car gadgets

The 10 Best Christmas Car Gifts for 'Star Wars' Geeks

By Matt Schmitz on September 3, 2015


Not unlike when the song asked, "What Do You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)?," holiday shopping for the "Star Wars" geek in your household can pose a frustrating dilemma. There's enough merchandise, Lucasfilm-licensed and… Read More

The 10 Best Christmas Car Gifts for 'Star Wars' Geeks

By Matt Schmitz on September 3, 2015

Not unlike when the song asked, "What Do You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)?," holiday shopping for the "Star Wars" geek in your household can pose a frustrating dilemma. There's enough merchandise, Lucasfilm-licensed and… Read More

How to Get Your Stolen Car Back

By Matt Schmitz on August 28, 2015

We at Cars.com aren't ones to toot our own horn, but in addition to being a leading online source for car shoppers and owners, we can add another function to our job description: crime fighters. OK, we're not exactly Batman… Read More

Next-Gen Car-Theft Tactics Are New Model for Criminals

By Matt Schmitz on August 27, 2015

The ethical debate over cloning has been going on for decades before and since Dolly the sheep in 1996, though who could've ever foreseen that someday humans would start cloning cars? But that's what's happening ... well, sort of. Related:… Read More

Study: Not All Car Tech Wanted, Used

By Matt Schmitz on August 26, 2015

A large percentage of car owners have vehicle tech systems they're not really interested in, that they never wanted and in many cases never even knew they had. That's according to a study released this week by the market researchers… Read More

In-Car Music: iPod Versus Smartphone

By Andy Ihnatko on August 26, 2015

A friend of mine took me for a spin in her brand-new car. Even as a passenger, a new vehicle is a treat. Everything is pristine and you kind of want to sit up straighter, like you're at church. The… Read More

Price of High-Tech Security Could Be Carjacking Comeback

By Matt Schmitz on August 26, 2015

As advanced anti-theft technologies make cars increasingly difficult to steal, some auto thieves are turning to clever and innovative new methods, but many others are reverting to a tried-and-true classic: carjacking. Carjacking is perhaps the lowest-tech, least-complex approach to stealing… Read More

'Wreck-less Checklist' Targets Distracted Driving

By Matt Schmitz on August 20, 2015

A small distraction behind the wheel can lead to big danger on the road. In this fast-paced age of smartphones and continual connectivity, the number of beeps, vibrations, notifications and other little attention diverters seems to be mounting by the… Read More

Poll: Motorists Still Wary of Self-Driving Cars

By Matt Schmitz on August 13, 2015

Sooo ... you know that once-far-off future of fully automated, self-driving cars? Well, it's almost here. And as the similarly automated alien-cyborg race from "Star Trek," the Borg, reminds those it assimilates into its hivelike collective: Resistance is futile. But… Read More

2016 VW Golf, SportWagen, GTI and Jetta Get Top IIHS Safety Rating

By Matt Schmitz on August 12, 2015

A quartet of Volkswagen vehicles has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating, Top Safety Pick Plus. Receiving the honor are the 2016 Golf 4-door, Golf SportWagen, Golf GTI 4-door and Jetta when the cars are equipped with… Read More

Landmark Law Drives Progress for Disabled Motorists

By Matt Schmitz on August 12, 2015

A quarter century ago this summer, the Americans with Disabilities Act ushered in a new era of equality - not just in the public sphere and the workplace but ultimately on the road, as well. The law's provisions for reasonable… Read More