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CARFAX Accident Data Helps Car Buyers Shop Smarter

CENTREVILLE, Va., Jan. 28, 2020 -- Car buying season picks up in February as tax refunds start showing up, but you could end up overpaying by thousands of dollars on a used car - and putting your family's safety at risk - if you aren't careful.

Accident history is the No. 1 thing used car shoppers look for in a vehicle's history. CARFAX data estimates that as many as 40% of vehicles on the road have been in an accident or sustained damage; that's about 110 million cars. CARFAX data also shows one in four cars are sold within the first year after an accident or damage. If you're shopping for a used car, it's not always easy to spot the cars with damage and to know whether it was a ding - or a disaster.

Of all the vehicles for sale right now, about one in four have sustained damage. The average impact on retail price is about $500, but that average impact on value jumps to $2,100 for a vehicle with severe damage in its past. If you don't know if a vehicle has sustained damage, you could be overpaying by hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. CARFAX has a free valuation tool, History-Based Value, that looks at vehicle specific information for pricing, and it includes accidents as one of the many factors.

It's important to remember not all accidents and damage are created equal. Shoppers looking for used cars need not turn up their noses simply because there's damage reported. In fact, smart shoppers can dig a little deeper and save themselves some money by investigating the severity of any damage. A CARFAX Vehicle History Report can not only show you accidents, but many will detail where the impact was and how severe the damage was. It's also a safety concern, because you want to make sure any repairs were made properly. In addition to a CARFAX report, we recommend you have an independent vehicle inspection. A trained mechanic can spot signs of repairs and also make sure they were done properly so you can keep you and your family safe on the road.

Owning an Electric Vehicle is the Cure for Most Consumer Concerns

New study pulls back the curtain on the experience of going green and costs of ownership

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2020) – New research from AAA finds that over five years and 75,000 miles of driving, the annual cost of owning a new compact electric vehicle is only slightly more expensive – about $600 annually – than its gas-powered counterpart. The study also revealed that the experience of owning an electric vehicle eases one of the biggest fears associated with these cars – range anxiety.

According to AAA’s survey, prior to owning an electric vehicle, a majority of owners (91%) said that they had at least one concern – things like insufficient range, implications for long-distance travel and finding a place to charge. Post purchase, many of these worries disappeared. AAA believes that if consumers have a better understanding of the real cost and experience of owning an electric vehicle, then the gap between expressed interest and adoption will begin to close.

“Although 40 million Americans have shown interest in buying electric for their next car, actual adoption is happening at a much slower rate,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations. “AAA wanted to understand what kind of impact the experience of owning an electric vehicle has on perception of these cars and maybe more importantly, if given the chance would consumers choose to go green again.”

AAA’s survey of electric vehicle owners, 71% of whom had not previously owned an electric car, revealed some interesting results:

Dear Listeners,

This Saturday January 25th is my 50th Birthday and I want to do something really big! Not for me, but for our community.  You see, I’m blessed beyond belief with everything I need and more! I have good health, a wonderful wife and children, more food than I need and a roof over my head. But some people in Phoenix don’t even have the most basic of needs and that really bothers me!

That’s why, for my 50th birthday this year, I’m asking people to donate to Saving Amy; a local organization that provides community, support and a new beginning for those transitioning out of homelessness.
 
I would be thrilled if you would make a donation of any amount to Saving Amy. From $1, to $1 million or whatever you like; no donation is too big or small.

Please use one of the links below:

Executive Council will match 25% of your donation for up to an additional $5,000.

 

Click here to make a quick contribution through our Facebook page.

My goal is to raise $10,000 for Saving Amy to celebrate my 50th birthday and I’m donating $500 of my own money to get it started.
 
Friends and family, please help me do something really big this year for my birthday!  Together we will help homeless people in Phoenix get the help they need to get back on their feet!
 
Happy Birthday to me.  (And thank you to you!!)

