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Road Trips and Restaurants: Eating your way across America
Road trips are about more than just getting from one place to another. Road trips are about the experiences along the way.  They are about the people, the culture and the food you encounter while traveling to your destination. If you haven’t stopped at a roadside diner or two, you’ve missed out on one of the best parts of driving the open road – tasting the colorful cuisine that defines different parts of the country. I know what you’re thinking. Most roadside restaurants are a little short on quality and low… Read More

Finding a new vehicle you can afford to purchase
When you want or need a new vehicle, you may be tempted to go out and buy something without counting the costs. But don't give in to temptation. Many people do not take the time to think about the additional costs associated with owning a vehicle such as:  How much you will have to spend on gas for the vehicle How high is the car insurance on this type of vehicle Are the maintenance costs higher on this vehicle compared to others in its class No one really wants to think about additional costs of ownership when you may just… Read More

New car sales pointing to big gains for May and year, sources report
The headlines on new car sales in May all point in the same direction – up. “Sales of new cars and trucks in May are expected to top 1.43 million vehicles, while the annual sales pace is forecast to hit 15.2 million vehicles, according to a report by J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive, as well as one by,” Reuters news service reported. “Kelley Blue Book's forecast is slightly more conservative, as it sees sales rising 6 percent to almost 1.42 million and an annual sales rate of 15 million,” said Reuters. “Big sales this [Memorial] holiday weekend… Read More

Road Trips: The Cure for ‘Summertime Blues’
I’ve never understood the seemingly paradoxical title of the song “Summertime Blues.” Based solely on the title, it must be included among top Summer Road Songs, but even as a child, the summer season was my favorite time of year. Blockbuster movies, road trips to the beach, the neighborhood pool, family vacations, non-family vacations or other road trips, baseball games, all equate to carefree days where I experience anything but the summertime blues. If you’re the type who starts feeling the heat of the summer, I offer up the idea of a road trip as a cure. Even if it’s… Read More

Road Trip: AAA says car still rules for Memorial Day holiday travel
Automobile travel will retain its traditional spot at the top of transportation modes Americans use for the Memorial Day weekend period, May 23-27, according to a survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA).   “Approximately 31.2 million people plan to drive to their destination, an increase of 0.25 percent from the 31.1 million who drove last year,” Heather Hunter, AAA public relations director, wrote in a press release earlier this week. “Almost nine out of ten holiday travelers (89 percent) will take to the nation’s roadways during the Memorial Day weekend.” Overall, AAA Travel projects “34.8 million Americans will journey 50… Read More

Convertibles that offer hot fun in the summer time
Looking for a vehicle that will provide you hot fun in the summer time? Then you may be thinking about buying a convertible. We thought about it. That’s when we went in search of online lists of the best convertibles for summer 2013 for you to consider. What we found is a fair amount of agreement among lists on which convertibles are the best. We started with The Street article, “10 Best Convertibles for Summer 2013,” which are: 1. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, $30,660 starting price 2. 2013 Chrysler 200 Touring, $27,100 3. 2014 Ford Mustang, $27,200 4. BMW 328i, $47,600 5.… Read More

Star Trek attitude makes these 10 vehicles attention-getters
Attitude. Spock and Kirk’s get a lot of attention in the new movie “Star Trek Into Darkness.” It gets even more from Kelley Blue Book’s list of “10 Cars that Exude Attitude.” "Are you giving me attitude, son?" a commanding officer in Star Trek asks Spock. "I'm giving you multiple attitudes. To which one are you referring?" Spock replies. And so it is with KBB’s list – it gives us multiple attitudes represented by 10 cars from the class of 2013. "'s list of ‘10 Cars that Exude Attitude’ showcases vehicles that stand out from the crowd, cars that… Read More

Jeep Wrangler: Ohio assembly complex marks production of one-millionth JK Model
Toledo, Ohio – The one-millionth Jeep Wrangler JK model, a Rubicon, descendant of one of the most iconic vehicles in the world, rolled off the assembly line Friday at Chrysler Group’s Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex. Chrysler executives, plant employees, UAW representatives and supplier partners gathered at the end of the line to mark the special occasion. Mauro Pino, Chrysler Group’s Vice President of Vehicle Assembly Operations, and Dan Henneman, Jeep Unit Chairman of UAW Local 12, drove the black 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, bound for a customer in Sarasota, Fla., off the final line to the applause… Read More

Road Trip: My adventure from North Carolina to Dallas, Texas
After graduating recently from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I was ready for my next life adventure working at Santander Consumer USA in Dallas. The only thing standing in the way of that adventure was the 19-hour road trip from Chapel Hill to Dallas. I had mapped out the trip and decided that I would stop at my aunt’s house for the weekend in Mandeville, La., on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, and then go from there to Dallas on Monday. The road trip was relatively easy, direction wise. Interstate… Read More

CPO vehicles more popular than ever, reports
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are more popular than ever, according to a new report from, a premier resource for car shopping and automotive information. The report, which evaluates the landscape of America’s used car market through the first quarter of 2013, found that CPO sales this year are up 6.2 percent over the first three months of 2012, and that the segment’s 21 percent share of all used car sales by franchise dealers in 1Q 2013 was the highest it has ever been. “Car manufacturers love certified pre-owned programs because they attract new customers, strengthen loyalty… Read More