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Is your car boring?

Don't blame the design engineers! They're just one of several groups that play a role in car design and production. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss some surprising (and not-so-surprising) reasons why a lot of cars are simply ... well, boring.

Are motorcycles really more dangerous than cars?

Compared with people driving cars and trucks, do motorcycle riders face a higher risk of death or injury in a crash? Find out what motorcycle manufacturers and some riding gear companies are doing to make your next two-wheeled adventure a lot safer.

10 Most Terrifying Manufacturing Defects

Cars are complex pieces of machinery, and every so often manufacturers slip up by including a component that doesn't work as intended, forcing a recall. Tune in to learn more about the most deadly automotive recalls in history.

They say timing is everything. But after reading today's breaking news about the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) -- aka Cash for Clunkers -- being suspended after only a few days, which was shortly followed by the announcement that the program is to be extended, well...I've got to say, I think our timing is pretty good. And since the program has been headline news for a while...

In yesterday's post, I told you that charities are the reason that Congress decided on 18 miles per gallon as the limit on "clunker" trade-ins. Yet, despite that major modification of the program -- which, by the way, was intended to alleviate some of the concerns that charities had prior to the start of Cash for Clunkers -- a lot of charities are still unhappy. Just read this article from NPR's Elizabeth Shogren if you want verification of that. But they're not the only ones that don't like it...

If you've read my past few posts about the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), also called the Cash for Clunkers program, then I'm guessing that by now that you've also gone to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official CARS Web site, www.cars.gov, to take a look the program rules. And after you examined those rules, I'm wondering if you had the same question I had...

If you take a look back at my post from Friday, you'll see that somewhere near the end I mentioned that today might be a good day to explore some potential replacement cars and trucks for your so-called clunker. Well, you're not going to believe what I stumbled upon over the weekend -- two extremely helpful lists from Edmunds.com that are going to make this a whole lot easier than I thought (for both of us, really).

Just yesterday, I gave you a few tips that may spare you the anguish of someone taking advantage of you in the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) -- aka Cash for Clunkers. Basically, it boiled down to one suggestion: Use the NHTSA's official Car Allowance Rebate System Web site, www.cars.gov, for all program information. But how do you find out if your car is truly a clunker? Well, Ford Motor Company can tell you -- and you don't even need to drive to the dealership to get the answer.

By now it's probably safe to say that you've heard about the Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS program. No? Well then maybe you're familiar with its slang name: Cash for Clunkers. Yeah, I thought you'd recognize that one. It's funny, but up until just a few days ago, I didn't know the program's official name either. However, even with just that little bit of information in-hand, you may be able to save yourself from getting scammed in the process. Intrigued?