Matt Allan
Bumper to Bumper Radio Host

P.S. Click here if you need more information about Saving Amy.

It's Matt's 50th birthday this year and he wanted to do something big! Bumper to Bumper Radio is asking people to make donations to Saving Amy, a local organization that provides community, support and a new beginning for those transitioning out of homelessness.
 
We are passionate about this organization because Saving Amy focuses on four key programs to address the individualized needs of our families:

  • Empowerment Through Therapy (ETT):  The ETT program enrolls adults and children in trauma therapy with licensed trauma therapists from around the valley. Each case is individualized based on the recommendation of the therapist
  • Kids Go Program: Mentoring program with Brophy and Xavier College Preparatory to provide year-round tutoring, mentorship and summer camp for our Saving Amy children
  • Rolling Forward: Transportation program that provides donated vehicles to allow for reliable transportation to work and school
  • Rise Up Moving Program: Two-part program that includes providing rent subsidy, furniture and home supplies; as well as, the opportunity to move from poverty-stricken neighborhoods
  • Saving Amy assists families throughout Arizona, with the majority residing in Phoenix and surrounding areas.

Saving Amy provides community and resources so that our families are able to create a life that is fulfilling and life changing. Most importantly, Saving Amy is about relationship. The Journey Partners walk side by side with the families and build relationships based on trust and genuine care. Families then begin to see themselves as worthy and deserving people in society that no longer need the system to support them. They are able to come off government assistance and support themselves on their own. Saving Amy helps families move forward with a realization that they will never be back on the street or in a homeless shelter again. In turn, the families help to support others who are on the path they have traveled, from a life that felt hopeless and out of control to an empowered life lived with dignity and hope. For more information, see their web site at https://www.savingamy.org .

As an added bonus, when you make your donation via this link, Saving Amy will receive a 25% matching grant from Executive Council Charities who will match your donation up to an additional $5,000.


Our goal is to raise $5,000, and Matt is contributing $500 in honor of his mom, who is no longer with us, but had a heart for serving those in need. Please join us in supporting this amazing non-profit. Your donation may qualify for a state income tax credit of up to $400 for individuals (single filers), $800 for married couples (joint filers). See your tax advisor for details.

Click here to donate.

Every penny donated will make a direct local impact!

Bollinger Motors Files Patents for Electric Class 3 Vehicles

DETROIT, Jan. 8, 2020 -- Bollinger Motors has filed for patent protection for its all electric, all-wheel drive, Class 3 vehicles. The scope of the patent includes the entire vehicle, and gives particular emphasis on the specific arrangement of major components and subsystems.

"Our team has created a vehicle that's engineered and packaged unlike anything ever built," says CEO Robert Bollinger. "Filing this patent will help protect that hard work, and help showcase the outstanding engineering capabilities of our company."

The innovative vehicle design, and resulting capabilities and features are highly differentiated from any other volume production vehicle. As just one example, the unique way large components – including motors, inverters, gearboxes, and chargers – are arranged centrally and symmetrically results in a desirable effect on the vehicles' center of gravity.

The patent highlights the vehicle-controls strategy and innovative software solutions used to achieve performance targets including adjustable ride height, variable payload responses, virtual front and rear differential, and various modes of operations, including outboard power usage.

The technical content contained in the application provides substantial competitive advantage and adds to a growing portfolio of intellectual property for Bollinger Motors.

National Gas Price Average Holds Steady Amid Tensions with Iran

The national gas price average held steady on the week at $2.58, but that could change depending on the movement of crude oil prices due to geopolitical concerns. Following airstrikes in Baghdad last Friday, which killed Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani, crude oil prices increased, causing market speculation about what could happen to gas prices in the near-term.

“It’s typical to see crude oil prices push more expensive amid current events,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “What this increase means in terms of retail prices is yet be seen. It depends on how expensive crude oil prices go and the duration at which it sells at a higher price point.”

