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Where Are Car Repairs Most Expensive?
Where Are Car Repairs Most Expensive?

A new study from CarMD, a consumer website, shows that the overall cost of car repairs declined six percent nationally in 2011, from an average of $356 in 2010 to an average $334 last year. But for drivers seeking repairs in five Western states, the costs were much higher at an average of $360.89...Read More»

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Five Car Problems You Shouldn't Fix Yourself

Do you have trouble assembling IKEA furniture? Or do you sometimes take things apart and then realize you have no idea how to get them back together? If these questions ring true, they’re signs that you should probably leave your car repair to a qualified pro, advises Brett Bodas, an ASE...Read More»

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
Get Your Car Ready For Winter

Whether we like to think about winter being right around the corner or not, the signs that the seasons are changing are all around us. So it’s fitting that with October being Fall Car Care Month we take a moment to remind ourselves about the importance of attending to the family car’s...Read More»

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One In Four Americans Unable To Afford Major Car Repair, AAA Says

A new survey out from AAA shows that a major car repair of $2,000 is too much for one in four American drivers to pay. Not only that, but one in eight can’t afford even a $1,000 repair bill. The survey also found that more than half of American drivers are holding onto their older cars...Read More»

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AAA: 25 Percent Of Drivers Can't Afford A Major Repair

Just in case you need proof that most Americans are suffering in this stagnant economy, try this experiment: next time you’re at shopping mall or discount store, take a look at the cars around you. Expect to see bald tires, in some cases tires that are worn down to the radial belts...Read More»

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Infographic: How Much Cash Can DIY Auto Repairs Really Save?

The internet has been a boon for folks who like doing things for themselves. Need to install some tile? Transplant a tree? Fix a leaky gutter? Run a quick search on Google -- or better yet, skim the offerings on YouTube -- and you'll find that most of those projects are well within your reach. But...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Ten Summer Driving Tips for Your Family Vacation

Before you blow out of town and head out on the road en route to your family vacation, take heed of these summer driving tips. You can save yourself time, money and more than a little aggravation. Plan ahead. Do whatever it takes to firm up as many details of your trip as possible – before...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang V-6 technical
Getting A Car Repair Right The First Time

The service department of a large dealership had a unique way to promote quality control. Above the repair area floor, there was a catwalk from which management could oversee the happenings below. On the wall behind the catwalk was a huge banner that read “Fix It Right The First Time.”...Read More»

2001 Buick Park Avenue Ultra
How To Avoid Buying A Bad Used Car

Bad used cars can turn what should be a happy occasion--fresh wheels in your driveway--into a nightmare. But buying a used car has all of the pitfalls of buying a new car, plus many of its own, not the least of which is inheriting someone else's problems. “Let your mechanic look it...Read More»

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Just Another Day At The Garage

There's always tension at an auto repair shop, but not much excitement. The closest anyone gets to an adrenalin rush is when something remarkable is noticed when a car makes it to the lift. Oddities like a squirrel setting up housekeeping in the air filter housing, or discovering that the little...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Extended Warranty? Not When It's New

When the new car dealer asks if you want an extended warranty, please say no. It's a little hard to know where to start to describe why the timing just doesn’t make sense, but I’ll try. It is important to know that these are not extended warranties, since the only company that can...Read More»

2011 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Grille
Toyota Care: Peace Of Mind Or Sales Hype?

What is Toyota Care and what can it do for you? Since December the car company has been offering "Peace of Mind," a maintenance and roadside assistance plan that's complimentary with the purchase of every new Toyota. The throw-in is represented in their ads by an idyllic couple who are stowed away...Read More»

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Five Ways To Make Your Car Repair Green

Being kind to the environment doesn’t need to end when you leave home. As consumers we have control over what happens to the earth as a consequence of our purchases. Auto repair is one instance when our choices can have a positive impact. This can be as simple as letting our desires be known...Read More»

2002 Chevrolet Malibu
How Good Is This Used Car?

Maybe you inherited a car, or possibly you got carried away with your “great find” and purchased a used car without having it checked out. But now, you have to take the guesswork out of evaluating your vehicle--and you need to establish some benchmarks for maintenance and service items...Read More»

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Will Auto Insurance Pay for This Repair?

Sometimes the first call you make when your car breaks down should be to your insurance man. If you come out and find two flat tires on the same side of the car – find a good neighbor. If you have a catastrophic loss of motor oil, check with the good hands people. And if you start your car...Read More»

2007 Nissan Altima
NHTSA Investigates Nissan Altima Brake System

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into reports that master cylinder assemblies on some 2007 and 2008 Altima models may leak brake fluid, prompting a dashboard warning light and an eventual reduction in braking ability. The investigation stems from 20 consumer complaints...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT
How To Know When To Have Your Brakes Checked

You know how to check your car's other vital systems--oil, tire air, and gas--but what about the brakes? The trouble with brakes is that they can fail anytime. Depending on the type of driving conditions they have been exposed to, their wear rates can drastically differ, too. But if you look for...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
Don't Mothball Your Old Car--Just Repair It For Less

When consumers are not buying new cars, they're repairing their old ones. Right? Well, not exactly. Some repair shops are reporting that a segment of their customer base is taking one of the family cars out of service entirely. In this way they can avoid the related costs of insurance...Read More»

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Pep Boys On An Expansion Tear

Turn around is fair play. As recently as January, Pep Boys was rumored to be seeking a suitor in the form of a private equity firm interested in acquiring the auto parts and service company. But now Manny, Moe and Jack are scouting around for acquisitions of their own that might quench their thirst...Read More»

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