April 8, 2013

How to Choose a Decent Car Repair Facility, Part II

The average car repair is something like a root canal: a costly, uncomfortable procedure you want to get over with ASAP. While this characterization may offend the sensibilities of dentists and mechanics alike, let's get real here. In both cases, what you need is quick work, done with a minimum of pain.

In Part I, we looked at the basics that you should consider when choosing a new auto shop. That includes the category of shop you require, based on the necessary repairs; appearance; and the place's reputation. In Part II, we'll outline a few more selection criteria.

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March 25, 2013

How to Choose a Decent Car Repair Facility, Part I

Are you happy with your current car repair facility? If the answer's a resounding NO!, then it's time to do a little comparison shopping. So: do you know what you should be looking for?

Whether you're unsure or just need to brush up on the details, read on!

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May 30, 2012

Save on Gas this Summer

We all want to save on gas. Whether you're an environmentalist or just someone who has a minor heart attack when you see the prices at the pump, chances are you're thinking about how to save gas this summer. Fortunately, there are actually some very easy ways to do so.

The obvious one is to drive less -- use public transit, carpool, walk, and bike. But I know for many of you this is impractical, and you're looking for how to save on gas without actually giving up your car. For those of you, read on!

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September 21, 2009

Buying the Perfect Family Car

When shopping for a family car, there are many things to consider. Comfort, safety, and fun are just a few of these. Take along this handy checklist of things to consider when shopping for that new family car and avoid costly mistakes.

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September 16, 2009

5 Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be tricky -- if you don't know what you are doing. Follow these 5 tips to learn what to look for and ensure you are getting the best deal possible.

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August 31, 2009

Be Good to Your Car -- Choose Only the Best Oil Filter

Why is the oil filter important to your car? An oil filter doesn't seem that important. After all, it's not really expensive and it's such a small part. Don't let this fool you. This little gadget plays an important part in the health of your car and can lead to costly repairs if ignored.

If you're not sure how to choose an oil filter or even how often to have it changed, stick around for some important information.

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August 4, 2009

Cash for Clunkers -- Is it for You?

Cash for Clunkers is legislation currently debated in congress as a way to stimulate car sales, improve the environment, and improve safety of American drivers. This is all well and good, but what most consumers need to know is, "Do I qualify for this money?" After all, who doesn't want $3500 to $4500 to help pay for a new car? Before you get too excited, learn the qualifications and stipulations attached to this bill.

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June 9, 2009

Tips for Choosing the Best Windshield Wipers

Stay safe and see clearly with the best windshield wipers

Finding the best windshield wipers for your car is important. Not being able to see well is one of the main causes of auto accidents. With good windshield wipers, ones that are properly maintained, many wrecks can be prevented. Here are some tips for finding the best windshield wipers for your money to keep you safe on the road.

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April 6, 2009

Is a Hybrid Car Right for You?

Owning a Hybrid car sounds great - but is it? Discover the pros and cons

Hybrid cars -- getting one sounds like a great idea. With global warming and rising fuel costs, many Americans are making this choice for a new vehicle. But, are they a good choice? Before you go out and make your purchase, you need to know the pros and cons to see if one of these cars is a good fit for you.

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September 7, 2008

Does Four-Wheel Drive Give You An Advantage In The Snow?

What You Need to Know About Four-Wheel Drive

Auto makers tout their four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles as the ultimate solution to driving in snowy weather conditions. But do they really do the job? Do you need to sell your two-wheel drive vehicle and buy a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to assure your maneuverability and traction in the snow?

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May 21, 2008

Are You At Risk of Airbag Fraud?

How Airbag Fraud Claims Innocent Lives

You buy a used car and assume the dealership is honest (or as honest as dealerships get, anyway). The car looks excellent and drives great. You'd never expect that it had been in a wreck or that, even worse, that what's hiding in the airbag compartment could kill you. Welcome to the world of airbag fraud.

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October 1, 2007

Are Car Loans at 0% Always as Good as They Seem?

Car Loans Explained:

Car loans at 0% interest have been incredibly popular for the last six months. At first glance, they seem to be a great choice -- and for many consumers they can be. But we’d like to alert you to some concerns we have about car loans at 0%. There are some things you really need to know...

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June 22, 2007

Fighting Summertime Gas Prices

Researching Gas Prices Can Save Big Bucks

Okay, so gas prices have taken a bit of a dip in my area -- I guess I'm one of the lucky few since about a half an hour from here, there's no sign of gas prices coming down at all. So what can you do to make sure you're not paying more than you have to? Gas price finders may be the answer.

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December 9, 2006

Extended Warranty Info for the Concerned Consumer

Do You Really Need an Extended Warranty?

It is very difficult to shop for any appliance nowadays without being offered an extended warranty on the item. An extended warranty is offered for nearly every appliance you can possibly by including televisions, VCRs, DVD players, washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and stoves. As a concerned consumer, you might be wondering whether or not you really need to buy the extended warranty when the sales associate offers it to you.

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December 2, 2006

Tips on Buying Your First Vehicle

Don’t Let Buying Your First Vehicle Cause a Financial Hardship

If you are young and planning on buying your first vehicle, there are some important tips you should keep in mind. Buying your first vehicle can be a stress-inducing experience for some consumers, but it can also be so exciting for many young drivers that they forget to act conservatively both in their choice of car and their method of financing it. The following advice will help you when you are buying your first vehicle.

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November 24, 2006

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Report Identifies Safest Cars

What are the Safest Cars?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released a report that identifies the safest cars on the road. As a concerned consumer, you might find the results useful when considering a new vehicle purchase. Focusing on the safest cars when purchasing a new car is a good way to narrow your search and find a car that is right for you.

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November 20, 2006

Enroll in a Driver Refresher Course

A Driver Refresher Course Can Benefit Drivers of All Ages

When is the last time you took a driver refresher course? Taking a driver refresher course is not something that is only beneficial to a few motorists who have gotten more than their fair share of tickets. Literally anyone can benefit from taking a driver refresh course.

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November 19, 2006

Speeding in Construction Zones is Both Hazardous and Costly

Fines are Hefty for Speeding in Construction Zones

It is important to slow down in construction zones for safety reasons, not to mention th fact that speeding in construction zones carries stiff fines. There is an obvious safety hazard of speeding in construction zones. You are putting the lives of the construction workers in jeopardy by speeding near their work area. In addition, speeding fines are usually double in work zones, so you will have a hefty fine to pay if you are caught speeding in construction zones.

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November 6, 2006

The Truth about High-Octane Gas

Is High-Octane Gas Really Any Better For Your Car?

If you own a car you are probably wondering whether or not you really need to buy high-octane gas. Cars definitely don’t come cheap, so it’s important to properly care for your vehicle so it will run smoothly and will last for quite a while. But is high-octane gas really necessary for the proper maintenance of your car? The answer may surprise you.

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June 24, 2006

Are You Driving Your Hybrid Car Properly?

The Right Way and Wrong Way to Drive a Hybrid Car

Due to gas costs spiraling out of control, more and more consumers are opting to buy a hybrid car in order to keep their fuel costs under control. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that a hybrid car is substantially different from a traditional vehicle and because of that, a hybrid car needs to be driven a bit differently to get the best fuel efficiency.

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