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Oversold New Car Features

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There isn’t a new car on the market that hasn’t already got all the basics covered. And then some. It’s hard to find a new car – any new car – that isn’t at least air conditioned. That doesn’t have – at least – a four-speaker stereo with a CD player, power windows and locks…

Vidcast: Presumptive guilt

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This Vidcast was inspired by my muse, Clover, whose every view seems to be based on the idea of presumptive guilt. This is an idea similar to “pre-crime” – if you remember the movie (based on the novel by the great Phillip K. Dick) but takes things a step farther. Pre-crime at least focuses on…

2015 Mercedes Sprinter

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I live just two miles away from one of the most popular recreational roads in America – the Blue Ridge Parkway. So I see a lot of recreational vehicles. And lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of Benz Sprinters. Nominally, it’s a commercial van – in the same class (and useful for the same purposes)…

Inspections

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Government is nonsense and force – assembled in either order. Those mandatory “safety” inspections most of us are forced to deal with every year, for instance. The presumption underlying them is, of course, that because some people are fools everyone must be presumed a fool. Smith does not take care of his vehicle; he drives…

That “Car” Fax Thing

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You’ve probably heard about Carfax (and similar services, including AutoCheck and EpicVIN) that offer “vehicle history reports” which search state motor vehicle and insurance records using the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) sussing out potentially radioactive problems such as major accident damage that may not have been disclosed by the seller. These services typically charge…

So Close…

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Things are beginning to look up a little! As I type this – and thanks to an overnight boost in donations – we are within about 25 percent of “break even” for the month. About a dozen “EPautos” stickers are on their way to their new homes. UPDATE: As of early Saturday morning, we’re only…

Vidcast: Uncle Under The Hood

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I wrote the other day about the disappearing V-8 (and also the disappearing six). This Vidcast gets into all of that: Like a tsunami that hasn’t yet arrived, the seas appear calm. But there is an epic shift under way that will become increasingly obvious over the next several years, as we get within sight…

Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

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Mourn with me. Cadillac – Cadillac! – no longer sells a single car powered by a V-8 engine. Or such will be the case in about two months, when 2014 fades to 2015. Come Jan. 1, all new Cadillac cars will be powered by fours or sixes. Some will be turbocharged. But none will larger…

2015 VW Golf TDI

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In theory, choice is good. In practice, too many choices can be overwhelming – especially when the choices between X and Y come down to little things (and the price is little different). VW’s just-updated Golf is by no means the only choice among compact economy cars. There are lots of them. But it is…

Stickers Have Arrived!

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The “EPautos” stickers have finally arrived! We paid top dollar to get high quality/all-weather materials, including water-resistant vinyl facings (opposite side is sticky). They can be placed on your car – or used as coasters (or decorate a coaster with one). Here’s how you get one: * Donate $10 or more, one time(either via PayPal…