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16 smart things to do with your tax refund 16 smart things to do with your tax refund
Spring signals the return of warmer weather, blooming flowers and trees, baseball, and more. And for many of you, it’s also when your state or federal tax refund will arrive. Truth be told, you’re better off not getting a tax refund. That money going back to you means that the government...
16 smart things to do with your tax refund »
2013 Consumer Reports tire program: Ultra-high-performance tires take to the track 2013 Consumer Reports tire program: Ultra-high-performance tires take to the track
Own a sporty cars or high-end touring car? Thinking about replacing the tires? Well, our next tire program will include UHP all-season and summer tires typically found on these cars. As in the past, we’re also including evaluations of performance winter tires, which come in sizes to fit cars...
2013 Consumer Reports tire program: Ultra-high-performance tires take to the track »
Tips for partying and driving safely this holiday season Tips for partying and driving safely this holiday season
We are in the season of festivities, with many celebrations for the holidays and New Year’s. But the sobering reality is that it’s also a time of year when many people die on our roads due to drunk driving. In 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-related car crashes, including 395...
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Family car all-season tire update reveals potential savings with low-rolling resistance tires Family car all-season tire update reveals potential savings with low-rolling resistance tires
At the Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, the team continues to work on evaluating some 80 different tire models scheduled for a tire story and Ratings release. Since we last updated our blog readers, the test group has grown slightly from the 77, when we were still in the process of buying tires....
Family car all-season tire update reveals potential savings with low-rolling resistance tires »
Don’t let a GPS navigate you into the valley of death Don’t let a GPS navigate you into the valley of death
GPS-based navigation has become a common, valued tool used by millions of motorists, bicyclists, and hikers. And as any user will confess, they are not foolproof and success on road trips often depends on some local knowledge and an old fashioned, paper map. NPR ran a story today on a family caught...
Don’t let a GPS navigate you into the valley of death »
Personal picks: Our favorite convertibles for summer Personal picks: Our favorite convertibles for summer
With a heat wave continuing to cook much of the nation, we asked our team to share their personal choices for top-down, summer rides. Despite all the convertibles available today, the group focused on just a handful of models that tested well and/or just appealed on a more visceral level. Read our...
Personal picks: Our favorite convertibles for summer »
Video: Don’t let a GPS navigator steer you wrong Video: Don’t let a GPS navigator steer you wrong
The reliability of portable navigation devices has again been called into question, with a recent tragedy involving a Canadian couple grabbing headlines. Termed “death by GPS,” wrong-turn accidents occasionally claim victims in dramatic ways, but the technology isn’t entirely to blame. Portable...
Video: Don’t let a GPS navigator steer you wrong »
Car buying: Is a leftover model a good deal? Car buying: Is a leftover model a good deal?
Fall has been the traditional time for new car introductions since the mid-1930s, when the practice was begun as a way to promote year-round sales and employment in what had previously been a seasonal industry. Prior to the change, most new cars came out at the start of the calendar year, followed...
Car buying: Is a leftover model a good deal? »
Best used convertible cars: Affordable, open-air cruisers Best used convertible cars: Affordable, open-air cruisers
It’s summer and the perfect time of year for an road trip or just a cruise around town. For many motorists, the summer driving is best done with the top down and the wind in your hair. A convertible may be on many wish lists, but because they are not necessarily practical or wallet-friendly,...
Best used convertible cars: Affordable, open-air cruisers »
What country builds the most, recommended cars? What country builds the most, recommended cars?
The approaching July 4th holiday, and ongoing FIFA World Cup, have made this is a time for national pride and competition. Inspired, our Consumer Reports Auto Price Services studied the latest incentives and produced a list of the best deals on American-made cars. (See our Best Deals on all cars.)...
What country builds the most, recommended cars? »

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