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Categories: Miscellaneous

The Color Of Antifreeze

On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 2:38PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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It really used to be much simpler than it is now. When you needed some antifreeze, you just went to the parts store and got some. All cars used the same old green or yellow/gold stuff. Today, it’s not that simple any more. There's now red, orange, green, yellow, and blue to choose from and they're not all compatible with each other. Still, the majority of the cars on the road use the good old green or yellow/gold antifreeze.

To find out for sure which one your car has, look in the owner's manual or, better yet, open the radiator cap and see what you've got. Before we look at the various types of antifreezes, let's take a look at why your car's engine needs antifreeze at all.


Once Upon A Tune-Up

On: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 3:14PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Once upon a time, cars needed a tune-up every 12,000 miles or so. That provided a lot of business for the local dealer and service stations. The process was somewhat complex as well. The points and condenser in the distributor needed to be changed, or, at the very least adjusted, as did the spark plugs. Then the timing had to be reset. As 99 percent of all cars had carburetors, those devices needed some attention as well.

It should also be remembered that cars weren't able to last as long as cars today do. After 50-60,000 miles, it was expected that some oil burning should occur and it was highly unusual for anyone to keep a car for 100,000 miles or more.

Well, oil technology has changed all that and electronic controls have reduced the need for that ever-frequent tune-up.


Financing Your Car

On: Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 9:05AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Most dealers literally give their cars away these days—at least they don’t make the profits they used to on the sale of a car. There’s much more awareness today of what the cars cost and so the consumer is able to bargain more effectively. At the same time, the manufacturers have cut the dealer’s profit margin. It’s hard to believe, but the gross profit on a base is only a few hundred dollars!

Of course, dealers still do quite well with used cars because it’s practically impossible to find out what their cost is. In fact, with many dealerships, it’s their used car operations that keep them going.

With “front-end” profit margins (profit made from the sale of the car) shrinking, dealers have focused more and more with their Finance or Business office to make money—this is known as the “back-end” profit. By getting the customers financed, they are able to earn “reserve,” and this is where they sell extended warranties and accessories—commonly known as ”aftersell”.


Lighting The Way

On: Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 9:04AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Drivers that want to see better at night have several options. Let’s take a look at what’s available:

Sealed-beam headlights: There are two types available, tungsten and halogen. Of the two, tungsten is worse, but very cheap. You’ll find these on older cars. The main problem with old-style sealed beams is that they produce a very dim, unfocused beam of light that doesn’t have much range and also doesn’t produce much light on the sides of the road. In addition, backglare, which occurs when it’s snowing, raining or foggy, can cause accidents. Halogen sealed beams are only marginally better, producing a brighter, white light.


 

Toyota Announces 2012 Tacoma Pricing

On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 10:54AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Toyota announced this week the pricing for its perennial all-star pickup truck. In a press release, Toyota cited several updates we can expect in the 2012 Tacoma, including a slight facelift, a new multimedia system called 'Entune,' as well as two new exterior colors:  Spruce Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic.

The price announcement is a very real reflection of the current US economic state—only the base (read cheapest) model gets anything higher than a 3% increase in base price. Some models, like the PreRunner Access Cabs (both auto and manual versions), have not been increased by a single penny.

Keep reading to see the full press release and find out just how much that model you had your eye on has gone up, if at all.


Lease Trading **Uncensored**

On: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Salamone


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There are a few popular websites that push lease trading, but LeaseTrader.com is perhaps the most recognizable and easiest to work with. In as few as four days to six weeks, the seller’s leasing company can process the transaction and put you in a previously leased vehicle at significant savings. But the process is unclear, obscured from the suspicious lens of the prudent buyer. Hopefully, we can clear up some of the muddy water with a lease trading rundown. 

For starters, people who assume leases don’t have to pay any down payment on their new car. And the reason is simple: the former owner already paid!


The Caddy That Fibs!

On: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 2:36PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you haven't already seen it, there is a new commercial for the CTS-V Coupe out there (scroll down and watch it before you continue if you don't know what I'm talking about). The commercial is technically about how the Caddy has been using Magnetic Ride Control for some time and recently Ferrari has purchased this technology from GM to put into their cars. The idea is supposed to be that now Cadillac is ahead of the game and somehow technologically advanced well beyond some of the finest moving Italian masterpieces out there. 

That's what the commercial is technically about...


Car Insurance: Shop Around - Please!

On: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 12:17PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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If you have a car, then you have to have car insurance, and for many car owners, the insurance premium can be the deciding factor in what type of car they drive. In some cases, the monthly insurance premium can be as much as the car payment itself. Insurance premiums can vary widely between companies, and if you think getting insurance from a big company guarantees you lower premiums, you’re wrong. You have to shop around.

The premium a driver pays is based on a number of variables. Most people think that their driving record is a factor. Obviously, someone who has accumulated speeding tickets will pay more, and so will someone who owns a sports or high performance car. Putting a lot of miles on your car is another factor, and having a young driver in the household will run up insurance costs.


Car Buyer Types

On: Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 4:31PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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No one really likes to be classified, but the reality is that we all fit some sort of profile in one way or another. Just recently, the J.D. Power and Associates firm—the company that’s responsible for all those surveys of quality and other automotive issues—completed their Vehicle Shopping Process Study which analyzed how different retail programs have affected new car buyers. It's their first survey which tries to analyze how car buyers shop for their cars. The bottom line message for car makers is that what works in California may not work in New York.

The survey asked 8,300 new car buyers what, if anything, influenced their decision to visit a particular dealership. The results are listed as follows:


ANOTHER Honda Recall!

On: Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Hot on the heels of last month’s massive 1.5 million car recall, it seems Honda has a few more problems on their hands. It seems that the power window switch found in the Fit, CR-V, and City models has been created with a defect that can cause it to heat up significantly and potentially catch fire, which is not on the list of things to do for most daily commutes.

Besides that bit of fun, Honda has issued another recall in tandem with the CR-V for its hybrid CR-Z model because when the battery is low on charge, the gas engine has stalled and the transmission is in gear, the electric motor may actually rotate in the opposite direction—meaning you could go forward when the car is in reverse. That would be a tough one to explain to the cops or the insurance company.

The good news is that no serious injury or deaths have been reported as of yet because of these defects, but the bad news is that over 936,000 units worldwide have been affected and are slated to head back to dealerships. Keep reading to see the full press release from Honda.


Don't You Just...

On: Sat, Sep 3, 2011 at 11:14AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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Don’t you just hate it when someone rushes into your lane from a side street and then slows to a crawl?

Don’t you just hate it when you’re stuck behind some loud, jacked-up, beat-up pick-up truck spewing noxious fumes?

Don’t you just hate it when you see a trooper’s lights come on behind you?

Don’t you just love it when, as you move over to stop, he quickly passes you to get that guy in the jacked-up, beat-up pick-up truck?