Today’s national average is $2.58, which is the same price as last Monday and last month, but 34-cents more expensive than the beginning of 2019.

Quick Stats

The nation’s top largest weekly changes are: Ohio (-13 cents), Michigan (-8 cents), Indiana (-8 cents), Florida (+7 cents), Tennessee (+7 cents), Alabama (+5 cents)Louisiana (+4 cents), South Carolina (+4 cents), Georgia (+4 cents) and Mississippi (+4 cents).

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets are: Missouri ($2.20), Oklahoma ($2.26), Kansas ($2.27), Texas ($2.28), Mississippi ($2.29), Arkansas ($2.29), Louisiana ($2.32), Alabama ($2.36), South Carolina ($2.36) and Iowa ($2.37).


West Coast

Pump prices in the region continue to drop into the New Year. On the week, Nevada (-3 cents) and Alaska (-3 cents) saw the largest decreases in the region. Hawaii ($3.65) and California ($3.54) remain the most expensive markets in the country. Washington ($3.15), Nevada ($3.01), Oregon ($3.01), Alaska ($2.96) and Arizona ($2.83) follow.

Increased gasoline stocks continue to help put downward pressure on pump prices, even as demand remains robust. According to EIA’s report for the week ending on Dec. 27, total gas stocks in the region are mostly holding steady at 21.56 million bbl. The current supply level is 3.3 million bbl higher than last year’s level at this time, which will likely continue to help prices in the region decline throughout the week.

Long-Term Use of Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies Can Result in Disengaged Drivers

As drivers develop more experience and comfort using advanced driver assistance systems, they are also more likely to drive distracted while using the systems

WASHINGTON (Dec 17, 2019) – Drivers with experience using advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, were nearly twice as likely to engage in distracted driving while using the systems compared to when they were driving without the systems, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Alternatively, drivers with less experience and familiarity using the technology were less likely to drive while distracted with systems activated compared to when systems were not in use. AAA wants drivers to remember that while new driver assistance technologies offer important benefits, drivers must remain active and engaged when behind the wheel to maximize safety.

“This new research suggests that as drivers gain more experience using ADAS technology, they could develop complacency while behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Over-reliance on these systems can put drivers and others in dangerous conditions during critical moments.”

Researchers at the AAA Foundation collaborated with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to analyze video of on-road behaviors for two groups of drivers using advanced driver assistance technology. Individuals in one group owned a vehicle equipped with ADAS and had more experience using the systems while drivers in the other group were given a vehicle equipped with ADAS to use during the 4-week study period and had less experience with the technology.

The research found that drivers who owned their vehicles – and therefore had more familiarity with ADAS technology — were more likely to drive distracted when these systems were active than when they were not. For example, some observed distracted driving behaviors included texting or adjusting the radio. Meanwhile, drivers with less experience using the technologies were more likely to remain attentive and engaged while the systems were engaged.

Car Care Council Urges Commuters to Maintain a Healthy Work-Drive Balance

Commutes to work are longer than ever, according to the most recent U.S. Census, with the average commute time up 20 percent since the Census began tracking this data in 1980. The more time we spend in our cars, the more important it becomes to make sure our vehicles are comfortable and safe places to be, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council has a number of tips for commuters to help ensure their trips to and from work are as enjoyable and worry-free as possible.

Change your cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the passenger compartment. A functioning cabin air filter will help keep dirt, pollen, dust and exhaust fumes from entering your vehicle’s interior. Changing the cabin air filter at recommended intervals will allow you and your passengers to breathe clean air free from allergens and pollutants while commuting to and from work.

AAA Urges Drivers to Safely Secure Christmas Trees

A new survey from AAA found that this holiday season, an estimated 84 million (33%) Americans plan to purchase a real Christmas tree and will be faced with the task of getting it home safely. Just like moving furniture, appliances or other large objects, transporting a tree is no different. If not properly secured, a tree can cause vehicle damage such as scratched paint, torn door seals or distorted window frames. Even worse, it could fly off or out of the vehicle and become a danger to other drivers.

