TCC Tip: How To Drive Safely At Night
TCC Tip: How To Drive Safely At Night

Some of us spend too much time there as it is, but with daylight-savings time drawing to an end on November 7, we're all going to be in the dark, earlier and more often. Is that dangerous? A new survey says that's a daunting prospect to many drivers--and finds that some skip driving entirely at...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
How to Avoid Being a Road Rage Victim

A suspected road rage incident in Houston--one that proved fatal--points out the unknown danger that prevails on the highway. In this case, the police are looking for a dark-colored pickup truck. The occupants allegedly shot the owner of a car repair and sales business, according to The Houston...Read More»

2008 Ford Taurus SEL
Buying From A Car Dealer: Getting The Most For Your Trade

The world of car sales—private sellers or at a dealership—is like the Wild West. It’s free-wheeling and whoever does the best job negotiating the terms of the deal, wins. It’s the unpredictable nature of the business that turns off many people to selling vehicles themselves...Read More»

2011 Buick Enclave
Five Things You're Responsible For In Your Car

With the purchase of any consumer product there comes some responsibilities--things like the proper use of the product, its impact on the environment, and how to dispose of it properly. But how about a consumer product that you are likely to keep for six years or more, is an integral part of your...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
Spareless Cars Are On The Rise

Nobody but a fool would leave home without a spare tire stowed safely in the trunk – right? Don’t be so quick to judge the sanity of the driver of a spareless car. We have talked about the pros and cons of the run flat tire, but now there is another system that may soon make the spare...Read More»

2003 Ford Windstar Wagon SE
Rare Buyout Offer Comes with Ford Windstar Recall

Letters are in mailboxes recalling Ford Windstars produced between 1997 and 2003. These minivans have a rear axle that collects road salt and other corrosive contaminants and can fracture as a result of rust. The vehicles affected are in 21 states, Washington D.C. and Canada where road salt is used...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Impala
2009-2010 Chevrolet Impala in Recall

The 2009-2010 Chevrolet Impala is being recalled for an issue with seat belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has posted the recall on its Web site, According to the recall, the Impalas involved in the recall have lap seat-belt webbing that may not be...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2-door Coupe 2SS Engine
AutoMD Survey Sheds Light On DIY Market

The results of an AutoMD survey of 2800 car owners supports financial information reported here in September. The idea is that more people are repairing their own cars as a way to cope with economic stress and the need to retain their vehicles longer than ever before. This contradicts the popular...Read More»

Speck Toughskin for TomTom
TomTom Offers Roadside Assistance To Users Of iPhone App & GPS Devices

TomTom, the location and navigation provider, has launched a roadside assistance service which will be made available to users of their GPS devices as well as the TomTom App for iPhone. Utilizing the Cross Country Motor Club’s network of tow truck and emergency road service operators, TomTom...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200
A Driving Quiz For You And Your Rider

With apologies to producer Chuck Barris and host Bob Eubanks, here’s a version of the Newlywed Game that may as well be titled, “How Well Do You Know the Driver In Your Midst?” There are driving quirks we do when behind the wheel which are an outgrowth of our personalities. Those...Read More»

2011 Ford Fusion 4-door Sedan SPORT FWD Engine
Where To Repair When Your Dealership Is Gone

By my math, there are or soon will be nearly 2100 less auto dealers among the General Motors, Chrysler and Lincoln-Mercury brands. That's a lot of suede-shoed salesmen on the street, but that’s not what this is about. This is about you: what do you do if the dealership from which you bought...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln Dealer Network To Be Downsized

"Cull: to reduce or control the size of (as a herd)." So says Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. That’s what Ford plans to do to its 1200-unit herd of Lincoln dealers across the country. It will take two years, according to a Wall Street Journal article published in the wake of a...Read More»

2012 Ford C-Max (European version)
More of Us Travel To Find Good Deals on Car Leases

Would you buy an airline ticket to buy a car away from home? According to, the answer is yes. They call it "automotive tourism," when we travel outside our home region to buy a car that we found online, especially leases. Online car shopping has been a growing trend, and so has...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 XLT
2011 Ford F-150 Buyer's Guide: Which Truck Is For Me?

2011 Ford F-150 V-6: First Drive 2011 Ford F-150 5.0 and 6.2: First Drive 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost: First Drive 2010 Ford F-150 full review When the 2011 Ford F-150 begins to arrive in showrooms this fall, it will mark the most extensive overhaul of the big pickup's powertrains in almost 62 years...Read More»

Car shopping
When Knowing Your Credit Score Is Not Enough

Car buyers are often told that they need to know their credit score prior to walking into a car dealership to buy a vehicle. Readers of this website know that I recommend that consumers go one step further and get pre-approved on their car loan at a bank, credit union, or online lender. Why do I...Read More»

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
How To Avoid The Repair Run Around

Not everyone has a good way of selecting auto mechanics. And there's every reason to be suspicious of motive when you go into a repair shop without much knowledge on your car's problem--or much experience with the service department. How can you avoid the repair run-around? I'll walk you through an...Read More»

2010 Volvo V50
Car Dealer Tricks: Multiple Profit Points

The Internet has changed everything when it comes to buying cars. Consumers no longer have to begin their car buying search by walking through the front door of a local car dealer. In fact, if you’ve been following this website, you know that I frequently tell my readers that beginning your...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz M Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Grille
Diesel To Veggie Oil Spawns A Unique Garage

Farhad Ghafarzade is an auto repair shop owner who understands the demographic he serves. According to a profile at Enzymepdx, he is well aware of the intimidation that occurs between the overhead doors of an auto repair facility. He diffuses the fears of his automotive-challenged clients by...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang V-6 technical
5 Cooling System Checks For Winter Driving

There is no system in a car so climate sensitive as the cooling system. Whether it is summer or winter, the cooling system either rolls with the punches or gets knocked out by extreme temperatures if it not prepped correctly. Here are five tips that will prepare your car’s cooling system for...Read More»

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