Tag Archives: Cars

Thousands of Cities and Counties Are Fighting Trump’s Fuel Efficiency Rollback

The Trump administration’s rollback of clean vehicle regulations last month is going about as well as expected. Which is to say it isn’t going well, and a growing number of people who are pissed are fighting to stop it. Now you can add groups representing more than 3,400 cities and counties to that list.

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How to Set Up Bluetooth in an Older Car (or a Newer, Fussier Car)

Maybe you bought a brand-new phone; maybe your phone just went through a major OS update. Either way, the result is the same: you can’t connect it via Bluetooth to your older car anymore, which means you’ve lost the ability to rock out, enrich yourself with podcasts, or make hands-free calls.

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You Can Strap a GoPro to This New Hot Wheels Car and Ride Along on All Your Dangerous Stunts

Watching a race from the sidelines is never as fun as being in the driver’s seat, and with that obvious wisdom in mind, Mattel has partnered with GoPro to create a new camera-compatible Hot Wheels car that lets kids and grownups experience what it’s like to careen down those iconic orange plastic tracks. It’s also the…

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LA Official Is Starting to Get Fed Up With Waze’s Habit of Directing Drivers Down a Death Slalom

A Los Angeles city councilman alleges that Google is still refusing to fix Waze, its GPS software, so that it stops routing drivers down a dangerous 32 percent grade street, Ars Technica writes.

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This Miniature Ride-On VW Van Lets Your Kids Take a Year Off Preschool to Go Find Themselves

Growing up in the ‘80s, I assumed I was part of the generation that had the best kids’ toys: G.I. Joe, Transformers, Voltron. But after discovering this flawless miniature Volkswagen Camper Van that can actually be driven by a couple of toddlers, I’m genuinely envious of four-year-olds.

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Transport Hot Dishes In Your Car With a Towel-Lined Box

If you’re heading to a potluck dinner or on making your way to a big family meal, this spill-free transport technique will keep your hot dish nice and warm.

You can have somebody hold your dish, or set it on your seat, but when it gets dropped all over the floor of your car all that hard work you put into goes right out the window. That’s why Sheela Prakash at The Kitchn suggests a better transport alternative. Get an empty cardboard box, line with thick bath towels, then rest your dish inside. The food will keep warm sitting all snug in the towels, and it will be almost impossible to spill anything on the interior of your ride. If there are any spills, they’ll be safely contained in the box.

5 Tips to Help You Pack a Dish for a Trip in the Car | The Kitchn

Photo by Personal Creations.

The Government Wants to Cripple Your Smartphone When You’re Driving

US regulators want to limit what you can do with your smartphone while you’re behind the wheel. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published its first safety guidelines regarding driver distraction, targeting portable and aftermarket devices (a.k.a. smartphones) or other gear you that…

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What The Hell Is Going On In The Cars 3 Trailer?

It looks like Disney/Pixar is planning a third installment of their well-loved anthropomorphized cars with their eyes in the wrong place movie franchise, Cars. A teaser trailer for the movie just came out and it’s a bit, um, dark. Here, look:

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The Used Cars With the Best Deals on Black Friday

Okay, maybe Black Friday isn’t completely dead. It might be a good day to get a discount on a used car, for example. A recent report found that Black Friday had 33% more deals than on an average day. In fact, that percentage was higher than any other holiday.

Car shopping site iSeeCars analyzed the pricing history of over 40 million used cars from 2013-2015. Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving were all decent days to find used car deals, but Black Friday topped the list. You can see their full list of best days to buy in the infographic below, and the following list shows the 10 best used cars to buy on Black Friday, according to the percentage of better than average prices.

  1. Hyundai Elantra: 230.6% more deals than average day
  2. Hyundai Sonata: 158.9%
  3. Ford F-150: 156.3%
  4. VW Jetta: 115.6%
  5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500: 115.4%
  6. GMC Sierra 1500: 84.7%
  7. Chevrolet Camaro: 74.8%
  8. Honda CR-V: 69.8%
  9. Chrysler Town and Country: 63.5%
  10. Honda Accord: 62.0%

In an email, they explained a bit more about their methodology:

For the Top 10 Best Cars to Buy on Black Friday, cars for the last 5 model years (2011–2015), with at least 750 vehicles sold on that day were included. For each model, the percent of cars sold with at least a five percent discount on Black Friday was compared to the same metric averaged across the 2013-2015 period. Models were ranked by the percent difference between the Black Friday percentage and the average percentage.

Interestingly, they also found that, in general, dealerships offer even better discounts on the first day of the month than the last. Prices were 8.5% better than average on the first day compared with 5.6% on the last day. The site’s CEO, Phong Ly, explained:

“A dealership’s sales month usually ends a few days into the next calendar month. So sales made on the first of the month can be included in the previous month’s sales…Much like with the end of the year, dealers are probably trying to make some last-minute sales to meet their monthly goals.” Similarly, the fifth day of the month was the worst day for deals, most likely because it is always at the beginning of the new sales period.

Of course, your own experience may vary, but it’s interesting to see how these findings stack up. For more detail, check out the infographic below or head to the link.

Best Car Deals For Black Friday And Thanksgiving | iSeeCars

I Read a Story About Sharon Stone’s ‘Secret Car Obsession’ and I’m More Confused Than Ever

I don’t know what I just read. Or, rather, I know what I read—it was a piece in the New York Post by Richard Johnson called “Inside Sharon Stone’s secret car obsession”—I just don’t know what any of what I read means. Though its headline suggested I would be taken behind one of Sharon Stone’s many curtains (I assume they’re all of the blackout variety) for a peek at a hidden truth, I was left feeling as though I learned nothing apart from the fact that she doesn’t like being spoken to without “integrity”—which is something I could have guessed.

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