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Trevor Traina

Entries by Trevor Traina

How to Get Ten Michelin-Rated Chefs to Cook for You on Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 7:44 AM

Fame is a funny thing. In my mind, it conjures up the image of extra long limos and actors in tuxedos and dark glasses. But, in today's media-saturated world there are so many other kinds of people who have scraped their way to the top of their field. Chefs are...

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New Survey Shows Toyota Recalls Taking Toll

(198) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 2:51 AM

A new survey is casting light on the extent of consumer wariness in the wake of the ongoing Toyota recalls. Almost three out of every four Americans now trust the Toyota brand less because of the recent recalls and negative publicity according to the survey commissioned by

While there...

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Toyota Recall: How Car Owners Avoid Being Victims

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 3:04 PM

With everything going on in the world, the last thing you should worry about is your car. You bought it after doing all your homework; you dutifully read the reviews and reliability studies and made sure the manufacturer had a great reputation. But now every news outlet is reporting on...

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Post Clunker Blues: New Study Shows Car Owners Have Work to Do

(23) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 2:13 AM

With the pyrotechnic end to Cash For Clunkers last night, we are all confronting the reality that whatever car is sitting in our garage is going to be there for a while. A new study released today gives little comfort. It shows that, while 90% of us think we do...

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Used Car Buying in Our Cash-For-Clunkers World

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2009 | 4:04 PM

Times have been tough in the last year for the US car market, especially the used car market. Because people haven't been buying nearly as many new cars as they have in years past, there are fewer trade-ins. Without these, the certified pre-owned (CPO) programs that tend to buoy the...

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What Moves a Man to Go Minivan?

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 11:09 AM

Forget about premature balding or a dating-age daughter -- few things terrify most married men more than the idea of getting a minivan. It just says so much about the changes that mark the end of bachelorhood and the inevitable realization that there is no going back. I have a...

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Why Is the Press Down on Fathers?

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2009 | 8:19 PM

American holidays are supposed to be about doing good and feeling good. Today is Father's Day: a classic feel-gooder. Nobody has to turn a year older. No religion is excluded. A large percentage of the adult population qualifies. Hallmark is happy. Tie and cologne sales are up.

As a...

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Audi: What a Difference a Decade Makes

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 1:47 PM

April car sale numbers are in: Audi outsold Mercedes and is nipping at the heels of BMW.

For those of us old enough to remember the Audi 5000 and the era of "unintended acceleration," the April numbers are nothing short of miraculous. For a brief time it looked like...

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How safe is your car?

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 2:31 PM

Other than fastening a seatbelt, I hardly think about safety issues when driving. I certainly wasn't concerned last month while racing to the Seattle airport in my full-sized rental car. Rare Northwest sun sparkled as I merged into a lane behind a pickup. Before I knew it, something heavy and...

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New Survey Spells More Bad News For Detroit

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2009 | 9:19 AM

Continuing the steady drumbeat of bad news in this automotive annus horribilis, a new survey from research shows that more than 4 out of every 5 automobile owners now plan to keep their current vehicle longer due to the recession. An amazing 82% of vehicle owners aged 18 and...

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Easy Ways to Get More from Your Car

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 3:33 PM

Welcome to 2009. Chances are, your New Year's resolutions do not include buying a new car. That might be a very new feeling for some auto junkies! No worries, the one you have now is likely perfectly good and able to last a lot longer than you may think. To...

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Bailout or Not, Nothing Will Be the Same for Drivers or Detroit

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 6:53 PM

The dreaded apocalypse has come. Auto sales were down 36.7% in November. (Chrysler was down 47%!) Buyers can't get credit. Dealers are failing left, right and center. Car salespeople are lonelier than a Big Three CEO on his private plane.

Is this the end of the American love affair with...

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You and Your Car: You Better Love the One You're With.

(23) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 8:42 AM

Remember those plans to pick out a nice new car this year? Chances are they went down in flames this month along with your IRA. We Americans have a passion bordering on entitlement for purchasing a new car every two or three years. Low monthly payments and easy financing have...

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