September 2011

AAA offers tips on selecting an automotive repair shop

(September 16, 2011) HEATHROW, Fla. — Fifty four percent of American drivers report they have decided to keep an existing vehicle rather than invest in a newer one, according to a recent AAA survey. In addition, many drivers are foregoing routine vehicle maintenance to save money now, knowing they risk higher repair costs in the future.

Study finds parents struggle with proper child safety seat use

(September 16, 2011) WASHINGTON, D.C. — New Safe Kids USA research shows that most parents aren't using child seats correctly. Only 30 percent are using the tether straps that keep the tops of child seats — and children's heads — secured in crashes, and many are not using the safest seats for their children's ages, according to the non-profit group.

Study finds increased complexity of multimedia systems creates problems

(September 14, 2011) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — As multimedia systems in vehicles become increasingly sophisticated, owners report more problems using them, according to a J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study.

The study finds that new-vehicle owners report more problems within their vehicle’s multimedia system as the complexity of the system grows.

Majority of car shoppers wait for year-end sales events

(September 14, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. — According to the latest Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence Consumer Sentiment survey, 62 percent of new car and used car shoppers are looking to purchase within the next three months, due primarily to year-end sales events.

Consumer sentiment is in line with what Kelley Blue Book market analysts anticipate will be a strong fourth quarter with increased cash incentives and attractive lease offerings.

Incentive battle looming between Japanese, domestic automakers

(September 12, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. — Kelley Blue Book's web site,, reported today that it anticipates strong incentives late in the year in the form of cash and attractive lease offerings. As the Japanese replenish inventory and begin to throw cash on the hood, expect to see the domestics follow suit, setting off an incentive battle.

Prior to the earthquake, Japanese brands were consistently capturing close to 40 percent of all United States sales, but since April they have seen their monthly share of sales dwindle to nearly 30 percent.

Survey finds commute more bearable, but stress levels through the roof

(September 8, 2011) ARMONK, N.Y. — A new IBM survey of the daily commute in a cross-section of some of the most economically important international cities reveals a startling dichotomy: while the commute has become a lot more bearable over the past year, drivers’ complaints are going through the roof.

How to spot flood-damaged cars

(September 7, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Used car shoppers — including those not on the East or Gulf coasts — should be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles that often hit the market during and after the hurricane season, says

The advisory comes just days after Hurricane Irene caused flooding in several U.S. cities and 10 inches of rain fell in Louisiana. Other storms threaten the U.S. as hurricane season continues.

Aluminum usage in automobiles growing, survey shows

(September 7, 2011) DETROIT — Automakers are accelerating their shift to aluminum away from other materials for new car and light truck construction, as they seek to safely and cost-effectively lower the weight of vehicles according to a new survey of North American automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid named NADAguides' Car of the Month

(September 6, 2011) COSTA MESA, Calif. — NADAguides has picked the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE as the Car of the Month for September. NADAguides says the Camry offers consumers a completely redesigned  hybrid vehicle with class-leading upgrades at a price lower than the 2011 model.   

The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling vehicle in the country for the past nine years and the analysts at NADAguides feel this reign will continue with the help of the all-new 2012 model. 

Range anxiety not as important as expected, UK survey finds

(September 6, 2011) Motorists are only marginally more open to the idea of buying a next-generation hybrid car or range-extended model as they are a fully electric battery model, the latest research has found.

As the UK prepares to welcome the first plug-in hybrid models and range-extended cars, research from leading green car guide, found that, in spite of concerns over charging infrastructure, just a small majority of motorists would prefer one these cars over a fully battery-dependent model.