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Best Time to Buy a Hybrid?

Posted on January 26th, 2015 in , , , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Cheap gas is making hybrids seem like less of a deal. Which in turn is making them harder to sell.

Which is tough nuts for those trying to sell them — but could be really good news for you, if you’re thinking seriously about trying to buy one. Read the rest of this article »

2015 VW Golf 1.8 TSI Review

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 in , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                    Photo courtesy of CARICOS

The Beetle is cute and lately, butch — but the VW that consistently sells best (and which has done so, for a long time) is the Golf … which was once the Rabbit … which was the car that succeeded the original (air-cooled/rear-engined) Beetle, back in the late ’70s… by which time it could no longer comply with Uncle’s ever-more-demanding laundry list of “safety” and “emissions” requirements.

The reasons for the Golf’s enduring success are not hard to fathom. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: Some Light Cast on the Dark World of Civil Forfeiture

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 in , , , | No Comments »

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Under a new edict issued by the U.S. Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder, state and local law enforcement agencies can no longer use the protection of federal law to seize personal property without a warrant or indictment.  While those agencies can still use state laws regarding forfeitures, the new exclusion will curtail some of the indiscriminate seizing of property from persons not accused of a crime. As our e-newsletter from just a few weeks ago (reprinted below in its entirety) makes clear, civil forfeiture in the United States has become a multi-billion dollar “industry.”  For another analysis of civil forfeiture abuses, one that will make you alternately laugh and pound the table in anger, watch this video segment from HBO’s Last Night Tonight with John Oliver.

Read the rest of this article » Roundup: January 21, 2015

Posted on January 21st, 2015 in , , , | No Comments »

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Arlington, Texas Residents Rally To Ban Red-Light Cameras
Residents of Arlington, Texas took to the steps of city hall Tuesday to demand a vote on outlawing the use of red-light cameras. The group Citizens for a Better Arlington came armed with the signatures of 11,402 fellow voters — more than the 9651 needed to force a proposition onto the ballot.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Federal Court Upholds Unconstitutional Car Search
A federal judge decided earlier this month to accept evidence from an automobile search that a state court magistrate had declared unlawful. US District Judge Jerome B. Simandle insisted that there was nothing wrong in accepting the evidence deemed tainted by the New Jersey Superior Court. Read the rest of this article »

Keeping it on the Road

Posted on January 19th, 2015 in , , , | 2 Comments

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Most of us would like our vehicles to last a long time — and cost us as little money as possible during that time. Here are a few tips toward that end: Read the rest of this article »

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