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How and When to Replace Your Wipers
How and When to Replace Your Wipers

Wiper blades are seldom thought of except when they are needed - in the rain or snow. After the storm passes they are forgotten again until the next time they are called upon to clear the windshield. Let's depart from that "squeaky wheel gets the grease mentality" and think back to the last time...Read More»

Lamborghini Winter Driving Academy
Great Car Advice: Winter Car Maintenance

You may have to gird yourself mentally for the long, cold slog, but getting your car ready for winter is no big deal. All you have to do is pay attention to the most weather-sensitive components of your car, so they can survive the elements for three or four months. Here are the four key areas to...Read More»

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 E85 Concept
The Battle Over E15 and What It Means for Your Gas Tank

There's a new fight raging in Washington. It pits food producers, oil companies and automakers against farmers and renewable energy advocates. It's over the EPA's recent finding that gasoline containing up to 15% ethanol (E15) is not harmful to cars made in model year 2007 or later. Until now...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 133.0" LT Front Exterior View
Obituary: Mr. Goodwrench, Iconic GM Repairman

Detroit: The news of the passing Mr. Goodwrench was met with shock in this automotive community in spite of his limited exposure in recent years. Once the iconic do-right mechanic of the General Motors stable of cars and trucks, Mr. Goodwrench didn't stand up well in the technology-laden auto...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt 2-door Coupe SS *Ltd Avail* Angular Front Exterior View
Who Should Repair: The Dealer, Or An Independent?

When independent garages hit the wall in a repair process, and frustration gets the best of them, there is a refrain that they hate to utter to their customer: “Take it to the dealer.” But what are the advantages and shortcomings of each of these repair operations, and who comes out on...Read More»

2003 Ford Windstar Wagon SE
Replacing An Ailing Car? Check Your Timing

From the data found in a recent study by Kelley Blue Book and reported on PR Newswire, there are a truckload of car buyers sitting on the fence contemplating a purchase. It reminds me of the undecided independent voter that each side attempted to reach with endless ads at the end of a campaign. The...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Information: An Important Step In Auto Repair

At auto repair facilities there’s a guy in the back that knows just about everything about cars. He rarely gets sick, needs very little time off and, in fact, the only problem is trying to accommodate all the other personnel who want to pick his brain. No the HR department has not scored the...Read More»

2007 Audi A6 3.2L
Are We Driving Family Cars Longer?

A new study released by R.L. Polk this week says that consumers are holding onto their cars far longer than just a year ago. On average, say Polk researchers, consumers are keeping a new vehicle just over five years (63.9 months), which is up 4.5 months from this time last year. Hmm… that...Read More»

2008 Toyota Camry Solara Convertible
How To Find Used Car Bargains In A Tight Market

You have heard about the birth rate spiking nine months out from a blackout or a bad snowstorm. Well that is sort of what is happening in the used car market except in reverse. There's a dearth of used cars available to buy and to find the reason you have to be a student of the past. When Lehman...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
Do You Tip Your Mechanic?

A review of a book about tipping offered at North Jersey included some guidelines about how to treat your mechanic. This brought up the subject of auto repair facility etiquette, and a question: do you tip your mechanic? I’m not going to try to be Miss Manners of the service bay, but there...Read More»

2007 Chrysler 300-Series
How To Avoid Online Car Buying Scams

My father gave me one hard and fast rule about business – never turn down money. But that is what a Lubbock, Texas, used car dealer has had to do as result of an online scam that has relied on a look-a-like name, inadvertent erroneous visuals, and you guessed it, deals that were too good to...Read More»

Car repair
How To Avoid the Latest Car Repair Scams

The bad guys are out there trying to prey on the uninformed and the trusting. These are a few of the current auto repair scams that are making news around the country. Keep in mind these incidents of fraud rise to a higher level of boldness and operate with little or no overhead but with an ample...Read More»

Halloween
Family Tip: How to Trick or Treat Safely on Halloween

Scary costume, check. Carved pumpkin, check. Bag 'o candy? Check. Low beams? Low beams? Halloween witches and goblins will be roaming your neighborhood this weekend, and with little beggars walking the cul-de-sac in droves, it's time to remind all drivers about safe driving. It seems obvious, but...Read More»

2005 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan A5 Value Edition
Buying From A Car Dealer: Why People Dislike The Process

I received a call from a desperate car buyer yesterday. She told me her 2007 VW Jetta had just been written off by her insurance company after being in an accident. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, with the exception that the car would never be driven again. The loss of the car was sad...Read More»

2006 Ford Mustang GT Convertible - front
How To Spot Used-Car Warning Signs

If you're looking at buying a used car, the simplest clues can tell you if you're in luck or in for a bad ride. As a former service writer, I've seen those clues up close and personal--and here to point out what you should see first when you look over a used vehicle: The license plate. Probably the...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer: Inflatable Rear Seat Belts Are Here

It has been just about a year since Ford announced that the company would make available an inflatable rear seat belt that would incorporate airbag technology in a seat-belt application to protect rear passengers. USA Today reported that the restraints that double as air-bags would be an option...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring
Selling Your Car Online: Setting Yourself Apart From Dealers

The economic downturn is forcing more Americans to sell their cars privately rather than trading them in with a car dealer. For those brave souls venturing online to post their used car ads, it can come as a surprise to discover just how many dealers are posting individual used cars on both premium...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Honda Accord Versus Hyundai Sonata: Major Differences

Question: I’m trying to decide if I should buy a Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata. I want leather seats, but fuel efficiency and safety are also important to me. I’m also concerned about the long term cost to maintain the car. Can you help me decide? Yesterday we saw how both the Honda...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Will GM's New Oil Standard Mean 10,000-Mile Changes?

The 2011 model year brings with it GM’s introduction of dexos oil. This is more than a type of oil; it's actually a standard for motor oil. Previously the gold standard for rating oil has always been the API (American Petroleum Institute) ratings, but with dexos, General Motors is following a...Read More»

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