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Is it illegal to carry alcohol in your car?

Q: My friend told me that it’s illegal to carry alcohol in the car. Is that correct?

A: It is illegal for an owner or driver to keep an open container of alcohol in a vehicle except in the trunk or other area out of the immediate control of the occupants. It is also unlawful for passengers to possess an open container of alcohol. You must not drink any amount of alcohol in any vehicle. A container of liquor, beer or wine carried inside the vehicle must be full, sealed and unopened. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle or in a place where passengers do not sit.

Annual auto show arrives in San Jose

Courtesy of Shelbi Okumura
The 2015 Silicon Valley International Auto Show runs Thursday through Sunday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

The 2015 Silicon Valley International Auto Show rolls into San Jose Thursday through Sunday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St.

The show features hundreds of new models, including alternative-fuel vehicles, high-end exotics and preproduction cars, in addition to vintage and custom cars.

DMV warns of license-application scam

The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds consumers to avoid scams involving driver license applications, such as efforts to charge for services that the DMV offers for free.

“Paying someone who promises to speed up the process of obtaining a California Driver License will only waste your time and money,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto in a press release issued last month. “It is easy to get a new driver license by making a free appointment at your local DMV office, so do not waste your money paying anyone to help you.”

Tony has definitely fixed this Fiat

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The 2015 Fiat 500x – unveiled at last month’s Los Angeles Auto Show – goes a long way in repairing the brand’s bad reputation in the United States. The crossover was among the hits of the show.

Back in the old days – that is, the late 1960s when Genie drove a Pontiac Le Mans and Gary had an MGB – the standard insult to any friend driving a Fiat 124 was that the letters in the sports car’s name stood for “Fix it again, Tony.”

That phrase may have been one of the final nails in the shipping crate used to remove Fiat from the American marketplace until it returned from across the ocean in 2009 to rescue Chrysler from oblivion.

Best family car? Most practical? Favorite sports car? Matt weighs in

As my column deadline approached, I thought of the most common question I’m asked: What type of car would I buy?

This is a question I have been asked nearly every week I have been in business. I have had the opportunity to drive many different cars in my life, which helps me answer the question.

Hurray for Hatchbacks

Courtesy of Hyundai
The Hyundai Elantra ($25,485 as tested) has solid stability.

Annual auto shows – such as the one in San Francisco over Thanksgiving weekend and the Los Angeles event the week before – offer plenty of excitement for those who love cars. They’re filled with sports cars, super cars, driverless cars and cars powered with alternative fuels.

Recently, however, we’ve been most impressed by the practical end of the market – the growing number of really good multipurpose automobiles selling for prices that younger buyers and people on budgets can afford.

Fiesta fun

Courtesy of FOrd
The sporty 2014 Ford Fiesta ST boasts more than enough power to teach new drivers the techniques of efficient driving without risk that the car will get out of control without warning.

Once in a great while, we drive a car that we agree is the very best in its category. Not just one of the best, but the absolute best. The buyer, in this case, is one who wants a car that’s fun to drive – even on a race track – and makes him or her smile every time the door is opened but is affordable and practical enough to meet all normal transportation needs. The car is the subcompact 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, and it’s no ordinary economy compact or even run-of-the-mill hot hatch.

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