Author Archives: Lorraine

Who wants to be my Porsche-mate? Twitter answers the call

Originally published: July 21, 2014 Sometimes I get to drive outrageously beautiful cars, and it seems a shame to not share them with others who love them. When I recently had the new 2014 Porsche 911 Targa S, I decided … Continue reading

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Despite the stigma, many used car buyers aren’t deterred from purchasing recalled vehicles

Originally published: July 14, 2014 Would you buy a used car that has had a recall? How about one that has had multiple recalls? According to the Automobile Protection Association, Canada’s watchdog, you not only would, but you do – … Continue reading

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Embattled General Motors tries to buy back the public trust. But settlement could be 13 years too late

Originally published: July 7, 2014 GM is set to pay out at least $1-million for each death attributed to their faulty switches. They’ve finally worked out a formula calculating how much each person, now dead as a result of a … Continue reading

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Is your car blowing hot air? Getting at the root of the problem can be a costly and frustrating exercise

Originally published: June 30, 2014 Cars are awesome, until they’re not. I call it the absence of malice problem: I only notice something is wrong because I take for granted how often everything is right. Turn the key and go; … Continue reading

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These five tips are the only things you need to heed before hitting the road this summer

Originally published: June 23, 2014 The kids will be out of school in a week or two, and you will be deluged with list after list of how to get ready for a road trip. Whether the trip is for … Continue reading

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Driving my father up to the family cottage for the last time was an emotional ride for both of us

Originally published: June 13, 2014 If my Dad were alive he’d be 88, and I often wonder which 18 years, like notes on a piano keyboard, he would have willingly surrendered. Actually, I already know: none. He surrendered nothing willingly, … Continue reading

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If you want to fix the congestion crisis, you have to get at the root of the problem: Too many cars on the road

Originally published: June 9, 2014 I’m driving a car with “green” plates this week, a Ford C-Max Energi. It’s one of the few cars with enough headroom for my 6’4” son, and while the battery takes up most of the … Continue reading

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There’s nothing more embarrassing than admitting you can’t drive something because it’s a manual

Originally published: June 2, 2014 A reader once called me elitist because I said I preferred to drive cars with standard transmissions. I hadn’t said my preference made me smarter or kinder or more charming; I’d simply said it was … Continue reading

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Having a friend who owns a pickup truck can be a real blessing. Just make sure you don’t become the dreaded “pickup moocher”

Originally published: May 26, 2014 Andy Warhol promised everybody they would get their 15 minutes of fame. For those unaccustomed to the spotlight, it might get a little uncomfortable. But for one group of people, who don’t even have to … Continue reading

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10 Reasons I Want Willie Nelson’s Tour Bus

Originally published May 19, 2014 The vintage touring bus, which sold for $80,000, is like a time machine back to an era of headbands and wood panelling If my mom were still alive, she’d no doubt tell me to stay … Continue reading

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