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Best new cars of 2014 for teens headed back to school

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Back to school is just around the corner and droves of students will soon be hitting the road, returning to class after having the summer season off. If you have a teen or twenty-something in your life in need of a new ride for high school, college or university, we’ve rounded up the best new cars of 2014 when it comes to value, reliability and still being kinda fun too.

Teens have different needs when it comes to cars. They’re by far the most dangerous age group on the road, so they should have the latest safety features and technology and should not have cars with engines that are too powerful.

The car buying experts at Kelly Blue Book has put together a great list of vehicles that, in addition to being among the safest on the road, are also among the most fuel efficient and versatile cars with low starting sticker prices.

Click here to head on through to see what KBB recommends as the best new cars for teens headed back to school.

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Ford F-Series Super Duty prototype reduced to smouldering mess of aluminum and steel [UPDATE]

2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty prototype on fire

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The most important bit of information you need to know after looking through our high-res gallery of images depicting a prototype 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup truck burning to the ground is that nobody was hurt. There were two engineers inside the vehicle when it caught fire, and both exited to safety.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the truck, which appears to have been testing in Death Valley, appears to be a total loss, minus, of course, whatever information Ford can glean from the conflagration – particularly tracing it back to its root cause. Besides that, we’re also expecting the body of the next Super Duty to be hewn from aluminum, as is the case with its smaller brother, the brand-new F-150. Note the little aluminum droppings littering the roadway as apparent proof of that.

Our spy photographers report that it took just 21 minutes for the F-Series Super Duty to burn completely to the ground. The fire appears to have started in the driver-side front wheel well, spreading to engulf the entire front end in three minutes. We can’t confirm the source of the blaze, but we’re curious if the car’s black vinyl cladding, meant to obscure the secrets within, contributed to the fire.

Check out the complete gallery of images to see how a fully working prototype can be reduced to a smoldering mess of aluminum and steel in just 21 minutes flat. We’ll let you know if Ford can shed any light on the cause of the fire as soon as we hear back.

UPDATE: Ford has issued the following statement: “While testing an experimental vehicle in Death Valley, there was a fire. We are investigating.” That much is clear, and we’ll keep you informed of any new information we get.

Ford F-Series Super Duty prototype reduced to smouldering mess of aluminum and steel [UPDATE]

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HIGHLIGHTS: CSCS 2014 Round 4 at Mosport DDT

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Mosport DDT was once again packed with plenty of awesome cars this past Sunday as Round 4 of the Canadian Sport Compact Series (CSCS) took place. The weather was hot with no clouds in sight, and for once it felt like summer, seeing as we’ve been getting shafted with the weather in Ontario lately. Seeing as the weather was co-operating, we wasted no time in heading out to the infields to start shooting… READ MORE

HIGHLIGHTS: CSCS 2014 Round 4 at Mosport DDT

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Orange Julep in Montreal is one of the hottest car hangouts in Canada

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Legend has it that since the ’60s, the Orange Julep in Montreal has been one of the hottest auto enthusiast hangouts in Canada. From classic muscle cars and hot rods to today’s high end luxury and Japanese tuner cars, the local “Big Orange” landmark/eyesore on Decarie Boulevard has a strong history of car culture, hosting weekly events that draw hundreds of car every summer like this Euro vs. JDM event.

Having personally been there many times over the years, the Orange Julep continues to reign not only as the best place in town to check out custom cars, but as a top fast food joint in Montreal, serving hot dogs, burgers and of course its famously foamy, neon orange liquid known as the Orange Julep that inspired original founder (Hermas Gibeau) to set up shop in 1932.

Enough with the short history lesson, click here to take a look at the full photo gallery from the latest Orange Julep event, as Japanese imports and European performance cars gathered for a Euro vs. JDM car show in the iconic parking lot of this Montreal hotspot.

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HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 World Rallycross Canada

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The FIA World Rallycross Championship has finally made its entrance into North America, and Canada had the honour of hosting Round 7 at the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix track in Quebec. So of course we were there to capture the action in all its boosted asphalt and dirt ripping glory.

The World Rallycross (RX) Championship’s roster is stacked with some of today’s hottest motorsports stars, including Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier, Tanner Foust, and Petter Solberg to name a few. Past competitors include Travis Pastrana, Bucky Lasek and stunt driving madman Ken Block – are you seeing a trend here? As an added bonus, Formula Drift’s Vaughn Gittin Jr. was on hand for drift demonstrations for the half-time show. Talk about an all-star lineup… READ MORE

HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 World Rallycross Canada

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The 11 most expensive American cars ever

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Here’s a Pro Tip for all you would-be classic car investors out there: buy Ferraris. With the Pebble Beach festivities kicking off this week, including any number high end car auctions, we thought it would be entertaining to compile a list of some to the most expensive cars ever sold with the bang of a gavel. Trouble is, once you get past the splendor of everyone’s favorite Italian sports car maker, that list is pretty boring.

Ferrari dominates the all-time auction sales list; seven of the top ten most expensive cars sold wear the Cavallino Rampante badge, as well as more than half of the top fifty. Sure, a nearly $30-million Mercedes-Benz W196 racecar might be the new top dog as of last year, but it’s even possible that Ferrari could take that title back in Monterey this weekend. Long story short: we think a list of the most expensive American cars ever sold at auction is a lot more entertaining to read. Hell, our list has a friggin’ Batmobile on it, how can it go wrong?

Follow on below for the top ten cars that are red, white, blue and a whole lot of green.

The 11 most expensive American cars ever

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Hellaflush cars get hella banned in Quebec, rest of Canada to follow?