AAA’s survey revealed that 44% of Americans who plan to purchase a real Christmas tree will transport the tree using unsafe methods. This includes 20% who will tie the tree to the roof of their vehicle without using a roof rack and 24% who plan to place the tree in the bed of their pickup truck unsecured.

Among those planning to purchase a live Christmas tree this year, 16% have previously experienced a Christmas tree falling off or out of their vehicle during transport. Previous research from AAA found that road debris caused more than 200,000 crashes during a four-year period, resulting in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths.

 

Transporting a real Christmas tree home is easy as long as you have the right tools and follow AAA’s simple tips:

Fun and Affordable 2020 Honda Fit Arrives in Showrooms

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2019 -- The 2020 Honda Fit arrives in showrooms Dec. 16 as the clear benchmark in the subcompact car category, with unparalleled versatility, premium feature content, fun-to-drive performance, and an available 6-speed manual transmission. Honda Sensing®, standard on EX and EX-L trims, makes Fit one of the most affordable new cars to offer such a comprehensive package of safety and driver-assistive features. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 for the 2020 Fit LX with a manual transmission starts at of $16,190, while Fit EX with standard Honda Sensing® starts at $19,060.

The 2020 Honda Fit arrives in showrooms Dec. 16 as the clear benchmark in the subcompact car category, with unparalleled versatility, premium feature content, fun-to-drive performance, and an available 6-speed manual transmission. Honda Sensing®, standard on EX and EX-L trims, makes Fit one of the most affordable new cars to offer such a comprehensive package of safety and driver-assistive features. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2020 Fit LX starts at $16,190.

The 2020 Honda Fit arrives in showrooms Dec. 16 as the clear benchmark in the subcompact car category, with unparalleled versatility, premium feature content, fun-to-drive performance, and an available 6-speed manual transmission. Honda Sensing®, standard on EX and EX-L trims, makes Fit one of the most affordable new cars to offer such a comprehensive package of safety and driver-assistive features. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2020 Fit LX starts at $16,190.

For 2020, the Fit lineup starts with the affordable but fun Fit LX and the more aggressively styled Fit Sport, both available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Fit EX comes standard with Honda Sensing® and an automatic transmission, while Fit EX-L adds leather upholstery and more. For the 2020 model year, Honda Sensing® is no longer available on LX and Sport trims.

All Fit trims are powered by a 1.5-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC™ engine producing peak output of up to 130 horsepower (SAE net) and 114 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net). In LX and Sport trims a slick-shifting 6-speed manual is standard, with a continuously variable transmission (CVT[2]) available; the CVT is standard on EX and EX-L trims. The 2020 Fit carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 29/36/31 mpg (city/highway/combined)[3] for the manual transmission LX, and 33/40/36 mpg for the CVT-equipped LX.

2020 Fit Pricing & EPA Ratings

The Honda Fit continues to blend fun-to-drive performance with outstanding fuel efficiency and comfort in a high-quality, affordable package. Clever packaging, such as the fuel tank mounted underneath the front-row seats, gives the 2020 Fit unequaled cargo capacity, boasting a class-leading 52.7 cubic-feet of space with the rear seats folded down. Standard features on all Fit models include rearview camera, liftgate spoiler, auto on-off headlights, LED taillights, Bluetooth®, and a multi-function center console. Fit's vibrant palette of exterior color consists of seven choices: Orange Fury, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red, Aegean Blue Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl.

For the latest in-vehicle connectivity experience, Sport models and up include Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration through a high-resolution, 7-inch touchscreen. The available Honda Sensing® suite of technologies includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and auto high-beam headlamps.

Honda Fits for the U.S. market are manufactured in North America, at Honda's Celaya, Mexico plant.


About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.


 

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