Why some drivers are still hesitant to go electric

May 17, 2024
EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids made up 18% of new vehicle sales in the U.S. in the first quarter of this year. But that share was down slightly from the previous quarter.
Higher sticker price remains a big variable holding drivers back from  buying EVs, said Leah Stokes, an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara.
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You're not imagining it: Car insurance costs 22% more than it did last year

Apr 17, 2024
And people are increasingly shopping around for a better deal, according to new data from JD Power. Finding one is another matter.
Thanks to rising rates, people are increasingly shopping around to see if they can find a better deal on their car insurance, according to new data from JD Power. 
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Car dealers' inventories are up, so haggling and incentives are back

Mar 11, 2024
They aren't keeping as many vehicles on their lots as before the pandemic, but they have way more than they had during it.
Trucks fill the lot at Heritage Ford in South Burlington, Vermont. Higher vehicle inventories are allowing customers to negotiate lower prices.
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The hefty costs of heavier cars

The trend of bigger, weightier vehicles — known as car bloat — has contributed to road fatalities and environmental contamination.
Over 80% of new vehicles these days are SUVs and pickup trucks, said David Zipper of the MIT Mobility Initiative. Bigger vehicles have bigger impacts on safety and the environment.
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A good repo man is hard to find

Nov 7, 2023
The repossession industry is struggling with an enduring labor shortage, while 1.5 million car repos are expected this year.
A good chunk of used cars come from repossessions.
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The "lumpy" road to affordable EVs just got a little longer

Oct 25, 2023
Even though prices have come down and the federal government is helping with rebates, the average price is still above $50,000.
It’s hard to build up new supply chains of EV parts like batteries and electric-motor systems.
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Why some car parts are still hard to find

Sep 18, 2023
Dealers are still playing catch-up after the chip shortage and suppliers are building parts for new cars rather than those on the road.
Dealerships are hesitant to sell high-demand parts to repair shops. Instead, they're prioritizing putting those parts into new cars.
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Car parts have gotten more expensive, and so has labor. But cars themselves have also gotten more complicated to fix.
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Cars: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em

Aug 15, 2023
Affordability has broken down, but the costs of not having your own vehicle are even higher for many. Marin Cogan of Vox explains.
The average new car costs a record $48,000 — up 25% between May 2020 and May 2023. During the same time, used car prices soared 50%.
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