Auto Reviews by Local Expert Jim MacPherson

Jim MacPherson

Jim MacPherson

The Downside of Low Gas Prices - February 10, 2015 - Every cloud, we are told, has a silver lining. Is the opposite also true? Does every bit of good news also come with a potential downside?

Getting to Know Your New Car - February 5, 2015 - If you were one of the more than 16.5 million people in this country who bought a new car or truck last year, congratulations on your...

Vehicle Rankings are Often in the Eye of the Beholder - January 29, 2015 - While in Los Angeles for that city’s major auto show last November, I stumbled across a copy of USA Today with a ranking of...

A Manual on Manuals - January 20, 2015 - Going relatively unnoticed at the Los Angeles International Auto Show two months ago was the introduction of the newest version of the...

What to Do When Disaster Strikes Behind the Wheel - January 13, 2015 - Just about every assessment of the top motoring stories of 2014 has placed the delayed General Motors ignition switch recall at the top of...

Don't Get Carried Away by Lower Gas Prices - January 8, 2015 - The recent drop in gasoline prices has created an interesting problem for people now in the market for a new car or truck. Is this break...

How Luxury Vehicles Have Changed with Time - December 30, 2014 - Last week’s On The Road section, with its emphasis on luxury vehicles, brought back memories of the annual gatherings for...

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