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.

Best New Car Lease Deals: July 2014

Best New Car Lease Deals: July 2014

Published Jul 15th, 2014 By Michael Zak

We bring you the best new car lease deals from top automakers. Check out the latest deals on new vehicles....

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The Toughest Cars To Negotiate: July 2014

The Toughest Cars To Negotiate: July 2014

Published Jul 14th, 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 ten cars or skipping them altogether....

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The Best New Car Deals: July 2014

The Best New Car Deals: July 2014

Published Jul 10th, 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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The Ten Best SUVs Under $25,000

The Ten Best SUVs Under $25,000

Published Jul 09th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Think all SUVs come with large sticker price? We found ten very affordable sport utility vehicles for you to consider when looking for a cheap SUV....

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Study Shows Drivers Fight Fatigue With Dangerous Strategies

Study Shows Drivers Fight Fatigue With Dangerous Strategies

Published Jul 08th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Drowsy driving is a dangerous thing to do. According to several government agencies and private research groups, fatigue behind the wheel is a growing problem, and can be just as serious as drunk driving, impairing motor skills, vision, cog......

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Best New Car Finance Deals Of The Month

Best New Car Finance Deals Of The Month

Published Jun 19th, 2014 By Michael Zak

We bring you the best new car deals from top automakers every month. Check out the latest offers, incentives and rebates available at your local dealer....

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Criminals Are 'Cloning' Cars To Move Drugs And Stolen Vehicles

Criminals Are 'Cloning' Cars To Move Drugs And Stolen Vehicles

Published Jun 11th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Last week, Arizona Border Patrol agents seized a truck sporting perfect U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decals. Instead of the usual tools of the trade usually found in the bed, however, agents found $1.6 million worth of marijuana, accordin......

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AOL Autos Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf

AOL Autos Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Published Jun 09th, 2014 By Michael Zak

For this new generation, the VW Golf has undergone some updates to its design, drivetrain, handling and interior, maturing in a way that should make it more tantalizing for the American market....

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How Car Types Determine Insurance Premiums

How Car Types Determine Insurance Premiums

Published May 21st, 2014 By Michael Zak

It has been well documented that your car insurance rates are determined by a number of factors. These include your age, driving history, marital status, geographic location and credit history, to name a few. Your premium is also determined......

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The Best And Worst Vehicles For Passenger Safety

The Best And Worst Vehicles For Passenger Safety

Published Apr 28th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Click on through to see which vehicles are the best for passenger safety, and which are the worst....

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Our Favorite Car To Drive Turns 25

Our Favorite Car To Drive Turns 25

Published Apr 24th, 2014 By Michael Zak

We've compiled a gallery that takes you through a brief history of the Miata, complete with some of our favorite concepts and customizations....

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Used Cars In Five Segments Will Soon Be Cheaper

Used Cars In Five Segments Will Soon Be Cheaper

Published Apr 21st, 2014 By Michael Zak

Used cars across five different segments will soon get much cheaper, according to data from Black Book. This means that if you're in the market for one of these types of vehicles, you may want to hold off shopping until late spring or summe......

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The Best And Worst Of The New York Auto Show

The Best And Worst Of The New York Auto Show

Published Apr 18th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Click on through to see our picks for the best and worst vehicles from the New York Auto Show this year....

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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.com. And the disparity in insurance costs is highest among young people.InsuranceQuotes.com looked a......

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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 desire for change, according to a new study.According to results of an online survey of more than 1,000 d......

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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, understandably lead to higher car insurance rates. Even lesser infractions, such as minor speeding violations, can result in higher premiums, according to a new study from ins......

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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

If you think cars are getting too expensive, you may be right. A new report shows that the average price of a new vehicle is out of reach for people in medium-income households in all but one of the 25 largest metro areas in the U.S.The rep......

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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 preferences, according to a new study from Swapalease.com, with utility vehicles replacing certain other car s......

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