4 Common Oil Change Scams (and How to Avoid Them)

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With the exception of electric vehicles, all cars will need many routine oil changes throughout their lifetime. For many people, the most convenient way to accomplish this is to take the car to a shop and have it changed for them. Unfortunately, putting the car in someone else’s hands doesn’t free the user of all … Read more

Chilton vs Haynes vs Online – What’s the Best Auto Repair Manual?

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One of the most valuable resources you can have in a home or commercial garage is a good repair manual. Automotive DIFYers make good use of these manuals to save money and get that sense of accomplishment. Meanwhile, commercial mechanics find the manuals essential due to the wide range of makes and models which pass … Read more

Clutch Pedal Adjustment Tips (and How To)

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There are fewer vehicles on the road each year with a manual transmission. While more drivers prefer automatics and car manufacturers are offering less models with stick shifts, manual transmissions are still preferred by many due to two main reasons: driver involvement and cheaper maintenance/repairs. The clutch pedal is where it all starts. It offers … Read more

9 Reasons Your Project Car Pays for Itself

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Trying to convince the wife to let you buy a Miata? Does the phrase “built not bought” sound like a pipe dream? Allow me to help. Buying a project car was one of the best financial decisions I’ve ever made. A few years ago, a friend of mine happened to be selling his 1994 Mazda … Read more

How Much to Tip a Car Wash or Auto Detailing Service

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A car wash, whether done professionally or on your own, is one of the most important things to do for your vehicle on a regular basis. Aside from just cleaning your car, it can prevent dirt and residue from building up on the exterior over a long period of time. After all, the longer you … Read more

6 Easy Steps to Hotwire a Car in an Emergency

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Hotwiring is basically when you start up the engine of a vehicle without a key. We’ve all see those movies where the a car thief (or the hero) goes underneath the steering column and twists two wires together to start up a vehicle. Is it really that simple in real life? Well, before there were … Read more

10 Essential Car Accessories Worth Investing In

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Whether you’re the proud owner of a brand new car or thinking of buying one soon, there are a few “must have” car accessories you should definitely consider investing in. They range from safety features to small knick-knacks to make your car the sanctuary that you’ve always desired. Some of these accessories may be obvious, … Read more

5 Easy Ways to Remove Window Tint

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Tinted car windows are a wonderful thing. Not only do they protect you from glare, they also provide privacy and style. Unfortunately, the tint has a lifespan and if you don’t know how to remove window tint properly, you’ll end up with a big, sticky mess. There are two basic ways to remove tint: heat … Read more

Difference between Branded and Salvage Titles in the Car

When you purchase a vehicle from an auto dealership, especially if it is new or certified pre-owned vehicle, then you can expect to receive a clear title on the vehicle after all your payments are made. A clean title means the vehicle has never experienced major damage from an accident, vandalism, or weather. This indicates … Read more

How to Find a Car You Previously Owned

We all grow an attachment to our vehicles. Unfortunately, car ownership is not a lifelong commitment between you and your vehicle. There will come a point in time when you either sell or trade your vehicle so that you can purchase a new one. Once you do, someone else will take ownership of your vehicle. … Read more