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What Is a VIN Number?

What Is a VIN Number?

If you go to register or insure a car, someone is bound to ask you for its VIN. Short for Vehicle Identification Number, the VIN ... read more »
Car History Report: Which One Is Right for You?

Car History Report: Which One Is Right for You?

You may think you’re ready to buy a used car, but have you checked its past? Getting a vehicle history report is a critical step ... read more »
Nitrogen in Tires: Do You Need It?

Nitrogen in Tires: Do You Need It?

You’ve seen signs outside of auto repair shops boasting that they fill tires with nitrogen rather than regular or compressed air. These businesses, and their ... read more »
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Should I Buy a Car With a Salvage Title?

You’ve found the perfect used car, and the price is well below what you expected to pay. It looks like a great deal until you ... read more »
10 Fastest SUVs on the Market

10 Fastest SUVs on the Market

One of the most iconic supercars of all time was the Lamborghini Countach, produced from 1974-1990. The fastest-ever Countach went from zero to 60 in ... read more »
Spicy! Lexus and Sriracha Built a Car Together

Spicy! Lexus and Sriracha Built a Car Together

It’s about time. You can finally take your favorite condiment, Sriracha, wherever you go. Lexus has unveiled a custom version of the 2017 Lexus IS ... read more »
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Online Drivers Ed: How Does It Work?

Online Drivers Ed: How Does It Work?

In an age when kids are both overscheduled and glued to their devices, on-demand drivers education is the next frontier. Rather than spending hours in ... read more »
Cars With Low Crash Test Ratings

Cars With Low Crash Test Ratings

Car safety has come a long way since automakers first featured their crash test scores in advertisements, but some models still do surprisingly poorly. This ... read more »
Are You Wasting Money On Premium Gas?

Are You Wasting Money On Premium Gas?

For about 85 percent of US vehicle owners, the answer is yes. The other 15 percent own luxury or high performance vehicles whose powerful yet ... read more »
How Do Those Car Insurance Tracking Devices Work?

How Do Those Car Insurance Tracking Devices Work?

Insurance companies, generally speaking, are in the business of taking your money while paying out as little as possible in claims. So when insurance companies ... read more »
Upscale Vehicles You Should Buy Right Now

Upscale Vehicles You Should Buy Right Now

There’s no doubt that buying a luxury vehicle will put a bigger dent in your bank account than opting for a more affordable brand. However ... read more »
How Does a Hybrid Car Work?

How Does a Hybrid Car Work?

A hybrid car is one that uses two engines to generate power: an old-fashioned internal combustion engine and an electric engine. Their partnership was born ... read more »
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Buying Cars Online: What You Should Know

Buying Cars Online: What You Should Know

Buying a car should be fun, but unless you love an adversarial bargaining process, the traditional way of car buying can be anything but a ... read more »
What Is An Automatic Braking System?

What Is An Automatic Braking System?

Automatic braking is a safety technology that automatically activates the vehicle’s brake system, to some degree, when necessary. Systems vary from pre-charging brakes, to slowing ... read more »
AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?

AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?

The automotive world is full of misinformation, old myths, and half-truths, and nowhere is that more apparent than in conversations about the drivetrain. Front-wheel drive ... read more »
How Does Turbo Work in a Car?

How Does Turbo Work in a Car?

If you’re unimpressed or underwhelmed by the level of horsepower your current engine delivers, you can give it a significant boost by installing a turbocharger ... read more »
What Is Apple CarPlay?

What Is Apple CarPlay?

Now that more vehicles are adopting Apple CarPlay, it is important to understand why it is available and exactly what it is. Apple CarPlay is ... read more »
What Is Android Auto?

What Is Android Auto?

Android Auto was designed by Google as a new safety feature for drivers. It allows you to use your compatible Android smartphone’s interface through the ... read more »
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How to Sell Your Car to a Dealership

How to Sell Your Car to a Dealership

Selling your car to a dealership can be an intimidating experience. Compared to car dealerships, who buy and sell cars by the truckload, the average ... read more »
Oh Deer: Staying Safe When Love Is in the Air

Oh Deer: Staying Safe When Love Is in the Air

Fall means crisper weather, a new school year, and mating season for animals. Animals can suddenly appear on the road any time of year, but ... read more »
6 Hidden Lease Fees That Could Surprise You

6 Hidden Lease Fees That Could Surprise You

The number of leased vehicles on the road has doubled over the last five years. Assuming the trend continues, consumers can expect vehicle leasing to ... read more »
Don't Ignore That Recall Notice

Don't Ignore That Recall Notice

You open your mailbox and see it sitting there: a letter from the manufacturer stating that your vehicle has been recalled. Receiving a recall notice ... read more »
#ItCanWait: Teens Moved to Tears Over Distracted Driving Story

#ItCanWait: Teens Moved to Tears Over Distracted Driving Story

Distracted driving is dangerous – deadly, in some cases. But that doesn’t stop some young drivers from doing it. In a new video from the ... read more »
Leasing vs. Buying

