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Should You Lease Your Next Car? The Pros and Cons

On: Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Bill Wilson


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It’s no secret that new cars are getting more expensive all the time, and, in today’s cash-strapped economy, consumers have tighter budgets than ever. One way many drivers try to avoid sticker shock is by leasing a vehicle. But does this actually save money as opposed to buying? And are the restrictions dealers place on leased vehicles outweighed by the advantages?  Here’s a look at the pros and cons of leasing.


Five Things Your Tires May Be Trying To Tell You

On: Tue, May 28, 2013 at 11:40AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Tires are to cars are feet are to bodies. We need them to get where we want to go, yet we fail to check them for signs of trouble. Unfortunately, that can cause us to miss important messages they’re trying to send us. The results of such carelessness can include hefty repair bills, safety issues, and even traffic accidents. So here’s a look at six things your tires might be trying to tell you.


Used Car Buying Tips: How to Tell a Good Deal from a Lemon

On: Mon, May 20, 2013 at 8:24AM | By: Bill Wilson


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With the economy still in recovery mode, millions of Americans are buying pre-owned vehicles these days. Done carefully, this is a great way to save money and still get a dependable auto. Unfortunately, you can’t always count on the seller to tell you the truth. So let’s look at some used car buying tips that can help us to separate the good deals from the lemons.


Three Sure Ways to Save on Gas

On: Sat, May 18, 2013 at 11:41AM | By: Bill Wilson


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When the topic of conversation turns to ways to save on gas, it seems that everyone has an opinion. But, while all these suggestions are well-intended, not all of them are equally valuable. Take changing the air filter as an example. While it can do your car a world of good in other ways, it won’t boost your MPGs, despite what many people believe.

Other folks swear that the trick is to buy gas early in the morning, so it comes out of the pump cooler. This, too, has no effect on fuel use. So how do your separate fact from fiction when it comes to boosting your car's efficiency? Here's a look at 10 popular tips for saving gas. We'll see how much truth there is in each one.


 

TechShop Fuels Ford IP Folio

On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 11:42AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Sometimes US automakers get it right. TechShop Detroit, a recent addition to Ford’s Dearborn product development campus, is the perfect example. Although originally from California, TechShop is a DIY workshop business which offers a wide array of cutting edge (pun intended) tools to paying members. And the best part: Ford is working closely with TechShop to incentivize employee inventions to bolster the automaker’s patent portfolio.

Ford already has about 17,000 pending and issued patents, but expect that number to skyrocket in the coming years. Ford Global Technologies now offers a free three-month membership to TechShop Detroit for potentially patentable ideas. The company projects that 2,000 incentive memberships will be awarded this year…and more to come in the future.


Get More Fuel Economy From Your Car

On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 9:46AM | By: Chris Weiss


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With gas prices in constant fluctuation, we'd all love to own an all electric vehicle or high-mpg hybrid. In theory. In reality, electric cars don't travel all that far. And only a limited number of models, mostly small and mid-sized, have hybrid options. Plus, you probably already have a traditional gas powered car and may not have the money to replace it.

While buying the latest, most efficient car isn't always an option, there are many small things you can do to increase the efficiency of the car that you have. A new video from Yokohama Tires takes us through a few.


New Holistic Racer Training Site SAFE Is Fast Is Serious, Star-Packed And FREE!

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:11AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Now I was a high-performance-driving natural, earning seven straight Big Wheel Racing Championships in my neighborhood (and/or mind) before I turned pro at 11. Since then I’ve moved up the ranks to professional “production car test driver that sometimes does so on race tracks,” which—though short on trophies—is big on, well… seat-time, I suppose.

It took a long time—and many expensive driver training courses I mostly didn’t have to pay for—to get to my level of awesomeness. But let’s say you don’t have the “connections” it takes to bill someone else for your driver training, let alone the scratch it takes to pay your way into them the way you’re supposed to.

If only someone could package the combined knowledge of nearly every professional in auto racing—including drivers, team owners, car builders, receptionists, and anyone else nearby—regarding nearly every aspect of racing, into video clips that could be found at one slick website….


How To Change Your Transmission Fluid

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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If you do your own car maintenance, eventually you’ll get around to changing your transmission fluid. How hard could that be? Actually, it is quite easy.

First, you must know what type and how much fluid you’ll need, so you should have you car’s manual handy. With that information in hand, go to the nearest parts store and purchase the fluid and a gasket for the transmission oil pan. While you at it, you might as well get a transmission oil filter as well, since it is really easy to change.


Checking Your Bulbs May Be A "Bright Idea" But I'm Too Awesome A Writer To Stoop To Such Punnery

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 2:47PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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There have been quite a few how-to-ish articles posted around here but none has covered my particular automobile-upkeep-related pet peeve (OK, one of my many): burned-out bulbs.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “borrrrrriiiinnnnng.”  Well, you are not far from Truthsville on that one. But seeing as how the burned-out taillight is practically the state symbol of Michigan these days—I’m still waiting to hear back from the governor on my idea, though, so it’s still “unofficial”—MANY of you need to need to be bored with this.

Bored into ACTION, that is!


Accessories Can Be A Worthy Investment

On: Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 11:21AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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You might want to consider making some small investments to make your car a bit more bearable. You can spend an incredible amount of money on car accessories, but we'll look at some of the more practical ones that are available. Obviously, you can save a lot of money by doing these yourself.

The first area to consider is your car's lights. All cars today use halogen bulbs, but, even so, some cars have poorly designed reflectors and lenses. To get brighter lights (to help you see deer, for example) you may want to consider replacing the original bulbs with ones that have a higher wattage rating. Most of the local parts stores stock them, and it is suggested that you have your headlights aligned to make sure you won't blind anyone.

There is also a great variety of add-on driving lights that you can install either on top or below your front bumper or in the grille area. These are designed to supplement your high beams. However, you'll probably find that adding a good set of fog lamps is preferable. Fog lamps will help you see better in the fog, rain, and snow.


Wanderlust Glory At Overland Expo 2012

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Salamone


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Occasionally, an event so exciting, so dramatic, and bizarrely authentic graces the average auto enthusiast’s agenda. As a result, months of planning and preparation go into a single quasi-religious-type migration. For some, that trip might be to the Concours, and for others it could be Indy. But not all gearheads are sated by mere spectator events alone.

Queue: Aaron Copland’s Rodeo.

The Overland Expo, or OX as it’s affectionately called, is an adventurers' carnival: a three-day feast of workshops, exhibitions, and camping, topped off with a travel film festival. Fortunately for us, OX 2012 has been slotted for May 18 -20, leaving ample time to refine our adventuremobiles and work a nice crease into our safari hats.