Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


Avoiding Underhood Quackery

Cows walk willingly up the ramp to get that knock on the head. It is wise not to follow their example when it comes to getting your car fixed. And - it's...

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...
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