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Real IDs are the federal government’s way of creating minimum security standards when it comes to issuing driver’s licenses in the U.S. The deadline for getting a Real ID driver’s license has been pushed back until May 2023 but you’ll want to make sure you get one far in advance of the deadline. You don’t […]

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People renting cars for holiday trips may be in for sticker shock. Rental rates are rising again as Thanksgiving and the winter holidays approach.

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Driving in wintry conditions puts stress on your vehicle, and you too. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are steps to take that will pay off in winter.

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The Mazda Co-Pilot Concept, when sensing a driver has had a sudden health problem, will come to a stop, finding a safe place as quickly as possible.

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Cars already know how to park themselves and warn drowsy drivers. Cars that Mazda has in the works know when drivers have a stroke or heart attack.

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Here are five new and improved 2022 vehicle models that are worth waiting until they arrive on dealer lots.

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Hertz announced Monday that it will buy 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla, one of the largest purchases of battery-powered cars in history.

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Here are all-too-common car-buying come-ons from auto marketing campaigns and smooth-talking salespeople — and the messaging that is left out.

NADA Guide

This site from the National Automobile Dealers Association offers a broad range of information to help educate people in the market to buy, sell or trade a vehicle. Use their popular pricing and specification information to find car valuation. Find research, pictures and reviews for new, used and classic vehicles for sale in the Decatur area.

Consumer Reports

Produced by Consumers Union, Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization offering ratings and recommendations on cars, trucks and other products. Their vehicle summaries include ratings based on vehicle reliability, owner satisfaction, safety, fuel economy, comfort, costs of ownership and more. Note that a subscription is required for portions of the site.

Car & Driver

A companion site to the popular auto enthusiast magazine by the same name, this Web site offers buyers guides and reviews as well as news and video from the auto industry. The site also includes coverage of auto shows and the latest in concept cars. Use it to discover which cars are most popular among Illinois drivers and which are the best selling makes and models in the Decatur area.

Safercar.gov

Produced by the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration, this site offers extensive safety information. Find details on defects and recalls for vehicles, tires, child restraints and other equipment. Sign-up for recall alerts and find child safety seat inspection stations in the Decatur area. Learn about airbags and how to survive auto accidents. Get answers to all your questions about vehicle safety ratings.

Federal Citizen Information Center

This useful site is a service of the U.S. General Services Administration. Download consumer guides for buying a new or used vehicle. Learn how you can buy a car from the U.S. government's fleet. Get helpful information on comparing discounts and reducing your auto insurance expenses. Get the facts on vehicle financing--what it is, how to apply, special financing offers, cash back and rebate eligibility.

FuelEconomy.gov

From the U.S. Dept. of Energy, this site offers vehicle comparisons based on gas mileage (MPG), fuel cost, greenhouse gas emissions, energy impact score and air pollution ratings. Calculate your MPG and learn gas mileage tips for saving money. Learn about hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles.

CarFax Vehicle History Reports

CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later. Using a vehicle's VIN you can pull a report containing information that might impact your decision about a used vehicle. The report includes information like title information, including salvaged or junked titles; flood damage history; total loss accident history; odometer readings; lemon history; number of owners; accident indicators, such as airbag deployments; state emissions inspection results; service record and vehicle use (taxi, rental, lease, etc.). CARFAX Reports do incur a fee, though the site offers some free reports.

AnnualCreditReport.com

AnnualCreditReport.com is the only source authorized by the FTC for the free annual credit report that's yours by law. The Fair Credit Reporting Act guarantees you access to your credit report for free from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, every 12 months. Before your visit the car dealership, use this site to learn your credit score and identify blemishes on your report.

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