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Dos and Don'ts: Shopping Smart for a New Car

If you have been thinking about buying a new car, now could be the perfect time to visit a dealership. Many automotive retailers are offering incentives that make purchasing that new car or truck much more affordable.
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Auto Recovery 2010?

Automotive industry analysts say that a revival of sales in December 2009 point to a slow but sure auto market recovery for 2010. While figures are encouraging, sales will not rise to pre-recession levels, say experts.
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Best Bets in Affordable Autos

Buyers looking for affordable vehicles will find that this model year has a promising variety of autos in all sizes. U.S. News & World Report offers their summary of rides -- from large SUVs to subcompacts -- that are affordable and reliable. Their numbers are compiled from the reports of analysts and editors from leading automotive reviews and ratings, as well as test drive results. Here are the top picks from each category.
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Make the Most of Your Next Trip to the Dealership

Few purchases can be as nerve wracking as buying a vehicle. Short of buying a house, buying a car is the biggest purchase many people ever make. Such a large financial commitment makes it no great surprise that many car buyers approach the process with a degree of trepidation.
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Warranty Tips for Your Preowned Vehicle

Few industries have undergone as much change as the auto industry since the dawn of the 21st century. An increased emphasis on environmentally-conscious behavior has led auto manufacturers to continually develop hybrid vehicles, while escalating fuel costs forced the auto industry to focus attention on producing more fuel-efficient vehicles.
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Did You Know?

In spite of a struggling economy and an attitudinal shift toward living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, the top-selling vehicle of 2009 was the Ford F-Series pickup truck. According to Cars.com, a leading online resource catering to online car shoppers, Ford sold more than 413,000 F-series trucks, easily distancing itself from the runner-up.
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Most Expensive Vehicles to Insure

The nation's drivers often groan about the cost of automobile insurance. That reality has led to the proliferation of auto insurance provider commercials on radio and television, each advertising more affordable rates.
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Luxury Innovations Continue

Cadillac has unveiled the XTS Platinum Concept this year, suggesting a new paradigm for the luxury sedan of the future. The concept showcases Cadillac's emerging top-of-the-line Platinum series of models, emphasizing new expressions of luxury and technological features, including a plug-in hybrid propulsion system.
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Did You Know?

Though the issue has largely stopped grabbing headlines and has simply become a fact of life, the cost of fuel is likely to be on the rise again in 2010. So says the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), whose Short-Term Energy Outlook expects the price of crude oil to substantially increase in 2010 and 2011.
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