Ford Ranger pickup tops 2020 Made in America Auto Index

The current Ford Ranger was born overseas, but has been naturalized to become the most-American vehicle, according to a new report.

The latest Kogod School of Business Made in America Auto Index of cars and trucks has placed the 2020 edition of the midsize pickup ahead of the Chevrolet Camaro (with automatic transmission) in second and a third-place tie between the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette and gasoline-powered Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon pickups on the annually updated list.

Produced at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, the Ranger was introduced in the U.S. for the 2019 model year is a re-engineered version of a truck Ford launched

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The Most Trusted Car Brands in America

You can drive with confidence in the passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks that people all over America trust the most.

Few shopping decisions have to be as thorough and carefully thought out as the decision about what car to buy. More than likely, you’ll get immense amounts of use from it, and you need it to transport you and your loved ones from place to place safely and comfortably. Not to mention, it’s not exactly a cheap investment!

So when you’re preparing to buy, lease, or even rent a new set of wheels, you’ll want to make certain that it’s a vehicle you can trust. Well, Reader’s Digest‘s Most Trusted Brands in America survey can help with that!

For the sixth consecutive year, Reader’s Digest has teamed up with the research firm Ipsos Connect to find the most trusted brands in America. Across 35 different categories, 3,500 people chose

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The Biggest Wealth Destroyer In America (A Humble Opinion)

Let’s talk about cars – specifically car leases

Average life of a car in the 60s – 6 to 8 years

Average life of a car manufactured today – 15 to 20 years

So what happened – technology and innovation! Just as in the case of human beings, this century has seen an exponential increase in the life of vehicles. Thanks to the convergence of various technologies like computers, precision engineering and biomechanics. Also, regulatory requirements on upkeep of cars like the California Smog Check program mandated and managed by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Someone who buys a new car today; can very well expect the car to run trouble-free in the 2030s. So why is the standard for car leases 3 to 5 years?

Welcome to how a car dealership makes money. Dealerships do NOT make money on the spread between their purchase price, and the selling price. … Read More

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Is the Credit Crunch the Fault of America?

Just 8 months ago it was a term that hardly anybody had heard of, or used, now, we turn on the radio, TV or pick up any paper and there it is …. Right in our face… ‘Credit Crunch’. In fact it has become so common in its use, it is now difficult to understand just what it means to business and the individual. Of course, we understand that those with a dubious credit rating, who therefore represent a high risk for a funder, now have no chance of obtaining finance in today’s market, but what about those with no debt or well controlled and managed debt, a good credit history, a solid job or business with decent accounts? Just how will the ‘credit crunch’ affect them? The answer, surprisingly, is very hard.

Credit ratings for the individual are assessed on a points system from 0-1000

Although these ratings do … Read More

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