May

What Are Your Favorite Sedans-Turned-Wagons?
What Are Your Favorite Sedans-Turned-Wagons?

Already popular on the other side of the Atlantic, sport wagons have been gaining attention here on U.S. soil in recent years. With attractive styling and agressive performance and handling, the wagon can shed its traditional "family vacation" image and begin to attract enthusiasts. But, why bother...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta. Fantastic Fun. In An Ad

I just had a chance to see the latest 2011 Ford Fiesta ad and it left me with a huge smile on my face. A grin from ear to ear. It's so unabashedly happy, fun to watch and just so well choreographed--music, dancers, images and all--that it made you want to have your Fiesta. Now I know I sound like...Read More»

1997 Saturn SL
Buy Here Pay Here: A Tough Way To Buy A Car

It’s tough to have no money and need a car. Throw in a bad credit history and the chances of you having something to drive to work are like finding a '57 Chevy in an Amish barn. Your last resort may be a “Buy Here, Pay Here” (BHPH) car lot. Their practices are so suspect that the new Consumer...Read More»

2008 Pontiac G6 4-door Sedan GT Engine
A Car Repair Dispute Is No Time For Inaction

You thought you had found the perfect mechanic. To this point he had taken care of your 2008 Pontiac G6 like it was his own. All your dealings had met your expectations; the shop had completed everything as promised, on time and for the quoted price. But now there’s a problem, this is the third...Read More»

2005 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LT Angular Front Exterior View
Pre-Loved Cars You Can Trust

Smiling Sammy’s Used Car Lot may claim the best prices in town but how do you know if the vehicle you’re buying hasn’t been around the block one too many times. Sure it looks solid and drives okay but somehow Sammy’s personal guarantee of quality doesn’t quite ease your apprehension. If...Read More»

Citroen 2CV
French Citroens, Superior Germans, Stereotypes And Major Hallucinogens

When I was a student traveling in Europe over 20 years ago, and then again when I worked on the Continent, anytime I had the chance to rent a car, I asked for the German model, either a Volkswagen or a Mercedes-Benz or an Audi. Why? Because I knew those cars would be great on the highway, they...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan unveiled in Russia
New Volkswagen Polo Sedan: Built In Russia, For Russians

Russia is hard on cars. The cold weather, the large amount of salt used as a result of cold weather, and variety of street conditions wage a constant assualt on passenger vehicles. Volkswagen has fired back a salvo with the launch of the 2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan, a car designed specifically for...Read More»

2010 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Side Exterior View
A Green Approach To Car Repair

Are you ever concerned that the process your car undergoes while being repaired does harm to the environment? It shouldn’t be a worry, because there are many ways that the facility that you choose can be green. There are also personal positions about the repair of your car that will promote a...Read More»

1997 Nissan Sentra GLE
Auto Parts Stores Are Doing Well, Are Shops Next?

If the performance of three auto parts retailers is any indication, the doldrums in the auto repair industry may soon be history or maybe not. AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts have recently performed well based on strong numbers released as they ended their reporting periods...Read More»

2002 Mercury Cougar Sport Premium
Have You Driven A Hideous Mercury Lately?

I read today that Ford may well be winding down Mercury a brand that once had a brand image, a car line and products that people once bought. And for the life of me, when I read that, I could not think of a single memorable Mercury car or commercial in the last decade. Sure there are some models...Read More»

Gas pump
Summer Driving Tips To Save At The Pump

As summer starts to creep into the end of May, the temperature is usually not the only thing to rise. For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, and with it, the summer travel season and higher prices at the pump.     Of course, one major factor as to whether you are heading...Read More»

2010 Porsche Boxster Spyder
Porsche Boxster - Greatest Ad Ever? Maybe

I came across this older Porsche Boxster ad recently and thought to myself, this ad summarizes in under two minutes what makes Porsche cars some of the most desirable on the planet. It's about desire, passion and the perfect product. Watch this ad and tell me you weren't taken with the wonderful...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse 3dr Coupe Auto GS Angular Front Exterior View
A Tip Or Two From Car Repair Fraud Charges

It’s your repair dollars that they’re after. Another example of that surfaced recently, as the California Bureau of Automotive Repair closed five Purrfect Auto Service locations in the Sacramento area. The Sacramento Bee reported that the BAR action was the result of an investigation begun in...Read More»

2010 Land Rover LR4
Land Rover: Fear, Safety, The Office And No Diesel Hybrid

When you think of Land Rovers, certain images naturally come to mind. Windswept peaks, massive sandy dunes, rock-strewn trails, snowy fjords and the wild jungles of Borneo. Land Rover has spent decades cultivating this image of ruggedness, go-anywhere ability and serious upper class looks--as has...Read More»

2001 AM General Hummer
Car Dealers Seek Exemption From Auto Financing Regulation

Car dealers and the Obama administration are involved in some push and pull that’s pitting the Pentagon against the dealers’ main street roots. Backed by Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, dealers are attempting to carve out an exemption from the administration’s proposal to initiate...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S Angular Front Exterior View
Minimum Standards For Car Repair Facilities

As you attempt to find a car repair facility, there are some minimum standards that you should insist upon. You should look for some evidence that the business belongs to some structure larger than the business itself.  This would include, for example, trade associations, affiliations with auto...Read More»

2010 Mazda MazdaSPEED3
The Great Tune-Up Swindle

As an auto-repair shop owner the bane of my existence is when a customer asks me how much a tune-up costs. Nowadays the word tune-up is an obsolete and effectively useless term but I still get asked this question on a near-daily basis. I usually ask my customer if they want me to perform routine...Read More»

2010 Buick Regal GS Concept
Making Buick Regal Again, It Ain't Easy

You know when you surf the web for good car news, you know, the stuff that gets your blood pumping when you see big, fat wheels, torque-melting power from a turbocharged engine, or sexy and graceful lines made from the finest metals mother earth has to offer, Buick is really not a name that leaps...Read More»

Teen driving
Teens Rate Driving Skills But Who Are The Boys Kidding?

The gender gap--or is it the veracity gap--is alive and well in teenage drivers. In a study conducted by the Allstate Foundation, 1,063 teenage girls and boys were interviewed online to establish their attitudes toward their driving ability and that of their friends. The findings are very...Read More»

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