Cars / Car Maintenance & Repair

  • 10 Cars That Will Almost Certainly Last 200,000 Miles

      

    Americans are keeping cars the longest we ever have since the automobile was invented. The average age of a car on the road today is around 11.5 to 12 years, depending on whose numbers you...

  • Best Auto Insurance Companies

      

    Thinking about shopping your auto insurance? A new Consumer Reports tally reveals the best auto insurance companies. Car insurance ads on TV promise accident forgiveness, vanishing...

  • The Clark Smart Steps for Buying a New Car

      

    If you're in the market for a new car, here are my tips for making a smart purchase. Here's how to buy a new car First, go to your credit union, online bank or traditional bank...

  • Best Cars for Teen Drivers

      

    When it comes to the best cars for teen drivers, safety is a key concern. But some new info from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has me reversing some of my longstanding...

  • Drive Your Own Car or Rent One for Summer Travel?

      

    AAA now estimates that its costs 58 cents per mile to operate a new vehicle, down from 59 cents just a year ago on the wave of weak gas prices we've been seeing for much of this year. Yet...

  • Best Cars of 2015

      

    Every April, Consumer Reports makes a special effort during car buying season to give advice for new and used buyers in their annual auto issue. This year, the overall most reliable brand for new...

  • Get expensive car repairs for free

      

    The secret car makers don't want you to know that could save you serious cash on repairs.

  • Get expensive car repairs for free

      

    The secret car makers don't want you to know that could save you serious cash on repairs.

  • Are Extended Car Warranties Worth It?

      

    Auto repair service plans can be enticing in an era when people are keeping their cars longer. But I say they're a waste of your money. Why extended auto warranties should make you think...

  • Best 2015 Cars for Resale Value

      

    Cars are the second biggest expense in most people's lives. But will the car you're buying hold its resale value? Best cars for holding their value over 5 years Kelley Blue Book has published...

  • New Survey of the Most Reliable Cars

      

    When you buy a new car, you want to make sure it's going to be a reliable ride. I have new info to share on that front from the annual Consumer Reports auto reliability survey. What...

  • Buying a Car at Auction -- Life With a $5,000 Vehicle

      

    As I reported a few weeks ago, I bought a 2005 Volvo wagon at public auction for under my budget of $5,000.  That’s a pretty darn good buy one would think, but I wasn't going to rely on...

  • Why Is CarMax Allegedly Selling Recalled Vehicles?

      

    CarMax is the dominant seller of used cars in the United States. But there's some ugliness involving our nation's vehicle recall epidemic that I need you to know about. First off, I have always...

  • Should You Pay For Premium Gas?

      

    We Americans have very short memories. When the price of a barrel of oil hit a record-high of $147 in July 2008, I took a ton of calls from people who wanted to dump their SUVs and buy a hybrid or...

  • Save 15 Cents/Gallon On Gasoline

      

    If you are looking to save money on gas, Wal-Mart has a big offer for you in nearly 20 states.The mega-retailer is offering a discount of 15 cents/gallon all summer long through September 8. It's...