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Tires Are The Most Important Safety Feature On Your Car
   Published January 21, 2021
When you think of all the safety equipment on cars these days, people quickly think of airbags, emergency braking, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, etc. The truth is, in my opinion, your tires are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. It is often the most ignored as well. Today, I bring you some tips on how to keep your tires in good condition. After all, tires are all that separates you from the road.

Keep An Eye On Tire Pressures
This is one of the most critical  Read More
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Five Changes To The Auto Industry Due To The Pandemic
   Published January 20, 2021
Cars.com is looking at the future of car buying amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - which its analysts say forever changed car buying and selling. It sees five top trends advancing the auto space in 2021 and says changes will persist this year as Americans continue to spend more time at home and online, place a premium on the freedom car ownership provides, and keep affordability and electric vehicles top of mind.

"In the new virtual-first environment, digital platforms  Read More
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How To Find A Good Auto Service Repair Shop
   Published January 20, 2021
Many people who have cars out of the warranty period, often ask me if I know a good garage to recommend. In some areas, I do but in others, I don’t know a sole.

Some people use auto dealerships for all their repairs and maintenance to their car, and there are certainly some advantages to  Read More
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Car Down Payments & Monthly Payments Up In Q4
   Published January 20, 2021
How much did you make for a down payment on your last car? If it was $4,500 dollars, you’d be under the current average. Down payments are up in the age of the pandemic, surpassing $4,700 in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Average Down Payments: According to an Edmunds analysis, the average down payment for a new vehicle climbed to $4,734 in Q4. That’s up from $4,458 in the third quarter and $4,329 a year ago. The takeaway here, according to  Read More
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Help A Car Pro Show Listener Win The Ford Hall Of Fans Contest
   Published January 20, 2021
One of our Car Pro Show listeners is a finalist in the Ford Hall Of Fans Contest and needs our help!

The Ford Hall of Fans, a program that recognizes some of the most passionate NFL fans across the country, is welcoming a new group of football fanatics to its prestigious club.

Six nominees are up for induction into the Ford Hall of Fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dallas Cowboys fan Jamie O’Pelt is a customer at Car Pro Dealer Five Star Ford in North Richland Hills,  Read More
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Kia Rebrands: Drops “Motors” From Official Name
   Published January 20, 2021
We’re getting off to a year of rebranding among several automakers. GM recently revealed its new modernized logo to signal its growing commitment to electric vehicles. Now Kia is making some brand moves of its own that also signal a shift towards electrification and a broader vision of mobility.

To get its message across, first and foremost, Kia is dropping “Motors” from its official corporate name. The change is part of its new brand strategy that shifts from one of  Read More
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Most Searched For Vehicles For 2020
   Published January 20, 2021
If you need any more proof that trucks are popular in America -- here it is. They make up the majority of most searched for vehicles in 2020. In a new ValuePenguin study of Google Trends Data, the Ford F-150 tops the list as the most searched car in America, though results vary from state to state. For instance, the Honda Civic was the most searched for vehicle in California and the Toyota Tacoma in Washington State. Check out the cars that were the most searched for last year by state in the chart below.  Read More
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Redesigned 2021 Honda Ridgeline Arriving Soon
   Published January 20, 2021
Ridgeline lovers, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline begins arriving at Honda dealerships on Feb. 2 starting from $36,490. Honda’s made an effort to make it more rugged looking with a new bold styling. It’s backed up with a standard V6 power, fully independent suspension and standard torque-vectoring i-VTM4 all-wheel drive give it the capability to tackle challenging trails and treacherous roads with class-leading ride and handling.

Honda says the Ridgeline  Read More
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15 Best-Selling Small SUVs In Q4 2020
   Published January 20, 2021
This is one of the hottest segments in the auto industry, and even with Covid-19 and some severe inventory shortages, many of compact SUVs actually sold more in the 4th quarter of 2020 versus 2019.

Here are your top 15 compact SUVs in the 4th quarter of 2020:





1.
Toyota RAV4
127,813
Up 3.5%


2.
Honda CRV
96,168
Down 7%


3.
Chevy Equinox
79,268
Down 13.9%


4.
Nissan Rogue
60,533
Down 22.5%


5.
Ford  Read More
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Carroll Shelby’s Cobra Sells For $5.94 Million
   Published January 20, 2021
$5.94 million. That’s how much a 427 Cobra roadster, personally owned by automotive icon Carroll Shelby, reportedly gaveled for at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida. Shelby owned the car from when it was new (assembled in 1966) until his passing in 2012 at age 89. In 2016, Mecum Auctions says the car was purchased from Carroll Shelby’s estate by the consigner, at which time it became  Read More
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GMC Sierra Is Getting Super Cruise
   Published January 20, 2021
I’ve said on the Car Pro Show many times, that the GM Super Cruise system on the Cadillac CT6 was as close to a real self-driving car I’ve ever driven. It worked extremely well.

