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Archive: Oct 2015

  1. MOMO tunes the 2016 VW Jetta GLI for SEMA...

    Filed under: Aftermarket, 2015 SEMA Show, Volkswagen, Sedan, PerformanceMomo has a tuned 2016 Jetta GLI for SEMA, and its subtle mods are more about adding extra style than uncompromising performance.Continue reading MOMO tunes the 2016 VW Jetta GLI fo…

  2. Comment on Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 WINS at Ger...

    If Bentley can produce a stunner like this, how did it come up with the clunker that is the Bentayga?

  3. Buick teases the next-gen LaCrosse...

    Filed under: LA Auto Show, Buick, Sedan, LuxuryAfter showing us its Avenir-inspired face a few weeks ago, Buick is now offering a tease at the swoopy profile for the next-gen LaCrosse. The new sedan gets a full reveal at the LA Auto Show in November.Co…

  4. Video Brunch: Tokyo concepts, a bike-trike hy...

    Filed under: Translogic, Videos, Tokyo Motor Show, Autoblog Minute, Auto News RecapsIn this week’s Autoblog Video Brunch, we drive some Ram trucks old and new, visit the Tokyo Motor Show, and kick off our 2016 Technology of the Year awards.Continue rea…

  5. Drivers gambling on unchecked used cars...

    Just 10% of second-hand car buyers bother to check a vehicle’s history before purchasing, according to new research.

    Vehicle history data from the RAC Car Passport service reveals that nine out of 10 motorists are taking on unnecessary risk when it comes to vetting the next car in their life.

    Out of a sample of over 21,000 checks, a quarter (23%) highlighted serious issues with a vehicle’s history that should be of significant concern to any buyer. These included outstanding finance, insurance write-offs; colour changes and marked as stolen.

    With some 2.8m used cars sold privately every year that means that over 2.5m are being bought without checking into their past history.

    And with the average value of a car up for sale privately at £2,465, that means that buyers are spending over £6.1bn each year on used cars that may have nasty secrets lurking in their pasts.

    A separate study of drivers who had purchased an RAC Car Passport data check found that one in three (33%) decided not to purchase the car they were looking at based on the information they received in the report. These savvy buyers potentially saved thousands of pounds by avoiding buying a ‘lemon’ – the term used to describe a vehicle with a pre-existing fault or suspect history – simply by running the 60-second online check.

    Here’s a list of typical car data check alerts and advice on how to address them:

    Outstanding finance – make sure the seller has paid off the finance in full and ask them to re-run a vehicle history check, such as the RAC Car Passport, to prove it
    Written off – here you need to know your ABC (and D!). There are four classes of ‘write off’ – category A and B shouldn’t be on the road and are illegal to drive – avoid and report it! C and D mean that it wasn’t financially worthwhile for an insurance company to repair the damage – you may grab yourself a bargain but proceed with caution and get a professional vehicle inspection first
    Colour change – this may just mean a change in fashion – but more often it means a re-spray after an accident. Again, get a professional inspection before you buy
    Imports – while only one in 200 cars checked by the RAC Car Passport were identified as imports, they require a much closer inspection of the paper trail as imported cars require specific documentation.

    “These figures reveal the risks used-car buyers are taking by not obtaining a simple car data check to uncover any suspect history their intended purchase may be hiding,” said RAC Car Passport’s Robert Diamond.

    “Buying a car can be a stressful experience because of the sums of money involved so it makes sense to find out as much as you can about a car’s history as it may just save you thousands of pounds.”





    Outstanding finance



    1 in 8

    Insurance write off



    1 in 10

    Change of colour



    1 in 100




    1 in 1000




    1 in 2000

    Number plate change



    1 in 4

    Mileage discrepancies



    1 in 20




    1 in 200

    No issue/clean car



    2 in 5





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  6. Weekly Recap: Mazda’s rotary revival ig...

    Filed under: Design/Style, 2015 SEMA Show, Tokyo Motor Show, Kia, Mazda, Porsche, Subaru, PerformanceWe curate the week’s events with a focus on Mazda’s rotary concept car. Plus, other news and notes from around the industry.Continue reading Weekly Rec…

  7. Nightmare Franken-car arrives in time for Hal...

    Filed under: Etc.Warranty Direct puts together a composite Frankenstein’s Monster of a car built out of the least reliable automotive components on the road in the UK. The results leave us afraid. Very afraid.Continue reading Nightmare Franken-car arri…

  8. Porsche recalling Macan S and Turbo for fuel ...

    Filed under: Recalls, Porsche, Crossover, PerformancePorsche is recalling 58,881 examples of the Macan S and Turbo worldwide because of a potential fuel leak, and 21,835 of them are in the US. There are no reports of accidents or injuries.Continue read…

  9. Scion styles up the FR-S with ‘Release ...

    Filed under: ScionAfter taking a boy racer approach for the first Release Series, Scion’s second limited-edition FR-S is more mature.Continue reading Scion styles up the FR-S with ‘Release Series 2.0′Scion styles up the FR-S with ‘Release Series 2.0′ o…

  10. VW diesel emissions cheats could cause 59 ear...

    Filed under: Green, Volkswagen, Emissions, DieselA research team from Harvard and MIT estimates that in America alone, the additional emissions from VW’s 2.0-liter TDIs caused 60 premature deaths.Continue reading VW diesel emissions cheats could cause …