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The 5 Best Sporty Subaru Cars
From the Subaru BRZ to the Subaru Impreza, click here to read about the best sporty cars Subaru has to offer.
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Cameron Thiessen
Oct 26, 2022
The 6 Best Sporty Toyota Cars
From the legendary Toyota 2000GT to the souped-up GR Supra, countdown the best sporty Toyota vehicles with Jerry, the car insurance super app!
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Cameron Thiessen
Oct 26, 2022
NASCAR Monopoly: A True Collector's Item
Monopoly is one of the most famous board games of the last century. The NASCAR spinoff is great for car lovers.
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Alex Reale
Oct 13, 2022
8 Infamous Cars that Are Allegedly Cursed
Haunted cars have wreaked havoc on everyone from celebrities to government officials to everyday people. Will you be spooked by these cursed cars with a dark past?
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Elaine Duvet
Oct 10, 2022
An Unforgettable Legend: Carroll Shelby
Icon, Carroll Shelby forever changed the landscape of the American muscle car with the creation of his Shelby Cobra; a classic sports car that can give any European ride a run for its money.
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Preston Charles
Oct 08, 2022
Nice Whip: How Cars Got One of Their Nicknames
Cars come with all kinds of nicknames. No one knows for sure where “whip” came from, but the theories are lots of fun.
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Alex Reale
Oct 06, 2022
Facts About the Fastest Car in the World: The Thrust SSC
The Thrust SSC holds the record for fastest car in the world after reaching a speed of 763 mph.
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Alexandra Maloney
Sep 01, 2022
Driving Like It's 1999: The Bombardier NEV
The Bombardier NEV had a little electric engine that could. But only if you wanted to run local errands.
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Alex Reale
Aug 31, 2022
What Cars Have Been Debuting At Monterey Car Week?
Here are seven of the coolest vehicles debuting at Monterey Car Week.
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Andrew Kidd
Aug 19, 2022
An Overseas Classic: the Toyota Crown
Though rarely seen in the U.S., the Toyota Crown is the longest-running passenger model in Toyota’s history. 
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Allison Stone
Aug 07, 2022
What Was the First Sports Car?
Can you guess who made the first sports car? Largely debated across the globe, is there a true answer? Check out the first sports cars ever to smoke the competition.
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Elaine Duvet
Jul 31, 2022
12 Fun Facts About Cars That Will Impress Your Friends
Ready to have your mind blown? Check out the most interesting and fun facts about cars throughout history that will save the day during an awkward silence.
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Elaine Duvet
Jul 17, 2022
Aptly Named: Remembering the Pioneer, Circa 1960
The Pioneer was the first electric vehicle that the magazine which became Car and Driver ever reviewed. How does it stack up against the EVs of today?
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Alex Reale
Jul 12, 2022
5 Ways the Tesla Model S Changed the Auto Industry Forever
Here are five ways the Tesla Model S changed the automotive industry since its release a decade ago.
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Andrew Kidd
Jul 07, 2022
From the Type 2 to the ID. Buzz: a Short History of the VW Bus
The VW electric bus is almost here. Where did Volkswagen’s iconic concept come from? Why did it disappear?
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Andrew Koole
Jun 24, 2022
Fiat to Jeep, How Car Companies Got Their Names
Car companies created names for their brands from various sources, including incorporating names of founders, historical events, and more.
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Serena Aburahma
Jun 17, 2022
Car History Legends: Remembering Italy's Lost Sports Car Studio—Bertone
Gruppo Bertone was responsible for some of the most legendary auto designs in history. What happened to the iconic Italian car studio?
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Andrew Koole
Jun 14, 2022
The Best Dodge Station Wagons
Dodge stopped manufacturing station wagons in 2008, but you can still buy a used Magnum, Caliber, or Coronet.
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Max Werner
Dec 16, 2022
The Best Chevrolet Station Wagons
You won't find any brand-new Chevrolet station wagons, but some used and classic models are still on the road. Read more for details.
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Brenna Swanston
Dec 16, 2022
Remember These Station Wagons with Rear-Facing Seats?
If you were alive in the 1960s, you might remember sitting in a station wagon with rear-facing third row seats.
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Alexandra Maloney
May 24, 2022
Car History: Mitsubishi Almost Bought Out Honda
Honda wasn’t always the automotive giant it is today and was almost taken over by Mitsubishi. What propelled Honda to becoming one of the top automakers in the world?
