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15 12, 2010

Another car sharing service launches in San Francisco

By | December 15th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

The latest car sharing service launched in California in the wake of a recent change in auto insurance law was unveiled this week. RelayRides, which bills itself as "the world's first neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing service," is open for business in the San Francisco area.The concept is the automotive equivalent of a computerized peer-to-peer network. Owners [...]

27 09, 2010

Massachusetts regulators trying to crack down on texting as ban nears

By | September 27th, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

A law set to take effect at the end of the month in Massachusetts has state officials working on a public relations campaign to inform the public of the ban on sending text messages while behind the wheel. The efforts have targeted mass transit lines, highway billboards, and many others, according to the Boston Globe. [...]

22 11, 2010

New Jersey cop accused of auto insurance fraud pleads guilty

By | November 22nd, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

An East Orange, New Jersey, police officer pleaded guilty to insurance fraud last week after admitting to torching his 2002 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Kareem Spence faces three to five years in state prison when he is sentenced early next year.Spence was indicted in March 2010, at which point he was suspended from the force. He [...]

25 10, 2010

Car owners can keep the classics fresh with a few easy fixes

By | October 25th, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

For many, the allure of a classic car is a powerful one. But despite the strong aesthetic incentives to drive a vintage auto, there are a number of drawbacks that can result in maintenance and car insurance issues for owners of such a vehicle. Fortunately, though, there are ways to keep classic cars on the [...]

14 12, 2010

Toyota recalls 2011 Sienna over brake light malfunction

By | December 14th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

A problem that could cause the brake lights on 2011 Toyota Siennas to become stuck on has led the automaker to issue a voluntary recall of the model. Toyota says the notice could cover as many as 94,000 vehicles.The issue, the company says, is that a bracket containing the switch in the brake pedal is [...]

27 09, 2010

Wider scope of police inquiry yields arrests in NW theft ring

By | September 27th, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

Two more arrests this week in an ongoing investigation into a convoluted auto theft scheme in the Pacific Northwest were the result of a broad involvement by many law enforcement agencies, according to a report in the Great Falls Tribune.Mike Martell and John Mattheisen, both residents of Great Falls, made their initial appearences in Cascade [...]

22 11, 2010

Poll shows car owners support right-to-repair legislation

By | November 22nd, 2010|Recent Articles|2 Comments

Roughly four out of five motorists surveyed by auto repair information website AutoMD.com say they support prospective legislation which would require automakers to release all the tools and information necessary to repair their vehicles to independent mechanics and the public.AutoMD.com's president, Shane Evangelist, says such legislation would help both drivers who do their own repair [...]

1 11, 2010

Smartphone users have new options for connection to OnStar

By | November 1st, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

OnStar's remote assistance and emergency aid system provided unique new options to car owners when it was launched over a decade ago. Late last month, however, the service was integrated with Android and iPhone OS mobile devices to provide further new features, according to an announcement from the company.The applications, known as myChevrolet and OnStar [...]

13 12, 2010

Study: Almost one-fifth of U.S. drivers text behind the wheel

By | December 13th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

Despite a growing body of evidence suggesting the practice is responsible for thousands of fatalities each year - along with inflated car insurance rates - texting while driving is still all too common among American motorists, according to a study conducted by the Insurance Research Council.Surprisingly, the age group most likely to be endangering themselves [...]

24 09, 2010

Some consumers in the dark about car insurance coverage

By | September 24th, 2010|Recent Articles|46 Comments

While many consumers get car insurance, they may not all understand their coverage. According to a recent survey from MetLife Auto & Home, a number of questions posed to consumers came back with results indicating some did not understand car insurance policies. For example, 56 percent of those polled said they thought the cost for [...]