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


Nine ragtops you can get for less than $12,000

In the overall market, the convertible automobile is losing ground against the tsunami of sport utilities and crossovers being snapped up by consumers.


10 things you can buy with your Income Tax refund

You can deposit it and live large on the 0.5% interest it will earn, maybe splurging on a deluxe car wash, or you can spend it all on something fun.


J.D. Power's 11 Most Dependable Auto Brands

After four years of slipping quality scores, consumer research firm J.D. Power recorded a significant uptick in vehicle dependability in its 2018 survey.


J.D. Power study reveals 10 least-reliable auto brands

J.D. Power study ranks car brands annually in terms of dependability after three years of use, so these 2018 rankings are based on 2015 models.


Toyotas dominate 2018 Best Retained Value Awards

New models traditionally lose 20% of their worth in the first year of ownership and half of a vehicle’s value can evaporate after just three years.


If you fancy that, consider this

We take a close look at the reliability record of some popular models and suggest what may be more reliable alternatives within the same segments.


10 forgotten models that make great used-car buys

Tired of seeing the same cars and trucks on every corner? You can still draw curious glances in a rare model nobody else is driving, at a bargain price.


11 budget beaters for commuting to campus

For around $8,000 – less than the price of many residence fees – a smart student could be driving to class and acquiring some essential life skills.


Korean brands top the reliability/durability charts – in Germany!

Kia and BMW are at opposite ends of the reliability/durability rankings and not in the order one might expect based on their prices.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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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