December 2012

Carfax, National Kidney Foundation partner on car donations

(December 5, 2012) NEW YORK — Carfax has extended its support of the National Kidney Foundation by promoting the donation of used cars. For vehicles donated to the Kidney Cars program, Carfax makes the donation part of the vehicle's history by adding a record to the Carfax Vehicle History Report.

Holiday shopping hint: Two-thirds of Americans want a car for Christmas

(December 5, 2012) WASHINGTON — The auto industry is a bright spot in the U.S. economy, and one reason is that many consumers are eager for a new automobile — and secretly hope to receive one as a holiday gift, according to a new poll released today by automakers. Holiday advertisements for cars as gifts appear every year about this time, and half of consumers are familiar with these auto ads showing someone giving or receiving a car.

November transaction prices rise to highest levels In almost year

(December 4, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — TrueCar estimated today that the average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $30,832 in November, up $335 (1.1 percent) from November 2011 and up $346 (1.1 percent) from October 2012.

Nearly 9 in 10 seniors drive a car that doesn't fit their aging needs

(December 3, 2012) WASHINGTON — With nearly 90 percent of motorists 65 and older suffering from health issues that affect driving safety, finding a car that not only adapts to conditions, such as lack of flexibility or muscle strength, while maintaining safety and comfort can be difficult. 

Data from a new AAA survey also reveals that only one in 10 senior drivers with aging health issues are driving a vehicle that has features like keyless entry and larger dashboard controls that can assist with such conditions.

Kelley: New-car shoppers return to market In November

(December 2, 2012) IRVINE, Calif. — New-car sales are expected to hit 14.7 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in November, slightly outpacing the 14.3 million unit pace achieved last month when Superstorm Sandy swept the East Coast, according to Kelley Blue Book, 

Although sales remained somewhat suppressed in storm-devastated parts of the northeast immediately following the storm, it looks as though the worst may be behind us.

AAA: E15 gas may damage vehicles; consumer confusion seen

(December 2, 2012) ORLANDO, Fla. — A recent survey by AAA finds a strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent approval of E15 gasoline.