Monday, October 15, 2018
AutoLink

AAA providing free rides, tows to cut down on drunk driving

AAA, The Auto Club Group, is kicking off its annual "Tow to Go" safe rides program Friday. Motorists who find themselves impaired and unable to drive can call AAA for a free ride and tow to any location within 10 miles. The service, provided in partnership with Budweiser, covers members and non-members.

"While itís great to have that safety net in place, AAA and Budweiser would rather see motorists planning ahead so they donít need it," AAA said in a release. "This means choosing a designated driver, staying where they are celebrating or arranging for another form of safe transportation whenever anyone celebrates away from home with alcohol."

Tow to Go, which is on track to have serviced 25,000 drivers over its nearly 20-year existence, runs from Dec. 22 through 6 a.m. Jan. 2, 2018. To use the service, call (855) 286-9246. For more information, visit www.AAA.com/TowtoGo.

Comments
In Tampa Bay, larger cars hold their value the best

In Tampa Bay, larger cars hold their value the best

Looking to buy a new car that holds its value? In Tampa Bay, think big. According to an analysis by iSeeCars, the bay area vehicle with the lowest depreciation over five years is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. They average just 26 percent depreciation ov...
Published: 10/10/18
Updated: 10/11/18
Tesla report shows stronger safety record for vehicles on autopilot

Tesla report shows stronger safety record for vehicles on autopilot

Associated PressNEW YORK ó Tesla says it recorded one accident for every 3.34 million miles driven in the third quarter when the autopilot was engaged on its vehicles. That rises to 1.92 million when autopilot is not on. Itís the first quarterly auto...
Published: 10/05/18
General Motors and Honda team up on self-driving technology

General Motors and Honda team up on self-driving technology

By CATHY BUSSEWITZGeneral Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation. Japanís Honda Motor Co. will invest $2.75 billion in the au...
Published: 10/03/18
Under scrutiny, online auto lender Marlin Financial stops making new loans

Under scrutiny, online auto lender Marlin Financial stops making new loans

Marlin Financial has stopped taking new customers as state investigators scrutinize its business practices.The online auto lender at the center of a Florida Attorney General investigation has a note on its website that it is "no longer accepting new ...
Published: 10/02/18
Updated: 10/03/18
Rep. Charlie Crist urges federal consumer watchdog to investigate Marlin Financial

Rep. Charlie Crist urges federal consumer watchdog to investigate Marlin Financial

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is calling for the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate Marlin Financial, saying he was "disturbed" by a recent Tampa Bay Timesí investigation into the online auto finance company. In a letter Tuesday af...
Updated one month ago
My First Car: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport, Charlie Lowrey, 73, Ruskin

My First Car: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport, Charlie Lowrey, 73, Ruskin

í65 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super SportI still have my first car. I ordered it new from the factory, took delivery, and it has never been out of my possession. It is a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport. It has a 327-cubic-inch V-8 motor wi...
Updated one month ago
Lower demand brings slight dip in gas prices across state, Tampa Bay

Lower demand brings slight dip in gas prices across state, Tampa Bay

Just in time for fall, pump prices are finally declining. Gas prices in Florida averaged $2.72 per gallon Monday, down from $2.74 per gallon a week ago, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Tampa Bay prices were even lower at $2.63 per gallon, down...
Updated one month ago
Tampa Bayís fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Tampa Bayís fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Apparently, a lot of people in Tampa Bay are trying to get their hands on a Toyota Prius. An analysis by iSeeCars shows that the eco-friendly car is the fastest-selling used vehicle in the area, averaging 19.2 days on the market. That might not be su...
Updated one month ago
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson steps down after 20 years in driverís seat

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson steps down after 20 years in driverís seat

Associated PressFORT LAUDERDALE ó Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the nationís largest dealership chain. Jackson, 69, steered AutoNation through the economic crisis and shares have increased fourfold since h...
Updated one month ago
Pasco County Tax Collector warns businesses about Marlin Financial

Pasco County Tax Collector warns businesses about Marlin Financial

The Pasco County Tax Collectorís office is issuing a warning to local auto dealers: Beware of Marlin Financial. The office will begin circulating a letter Thursday to auto dealers it does business urging them to "think long and hard" before interacti...
Updated one month ago