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Things You Should Never Do (When Working on a Car)

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A good mechanic often has the scars to prove it. My friend Tim - a professional mechanic with years of experience - just acquired a new one the other day. While...

People Aren’t Buying . . . Here’s Why

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New car sales are down - again - for the seventh month in a row. Which means they've been slipping all year long so far. The last time it was this...

$5 Gas This Summer?

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The way things are going,  gas prices will probably top $5 a gallon this summer. We may be lucky if it stops there. Some industry experts, including former Shell CEO John...

Guerrilla Car Buying

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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...

Before You Go Old . . .

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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...

Don’t Depend on Just Gas…

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Having a generator for back-up power is great - unless you don't have the fuel to run the generator. The irony of the portable back-up generator - most of them, at...

Things Cars Ought to Have… But Don’t

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I've ranted about stuff new cars come with that seem over-the-top, unnecessary - stupid, even. The obnoxious back-up buzzer in the Toyota Prius hybrid, for instance. Headlights that stay on all...

How “Safety” Requirements Make Your Car Less Actually Safe

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The government enacts laws - or issues regulatory fatwas - requiring that new cars comply with various "safety" standards. Ironically, the result of these standards - in terms of vehicle design...

The Ticking Time Bomb in Your Dashboard

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Air bags - driver and front seat passenger air bags - have been mandatory in cars since the mid 1990s. That means there are now millions of older cars on the...

Goodbye, V-8s. Maybe This Time, For Good

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V-8s are on the way out - again. The first mass extinction occurred circa late 1970s/early '80s - as a result of the first round of the government fuel economy edicts...
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