Maintenance

From the Toyota Prius to the Ford Mustang: The cheapest and most expensive cars to maintain
From the Toyota Prius to the Ford Mustang: The cheapest and most expensive cars to maintain

When you're shopping for a new car, it's easy to fixate on sticker prices. But as we all know, buying a car involves more than just paying for it: if you're financing, there's interest to consider, and of course everyone has to shell out for registration and insurance. Most car-related costs can be...Read More»

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e  -  first drive review, May 2016
The most and least expensive cars to own

Car commercials lie. They promise viewers that owning a vehicle is a series of romantic trips to the mountains, conveniently forgetting to mention that cars can be outrageously expensive, even after you've paid off the note. To prove that point, the website YourMechanic, which arranges house calls...Read More»

OnStar Proactive Alerts
Chevrolets can now predict when they'll need service, thanks to OnStar

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015, General Motors announced a new suite of tools to help car owners get a jump on maintenance needs before they become maintenance headaches. Now, those tools have rolled out to five Chevrolet models, with more to receive them down the road. CHECK OUT...Read More»

FIXD app
Kickstarter Of The Day: FIXD, A Health Tracker For Your Car

Once upon a time, aftermarket add-ons were marketed almost exclusively to motorheads. Apart from stereo upgrades and the occasional set of ill-advised Car Lashes, mainstream drivers didn't spend much time looking at specialty rims or undercarriage lights or insane suspension tweaks. But cars have...Read More»

2013 GMC Terrain Denali
GM Is Fixing Some Smoky Engines Under Warranty

GM will repair some vehicles with four-cylinder engines for free, over a problem with excessive oil consumption and smoking. The repair will only include those vehicles still covered by a new vehicle warranty or an extended warranty, if one is in place. GM has determined that the oil consumption...Read More»

2015 Toyota Camry
Do You Still Have To "Break In" A New Car?

Breaking in a new car isn't the same as it was just a few short years ago.… As recently as a decade ago, manufacturers recommended new drivers follow certain driving patterns to "break in" a new car. The old lessons don't quite hold true today, though. What does it mean to “break...Read More»

Vaughn Gittin Jr demonstrates a proper burnout - image: Ford Motor Company
How To Kill Your Car

What does it take to kill a car? As vehicles have become more reliable, it's become less a chore to maintain them. But that doesn't mean they're invulnerable to neglect or operator error. Forget about the most basic upkeep--or have seemingly harmless contact with an obstacle--and you could be...Read More»

'In the Garage' tire safety infographic  -  NHTSA
Six Life-Saving Tips About Tires

Tires aren't just treads we replace once every few years. They help us maneuver safely and avoid accidents; and the grip and security they provide is not to be taken lightly. Each year, there are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes, and nearly 200 people die each year from those crashes. And...Read More»

Car care - checking oil - AAA
10 Practical Tips To Get Your Car Ready For Fall

It won’t be long before the weather gets iffy, if that time hasn’t already arrived. Driving safely during the fall months requires more than just cautious driver behavior. Your car also needs some attention. Here are 10 practical tips to help get your car ready for fall. Check the...Read More»

Car repair
It's More Expensive Than Ever To Run Your Car: AAA

Car maintenance, insurance, and repair costs have gone up again, with AAA putting the average tab for upkeep at more than $9,000. A new study from AAA shows that car operating costs for the average family sedan increased nearly two percent over year-ago levels, to slightly more than 60 cents per...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: The Dealership Service Experience

As much as we cover vehicle shopping, and aspects of the ownership experience, we don't get as much exposure to what's for many busy commuters a twice-a-year experience: taking your late-model car in to the dealership for maintenance. That's one of the reasons why we're keeping Six Month Road Test...Read More»

AutoMD study says owners plan to drive cars for 10+ years
Study: The Days Of Buying New Cars Every Four Years Are Over

Not so long ago, it was fairly common to purchase a new vehicle every three or four years. Whether that purchase was spurred by fears of an aging vehicle's reliability or a desire for a sparkly new status symbol in the driveway, folks began getting antsy once their odometers crossed the 50,000-mile...Read More»

Car repair
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»

Evacuation
Your 7-Point Checklist For Hurricane Season

If you live along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, you know what June 1 means: it's time to add Weather Underground to your bookmarks and prepare for another hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a "near normal" year for storms in the North Atlantic. NOAA...Read More»

cash
Average Cost Of Car Ownership Creeps Up To $8,946 Per Year

Looking for a new car? You're probably taking a long hard look at window stickers, vetting rides based on their suggested retail prices. And that's all well and good, but don't forget the costs that follow: according to AAA, the average U.S. car owner now pays $8,946 a year on gas, tires...Read More»

Car repair
Need A Car Mechanic? With RepairPal, A Higher Chance Of Satisfaction

If your family is typical, it's quite likely that you have at least one vehicle in the garage or driveway that's well over a decade old. In recent years—due probably as much to better durability and reliability as to the economy—the average U.S. vehicle age has risen rapidly, from 8.9...Read More»

2011 Nissan Altima sedan
Cost Of Owning A Car Goes Up

If it seems like owning the family car is costing more money these days, it is. A new study by AAA finds that the average yearly costs to own and operate a sedan rose 1.9 percent to nearly $9,000. SUV and minivan costs increased as well, to more than $11,000 and $9,000, respectively. The 2012...Read More»

Chrysler's online Owner's Center for Jeep vehicles
Chrysler & Mopar Launch Site For Car Owners At 2011 LA Auto Show

Looking for a digital owner's manual for your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram vehicle? How about an easy way to order replacement parts or customized gear for your ride? Chrysler and its service, parts, and customer-care brand, Mopar, have created a series of websites to meet those needs and more --...Read More»

Million Mile Joe and his 1990 Honda Accord. Image: Honda
A Million Miles, Fifteen Years And A Honda Accord

The average American driver racks up 13,476 miles per year on their odometer. That makes “Million-Mile” Joe, of Norway, Maine, well above average; Joe has accumulated nearly one million miles on his 1990 Honda Accord over the last fifteen years. That works out to be nearly 4,700 miles...Read More»

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