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Robert had never heard of Auto Credit Express when he stumbled upon our site late one night, searching for auto financing. He knew his credit wasn’t great, so walking into any dealership and picking out any car was not an option. And he didn’t have enough saved up to purchase a car from a private seller. It’s no wonder he was starting to lose faith in his chances of getting a car, that is, until that night.

A Speedy Response

He filled out the quick online application and didn’t think much of it after that. But the next morning, he received a call from Nicole at Auto Credit Express. He was surprised to get a call about his application so quickly and figured that meant bad news. However, Nicole had good news and said that his application had been accepted by a local dealership who works with bad credit. Still skeptical, Robert asked a few questions that Nicole helped answer:

“How much am I approved for?” – We are not the lender, so we don’t know exactly how much you might be approved for at the dealership. However, since the information on your application met the requirements of the dealer you matched with, your chances of approval for a new or slightly used automobile are very high.

“How much of a down payment will I need?” – We’ve seen people get loans for little to no money down, but keep in mind, providing a more substantial initial payment will reduce your monthly payments and the amount of interest paid over the life of the loan. Many people say the standard down payment rate is around 10%, but a trade-in can also count towards your down payment if you don’t have a lot of extra cash on hand.

In just a 10 minute phone call, Nicole had answered Robert’s questions and set an appointment for him to meet with the Sales Manager at the dealership later that day. She also went through the pre-dealership checklist so he would be prepared.

Dealership Experience

When Robert met with the Sales Manager, they sat down and talked about what he was looking for. The first test drive was ok, but not quite what he was looking for. The next car however, a 2013 Chevy Impala, all black with leather interior, was perfect. Within 2 hours of stepping foot on the lot, Robert was the proud new owner of a quality used car, and best of all, it had monthly payments he knew he could afford.

That’s how Auto Credit Express helps people get cars. In less than 24 hours, Robert went from stressing about his lack of transportation to now being able to pick up his daughter from school, drive to work, and make that 2 hour trip home to visit family and friends.

No Strings on the Fast Track

He didn’t pay us anything and we didn’t make any money off of the car sale. We’re here to help connect car buyers to car sellers, and we do it hundreds, sometimes thousands of times every day. Fill out our simple online application to get on the fast track to your next car with Auto Credit Express.

Article source: http://www.autocreditexpress.com/blog/2014/12/21/fast-track-to-your-next-car/

Congress extends tax credits for electric-car charging stations

The Congress is extending the tax credits for the installation of new electric-vehicles charging stations.

The Alternative Refueling Tax Credit section of IRS Section 30(C) extends the tax credits for EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) and is now available through December 31, 2014. Individuals can deduct 30 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing an EVSE up to $1,000.

A 30 percent credit, up to $30,000, applies to businesses.

BMW i3 Concept Coupe charging 750x500 Congress extends tax credits for electric car charging stations

States also offer their own incentives for electric-vehicles owners or for the installation of EVSE. For example, the State of Illinois has announced their EV Infrastructure Rebate Program. The program says that you can get up to 50% of the installation cost of an EVSE, up to $3,000. The contingency is to use to use an ICC certified installer.

READ ALSO: Installation of an L2 Charging Station

If you’re on the market for a new electric vehicle, even if not purchased by December 31st, it is strongly advisable to look into the potential rebates for charging stations.

[Source: GreenCarReports]

Article source: http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/12/22/congress-extends-tax-credits-electric-car-charging-stations/

2014 Week 16 CLE at CAR

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Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Mike Tolbert, Josh Norman, 2014 Week 16 CLE at CAR, 2014 Week 16 NFL Buzz

Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/tag/_/name/2014-week-16-cle-at-car

Chrysler Recalls 2.9 Million US Vehicles With Takata Airbags

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Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesFiat Chrysler Automobiles announced today that it will vastly expand its recall of older Dodge, Chrysler, and Mitsubishi vehicles to replace driver’s-side airbags manufactured by disgraced auto supplier Takata. The expanded recall affects an estimated 3.3 million vehicles built between 2004 and 2007, 2.9 million of which are in the U.S. See below for the full list of affected models.

In a statement, the automaker says that neither FCA US nor Takata has identified any defects in the airbags used in the newly recalled vehicles, despite conducting “more than 1,000 laboratory tests.” The Takata components used in the newly recalled FCA vehicles are a different design from those linked to injury or death caused by shrapnel shooting out of the airbag during deployment. The automaker reports one U.S. injury linked to an older Chrysler vehicle, which occurred in Florida.

But in the wake of the increasingly disastrous findings about potentially deadly Takata airbags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly criticized automakers for not extending their recalls nationwide, and the agency’s deputy chief David Friedman singled out Chrysler in a scathing criticism in early December. FCA US had previously conducted a small recall action limited to high-humidity regions of Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



With this decision, FCA US joins Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Mazda in launching nationwide recalls on Takata components. Affected vehicles are listed below. For ongoing Takata-airbag recall coverage, check out this continually updated information portal.

