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Is buying a diesel worth it?

We recently published a study to find if buying a hybrid car is worth it. While the initial price of the hybrid trim is more expensive than a non-hybrid, the savings with superior fuel economy pays off in the long run, right? The results were surprising and it got us thinking if diesel cars are really worth the extra coin.

Diesel Versus Non Diesel

We conducted this study in a similar fashion to the hybrid study. We found models available with both diesel and traditional unleaded gasoline engines, equipped them comparably and then found the difference in MSRP. We calculated how many miles someone would have to drive a diesel car for the savings in fuel consumption to outweigh the increased price. The only real difference between the two studies is accounting for the cost of diesel fuel. [keep reading]

Is your crossover more car or more SUV?

Crossovers combine the comfort and drive-ability of a sedan with the utility of an SUV. Since crossovers are one of the most Followed type of vehicle on Mojo Motors, we set out to find if a crossover is more car-like or more SUV-like. We studied 15 crossovers and their specs including engine size, horsepower, MPG, towing capacity, payload capacity and ground clearance. See exactly where your crossover falls below.

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The “most car-like” crossovers are at the top with the city backdrop and the “most SUV-like” crossovers at the bottom in front of the mountain. During the analysis we had to define what makes a car and what makes an SUV. Keep reading to find out why we determined a CR-V is more like a Civic than a Suburban. [keep reading]

What states can you survive in without a car?

We wanted to see where ridesharing services were operating to determine where it is possible to survive without a car in the United States.  In our evaluation, we looked at five of the most pervasive services: Uber, Lyft, SideCar, RelayRides, and ZipCar. Then we plotted the services on a map which you can see below. If you’d like to learn more about these services and other ridesharing companies currently operating in the US, check out the ultimate guide to ridesharing companies we put together.

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It is expensive to own a vehicle. The price to buy one, the cost to repair, insurance premiums, parking and gas…it all adds up quick. Until recently, most Americans had no choice but to accept these costs as unavoidable. But now, a significant percentage of the population is adopting new forms of transportation. In many parts of the country, especially in big cities, ridesharing services have made it easy to get around without owning a vehicle. [keep reading]

How do gas prices affect hybrid cars?

We already let you find out if buying a hybrid car is worth it and it got us thinking. Hybrid technology has been available for decades but it wasn’t until gas prices spiked in the mid 2000′s that they really grew in popularity. Despite becoming more popular on roadways, hybrids have yet to dominate American engine bays like the internal combustion engine. Why is that? Is it their asking price which can be 20% higher than a non-hybrid? Is it fluctuating gas prices?

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We wanted to find out. Using monthly data from January 2013 through June 2014, we tracked the ‘Follows’ on hybrids and other vehicles received as a percentage of total follows on Mojo Motors. We used follows as the metric for activity since shoppers that follow cars want alerts when dealers drop prices. [keep reading]

General Motors 2014 Recalls Infographic

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In the first half of 2014, General Motors recalled more cars than it sold in the last five years according to this article. Between the lawsuits, hearings at Capital Hill, internal investigations, delivering new parts to dealers, getting drivers to bring in their recalled cars – this is the general state of General Motors.

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The automaker, already fined a maximum of $35 million, is looking at an even larger settlement expected to be in the billions. Just last month in May of 2014, Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion for misleading consumers and the government on their own recalls. [keep reading]

When will you be able to buy a driverless car?

We recently published this popular infographic about the states where driverless cars are legal. While researching, we discovered there are a lot of different predictions around when the average person will actually be able to buy a self-driving car. Some automakers are already selling cars with self-driving technology. Others are predicting they will have a full lineup of self-driving cars in just over a decade. We took predictions from experts and automakers and put it all together in one beautiful infographic.

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So how realistic are these predictions? The march towards autonomous cars is inevitable, but the obstacles facing the automotive industry before driverless cars reach consumers are immense. These obstacles include technology, social attitudes, legislation and infrastructure. [keep reading]

Ultimate guide of car shopping websites

We’re a bit biased about how people should shop for used cars. We think everyone should get alerts when dealers drop prices and no one should have to download an app for a great experience on any device. We wanted to find out who else does a great job helping car shoppers find a car. Thus, we’ve created this ultimate guide just for you.

car shopping websites with responsive designSince there are a bounty of websites to help car shoppers research and discover the car of their dreams, we needed a format to rank websites. We created a set of pros and cons for every car shopping website we could possibly think of by breaking down things like design, the tools available to car shoppers and the technology behind the website. [keep reading]

Cheapest states to buy a car

“The price you see is the price you pay” said every car dealer ever at some point.  That isn’t really the whole truth because a price tag that might fit comfortably within your budget doesn’t factor in the taxes and dealer fees. Once those costs are added into the final price, you might be thousands over budget! See how much extra you might be paying in your state below.

Most Expensive States to Buy a Car with Fees and Taxes Infographic

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And these aren’t the only fees you’ll face either. We’ve listed out the six most common dealer fees here since each dealer approaches fees a bit differently. For the purposes of the this study and the infographic above, we honed in on state and local taxes, registration fees and dealer documentation fees. The costs were calculated based on a used car listed for sale at $16,500. That’s about the average price for a 2011 Honda Accord, one of the most followed cars on MojoMotors.com.

So what are state and local taxes, registration fees and dealer doc fees? Here’s an explanation of each. [keep reading]

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