Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


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...

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...

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,...

SkyDiving Without a Parachute

Given how expensive traffic tickets are, it’s amazing so many people won’t buy a good radar detector. Unlike the car you’re driving, it actually is an investment - and not just...

The Ancient Debate: To Buy New . . . Or Used?

There are plenty of good reasons to buy a new car. . . and just as many good reasons to buy a used one. Also, there are some not-so-great things about buying...

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...

Garage Op-Sec

Drive around almost any neighborhood and you will find homes with wide-open garages, expensive tools and equipment in plain sight . . . and no one around. Tools are portable. Often, they come...

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...

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...
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