Car buying experiences – Part 2
While more shoppers are enhancing their experience and gaining knowledge by using online tools, there is still something to be said for actually test driving the vehicle you are considering. Often, especially when shopping online, you may find that sellers of automobiles (particularly when it’s individual sellers) may not give an accurate representation the car they are selling. Shoppers may see pictures of a pristine, new-looking car only to show up and find a vehicle of different condition than expected. In other instances, shoppers find that the car they were interested in looked good inside and out but, after seeking… Read More

Car buying experiences – Part 1
Everyone has their own story of when they bought a car. Whether it was their first or 15th, they most likely have an experience or two that they will never forget. When my father was recently looking to replace his last car, I tagged along and watched the process he went through. Being that we have a car dealer in our extended family, the experience we went through is likely different from a typical customer experience, but it was eye-opening all the same. We really relied on the dealership staff to steer us toward the right product – one that… Read More

The 2015 Jeep Renegade. Photo: Sonny Bynum
  Let it never be said that the auto industry doesn’t know how to put on a show. If you’re in the Dallas area this weekend, and you are in the market for a new car, an automotive enthusiast or just a fan of fun, this is your official notice that you are welcome and encouraged to go. Even from the perspective of industry insiders, this is fun, and a pretty good deal.   The 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Texas Ranger concept truck. You should… Read More

How do auto loans work?
  So how do auto loans work? Since most people buying a new or used car opt for financing it’s an important question, and understanding the answer will help you in the purchase process. Most auto loans are simple interest loans. Your monthly payment is made up of two important parts: one is principal, the actual amount you borrowed to buy a vehicle; the other is interest, the fee paid to the lender for borrowing the principal. Payments can include a larger amount of interest at the beginning of the loan and then switch to a larger amount of principal… Read More

Clean machine – Tips and tricks for spring cleaning your vehicle’s interior
We covered how to clean your car’s exterior like the pros. Now, we’re going to tackle the inside of your car. Let’s clean it up. First, when cleansing the interior with gentle rags and solution, don’t be too rough. Especially try to avoid wiping down the headliner of your car, these are very gentle and can fall apart easily. Pro tip: save cleaning the interior of the windows until the very end. When wiping down smaller parts, take apart whatever you can. A small step like taking out the cup holders or air vents when possible goes a long way.… Read More

St. Patrick’s Day cities – the top 9 luckiest
As spring gets springing, the luckiest of all holidays (with the possible exception of Chinese New Year - and a hearty "Gong Xi Fa Cai" to you), St. Patrick's Day, is upon us tomorrow, and cities all over the country are gearing up for parades and parties. And the road trips to them are epic. Maybe not as epic as the cities and celebrations themselves, but still quite epic. Here are the top 9 cities where you can expect to find the luck of the Irish and maximum St. Patrick's Day celebrations. They’re in order, if you're not from one… Read More

Cars in games – mixing pixels and petrol for fun and profit
Since the dawn of time, mankind has dreamed of simulating the experience of driving sweet cars. Or was it the mid-80’s? I’m not a historian. Regardless, videogames old and new have had their hand in capturing the allure of the coolest rides in the world and making them accessible to anyone with a controller and a screen. When Pole Position hit arcades in 1983, it struck a chord with enough car lovers to become the highest grossing arcade game that year. The game’s commitment to realism (8-bit graphics and audio of… Read More

Buckle up – Formula 1 to tell a new story when 2015 season roars to life in Melbourne
Another 20-chapter Formula 1 story begins at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, March 15, when a global audience numbering hundreds of millions watches the 2015 season get underway. Last year’s winner, Lewis Hamilton, is favorite for the drivers’ championship followed by his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg. Mercedes are considered to be in pole position for the constructors’ championship as they seek back-to-back titles but Santander-sponsored Ferrari will have something to say about that. Their drivers Sebastian Vettel, who switched from Red Bull Racing Renault, and Kimi Räikkönen, share five drivers’ championships between them and will be pushing hard for… Read More

Clean machine – Tips and tricks for spring cleaning your vehicle’s exterior
In my years of driving, there has been one too many instances when my car was just begging for a wash.   But no matter how gunked-up my car is, I cannot seem to bring myself to spend the money on a professional cleaning job. Unfortunately, my DIY personality and quest to save cash have led to many failed attempts to clean my own car, resulting in a streaky mess. Many times, I wondered if the dirt looked better than the amateur job I wound up delivering. I never considered the fact that I could be doing things all wrong.… Read More

The enigmatic Stig. Photo: Featureflash
The U.K. TV show “Top Gear” is a worldwide hit. And of its segments, one that most astounds is the Challenges. Often, these challenges involve analyzing the performance improvements or cost effectiveness of various after-market modifications. Why is this so revolutionary? They install those crazy mods you've seen in stores, and they actually test their effectiveness, putting the entire after-market component industry on trial, complete with verdicts.   The hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond… Read More