About The Author

Mark Toljagic

Before there were Hot Wheels there were Matchbox miniature cars, and Mark would get a shiny new one every week simply for attending school. He grew up in east-end Toronto learning the names of every car and truck on the road. Mark studied urban planning (Ryerson) and then journalism (Carleton University), and parlayed his interest in used cars – he’s bought more than 35 of them – into his specialty as an auto writer. He earned AJAC's Automotive Journalist of the Year Award in 2007 and some other stuff. What keeps Mark up at night is the rapid demise of the manual transmission.

Recent Posts

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10 best auto brands for new-vehicle quality

Overall new-vehicle quality is at the highest level ever according to the 2017 iteration of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study (IQS).

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J.D. Power’s 10 Poorest Brands for Initial Quality – 2017

There’s a huge deviation in the sum of reported problems by brand – from 72 problems per 100 vehicles for the best to 163 for the poorest.

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Should you buy a used Ford Mustang?

The 2010-14 Mustangs are worthy representatives of the nameplate but the V-8 models may be better choices than the more-troublesome V-6s.

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How to survive the ‘Business Office’ when buying a new car

Everything on offer in the Business Office is up for negotiation, including the cost of most items. And there’s nothing to stop you from saying no.

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12 smart car-buys for your income tax refund

If you’re one of those fortunate tax-payers about to get a refund, we have some four-wheeled suggestions on how to spend it wisely.

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Ten scarily unreliable used cars to avoid

Here are ten scary late-model used cars that tend to break down, immobilizing their owners with high maintenance and repair bills.

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‘Family Vacation’ test of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan

Chrysler’s all-new Pacifica minivan, particularly in hybrid form, promises to be an ideal vehicle for a long-distance family vacation.

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Beware these nine common causes of car fires

Here’s what we’ve learned about the most common causes of car fires and what you can do to prevent them.

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10 car brands you can (usually) count on for dependability

J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study ranks 31 automotive brands according to problems reported by owners of three-year-old vehicles.

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Should you buy a used Volkswagen Tiguan?

The Tiguan impresses with its thoughtful engineering and refined, fun-to-drive character but it can disappoint with post-warranty repair costs.

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The 10 least-dependable car brands

FCA brands claim four of the five lowest positions in the dependability rankings with Infiniti and Ford also performing poorly.

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Should you buy a used Chevrolet Equinox – or GMC Terrain?

There’s much to like about the 2010-16 Equinox and Terrain but there are more reliable and more fuel-efficient compact crossovers to consider.

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We rank the top seven used minivans

Here are all the late-model used minivans on the market, ranked from worst to best in terms of minivan function and reliability.

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Should you buy a used Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra truck?

GM sweat the details to remove the “truckiness” but not the functionality of the 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups.

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10 fun AWD winter beaters for under $12K

A small crossover offers the benefits of AWD without the lofty price or heavy fuel consumption of a big SUV – and it’s even more affordable used.

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Should you buy a used Mini Cooper?

Long ranked in the basement of J.D. Power dependability ratings, the Mini can induce headaches both within and beyond the warranty period.

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Ten truly scary used cars to avoid

Here are ten scary late-model used cars that tend to break down, terrifying their owners with high maintenance and repair bills.

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11 used-car bargains thanks to big up-front depreciation

Brand-new cars and trucks hemorrhage value in the form of depreciation, the unseen scourge of household budgets.

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Should you buy a used Nissan Altima?

In its haste to catch the segment leaders, Nissan may not have sweated all the details. So select a used Altima with care.

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10 choice back-to-school cars for around $10K

Students who live at home and commute to college or university can graduate with a lot less debt. Here are 10 cars to help them achieve that goal.

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