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Latest Reader Qs (7/8/17)

Here are the latest reader Questions - and my Answers: J Rodney writes: Is Flex Fuel good or bad for extending long term engine life? I am specifically concerned about whether to use occasionally,...

Before You Go Old . . .

Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying an older car as a way to avoid some of the hassles, expense - and Big Brother-ish - aspects of owning a new car. These are...

Servicing the Semi-Retired Car

New cars come with maintenance schedules that give you time/mileage intervals for things like oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotation and so on. Follow these recommendations and - assuming a decent/sound car to...

A Great Time to Buy a Used Car . . . But Not Because...

You might want to buy a used car while they’re cheap - but not just because they’re cheap. And cheap they are. Because of unprecedented desperation tactics to sell new cars - including under-bid...

Irreparable Damage

You’ve heard the saying - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it? True enough. But there are also things you can’t fix once broken. The car will never be quite right...

Desperate Solutions to Made-up Problems

Desperation brings out the worst in people - including engineers. But then, you can’t really fault them. The government issues its fatwas - which aren't suggestions - and it is the...

Does That Look Right to You?

You don’t have to be an architect to know there’s something wrong with the Leaning Tower of Pisa  - which isn’t supposed to be leaning. The same kind of troubleshooting can be...

Subprime on Wheels

It’s a good time to be a repo man. . . again. Lots of business picking up used cars people’ve stopped making payments on. According to S&P Global Ratings and an article in...

The Ancient Debate: To Buy New . . . Or Used?

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a new car. . . and just as many good reasons to buy a used one. Also, there are some not-so-great things about buying...

Garage Op-Sec

Drive around almost any neighborhood and you will find homes with wide-open garages, expensive tools and equipment in plain sight . . . and no one around. Tools are portable. Often, they come...
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