Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


Your “Safety” Doesn’t Matter . . .

A reader asked me about dealing with the known-to-be-dangerous - the defective - air bag in her vehicle. Since there are more than 40 million vehicles "affected," her questions - and...

“Funny Noises”

If your car's engine starts making a "funny noise," should you be worried? It depends on the noise. Some noises are harbingers of real trouble. Others are usually nothing to worry about. But...

Don’t Spare the Spare . . .

If you've looked inside the trunk of any car built since the early 2000s the first thing you'll notice is there's not much in the trunk. Where's the spare? It's gone! You might find...

Changing Oil Too Soon – or Too Late?

Knowing when it’s time to change the oil in a regularly driven car is easy - the car’s manufacturer provides specific time and mileage intervals. They are right there in your owner's...

The Money Pit

I know someone who is dead broke and living in a small apartment, on the government dole - despite having both earned and inherited many hundreds of thousand dollars over the...

Avoiding Problems With Newish Cars

You might be thinking about buying an older car as a way to avoid having to deal with some of the things that come with new cars, like it or not...

The Service Advisor . . .

Selling you a car is just a prelude to selling you service. Not that there’s anything wrong with selling service - assuming you need it. But if you don’t, the mark-up...

Guerrilla Car Buying

It’s never been easier to buy a new car; the harder part is not paying too much for it. "Easy" financing obscures how much you’re really paying, by spreading out the...

Much Better Than an Electric Car

Here's a use for lithium-ion batteries that makes sense - economically as well as functionally: It's a battery pack for jump-starting your car (as opposed to using a battery pack to...

Carburetors and Battlestar Galactica

If you're a fan of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica series, you will remember what made it possible for the Galactica to escape the Cylon attack which destroyed the rest of the...
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