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Buckling down on car seats for National Safety Month

(June 15, 2019) PLANO, Texas — What if there was a way to help prevent one of the leading causes of childhood death, but three out of four of us were doing it incorrectly? What if you found out we were talking about something as ordinary as a car seat? What would you do?

For Gloria Del Castillo, the answer has always been clear: help more families get it right. That’s why she is so passionate about Buckle Up for Life and her role as senior specialist of community engagement.

Edmunds finds big supply of popular low-mileage used vehicles

(June 14, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Shoppers browsing the used car market right now might be pleasantly surprised by what they find, according to the latest Used Vehicle Report released by the car shopping experts at Edmunds. According to Edmunds analysts, a deluge of lightly used, lower-mileage vehicles are coming off lease and filling used car lots.

Edmunds experts also note that these used vehicles reflect the body styles that shoppers want, namely trucks and SUVs, and carry far more standard features than they did five years ago.

So, you think you're a good driver? Your fellow commuters might disagree

(June 13, 2019) SEATTLE — Can you parallel park like a pro? Are you the master of merging? Do you dismiss dangerous driving distractions? According to the latest poll from PEMCO Insurance, Northwest drivers think highly of their own basic driving skills, but they question how well fellow commuters perform behind the wheel.

Summer savings continue at the pump — Prices drop 7 cents in week

(June 11, 2019) Nearly every state’s gas price average is cheaper than a week ago, a month ago and a year ago. Today’s national average is $2.74, which is seven-cents cheaper than last week, 13-cents less than a month ago and 18 cents cheaper than a year ago, according to the AAA.

Car shoppers get temporary reprieve as interest rates drop

(June 10, 2019) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Interest rates for new vehicles dipped to their lowest level of 2019 in May, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 6.1% in May, compared to 6.27% in April.

Edmunds analysts say this month-over-month dip is in part due to a bump in zero percent finance deals from automakers in May; these deals constituted 5.7% of financed transactions, compared to 3.2% last month.

Study finds prime customers continue to opt for used vehicles

(June 9, 2019) SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — More and more prime and super-prime car shoppers in the market for their next vehicle are electing to buy used, according to new research from Experian. Findings from the Q1 2019 State of the Automotive Finance Market report show that the percentage of prime (61.88 percent) and super-prime (44.78 percent) consumers choosing used vehicles reached an all-time high.

VW upgrades Atlas making several safety features standard equipment

By Paul Borden

(June 7, 2019) Introduced just a couple of years ago, the Atlas SUV is the largest vehicle in Volkswagen’s lineup and has become the German automaker’s third-best seller behind only the smaller Tiguan crossover and Jetta compact sedan.

IIHS finds vehicle manufacturers make strides on LATCH ease of use

(June 7, 2019) Nearly three-quarters of 2019 vehicles have LATCH hardware that rates good or acceptable for ease of use, as automakers continue making improvements that help parents and caregivers properly install child restraints, according to testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The results mark a shift from 2015, when IIHS launched its LATCH ease-of-use ratings. At that time, a majority of new vehicles rated poor or marginal.

Gas Stations see business climb 69% during Memorial Day weekend

(June 7, 2019) BOSTON — GasBuddy reveals how impactful the holiday weekend was for fuel and convenience retailers, with gas stations along major highways seeing a 69% lift overall compared to the previous weekend. Meanwhile, quick service restaurants only saw a 27% lift and coffee shops saw a 20% lift.

Lunchtime visits from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. made up 36% of all traffic to gas stations over the holiday weekend. When compared to the previous weekend, gas stations saw a 105% uplift in foot traffic during lunch hours.

Autotrader outlines top certified pre-owned deals for June

(June 7, 2019) ATLANTA — Summer buying season starts full-swing in June as the days get longer and consumers have more free time to shop. With the weather heating up, so are the opportunities to find the perfect car. Certified pre-owned programs provide a great option for getting the vehicle you want at a price that leaves money in the budget for that upcoming summer vacation.

"Whether celebrating dads and grads or looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, there are plenty of reasons to buy a certified pre-owned car in June," said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader.