Maintenance

Commentary: One More Full-Service Gas Station Closes, For Good
Commentary: One More Full-Service Gas Station Closes, For Good

The story was from the Chippewa Herald in Wisconsin, but it could have been from Baltimore, Maryland, or San Mateo, California, or maybe Lawton, Oklahoma. The story line would be similar--another full-service gas station has gone the way of the eight-track tape deck to certain small-business...Read More»

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
How To Avoid The Repair Run Around

Not everyone has a good way of selecting auto mechanics. And there's every reason to be suspicious of motive when you go into a repair shop without much knowledge on your car's problem--or much experience with the service department. How can you avoid the repair run-around? I'll walk you through an...Read More»

2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS
Settlement Addresses Engine-Sludge Issue In Audi A4, VW Passat

A settlement made by the U.S. District Court in Boston could affect owners of 1997-2004 Audi A4 and 1998-2004 Volkswagen Passat models with the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine—badged for much of that time as 1.8T. According to court records—as reported in a press release...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Grille
Diesel To Veggie Oil Spawns A Unique Garage

Farhad Ghafarzade is an auto repair shop owner who understands the demographic he serves. According to a profile at Enzymepdx, he is well aware of the intimidation that occurs between the overhead doors of an auto repair facility. He diffuses the fears of his automotive-challenged clients by...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang V-6 technical
5 Cooling System Checks For Winter Driving

There is no system in a car so climate sensitive as the cooling system. Whether it is summer or winter, the cooling system either rolls with the punches or gets knocked out by extreme temperatures if it not prepped correctly. Here are five tips that will prepare your car’s cooling system for...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe 2-door Coupe Premium RWD Front Exterior View
Car Trivia: Five Secret Warning Lights in Your Car

There are a number of things that everyone who drives a car knows. These would include that the headlight switch is always to the left of the steering wheel and that the brake pedal has to be depressed to start the car. Now let’s go up just one level and test your automotive awareness. If you...Read More»

Car repair
Arizona Woman Repairs Cars With a Conscience

In its list of five money-saving results of the recession, Bankrate's The 2010 Frugal Living Guide advises readers on “Finding Better Mechanics.” It's timely advice--but it's also timeless. The guide says that the drop in consumer confidence has caused a new questioning of our old...Read More»

2011 Dodge Durango
Today at High Gear Media: 2011 Dodge Durango, Sorento SX and Civic

Dodge calls its 2011 Durango a "performance SUV." Does that mean an SRT8 suffix is a-comin'? [MotorAuthority] We've driven the 2011 Kia Sorento SX--the one with the turbo--and it's a big step up. If you're short. It's an SUV, after all. [MotorAuthority] Meanwhile, Kia's recalling the Sorento and...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
Why Choose A Foreign Car?

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’ve probably heard arguments both for and against foreign cars. Some people will swear up and down that buying domestic is best, while others will stand beside their foreign cars wholeheartedly. In truth, there really is no “right”...Read More»

2010 GMC Acadia FWD 4-door SLT1 Open Doors
What Is Car Insurance?

A car insurance policy protects you, your vehicle, passengers and other drivers in case of an accident, theft or natural disaster. But of course, there’s more to it than that. Learn about car insurance and how auto insurance coverage works when you need to file a claim. Why do I need car...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer
5 Point Used Car Buying Checklist

What if there was a screening test for used cars and you could detect those that were carriers and those that were already infected. Then you could avoid the possibility that they would be separating you form the spoils of your labor and not purchase them in the first place. Although there...Read More»

2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X
Can I Afford Insurance For The Dodge Viper?

Many people just can’t get enough of the Dodge Viper. This stylish, fun little car comes in a variety of styles and can be customized into being the car of your dreams. However, before you make a purchase, you should have a realistic idea of what you can expect to pay in insurance as a Dodge...Read More»

2010 Nissan Sentra
Small Price Hike On Nissan’s Sentra And Maxima Models

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer with a focus on marketing used vehicles, it was well known in the industry that the Nissan Sentra was more than a good deal. The Sentra compared favorably to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in size, performance, gas mileage, and 5-year...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Ext Cab 157.5" LT Angular Front Exterior View
What Are The Maintenance Costs Of Chevy Trucks?

Every car and truck is going to cost some money to maintain; there’s simply no getting around that unfortunate fact. However, you should know that some cars and trucks have a reputation for having far more affordable maintenance costs than others. One of these is the Chevy truck. Just about any...Read More»

2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz On A Budget: Certified Pre-Owned (CPO): Part I

Do you have champagne taste but a beer budget? Do you get excited about the thought of owning a Mercedes-Benz--one of the premier motor cars on the planet--but can’t afford the monthly payments or the high maintenance costs? JP Morgan was one of the richest people in the world at the turn of the...Read More»

2010 Ford Expedition
Top 10 SUVs With Lowest Insurance Expense: Edmund’s Survey

Need to buy an SUV? Want to cut your monthly expenses? One way of doing so is to reduce your insurance costs. On average it costs 10 to 20 percent more to insure a sports utility vehicle compared to a regular car. This is over and above the higher purchase and maintenance costs of sports utility...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Still Trying Harder To Win Customer Approval: Part II

Yesterday we learned that Hyundai continues to earn the approval of savvy car buyers with the roll-out of another consumer-based program designed to educate Hyundai owners and save them money. The new program is simple: make all factory-recommended maintenance for Hyundai cars available online. The...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
Hyundai Trying Harder To Win Customer Approval: Part I

Hyundai continues to earn the approval of savvy car buyers with the roll out of another consumer-based program designed to A) educate Hyundai owners, and B) save them money. The new program sounds simple enough: make all factory-recommended maintenance for Hyundai cars available online. Yet the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus
2011 Hyundai Equus: A Way To Avoid Dealer Showrooms

If the only thing that has prevented you from buying a luxury car is the inner turmoil that visiting the new car showroom causes, Hyundai has a car for you. In its inaugural year in the U.S. the 2011 Hyundai Equus can be purchased from your living room. Hyundai’s U.S. CEO John Krafcik has...Read More»

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