Renee Valdes

Renee Valdes is an author and editor with Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. She edits and writes stories about vehicles, including advice on how to buy and sell cars in an ever-changing world. Valdes also edits and authors stories about the ins and outs of car insurance from a consumer’s perspective. When she is not editing or penning the latest automobile advice, Valdes is enjoying photography, car camping and kayaking with her family or spending time digging in her garden.

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Find out about regenerative braking, how they benefit drivers, including improve gas mileage.

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What is the delivery or destination charge listed on a new vehicle's window sticker, and do buyers really have to pay them?
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