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  • Buying Used: Hot to choose a preowned vehicle that will provide years of loyal service.

    Prices on used vehicles have climbed due to reduced new vehicle sales the past several years, a drop in leasing and fewer trade-ins. Prices on fuel-efficient models have increased with particular speed, with values up 20 percent from January to May 2011,...
  • The pros and cons of owning a hybrid vehicle

    You’ve heard the hype about hybrids.  But what are the real benefits and disadvantages to owning one?   Hybrid car sales have dipped in recent years. However, supporters note that vehicle sales in general have also decreased over that period,...
  • My Ride, My Color My Way

    By Deb Acord, CTW Features Automakers are helping expressive owners stand out with jazzy new colors Drivers around the world who like to fit in with the masses choose silver cars. But those who like to be different might check out something in Majestic,...
  • We are what we Drive

    Cars get us from point A to point b In between, they communicate a little something about who we are   By Deb Acord CTW Features   Walk through a dealership lot and what do you see reflected in the maze of gleaming paint, chrome and glass? A new...
  • How Gas Could Hit $6 a Gallon

    Fuel prices are ramping up faster than their usual summer gains, and there's a 20 percent chance that prices could spike to nearly $6 a gallon, industry research firm IHS says. "Only three percent of consumer budgets go to gasoline. That’s tiny,"...
  • U.S. Army Working on Green Humvee

    By Patrick Olsen Cars.com The U.S. Army is looking for a few more miles to the gallon, and a new troop carrier that might replace the famed gas-hungry Humvee could get as much as 70% better fuel economy. Specifically, the Army is working with Ricardo...
  • How to check if your car was recalled but not fixed

    Car owners and buyers will be able to look up whether a vehicle has been recalled and fixed under a new federal program launched late Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed an online search tool where drivers can...
  • Poll: 69% favor Prop. 45 measure on regulating health insurance rates

    Poll: 69% favor Prop. 45 measure on regulating health insurance rates
    A new poll shows 69% of California voters back Proposition 45, a November ballot measure giving the insurance commissioner the power to stop excessive health-insurance rate increases. The Field Poll released Wednesday indicates broad support statewide...
  • Top 5 Hampton Roads industries now hiring

    Top 5 Hampton Roads industries now hiring
    As summer turns into fall, that familiar “back-to-school” feeling affects adults as well as children. Just as kids get serious about schoolwork after months of play, many grownups feel it’s time focus on their current career path. Take a...
  • Taiwan growth outlook brightens as factories gear up for smartphone demand

    Taiwan growth outlook brightens as factories gear up for smartphone demand
    The launch of new tech products such as Apple's iPhone 6 will help Taiwan remain one of Asia's stronger exporters, bolstering its economic prospects this year amid a patchy global recovery. After the government raised Taiwan's GDP outlook for 2014 last...
  • Investors await Yellen's words from Wyoming, where Fed meets this week

    This week, the Federal Reserve will go into one of the most carefully scrutinized events of the year when it debates whether employment has healed enough to let interest rates start to rise. On Friday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will speak at...