CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 |
Would you do a double-take if I said that that words were a recurring theme in this week's Great Reads? Yes, beautiful language is a mainstay in these stories, but this week, two standouts focused on words. Exhibit A: The words “Los Feliz.” I pronounce it Los FEE-lus. I know it's not correct, but it's “right” (marks me as an old-timer, I know). Exhibit B: The word “delight.” Silicon Valley types have been tripping all over themselves to use the word. At least it's better than another buzzword that makes me go urghhh: freemium.
February 12, 2014 |
It gives a whole new meaning to the question, “Dude, where's my car?”: Eight rare Corvettes were swallowed by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday. It was news that hit the Corvette community like a quarter-mile run in a 1967 stroked-and-bored 427-cubic-inch Vette with four-speed and posi rear end. As Courier-journal.com wrote : “Butch Hume, president of Louisville's Falls City Corvette Club, cringed when he heard which cars were involved.
July 12, 2006 |
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1989 |
An ongoing weekend car swap at Fullerton College was ordered closed this week because it allegedly competed with car dealerships in an "inappropriate" manner. The Fullerton City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to deny permission for CarFaire Inc. to continue operating a used-car swap meet on vacant parking lots on the community college campus. "The use of public land for this type of enterprise is inappropriate," City Councilman Don Bankhead said.
August 12, 2011 |
Normally, the value of a new car plunges as it's driven out of the dealership by its new owner. But slumping auto sales and leases in recent years have changed that axiom by creating a shortage of late-model-year used cars, according to auto price information company Kelley Blue Book. The average value of a 1- to 3-year-old used vehicle has increased from $15,000 in 2008 to more than $23,000 in 2011, an annual average increase of nearly 16%, Kelley analysts said. They expect used-car pricing to remain strong because it will take several years of strong new-car sales to replenish the shortage of used vehicles that is pushing prices up now. "While depreciation typically affects a vehicle's value most in the first two years of ownership, it will not be as pronounced as it would have been a few years ago when the used-car supply was still very high," said Alec Gutierrez, manager of vehicle valuation for Kelley Blue Book.
May 30, 2012 |
Used car prices are starting to fall after rising steadily for much of the year. Easing gas prices in much of the nation and more trade-ins coming back to dealers because new car sales have picked up are behind the decrease. Used car prices are expected to decline 2% in June from May, according to the National Automobile Dealers Assn. Used Car Guide. Used truck prices are expected to dip 1%. Some cars, especially fuel-efficient autos, will see much larger drops, the association said, as falling gas prices reduce demand for the vehicles.