Eric Peters, Editor

Eric Peters is a Washington, D.C.-based automotive writer and frequent contributor to the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and Washington Times, among others. In his free time, he enjoys working on old cars and currently owns a 1964 Chevy Corvair Monza coupe and 1976 Pontiac Trans-Am equipped with a modified 455 V-8.


Buying Vs. Leasing: What Should You Do?
Buying Vs. Leasing: What Should You Do?

Should you buy or lease? Most of us have made a decision between paying rent and having a mortgage; and although buying or leasing a new car or truck involves a completely different type of calculation—a steeply depreciating item (car) versus a hopefully appreciating one (house or apartment)...Read More»

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Oil Changing Tips: How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer and handle your own oil changes — or have this messy, not-fun job handled by a service shop — it’s important to know when to change, why to change, and what to watch out for: When should you change your oil? This varies from vehicle to...Read More»

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Buying Car Insurance: How Does It Work?

Shopping for insurance is almost as important as shopping for the car itself. There are good deals and not-so-good deals, not to mention different types of coverage. To get the best deal for you, you need to do some research — and to follow some basic hints: Get real. Before you begin...Read More»

2008 Pontiac Torrent GXP
2008 Pontiac Torrent GXP Road Test

Pontiac, the brand that gave us the GTO in 1964 and officially launched the muscle car era, knows that adding a dose of horsepower to an otherwise ho-hum vehicle can have a transformative effect. A nothing-special 326 LeMans can become a Tri-Power 389 GTO. Likewise, a transportation module like the...Read More»

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TheCarConnection’s Holiday Wish List

Buying gifts for a gearhead is easy — if you're a gearhead yourself. But what if you have no clue what to buy for your four-wheel-minded significant other? That's where a cheat sheet comes in handy. Here's a list of gift ideas ranging in price from under $20 to around $150 or so that ought to at...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen R32
2008 Volkswagen R32 Road Test

Anyone with $30,000 in scratch can own a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, or a Subaru WRX STi for that matter. But only 5000 people will get to hold the keys to a Volkswagen R32.And that, to a great extent, is what makes the R32's big ticket price tag ($32,990) palatable. Or so VW hopes. Take away the low...Read More»

2008 Lincoln Mark LT
The Seven Car Shopping Tips That Count

The battle to get the price on your new vehicle starts long before you step in the showroom. Contrary to what your brother-in-law says, or your “friend in the business,” buying a car for the best possible price takes time and research. What should you do before you even think of dropping by the...Read More»

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Car Gadgets Your Dad Doesn’t Need

Father's Day is almost here — but what are you buying your Dad for his car? And does he need it? From “Motor Honey” to the 100-mpg carburetor, we’ve all heard about — and sometimes, paid good money for — automotive gadgets that don’t work as advertised. Or don’t work at all. Before...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
2007 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD

Who needs 660 pound-feet of torque? Someone who needs to drag 13,000 pounds around, that's who. And the only 3/4-ton truck that can tackle that job is Chevy's Silverado 2500 HD armed with the optional 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8, which drove — and admired — during a recent...Read More»

2006 Dodge Ram
Ethanol Power: 10 Cars You Can Buy

Ethanol-powered vehicles aren’t just coming to a showroom near you. Vehicles that run on an ethanol-gas (E85) blend are already here, and automakers are ramping up production of them to cut our use of imported oil. Why ethanol? It’s usually created from vegetable matter — like corn or sugar...Read More»

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