Category Archives: Car maintenance

When to report a car accident to an insurance company

They are called “accidents” because they are unexpected and unintentional, and as the saying goes, accidents happen. In fact, research shows that drivers can expect to be in a claim-worthy accident at least once a decade. Before your next fender… Continue reading

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Is it worth buying an extended car warranty?

After dedicating an afternoon (or more) to test driving, negotiating, and completing a pile of paperwork for your shiny new car, the bubble-bursting finance manager gives a compelling pitch for an extended warranty. It is for your peace of mind,… Continue reading

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Five car maintenance myths and the money-saving truth

There is no question that if you want your car to go the distance, you need to take care of it. But even with good intentions, you may be spending extra money on car care that isn’t necessary. Here are… Continue reading

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Consumer Reports sees oil vanish from some test cars

Lately it seems an undue number of test cars at our track have been going through motor oil. We can remember years when we barely had to add oil to any test car between service visits. Something has changed. We… Continue reading

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Beware car colors that cost extra

Anyone who’s ever read Consumer Reports car buying advice knows that it’s important to go into a showroom ready to fend off pitches for extras you don’t need, like extended warranties, pin striping, and paint protection. But unless you’re paying… Continue reading

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GM announces free maintenance on 2014 models

Customers who purchase certain new 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC vehicles will receive two years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first) worth of free maintenance. The program, which is typically reserved for premium brands, (Cadillac already has a maintenance program… Continue reading

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Car wax can help protect your car during the spring bug season

Spring is here, and for many motorists, this is the season for paint-smearing bugs. Whether you fear the 17-year Cicada Brood II apocalypse moving up the East Coast, love bugs in the South, or some other local winged horror, this… Continue reading

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We saved money buying car tires, and you can too

We typically buy tires in bulk for our tire test program, ordering upwards of almost 1,000 tires a year. To spot check our advice and current tire buying, we recently purchased and had mounted three sets just as any consumer… Continue reading

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Testing begins on aftermarket tire sealant kits

In a perfect world, a tire sealant kit may sound like a quick, convenient way to fix a flat tire. No need to remove the tire—just add sealant, inflate, and go. But, it turns out, there is more to it…. Continue reading

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Testing begins on aftermarket tire sealant kits

In a perfect world, a tire sealant kit may sound like a quick, convenient way to fix a flat tire. No need to remove the tire—just add sealant, inflate, and go. But, it turns out, there is more to it…. Continue reading

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