Picking the right car for college is tough. Sure, you want something fast and fun, but it must withstand the torment of a college parking lot. So the car can’t be pretty. Nor can it be expensive to buy, operate or insure, because tuition and books will consume all your cash. Some MT staffers tried multiple sets of wheels during their six-year-plans, including an Acura Integra GS-R, 2.3 CL, a Fiero GT and the ubiquitous Miata. Today’s TOTD author “DL92_aka_2010GrandpaRS” poses the question “What is the best car for college?” and offers a few rules: Because we think these rules might be a little too loose (which college-level car enthusiast has $26,000 to spend or needs four seats?), we’ve devised our own. Your price cap is $15,000; your choice is new or used; the car must be fun; and, the clincher, the car must provide reliable transportation. After all, we can’t have you missing the Theology 127 final. Tell us your picks (or for those … [Read more...] about Thread of the Day: What is the Best Car for College?
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Want to buy an F40 LM, 911 RSR or an old-school GT-R? Tokyo’s Bingo Sports - probably the best car dealer in the world - is the place to do it. But if Bingo’s excellent Facebook feed is anything to go by, it sets up some pretty excellent trackdays, too. These shots are from Fuji raceway, as surely the most valuable bit of freight in existence prepares to offload its utterly magnificent contents. It must have been Bingo’s insurance company’s worst nightmare… We invite you to pick your favourite, and post it below. And in the spirit of winding down for Christmas, why not attempt to name all the cars on board Bingo Sport’s lorry of dreams? … [Read more...] about Bingo Sports’ trackday delivery is the best thing you’ll see today
It was the Clio RS that stopped people in their tracks. Which was a surprise. In the cold light of day, the five-door, pencil-sharpened hatch looks a bit strange, oddly unadorned; but at night, city-lit from above in a pool of orange sodium, the Renault looks steely, chiselled, clean and crisp, wide and low, its headlights glinting. Ipoh’s nightlife stopped with unexpected regularity, and looked, pointed, and said ooh and ah, look-at-that-what-is-it? Meanwhile, the Ford Fiesta ST, in a lighter shade of red – probably one of the greatest, most satisfying, most perfectly balanced and tuned driver’s cars to be built this decade, if not this century – was ignored. Maybe they couldn’t see that it was an ST. Maybe they didn’t care. Maybe it doesn’t matter. No, sorry, I’m going to have to stop you there. It matters.The same goes for the Peugeot 208 GTi. This 200 hp pocket-rocket could roll along through a crowded street without anyone batting an … [Read more...] about Ford Fiesta ST vs Peugeot 208 GTi vs Renault Clio RS – which one is the best hot hatch on sale in Malaysia?
We were on a mission to find this year’s Best Ford in a Ford sponsored by Ford Performance at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Finding that special car in a sea of more than ten thousand cars takes some time and effort. We’ll admit it, the wood drew us in for a closer look and when we saw SVT on the valve covers we knew we were onto something special. Sure enough this “Just Green” 1946 Ford woodie was powered by nothing less than a 4.6 Ford Cobra engine connected to a 4RW70 transmission spinning a nine-inch Ford rear. Painted in a matching hue, the supercharged power plant blends perfectly with the rest of the car. Phil Becker is no stranger to hot rodding and he learned early-on, for best results it always pays to begin the project with the best car you can find and afford. With that thought in mind Phil jumped at the chance to purchase this two-owner California woodie. It seems the old lumber wagon spent the first twenty years of its life … [Read more...] about Outdoors at the NSRA Nats and We Find the Best Ford in a Ford Sponsored by Ford Performance
All the latest and greatest cars, super or otherwise, pass through Autocar, but at the start of every staffer's car story is (usually) the humble hatchback in which they learned to drive. Matt Burt, editor - Vauxhall Chevette 1.3 The car I learned to drive in belonged to my driving instructor, and was an entry-level hatch, so anonymous that I can't quite picture the make or model. The car I honed my skills in, however, I remember vividly. It was a £400 bright red Vauxhall Chevette 1.3 E saloon. To a raw 17-year-old, it seemed to have pretty good performance for a family car and I was sometimes astonished how fast I could get from university in Bournemouth to my family's home in Cornwall. In 1993 it wasn't the most trendy model in the world, but I was very fond of it. John Bradshaw, chief photographer - Austin Metro I learned to drive in an Austin Metro, that my dad described as 'champagne', but that I think was just beige. I took my test in an MG Metro, which was a step … [Read more...] about What’s the best car for learner drivers?