Model years 2004 through 2007 are affected for all listed vehicles.

Dodge Ram: 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups; 3500 Chassis Cab

Dodge: Durango, Charger, Magnum, Dakota

Chrysler: Aspen, 300

Mitsubishi: Raider

Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/chrysler-recalls-2-9-million-u-s-vehicles-with-takata-airbags/

Saturday Night Funny Video: Two Hippies, a Car Accident and the Lone Ranger

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Article source: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2014/12/20/saturday-night-funny-video-two-hippies-car-accident-and-lone-ranger

Man dies in single-vehicle crash in Garden Grove

Article source: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/garden-645901-grove-saturday.html

Air Products to Fuel Hyundais First Hydrogen-Powered Car

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2 dead in Redmond crash

(Photo courtesy King County Sheriff's Office via KOMO)

(Photo courtesy King County Sheriff’s Office via KOMO)

(Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information from our broadcast partner, KOMO News.)

Deputies say a street race may have caused a Friday evening car crash that left two people dead near Redmond.

One of the speeding cars crashed head-on into another car that was carrying an elderly couple and their 4-year-old grandchild.

The crash happened on Northwest 128th Street at around 6 p.m., according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the two people who died were in the speeding car. One woman in the other car was taken to Harborview Medical Center with undisclosed injuries, but the other passengers were uninjured.

Witnesses told police two cars were speeding down the road prior to the crash.

Police are still searching for the second car that may have been involved in the race. They haven’t released a description of the car.

The road was closed for several hours Friday night as detectives investigated and cleared the scene.

Article source: http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/2014/12/19/2-dead-in-redmond-crash/

Parents buy new car for beloved school crossing guard

Article source: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/parents-645788-new-crossing.html

Montreal Police Car Spotted Parked In A Handicap Spot

by Michael D’Alimonte · December 18, 2014 · 298 views

Montreal Police Car Spotted Parked In A Handicap Spot

Photo cred – imgur

Montreal’s police force get a bad rap. Sometimes it’s a little justified, like any time violence breaks out against protesters, and other times the SPVM sport leopard print tights and you think “ahh they’re not so bad, just a little weird.” Then things like this happen, and you realize why some people seriously despise the SPVM.

Outside of the Montreal municipal court located on 7777 Newman, an SPVM police cruiser was spotted taking up a giant handicap spot closest to the court house (the car parked diagonally in the space) by a Montreal redditor who, ironically, was on the grounds to fight a parking ticket violation, a battle he/she lost.

Compelled to document this major parking infraction (and metaphorical “suck it, we’re cops and we do what we want”) this Montrealer took some photos of the police cruiser stationed in the handicap space. The police officers driving the vehicle witnessed this action, and so inquired why the disgruntled Montrealer was taking pictures of their car.

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Photo cred – imgur

Approaching the Montrealer (intimidatingly, apparently), the officer (who was able bodied) asked why the citizen was interested in the cruiser. The Montrealer told him it was because the officer was parked in a handicap spot, being sure to point out the irony of the whole thing happening outside a court that handles parking tickets. In a nearly sarcastic tone, according to the Montrealer, the officer replied “everyone makes mistakes” and walked away.

Totally peeved, the Montrealer in question decided to let the world know and posted the above and following pictures on reddit. The post sparked a fair amount of debate, with over 85 comments, all of which centered on whether the police officers (allegedly there were two, with the younger partner being noticeably embarrassed) were in the wrong.

One argument in favour of the coppers is that they simply didn’t know that the space they parked in was actually reserved for disabled persons. Taking a look at the aerial view of the parking lot, one could believe said theory, as the wheelchair insignia is quite faded and hidden by a puddle, with the spot itself lacking a sign indicating it is a handicap space.

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Photo cred – imgur

Debunking that rationalization is the fact that the space itself is quite large (nearly double the size of adjacent spaces) and is the closest a car can park to the court house. Certain commentators have said that the officers must have known the space was a handicap spot for those reasons, and if not, the duo were not the most perceptive of policemen. Plus, the car was parked diagonally, which points to a “fuck it, we do what we want” attitude.

The sarcastic tone taken by one of the officers supports the theory that the police officers knowingly took up the parking space, though the only source to back that up is the original poster, who obviously has a bias, and was probably already pissed about losing his ticket.

Read the whole debate here.

All in all, none of us were there, so we won’t know the specifics of the situation, though the photo evidence still shows that a Montreal police car was, in face, parked in a handicap spot, for whatever the reason. Still, we can kind of believe that the cops would pull a stunt like this and not really care, chalk it up to their bad rap.


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Photo cred – Yoel

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Article source: http://www.mtlblog.com/2014/12/montreal-police-car-spotted-parked-in-a-handicap-spot/