Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


Practical Winter Driving Tips

It's that time of year - almost. You will likely be reading - and hearing - about how to make the best of it when the flakes begin to fall. I won't recycle...

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...

New Car “Standard Features” That Ought to be Optional

No one likes a nag. Especially one that comes along for the ride. Here are some I wish were optional. I'm betting you do, too: *The lawyered-up infotainment screen -  Most (and soon, all) new cars...

Avoiding a Louisiana U Boat

Something you don’t want may be floating your way soon. Well, it probably won’t actually float there. More likely, a truck will carry it there. To a used car lot near you...

Ancient Cars vs. Modern Cars

Modern cars have been around a long time - at least three decades, since the mid-late 1980s. This was the period when the first electronic fuel injection systems and ECUs (the...

An “Apple” a Day…

You've heard about eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It's good advice. Eating healthy can't hurt, at any rate. Well, here are some things you might want...

The Dangers of The “Donut”

If the government is so concerned about our “safety,” why doesn’t it require cars to have real spare tires? As you may know, most new cars don’t … because of the government. Well, because...

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...

What to Do if You Own an “Affected” VW Diesel?

A worried owner of a diesel-powered VW wrote to ask me whether he ought to accept the buy back offer announced last week (read more about that here) or keep the...

A Cool Gadget

If you wrench - or even just tinker - you may already have a portable jump-starter rig. They are super handy to have. For those who aren't hip, it's jumper cables plus a...
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