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Car Buying

Make sure you like the car, and you'll only know for sure by driving it.

A car is a big investment, make sure it's the right one.

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No one was hurt in Tesla Model S blaze, which destroyed the car in five minutes.

Tesla says robots usually do the job, but the Model S 90D in question was an exception.

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A Virginia woman mistook a standard new car test drive for a demolition derby when she destroyed six brand new Benzes, including the one she was driving, in a dealership parking lot.

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The first all-electric SUV is buggy and ludicriously awesome.

We finally get to test drive the Tesla Model X. Despite all the fun we had, we noticed a few bugs. These might be a problem come time for the Model 3.

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Just In Case That Extra All-Electric Range Isn't Enough

GM will bring the second-generation Chevy Volt extended-range plug-in directly to your house for an in-depth test drive.

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The screaming engines from rented Ferraris prompted city officials in a Maranello, Italy, to pass new rules to limit tourists' ability to buy short-term test drives of the sports cars.

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Buick begins a program offering 24-hour test drives called "24 Hours of Happiness." It's meant as a long-term brand builder rather than a quick sales boost.

Man pulled motorcyclists over with dealership employee in the car

An Oregon man impersonated a sheriff's deputy while taking an SUV for a test drive and pulled over a motorcyclist, authorities said.

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If you were going to test drive a new car, who would you want to take with you? Your spouse? A friend? Maybe an automotive journalist? Well take it from us: there's one of us riding shotgun just about every time we go to drive anything, and we're not all we're cracked up to be.

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EV Automaker, Ridesharing Company Giving Away Free Rides Next Week

Is anyone surprised that Tesla Motors is ready to disrupt the status quo even in little ways? If you are, then here's one more example: Tesla is partnering with Uber (which taxi drivers around the world are not happy with) in Shanghai to both give people free, 15-minute rides in the electric car. Think of it as the free Supercharger miles for the don't-own-a-Tesla set.

Taking cars for a digital drive isn't enough

A new study released this month shows Americans are turning away from old-fashioned, hands-on car buying.

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Two men are wanted in the Houston area tonight after they stole an Audi RS5 from a local dealership. The brazen theft happened in the middle of the business day, when a salesperson stepped away after letting one of the men take the car for a test drive, while the other sat in the (getaway) car. He then swiped the keys and his license before running out to the lot and taking off in the 450-horsepower coupe.

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You've got to love this brave new world we're in, where getting 120 miles per gallon can be considered a disappointment. That's the upshot of an Automobile magazine test drive of the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid diesel, which the German automaker has said can get as much as 261 miles per gallon, Hybrid Cars says.

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To paraphrase the old Sally Field line from the Oscars: they liked 'em. They really liked 'em. With BMW set to unveil its first two plug-ins under its "i" badge within the next 12 months or so (the i3 is due in late 2013, the i8 in the first half of 2014), journalists from Car Magazine and UK's Autocar recently had the chance to go for some test drives.

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Last month, Consumer Reports decidedly panned the Mitsubishi i after a test drive of the small electric vehicle. The magazine doesn't dislike everything little and battery powered, though, and was quite a bit kinder to the Fiat 500e, saying it is "actually kind of a cool little car."

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Since too much information isn't exactly possible in some situations, BMW is continuing its electric vehicle user study in Leipzig, Germany. The automaker is working with TU Chemnitz (University of Technology) and Stadwerke Leipzig municipal utility to conduct an electromobility study with long-distance commuters in 15 BMW ActiveE EVs in the Leipzig area.

Actually, it's not Rick Wagoner all by himself, but the ex-GM chairman is working with a team of tech entrepreneurs who make up Tred, a new test drive concierge service. Tred is still in beta, but the idea is that you pick the cars you'd like to test drive, schedule delivery by concierges who are working to get positive feedback from folks like you and then try out the vehicles you're considering on the roads you know.

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Let's just say the Courb C-ZEN had a bit of a home-court advantage when Technologic Vehicles got to test drive the two-seat electric vehicle.