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Frugal Shopper: No, Hybrids Don't Cost More To Repair And Maintain
Frugal Shopper: No, Hybrids Don't Cost More To Repair And Maintain

Hybrids like the 2011 Toyota Prius cost more to repair and maintain, right? It would seem, given all the additional technical complexity and computational wizardry in hybrids, that they would. And it's a myth that's certainly made the rounds among backyard mechanics. But it hasn't proven true. With...Read More»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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Money Pit: Potholes, Poor Roads Cost Motorists $335 Per Year

Think those deep potholes and frost heaves along the commute—and all the rattles and squeaks they elicit from your car—are costing you big in extra repairs and vehicle wear? You're right! Awful road conditions cost U.S. motorists $67 billion per year in additional repairs and operating...Read More»

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Car Advice: How To Jump-Start Your Hybrid Car Without Jump-Starting Your Heart

This past weekend, I had what our President might call a "teachable moment"--an unexpected need for a jump-start in a car I hadn't had to jump, ever. After a long weekend at the beach, I washed up our 2004 Toyota Prius and packed it full for the ride home. I even cleaned the inside of the windows...Read More»

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Scam Alert: Beware Of Suspicious Oil Leak, Mechanic Referral

If someone ever walks up to you and points out an oil leak, then just happens to know of a mechanic who they say can fix it for cheap, be very wary. The scam sure isn't new, but it's again found new life in Western New York State. In recent years, according to the Consumer Federation of America...Read More»

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TCC Tip: Be Safe And Green—Round Up And Recycle Used Batteries

If you swapped out your car battery some cold morning this winter, and for some reason you kept the old one, recycle it now. Don't even think about setting it aside somewhere, perhaps at the back of the garage, in the basement, or on a tool bench, where it might corrode or leak. Thankfully, there...Read More»

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Toyota To Repair V-6 Models For Oil-Leak Issue

Just as Washington is winding up for another round of Congressional hearings Tuesday, news of yet another Toyota mechanical issue has spread. In affected models equipped with V-6 engines, an engine oil hose might degrade to the point of leaking, potentially causing engine failure. According to...Read More»

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Report Confirms Auto-Repair Gouging, Ranks Best And Worst Cities

With auto repair chains ever expanding and dealership service becoming more consistent and predictable, you might think that repair costs are becoming much more standardized than they used to be for car repairs done at independent shops, with very little variation, once you average a few shops...Read More»

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TCC Tip: How Much Should My Repair Cost?

Although this summer's Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program provided the right kind of push for some owners to replace their guzzling jalopies with new cars, it's probably not so surprising that new-vehicle buyers plan to hold on to their vehicles longer than ever before. So-called "rapid replacers"...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen GTI
Volkswagen, Audi Do The Right Thing With Transmission Issue

Volkswagen late last week issued a service program covering several Volkswagen and Audi models equipped with Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG). In a release, Volkswagen Group of America reported that some owners of vehicles with the DSG transmission have reported “performance issues, due to a faulty...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Long-Term Relationships, Long-Term Savings

Despite the Cash-for-Clunkers frenzy, overall new-vehicle sales remain way down versus two or three years ago. So it wouldn't be at all a stretch to say that more people today are holding on to their cars longer than they'd intended to. If the term 'late model' no longer applies to your car and...Read More»

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Dealership Or Indie Shop For Repairs? Choose Wisely.

According to a story from late last week in the Consumerist, an upstate New York Dodge dealership kept a vehicle for six days for repairs and charged the customer well over $700—only to tell him that his vehicle hadn't been fixed. After the vehicle—a 1988 Dodge Ramcharger SUV—was towed over a...Read More»

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