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    Report: Baby boomers now buying more new cars than their children
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    Could it be that the automobile's luster has faded over the years, that cars have become less synonymous with youth and freedom to Generation Y? A study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute clearly says yes, but that's not the whole story, Bloomberg reports. Though ...

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    Study: Over 10% of new car buyers skip the test drive
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    How disinterested are consumers in their cars? According to a new study reported in The Detroit Free Press, more than 10 percent of new car buyers can't be bothered to take a test drive. The study, conducted by Maritz Research, surveyed over 80,000 people who had bought 2012 model year vehicles, ...

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    Study: Car buyers not impressed by celeb endorsements. How about you? [w/poll]
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    As Americans, there's no denying we have a healthy obsession with the lives of celebrities. From movie stars like Will Smith down to reality television "stars" like The Situation, people are curious as to what's going on in their world. What clothes do they wear, where do they get their groceries ...

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    Survey outlines which qualities motivate new car buyers
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    So, you've found a car that catches your eye. It's attractive, has the features you want and is priced within your budget. Slam dunk, right? Perhaps, but a recent telephone survey administered by Consumer Reports proves that a number of additional factors can affect the decision to purchase a new ...

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    REPORT: "Lesser luxury" is the new black
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    Up until very recently, the reason that you bought a BMW 3 Series or a Mercedes-Benz C-Class was to prepare you to buy a 5 or an E in a few years. You know, ladders to climb, blowing up to do, de-luxe apartments in the sky to own. These days, according to a new study, that is less and less the ...

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    As new vehicles sales fall, used car prices go up
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    The cynic in you might think that a rise in the price of used vehicles, just as new car sales are cratering worse than anyone can remember, is a not-so-transparent ploy to overcharge buyers. It turns out to be more a case of supply versus demand. Wholesale used car prices are bumping up as a result ...

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    Automakers limiting options to reduce costs
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    With sales at a 26-year low, the Detroit 3 are trying almost anything to reduce costs and make more money from the cars they are selling. One of the biggest changes coming apes what some of the more successful Japanese makers have done all along: offering fewer configurations of their models. If ...

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    Is Japan facing a post-car society?
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    Could the country that gave us the NSX, Godzilla -- and the other Godzilla -- and The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift be on the verge of giving up cars for good? With car buying down by close to 33-percent since 1990, Japan is claimed to be in the grips of kuruma banare, which, for Japanese ...

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    How Come Fewer Americans Are Buying New Cars? - Autoline with John McElroy
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    Shhh. Don't tell the car companies, but every year a smaller percentage of Americans are buying new cars. No, this has nothing to do with the current slowdown in the economy. It's part of what I see as a disturbing trend. More on that in a moment. The problem is that annual new car sales have ...

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