Auto Repair

Vehicle maintenance – or not – for summer driving
Summer is approaching fast. The last crisp, frosty days of winter and spring are melting back into memory and giving way to the driver's opportunism: the desire for the open road. Are you ready to travel? We're betting you are. Glance into your pantry and take a look at the remainder of last year's victual provisions. Jerky? Check. Sports drink powder? Check. Expiration dates all still in the future? Ummm ... You can mess up a lot of stuff about travel, but one thing that you don't want to fail to do is to prepare your vehicle adequately for the… Read More

National Car Care Month – The Hows and Whys
It’s April, which means it’s time to celebrate National Car Care Month! Time to give your trusty vehicle some extra attention and make sure it is healthy and in good working condition! This time of year is devoted to car care because it is the perfect time to get your car checked out after enduring the long, hard winter months. You should have your car inspected by a licensed professional as it may have experienced significant wear and tear from the harsh colder weather. It makes sense to prepare your car – as well as yourself – for the beautiful… Read More

Holiday Road Trip
Every holiday season, there is one tradition that millions of Americans participate in that can be delightful and relaxing, but might also be difficult, dangerous, infuriating, expensive and fraught with the perils of high adventure: the road trip. No big deal, right? It depends on many factors, and no one knows better than you do how easy or tricky it can be to cram your family into your vehicle and get from one place to another. If the family that you are visiting lives nearby, then bringing the clan to see the relatives on a holiday may not be too… Read More

Snow in your eyes? Winterize.
Whether it’s been freezing where you are for some time now or you live in some unholy latitude you aren’t sure winter will ever touch again, these are five things you need to do to attend to your vehicle’s wintertime needs. Check all of your vehicle’s fluids. Make sure you have the appropriate ratio of water to antifreeze in your coolant system (about 1:1). Look into using lower viscosity engine oil, as it will lubricate better than higher viscosity oil in the cold, but to get the correct type of cold weather oil for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual.… Read More

Easy and effective car maintenance
Driving is fun. Being prevented from driving is not fun. I could stop right there, and let my editor smile with pride at my terse efficacy, but I'd be leaving out the really easy and cost-effective ways to keep common automotive problems from preventing your fun. So let's take a look at some vehicle maintenance tips that will keep you on the road and in the fun. Wiper blades If you can't see, you are effectively in an enclosed, flying, steel box. Keep your windshield clear for you to see while you drive, which is a winning combination. We recommend… Read More

Summer Driving and Getting Ready for the Road
Memorial Day is behind us, and with it, some driving weather that wasn’t nearly as hot as it could have been. But some hot days might be coming soon, and, if you're going to be on the road for them, you'll want to be ready. Now is the time to start pre-summer checkups on your car's hardware, so that when the time comes to roll out, you'll be cruising and cool. And AAA agrees. Staying on top of car maintenance is a smart way to save yourself time, money and headaches when you’re adventuring on the road this summer. Simple… Read More

Costs of car ownership worry millennial generation
The common wisdom that Gen Y consumers – those born between 1977 and 1994 – no longer are interested in automobiles doesn’t seem to hold water, suggests Deloitte’s study. They’re just practical about the costs of car ownership and other factors involved in owning vehicles. “Among Gen Y consumers who do not currently own or lease a vehicle, cost seems to be the main barrier – with most (80 percent) saying it is because they cannot afford it and three quarters citing high operational and maintenance costs,” reported Used Car News. “Affordability is the mantra for Gen Y consumers who… Read More

Bankruptcy doesn’t have to prevent shoppers from getting a car loan
Bankruptcy may seem like the end of the world if you need to purchase a new or used car, but it doesn’t have to be. While lenders are more reluctant, generally, to extend financing to someone with a bankruptcy on his or her credit report, it isn’t always the case, especially if you find a financing company that has a lot of experience working with people with less-than-perfect credit, including bankruptcy. “If you have recently gone through a bankruptcy and are now finding it difficult to obtain financing for an auto loan, don’t despair,” says RoadLoans, an online lender with… Read More

The new car myth and the truth about used cars
How many new cars are on our streets and highways at any one time? Give up? It’s a trick question. The answer is: virtually zero. Almost 100 percent are used cars considering that even the newest among them lost several thousand dollars in value as soon as they were driven off the dealership’s lot. Oh sure, we talk a good game (and countless words are written) about new cars. But even if you don’t take the description “new” literally and count any vehicle up to a year old as new, the vast majority of cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, etc., still… Read More

Warning! Do You Need New Tires?
Warning! Do You Need New Tires? I was recently at a crossroads with my car. More specifically, my car’s tires. I had a decision to make on whether to rotate my wheels per the standard “every 5,000 miles” rule or purchase a whole new set. The front were pretty worn down and rotating the back ones forward (my car is a front-wheel drive) could possibly get me a little more mileage out of the tires. But just how much more, I wasn’t sure. So I pondered the question: Do I need new tires? This led me to a tire shop… Read More