The real reason gas is cheaper in the winter

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Much of the country been enjoying low gas prices lately, some states more than others. There are several factors contributing to this year’s dip, but gas prices are typically lower during the winter. If you ask your know-it-all uncle, he will probably tell you that gas prices drop when it gets cold because people are driving less, thus decreasing the demand for gasoline. To a certain extent, he’s right. People do most of their road trips during the spring and summer months. But that’s not the real reason gas is cheaper in the winter. [keep reading]

Become a car-shopping expert in 2 minutes

Finding the right car is complicated. Do you want to buy new or used? What’s your budget? Do you need an extra large cup holder for your venti latte? And that’s just the beginning. Once you get to the dealership, you’ve got to inspect the vehicle, wade through financing options and finally negotiate the deal.

Our Founder and CEO, Paul Nadjarian, has some advice for you. He might live in Harlem and drive a Honda Odyssey, but he is a true car guy who grew up racing souped on station wagons on Woodward Ave. He’s worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, serving as an executive at Ford and eBay Motors before starting Mojo.

Recently, Paul got together with the folks at State Farm and Gawker Media to develop the ultimate car-buying guide. If you’re shopping for a car, this video will prove about as useful as a swiss army knife. Still have questions? Leave a comment and Paul will get back to you with an answer.

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7 companies to launch driverless cars by 2020

We already showed you when you will be able to buy a driverless car using predictions from research companies and futurists. Since that article was published in July, automakers have been announcing when they anticipate to release their driverless vehicles. This was mostly done to ride the viral wave caused by Google’s sensational driverless car video. So, which company is going to be first to deliver an autonomous model to showrooms?

When Each Automaker Will Have a Self Driving Car

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We’ve grouped companies into four categories:

  1. Expected to launch a driverless car by 2020
  2. Expected to launch a driverless car after 2020
  3. Developing a driverless car, but no official launch date
  4. No expected launch of a driverless car

Companies in the first category have announced they will have a driverless car by 2020. To be considered “driverless,” the car must drive itself with no assistance from a person. As it stands, nearly all automakers have some sort of driverless technology in their vehicles, like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. These features aid a driver, it doesn’t make a car totally autonomous.

Our infographic also didn’t account for the fact that it is probably illegal to operate a driverless car in your state. Even Elon Musk has said the technology for driverless cars will be here by 2020, but legislation around driverless cars probably won’t be passed until 2022 or 2023. So if you can’t drive, hopefully you live in one of these states or have decent mass transit. [keep reading]

States saving the most money on gas

Oil prices are falling sharply and lower oil prices leads to lower gas prices. Before you buy that SUV you always wanted, you might want to find out how much you can really save. We already told you about states with the highest gas tax, but now we figured out what states are benefiting the most from the recent drop in gas prices. To find this out, we looked at a few metrics like miles driven per year and gas prices based on the 2014 high and low as of October 2014.

States with the cheapest gas price

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We gathered gas prices from GasBuddy.com, a terrific resource for looking at gas prices by state or city. They also have a cool app that helps you find the cheapest gas near you. The average mileage driven by state came from a study conducted by US Public Interest Research Groups. [keep reading]

Are you SCARED of your car? You should be.

Driving a car is an extremely dangerous activity that most people do everyday. It doesn’t faze us that we share the roads with drowsy, distracted and drunk drivers, each wielding their very own 2-ton death-machines, loaded with gallons of liquid explosives. Unfortunately, there are other threats on the horizon. As more automotive systems become controlled by computers, your car is increasingly more vulnerable to hacker attacks.

what can be hacked in a car infographic

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The infographic above shows the systems that can be hacked on any new car and many used cars on the market. The more robust and interconnected the computer system is, the more that can be done to your car.

Of course, not every hacker is a psychopath with homicidal intentions. It is unlikely, but not impossible, that a hacker would go through the extreme effort to harm the average Toyota Prius owner. A hack-attack could even be harmless, albeit very annoying. Below we break down every hack by degree of severity. [keep reading]

What the CarGurus IPO means for auto startups

CarGurus recently announced they will be expanding their service internationally and going public. I’ve been asked by colleagues and the press for my thoughts and here are three reasons why I couldn’t be more excited.

