Andrew McDonald • There are so many different types of vehicles on the road, and so many variations in engine choices in one model of vehicle, it can be confusing to the everyday motorist to decide on the appropriate fuel. There are also many reports of people putting the wrong fuel in their vehicles, often with catastrophic results. This guide will help clarify fuel differences, and what to do if you put the wrong fuel into your vehicle. What are the fuel types commonly available? Enter any fuel station and you’ll see a whole range of different fuels, especially the premium offerings. You’ll see regular unleaded, or 91-octane, premium unleaded 95, premium unleaded 98, E10 unleaded, E85 ethanol, diesel and premium diesel. That’s a lot of choice and potential disaster considering that there are only two major fuels: unleaded petrol and diesel. LPG, or liquid petroleum gas, is another fuel you’ll find, but it’s not as popular as it … [Read more...] about Which fuel type do I need? Petrol, diesel, E10, LPG… what’s the difference?
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What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions. Ken from New England likes small, fun, and zippy cars. He keeps them a long time, but his current ride is getting towards the end of its life. Ken’s ready for a new ride but wants something that can last a while. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars.) Here is the scenario: It’s time for me to buy a new car. I mean, my current car is mostly great, but I’ve had it 10+ years and if I don’t buy a new one now, I have to keep it another 10 years so that I don’t interrupt our cycle of “only one car payment at a time.” I’m not really “done” with my car, but it has 170k miles and will need a clutch and AC soon, so I’m not keeping it for another 10 years. To be honest, I want everything I have now, and more. I don’t want to regret giving up a car I love … [Read more...] about I Need a Small, Fun Car That Will Last at Least Ten Years! What Should I Buy?
“Should I buy an extended warranty?” If you’ve ever bought a used car or kept a new car for over three years until the standard, manufacturer warranty expired, you’ve almost certainly asked yourself this question. If you’re struggling to find the answer, this guide should help! What exactly is an extended warranty? All new cars come with a manufacturer warranty, which typically lasts for three years. This warranty, minus a few exceptions, will cover anything that goes wrong with the car within that timescale. An extended warranty from a warranty provider such as Warranty Direct, is designed to be an easy way for you to extend this coverage after the manufacturer warranty expires, giving you protection in the event of unexpected vehicle failure. Why not just get the parts repaired or replaced myself? The cost of parts and labour can be expensive and repairs are inevitable when you own a car. Things happen! Engines, fuel pumps, radiators, and other … [Read more...] about Extended car warranties: a simple guide
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Bank scandals, electric-vehicle production, carmakers spending cash like a kid with too big of an allowance, recall investigations and how the midterm elections affected legislators who deal with the auto industry. All of that and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2018. 1st Gear: Here Comes the “You Knew About It” Lawsuit The new Wells Fargo “re-established in 2018” commercials are all nice and “We’re sorry we screwed up” and all, but its scandals extend wide and far. Just get a load of this one: Reuters reports that a new lawsuit alleges Wells Fargo executives knew how bad the bank’s auto-insurance program was for years. Our big breakdown on the Wells Fargo insurance scandal is here, but, to be quick: The bank forced around 800,000 people to purchase insurance they didn’t need along with their car loans, pocketing … [Read more...] about Wells Fargo Executives Knew How Screwed Up Their Car Insurance Program Was for Years: Lawsuit
As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. Sometimes folks get into a tough spot or don’t know what to do, so I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. Let’s see what we have on deck for this week: My wife leases a Nissan Leaf for about $200 a month. Our insurance on it has been as high as $300a month. I’ve asked for an explanation from my insurance agent as to why the insurance is so high and I have not received an answer. Any ideas on this matter? Is it typical to pay more for insurance on a lease than if you had a purchased with a typical auto loan? We’ve recently switched from Safeco two Travelers and have both auto and home insurance with them. This is a tough question to answer because your insurance premiums are based on numerous variables in addition to the car you drive, like your location, your driving habits and even your credit score. That being said having a … [Read more...] about Why Is My Car Insurance So High On My Electric Car?