Five Thoughts about the Auto Industry for April 8, 2011

Another week has come and gone, and with it a number of interesting trends and stories in the automotive industry that don’t always get covered by the mainstream press. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the goings-on that caught my eye over the past seven days. read more »

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Dr. ColorChip Review – A Paint Chip Repair System That Works

My new Cadillac had spent its entire life in Florida – which is apparently the rock chip capital of the universe – because while most of the paint on Cadillac was in great shape, the front bumper, hood and quarter panels were a pastiche of chips and small scratches. read more »

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You Say Chevrolet, I Say Chevy

The automotive media had a field day this week with an internal memo that had been sent to Chevrolet employees in Detroit. The contents of the message stressed that the word ‘Chevy’ was no longer to be used in any official communications regarding the brand, as it was causing too much confusion and diluting the Chevrolet image. read more »

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IIHS Top Safety Pick Award – What Does It Mean?

There are so many different seals of approval, safety awards and marks of industry excellence floating around the automotive world that it can be difficult for the average driver to sort through the accolades and determine which ones are the most meaningful to them. read more »

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My Miata Heartbreak

Spring is supposed to be a happy time. Not only does the snow melt – at least in my part of the world – but the warm temperatures and clear roads mean that enthusiasts start to bring their cars out of hibernation. One week ago I made a special trip to the top secret location where my Mazda Miata rode out the snowy months in blissful slumber, intent on breaking it out from under its car cover. read more »

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Beware Online Car Sales Scams

The old cliché that the internet is full of scams is in some ways still accurate today. As in any situation where you are asked to part with your money, when shopping online you should always make sure that the person you are doing with – virtual or otherwise – is on the up and up. read more »

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A Winter Car Storage Checklist

This week I finally faced up to reality and put the Miata away for its first winter sleep in my care. While I know that many Miata-ites are comfortable strapping on a hard top and tackling the snow and ice without a second thought, I am not willing to deal with the eventual corrosion issues that Canadian winters would visit on my track car. read more »

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Car Buying Advice From A Car Writer – The Most Important Opinion Is Your Own

Don’t get me wrong – I am flattered that people think enough of my opinion to ask what I would do if I were in their shoes. The truth of the matter is, however, that buying a car is a really personal decision that involves a lot of factors specifically related to the needs of the buyer. read more »

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