Real Life MPG

Posted on December 9, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice

One of the major factors in deciding which car to purchase is the car’s fuel efficiency, the “miles per gallon.”  Unfortunately, for as long as cars have been on the road, the advertised MPG and the real life MPG have rarely matched.   So how to make an informed decision?   Luckily, there is a decent […]

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Preparing for the Long Road Trip

Posted on December 2, 2014 | General Advice

It’s that time of year when families take long road trips on vacation or to get to the family reunion.  These times are already stressful without even getting into car trouble.  So here are some simple proactive steps to help reduce the risks of car trouble on these long trips.   The Car   1. […]

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Takata Airbag Recall. Safe to Drive?

Posted on November 25, 2014 | Auto News, General Advice

There is a lot of information already out there about the recall, but we found this article on ConsumerReports.org to be particularly useful.  It even has maker specific recommendations. Look up your VIN number on safercar.gov to see if your specific car is part of the recall.   You should read the entire article if […]

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The Painless DMV Visit

Posted on November 11, 2014 | General Advice

The DMV has a bad reputation when it comes to customer service; long lines, complicated forms, slow service and conflicting instructions.  Most of this may not be warranted but we still find ourselves cringing when faced with a visit to the DMV.  Here are a few tips to make the visit easier.   First, avoid […]

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CarFax vs Inspection

Posted on October 28, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice

Amazingly, people still ask us what the difference is between a vehicle history report, a.k.a Carfax or AutoCheck, and an inspection report.  These are actually two completely different ways to check on a car and both are very important.   Vehicle History Report is to Resume as Inspection is to Interview.   A vehicle history […]

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RaggTopp & 303 Convertible Top Protector

Posted on October 21, 2014 | General Advice, Repair Issues

Brand new convertible tops come with UV and water protection but they can wear out over time, especially if you park your car outside.  However, there are plenty of products you can use to add additional protection to your top.  RaggTopp and 303 Fabric Guard are two of the more popular products for this purpose.  […]

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