For any car owner, taking your car to a mechanic can be intimidating, especially if you don't know much about car maintenance. It is hard to know who you can trust, and it's better if you can find a mechanic you can rely on before you desperately need one. Related: How Much Is the Average Car Repair Bill? "Most vehicle repairs are unplanned," Tony Molla, vice president of the Automotive Service Association, told Cars.com. Though you can't always plan for vehicle repairs, you can still be prepared for them. With a little bit of time and research, you can find a mechanic who will save you both headaches and wasted money in the long run, with the added potential bonus of developing a relationship with a business you can trust. Finding a Mechanic "Word of mouth is still one of the most powerful ways to find a business that others have used and are happy with," Molla said. Talk to friends, family and neighbors first to see if they have any recommendations on mechanics. If you're … [Read more...] about The Mechanics of Finding a Good Auto Shop
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All the diesel engine powered cars on the market get turbochargers. With the emission norms becoming stringent, many modern petrol cars have started getting a turbocharger. The turbocharger increases the power output of the engine enabling the manufacturers to squeeze out more power from even a smaller displacement engine. With the number of increasing turbocharged vehicles on the road, it is essential to know how to take care of such engine. The turbocharger is a high-speed spinning device that induces compressed air in the combustion chamber and it is quite costly, to say the least. Here are five tips that can keep your turbocharger safe for a long time. Cold engine revving The cold engine is most susceptible to wear and tear. It does not matter if the engine is naturally aspirated or turbocharged, a cold engine should not be revved hard. In turbocharged engines, the damage can be much more. The engine oil lubricates the engine and keeps it safe from any wear and tear. Until the … [Read more...] about Own a turbo car? Here are 5 things you should NOT do on a turbocharged car/SUV
Monsoons are highly awaited in India. However, every year a lot of cars get stuck in the flooded roads of India and often destroy the vehicle. The number of water-affected vehicles increases each year during the rainy season. Here are a few tips that will keep you and your car safe if you ever face a water-logged road while driving. Don’t become a depth gauge To measure the depth of the water, many people get down of the car and walk through the flooded road. While it may sound like a good idea but it is highly dangerous and cause serious injuries. Most city roads have the underground sewage system and there are manhole openings to access the pipelines. On flooded roads, the manhole covers may get displaced and one can easily fall into it. Also, the water on the road is extremely dirty as sewage water flows back and mix with the rainwater. It can be very harmful to the skin and cause intense reactions. Splashing water Splashing water by driving feels like good fun but it can … [Read more...] about 10 things that you should NOT do while driving through a flooded road
Driving To The Future In A 2002 Many of us have seen or heard of the Terminator movies where robots rule and no one is free. To some, this is what AI (artificial intelligence) means for the future, but to others, it opens up endless possibilities to make the world a better place – even for car enthusiasts. While many car enthusiasts might not be interested or in favour of not being able to drive their cars in the future, I’m actually looking forward to it. Now, before you pick up your torches and pitchforks, there’s more than one valid reason for my excitement for autonomous driving. What if I told you that traffic would be a thing of the past, as would people driving slowly in the fast lane, and that there would be far fewer fatalities on the roads? These are just some of the aspirations that Ali Javidan, engineer and head of prototyping at a secretive tech startup – and the owner of one of the best BMW 2002s I’ve ever seen … [Read more...] about Why Autonomous Cars Might Be A Good Thing For Real Driving Enthusiasts
Dear Car TalkI own three worn-out old cars and likely will have to replace one or another soon. My neighbor has a 1992 Buick Regal he wants to sell for $2,200. Having always purchased pre-owned automobiles, I know what kind of challenges a 25-year-old car can bring (there aren’t any more in the junkyards, for one thing). But this car is perfect: Showroom condition, inside and out. My neighbor is proactive about maintenance. He replaced the alternator just because he thought it might wear out someday. The paint is double-coat, waxed twice a year. There are no cracks or splits in the upholstery. No leaks. No dents. No scratches, even. What do you think? Can I depend on a 1992 Buick to be a daily driver? — BobIt’s great that your neighbor has kept up his Buick. That certainly improves your odds of making it to work and back a few more times.But it's a 25-year-old car. And even though he may have replaced 100 parts with brand-new ones, there are a thousand parts that … [Read more...] about Is buying a pristine ’92 Buick a good idea?
