May

Mazda Zoom-Zooms No More And Toyota Is America
Mazda Zoom-Zooms No More And Toyota Is America

While sitting on my couch this evening, recovering from a thankless day at work, I endeavored to find a way with minimal physical effort to give my overtaxed brain cells a rest. So I stepped away from the laptop, shut it down and then ambled off to TV land to see what inane drivel I could find that...Read More»

2010 Dodge Viper
Negotiate Your Car Deal: A Hard Chair Makes You A Better Haggler

In my book, HELP! Gotta Sell My Car NOW! (www.BayAreaCarGuy.com), I introduce an effective method of negotiating the price of a car deal when selling privately. It focuses on being curious about the other person, and asking questions to help them find a solution to their transportation problem...Read More»

Dealer
Help! Doug: Why Aren't "Too Good To Be True" Ads Illegal?

Q. The car dealer's TV ad promised $4,500 for anything I could "push, pull or drag" in. I made the trip, but it was "Too Good To Be True" and would've had to buy one of the cars on their lot with a really bloated price. Otherwise, they wouldn't give me squat for my old truck. Why can't "too good to...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid
Car Buying Guide: When NOT To Get A Car Loan From A Dealer

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We have been discussing how an unprepared car buyer can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary by not arranging for a car loan prior to walking into a car dealership. We’ve...Read More»

1997 Nissan Altima
Lost Love: A Car Remembered, A Car Replaced

I often lament that I was forced to sell our 1997 Nissan Altima. The popular five-seat, mid-sized car made the mark for Nissan by proving that Nissan could be relevant in a world dominated by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. The debut of the Altima in 1993 was seen by many at...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 VW Jetta: No Mo' Mojo?

VW, the brand and manufacturer that brought us the Beetle, the Golf, not to mention innovative and creative ads for decades, seems to be losing its mojo, at least in North America, and quite paradoxically as it's designing its best cars ever. How can I say this knowing VW is on a path to replace...Read More»

2010 Dodge Charger
Tips On Keeping Young Drivers Safe And Saving On Teen Car Insurance

When teenagers start driving, parents start to worry a little more than usual, and rightfully so; teen drivers have an increased risk of being involved in an accident. However, you can help make your teen’s transition to driving smooth and safe by learning more about teen drivers and getting...Read More»

2009 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT S Open Doors
Auto Insurance Coverage Explained

Auto insurance is a necessity. Picking the right car insurance coverage protects you if you cause an accident, or if a tree limb lands on your car. It’s important to understand the options when you shop for quotes. Common types of auto insurance coverage include: Collision: This car insurance...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" LT w/1LT Engine
The DIY Driver: How To Change Your Oil, Perfectly

Let’s start out by making some assumptions. You know how to safely access the underneath of your vehicle. You are amply equipped with tools and auto parts and your heart is in the right place because you would like to do right by the environment and your neighbors as you change the oil in your...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class: If You Advertise It, They Might Come

The other evening I was skimming through many of the useless, mindless, and crud-filled channels that my exorbitantly-priced cable package comes with, when I came across a movie channel I barely remembered I had. (Bare with me, here. Like a Simpsons episode, this is the preamble to the theme of the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Car Buying Guide: Pre-Negotiate Your Interest Rate

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! The question we’ve been exploring is how to shop for a new car so you get the best deal possible. We’ve discovered that buyers who begin their vehicle search by walking into the front doors of...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Car Advice: Shopping For Tires

When you go to the movies you wouldn’t think of going up to the cashier without knowing the title of the show you wanted to see. The same thing goes for buying tires. The first thing you should do is go to the sidewall of your tires and write down the size. The number is going to say something...Read More»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
Tire Rules That Can Keep You Out Of Trouble

Let’s set some rules about tires that may keep you out of trouble and help you recognize when a tire needs attention. If a tire deviates from its recommended pressure by 25 percent, you have to assume that there is a problem and get it checked out. For a tire required to have 35 psi that’s a...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Cabin Air Filter: A Good DIY Project

There’s an easy and clean auto part replacement that can produce cleaner cabin air in your vehicle. Your car’s cabin air filter recommended change interval is anywhere from 15,000 miles to 30,000 miles, depending on what you’re driving. If you are frequently on construction sites that are...Read More»

2007 Ford Fusion
Car Insurance Claims 101: Be an Informed Driver and Policyholder

What does it mean to file an auto insurance claim? When you file a car insurance claim, you are requesting reimbursement to help cover costs associated with a loss. That loss may be the result of a car accident, vandalism, theft or accidental damage. In return, you pay the deductible, which is an...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
The Golf, Again, Or Who Framed The Volkswagen Rabbit?

The word Golf has had an intriguing year. The word conjures up an immediate mix of unfortunate associations, from the media sensation of the Tiger Woods scandal to the heartbreaking oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico--yes, just change one letter and you have a car name that sounds exactly like the...Read More»

2008 Honda Accord Cpe EX-L
BP Dealers Are Not The Right Target

If you’re a BP gasoline dealer you have to be nervous. The impact across the country, as evidenced by widespread reports is mixed. Some retail dealers say that the consumer’s wrath has yet to descend upon their driveways regardless of the social media effort to mobilize a boycott of the British...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
What Do You Want From An Extended Warranty?

Do you play warranty roulette? Sort of flip a coin to decide if some plan B approach to car repair is appropriate for you. Or are you a resigned “let the chips fall where they may” person and never even consider whether you want to pay up front for something that may never happen. Let’s...Read More»

Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (MkVI)
Top Five Volkswagen Music Ads

As I got off the train to go to work this morning, in my clouded head that so desperately needed strong, black coffee to make the synapses fire, and kick other bodily functions into top gear, I bemoaned the fact that there's so little good car advertising outdoors in most public places. What a...Read More»

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