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Diesel car owners save thousands in just three years

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, at the 2013

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Owners of diesel-powered cars save about $2,000 to $6,000 over three to five years compared to owners of corresponding gas models, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study released yesterday. While diesel-engined cars typically cost more to purchase, they save money over time through a combination of superior fuel economy and slower rate of depreciation.

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Auto thefts plummet in New York metro area despite national rise

Security consultants Don Bailey, left, and Mathew Solnik

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If you live on Long Island, there’s no need to splurge an a spiffy anti-theft alarm system for your car. Auto thefts are declining in the New York-metropolitan area, according to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, even as they rise nationally.

In 2012, there were an estimated 26,311 auto thefts in the New York-Newark-Jersey City statistical area, which also includes...

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Car shows around Long Island in June

A 1932 Ford Convertible owned by Bob Gentile

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Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23: Carlisle GM Nationals Collector Car Show & Swap Meet; see site for hours & admission charges; Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St., Carlisle, PA; info: www.carlisleevents.com

Saturday, June 22: Back in Time Cruisers Car Show to benefit charity; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., donation $5; Mary’s Pizza & Restaurant, 876 Connetquot Ave., Islip Terrace; info: 516-503-2309

Guardians...

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In the Garage: 1969 Ford Maverick

The 1969 Ford Maverick is owned by John

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Ford Maverick owned by John Frohnhoefer

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING As Japanese car brands began to make inroads in the U.S. during the late ‘60s, American manufacturers were feeling the pressure. Ford responded in 1969 with the Maverick, an economical, sporty coupe that became the first car for many a Long Island baby boomer. These “compacts” were fairly spartan,...

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Long Island car shows for the first weekend in June 2013

Terry Cameron of Rosedale sits on his 1970

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Sunday, June 9: 1st Annual Ford Lincoln of Smithtown Car Show & Mustang Round Up hosted by Mustang & Shelby Club of LI; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators free; 440 Jericho Tpke., St. James; info: www.mscli.com . . .

Mopar Power Club Car Show; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators free; Pappalardo’s Pizza, 1079 Hicksville Rd., Seaford; info: www.moparpowerclub.com . . .

Police Surgeons Benevolent...

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In the Garage: 1974 Dodge Charger

This 1974 Dodge Charger is owned by Andrew

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1974 Dodge Charger owned by Andrew N. Vourlos

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The “fuselage” styling and superior engineering of these Chargers, built from 1971 to 1974, made them a hit on the racing circuit, with legendary driver Richard Petty racking up 25 NASCAR wins alone. Vourlos’ model has led a much quieter existence. “The Charger lived its entire life on Long Island...

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Porsche 911 special edition unveiled for 50th anniversary

Porsche celebrates 50 years of the 911 with

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Porsche is celebrating the golden jubilee of its iconic 911 sports car with the release of a special edition 911 based on the 911 Carrera S, the German-based automaker announced June 3.

Exactly 1,963 of the anniversary edition vehicles will hit dealerships in the fall (to commemorate the car's 1963 debut) with a starting price of $125,050, including destination charges. It is slated to debut...

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Car shows coming to Long Island

Walter Diabo of Merrick displays his 1966 Ford

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Saturday, June 1: F.R. Porter Region AACA 7th Annual Car Show & Gymkhana; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators free; Olga Wilk Memorial Park, Pond Path, Lake Grove; info: 631-745-7177 . . .

Saturday, June 1-Sunday, June 2: Greenwich Concours d’Elegance to benefit AmeriCares; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $30 each day or $45 both days, under 12 free w/adult; Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Arch St., Greenwich,...

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In the Garage: 1965 Chevy Impala

This 1965 Chevrolet Impala four-door sedan is owned

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1965 Chevrolet Impala four-door sedan owned by Jeff Schilling

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The redesigned 1965 Impala was such a hit with consumers that it set an all-time sales record of more than a million cars. Yet many of these Chevys were basically utilitarian sedans, serving their owners well and then going to the crusher. As a result, it’s fairly unusual today to...

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In the Garage: 1932 Chrysler CI series roadster

This 1932 Chrysler CI series roadster is owned

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1932 Chrysler CI series roadster owned by Louis and Brenda Sasso

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING While Chrysler built less than 19,000 examples of CI series cars in their single model year of 1932, the stylish and sleek coupes, sedans and convertibles were at the forefront of a movement by automotive stylists to assert themselves in an industry dominated by engineers. Also...

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