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Parents Don’t Use Booster Seats Enough

We always think about car seats for the small children, but a lot of parents don't know the importance of booster seats for older children too. These seats are often required by law too — yet a new survey finds lots of carpooling moms and dads don't use them consistently.

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The average vehicle age has reached an all-time high.
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Average Age of Vehicles at All-Time High

It may be a little older, but it still gets you from point A to point B. The average vehicle age has been increasing steadily over the last five years, and has now reached an all-time high.

Are you keeping vehicles longer now than you have in the past? Read on to see how you compare.

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Yikes! Gas Prices Spike Again

Gas prices spiked in the Flint area just before Christmas. They took another jump just before the end of 2011. Less than a week into 2012, the price jumped again.

Unleaded gasoline could be had for less than 3 dollars a gallon in Flint a few days before Christmas. Now it's 3.59 just 3 weeks later.

Did demand/consumption bring about the price hike? Negative. Instability in the Middle East has caused speculators to jack up the price of crude oil and unleaded gas on the commodities markets.

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Car Sales Grow Again. Good News for Auto Industry

It hasn't been that long, just a few years, since the automakers were in serious trouble. Car sales had bottomed out, and the battle against bankruptcy was on. But now, in an optimistic sign of the industry’s continued recovery, sales are enjoying their second straight year of growth.

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Which State Tops the List for Insurance Cost? One Guess!

If you've moved around the country at all, you may have noticed the difference in car insurance rates. The cost of new cars doesn’t vary much from state-to-state, but the cost of insuring one absolutely does. The statistics show that auto insurance can cost up to three times more, depending on where you live.

Wouldn't you know that here in Michigan we pay "top dollar"?

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Sloan Museum Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Sit-Down Strike

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Sit-Down Strike in Flint. In late December of 1936, workers at Fisher Body #1 became part of what has been called the most significant strike in American labor history. These workers were fighting for recognition of their union, the United Auto Workers, and to keep their jobs from going to non-union workers. The strike lasted 44 days and the workers won the right to be represented by the UAW.

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Cars With Flint Connections Make Top Safety List For 2012

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released their ratings for safest vehicles and several that have Flint connections were among the top picks. Top selections are vehicles that earned the highest crash-test ratings in four categories; a frontal 40-mph offset crash, a side-impact crash that mimics a crash with an SUV or pickup truck, a rollover roof-strength test and a rear-impact crash test.

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U.S. Gas Prices Rise To $3.13 A Gallon
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Gas Prices Jump, Just in Time For Christmas

Yesterday, gas prices in the Flint area were right around $3 a gallon. Many stations were selling for less than that. Just 4 days before Christmas, right on time for holiday travelers, the price magically jumped to $3.39 at just about every station.

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Sloan Museum Offers Free Admission Tomorrow

Saturday, December 17th the Sloan Museum and Buick Automotive Gallery will offer free admission from 12-5 pm. This great Saturday freebie is a result of a generous gift from GM Flint Manufacturing Operations and UAW Local 598. Visitors to the Sloan will have access to all the displays, including "Robots: The Interactive Exhibition." Also Carman Ainsworth's Robotics team will provide some added entertainment.

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Driver Makes the Car Fit the Parking Space [VIDEO]

There is always a way! That must have been the theme for this driver. Street parking in a big city can be a challenge, and it demands creative planning. The fact that a space is too small doesn't deter him one bit.

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White and Silver Are the Most Popular Car Colors in the World — Survey of the Day

According to the DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, which has been tracking worldwide trends in car colors for 59 years, white and silver tied for the most popular car colors on the planet in 2011, each grabbing 22 percent of the market share.

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GM Set To Reclaim Top Spot Again!

General Motors fumbled away the title as the world's largest car-maker in 2008 to Toyota, but is poised to reclaim it this year. It has been a dramatic turnaround for the automaker. A combination of events have helped propel GM back to number one. Toyota's recalls, Japan's earthquake, and a historic shift in car buying have pulled GM out of bankruptcy. This year GM has 6.79 million sales, leading Toyota by over a million.

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