Craigslist Search Short Cuts

Posted on September 30, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice

Searching for cars on Craigslist is pretty straight forward.  There are plenty of filters already available, such as filtering for dealer vs. owner, price ranges, mileage ranges, model year ranges, etc.  However, sometimes the search results aren’t exactly what you are looking for or you want short cuts.  Here are a few short cut symbols […]

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Uneven Brake Wear

Posted on September 23, 2014 | Repair Issues

Uneven brake wear is more common than you might think.  The most common, and you could even say normal, uneven wear is between the front and rear brakes.  Because of the forces on the car during braking, the front wheels (and brakes) exert much more braking force to stop the car than the rear wheels […]

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Post Sale Parking Tickets

Posted on September 16, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice, Selling Advice

Question: Is the seller of a car still liable for parking tickets accrued AFTER selling the car?   Answer: Yes, at least until the car is registered as sold.  Parking tickets are issued to the car and not the driver because obviously the driver isn’t around to be cited. Therefore, any parking tickets issued immediately […]

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Replace Brake Fluid?

Posted on September 9, 2014 | General Advice

You go into your mechanic to get your brake pads and rotors replaced.  The mechanic says you also need to get your brake fluid replaced. Truth or Scam?   Truth. You should get your brake fluids flushed (i.e. fully replaced) every 25,000-30,000 miles or as we recommend, every time you get your pads and rotors […]

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“Hot Wheels” Top Stolen Cars

Posted on September 2, 2014 | Auto News, Buying Advice

Bottom Line First: When it comes to getting your car stolen, buying Honda Accords and Civics from the 1990′s is a bad idea.   Recently the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released their annual “Hot Wheels” list of the most stolen cars in the country.  This list is always a crowd-pleaser because it gives you […]

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Salvage Title Follow-Up

Posted on August 26, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice

Since our post on salvaged title cars, we’ve received a lot of additional inquires and some sage advise.  Here, in no particular order, are some of them. This is not a complete list of concerns for salvaged title cars but it’s a good place to start.   1. Check the VIN # at the National […]

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NHTSA Recall VIN Search Tool

Posted on August 21, 2014 | Auto News, General Advice

The NHTSA recently launched a recall search tool on their website. This timely development allows car owners to look up any recalls specific to their car.  The database is updated weekly and includes light vehicles (cars and pick-up trucks) that are up to 15 years old.  If the car had a recall but the problem […]

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Inspecting a Salvage Title Car

Posted on August 12, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice

Recently, a customer asked us a good question regarding salvaged car titles and inspections that we thought was worth sharing with you.   Q: I am considering the purchase of a car which has a salvage title. Does AutoReportCard’s inspection look carefully at frame and front end alignment and assess crash damage repair?   A: […]

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Tires: Costco vs. TireRack

Posted on August 5, 2014 | Buying Advice, General Advice

More and more customers are starting to use big box stores to replace their tires instead of tire specialty shops, local garages or national auto chains.  Given this trend, and since I recently needed to replace my tires, I did a simple comparison between TireRack and Costco.  TireRack is a discount online tire shop.   […]

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Cabin Air Filter

Posted on July 29, 2014 | General Advice, Repair Issues

We are all conscious of the maintenance required to keep our cars running smoothly and to prevent problems down the road.  We are diligent about changing the oil and filter, checking the tires, changing the air filter and other various tasks to make sure the engine keeps working smoothly.  Some of the same people, yours […]

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