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Top 5 Mistakes Made When Getting Cars Repaired
Top 5 Mistakes Made When Getting Cars Repaired

When you drop your car off for repairs you might feel like all the cards are stacked against you. It’s not an environment in which you have a comfort level much less feel knowledgeable. The whole process impacts not only your transportation needs but also your finances. So don’t misplay your...Read More»

2010 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 3.0L quattro Prestige Angular Front Exterior View
New Jersey May End Roadside Assistance

On the heels of eliminating safety inspections for motor vehicles the state of New Jersey is now considering the elimination of the ESP program. That stands for Emergency Service Patrol. It is a 16 year old program that was initiated to increase safety on the roads by keeping the lanes clear and...Read More»

1997 Plymouth Neon
Hoopty Ownership: Conversation Piece Or Necessity

Forbes recently published a glossary of automotive technology. This was not meant to be all inclusive by any means but it did cover terms as diverse as deuce and tiptronic. The one that caught my eye was as follows: “Hoopty, Hooptie, Hoopdee: A piece-of-junk car. Driven as a badge of pride--or at...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»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
Fix-A-Flat: The Debate Over Its Use

The stories about fix-a-flat have been raised to the level of urban legend. There are many reasons for this and chief among them are that auto service facilities have an ax to grind with the product. Fix-A-Flat reduces the need for road service and creates a need to clean the inside of the tire...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Car Dealer Tricks: Buyer Beware

This begins a series of articles on how to avoid a long list of tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I saw first-hand how subtle some of these tactics can be. Still, they pack a wallop, costing...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
AZ Switches Off Speed Cameras For Privacy, Revenue Reasons

Last fall, we wrote about citizen initiatives to ban the use of traffic enforcement cameras in three small towns in Ohio and Texas. Now, the backlash has intensified, with the state of Arizona switching off its 76 cameras altogether last Friday, when its contract expired with the private operator...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: First Impressions

Last week I had the opportunity to join Mark Phelan, auto critic for the Detroit Free Press, as he reviewed the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is well crafted and vital to the future of the company. Chrysler is betting a lot on its first new vehicle since entering...Read More»

Semi trailer
Truck Tire Change Made To Look Easy

If you have seen truck tire carcasses on the highway, you have probably wondered how that truck could continue on without the missing piece. Most likely it didn’t. What the trucker was forced to do was to pull over to the side of the road and call a guy like Junior Blackmar of Kissimmee, Florida...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge Sport
Ford Sync: Now You Can Utter Threats Legally

Somewhere in deep space or in California, which I guess is the same thing, William Shatner is channeling Gene Roddenberry’s spirit and laughing, saying to himself “I told you so” in between filming commercials for bran cereals and Priceline.com. So often is the case when we use Star Trek...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC70 4-door Wagon 3.2L Steering Wheel
Volvo Record Holder And The Man Who Loves It

Dear Irv, I can call you Irv can’t I; anyone who’s driven the same car 2.8 million miles has to be a regular guy. I read about your goal to turn 3 million miles by the time you celebrate your 73rd birthday and please accept my wishes that your recent 70th birthday was a great day. You compared...Read More»

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX
Should I Buy A Car From A Dead Brand?

Their names are the road kill of the recession--HUMMER, Pontiac, Saturn, Mercury and Oldsmobile. Does their purchase represent opportunity or pitfall? After all, they have proven that their brands will not stand the test of time, but does that really matter? Buying a discontinued brand is like...Read More»

2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
Roadside Assistance: Needed Coverage Or Wasted Money?

Everyone likes the security of a roadside assistance program. Someone is there to help you regardless of the time of day or the weather conditions. It’s great to have someone to call when you are dressed to go out and the car won’t start or you come out to find a flat tire in the driveway. But...Read More»

2009 Mazda RX-8
Mazda Comes Out With Strong, New Certified Pre-owned (CPO) Program

As an ex-Internet Manager for a major dealer who sold tons of used cars over the years, I make no secret that I’m a big fan of manufacturer certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. Consumers benefit by getting a vehicle that meets a higher standard AND gain long term protection through an extended...Read More»

SpeedFactory All-Aluminum 440 Hemi Challenger
Green Cars And Male Enhancement: Mine Is Smaller

Most men like to say “Mine’s bigger” or “Mine’s more powerful” or “Mine has more than yours, so I am better than you.” I am sure you can think of dozens of other macho kind of things that I can’t say anymore because I am a minivan-driving suburbanite who has a hairline that’s...Read More»

2010 BMW 3-Series 2-door Coupe 328i RWD Wheel Cap
Potholes: Those Ever Present Bumps In The Road

Pothole repair has become the victim of a perfect storm. The convergence of dwindling budgets, a lot of rain and a heat wave has only one person smiling and he’s knee deep in bent rims and broken axles. Voters in San Mateo County California decide in November on whether to increase vehicle...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Impala
Consumers Can Save Twice When Buying A CPO Used Car

One of the problems consumers face when buying vehicles is banks and financial institutions charging a higher interest rate on used cars compared to new ones. The differences can add up to a large chunk of change. However, there is a sizable list of certified pre-owned vehicles that--for a limited...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI
The Volkswagen Bug Got Into Me; Will It Get Into You?

You see them all over the road and driven by all types of people. The teenage girl in a Jetta, the aging hippie in a New Beetle, the family man in a Passat Estate, the Yuppie tech guru in his Golf diesel, and the tuner subculture rocking their GTIs with the sunroof vent popped, staring at you...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect
Get To Work With The 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT

One of Europe’s most popular commercial vehicles arrived in the United States late last year. While considered a fairly large van overseas, the 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT is most certainly a little thing compared to some of the large commercial vehicles used for deliveries locally. The...Read More»

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