repairs

Do You Tip Your Mechanic?
Do You Tip Your Mechanic?

A review of a book about tipping offered at North Jersey included some guidelines about how to treat your mechanic. This brought up the subject of auto repair facility etiquette, and a question: do you tip your mechanic? I’m not going to try to be Miss Manners of the service bay, but there...Read More»

Car repair
How To Avoid the Latest Car Repair Scams

The bad guys are out there trying to prey on the uninformed and the trusting. These are a few of the current auto repair scams that are making news around the country. Keep in mind these incidents of fraud rise to a higher level of boldness and operate with little or no overhead but with an ample...Read More»

Car accident
Consumer Reports And Aftermarket Crash Parts Suppliers At Odds

The use of aftermarket collision repair parts is on Consumer Reports' mind this month, in the October 2010 edition of the magazine. The publication takes on the quality of non-OEM bumper beams and radiator supports, as well as other internal structural parts related to the bumper which are...Read More»

Used car salesman
Five Auto Repair Scams And How To Deter Them

In the auto repair business there are unfortunately some bad players. These unscrupulous shops are a very small minority in a very big industry made up of skilled and committed craftspeople. Like any activity performed successfully over time, the techniques of the auto repair scammers fall into...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
Today at High Gear Media: Honda Odyssey! Subaru Forester WRX?

What's to know about the 2011 Honda Odyssey? The lightning bolt works--and so does the interior. [TheCarConnection] Subaru's gone nuts with the WRX STI, but will it be certifiable enough to apply the same formula to the Forester? [MotorAuthority] The Hyundai Sonata is set to get a wagon companion...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 Dodge Magnum 4-door Wagon RWD Headlight
Compare Car Insurance Coverage: How Much Do You Really Need?

Car insurance coverage can be customized to fit your life. But, how much auto insurance are you required to have? While individual auto insurance requirements vary from state to state, there are a few coverages that are required in nearly all. Required auto insurance: Liability Liability auto...Read More»

2005 Mazda Tribute
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part IV

The used car market is generally strong in all regions of the country. This makes it tempting to sell your old car privately instead of trading it in at a dealership. After all, you’ll probably get more for it by selling it versus trading it at a dealership. Let's take the example of the 2006...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 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»

1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS
Top 5 Rated Sitcom Mechanics

The perennial poor regard with which some consumers hold the auto repair profession may be coming from some unrelated quarters. Like the popular notion that violence, incivility and downright rudeness all have their roots in the screen in our living rooms, did you ever think that attitudes toward...Read More»

Spc. Derrick Parizek
Do-It-Yourself Auto Workshop For Detroit Reworks An Old Idea

The depressed economy has spurred all sorts of innovative, DIY solutions—like renewed interest in community garages and tool libraries—for keeping vehicles repaired as frugally as possible and still on the road, as well as some innovative ways of helping laid-off, skilled workers hold out until...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Cheeseburger In Gas Tank: How Can That Happen?

A Rock Hill South Carolina woman found a cheeseburger in her gas tank. That’s right, a number of TV stations and the local newspaper reported in their online editions that it cost the owner $1,000 to have a cheeseburger and pickle removed from her gas tank. The account said that she filed a...Read More»

Car repair
For Repairs, Maintenance, GM Dealerships Take A Cue From Wal-Mart

If you get great service, and a consistently low price that competes with independent repair shops or franchised service centers, would you return to the dealership to get your older, higher-mileage vehicle maintained or repaired? GM is hoping so; to help drum up more business on the service side...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CX 3.0L Instrument Panel
Delphi's Telematic Plan For Car Repair

The auto parts maker Delphi is moving into the second phase of a pilot program in which it is testing the viability of an integrated automotive diagnostic program using telematics. It is integrated in the sense that it draws in a number of interested players into a diagnostics on the fly approach...Read More»

2006 Ford Crown Victoria Standard
An Older Used Car With Low Mileage Can Be A Good Find

You won’t impress anyone by driving a ten year old vehicle that has very low mileage, but you just might solve your transportation needs very cheaply. These cars are the ones owned by people who drive them far below the 15,000 miles per year average. For example, I purchased a ten year old Chevy...Read More»

2001 Toyota RAV4
Transmission Woes Prompt Warranty Extension On Toyota RAV4 Models

Toyota has announced that it will provide an extended warranty on 2001-2003 model-year Toyota RAV4 models, according to the New York Times Wheels Blog, for an issue with the automatic transmission and electronic control module. The issue, which affects around 235,500 vehicles, can lead to a...Read More»

2001 GMC Yukon Denali
Car Repair Complaints About Time, Price, And Quality

After watching online news for subjects of note concerning auto repair, I have found out two things conclusively--there’s a lot of fires in auto repair shops and there are lot of dissatisfied car repair customers. There are numerous suggestions about how to reduce garage fires, chief among them...Read More»

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