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During the last couple of decades, hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) have become a common sight on American roadways, and with infrastructure to support them expanding across the country and more people considering the environmental impact of consumer purchases, EVs aren't going anywhere. Consumers gain a lot of benefits from buying these eco-friendly forms of transportation, from cutting their carbon footprint to reducing fuel costs.
One thing that may be going the way of the dodo, however, is incentives designed to encourage consumers to go electric. Luckily, there are still some you can take advantage of if you've recently bought a qualifying electric vehicle or you're looking to buy one in the near future. Here are some tips to claim tax credits related to your EV purchase.
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Henry Ford is far more than a footnote in history. He is not only credited with inventing the first gas-powered automobile, but creating the assembly line that brought this modern form of transportation to the masses (and consequently, changed the face of mass production).
While this famous inventor is naturally known for this massive success, including dozens of patents for car parts, he was an engineer and inventor who worked for The Edison Illuminating Company before he set out on his own to make automobiles. Although he spent years expanding on the success of his original Model A, he also had a number of other, lesser known innovations.
What else did Henry Ford invent? Here are a few items you might not know about.
It's a little-known fact that Henry Ford's first foray into transportation was not with the Model A, but a gas-powered quadricycle, a four-wheeled, open-air, horseless carriage featuring bicycle wheels and a 2-cylinder gas engine that put out roughly four horsepower. Call it the precursor to the modern automobile.
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Clean diesel isn't a myth, but to look at the VW scandal that broke in 2015, one might naturally think otherwise. The scandal centered on over half a million "clean diesel" vehicles sold worldwide by Volkswagen AG between 2006 and 2015, all of which were equipped with a defeat device intended to fool emissions tests.
In essence, the cars were programmed with software that detected testing and altered emission levels to fall within acceptable limits. When the cars were operating in real world conditions, however, they reverted to much higher emission levels, estimated to be 40 times higher than during testing.
When the deception was revealed, the negative impact on the company was incredible; it continues to haunt VW to this day, with new charges from the SEC announced in March of 2019. Here's a brief look at how VW has been affected by this massive fraud.
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Even minor automobile collisions like fender benders can leave you shaken and confused. Although you probably know to gather information from the other driver, you may not know if it's necessary to contact the police in the event of a minor collision.
Should you call the police after a fender bender? Is your accident is serious enough to warrant a 9-1-1 call? Will the police even show up if no one is hurt? Here are a few things you should know about reporting fender benders to the local authorities.
Always Call the Police
If no one was hurt in a fender bender, you might think it's okay to simply "work it out" without the police, or even insurance companies getting involved, so as to avoid complications that could raise insurance premiums. This, however, is a mistake. You should ALWAYS call 9-1-1 or contact your local sheriff's department in the event of an automobile collision. There are a couple of reasons to do so.
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When your car starts clanking, whining, or emitting smoke, you know you need to get it to a reliable mechanic post haste, but there's no denying the dread in the pit of your stomach. While a bumper-to-bumper warranty like a Ford Extended Service Plan or Mopar Vehicle Protection plan will cover a lot, it's only natural to worry that you'll have to pay out of pocket for parts or labor that aren't covered. Or worse, what if your warranty has expired?
The silver lining of car repairs is that they cost less than purchasing a new vehicle, but over time, as your vehicle ages and wears, the costs will start to add up. Luckily, most parts are warrantied for several years after you purchase a new car, and the most common repairs aren't going to break the bank, especially if you plan for them and keep some savings set aside.