Have you ever heard of MW Motors? No, you haven’t. Let me fill you in: MW is a Czech firm that, this week, unveiled what it said on its website was, “Not a concept.” The car, they insist, is “real.” It’s an electric called the Luka EV, and even if this is car is never made, I think it looks good, so there’s that. Aesthetically, it’s retro, which is always a crowd-pleaser. MW announced the car with a YouTube video posted on Monday. MW says it’s, “the first production car to use in-wheel hub motors.” MW—slogan “We challenge the norm”—also says on its website that the car will have a motor on each wheel making 66 horsepower. It also says the range will be 300 kilometers, or around 186 miles. The top speed is 90 mph. It goes zero to 60 in 9.6 seconds. It weighs approximately 1,800 pounds. All of these claims carry this not-exactly-assuring-caveat: “*Unofficial in-house testing. We will upgrade … [Read more...] about A Czech Company Just Unveiled An Electric Car That Looks Retro In A Good Way
Tweet TweetThe Romanians at Dacia are preparing a minor facelift operation for the well-known Duster SUV, a quite affordable model which, after these minor styling tweaks, could get a tad prettier. Expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, the 2014 Dacia Duster will sport a revised front bumper, new grille, improved taillights and rear bumper. Inside, expect to see a new multimedia system with a 7-inch touch screen display, improved trim, dashboard and materials. Besides the cosmetic tweaks, the engine range will also receive a series of improvements for better fuel economy figures without scarifying performance. As you probably know, the Dacia Duster is a quite popular model in Europe, mainly due to its affordable price tag rather than performance or styling. However, a series of small improvements able to refresh the appearance is always a good idea. … [Read more...] about Dacia prepares a facelift treatment for Duster
The Mid-Engine Corvette Is a Terrible Idea” by Lawrence Ulrich with thedrive.com, a long-time auto journalist who worries that the rumored mid-engine version in the works for the C8 Corvette might just be the end of America’s favorite sports car. After all, he wonders, how many people can afford a $150,000, $100,000, or even an $80,000 mid-engine Corvette. Push the price that high, and sales would almost surely plummet from the mid-30,000 range that the current C7 is enjoying. Indeed, you can get a base 2016 Corvette Stingray, brand new, with the seat wrappers still on, for just around $48,000 right now. While it might not have all the goodies that some folks want, it’s still a very nice – and very practical – sports car. We have to ask ourselves: Do we really need much more power than the base Stingray or the Z06 is able to provide? The Z06 already goes 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds and handles like a dream; would a mid-engine car really go that much … [Read more...] about Is a Mid-Engine Corvette a Terrible Idea?
If you’ve been thinking about whether or not selling your car yourself makes sense, there are lots of arguments for it and against it. We’ve approached this question in two different ways: One way is to consider when it is a good idea and the other way is to consider when it is not a good idea. You can read about the first way in our article about when it is a good idea to sell your car yourself. But if you want to know when selling your car yourself is not a good idea, then this is the article for you. We’ll cover ten different tips that will help you decide right now if you should sell your car yourself privately. 1. If the Most Important Thing is Selling Fast, Selling Your Car Yourself may not be the Best Approach When it comes to letting go of your car, sometimes the most important thing is to sell your car fast. But the industry average for selling a used car is 60 days. Knowing that piece of information, you then have to ask yourself this question: Are you going … [Read more...] about When Selling Your Car Yourself is Not a Good Idea
car dealer – after all, it's how they make their living. But knowing more about how the process works will arm you with information that will help you get into a new car and out of that dealership without making a big financial mistake.Shopping for a new or used car doesn't have to be the kind of nerve-jangling roll of the dice that it historically has been. For one thing, we have some very helpful tools so you can figure out exactly what you want – and what you should pay – before you even leave home. Showing up to the dealer with a good idea of what the landscape looks like will give you a huge confidence boost. Here are a few things to do before reading the rest of this article.1. Use Car Finder to figure out a few cars, trucks, or SUVs that might be right for you.2. Compare the vehicles you're interested side-by-side with our Car Compare tool.3. Check out our New and Used car listings to find a couple of likely candidates near you.But once you've found what … [Read more...] about A car dealer’s insider tips: What not to do when buying a new car