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Pandemic Motors: Europeans snap up old cars to avoid public transport

It's bad news for the environment when people ditch public transportation for old cars

Want a cheap used car to nip around town without running the gauntlet of coronavirus on public transport? Welcome to Pandemic Motors, we have just what you need. Across Europe, people are snapping up old bangers, clunkers, Klapperkasten, tacots and catorci, desperate to avoid buses and trains but wary of splashing out on a shiny new motor in uncertain economic times.

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This Aston Martin DB9 with 104,000 miles on it makes us happy

We're actually proud it (and the owner for driving it that much)

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Honda teams up with Fair.com to offer leasing of CPO used cars

The idea is being tested in Florida and Southern California

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Cool cars for sale that cost $38,948 or less

That's the average cost of a new car in America

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Tesla just slashed its warranty for used vehicles

Older Model S sedans and Model X crossovers get a lot less coverage

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U.S. used car and truck prices rise the most since 1969

Used vehicles are 12% pricier than they were two months ago

While that easing pressure on pinched consumers might offer a benefit to Republican President Donald Trump's reelection prospects against Democratic challenger Joe Biden, it does come with a big "on the other hand" caveat: It is the latest sign of fading momentum in the rebound from this spring's record-setting economic slump. A bit of inflation typically is an indication of strengthening demand, an encouraging signal that consumers have reliable sources of income allowing them to contribute to

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Used cars make their biggest price jump in a half-century

Pandemic vehicle purchasing drove the U.S. consumer price increase up

U.S. consumer prices rose solidly in August, with the cost of used cars and trucks accelerating by the most in more than 51 years likely as Americans shunned public transportation because of fears of contracting COVID-19. The report from the Labor Department on Friday also showed a firming in underlying inflation last month, putting fears of deflation to rest. "Consumer prices are rebounding from the pandemic shock, but as supply shortages are resolved, upward price increases should moderate,"

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Henrik Fisker interview, and driving the Polestar 2 | Autoblog Podcast #643

Plus the 2021 Honda Odyssey and 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

Plus the 2021 Honda Odyssey and 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

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Riding in the Ford Broncos, driving the 775hp Jack Roush Edition Mustang | Autoblog Podcast #641

Plus a possible electric Corvette, used car prices and the state of the auto industry in 2020

Plus a possible electric Corvette, used car prices and the state of the auto industry in 2020

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Pickup trucks ranked by resale value after three years

How to score a comparatively cheap new-to-you truck

We've ranked all the pickup trucks that have been on the market for at least three years by resale value. See how much each vehicle depreciates right here.

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Wanna be different with your vintage SUV? Try a Plymouth Trailduster

It was the Plymouth answer to the Dodge answer to the Chevy Blazer

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Online car sellers get major boost during pandemic

Industry experts say Amazon.com has a huge potential in online vehicle sales

After years of being part of a future that never quite arrived, the coronavirus pandemic has put U.S. online car sellers on the map. Now comes a race to spend vast sums on digital commerce platforms specifically designed to handle auto sales. Without deep pockets, many startups and others trying to join the online game will likely be left in the dust.

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1975 Chevy Blazer | Autoblog Cars for Sale Find of the Day

It's a proper Bronco and Wrangler competitor from back in time

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Electric cars ranked by resale value

How to score a cheap eco-friendly ride

These are the electric cars that lost the most or least resale value after a few years. This could help you find a good deal on an EV.

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These are the cars that depreciate the most in three years

Get ready to see a bunch of German luxury sedans

Some cars depreciate a lot more than others. These are the vehicles that lost the most value after three years of ownership.

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Driving a 1964 Volkswagen Beetle, and the 2021 Kia K5 arrives | Autoblog Podcast #634

Plus, we drive the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with a diesel and the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport

Plus, we drive the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with a diesel and the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport

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1999 Honda Prelude Type SH Retro First Drive | Torque-vectoring pioneer

We heard the top version of the final Prelude was great and now we really know

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