Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


Random Shop Tips

The longer you do a thing, the more ways you figure out to do that thing. Sometimes, you figure out a way to do it better, or make it easier on...

Sometimes They’re Easy to Fix… and Sometimes Not!

Contrary to conventional wisdom, maintaining a modern car isn’t always hard. Sometimes, it’s easier than working on an older car. It depends on which car you’re working on. Or, truck. Some of you already know...

A Tougher Case to Make. . .

Is it still a good idea - from an economic point-of-view - to buy a diesel-powered car? The answer’s no longer as clearcut as it used to be, when the answer was...

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

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...

The Cheap Drive

I wrote the other day about stepping off the debt escalator. About the freedom that comes with not having to make payments. Car payments in particular. For every dollar you pay,...

The Color of Trouble

Red means stop and green means go - but what are the colors under the hood of your car trying to tell you? * Engine oil - Fresh oil is usually light to...

On the Merits of Ugly Cars

Remember that song about making an ugly woman your wife so as to be happy for the rest of your life? It applies to cars just as much. Like the pretty girls, everyone...

An App Instead of a Key?

Some things makes sense. Other things are just expensive. Others are merely creepy. Let's start with the first.  Does it make sense to do away with car keys entirely? Physical keys, I mean? Metal keys...

Don’t Get Taken on Your Trade-in

Buying a new car is not the way most people end up paying more than they should have. It’s trading in their old car that often ends up costing them the...

Car Costs You Can (And Should) Avoid

The best expenses are those you can skip. Here are several ways to save money you don't have to spend on your car: *"Premium" gasoline - I italicize the word for a reason. It's...
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