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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


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...

Who’s to Blame When Air Bags Don’t “Save Lives”?

Toyota just announced a recall of more than 650,000 cars  - for potential problems with the air bags. "Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger...

Another Measure of How We’ve Been Gypped (and Fooled)

Before I write a new car review, I like to do some background research - which helps provide context and hopefully makes the published review informative. Well, I found some interesting...

Things Cars Ought to Have… But Don’t

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...

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...

$5 Gas This Summer?

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...

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...

Politically Incorrect Teenager Driver Tips

What type of car is a good choice for a teenaged driver? I get asked this a lot. Everyone's got an opinion. Here's mine: * Avoid giving your teen an underpowered car. This may...

How “Safety” Requirements Make Your Car Less Actually Safe

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...

Small vs. Big: Some Pros . . . and Cons

If you're trying to decide whether to buy a bigger - or smaller - car, you might want to consider some of the following pros and cons: * Small cars usually...
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