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No More Junk In Your Trunk, Or, The Mystery Of The Disappearing Spare Tire
No More Junk In Your Trunk, Or, The Mystery Of The Disappearing Spare Tire

Doctors and nutritionists across the country confirm that Americans are packing on the pounds, but our cars are a very different story. In an effort to boost fuel economy, automakers are switching to lighter-weight materials, from aluminum to carbon fiber. They're also ditching a lot of equipment...Read More»

Tire fire from The Simpsons
Discount Tire Recalls Nearly 80,000 Tires For Possible Tread Separation & Loss Of Pressure

Discount Tire has issued a recall for nearly 80,000 tires manufactured between 2013 and 2015. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those tires may have been improperly constructed, making them more susceptible to rupture and, ultimately, loss of...Read More»

TireCheck app
Can You Check Your Car's Tire Pressure With An App? Should You?

The smartphone is an amazing invention. It lets us place video calls to friends around the globe. It can sniff out cancer and chemical weapons. It even entertains us while we're waiting in line to buy the latest, greatest smartphone. But smartphones also have a dark side. They preoccupy us when we...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G5
Free Credit Report: Save Money On Your Car Loan By Managing Your Credit: Part I

Managing your credit is crucial if you hope to get the best rate on your car loan. Paying a few percentage points more than necessary can translate into shelling out hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than you should over the term of the loan. The added interest expense can also increase your...Read More»

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
California Planning To Retire Cars Earlier

The California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) is planning to up the ante on its vehicle retirement program. There are over three million vehicles in California that are 15 years old or older. This is the vehicle population that the BAR regulatory action is targeting. Since older vehicles were...Read More»

2010 Nissan Titan
Help! Doug: Why Are Auto Lease Details Kept Secret From Consumers?

Q. My accountant says that I should lease a new truck. However I don't understand auto leasing and when I try to negotiate with the dealer, the things I consider important to know seem irrelevant to the dealer. First of all, I want to know what kind of profit the dealer is going to make on the...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»

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck Wheel Cap
Tire Aging: The Unseen Danger

Most car owners think that the best way to measure how safe their tires are is by using a tread depth gauge (or Abe Lincoln’s head on a penny), but maybe you should be using a calendar instead. This issue was taken up in a paper delivered to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2006. The...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 TDI
Dare To Do Something Different: Audi's Most Creative Commercials

Every once in a while a car manufacturer tries to do something new in one of their advertisements and pushes the boundaries of creativity. Audi has had a number of such commercials in recent years. Here are three of my favorites:   Green Police Audi’s "Green Police" commercial, from the 2010...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»

2009 Ford F-150
The Interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 Makes a Bold Design Statement

The first time I sat in the interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 a thought occurred to me. This is the first car I could actually live in. And that is really saying something when you consider the ill-fitting cheap plastic and mouse fur upholstery that made up the inside of the 1997-2004 model. The...Read More»

2000 Dodge Intrepid Base
Driving an Older Car: The Dodge 2000 Intrepid

I drive a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. Why dont I drive a new car, or at least one that is not 10 years old? First of all, I am on a fixed income. I cannot afford a car payment, and I cant afford the comprehensive insurance that you need to carry with a new car that you're financing. That is just one...Read More»

2009 Honda Element
Ingress/Egress - Better Vehicles for Tall Drivers

  The Honda Element provides welcoming ingress/egress dimensions. Ingress/egress, also known as Sliding Entry, involves simulating an occupants movements while entering (ingress) and exiting (egress) a vehicle. Seat cushion height (ground to seat) is an important factor. Additionally, the greater...Read More»

2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept
2007 Nissan Pivo 2 Concept

Two years after the debut of Nissan’s original Pivo concept — at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show — a second version has been unveiled. The first Pivo was something of a cult hit. Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries, it featured a unique rotating cabin — meaning no reverse gear was required...Read More»

Soviet-era ekranoplan
TheCarConnection's Trivia Quiz

byMurray Jackson Get more TCC Trivia 1. What was the name of Pat Brady’s Jeep in the 1950s TV series "The Roy Rogers Show"? 2. The sales brochures for this 1978 Dodge model featured the slogan "Does it all". 3. In the song "One Piece at a Time", what brand of car did Johnny Cash assemble? 4. In...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
TCC Trivia: Feb. 3, 2006

byMurray Jackson 1. In the late 1950s, this European car was distributed in the U.S.A. by Studebaker-Packard Corporation. 2. This synthetic tire-cord material, introduced in the late 1940s, caused morning "flat spots". 3. What car did James Dean drive in the 1955 movie "Rebel Without a Cause"? 4...Read More»

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