Domestic Owners Love Dealership Service Departments

J.D. Power showers U.S. OEMs with even more praise.

Evidently, the universe has finally agreed with our notion that domestic automakers aren't receiving much love from customer surveys. It's finally evening things out; it started with a few brands in Kelley Blue Book's Brand Image awards, and now, J.D. Power is heaping some praise onto local OEMs with its dealer-satisfaction survey.

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Bang for Your Buck: Chrysler 300 SRT

Checking out a new car's competition from the used-car market.

It's no surprise that buyers often compare both new and used cars. For a given price point, the market for potential cars explodes once you start looking away from new cars alone. Yes, you might give up the warranty, but if you're looking for something unique, used cars provide a good value ... provided you pick the right one. Bang for Your Buck takes a look at a handful of awesome used cars you could get with the money you'd spend on the new car we've tested recently.

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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis: Full Tilt

The KDM OEM pulls out all the stops against some stiff competition.

Before we talk about the upcoming all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis, your author must make a confession. He didn't really get much out of the last Genesis sedan. Sure, it was luxurious, but it was only so-so compared to its supposed competition. It looked a little goofy, with some angles being a bit too smooth. But that's all changed now. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is going to stand next to the giants of the luxury mid-size class and hold its own.

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Dodge Announces a Brilliant One-Year Lease Plan

How to build hype for 2015 without losing sales in 2014.

Dodge is in a bit of a pickle. It will be announcing the 2015 Challenger and Charger, two muscular throwbacks, at this week's New York Auto Show. However, the vehicles won't be on sale anytime soon thereafter, meaning that Dodge is potentially alienating buyers of 2014 models, who would likely hold out a year for a refreshed model. In order to fix that problem, Dodge has announced a new lease plan that should satisfy everybody involved.

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Mercedes and Honda Score High in Brand Image

All the typical players are present for Kelley Blue Book's awards.

Kelley Blue Book is a great way to waste a few hours determining whether or not your car is even worth selling (your author is facing an uphill battle with his Civic). But that's not all they do. KBB actually works with new-car buyers to determine which brands are favorable in the public eye. That's the idea behind the company's Brand Image Awards, and as you might expect, some very familiar names stand atop the rest.

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One Analyst Believes OEM-pocalypse is Coming

We might soon find ourselves in the middle of a herd-culling.

If you've tried to buy a car recently, you might have noticed that we have, well, a boatload of different brands in the marketplace. So many, in fact, that it can be tricky to wade through all the choices without worrying that you've missed something. Thankfully, if one Morgan Stanley analyst has his (slightly misguided) way, that might become a problem of the past.

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