At $9,500, Is This 2003 Pontiac Bonneville SEEI A Bargain?

Today Good price or no dice Pontiac takes its name from the famously revered speeding site of Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. The car is supposed to be charged, but let’s see if it price bites to like salt on a wound. There is a myth that in the 18th century a law was enacted in … Read more

Chevy Bolt Hits Reset

Photo: Chevy Chevy says bolts are good now, Hummer EV buyers seem insufferable and VinFast. All this and more in The morning shift for April 7, 2022. 1st Gear: Bolt The Chevy Bolt, like you will remember, was subject to a massive recall last year due to a potential fire related to its batteries. This … Read more

VW abandons cheap cars

Almost 20 years after Volkswagen introduced the Phaeton to a resounding “huh?” of the buying public, VW is once again doubling down on premium models offering higher profit margins than bargain products. All this and more in The morning shift for April 6, 2022. 1st gear: Must be fun being an Audi executive right now … Read more

General Motors engineers built a unique Buick tire shredder

Photo: Auctions Me More than two decades ago, General Motors engineers set out to create the personal luxury car that Buick truly deserved. They took Cadillac’s Northstar V8 and crammed it into a front-wheel-drive Buick Riviera. The car was supposed to be the future of the coupe but ended up being one of its last … Read more

Car dealerships are getting bigger and bigger

Dealerships in America keep getting bigger, with consolidation on the rise. All this and more in The morning shift for April 4, 2022. 1st gear: consolidation is in place Industry trade that is Automotive News reports heavily on auto dealership activity, and this year’s report indicates that consolidation continues unabated. The top 10 and 150 … Read more

Hybrids are back and Toyota is seizing the moment

Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP (Getty Images) Toyota’s lagging ways are working to its advantage, more factories in Michigan have halted production and Lewis Hamilton’s aversion to racing in Saudi Arabia is just a big misunderstanding, Saudi Arabia says . All that and more in this Friday edition of The morning shift for April 1, 2022. I … Read more

Need a fuel efficient car to deliver packages. What should I buy?

Picture: Ford Darlene has a small package delivery business, but his 300,000-mile van eats into his profits with fuel and maintenance costs. She has a $16,000 budget for something affordable and fuel-efficient to make her deliveries. (Welcome back to Which car should you buy? Where we give real people real advice on buying cars. ) … Read more

DOJ’s Google Maps probe could send ripples through auto industry

Picture: The North Star Google is again in the spotlight for anticompetitive practices by the US Department of Justice, this time over Google Maps and its forced bundling with other Google services in cars that incorporate the giant’s Android Automotive platform. technology, like those of Volvo and Polestar. Car manufacturers are prohibited from replacing Google … Read more

At $19,900, Is This Rare 1977 VW Hormiga Stakebed A Bargain?

For today Good price or no dice Contest I bring you a VW Hormiga or “Ant”. You’ve probably never heard of it before, but now that you’ve heard of it, let’s see what you could expect to pay for it. One of the most famous lines of the 1978s animal house is Dean Wormer chiding … Read more

Everyone’s pandemic car loans could eat them up in debt

In 2020, everyone took one look at the auto market – with dramatically low supplies and dramatically high demand – and still took out a loan for a new car. It’s been…good so far, but it could come back to haunt us. All this and more in The morning shift for March 23, 2022. 1st … Read more

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