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It's not flashy, but new Honda Accord is still a joy to drive


courtesy of Honda
The 2016 Honda Accord 4D EX-L comes with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower.

The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling family sedans in the U.S. for several decades, offering great resale value and good owner satisfaction.

That’s because Honda strives to make the Accord good at everything, while not trying to stand out in any way.

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No need to visit DMV for registration renewal sticker

Q: My registration was suspended because I didn’t have insurance. I have now paid my $14 reinstatement and registration renewal fees, and my insurance company indicates that it has notified the DMV that I have insurance. Do I need to visit a DMV field office to obtain my registration renewal sticker?

A: No. Simply call our customer service center at (800) 777-0133 to inform the technician that you have paid your fees and need a registration sticker mailed to you. You will receive a call back to let you know that the suspension has been removed. You should receive your registration card and sticker within seven to 10 business days.

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Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric batteries, natural gas, hydrogen, and hybrids of any two all seemed like possibilities.

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Hammer nails it


Courtesy of Robert Hammer
Robert Hammer donated the Lexus he won to charity.

Robert Hammer, owner of Los Altos-based HammerAuto, recently won the 2016 Lexus NX300h (hybrid) that Lexus/Toyota of North America donated to the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association.

A member of the board, Hammer sold the vehicle and donated all the proceeds (except for the sales tax and DMV fees) to the Golden West Chapter.

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Soft brakes due to chain reaction

A customer called me last month while he was on a ski vacation with his family. He had car troubles.

The customer told me that the brake pedal on his 2004 Toyota Sienna felt soft and was going to the floor.

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Hyundai Sonata: Practicality over prestige


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The Hyundai Sonata offers a smooth ride, comfortable seats and good fit and finish. The 2.0T version sells for just under $36,000.

Even while many people believe that they must have a name-brand luxury sedan and a crossover SUV for family transportation, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata proves that a well-designed sedan can meet most needs of a practical family.

Buy the top-of-the-line Limited 2.0T version that we tested, and you’ll get a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride, an adult-sized backseat and family-sized trunk. In addition, the Sonata offers a complete list of safety equipment still optional or not available on other new cars, all for a total price under $36,000. That’s enough to justify rethinking the brand anxiety that drives many car-buying decisions.

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At 70, drivers must visit DMV for exams

Q: I just turned 70 years old and was required to visit a DMV office to renew my license. Is this a common practice?

A: Yes. When drivers turn 70, the DMV requires them to visit a DMV office to take written and vision tests. Senior drivers must take those exams every five years. The DMV understands the important connection between driving and independence and keeps this in mind during the evaluation. Growing older does not automatically make you a poor driver, but the reality is, at some point, all of us will face a decline in our physical, visual or mental abilities, which can impair our ability to drive safely.

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