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Andrew Kidd
May 22, 2022
The First Car Phone Was Invented 100 Years Ago
The history of the first car phone is complicated, filled with urban legend and innovation.
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Alexandra Maloney
May 10, 2022
The Newest EV on the Hot Seat: The Cupra Born
The unique history of the Cupra Born links make its debut worth examining in detail.
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Lisa Steuer McArdle
Apr 11, 2022
The Longest Car in the World Just Got a New Look
The longest car in the world was built in 1986. After years of disrepair, it was restored, increased in length, and had new features added.
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Serena Aburahma
Apr 06, 2022
This Cadillac Ran For 30 Years
The Cadillac Seville was produced for 30 years before it was discontinued and was not only revolutionary when it was released but remained a popular luxury vehicle within that period.
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Serena Aburahma
Apr 02, 2022
The Mini Moke and Other Weird-Looking Cars Gaining Popularity
Weird-looking cars like the Mini Moke managed to gain popularity against all odds. Here are some other weird-looking cars that are now coming back as classics.
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Andrew Koole
Apr 02, 2022
The Best Cars from Season 3 of 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'
Jerry Seinfeld crams a variety of classic cars into his laugh-filled seasons of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. Here are our favorites from season three of the show.
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Jason Crosby
Jun 01, 2022
Chevy Tried to Trick Consumer Into Thinking the Chevette Was Anything Like the Corvette
Chevy knows how much people value the Corvette name. So when the company debuted a car with a similar name to the Corvette, people expected something great.
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Alex Healey
Jun 01, 2022
Car History Legends: Internal Combustion Innovator Karl Benz
Karl Benz is the father of the car and the auto industry. How did he go from being an inventor to the cofounder of Mercedes-Benz?
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Andrew Koole
Jun 01, 2022
The ‘Wayne’s World’ Car Just Sold for Over 70K
Crank the “Bohemian Rhapsody,” grab some red licorice, and buckle in! The famous AMC Pacer from the ‘90s hit comedy “Wayne’s World” was just auctioned off.
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Kerry Gibson
Jun 01, 2022

All Questions on Car History

How do I find a car's insurance history?
I just bought a used Chevy Impala. The car looks great, but it has over 60,000 miles, and I am curious about its history. Is there a way to find out about my car's insurance history?
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melanie reiff
Nov 02, 2022
What car company was first to have electrical turn signals?
I’m curious about where my electric turn signals come from. They’re clearly a super important part of my car, and they couldn’t have just come out of nowhere. I know they’re pretty old, but which car company was the first to introduce them to their models?
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Tom Hindle
Jan 27, 2022
How do you buy a car off Craigslist?
I’m looking to buy a car, but I’m tired of the dealership run-around—what should I know about buying a car off of Craigslist?
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Jason Tushinski
Feb 22, 2022
How much is a non-running car worth?
I was cleaning out the barn at my grandparents’ farm and found a non-running car. My grandparents could use the money we’d get from selling it—so how much are non-running cars usually worth?
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Will Baldwin
Dec 12, 2022
Did Thomas Edison invent the electric car?
I’ve heard that electric cars have been around since the early 20th century in the U.S. Did Thomas Edison invent the first electric car in America?
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Emily Jansen
Mar 26, 2022
How do I find a list of cars I previously owned?
I'm trying to set up a stock brokerage account, and it keeps asking me about cars I owned, but I can't remember all of them. Is there a way to see a list of all cars I have owned?
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Eric Schad
Oct 21, 2021
How do you check your car's crash history?
I just bought a used car and want to see the crash history. How do I do it?
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Will Baldwin
Oct 28, 2021
What does Volkswagen mean?
I was looking at Volkswagens earlier today and it occurred to me that I have no idea what the word actually means or where it came from. All I know is it’s German. What does Volkswagen mean?
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Feb 22, 2022
How much did Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car sell for?
I heard that Bonnie and Clyde’s car is on display at a casino in Vegas. Is this true? How much did the Bonnie and Clyde death car sell for?
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Amber Reed
Mar 24, 2022
How do I check car paint thickness?
How do I measure the thickness of a car's paint job? I'm buying a car from a private seller, but something seems fishy about the car history report. That's why I want to check the car paint thickness to see if it matches his records and the report.
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Eric Schad
Aug 27, 2021
How do you find a car's insurance history?
I just bought a used Chevy Impala. The car looks great, but it has over 60,000 miles, and I am curious about its history. Is there a way to find out about my car's insurance history?
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melanie reiff
Jul 21, 2022
How do I find old car insurance records for a car I'm purchasing?