Leasing vs. Buying

Should I buy or lease? Many consumers find themselves asking that question. Leasing a vehicle is a very different transaction than buying one. When you enter ... read more »
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Subprime Auto Loans: Why You Should Avoid Them

Subprime Auto Loans: Why You Should Avoid Them

It has been said that the first step in getting yourself out of a hole is to stop digging it deeper. But there’s a segment ... read more »
Understanding the Porsche 911 Lineup

Understanding the Porsche 911 Lineup

The Porsche 911 is synonymous with the words “sports car” around the world. With its unmistakable shape and rear-engine layout, it may look unchanged, but ... read more »
Best Minivans for the Money

Best Minivans for the Money

Minivans get no respect. The people movers have been around more than 30 years and it seems the kids who grew up climbing through the ... read more »
The Google Car

Google Car: What You Need to Know

The auto industry as we know it is about to be joined by a couple of new players, though you already know their names and ... read more »
Dodge Challenger vs. Dodge Charger

Battle of the Muscle Cars: 2016 Dodge Challenger vs. 2016 Dodge Charger

We've all been there. You're at the dealer and you've got two cars in front of you. One is a sports coupe ... read more »
2016 Best Cars for the Money

Behind the 2016 Best Cars for the Money

Here at U.S. News, we update our car rankings weekly so we can give you the most up-to-date picture of what the automotive press ... read more »
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The 2016 Best Cars for the Money Awards Arrive Tomorrow

Shopping with an eye toward managing your budget can feel like an exercise in compromise, especially when buying a car. After all, most of us ... read more »
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6 Frump-Free Family Cars

If you’re a parent, you sometimes emerge from a haze of tantrums, mystery stains, teen-aged rebellion and Doc McStuffins to ask yourself, when was the ... read more »
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Your Car Can Do What?!

The days of crank windows and turning the radio knob just enough to tune in a faraway station are long gone.  Today’s cars are ... read more »
2016 Models

9 Biggest 2016 Debuts (and What Reviewers Thought of Them)

The 2016 model year has dozens of all-new or redesigned models, and we've compiled a list of the nine most important. Whether because of ... read more »
2016 Honda Civic

8 Changes to the Redesigned 2016 Honda Civic

The 2016 Honda Civic is new from the ground up. Honda claims this new Civic is better than the old model in pretty much every ... read more »
2016 Honda Pilot

9 Fun Facts About the New 2016 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot has been completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, and it comes with significant improvements across the board, according to automotive critics ... read more »
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8 Cars to Unleash Your Inner James Bond

Cars have always been an iconic part of the James Bond films, but most of them are ultra-rare luxury and performance cars. In the new ... read more »
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Redesigned 2016 Mazda Miata Recaptures the Fun of the Original

The new 2016 Mazda Miata hit dealerships in August. This fourth-generation model, according to MX-5 Vehicle Line Manager Rod McLaughlin, represents an effort to “get ... read more »
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Buying a Car with Bad Credit: What to Expect and What to Avoid

Even as July numbers show the auto industry is on track for near-record sales volume of 17.5 million vehicles this year, according to Kelley ... read more »
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Understanding J.D. Power Reliability Ratings for Car Buying

Regardless of warranty, new and used car buyers want their vehicles to be dependable. That’s why reliability ratings from J.D. Power and Associates are ... read more »
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When is it Time to Break Up with Your Car?

Say what you want about Americans’ love affair with the automobile, but a difficult breakup with a car, SUV or truck can lead to something ... read more »
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New Car Safety Ratings Explained

No one ever plans to be in a car accident, but if one happens, we want to be safe. In fact, a 2012 survey by ... read more »
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5 Common Mistakes Used Car Buyers Make

When it comes to used car buying, there are lots of mistakes buyers can make. However, there are five common mistakes that experts familiar with ... read more »
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All-wheel Drive or Four-wheel Drive: Which is Right for You?

The middle of summer may not seem like the right time to worry about the differences between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, but it’s certainly ... read more »
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Your Car's Brain is in Your Pocket

There’s an interesting phenomenon in new cars. Soon, a major factor in what car you buy could be decided by what phone you carry in ... read more »
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Why do Today's Transmissions Have so Many Gears?

It wasn’t that long ago that a five-speed automatic transmission was considered a major automotive advancement. Now manufacturers are working together to develop 10-speed transmissions ... read more »
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10 Used SUVs that Won't Break the Bank

Now is a great time to be in the market for a used SUV. Gas prices are still reasonable and a used SUV could save ... read more »
2015 Jeep Renegade

Best 4th of July Car Sales 2015

Although these are great deals, they aren't up to date. To find our latest 4th of July car deals, follow the links below. 10 ... read more »
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Are Some Car Tech Features Really Worth the Money?

With all the high-tech safety and driver assistance features available on new vehicles today, it can be hard to decide which ones you should spend ... read more »
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Top Cars for College Students

Are you thinking about helping your high school graduate with the purchase of a new car? We've compiled a list of the best cars ... read more »
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