Now we find out that Super Cruise driver assistance technology will launch on the Sierra 1500 Denali in late model year 2022. The pickup will have the latest version of Super Cruise including the  Read More
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Large Luxury SUV Sales Data For Q4 2020
   Published January 20, 2021
As I discussed in the large non-luxury SUV sales article, GM has another hit with the all-new Escalade. These were extremely short in supply for the entire 4th quarter, and especially in December, 2020.

While most SUVs in the luxury segment were down from the 4th quarter of 2020 versus 2019, the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon saw incredible growth, and frankly I am not sure why.

Here are your sales ranking for Q4 2020 in the large luxury SUV segment:





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Cadillac  Read More
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Q4 2020 Best-Selling Large Non-Luxury SUVs
   Published January 20, 2021
The redesign of the large General Motors SUVs seems to be paying big dividends for the car company. Sales of all the all-new large SUVs are way up, and the GM dealers I talked to said they could have sold twice as many as they did if the availability had been there. Ford saw a nice increase with Expedition, but it took $9,000 in rebates to get them there.

It’s easy to see the huge drop off in SUVs that have not been updated in some  Read More
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Junkyard Cars and Identity Theft Dangers
   Published January 20, 2021
When we talk about identity theft and vehicles, your thoughts may first go having personal info stolen out of your car if it’s left on the street overnight, or even in your driveway. But there’s another way thieves can get their hand on your info, and that’s in the junkyard. No one likes to think about their car ending up there, but I think this past year has taught us you can never know what the future brings.

So in case that happens to you --  Read More
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Is All-Wheel Drive Right For You?
   Published January 13, 2021
For some reason, we had numerous callers the past couple of weeks who were confused about all-wheel drive (AWD) and the benefits of it. I am a big fan of AWD personally and actually have said that I would never personally own a car without it. It seems like a good time to take a look at all-wheel drive systems.  Read More
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Mitsubishi Prices 2021 Outlander Sport From $20,995
   Published January 13, 2021
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the best-selling Mitsubishi model in North America, is headed into dealerships next month priced starting from $20,995.

What’s new for 2021
For 2021, Outlander Sport receives new standard advanced safety features, along with a new Limited Edition (LE) and a revised sporty, Black Edition (BE) trim.

For the 2021 Outlander Sport, a second-generation 8.0-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio unit with Apple CarPlay and Android  Read More
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200 GM Muscle Cars Being Auctioned By Mecum
   Published January 13, 2021
If you are a GM muscle car fan, you’ll want to take note of the upcoming Mecum Auctions event coming up in Florida. The auction house recently announced a full-scale extension to the January auction action in Florida with an additional offering of 200 cars plus an extensive selection of Road Art and memorabilia from Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City.

The assemblage will be offered all at no reserve  Read More
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BMW Hangs On As Luxury Auto Sales Leader
   Published January 13, 2021
Sales of U.S. luxury cars fell 11% in 2020 versus 2019, as compared to the overall market fall of 14%. Luxury brands delivered over two million vehicles in 2020 and accounted for almost 14% of the total sales.

BMW was the top-selling luxury brand in 2020, marking a streak of two straight years in the top position. Although down versus 2019, BMW delivered 278,732 vehicles in America.

Nipping on the heels of BMW all year, Lexus finished 2020 with a total of 275,041 vehicles. Lexus  Read More
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4th Quarter 25 Best-Selling Cars In All Segments For 2020
   Published January 13, 2021
The Toyota Camry took top honors for the 4th quarter of 2020, and when the full year sales are all tallied, it will be the #1 selling car in America again.

As has been the trend, car sales are mostly down as America transitions to SUVs away from the car segment, and the majority of the most popular cars are down. Toyota Prius was down the most, and the Chevy Corvette was up the greatest percentage wise.

Here are your leaders in the car segment for Q4 2020 and how they did versus  Read More
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2021 North American Car, Truck, & SUV Of The Year Winners
   Published January 13, 2021
What do the Hyundai Elantra, Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang Mach-E have in common? They are all recipients of a 2021 North American Car, Truck, & SUV of the Year award. The prestigious awards are handed out every January and this year the award ceremony was held virtually due to Covid.

NACTOY says its independent jurors spent hundreds of hours on test drives, research and evaluation before they voted for Hyundai Elantra, as the North American Car of the Year, Ford F-150 as  Read More