A Seattle Woman’s Perspective on Car Buying

Audi R9Here’s the truth: Women are better shoppers than men.

Perhaps the “shopping gene” is carried on the X chromosome. We have two “X’s”; thereby we are twice as efficient and productive. Or perhaps it is an environmental part of our upbringing. At an early age, wise mothers pass along two key concepts to their daughters:

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Most Stolen Seattle Cars for 2008

1992 accordThere’s no shortage of Camry’s, Accords, and Civics on the roads of Seattle. Maybe that’s why when it comes to the most stolen cars in Washington, those popular vehicles are the ones targeted by car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s Hot Wheels report for 2008 has Seattle ranked 26th nationally in car thefts. Read more


Best Convertible Cars for Seattle

ford-shelby-gt500-2010You don’t live in Southern California. You don’t live in Florida. You live in the state of Washington where it rains a good 200 plus days a year (give or take some crazy summer). So when it comes to looking at buying a convertible car in Seattle, you ARE taking a chance. Rag top or hard top? The answer is simple, considering the convertible will be closed most of time, better make it a hard top. Read more


Car Rental Tips from a Traveling Journalist

Between a career which has traveled me all over the U.S. and an adventurous spirit that leads me to wander off in my free time, I’ve probably rented more cars in the past five years than most people will rent, collectively, in their lifetimes.

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You Always Remember Your First Car

Whenever I’m in one of those conversations where people get to reminiscing about their first car, I sometimes will say my first car was a Mustang. Thing is, that’s not really true. I wanted a Mustang, just like any teenage boy of my generation, but what my Burger King salary could actually afford was a 1979 Mercury Capri, the bare bones “twin” of the Mustang. Read more


Do Seattle Car Owners Need AAA Services?

All it takes is one time for your car to break down on I-90 in a snow storm, or getting a flat tire in downtown when all the bars have closed, to realize the importance of owning a AAA card. Read more


The 2009 Subaru Forester Review

After driving the 2009 Forester 2.5XT for one week, we have come to many conclusions as to why Subarus and the Forester in particular are so popular in the Seattle area. In short, the vehicle does many things well. Read more


Seattle Test Drive Review for the 2009 Toyota Venza

After reading and hearing so much about the 2009 Toyota Venza, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When driving most cross-over type vehicles it’s either one or the other. Either it feels like a truck but looks like a sedan, or handles like a sedan and looks like a SUV. It’s rare to get a true combination of both. But after driving the 2009 Venza, I know why Toyota waited a while to get into the crossover market, they wanted to get it right. Read more


The 2010 Toyota Prius is in Hybrid Heaven in Seattle

It’s rare when a vehicle actually lives up to the hype. But by all accounts, the 2010 Toyota Prius will do just that and maybe more. Unveiled at the Detroit auto show, Toyota made a big splash, and maybe even sent a message to other hybrid automakers. Read more


The 2009 Toyota Venza Sounds Perfect for Seattle

In a year when automakers are desperate for something to catch the attention of weary buyers, Toyota may have found it. The new 2009 Toyota Venza is a mixture of different cars and SUVs rolled into one. Think the engine efficiency of an Avalon, the capacity similar to a Highlander, and performs like a RAV4 on steroids.

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