TTAC Giveaway: Lithium Auto Care Products

We may be in the grips of winter right now, but spring is just around the corner. Followed soon enough by summer. Which will eventually segue into fall.

We bring you this reminder of the changing seasons to point out that car care is a year-round endeavor, no matter where you live. Whether you live in a place with four distinct seasons, or where it’s sunny and 72 even in the depths of December, you probably need (and perhaps also want) to spend time and money protecting the investment(s) you have sitting in your driveway or garage.

Along with our friends at Lithium Auto Care, we’re here to help one lucky person save some money on car care.

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What's in Your Wallet? If Ford Has Its Way, It'll Be a Blue Oval

Ford has teamed up with the payment company Stripe in a five-year deal to leverage what they’re calling “automotive e-commerce and payments”. According to marketers in the Glass House, this arrangement will help facilitate transactions for vehicle services and products such as EV charging.

And if you think it couldn’t lead to subscription services for features we currently take for granted in vehicles today, we have some seaside property in Montana to sell you.

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Best Cyber Monday Automotive Deals

You’re back at work but it’s slow and the boss is still on vacation. Time to do some shopping. We’ve rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals for automotive here.

(Ed. note — This sponsored content, separate from our editorial content).

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The Best Gifts for Men: TTAC's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

When it comes to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just the beginning. So with that in mind, here are some gift ideas for the man and/or gearhead (gearheads of all genders, of course) in your life. Happy shopping!

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Best Black Friday Automotive Deals

Thanksgiving is over, so how best to work off your large meal? How about clicking around for Black Friday gifts for your loved ones? Here are the best automotive deals we spotted on Amazon. Happy shopping! You should get going because some of these deals are timed, so if you wait, you might miss out on a great deal.(Ed. note: This is sponsored content.)

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Best Cyber Monday Deals

It’s Cyber Monday! Quick, while the boss isn’t looking, do some shopping! We’ve rounded up some of the best deals here.

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Dads Be Daddin': Father's Day Gifts He'll Actually Want

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Listen up, ungrateful youngsters — dear old Dad has a special day coming up and you need to remember to get something for him. He’s brought you to hockey practice, bailed you out of the drunk tank, and deftly handled the gruff owner of a taxi company into one of whose cars you reversed into at 1:00 am the previous night. That last one was a suspiciously specific example. Anyway.

We’ve pawed through Amazon and found a few items that he’ll actually want, which means there will be no pen holders shaped like Mount Rushmore or loudly patterned ties on this list. Also, I’m a Dad myself, so I know what to look for. Now, get to reading this list before I count to 10 and turn this car around for good. Don’t make me come back there.

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Canada To End Duties On Imported Vehicles From The EU, Will Recognize EU Standards

As part of a new free trade agreement due to be signed with the European Union, Canada will remove its 6.1 percent tariff on imported vehicles from the European Union, while the EU will remove its 10 percent duties on autos and and its 4.5 percent duty on parts.

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  • Lou_BC Stupid to kill the 6ft box in the crewcab. That's the most common Canyon/Colorado trim I see. That kills the utility of a small truck. The extended cab was a poor seller so that makes sense. GM should have kept the diesel. It's a decent engine that mates well with the 6 speed. Fuel economy is impressive.
  • Lou_BC High end EV's are selling well. Car companies are taking advantage of that fact. I see quite a few $100k pickups in my travels so why is that ok but $100k EV's are bad? The cynical side of me sees car companies tack on 8k premiums to EV's around the time we see governments up EV credits. Coincidence? No fooking way.
  • EBFlex "I'd add to that right now, demand is higher than supply, so basic business rules say to raise the price."Demand is very low. Supply is even lower. Saying that demand is outstripping supply without providing context is dishonest at best.
  • IBx1 Took them long enough to make the dashboard look halfway decent in one of their small trucks.
  • Mcs You're right. I'd add to that right now, demand is higher than supply, so basic business rules say to raise the price. The battery tech is rapidly changing too. A battery tech in production today probably won't be what you're using in 2 years. In 4 years, something different. Lithium, cobalt, and nickel. Now cobalt and in some cases nickel isn't needed. New materials like prussian blue might need to be sourced. New sources might mean investing in mines. LMFP batteries from CATL are entering production this year and are a 15% to 20% improvement in density over current LFP closing the density gap with NCA and NCM batteries. So, more cars should be able to use LMFP than were able to use LFP. That will lower costs to automakers, but I doubt they'll pass it on. I think when the order backlogs are gone we'll stop seeing the increases. Especially once Tesla's backlog goes away. They have room to cut prices on the Model Y and once they start accumulating unsold vehicles at the factory lot, that price will come tumbling down.