  1. Finally! Automotive gets to have its share of the public markets.  AutoTrader and Cars.com have been operating profitably for over 15 years, but are still closely held private companies (Cox Enterprises, Inc. owns AutoTrader and Gannett owns Cars.com).
  2. All automotive marketplaces will benefit.  As the Founder of Mojo Motors I’m thrilled our category will get attention the other major verticals (real estate, travel, jobs) have enjoyed for years through multiple IPOs.
  3. International expansion is a bold move.  The challenges are significant and margin for error is very thin.  CarGurus’ strategy to go public, then use proceeds and/or stock to acquire existing players is a great idea with some historical evidence. This is how eBay successfully and quickly expanded internationally in the early to mid 2000’s. This same strategy can work in the automotive space, as well.

As 2014 begins making way for 2015, here’s a recap of some of the developments in automotive tech.

  • January 2, 2014 – Cox Enterprises increases stake in AutoTrader to 98%
  • January 21, 2014 – CarWoo shuts down after $16M in funding
  • May 16, 2014 – TrueCar goes public and trades at $9 a share
  • August 4, 2014 – Gannet buys Cars.com for $1.8B
  • October 11, 2014 – CarGurus announces they are going international and public

Expect the automotive marketplace shakeups to continue in 2015 and beyond…


Written by Paul Nadjarian

Paul is the Founder and CEO of Mojo Motors, an automotive classified website where shoppers Follow cars to get alerts when dealers drop prices.

Will driverless cars ever look normal?

In a Mojo Motors poll, 4 out of 5 people said they would not buy an autonomous car if it were on the market today. Even early adopters might be wary of buying a driverless car. It’s tough looking past the unusual design language and that big do-hicky on the roof that looks like a rotor-less helicopter motor.

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To be fair, Google’s prototype would be blind without that chunky Lidar detector on the roof. In its current form, Lidar (Light Detection And Ranging) may be unsightly, but the technology is critical to autonomous cars. It provides a detailed 3D map of the vehicle’s surroundings in real time. This data is run through algorithms that allow the vehicle to identify and react to minute signals such as when a biker signals a lefthand turn. [keep reading]

You’re putting the wrong gas in your car

If you make the mistake of pumping diesel fuel into a gas engine, or vice versa, you’ll know pretty quickly. On the other hand, if you fill up with the wrong octane fuel you might not notice the difference. Putting the wrong octane fuel in your car won’t necessarily result in catastrophic failure, but it could have damaging long-term effects and lead to costly repairs.

the right gas to put in your car

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The handy infographic above shows the recommended fuel type for models 2012 and newer. We hope this clears up any confusion you might have so you don’t end up paying the price for your ignorance. If your car isn’t listed here, refer to your owner’s manual or the inside of your gas cap for the recommended octane.  [keep reading]

How much is my state gas tax?

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The smartest college students in Boston know that on the way back from a ski trip, you’ve got to stop at the liquor store to pick up supplies before you cross the border back into Massachusetts. That’s because New Hampshire has no alcohol tax, whereas Massachusetts takes $4.05 per gallon in taxes from the sale of the standard volume spirits with 40% alcohol.

It turns out that the same discrepancies exist for fuel taxes. In addition to the federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon (CPG) for gasoline, each state issues unique taxes and fees which are compounded with federal rate.

These additional costs vary significantly across state lines. On the low end, Alaska collects 12.4 CPG for gasoline on top of the federal tax. On the high end, New York collects 50.5 CPG.

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In this study, we’ve taken the federal tax out of the equation in order to analyze patterns and differences in state fuel taxes. Like so many “cost of living” heat maps, the discrepancy between the coasts and the interior of the US is striking. The four most expensive states to live in, according to CNBC, are New York, California, Connecticut and Hawaii. These are also the four states with the highest taxes on gasoline. Fun fact: the fifth most expensive state to live in, Alaska, has the cheapest gasoline taxes. Drill baby, drill! [keep reading]

10 best cars for doing the nasty

Car sex isn’t just for teenagers with no lock on their bedroom door. When you can’t get privacy at home, don’t have money for a motel room or simply can’t wait until you get home to bone, your car may be the only option. Everyone has done the dirty in their car at some point or another. Right?

Toyota Car is Rocking

It can be exciting, but it can also be a bit challenging depending on your vehicle. Since we love providing shoppers with invaluable car buying advice, we put together a list of the 10 best cars to do it in. So turn off the motor, set the radio low, hop in the back seat and get to it. [keep reading]

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