Don’t Forget: Tax Deductions for Your Vehicle

It’s the eleventh hour, and you’re racking your brain looking for deductions on last year’s taxes – don’t overlook a thing. Your vehicle just might have some deductions in store. Let’s take a look at vehicle-related tax deductions to see if you might have any items that apply.If you’ve used your own vehicle for business, medical, moving or charity-related travel, those expenses are deductible. You can do that via a standard mileage rate or by deducting the actual cost of the ... (Read More)

La Dolce Vita -- Italians at the NY Auto Show

The New York Auto Show is a huge hit every year. It’s a great excuse for us to head down from Openbay’s HQ in Cambridge, MA and enjoy a couple of days in Manhattan. Prior to the show’s press days, we had some huge news, as you’ve surely seen, and it got a great response from the press. Mission accomplished!The day after our big news, OpenbayConnect, broke, we hit the NY auto-show floor to ogle some of our favorite cars and connect with friends in the auto industry. Rather than focus on ... (Read More)

Look & Listen: Bentley’s New Concept, the EXP 10 Speed 6

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two from Bentley about its new EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept, the high performance, two-seater.But have you really HEARD the actual car? We did, and immediately glued our phone to its exhaust. Take a listen –We also took a closer look at its design, and have never seen anything like it. Bentley’s head of design, Luc Donckerwolke, challenged his team to use every material in a way it had never been used before. The result? A car with ... (Read More)

Openbay Announces First-of-Its-Kind Connected-Car Repair Service

OpenbayConnect Remotely Determines Cause and Cost to Perform Auto Repairs NEW YORK, NY, – March 31, 2015 – Today at the New York International Auto Show in New York City, Openbay, the online marketplace for auto repair, launched OpenbayConnect,a first-of-its-kind platform that leverages connected-car technology to remotely diagnose automotive vehicle problems and deliver competitive repair quotes to consumers from local mechanics. Consumers benefit with OpenbayConnect and ... (Read More)

Here at team Openbay, we love a good road trip – wind in...

Here at team Openbay, we love a good road trip – wind in the hair, blasting music, good conversation, hours of boredom, breakdowns, silly road signs and all!Looking for the perfect path through America? Check out this scientifically-proven approach. We love maps. We love big data. We love road trips. And all that means we love this idea. Want some other, non-route oriented Road Trip Tips from Openbay? For FunGet in the mood by watching some movies with great car ... (Read More)

We’re shocked this cyclist emerged in one...

We’re shocked this cyclist emerged in one piece!There’s not enough that can be said for safe, defensive driving, with an aim to protecting yourself, other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.Check out some of Openbay’s tips on doing just that:A Conscientious Driver’s Pedestrian Rulebook - 6 TipsSafety Precautions You Should Take While Driving in the RainTips for Sharing the Road with MotorcyclistsIs Hands-Free Talking and Driving Safe?One hugely important piece of the driver-safety puzzle is ... (Read More)

We LOVE new cars. Who doesn’t? The new-car smell, the...

We LOVE new cars. Who doesn’t? The new-car smell, the thrill of having picked every option, every color. Then there’s the comfort of knowing it won’t break in any major way until it’s out of warranty (like 80% of registered cars).The one thing that STINKS about new car or truck ownership, however, is the depreciation. Did you know you lose 11% of your vehicle’s value the minute you leave the lot? Bummer.If you’re determined to buy a new car, there’s no way around the ... (Read More)

Oscar Weekend & The Best-Ever Car Scenes in Movies

Everywhere you look, it’s Oscar this and Oscar that, and Team Openbay had to join in… sort of. While we wish we had time to have watched all the nominated flicks, we haven’t even seen half of them. But we’ve got a noble excuse – we’re too busy getting Americas’ cars repaired! Of the Oscar-nominated movies we watched, Boyhood had a particularly memorable car scene, where Ethan Hawke, playing the Dad, can no longer bear his kids’ one-word ... (Read More)

As Gas Prices Rise, Consumers Turn to Apps to Save on Top 3 Car Expenses

Do you look for ways to save money? There are lots of ways to save on car-related expenses by taking advantage of technology and mobile apps. Headlines abound with news of rising gas prices, now for the third straight week. According to Kelley Blue Book’s “Total Cost of Ownership,” a new car that costs about $20K actually costs its owner about $36-38K over five years. Many consumers weigh the pros and cons of buying a new car. One of the big cons ... (Read More)

Last-Minute, Car-Themed Valentine's Day Gift Guide

If you’ve been out to lunch, and have only just realized tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – yes, February 14th! You might need a quick little something to celebrate the big day with your main squeeze.  As always, we have car-focused ideas in mind. We know your need for speed may not stop at your car, so most of these gifts can be had with a 24-hour turnaround. Ready, set, go!Esslie Nail polish in car-themed colors $8.50Image credit: EssieIf your lovely lady loves cars ... (Read More)