Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Tips/Advice


Stolen Valor 4×4

Have you heard about Stolen Valor? It’s when a guy who spent a year or two working as The Army Guy in a Village People cover band claims he did "three...

The Used Car Sweet Spot

Buying a new car is always a bad decision - financially. It doesn't matter which brand or make or model. You will always lose money. It's just a question of how much. All...

So Easy Even a Caveman Can Do It…

Oil changes are still pretty simple. But easy is another thing. If you haven’t done one in awhile - to a new car - you might be surprised by how much...

The Four-Wheeled FRN

A used car is an unknown car. Even with receipts it’s hard to know for sure whether required maintenance was done - and done correctly. That second part being the intangible part. A...

The Ride-Along Mechanic

Cars built since the mid-late 1990s have a kind of ride-along mechanic in the form of the OnBoard Diagnostics (OBD) computer which not only runs the show but lets you know...

Ubering is a Bad Idea

How does anyone make money using their car as a taxi? Well, we’re not supposed to use that word, for openers. It’s ride-sharing. That’s just a dodge, of course. And there’s nothing...

Not a Four Wheeled-Indenture

The more I work on the ’72 Beetle - aka Sexual Chocolate, the car I am helping my teenage protege learn to work on - the more I realize why most...

“Safe” Today . . . But How About Next Month?

Do state-mandated "safety" inspections ensure a "safe" car? On the day of the inspection, sure. The tires are ok, the brakes check out. Fine. But what about next week? And six months down...

Make Winter Less Cold

If Al Gore is right, all we’d need to do is collectively rev our SUVs’ engines and the cold of winter would shoo away - or at least dial back a...

“No Scheduled Maintenance Needed!” . . and Other Vile Lies

One way that car companies attract business is by advertising that their vehicles are low-maintenace and - sometimes - no maintenance. This sounds too good to be true and - as...
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