How To Maintain Your Car's Battery
How To Maintain Your Car's Battery

The failure of a battery always comes at the worst time. This is one reason the experts recommend that car batteries be checked every three to six months, regardless of where you live. Batteries Plus, which sells batteries of all kinds, is offering free car battery and electrical system testing. In...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus ST
Ford To Offer Auto Start-Stop For Gas Vehicles

Drivers of gasoline powered cars from Ford will have to consult their instrument panel to make sure their engines are running. Starting in the 2012 model year Ford will offer Auto Start-Stop technology to their customers who buy non-hybrid cars in North America, according to an article at PCMag and...Read More»

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 4-door Wagon SXT Angular Front Exterior View
How To Avoid Holiday Travel Car Breakdowns

If you were a decision maker at AAA and had a wish list for Christmas, it would include a lot of experienced and competent help. That’s just what you would need if you planned to get through the next couple of weeks of holiday travel. Just how big is this job expected to be? Well the motor...Read More»

winter driving  -  by flickr user Hey Paul
Survival Tips for a Winter Breakdown: Prepare For the Worst

You’ve traveled the same road for hundreds of times. You know every twist and turn like the multiplication tables you learned in grade school. What could possibly go wrong? When the calendar arrives at the winter months, roughly December to March, depending on geographic location, anything...Read More»

Toyota Prius in the snow
Survival Tips for a Winter Breakdown: Get Out the Map

Going on a road trip to visit relatives during the winter months, especially around Christmas, is something that many families plan to do this year. In fact, the AAA says that 90 percent of Americans will travel this holiday season – and most of them will be driving. The trip could be...Read More»

Family Car Guide Survival Tips for a Winter Breakdown

Every winter without fail there are news accounts of drivers and their passengers, including whole families, stranded for days without food, water, with no cell phone coverage, no blankets – and no plan. Some manage to hang on until help arrives. Others aren’t so lucky. If there’s...Read More»

2010 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door XLT Engine
What To Do When Your Engine Freezes Up

It sounds like a contradiction but it happens. Your car froze up and it is overheating like it is the middle of August. What can cause a car’s engine to freeze up and overheat at the same time? The short answer is that a lack of anti-freeze has resulted in the contents of the cooling system...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Express Cargo Van RWD 1500 135" Side Exterior View
How to Choose Mobile Auto Repair Services

When does on-site car repair make sense, and when does it invite fraud and environmental damage? Some types of repair can be safely and conveniently performed at your home or workplace, while others just beg for problems. Knowing which services can be done responsibly can make the difference...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala 4-door Sedan LS Retail Engine
5 Questions To Ask Your Mechanic

After you move to a new area, and get the important things nailed down like where your kids will go to school and who makes the best pizza, you might want to hunt down a good mechanic. There is plenty of advice on this topic on the Web, but it all comes down to just five questions to ask the person...Read More»

Catching a Car Thief Using Social Media
Are More Cars Stolen In Winter?

Are there more car thefts in winter than in summer? According to, yes. The website reports that a simple reason accounts for the increase: people love warm cars and while they're warming up those vehicles, car thieves attack. This is the opposite of crimes in general, which are up in the...Read More»

2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Chrome Accents
Selling Your Car: The Easy Way to Make a Video Walkaround

We’ve been discussing the benefits of the video walk-around as a tool to help you sell your car. The video walk-around is an easy way for potential buyers to determine if your vehicle is the one for them—or not—and they can make that determination from a distance. This saves you...Read More»

Driving and Drug Use: A Fatal Combination

It’s a no-brainer that drinking and driving is a recipe for disaster. It should be no surprise to anyone that driving and drug use is equally dangerous. A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sheds a little light on just how dangerous driving and drug use...Read More»

Deer and car
Urban Deer Hunts: A Way To Stay Ahead Of The Herd

While checking back on recent articles handled here, I came across a term that intrigued me – Urban Deer Hunts. I envisioned a sportsman coming out of Dick’s Sporting Goods with all the accoutrements of the hunt and bagging an eight-point buck in the parking lot. It would be seen...Read More»

1997 Mercury Tracer LS
Lifetime Warranties Cut Both Ways

You may have heard of Rachel Veitch, a 92-year-old from Florida who drives a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente with over 550,000 miles on the odometer. Her story and assorted clips have been widely viewed and during her most recent round of publicity, Jay Leno presented her with a shift indicator which...Read More»

2010 Toyota Sienna 5dr 8-Pass Van LE FWD (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Arizona AG Plans Car Repair Stings

It has only been a few weeks since Tom Horne won the attorney general’s race in Arizona, and he has already singled out the auto repair industry for special treatment by his office’s consumer affairs staff. It will come in the form of a sting operation. The Attorney General Elect...Read More»

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
The NHTSA Probes How Car Rental Companies Handle Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated an audit query into the practices of car rental companies concerning their handling of manufacturers’ recalls of vehicles in their fleets. The NHTSA will be looking at 3 million General Motors, Ford and Chrysler products...Read More»

Third-generation Subaru four-cylinder boxer engine
Transparency And Truthfulness In Auto Repair

Men and women split purchasing responsibilities right down the middle and according to Jody Devere, CEO and founder of, women influence 85 percent of all buying decisions. The statistics appeared in a Q&A interview available at Search Auto Parts. Devere traced the current interest...Read More»

Cash for Clunkers tradein: Mercury Sable
In Some Towns, Charity Begins in the Car Repair Bay

Not everyone has the luxury of knowing that there is an operational set of wheels at their disposal, parked in the proximity of their home. When work is not accessible through public transportation, the reliability of that transportation piece could be the difference between meeting expenses and a...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima 2-door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S Wheel Cap
California Teen Takes Responsibility Seriously

In what seemed like a real life episode of the ABC series "What Would You Do," a Calabasas California high school senior distinguished himself as someone that has a high regard for his fellow citizens. In a situation that called for vision and bravery he displayed super-sized amounts of both. All...Read More»

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