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Nominations Begin for Second Project CAR


How would you live from day to day without a car? How would you hold a job, feed your family, see your doctor, or go to school? For many of our neighbors in rural Southern Illinois - through no fault of their own - this is a real and daily struggle. That's why we at Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota are proud to announce Project CAR, our newest community service program through which we rehab…

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Consumer Conficence in Self Driving Cars is Declining


Automotive companies currently in the race to develop self-driving cars may be zealously committed to perfecting the technology, but a 2018 study revealed that most drivers are having second thoughts about taking their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel.

Conducted by Cox Automotive in May, the Evolution of Mobility Study on Autonomous Vehicles showed that 84% of respondents "want the option to drive themselves even in a self-driving vehicle,” while the…
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State Police Step up DUI Enforcement

From now until the early morning hours of Jan. 2, Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting increased DUI, speeding, and distracted driving patrols as a part of the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday enforcement period.

Roadside safety checks and seat-belt enforcement zones will also be more frequent.

In 2017, more than 1,000 motor vehicle crash fatalities occurred in Illinois; in 2016, 1,078…

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Former Auto Exec Says No One Will Own a Car in 20 Years


Bob Lutz is a former Marine who worked for Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and BMW, usually as the resident "car guy" — a product guru who could guide the bean counters toward automotive glory and gruffly greenlight amazing machines.

Now semi-retired, Lutz is partnered with designer Henrik Fisker at VLF Automotive, a maker of exotic, burly, and very expensive supercars. But he continues to freely offer his thoughts on the car business....

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Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota Team Up for Project CAR



Initiative will provide less fortunate individuals and families with reliable transportation.

Project CAR (Caring Auto Rehab) is now actively seeking donated vehicles that will be refurbished and repaired for southern Illinoisans in desperate need of a reliable vehicle.  Project CAR is a joint effort between Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota. 
Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota want to utilize their team members skills for what they are best at...automobiles.  They'll donate their…
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Advantages of a Clean Driving Record on Auto Insurance

A better driver will always pay less for car insurance. An agency will look at an applicant's driving record for any past mistakes or traffic violations. If they do not find any and if the applicant has a solid driving experience they will offer the best prices possible. Clients should note that the driving record is not the only thing that counts.

Agencies will prefer an applicant who has a safe vehicle and a…

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Take the Car Insurance Quiz


If you're looking for car insurance, make sure you're armed with the most information about the discounts that you qualify for. Money expert Matt Granite has several statistics that can help you save in the car insurance game.

A car insurance policy can consist of multiple parts, each paying for a different type of problem. If you don’t understand all the parts, you might not know what your current policy covers. And…
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10 Ways to Lower Car Insurance Costs


Earlier today, Consumer Reports released 10 things that customers can do to cut their insurance premiums without reducing their coverage or increasing their exposure.  Consumer Reports recommends these 10 strategies to help customers meet this goal.
  1. Do an Annual Rate Check
  2. Pick a Top-Rated Insurer
  3. Set the Right Deductible
  4. Review All of Your Coverage
  5. Take Advantage of Discounts
  6. Maintain Multiple Policies
  7. Maintain a Good Credit Score
  8. Report Reduced Mileage
  9. Choose Your Car Wisely
  10. Manage Teenage…
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Child Auto Fatalities on the Rise

New numbers released by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show an increase in fatal car accidents involving children.

The statistics are surprising, considering the availability and awareness of child safety seats.

This week marks Child Passenger Safety Week around the country, but safety experts are now disappointed by recent data. 

"Data from 2015 recently released indicated that there was a 10% increase in fatalities for children under the age of 13,” Kate Carr of…

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Americans Waste Money on Premium Gas

According to research by the automobile club AAA, in a report released Tuesday September 20th, there is no sense paying for premium gasoline if your car is designed to run on regular gas.

Some drivers like to think that they can improve their vehicle performance with premium gas. Premium blends typically cost about 50 cents a gallon more than regular.

But AAA says it's just money wasted . In a national survey, AAA said 16…

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