Monday, January 16, 2017
Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


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,...

What Might That Smell Mean?

You can guesstimate with some accuracy what might be wrong with your car just by using your nose. If you're hip to what various smells suggest. Let's have a look -...

What Might That Leak (or Puddle) Mean?

It's a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic)  . . .  and when either leak, it's cause...

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...

Can They Detect Your Radar Detector… ?

The article I wrote a few weeks back about the value of buying (and using) a radar detector (http://ericpetersautos.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=15792) prompted several replies pointing out that in Virginia and DC -  where...

A Practical Guide For Dealing With Cops

Never pick a fight with a superior opponent - especially if he has back-up and you don't. The over-riding objective in such a case ought to be evasion and obfuscation; getting out of the...

Conspiracy . . . or Merely Convenient?

Many new cars are optimized for ethanol - "flex-fuel" compatible is how it's usually described. The problem, of course, is that a majority of cars in service are not optimized for...

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...

Ethanol Anecdote

If you own an older car, be advised. The high ethanol-content "gas" in use today can cause problems when fed to engines not made to use it. Not so much burn...
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