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High gas prices no longer fuel decline in American driving

High gas prices no longer fuel decline in American driving

Americans now are less likely to change their driving habits or lifestyle to offset rising gas prices, primarily because this year’s gas prices are lower than last year. That was the finding of a survey by the national AAA survey. According to the survey, only half of U.S. adults (53%) are now doing something to...
Don't fall for a pothole

Don’t fall for a pothole

Potholes are one of the signs of spring in Connecticut. However, the thaw-freeze-thaw cycle that creates pavement breakup in roadways can cause vehicle damage, contribute to tire wear, and just give motorists overall panic attacks.   • Look ahead. Make a point to check the road ahead for potholes. Stay focused. Look well ahead of...
Don't lose when leasing

Don’t lose when leasing

Leasing instead of buying a vehicle has its benefits. Drivers who lease often cite the fun of getting a new car every few years and the peace of mind of knowing they won’t have to deal with costly repairs associated with older vehicles as two of the best reasons to lease a vehicle. The newer...

Dealership finds success with community outreach

The advances in technology combined with a fluctuating economy makes the car-buying options a little more complex these days. But, the industry is changing with the times — which include slowing down on production of manual transmission and more technological features. “All of the cars are made really well these days,” said Ed DeMarseilles, chief...
Finance or lease?

Finance or lease?

There are many things to consider before making the new car jump

  Buyers often find the process of finding a new car fun. Test driving vehicles and playing with all of the gadgets that today’s increasingly tech-heavy vehicles have to offer can be akin to kids visiting a candy store and being given carte blanche to fill up their baskets. But as enjoyable as finding a...

Stick shifts not always what they seem

Many auto enthusiasts prefer stick shifts, or manual transmissions, over automatic transmissions. Such supporters of stick shifts tend to feel as though a manual transmission engages drivers in ways that an automatic one simply cannot, making stick shifts more fun to drive than the more staid, automatic alternatives. However, as technology improves, the age of...
Handy app can help you find lower-priced gas

Handy app can help you find lower-priced gas

Many residents are feeling the pinch at the pump as the price of gas continues to increase. As fuel costs consumer a larger chunk of household budgets, finding the lowest prices is becoming a top priority for motorists. If you have an iPhone, you can save time comparing gas costs by using the AAA TripTik...

AAA: Ideal temperature means better peformance

A study conducted by the AAA Automotive Research Center shows electric vehicle driving range can be nearly 60% lower in extreme cold and 33% lower in extreme heat. Electric Vehicles (EVs) are energy efficient and environmentally-friendly with the added benefit of reducing fuel costs for motorists. But, just as motorists need to know how far...
New car’s spare tire may be replaced with emergency kits

New car’s spare tire may be replaced with emergency kits

Most people would love to lose their “spare tire,” but when it’s the one that should come with a new car, that’s another story. A spare tire in a new car may soon be going the way of the manual choke. To meet new government fuel efficiency standards, some vehicle manufacturers are skipping spare tires...
2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium

2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium

Sedan offers wide range of choices

Volkswagen’s marketing and packaging have been quirky over the years, but when it comes to the styling and engineering of its cars, VW is all business. The 2014 Passat, VW’s flagship sedan, fits the mold. But, yes, there is one quirk. It’s easy to get lost plowing through the lineup of this one model.  ...
2013 Nissan Juke Nismo AWD: Is it wise to kiss this ‘frog’?

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo AWD: Is it wise to kiss this ‘frog’?

It’s hard not to smile when in the company of a Nissan Juke. Even the name is amusing, and the car’s odd, unpredictable lines sustain the humor. But it has a serious side, too, especially when clothed in Nismo garb. What’s Nismo? It’s an acronym for Nissan Motorsports, the Japanese automaker’s racing division. To carry...
Check your car out now: Don’t get belted, hosed this winter

Check your car out now: Don’t get belted, hosed this winter

Although Dec. 22 is the official start of winter, that doesn’t mean you should wait until then to prepare your car for those unpredictable, cold days ahead. Since October is Car Care Month, AAA Southern New England reminds motorists that cars, like humans, need seasonal checkups, to maintain safety, maximize operational efficiency, and prevent unexpected...