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How To Read The Sidewalls Of Your Tires
How To Read The Sidewalls Of Your Tires

If tire manufacturers wanted to keep their customers in the dark about what is between them and the road they would have designed a system just like they have for labeling tires. If you are a tire aficionado you probably know this stuff, but we mere mortals might benefit from the drill. One good...Read More»

2008 Pontiac G6 4-door Sedan GT Engine
A Car Repair Dispute Is No Time For Inaction

You thought you had found the perfect mechanic. To this point he had taken care of your 2008 Pontiac G6 like it was his own. All your dealings had met your expectations; the shop had completed everything as promised, on time and for the quoted price. But now there’s a problem, this is the third...Read More»

1997 Nissan Sentra GLE
Auto Parts Stores Are Doing Well, Are Shops Next?

If the performance of three auto parts retailers is any indication, the doldrums in the auto repair industry may soon be history or maybe not. AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts have recently performed well based on strong numbers released as they ended their reporting periods...Read More»

2011 Toyota Avalon 4-door Sedan (NAT) Angular Front Exterior View
Will Right To Repair Become Law?

Everyone is used to copyright or proprietary information concerns in the arts, publishing and the sciences as creators attempt to protect breakthroughs and patents. But what about those same concerns in car repair? That’s what the car manufacturers are claiming when they oppose the Motor Vehicles...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan V6 Auto LE (Natl) Side Exterior View
Toyota Camry: Leading Sales For Imported Vehicles

If you haven’t heard of the recent recall by Toyota due to its sticking gas pedal, some might question whether you live in a cave but what really shocks individuals is when they hear that South Korea’s top import in April, right in the middle of the recall, was the Toyota Camry.On April...Read More»

2010 Scion xD 5dr HB Man (Natl) Front Exterior View
Top Safety Features Of The Scion xD

Being one of the most affordable small cars in the automobile industry, one wouldn’t usually expect the Scion xD to have the bells and whistles that luxury vehicles have. But in terms of safety, Toyota, despite the recent scare, has ensured that its Scion xD will keep you safe in case of an...Read More»

2001 AM General Hummer
Car Dealers Seek Exemption From Auto Financing Regulation

Car dealers and the Obama administration are involved in some push and pull that’s pitting the Pentagon against the dealers’ main street roots. Backed by Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, dealers are attempting to carve out an exemption from the administration’s proposal to initiate...Read More»

2009 BMW M3
Help! My Check Engine Light Is On

If you own a reasonably late model vehicle, at some point you are going to experience the little yellow "check engine" light illuminating in your gauge cluster. Just as the book A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy notes: “Don't Panic.” While possible, it’s highly unlikely your car is going to...Read More»

Teen driving
Teens Rate Driving Skills But Who Are The Boys Kidding?

The gender gap--or is it the veracity gap--is alive and well in teenage drivers. In a study conducted by the Allstate Foundation, 1,063 teenage girls and boys were interviewed online to establish their attitudes toward their driving ability and that of their friends. The findings are very...Read More»

1999 Daewoo Nubira SX
Is Honesty a Virtue When Selling Your Car?

In my book, HELP! I Gotta Sell My Car NOW!, I explain how private sellers can set themselves apart from dealers and less-than-honest private sellers, by being upfront, honest, and transparent when working with buyers. Some might ask how an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer – someone...Read More»

ford fiesta s01
Vehicle History Reports – Use Them Every Time!

When I was an Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I compiled a list of the most common mistakes my customers made when buying used cars. Making any one of these mistakes can create unnecessary stress and bother. Worse, it can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary...Read More»

2010 GMC Sierra 2500HD 2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE Grille
The History Of GMC

More than a century ago, a man by the name of Max Grabowsky started the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. After developing some of the first trucks ever created, General Motors, an emerging mogul in the automobile industry, acquired Rapid Motor in 1909. Together, the two formed General Motors Truck...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
2010 Toyota Avalon: Smooth, Roomy, And Tranquil

When you get in Toyota's largest sedan, what stands out most is its smoothness and quiet ride. As I drove the Avalon it almost felt like I was floating on air, almost unaware of the dirt road leading up to my house. But it’s more than just a nice ride. It also delivers good acceleration and good...Read More»

Amazing Car Ad
Amazing Car Ads: So Much To Celebrate And Critique

The world of car commercials and automotive ads is vast and nearly boundless, and it’s at once both inspirational and somehow disappointing. It's full of creativity and bland repetition. It's the pinnacle of "moving" art or the epitome of cheap visual tricks. So much money has been spent on...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
What To Put In The Hatch Of The New Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta Hatchback is said to break the stereotype of the “small cars” in the U.S. By having a luxurious interior, rather than your common plastic, the Fiesta brings a more stylish look to a market where similar cars are scrutinized for their cheap materials. But what really...Read More»

Buick LaCrosse four-cylinder drive
Favorite Luxury Features Of The Buick Lacrosse

In recent years, Buick has become a name to recognize in the luxury class, and the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse has allowed Buick to compete with some of the most respected names in the industry. While most individuals looking for a luxury sports sedan are finding themselves at dealerships test-driving...Read More»

2010 Lexus IS 350C with F Sport wheels and brakes
One Approach To Brake Replacement

How much does a brake job cost at your shop? That’s a question that you never want to ask, because you’re going to get a generic answer to a very broad question. Most likely you’ll end up with a result similar to what was found by AutoMD in a national study of 600 shops. Over fifty percent of...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX-L Engine
Finding A Car Battery That Fits And Starts Your Car

BCI stands for Battery Council International. Now you can forget that bit of information because the industry just uses the term BCI when referring to a type of battery cataloging system for cars. What the BCI or battery group number allows you to do is to determine the length, width, height as...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Help! Doug: Is It True That New Tires Can Be Dangerous?

Q. A relative relayed a story about new tires being sold that are actually quite old and dangerous. Is that possible? Milk and tires--they both age and deteriorate. The smell of sour milk at least warns me if I ignore the expiration date. However, tires sitting unsold for years, or remaining on a...Read More»

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