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Street Legal but No License: Is a Driver's License Needed to Get Car Insurance
If you’re curious whether you can get a car insured without a license; the answer is yes, but it may be more difficult. Find out how to go about it!
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10 Most Popular Luxury SUVs and Crossovers
Thinking of buying a luxury SUV? There are plenty of them available, and this buyer's guide details the 10 most popular luxury SUVs in America.
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10 Most Popular Compact SUVs and Crossovers
If you're looking for a compact SUV or crossover, this guide provides an overview for each of the 10 most popular, non-luxury, small sport utility vehicles on the market.
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10 Most Popular Large SUVs and Crossovers
A decade after the Big Recession, big SUVs are hot again amid low gas prices and favorable economic conditions. If you’re seeking a big rig for hauling and towing more than just a family, this guide details the 10 most popular* full-size SUVs and crossovers.
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10 Most Popular Midsize SUVs and Crossovers
Families flock to midsize SUVs for their seating capacity, cargo capability, and available all-wheel-drive systems. This guide provides an overview of the 10 most popular, non-luxury midsize SUVs and crossovers in America.
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10 Most Popular Luxury Cars
During economic boom times, luxury cars are more popular–especially those on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. But that isn't always the case. This guide contains the 10 best-selling luxury car models in America.
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10 Most Popular Small Cars
Wondering which small cars are the most popular? You’ll find out in this list, and you’ll also learn that none of them are of the subcompact variety.
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10 Most Popular Midsize Cars
Midsize cars remain a good choice for a family. In this guide, you’ll learn more about the 10 best-selling midsize cars in America.
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10 Most Popular Large Cars and Minivans
With midsize cars growing in size, and consumers increasingly choosing SUVs instead of sedans, the full-size car segment continues to shrink. Still, large family cars and minivans remain appealing to many people. Here are the 10 best-selling models in the segment...
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10 Most Popular Trucks
Based on final 2018 model-year sales, this guide contains the 10 most popular pickup trucks in America.
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Top 10 Cars and Concepts from the 2019 New York Auto Show
Not surprisingly, SUVs, particularly stylish small and midsize crossovers, dominated debuts at the 2019 New York International Auto Show as automakers previewed mainly production models. These are the top 10 debuts at this year's show...
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How To Test Drive a Car
Part of what makes a test drive so stressful is that most consumers don't know what to expect, since buying a new vehicle isn't something they do very often.
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Synthetic Motor Oil: What You Need To Know
Synthetic motor oils have a higher tolerance to heat & aging. The performance of these synthetic lubricants can be custom-designed to exceed the limits of petroleum-based motor oils.
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Driving Tips: SUVs vs. Cars
Driver reaction is a critical factor in preventing any accident, but in an SUV, driver input can play an even greater role.
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Modern Automotive Paint
Modern automotive paint is a sophisticated blend of resins, binders, fillers, additives, and carrying agents (solvents or water).
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Driving in Fog: 5 Safety Tips
Driving in fog is dangerous because visibility is reduced. To keep safe, follow these five safety tips.
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10 Most Popular Hatchbacks and Wagons
Thanks to their utility, affordable prices, and good gas mileage, hatchbacks and wagons serve as appealing alternatives to more expensive and less efficient SUVs. This guide contains the 10 best-selling hatchbacks and wagons in America.
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10 Most Popular Coupes and Convertibles
Americans simply don’t buy coupes and convertibles at the rate they once did. Still, the 10 best-selling models racked up more than 300,000 sales in 2018. You’ll find them in this guide.
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Family SUV Comparison Test: 2019 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
For 2019, three of the newest family-sized crossover SUVs you can buy are the Chevrolet Traverse, Subaru Ascent, and the Volkswagen Atlas. We grabbed top-trim examples of each and spent the day driving them back-to-back, assessing their layout and design, comfort and utility, safety and technology, and driving dynamics.
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Top 10 Cars and Concepts from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show
The 2019 Chicago Auto Show was remarkably compelling. Important new cars, trucks, and SUVs were shown for the first time, and we’ve rounded them up here...
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Top 10 Cars and Concepts from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
Pickup trucks, utilities, “fab” sporty cars, and electrified concepts were among introductions previewed at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. These are the 10 most significant global debuts from the show...
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Most Reliable 2017 Luxury Crossovers and SUVs Over $60,000
These are the luxury crossovers and SUVs priced higher than $60,000 that rank highest in terms of predicted reliability.
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Most Reliable Luxury Crossovers and SUVs Under $60,000 in 2017
Among luxury crossovers and SUVs priced beneath $60,000, these 10 models are the most likely to provide long-term reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability ratings.
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Most Reliable Crossovers and SUVs in 2017
According to J.D. Power, these are the crossovers and SUVs that are expected to provide the best reliability over time.
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Most Reliable 2017 Trucks
Based on data provided by thousands of new- and used-vehicle owners, J.D. Power can help you to determine which trucks are most likely to run for a long time without any trouble.
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Most Reliable 2017 Hatchbacks and Wagons
If you’re suffering crossover fatigue and seeking something different to drive that is also expected to be reliable, these hatchbacks and wagons will last for a while.
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Most Reliable 2017 Coupes and Convertibles Over $50,000
J.D. Power predicted reliability ratings show that these eight models are likely to prove to be the most reliable high-end coupes and convertibles.
