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: October 2014

Best New Car Lease Deals: October 2014

Published Oct 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 Best New Car Deals: October 2014

The Best New Car Deals: October 2014

Published Oct 14th, 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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Best Customer Cash Deals Of The Month

Best Customer Cash Deals Of The Month

Published Sep 24th, 2014 By Michael Zak

These big cash deals are worth from $1,500 up to $3,000, depending on the model....

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Best New Car Finance Deals Of The Month

Best New Car Finance Deals Of The Month

Published Sep 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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Four Quick Fall Car Care Tips

Four Quick Fall Car Care Tips

Published Sep 09th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Fall can often mean rainy weather and even snow, so you'll want to be certain that the parts of your car that are designed to deal with that kind of weather are all in proper working in order....

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AOL Autos Test Drive: 2015 BMW i8

AOL Autos Test Drive: 2015 BMW i8

Published Sep 02nd, 2014 By Michael Zak

The BMW i8 is surely one of the most interesting vehicles of the year so head on through to see what this futuristic, winged ride from Bavaria is all about....

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The Toughest Cars To Negotiate: August 2014

The Toughest Cars To Negotiate: August 2014

Published Aug 25th, 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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Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000

Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000

Published Aug 19th, 2014 By Michael Zak

These vehicles are affordable and are quiet, comfy and can come loaded with the latest tech and convenience features....

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The Trucks And SUVs Consumers Are Liking Most

The Trucks And SUVs Consumers Are Liking Most

Published Aug 11th, 2014 By Michael Zak

We've compiled all of the winners in the truck and SUV segments from the JD Power APEAL study in this gallery for you....

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Best Cars For Kids Headed Back To School

Best Cars For Kids Headed Back To School

Published Aug 08th, 2014 By Michael Zak

A list of ten vehicles that, in addition to being among the safest o the road, are all fuel efficient, versatile and a great value....

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Here Are The Cars Consumers Are Liking Best

Here Are The Cars Consumers Are Liking Best

Published Aug 08th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Head on through to see the cars with which consumers are most satisfied....

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Which Month Is The Best Month To Buy A New Car?

Which Month Is The Best Month To Buy A New Car?

Published Aug 07th, 2014 By Michael Zak

Throw out everything you thought you knew about car shopping. According to a big new study from TrueCar, August, not late December as is commonly accepted, is the best month to buy a new car.New car and truck prices duri......

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Drivers Say They're Ready For Autonomous Cars

Drivers Say They're Ready For Autonomous Cars

Published Jul 28th, 2014 By Michael Zak

More than three-quarters of licensed drivers said they would likely consider buying an autonomous vehicle if and when they become available, according to a new survey released Monday. Nearly one-fourth of those surveyed ......

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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......

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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......

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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 premiu......

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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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