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The auto industry has experienced as much disruption as other business fields thanks to the expectations of the current young generation. While people may be purchasing and leasing fewer vehicles, at some point in most consumers’ lives, ridesharing will no longer be a viable option. At that point, you will have to decide if you want to rent a car or lease one. Here are the pros and cons of each to consider. 

Renting

Renting is a service most often used at airports by travelers looking for independent transportation, but it’s handy for other uses like being able to get around when your car is at the mechanic for a day or two. You are not constrained by the number of miles you are going to drive or where you are going, and if you need something larger, you can pick it out of the lot. The downside to renting is that it’s an expensive [...]

In many areas of the country, a vehicle is a necessity. While some cities have public transportation, if you live in a smaller city, it’s just not feasible to walk or bike places, and taxis just aren’t always available or affordable. When you experience certain life events, it’s time to get a new car. Here are three of the most common reasons that buying a new vehicle is necessary.

New Driver in the Family

If your child is about to turn 16, it might be time to get a new car. When your teenager has their own vehicle, they won’t need to beg you for the keys to your car, and they can even help you do errands. If you want your son or daughter to have their own car, you can give them your old one so that you can drive the new vehicle. Otherwise, you can buy them a new vehicle with features [...]

When you buy a new car, you’re making a big investment. In fact, buying a new car is one of the largest purchases most people will ever make, so it’s wise to think carefully before making your final choice. New vehicles come equipped with a variety of safety features, tend to last around eight years or longer, typically come with cost-saving warranties, and supply you with the freedom to choose the exact features you want.

New Safety Features

New cars offer a host of safety features that older cars do not. For example, this source explains, “adaptive cruise control, a safety feature found on many new cars, uses radar and sensors to maintain a safe distance between your car and the ones around it.” Automatic emergency braking is another beneficial safety feature; if a car that features automatic emergency braking technology detects a potential collision, it will brake for you if you don’t react [...]

Dodge Charger, F-250 popular with car theives

Auto thefts decline because of technology, but statistics conflict

img-1The most theft-prone vehicle in America might be the Dodge Charger. Or it might be the Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Those are the contradictory conclusions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the insurance industry-funded Highway Loss Data Institute.

Still, the government agency and private group agree that the theft of late-model vehicles is on a rapid decline in the United States. One reason: automakers’ increasing use of ignition immobilizers, which stop thieves from hot-wiring cars. Nearly 90 percent of 2012 models are equipped with them.

In a report released on Monday, NHTSA said the car stolen most often during the 2011 calendar year was the Charger, with 4.8 thefts for every 1,000 cars produced in 2011. It was followed by the Mitsubishi Galant, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet HHR among vehicles with more than 5,000 units produced that year.

Pickup trucks took the top [...]

img-2Global sales of BMW Group’s core brand rose faster in June than at Audi and Mercedes-Benz as demand from China and the United States helped the premium carmaker to extend a lead over the two rivals in the first six months of the year.

Sales at the brand were up 9 percent last month to 153,075, the group said today, compared with growth of 5 percent to 140,300 and 8 percent to 131,609 at Audi and Mercedes respectively.

Six-month sales at BMW brand rose 8 percent to 804,000 cars, expanding the lead over runner-up Audi to 24,000 from 11,000 after five months. Half-year sales at Audi and Mercedes rose 6 percent each to 780,500 and 694,000 respectively.

“BMW has stronger momentum than Audi and Mercedes, that won’t change in the second half,” said Hanover-based NordLB analyst Frank Schwope. “Design of their cars has improved and they’re ahead [...]

img-3Tesla Motors Inc., the world’s best-performing automotive stock this year, will join the Nasdaq-100 Index next week, filling the spot vacated by Oracle Corp., which is moving to the New York Stock Exchange.

The electric-car maker will be added to the gauge, which tracks the biggest companies on the Nasdaq, before the start of trading on July 15, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said in a statement Monday. Oracle, which last month said it will join the NYSE, is the biggest company to jump between the competing exchanges.

Shares of Tesla, the carmaker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, have more than tripled this year as the popularity of its new Model S sedan helped the company turn its first quarterly profit. Gaining entry to benchmarks tracked by investors is attractive to public companies because it provides a guaranteed shareholder base.

“It’s a coming of age, recognition that a [...]

img-4The Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic, the top-selling mid-size and compact cars in the U.S., face risks of reduced production as inventories of the models rise, an RBC Capital Markets report said.

Toyota’s Camry exceeded its seasonal historical average inventory by more than 15 days supply in June and Honda carried about 25 days more Civics than usual, Joseph Spak, a New York-based analyst for RBC, said in today’s report. Camry and Civic were the only models identified as at risk for reduced output among 16 of the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. market. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC all added U.S. market share in the first six months of 2013, the first time that all three gained first-half share in 20 years. Models such as GM’s Chevrolet Cruze compact and Ford’s Fusion mid-size sedan, leading Detroit’s most competitive set of [...]

Fiat exercises option to buy additional 3.3% of Chrysler shares

Purchase brings closer a merger of the two automakers

img-5Fiat today exercised an option to raise its stake in Chrysler by 3.3 percent.

The move is part of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s step-by-step purchases intended to lead to full control of Chrysler and the creation of a merged company that would be able to compete better with industry leaders Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen.

Fiat has been exercising options since mid-2012 to buy holdings of about 3.3 percent from the VEBA, a medical-benefits trust for the U.S. carmaker’s retirees.

Including today’s purchase, Fiat has exercised three of its six-monthly options, increasing its stake to 68.49 percent.

Fiat has said it wants full control of Chrysler, which would give it access to some of Chrysler’s cash flow for investments in new models.

Chrysler has become Fiat’s most reliable profit generator as the Italian company struggles to end losses in Europe that totaled 704 million euros ($903 million) in [...]

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