Storm Surge: Beware of Title-Washed Cars

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Shopping for a used car in Mississippi? Beware of title washing. The Magnolia State has the highest density of title-washed cars in the country, with 1 in every 44.6 used cars bearing a washed title, a Cars.com analysis has found. That's well above the national average of 1 in 324.9 used cars. New Jersey, meanwhile, has the second-highest rate: 1 in 87 cars.

Related: How to Know if You're Buying a Flood-Damaged Car

Why? In a word, hurricanes. Nearly a decade ago, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita left 600,000 flood-damaged cars across the Gulf States. And in 2012, Hurricane Sandy reportedly left more than 200,000 storm-damaged cars in New Jersey and New York. Salvage titles, or titles for cars that were retitled after they were written off as total losses by insurance companies, proliferated after all three storms. Title washing also surged, where sellers alter vehicle titles to hide their salvage status and sell the cars as regular used vehicles. To do this, sellers often send those cars through states with looser title laws.

By contrast, used-car shoppers in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania have less to worry about. Just 1 in 2,127 used cars in Ohio has a washed title. Florida (1 in 1,444.9 cars) and Pennsylvania (1 in 1,200.3 cars) round out the podium for low-risk states.

By Kelsey Mays | September 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Video: Does Your City Have the Highest Car Insurance Costs?

If you live in Detroit, the answer to the above question unfortunately is a resounding "yes." The Motor City is also the car-insurance-costs capital of the U.S. Watch the video above to hear Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder explain why coverage in The D is so pricey and how it compares to other major cities.

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review

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"The Touareg has improved drastically over the years, and VW's even jumped onto the 'green' bandwagon by adding a Touareg Hybrid to the mix. Unfortunately, the 2014 VW Touareg Hybrid is an expensive SUV proposition without a major return on your hybrid investment in terms of fuel economy," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out Varela's review for more.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Kristin Varela

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Ferrari Italia F458, Spider

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Vehicles Affected: More than 3,000 model-year 2010-14 Ferrari Italia F458 and F458 Spider sports cars manufactured between March 5, 2010, and May 20, 2013

The Problem: The secondary latch for the front trunk storage compartment may not release when the vehicle is stationary. If someone becomes trapped in the trunk, the latch system does not release the trunk lid, increasing the risk of injury or death.

The Fix: Ferrari will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will modify the existing front trunk latch system with a new component for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ferrari at 866-551-2828, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Honda Fit

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Vehicles Affected: More than 6,000 model-year 2015 Honda Fit hatchbacks manufactured between April 11 and June 9, 2014

The Problem: The vehicles may have been assembled with an A-pillar interior cover designed for vehicles without side curtain airbags. The incorrect A-pillar interior cover may adversely affect the performance of the side curtain airbags in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners on Thursday, and dealers will inspect the A-pillar interior cover and install the correct cover, if necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ford Talks More Details on 2015 Edge

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When the 2015 Ford Edge goes on sale in spring 2015, it will start around the same price as the 2014 ($28,995) but swap the available engines. A turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will serve as the base engine, with a 3.5-liter V-6 optional, said Ford officials at a Midwest Automotive Media Association lunch on Friday. That's the opposite of today's 2014 Edge, which carries a standard V-6 and optional EcoBoost 2.0-liter.

Related 2015 Ford Edge: First Look

"You will pay more for the V-6," Ford utilities spokesman Mark Schirmer said. "We're going to try and steer people toward the 2.0-liter."

But that isn't the same 2.0-liter found in the outgoing Edge. The new EcoBoost four-cylinder employs a twin-scroll turbo and other refinements to make an estimated 245 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque — up 5 hp with no change in torque versus the last 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The new 2.0-liter also accommodates up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity when equipped as well as optional all-wheel drive, two things the last 2.0-liter Edge did not.

By Kelsey Mays | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2013-15 Cadillac XTS sedans manufactured between Feb. 14, 2012, and Aug. 22, 2014, and model-year 2014-15 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Jan. 15, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2014

The Problem: The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged with the rotors. If this occurs, excessive brake heat could cause a fire.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or Cadillac at 800-458-8006. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 190,000 model-year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 5, 2010, and July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6-liter or 5.7-liter engine

The Problem: The fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners Oct. 24, and dealers will replace the fuel pump with one external to the module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

So Far, So Good for iPhone 6 in Cars We've Tested

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When the iPhone 5 rolled out in September 2012, we had some major trouble getting it to work in our fleet of test cars. Thankfully, it turned out to be a simple fix. With the iPhone 6, it seems there are little to no hiccups with car integration.

Related: Should You Use the Apple Watch in Your Car?

First, we tested the iPhone 6's basic iTunes functions, which was something that didn't work for the iPhone 5.

We had a 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T with the Uconnect multimedia system at our Chicago headquarters. The iPhone paired easily with Uconnect, quickly bringing up all track information and album artwork. Then we tried our long-term 2014 Chevy Impala equipped with the MyLink multimedia system. Again, track info and album artwork immediately displayed.

Next was the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is in for two weeks of testing with us.

By David Thomas | September 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

This is the First Photo of the 2015 Honda CR-V

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Witness the first photo of the 2015 Honda CR-V. Honda characterizes the changes as an "aggressive and bold" update that "portends the significant enhancements made" to the popular SUV, which has been around in its current form since the 2012 model year.

Related: 2015 Honda Pilot: What's Changed

The 2015 CR-V mixes in some of the Accord's horizontal lighting themes; the headlights also appear to get some sort of wraparound LED piping. We won't know more about the updated CR-V until Sept. 30 when Honda says it will unveil full information. The 2015 CR-V goes on sale the next day, Oct. 1.

There are more than 35,000 2014 models in Cars.com's new-car inventory, which means people looking for the outgoing model should have plenty to choose from when the 2015s hit dealer lots.

Check out a photo of the 2014 (below) to see how different the front end truly is.

By Kelsey Mays | September 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

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