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Okay boys and girls, you’ve been warned! The hellaflush movement is now forbidden by the Quebec government SAAQ (Société de l’assurance du Québec), meaning the practice of stancing out your wheels on a sweet hellaflush ride will no longer be tolerated.

While making extensive custom car modifications to your wheels, tires and suspension is nothing new, (especially in the world of aftermarket tuning), the popularity of hellaflush style among car enthusiasts is undeniably a huge trend these days. So much so, that it’s even spawned its own hellaflush-specific car shows like Fitted Lifestyle alongside countless websites and forums dedicated specifically to finding the right stance and achieving the most outrageous hellaflush fitment.

Regardless of how good or bad you think it looks, Quebec officials say drivers with hellaflush rides are being ‘hella dangerous’ on the road, citing that this type of now illegal modification affects the handling and maneuverability required of any cars on public roads… READ MORE

Hellaflush cars get hella banned in Quebec, rest of Canada to follow?

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Top 10 cheapest best-selling cars to insure in Canada

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If you have a car, you have car insurance, and we’re willing to bet that the cost of insurance has played a part in your car-buying process. The cost of insurance for a vehicle is not only determined by the overall cost of the vehicle (obviously, it plays a role) but by factors that also include rate of theft, vandalism, demographics of the buyers, and type of vehicle (sports car vs. econo-gas-miser vs. truck vs. SUV).

According to Kanetix.ca, the SmartForTwo is the cheapest car to insure in Canada. It’s very clear that the Smart car is not for everyone and is not a viable option as the primary vehicle for most folks in Canada.

So instead of bringing you a list of the outright cheapest cars to insure in Canada, we’re bringing you the list of the cheapest late-model top-selling cars (according to Insurance Hotline), as we feel that information is more applicable to our car-conscious readers. After all, most of you are no more likely to go out and buy a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix (which is one of the cheapest cars to insure in Canada right now) over a 2014 Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Fusion, Focus or Mazda’s fantastic Mazda3 than we are.

Interestingly enough, the cost difference in the list of 10 cheapest best-selling cars to insure from least expensive to the most expensive is less than $250 per-annum. So it’s up to you to decide if another 20 or so bucks a month is enough to sway your pick from of cars off of this list.

Check out the list above – in order, the least expensive of the bunch is the first slide. Happy shopping!

Top 10 cheapest best-selling cars to insure in Canada

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HIGHLIGHTS: 2014 Lexus F Sport Car Meet

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The summer season is a time when car enthusiast gather together on weekends to share their passion and celebrate their love of automotive culture. Having already covered highlights from some of the biggest events of the season like Importfest, Fitted Lifestyle, CSCS and even the annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show, we also want to showcase some of the locally organized meets like the first Lexus F Sport event at Erin Park Lexus.

Toronto’s first ever Lexus F Sport car meet brought out some impressive rides like the 2012 Lexus LFA supercar (#34) which made a grand entrance from the Erin Park Lexus basement onto street level via service elevator lift. Special guest Ryan Bacsafra (Kaizen Factor) was also on hand, graciously welcomed by all to give some additional insight on the all new Lexus RC F and NX.

Several Lexus race cars also dropped by alongside dozens of modded and stock Lexus vehicles on display. cars aside, the 200+ guests in attendance were well entertained, with music provided by SiriusXM Satellite Radio, food and drinks supplied by Simply BBQ and Rockstar Energy Drink, plus a raffle for a set of brand new wheels courtesy of Tires23.

Click here to view the event highlights in our full photo gallery as we obsessively covered the 2014 Lexus F Sport Car Meet.

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The worst cars for resale value

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When it comes to buying a new car, one thing consumers often forget to factor in is resale value. Unless you plan to literally drive a car until it dies or becomes nearly worthless (whichever comes first), you’ll want to pay close attention to this list of 10 vehicles with the worst resale value based on the per cent of its original value after 5 years.

Make sure you carefully consider a car’s resale value before you decide to buy, sell or even trade-in your next vehicle. While it may not initially seem as important as knowing the top 10 best and worst cars for rust, the most fuel efficient cars of 2014 and 10 most reliable new cars, this list of the top 10 worst cars for resale value is worth a look.

The worst cars for resale value originally appeared on Autoblog Canada on Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top 5 Most Costly Mistakes Of Car Ownership

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Cars are expensive and complex machines that need to be maintained properly so that they don’t break down prematurely. If a modern car is treated with care, it can last for over 200,000-300,000 kms without needing major costly repairs. However, neglecting you car’s maintenance needs (or attempting some of the world’s worst DIY repairs yourself) can leave you with additional damage done and a larger bill that could have been avoided.

Click here to view the top five most commonly-made mistakes to avoid making with your car. Doing so will save you loads of money and ensure that your vehicle has a long, healthy and happy life.

Top 5 Most Costly Mistakes Of Car Ownership

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Car Pricing Basics: How to tell if you are being overcharged

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It’s no secret that the price auto manufacturers and car dealerships list is never the same amount you, the consumer, end up paying for your new car. Sometimes, that amount ends up being less, which is great, and sometimes, it does not. In fact, sometimes, that amount is so much above the listed price that it seems almost unreasonable. In the end, it’s the consumer who ends up being the victim.

Here’s a simple piece of advice from our end – don’t be a victim. Learn how car pricing works and then figure out how not to overpay for your next car. We’ve already shared a breakdown on how a dealer’s bill of sale works and what it all means in one of our earlier articles, but if you’re looking for more in-depth bits of car buying wisdom, you can find them by clicking right here to read more.

Car Pricing Basics: How to tell if you are being overcharged

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