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Clearly a good idea

Drivers are only as good as their eyes. If poor lighting or a smudged windshield keep you from seeing obstacles, people or other cars in front of you, it could be dangerous or even deadly. To keep your view from the driver's seat as clear as possible, it's a good idea to regularly check and replace your car's lights and wiper blades. Read More »

Paint protection

A shiny, highly reflective finish is what most people think of when they imagine a nice car. New cars come with paint that can retain its sheen for many years if properly cared for, which is one way to improve both the appearance and value of your car. People will simply pay more money for a car that has a great looking paint job. Read More »

Maintenance that can save on gas

With gas prices fluctuating wildly, most drivers want to do everything they can to squeeze better gas mileage out of their current car. Fortunately, with proper maintenance, cars can get noticeable improvements in fuel economy that will help to save money down the road. Here's a look at six things you can do to boost your car's gas mileage: Read More »

When do your shocks need replacing?

Your car's suspension takes a beating every day. You might not think about your shocks and struts very often because they're hidden underneath the car where most drivers don't look. Those shocks and struts, though, actually have a major impact on your overall driving experience. At best, worn-out shocks will make your car's ride less comfortable. At worst, they can pose a serious safety problem. Read More »

Tire care

Nothing affects your car's performance and safety like the quality of your tires. While other parts may make your vehicle more fun or comfortable, your car ultimately depends on four small spots where the rubber touches the pavement. Your tires may make a bigger difference than you think, too. Good, well-maintained tires will result in a better ride, improved handling, predictable handling in wet or dry conditions, and most importantly, the safety of you and your passengers. Read More »

A Great Time to Buy a New Car

Now is a great time to buy a new car

Historically speaking, there may never have been a better time to purchase a new car than right now. Not only are cars more advanced than ever before -- with new technologies and reliable, fuel-saving drivetrains that can save drivers money -- but they're also available during a "perfect storm" of financial conditions that make it a great time to consider purchasing a new vehicle. Read More »

New Cars Get a Boost

car buying in 2013 turbo truck

In the 1980s, one word symbolized automotive power and excess: turbo. Turbochargers were fitted to everything from Porsches to Nissans to Mercedes-Benz diesel sedans in the '80s to boost their power output. It's a terrific idea, using a car's exhaust gasses to power a turbine that forces more air into the engine, which can dramatically increase the horsepower. Read More »

High-End Hybrids

new car buying in 2013 high end highbrids

When you think of a hybrid car, you probably imagine a small, hyper-efficient car like the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight. The biggest growth in hybrid cars for 2013, though, is actually coming from much bigger, more powerful cars that use far more gas than the Prius or Insight do. Read More »

Time to Shift Gears

new car buying in 2013 luxury hyrids

Until recently, the most common transmission on new vehicles was the four-speed automatic with overdrive, and all you needed to know about an engine's efficiency was counting the cylinders it had. Many new cars for 2013, though, are getting enhancements that help them achieve better gas mileage. Thanks to new government rules that are forcing cars to be more efficient, along with more consumers wanting fuel-sipping cars and trucks, automakers are increasingly applying their engineering talent to a new goal: squeezing the most mileage from every drop of gas. Read More »

Connectivity for All

new car buying in 2013 connectivity

Smart phones and tablet computers mean there is no such thing as an offline life today. People are always connected. The same thing applies to new vehicles, too, as many 2013 models are rolling out new connectivity features that let you use your phone or other devices to stay informed and entertained while on the go. Read More »