New vs Used Car: Depreciation

Posted on June 30, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

There are some great joys involved when buying a new car.  You get that new car smell.  You get exactly what you want.  And most importantly, you don’t have to worry about the condition of the car.   The down side is cost, a.k.a. money, a.k.a the Benjamins, and lots of it.   Different cars […]

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Clay Bar

Posted on June 16, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

Even after you wash your car, there are still particles stuck to the paint or, to be technically correct, to the clear coat of your car.  The contaminants can be anything from small metal particles like brake dust or tiny bits of paint from some guy spray painting his house down the street.  These particles […]

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Check Tire Pressure Regularly

Posted on June 2, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

The other day I was driving a bit aggressively when I felt lateral instability in the car.   Easiest and therefore the first thing I checked is the tire air pressure.  Turns out all four tires were at 29psi when the recommendation was 35psi cold.  The recommendation is usually on a sticker on the inside of […]

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Airbag Recall

Posted on May 26, 2015 | Auto News, General Advice

The airbag recall is back in the news. Repair parts are finally available and so OEMs are sending out mail to owners of recalled vehicles.   But don’t wait for the mail to see if you are part of the recall.  Go to your OEM’s website to look up your VIN.  Alternatively, look up your VIN […]

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Dealer Service Costs

Posted on May 19, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

First the no-brainer, if your car needs work and it is still under warranty then you might was well get it done at the dealer.  You have the choice of getting the work done with an independent mechanic under warranty but that is an extra step.  So, if there is no out of pocket expense […]

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Paying Off Your Car Loan

Posted on May 12, 2015 | Buying Advice, General Advice

Congratulations!   You are almost done paying off your car loan.  So how does that actually work?   First, find out your 10-day payoff amount.  This can be obtained by calling your loan provider (e.g. your bank). Many times it is also provided to you on your monthly statement.   You basically get 10 days to pay […]

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Dude Where’s My Low Gear?

Posted on April 28, 2015 | General Advice

In automatic transmission cars there used to be at least one low gear if not two or three in the shift box.  There used to be P R N D L and sometimes L2 and L3.   But new cars these days don’t have those low gear options.   What to do?   First, lets go over […]

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When to Replace the Brakes

Posted on April 14, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

Q: We’ve had our Honda Pilot for over 6 years and we are approaching 100,000 miles but we’ve never replaced the brakes!!  Brakes usually last between 25,000 and 75,000 miles depending on how aggressive you use them.  But 100,000 miles without replacement?!    Will the brakes fail suddenly one day?   A: No need to panic.  […]

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