Michael Zak

Michael Zak

Michael Zak

Consumer Editor, AOL Autos

Michael Zak is Consumer Editor for AOL Autos. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where he majored in History and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France at the Université Marc-Bloch. A native of metro-Detroit , Michael has been a long-time follower of the auto industry. Areas of interest for him include green and hybrid engineering, performance vehicles, the history of the auto industry, and general automotive news. When he is not working on content for AOL Autos, Michael enjoys playing hockey and golf, reading, writing, spending time with his friends and family, and traveling.

The Toughest Cars To Negotiate: April 2014

The Toughest Cars To Negotiate: April 2014

Published Apr 16th, 2014 By Michael Zak

If you're looking for a big discount on your new car, you'll be better off either waiting to buy one of these 10 cars or skipping them altogether....

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The Best New Car Deals: April 2014

The Best New Car Deals: April 2014

Published Apr 11th, 2014 By Michael Zak

We pore over auto sales data every month to find out which cars are selling for the steepest discounts on average....

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Single People Pay More For Car Insurance

Single People Pay More For Car Insurance

Published Apr 10th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Age, gender and marital status significantly affect how much Americans pay for car insurance, according to a new study from InsuranceQuotes....

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Consumers View Cars Like They Do Cell Phones

Consumers View Cars Like They Do Cell Phones

Published Apr 09th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Up until recently, financial motivations drove the behavior of car shoppers. Today, many consumers shop for cars because of a constant desir...

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Minor Traffic Infractions Cause Major Insurance Woes

Minor Traffic Infractions Cause Major Insurance Woes

Published Mar 27th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Serious violations such as drunk driving and driving recklessly will understandably lead to higher insurance rates, but, according to a new ...

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The Cheapest Cars To Own

The Cheapest Cars To Own

Published Mar 21st, 2014 By Michael Zak

Click through to see the cars that are the cheapest to own in their respective segments, according to Consumer Reports testing and find out which cars can save you money over the long term....

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Safest Crossovers For The Budget-Conscious Family

Safest Crossovers For The Budget-Conscious Family

Published Mar 18th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Vehicles are much safer now than they've ever been, but there are some out there that are a little more advanced when it comes to crash-worthiness....

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Who Can Afford The Average Car Price? Only Folks In Washington, D.C.

Who Can Afford The Average Car Price? Only Folks In Washington, D.C.

Published Mar 12th, 2014 By Michael Zak

A medium-income household can afford the average-priced new vehicle in just one of the 25 largest U.S. metro areas, according to a report fr...

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Polar Vortexes Altered Car Shopping Preferences

Polar Vortexes Altered Car Shopping Preferences

Published Mar 11th, 2014 By Michael Zak

The harsh winter, during which many areas of the United States saw temperatures dip well below zero degrees, changed car shopping preference...

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Buying A Car Online? Here Are A Few Tips To Avoid Scams

Buying A Car Online? Here Are A Few Tips To Avoid Scams

Published Mar 05th, 2014 By Michael Zak

If people are spending money somewhere on the Internet, there are likely scammers there too, cashing in on unsuspecting shoppers. There has ...

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AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 Nissan Versa Note

AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 Nissan Versa Note

Published Mar 03rd, 2014 By Michael Zak

Fuel efficient, versatile, comfortable and inexpensive, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note is a solid entry hatchback capable of tackling the daily grind and, as I found out, even visits from friends and relatives....

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AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Published Feb 27th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Sure, the Ford Fiesta ST may look like your garden variety commuter vehicle, better suited for trips to Trader Joe's than the track, but believe me when I say this hatch is hot....

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Driving Aggressively Can Cost You Big Money

Driving Aggressively Can Cost You Big Money

Published Feb 20th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Putting the pedal to the metal sure is a fun thing to do. But while gunning the engine from a red light and leaving the person in the adjace...

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Your Car May Be In Demand Overseas

Your Car May Be In Demand Overseas

Published Feb 20th, 2014 By Michael Zak

A growing number of American car leases are being taken over for the purpose of being shipped overseas at the end of the term, according to ...

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The Best And Worst Cars That Get 30+ MPG

The Best And Worst Cars That Get 30+ MPG

Published Feb 14th, 2014 By Michael Zak

See which fuel-efficient cars stand out from the rest, in both good ways and bad....

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The Best And Worst Perceived Car Brands

The Best And Worst Perceived Car Brands

Published Feb 05th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Click through to see what Americans think about the big car brands. You may be surprised at where your favorite one scored....

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Insurance Rates Vary Drastically Depending On Time Of Year

Insurance Rates Vary Drastically Depending On Time Of Year

Published Jan 31st, 2014 By Michael Zak

Car insurance rates varied close to 50 percent in some states between the cheapest and most expensive months in 2013, according to a new stu...

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AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 BMW 428i

AOL Autos Test Drive: 2014 BMW 428i

Published Jan 31st, 2014 By Michael Zak

The 2014 BMW 4 Series a distinct, immensely sporty luxury coupe worthy of carrying its own nameplate as well as the BMW badge....

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Protecting Your Car From The Cold

Protecting Your Car From The Cold

Published Jan 31st, 2014 By Michael Zak

Head on through to see how you can help your ride survive the worst of winter. Taking these precautions will also keep you much safer on the road....

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Agressive Lease Pull Ahead Activity To Come In 2014

Agressive Lease Pull Ahead Activity To Come In 2014

Published Jan 22nd, 2014 By Michael Zak

According to data from Swapalease.com, 2014 is shaping up to be the "Year of the Lease Pull Ahead."...

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