Maintenance Advice

Six Life-Saving Tips About Tires
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»

2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport
Winter Weather Car Prep Tips To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

While some portions of the country may have unseasonably warm weather this winter, other areas will be hit with classic winter deep-freeze, coupled with high snowfall, drifting snow and blizzard conditions making driving a hazardous experience. Since it’s not always possible to remain nestled...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
Changing Your Oil Too Often? You Might Be Surprised

How many of us grew up with the admonition from our parents, usually from our dad, that the car’s oil needed to be changed every 3,000 miles? Actually, it was more like three months or 3,000 miles. Times have changed, but far too many of us are still adhering to those outdated...Read More»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»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Give Your Car A Brake Check During Brake Safety Awareness Week

With families readying the kids for back to school, organizing car-pool duties, and prioritizing what needs to be done and when following the end of summer, now is an excellent time to pay attention to the family car's brakes. Next week, August 20-28, is designated as Brake Safety Awareness Week...Read More»

2011 Nissan LEAF prototype
The Latest Trend For Your Used Tires? Amnesty

Amnesty programs are used for everything from taxes to parking tickets. The idea is to offer an incentive in the form of forgiveness, to encourage a behavior that is beneficial to a larger group and at the same time reduce the administrative costs of tracking down and collecting what is owed or...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus
Avoiding An Auto Repair Nightmare

The most important step you can take when getting your car repaired is the first one – dropping the car off. It is often the most rushed part of the process, since it is likely to take place on your way to work, but it is essential to get it right. You may be tempted to drop the keys off and...Read More»

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Out-Of-Gas Calls Spike With Higher Prices

Why would any driver delay in the extreme before filling his gas tank? Probably, in an endless search for a lower price per gallon. But could it go deeper than that, like a repressed death wish or the need to flirt with the dangerous. Or, it could be the sluggish economy. AAA Mid-Atlantic says it's...Read More»

Car accident
Don't Have A Car Wreck--Philly Crooks Will Make You One

Prosecutors in Philadelphia announced that 11 individuals had been charged in an insurance fraud scheme that transpired over four years in Philadelphia. In a twist on the usual crash scams, personnel at the body shop in question retrofitted a forklift with car bumpers, and crashed it with vehicles...Read More»

2002 Chevrolet Impala
Should Your Car Company Pay For That New Catalytic Converter?

No one wants to hear that their catalytic converter needs to be replaced, since it is common for the job to cost over $1000. But this is a case in which a little bit of research can result in the car manufacturer picking up the tab. First, some background. Your car does not burn fuel completely...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 300
Chrysler Opening Its Service Bays To Other Brands

The operation might need a name change, but the signal is clear: Chrysler is getting serious about the aftermarket auto-parts business. Through a new agreement, dealers will have access to over 3,000 part numbers that will fix 85 percent of the cars now on the road, not just those made by Chrysler...Read More»

2006 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LS w/1LS Angular Front Exterior View
You Can't Trust Canadian Car-Repair Shops, Either

If you own an auto repair facility in Canada, a visit from the Automobile Protection Association's (APA) mystery shopper can make for a very bad day. The APA has been teaming up with CTV and visiting repair shops recently to "test the integrity of the repair system." The APA checked out a 2006...Read More»

2008 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT S Side Exterior View
Police Trace Airbag Theft With DNA

Besides edgy styling and performance, the Nissan brand is known for something else--vulnerability to airbag theft. So much so, that the aftermarket is retailing Nissan airbag anti-theft bolts similar to those used on custom wheels. AAA Mid-Atlantic called the theft of airbags the third most common...Read More»

2011 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX Engine
What To Do When An Auto Repair Goes Wrong

You did everything right in selecting an auto repair facility--you did your research, took your time to understand the technician's explanations--and still a repair has not worked out. So what do you do now? There are some steps that every car owner can take to salvage an otherwise bad experience...Read More»

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Should States Turn a Blind Eye To Auto Repair Shops?

The movement to cut government and lower taxes has taken some unusual twists and turns in different states, but in the state of Florida, it could bring about an effective deregulation of auto-repair shops. The slow burn going on in Florida over loosening control on industry is the result of...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
J.D. Power: Service "Upsells" Aren't As Common As You Think

It's not the message about imminent car repairs that's important, but how it's delivered. That's what J.D. Power discovered about maintenance and repair services offered at car dealerships in its recent study of customer service. The study recorded the reactions of nearly 100,000 owners and lessees...Read More»

Woman driving
You Do The Dishes, I'll Get The Car Repaired?

J.D. Power did a study some time ago and found that 65 percent of the customers bringing in their cars for repairs are women. Whether it is a matter of the division of household responsibilities, a reflection of the control of family finances or some more subtle family dynamic is better left to...Read More»

2011 Ford Expedition 2WD 4-door Limited Angular Rear Exterior View
Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife--And Lock Your Gas Tank?

Gas prices are on a steady march upwards--so is it time to start thinking about locking your gas tank again? If you have not-so-fond memories of the 1970s, you might remember sales of gas-tank locks surging due to theft. They were inexpensive--and gas was not. The same holds true today, with $4 gas...Read More»

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