The summer holidays are almost over, and university graduates and fledgling professionals may be after an affordable set of wheels that's also a hoot to drive. Buying new isn't an option for everyone, and for those seeking a second-hand bargain, these trusty but fun motors are well worth a look. 1 - Suzuki Swift 1.5 (2004-2010) We’re huge fans of the Suzuki Swift. In terms of character, the Sport model is possibly the closest modern warm hatch to old-school gems such as the Citroën AX GT. But while the Sport may be out of reach for early 20-somethings, they could have the next best thing: a nippy and well-equipped 1.5-litre Swift GLX. The 1.5 retains the Sport’s wide track and feelsome steering, making it a hoot to drive on challenging B-roads, and the 101bhp motor can average 44mpg and still push the Swift from 0-62mph in 10.0sec and on to a maximum of 115mph. We found a 2009 model with only 13,000 miles under its belt for £5k. 2 - Peugeot 106 Quiksilver … [Read more...] about The best cars for students – used car buying guide
You may have finally found the perfect automobile. It is the make and model you want, with the right options, and even the right color. Now comes closing the deal on it. If you’re not flush with cash—in other words, you seek a loan—it’s important to know what you’re up against. Here are seven things to do if you want to get the best rate on an auto loan: 1. Take a Step BackYou can’t just go into the dealership and agree to buy the vehicle, at least not if you want a decent price and a fair loan rate. You need to take a step back and see what kind of financing is out there.2. Know the TerminologyBefore you call or visit lenders, brush up on the difference between interest rate and APR. The interest rate refers to the added percentage that it will cost to borrow the money. The APR, however, is the actual annual interest rate factoring in fees and other costs related to the loan. 3. Shop Around You may think that, because dealers tout … [Read more...] about How to Get the Best Rate on an Auto Loan
Weather forecasters deserve our scorn, and Northerners know why. They call for one to two inches of snow, update the forecast to four to six inches later in the day, and you wake up the next morning to find eight to twelve inches of fresh powder blanketing your driveway, your car, your life, your fragile psyche.It happens every winter, but a good insurance policy against aorta-popping fits of rage (and exertion) is to get yourself a good winter vehicle. Something that eats snow and ice for breakfast and comes back for more. Ideally, it’s a low-cost, no-commitment “beater” that throws itself in front of winter’s bullet to spare your pampered summer ride, but not always.That’s never been the case for this writer, but we’re a diverse society. A more civilized friend of mine abandons his XJ8 to slum it in a Cadillac DTS when the snow flies. For many, an all-wheel-drive crossover, four-wheel-drive pickup or Subaru Outback daily driver is the best tool for … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s the Best Winter Car Recipe?
Wells Fargo says it will reimburse roughly $80 million to customers erroneously charged for auto collateral protection insurance policies. Customers will be remediated after roughly 800,000 customers were essentially forced to purchase unnecessary auto insurance, despite many of them already having active policies.The banking and financial services firm reviewed policies started between 2012 and 2017 and identified approximately 570,000 customers who could have been negatively impacted. It plans to issue refunds and other payments as compensation, especially to those who defaulted on their auto loans as a result of being overcharged. “In the fall of last year, our CEO and our entire leadership team committed to build a better bank and be transparent about those efforts,” said Franklin Codel, head of Wells Fargo’s consumer lending program, in a statement. “Our actions over the past year show we are acting on this … [Read more...] about Wells Fargo to Refund $80 Million of Unnecessary Car Insurance It Forced Onto Customers
Across the country, thousands of high school students will be completing their sophomore year of high school. Many of them are about to turn 16. Many of them want a car. Many of them have activities like after-school sports, community service, SAT test prep, chess club, and possibly even a job. Many of them have parents who have become tired of driving their kids everywhere and want to spend some time towards their own pursuits. Many of those parents are worried about the costs and responsibility of their kids having a car. Many of those parents are afraid at the places their children could go without their knowledge with a car.Well, parents of America, I have a solution: Lease an electric vehicle for your teenage son or daughter. Most parents will either hand their kids down a car or buy them something brand-new. Usually, the new car is a Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, anything from Scion, and so on. Something safe, fuel-efficient, reasonably priced and something to … [Read more...] about Here’s Why an Electric Car Could Be the Best First Car