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    Cold case divers find missing woman’s vehicle in Texas river

    WACO, Texas — A team of citizen cold case sleuths diving in a river Wednesday found a car that matches the description of a vehicle belonging to a woman who disappeared in 2017.  Police confirmed the car found by divers with Adventures With Purpose belonged to Stephanie Torres, but human remains recovered from the vehicle had not been positively identified. Her family members were standing by in hopes that their questions would be answered. Torres was days from celebrating her 43rd birthday when she disappeared. She was last seen leaving her home on Dec. 20, 2017, but did not take  

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    Fixers Automotive owner Tarfin Micu seriously injured after car thief dragged him at Heights shop

    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Fixers Automotive, located right off Heights Blvd. and 11th Street, is a longtime staple in the Heights. The owner, Tarfin Micu, is known for working six, sometimes seven, days a week as the only mechanic in his shop. “I’ve seen Tarfin out here working on cars when it’s 120 degrees out or whether it’s 20 degrees out,” said Brian Laney, a longtime customer and neighbor. But for the first time, Tarfin’s shop is closed as he sits in a hospital with severe injuries. His wife told ABC13 that last Friday, he was working on a customer’s  

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    Despite Soaring Prices, Americans Bought Record Number of Used Cars in 2021

    Used car prices broke records in 2021, but that didn’t keep Americans from lining up for them. Americans bought an unprecedented 40.9 million used vehicles last year. That’s 10% higher than 2020’s numbers. The figure comes from Kelley Blue Book parent company Cox Automotive. Record Sales Despite Record Prices The sales record comes despite record-high prices. December’s numbers aren’t final yet, but Cox Automotive estimates that the average used car sold for $27,569 in November. At the start of 2021, that same figure stood at $21,572. That’s an increase of $5,997, or nearly 28% in one year. New Car Shortage  

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    GM to launch used-vehicle shopping platform CarBravo

    DETROIT — General Motors this spring will launch CarBravo, a shopping platform designed to boost used-vehicle sales through GM dealerships, the automaker said Tuesday. “CarBravo will give customers more choice and access to shop significantly expanded inventories of both the dealer and a national central stock of GM used vehicles. Importantly, the program features will also be offered on non-GM used vehicles,” Steve Carlisle, president of GM North America, said in a statement. “CarBravo is designed to provide customers the convenience to shop how they want, where they want — online, at the dealership or both.” The used-vehicle  

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    Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

    For much of last year, established automakers like General Motors and Ford Motor operated in a different reality from Tesla, the electric car company. G.M. and Ford closed one factory after another — sometimes for months on end — because of a shortage of computer chips, leaving dealer lots bare and sending car prices zooming. Yet Tesla racked up record sales quarter after quarter and ended the year having sold nearly twice as many vehicles as it did in 2020 unhindered by an industrywide crisis. Tesla’s ability to conjure up critical components has a greater significance than one year’s car  

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