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Asheville ranks 75th in most dangerous cities for drivers

The Asheville-Greenville area ranks worse than Los Angeles or Chicago on Insurance.com’s list of cities “most likely to boost your auto insurance premium.”

According to the study — based on insurance quote comparisons from the web site — Baltimore is the most dangerous place to drive, with 36.5% of drivers claiming a prior accident when searching for better auto insurance rates. The website tallies claims for everything from fender benders to vandalism and theft.

The safest city to set the car on cruise? Yuma, Ariz. at 17.2 percent. And bigger cities like Los Angeles (26.3 percent) and Chicago (26.1 percent) came in at No. 116 and 122 respectively.

via Insurance.com Lists Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities for Drivers

An insurance.com spokesman said area cities break down like this from the 167 in the survey:

No. 39, Wilmington, N.C. (29%)
No. 49, Charlotte, N.C. (28.4%)
No. 75, Asheville/Spartanburg/Anderson DMA, (27.3%)
No. 94, Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (26.5%)

To compile the study, Insurance.com looked at more than 500,000 comparison quotes across 167 designated market areas over the last six months. Cities with less than 500 quotes were discarded. The average number of quotes per city was more than 3,000.

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New Camaro is a big hit

GM says it can’t keep up with the demand for the new Camaro muscle car, which may be getting a bump from the new movie release  “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in which it is featured.

There are no financial incentives set aside for the car, either, and it is reportedly selling above the $23,000 sticker price across the country. Dealers apparently can’t keep them in stock.

It’s worth noting that “Camaro” is one of the top searched terms on Iwanna.com.

“The moral of the story is: design still sells,” said Erich Merkle, an independent auto analyst. “The American automakers can make a comeback if they keep their eye on the ball and design vehicles people have to have.”

via GM Says Orders for Camaro Sports Cars Outrun Supply (Update1) – Bloomberg.com.

Cash For Clunkers becomes law – but watch out for scams

President Obama signed the Cash For Clunkers bill today, which gives gas hog owners the chance to convert their old rides into government cash vouchers up to $4,500. It goes into effect in 30 days under the direction of the Transportation Department and will be effective for the rest of the year.

But look out. Officials are already warning folks of scams
that suggest you have to “sign up” to participate.

…be wary of any site that says you have to register to participate in the program, or asks you for any personal information. NHTSA reminds consumers, “You do not need a voucher and you are not required to sign up or enroll in this program. Participating new car dealers will apply a credit, reducing the price you pay at the time of your purchase or lease, provided the vehicle you buy or lease and the vehicle you trade in meet the program requirements. The dealer will then obtain reimbursement from the government.”

via Cash for Clunkers News – U.S. News Rankings and Reviews.

Check out Iwanna’s local car dealer inventories here.

Cash for Clunkers zooms on Google

“Cash for clunkers” has suddenly zoomed to the top of Google Trends today, thanks to the Senate passing the program which will give consumers the ability to turn in older cars for $3,500-$4,500 in cash vouchers to buy new ones.

The Senate passed the Cash for Clunkers Program today, which gives consumers with cars that get less than 18 miles per gallon the ability to turn them in for a $3,500 or $4,500 cash voucher. The bill was nearly defeated by Republicans, but Democratic support saved the day in part due to Obama’s lobbying of the program. The President still needs to sign the bill into law.

via Senate Passes Cash for Clunkers Program | Green Business | Reuters.

Browse car offerings at Iwanna.com here.

Cash for Clunkers: More incentives for car buyers

Cash for Clunkers

New incentives are moving through Congress to help stimulate new car sales, including the “Cash for Clunkers” program now being discussed in the House. This is on top of the tax incentives for new car purchases mentioned here earlier.

Under the plan, consumers can turn in cars or light-duty trucks that get less than 18 miles a gallon. If they buy cars that have “window sticker” mileage ratings of at least four miles a gallon more than their old cars, they will receive a voucher worth $3,500. If they buy cars that get at least 10 miles a gallon more than their old car, they receive $4,500.

via Congress Close on ‘Cash for Clunkers’ – Wheels Blog – NYTimes.com.


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