I'm buying a car from a private seller and I want to know if the car has had any insurance claims filed against it. I've never bought from a private seller before, and I'm not really sure where to start looking—so how can I find an old car's insurance records?
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Eric Schad
Sep 13, 2021
How do you delete the call history on a car's Bluetooth?
I can’t find any controls for my Bluetooth call history in the settings or instructions in my owner’s manual. I want to reset the history before I sell the vehicle. Is there a way to delete my call history on my car’s Bluetooth?
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Liz Jenson
Nov 29, 2021
How do I check the number of previous owners on a car?
I'm shopping for a used car right now, and I was just wondering if there's any way for me to get information about the number of previous owners. Where should I look?
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Liz Jenson
Nov 22, 2021
How much did it cost to buy a new car in 1963?
I’m doing research for a project on the 1960s. How much did it cost to buy a new car in 1963?
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Amber Reed
Mar 23, 2022
What is the official land-speed record set by a car?
My friends and I were talking about the world’s fastest cars at dinner last night. I’m curious what the fastest car ever made was and where it was driven. What’s the land-speed record for a car?
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Melanie Johnson
Feb 28, 2022
Where is Volkswagen made?
I thought Volkswagen was a German company, but I just found out that they have a factory in Chattanooga. Where are VW cars made?
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Brittni Brinn
Mar 01, 2022
What is the world’s largest roundabout?
My Driver’s Ed class is having us do a project on car history, and I got stuck with roundabouts. What’s the biggest roundabout in the world?
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Holden Easterbrook
Mar 09, 2022
What is considered a fast quarter-mile time for a car?
I love going to trivia nights with my friends. Next week’s theme is “cars” and I know nothing! Can you help me brush up on some fun facts? Like, what’s considered a fast quarter-mile time for a car?
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Maxine Boyko
Mar 09, 2022
How to trade in a car for a motorcycle?
Is there any way that you can trade in a car for a motorcycle? Call it a midlife crisis, but I'm sick of taking the car to work. I want to get rid of it as soon as possible and get a motorcycle instead. Is there any way I could feasibly do this?
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Joshua Levy
Nov 30, 2021
Why were electric cars invented?
My partner and I were discussing the benefits of owning an electric car, and we realized that we don't know why they were even created in the first place. So we're just curious to understand why electric cars were invented and what problems they were hoping to solve?
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Chanice Boyd
Feb 11, 2022
How do I find my car insurance history?
I am planning to sell my car soon, and I was told I should have a record of my car insurance history. How do I find the car insurance history of my vehicle?
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Grace Cho
Nov 10, 2021
Which automobile manufacturer is known as The Ultimate Driving Machine?
I went to a car show recently and heard a lot of nicknames being thrown around by gearheads in the know. What car is called The Ultimate Driving Machine?
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Jasmine Kanter
Apr 08, 2022
What year was the first Ford Fiesta SE released?
I’m a party girl—that’s why I drive a Ford Fiesta. It’s the cutest, sportiest little ride. I’ve had my SE for a couple of years. When did the first one come out?
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Melanie Johnson
May 03, 2022
What year was the first Chevrolet Aveo Base made?
I’m looking at used cars online, and someone has a 2000 Chevrolet Aveo Base for sale. Was that model even being made yet in 2000?
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Sarah Gray
May 05, 2022
What year was the first Chevrolet Aveo LT made?
I’m looking at used cars online, and I was considering a Chevy Aveo LT. I’m looking at the first model year, but I don’t see an LT. When was the first year for that model?
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Sarah Gray
May 05, 2022
What year was the first Chevrolet Camaro SS made?
My sister and I are huge fans of the Chevy Camaro, and we can’t agree on what the first year is for the SS. Can you help answer this question?
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Sarah Gray
May 05, 2022
What year was the first Chevrolet Volt?
I’ve been considering getting a plug-in hybrid to save money on gas. I’d heard good things about the Chevy Volt, but I’d prefer to save even more money by buying used. What was the first year the Volt was made?
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Sarah Gray
May 05, 2022
What year was the first Chevrolet Cruze LT?
I’ve been searching online for a used car, and someone is advertising a 2015 Chevy Cruze LT. Were they even making the Cruze in 2015?
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Sarah Gray
May 05, 2022
What year was the first Chevrolet Blazer made?
I’ve been looking for a used SUV to make into a rock crawler, and I’d heard good things about old Chevy Blazers. What was the first year they were made?
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Sarah Gray
May 05, 2022

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