Jim MacPherson is the host of "The Car Doctor" show Sundays at noon on WTIC-AM. Send comments, questions, suggestions in care of Special Publications, Hartford Courant, 285 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06115. For more automotive news, check out the On The Road section each Wednesday in The Courant.

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Jim MacPherson

Jim MacPherson

On The Road


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 purchase. Congratulations, too, if you were one of the more than 40 million individuals estimated to have bought a used vehicle during 2014. That vehicle may not be new, but it’s new to you. May you enjoy many miles and years of trouble-free motoring.

  • 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 midsize family sedans. Stumble is the proper word. The hotel tossed a copy right in front of the door to the room.

  • 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 in high fuel prices a temporary dip, or is it the harbinger of what will be an extended period of $2-per-gallon gasoline, the result of reduced worldwide demand for fuels and new sources of oil? The answer to this question will influence which vehicle they buy.

  • Crash Test Dummies Packing on the Pounds

    November 18, 2014