

Average US Vehicle Age Hits Record 11.5 Years

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Aug 10, 2015

The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.

Hitchhiking Robot Beaten and Left for Dead, US Trip Ends

Aug 5, 2015

A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.

Tesla Offers 1st Incentive in Owner Referral Program

Aug 4, 2015

Electric car maker Telsa Motors Inc. is offering its first incentive, $1,000 to new-car buyers who are referred by current Tesla owners.

Ford F-150 Gets Mixed Crash Test Results

Aug 1, 2015

Ford's aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests.

What's in the 6-Year Senate Transportation Bill

By Joan Lowy | Jul 30, 2015

The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.

Gov't: Fiat Chrysler Must Offer to Buy Back 500,000 Pickups

By Tom Krisher, Jonathan Fahey | Jul 28, 2015

Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls.

Software Fix May Prevent Hackers from Remotely Controlling Your Jeep

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Jul 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler said that it has a software fix that will prevent future hacking into the Jeep Cherokee and other vehicles. The fix is a response to a recent article in Wired magazine about two well-known hackers who remotely took control of a vehicle.

Cost of Insurance Forcing Many in Detroit to 'Drive Dirty'

By Corey Williams | Jul 22, 2015

Many drivers in Detroit find it tough to pay their auto insurance premiums, which are the highest in the nation at more than $5,000 a year for full coverage.

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