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4 Cool 2015 Cars for Recent College Grads

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Summer’s over and instead of going back to school, you’re headed off to the workforce. In the olden days, when you got your first job out of college, you got your mom’s 1972 Plymouth Satellite Plus sedan and you liked it. With all the advances in safety technology over the last few years, though, it’s difficult to think about seeing your kid in a car with a lap belt. New cars are getting expensive, but there are a bunch of brand new models that will appeal to young drivers without adding too much to their debt load.

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Speeding Laws in All 50 States

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Road & Track has posted a handy, mobile-friendly guide for all of you that would like to avoid a $500 ticket and the inevitable, seven-year spike in your insurance rates over the holiday weekend. It’s a fantastic resource for keeping yourself out of trouble.

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5 Inside Tips to Buying Your First New Car

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You’ve spent hours researching online, you’ve checked out all the models you’re interested in on BestRide.com, and you’re finally ready to visit some dealers to settle on your first brand new car. We’ve got seven tips for you before you even leave the house:

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Toyota FT-1: Interviewing The Designers

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We here at BestRide.com have been avidly following the FT-1 (Future Toyota-1) since its debut in January. The FT-1 started with a red concept, and just before unveiling a graphite-colored version at a Pebble Beach event, Toyota invited us to check out the new shade and interview the CALTY Design Resarch design heads behind it.  It confirmed that whatever the FT-1′s color, it is a concept with some welcome potential corporate influence.

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2015 Honda Fit: Deceptively Capable

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The 2015 Honda Fit — the third generation available here in the United States — is a solid effort that transcends what small cars have traditionally been about. Namely, being small.

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BestRide.com 2015 Automotive Preview: Trends

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2015 is going to be a great year for automobiles. It’s projected that 16.5 million new cars will find homes this year, which is about 400,000 more cars that the industry sold in 2007, just before the recession. New models, innovations and even brands are cropping up from all over the world. But there are a few major trends to keep an eye on in 2015, ones that will drive the industry for years to come.

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Safety Recall Updates Part 3 of 4

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Part three of this week’s four part safety recall update will include two-Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working hand-in-hand to ensure that automotive consumers are provided with the safest product possible. Log into BestRide.com for the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and literally millions of great bargains on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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Review: 2015 Kia Sorento SX Limited

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This week, we drive the 2015 Kia Sorento, delivered in top of the line SX Limited trim with room for seven passengers. Following a re-design in 2014, Sorento continues to be one of Kia’s best-selling vehicles thanks its excellent owner reviews, 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty and  overall mechanical reliability ratings. Thus, Kia Sorento enters a new phase of  popularity and continues its climb as one of the best selling mid-size SUVs on the road.

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19 Photos of The Cars of Mad Max: Fury Road

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Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015. Unlike the disastrous Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, everything we’ve seen about it so far suggests that cars are going to be a major part of the action. Here’s a quick look at a few of the most interesting vehicles:

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DIY Interior Restoration: SEM’s Color Coat

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For the last six months or so, I’ve been working on resurrecting a 1979 Chevrolet Blazer, which you can read all about over at BangShift.com. The entire point of the story was to not do a full-on restoration, but refurbish it into a good daily driver. One of the things I wanted to do was freshen up the interior, and I used SEM Color Coat to accomplish it.

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Safety Recall Updates Part 2 of 4

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This is part two of a four part safety recall update for the week beginning August 24, 2014. This segment will include one Chrysler and one Ford vehicle, which have been flagged with both a manufacturer’s recall and a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall. The NHTSA, in conjunction with major automakers, is currently on a crusade to provide auto consumers and their families with a safer product. Log on to BestRide.com frequently for the latest NHTSA recall updates, automotive news and views, and (literally) millions of new and used car, truck, van, and SUV deals.

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PHOTOS: Until the 1980s, Even in Vermont, Trucks and SUVs were Rare

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It’s 90 degrees at BestRide HQ today, but the kids are back and school and winter’s coming. Every now and again, I spend a little time digging through the University of Vermont’s Vermont Landscape Change Program looking for cool car pictures. Invariably, I’m always shocked by how few trucks you see, even in rural Vermont, where everybody grows something and it snows half the year.

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