Monday, August 26, 2019
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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


Post-Warranty Warranties . . .

The first thing to know about any car warranty is that it's basically a bet. But is it a good one . . . for you? The issuer is like the guy running...

Free at Last . . . And Headed to a VW Dealer Near You

A four-wheeled Shawshank Redemption is under way. About 240,000 wrongfully convicted diesel-powered VWs are about to be paroled. The doors of their cells open; the harsh light causes them to blink...

New Cars and Ex-Wives . . .

Modern cars are like ex-wives. They’re not all bad. The problem is that the good is often outweighed by the bad. Which is made tragic by the fact that it didn't...

The Slightly Not New Car … its Pros and Cons

One way to get a discount on a new car is to buy one that isn’t exactly. These are dealer demonstrator cars - demos, in the lingo of the car business. Most...

Special Oil for Specialized Vehicles

Here's a quick video about changing oil - and which oil to change it with - if you own a speciality vehicle such as a high-performance motorcycle or a vintage car...

Rims and MPGs

One of the teeth-aching disconnects of our time is the feigned obsession with MPGs on the one hand - and the very real obsession with huge wheels (and tires) on the...

Fixing vs. Buying

One of the reasons - probably the main reason - people buy a new car is because their old car has gotten to the point that it is costing them too...

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...
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