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A Muscular Battery For Your Muscle Car

There are two battery-related challenges to owning an old muscle car. First, the old beasts can be hard to start - especially if the engine is a big V-8 with high...

What The Car Salesman Won’t Tell You

Car salesmen are... salesmen. Their job is to sell you stuff. Whether you need it or not. Here are some things you don't need - and some things you need to know...

Oil Change Pratfalls

Changing a car’s oil is pretty simple - so it’s surprising it gets done wrong so often. Sometimes, by “professionals”  . . . who actually aren’t. See that part above about “simple.” Many places...

What to Look for in a Drive it Forever Car

Some people like to clip coupons - I like to shave my car ownership costs to the bone. Note that I didn't say car buying costs. Because that's only half the...

When Should I Change My Car’s Oil?

It's a very common question - but it's hard to get a straight answer. I'll try to give you one. It depends. On your particular car. And how you drive it. First, let's consider the car you've got. The older...

How Come Hybrids Don’t Get Great Gas Mileage?

Hybrids get pretty good - but far from great - gas mileage. The best of them - that would be Toyota's Prius - manage low-mid 50s. Most average low-mid 40s. Which is...

The Electric Car Imbroglio is About to Get Even More Expensive…

In just a few months from now, it will be $2,500 easier to "buy" a new electric car. I put "buy" in quotes because in fact, other people will be paying...

Trading Down

A reader asked about "trading down" - lowering their car-related expenses (especially repair and maintenance expenses) by trading in their current vehicle (a luxury-brand vehicle) and rather than digging themselves a new...

Gas vs. Diesel: Which Makes Most Sense?

It used to be true that diesel engines were simpler, cheaper to maintain and much more fuel-efficient as well as longer-lived than gas engines. It’s not as true today. Current diesel engines are...

Cars, Cops, Traffic Stops – and CHPs

Trigger-happy, over-aggressive cops are - unfortunately - a reality. Which is why it's probably a good idea to get your concealed handgun permit (CHP) if you carry a gun with you...
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