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Most Reliable 2017 Coupes and Convertibles Under $50,000
These are the coupes and convertibles priced under $50,000 that J.D. Power predicts will provide the best reliability over time.
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Most Reliable 2017 Cars: Luxury Sedans
When you spend extra money for an upscale vehicle, you want it to be reliable in addition to technologically advanced, opulently outfitted, and impressive in terms of performance.
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Most Reliable 2017 Cars: Sedans
Reliability is one of the most important factors considered by new-vehicle buyers when they choose a vehicle. These non-luxury sedans are top-rated in terms of predicted reliability.
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Most Reliable 2016 Luxury Crossovers and SUVs Over $60,000
See the top-rated 2016 luxury crossovers and SUVs over $60,000 in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Luxury Crossovers and SUVs Under $60,000
See the top-rated 2016 luxury crossovers and SUVs under $60,000 in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Coupes and Convertibles Over $50,000
See the top-rated 2016 coupes and convertibles over $50,000 in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Coupes and Convertibles Under $50,000
See the top-rated 2016 coupes and convertibles under $50,000 in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Cars: Luxury Sedans Over $60,000
See the top-rated 2016 luxury sedans over $60,000 in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Cars: Luxury Sedans Under $60,000
See the top-rated 2016 luxury sedans in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Crossovers and SUVs
See the top-rated 2016 crossovers and SUVs in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Hatchbacks and Wagons
See the top-rated 2016 hatchbacks and wagons in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Most Reliable 2016 Trucks
Looking for a reliable, dependable pickup truck? J.D. Power knows which trucks are likely to last a long time, based on surveys of thousands of new- and used-vehicle owners each year.
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Most Reliable 2016 Cars: Sedans
These are the top-rated non-luxury sedans in terms of expected reliability, according to J.D. Power predicted reliability Power Circle Ratings.
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Top 10 Cars for Dads
Dads work hard for their families and deserve their due. What better way to celebrate and honor them on Father’s Day than to highlight the 10 cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs that dads consider most desirable.
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Most Reliable 2014 Cars: Convertibles
Listed on the pages that follow are the 2014 convertible models that are expected to be the most dependable in the future, according to J.D. Power Predicted Reliability data.
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10 Luxury SUVs with the Best Infotainment Systems
Listed below, in reverse order, are those luxury SUVs that provide the most satisfying infotainment systems available today based on feedback from the people that own them.
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10 Small Cars That Are Fun to Drive
According to the J.D. Power 2013 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study,SM the following 10 small car models are rated as the most fun-to-drive vehicles on the market, based on their overall Driving Dynamics score in the study.
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Most Reliable 2013 Cars: Convertibles
Listed below are the 2013 model-year convertibles that J.D. Power expects will be the most reliable over time. They are listed in alphabetical order.
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11 Reliable Convertibles on the Cheap
It's summertime, and the American economy is improving. People are spending more money on the things they want, in addition to the things they need. When it comes to cars that means consumers are more willing to add a second or third vehicle to the household that is designed primarily for fun rather than function, and few cars are more enjoyable to drive on a warm summer evening than a convertible.
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Pros and Cons of Pre-Paid Car Maintenance Plans
When a consumer buys a new or used car from a dealer, they might be offered a pre-paid maintenance plan. These plans cover, for a specific amount of time or mileage, the scheduled maintenance spelled out in the vehicle owner's manual.
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Pros and Cons of Buying an Extended Warranty for a Car
According to the results of the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability StudySM, a better warranty is not one of the most important factors considered by consumers when choosing a new vehicle. The same study, however, consistently finds that consumers say reliability and durability are the most important factors in their choice of vehicle.
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The Differences Between I-4, I-6, V-6 & V-8 Engines
Engines with 4, 5, 6 or 8 cylinders power the majority of modern cars. There are exceptions, of course, perhaps most notably the 10-cylinder engine in the Dodge Viper or the 12-cylinder engines installed in several high-end luxury sedans.
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Warning Signs You Need New Brakes
They may not be something you think about very often, but your vehicle's brakes are one feature that should always be in top working condition. Let's look at how to know when you need new brakes.Look, listenThere are two ways to check for brake wear on disc brakes: by looking and by listening. First, check for wear by looking at your brake pads through the spaces between the wheel's spokes. The outside pad will be pressed against a metal rotor. Generally, there should be at least 1/4 inch of pad. If you see less than 1/4 inch of pad, you may want to have your brake pads inspected or replaced.
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A Closer Look-Four Midsize Vans
Midsize vans arrived on the scene in the mid-1980s with the debut of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. The 7-passenger ""mini"" vans were smaller, more comfortable, and much more fuel efficient than the truck-based vans that had roamed the roads decades earlier. Unlike their predecessors, which were built on heavy-duty truck frames with heavy-duty truck suspension components, the new ""minivans"" were based on significantly lighter car platforms that featured independent suspensions and resulted in a much smoother and more comfortable ride.
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Should I Trade my Old Car In or Sell it Privately?
The most common dilemma facing new car buyers is whether to trade their existing car in to the dealer,or sell it privately. The answer to the question is determined by what kind of vehicle you own, the condition of the vehicle, the availability of time, and the financial implications.
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How to End Your Lease Early
When leasing a vehicle, the buyer is agreeing to make regular payments, follow a scheduled maintenance plan, and keep the vehicle for the duration of the contract. A popular misconception is that it is impossible to end a lease early. In truth, all leases can be terminated early. 
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