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Federal consumer watchdog looking into auto lender Marlin Financial

Federal consumer watchdog looking into auto lender Marlin Financial

A federal agency is looking into online auto lender Marlin Financial. In a letter to Rep. Charlie Crist dated Tuesday, the head of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection called the findings of a Tampa Bay Timesí investigation into the lender "tr...
Published: 10/18/18
Report: Tampa drivers pay different insurance rates based on ZIP code

Report: Tampa drivers pay different insurance rates based on ZIP code

It can be tough to figure out why insurance companies charge some more than others for auto coverage. But a recent analysis by the Consumer Federation of America suggests that a driverís neighborhood could be a factor. The analysis, released Monday, ...
Published: 10/17/18
In Tampa Bay, larger cars hold their value the best

In Tampa Bay, larger cars hold their value the best

Looking to buy a new car that holds its value? In Tampa Bay, think big. According to an analysis by iSeeCars, the bay area vehicle with the lowest depreciation over five years is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. They average just 26 percent depreciation ov...
Published: 10/10/18
Updated: 10/11/18
Florida gas prices are nearly 30 cents higher than this time last year

Florida gas prices are nearly 30 cents higher than this time last year

Do gas prices feel annoyingly high? Thatís because state prices are nearly 30 cents more than they were this time last year. Gas in Florida averaged $2.82 per gallon Monday, holding steady from last week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Tampa ...
Published: 10/08/18
Tesla report shows stronger safety record for vehicles on autopilot

Tesla report shows stronger safety record for vehicles on autopilot

Associated PressNEW YORK ó Tesla says it recorded one accident for every 3.34 million miles driven in the third quarter when the autopilot was engaged on its vehicles. That rises to 1.92 million when autopilot is not on. Itís the first quarterly auto...
Updated one month ago
General Motors and Honda team up on self-driving technology

General Motors and Honda team up on self-driving technology

By CATHY BUSSEWITZGeneral Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation. Japanís Honda Motor Co. will invest $2.75 billion in the au...
Updated one month ago
Under scrutiny, online auto lender Marlin Financial stops making new loans

Under scrutiny, online auto lender Marlin Financial stops making new loans

Marlin Financial has stopped taking new customers as state investigators scrutinize its business practices.The online auto lender at the center of a Florida Attorney General investigation has a note on its website that it is "no longer accepting new ...
Updated one month ago
Rep. Charlie Crist urges federal consumer watchdog to investigate Marlin Financial

Rep. Charlie Crist urges federal consumer watchdog to investigate Marlin Financial

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is calling for the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate Marlin Financial, saying he was "disturbed" by a recent Tampa Bay Timesí investigation into the online auto finance company. In a letter Tuesday af...
Updated one month ago
Lower demand brings slight dip in gas prices across state, Tampa Bay

Lower demand brings slight dip in gas prices across state, Tampa Bay

Just in time for fall, pump prices are finally declining. Gas prices in Florida averaged $2.72 per gallon Monday, down from $2.74 per gallon a week ago, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Tampa Bay prices were even lower at $2.63 per gallon, down...
Updated one month ago
Tampa Bayís fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Tampa Bayís fastest selling used car is a Prius. Do you drive the slowest selling car?

Apparently, a lot of people in Tampa Bay are trying to get their hands on a Toyota Prius. An analysis by iSeeCars shows that the eco-friendly car is the fastest-selling used vehicle in the area, averaging 19.2 days on the market. That might not be su...
Updated one month ago