Many people find leasing as a better alternative to financing a new car. Because lessees pay for only the depreciation of the vehicle and not the full value, their monthly payments may be lower. With leases lasting 24 to 36 months, they are not stuck in a long-term payment plan. In addition, the warranty covers the vehicle for the length of the lease.
Experts from the automotive research firm IHS Markits say the average lifespan of a car or truck is eleven years old. Cars dating back to 2009 and older are considered to be outdated. Driving an older vehicle with over 100,000 miles can lead to various mechanical issues, such as engine failure. Fixing these issues can become quite costly and hurt your finances in the long run.
A report from ReportLinker showed that the global automotive airbag market is expected to grow to $71.8 billion by the year 2025. The firm said the growing market can be attributed to a number of factors, including technological advances in developing airbags, legislation mandating the installation of airbags in newer vehicles and “smart” airbags that come with sensors.
The Wall Street Journal reported that today’s pickup trucks are bigger than they were almost 20 years ago. The article cited data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory which showed that the average pickup is now 1,142 pounds heavier than it was in 1990.
A consortium of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, utility companies and private businesses has formed a new lobbying group called ZETA (Zero Emission Transportation Association), which seeks to have 100% of new car sales be EVs within 10 years.
Despite its promise to have all of its airbags fixed, Takata has yet to complete this task. In fact, 24% of those recalled airbags have yet to be repaired. That means nearly 12 million vehicles are on the road with defective airbags.
ABC News reported that General Motors (GM) is recalling over 217,000 vehicles after it was found that some of the cars were missing bolts from their start-stop mechanisms. This may result in transmission oil leaking from the mechanism and causing the car to either stop moving or catch on fire.
Kiplinger featured a story on drivers over the age of 50 who were in the market for a new car. Most of them said they needed a vehicle that both addresses their mobility issues and helps them stay safe on the road.
An article from Forbes explained that owners of electric vehicles (EVs) may have to pay more for insurance than owners of gas-powered cars. Some of the experts interviewed for the article said that the higher insurance rates can be attributed to the fact that repair costs for an EV are greater than those for conventional autos.
Recent estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) showed that more car buyers bought domestic vehicles than their foreign counterparts. This comes as the U.S. auto market is attempting to recover from the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.