Is Your Repair Estimate Fair?

Ford-EscapeWe received an email from a concerned car repair owner about the prices she was getting, as well as the explanations, for her repairs. We’ve re-posted it here as it is helpful to all car owners who are trying to navigate car repair costs, and wondering if they can trust their particular car repair shop. Learn More

Extended Warranties For Cars

Extended car warranties cover repair costs after the manufacturer’s warranty ends. Plans are available for both new and pre-owned vehicles. Extended warranties are valuable for people who want to budget for car repairs in advance. Often one major repair can cost enough for the warranty to pay for itself. Learn More

How To Donate A Car

When it’s time to get rid of a car, there are plenty of options: Trade it in, sell it to a private party, give it to a child, and so on. However, car donation is a good option for owners who want to do something for charity as well as benefit from a tax deduction at the same time. Here is how to donate a vehicle as well as some pros and cons of doing so.

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Fishy Car Repair

There’s an old adage in the car repair business. Never, ever, piss off a tech. It’s kind of like telling a doctor they’re a jerk just before they operate. Learn More

Car Maintenance: Will it Really Help Gas Mileage?

Does auto maintenance really save gas mileage? Learn More

Is The Dealer More Expensive For Auto Repair?

Do dealers charge higher car repair prices? There are many who assume that local repair shops charge significantly less than the dealer for auto repair. While at times they certainly do; it’s not something one can bank on, nor compare – easily anyway. Learn More

Auto Repair – Is Your Mechanic Lying?

How do you know when your car repair costs are fair? There’s an old sales joke: How do you know when a salesman is lying? Answer: His lips are moving! Learn More

Auto Repair – Just How Much Fraud Is There?

There are still skeptics, but the following illustrates the depth of fraud? We received an inquiry from a reporter recently with one simple question – how much fraud is there? We thought we’d share our response here as well:

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Will Driving 55 MPH Save Gas?

If we slow down do we save MPG? Learn More

Auto Repair – Tire Tips

I recently replaced the tires on my wife’s minivan. I decided to try a local facility that looked like it had its act together – and they did specialize in tires. I did my research at my favorite online tire resource ( and picked out 4 Yokohamas. Tip – be very wary of what your repair shop recommends for tires – do your research! Don’t just have them install what they have in stock – unless they’re good tires, of course. Learn More