Category Archives: Consumer Advice

Commentary: Is A “Good” Car Hard To Find?

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What is a good car? That is a question that takes on individual meaning since not everyone agrees what a good car really is. Lots of consumers rely on pundits, enthusiasts and the Consumer Union to help them determine what a good car really is.

“So, Randy, what is a good car?”
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Commentary: The Challenge of Mobility…and Then Some

Tweet A temporary mobility fix – All Photos by Randy Stern Let’s talk about mobility…again… I spent the week of the North American International Auto Show without working with a vehicle for publication. I figured I would utilize the entire … Continue reading

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Saving “Big Money” and Making Life Easier

Tweet What’s that jingle, again? – Photo by Randy Stern You’re a car guy or woman. You have a project you must do at your home, townhome, condominium, mobile home…so forth. Yet, you need to get stuff…a lot of stuff. … Continue reading

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Small Car vs. Cold Temperatures

TweetCan you drive a subcompact car in the dead of winter? This is a legitimate question to ask for those of us living in the northern climes. It is perhaps why we often look at this neck of the woods … Continue reading

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Storing Your Car This Winter (Again)?

Tweet Living in the northern climes has is challenges. If you are an automotive enthusiast in these parts, there is a question one must face: What are you going to do with the car you only drive between April and … Continue reading

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What Would Randy Buy If He Had…Money

Tweet I get a lot of questions. Sometimes, they end up being a game of 20 questions. Sure, I’ll comply. I’m not complaining, but I’ll comply and provide you what I know. That is until I hit a wall of … Continue reading

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The Incredibly Shrinking Crossover

Tweet We are now seeing the birth of a new vehicle segment in America. Are you afraid now? You could be, but understand where this was coming from. It has been brewing for while – vehicles about 170 inches in … Continue reading

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V&R Analysis: A Tale of Two F-150s

Tweet It is rare that a journalist with a specialty in vehicle review gets multiple stints in the same vehicle. That is, of course, said journalist specializes in a particular brand and/or model. Otherwise, we generalists try to bring in … Continue reading

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V&R Stories: Passed Up Dreams at The Used Car Lot

Tweet There’s a car on any given lot that gets your attention every time you pass by it. It may have been for sale for weeks – even months. Yet, when you see that particular car, you always think “why … Continue reading

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Histroriography: For the Sake of Convenience

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Like a clean shave, we often want to go back to basics. The basic look, along with basic necessities and simplified lives, is a way to ground ourselves and our souls from the complications … Continue reading

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