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Car Maintenance & Repair

• Make sure the work ticket lists the symptoms your car is experiencing, not recommended repair. If you have to bring it in again for the same repair, make sure the ticket lists the same symptoms.

• Write "estimate only" on the work ticket, or "I authorize repairs up to (a specific dollar amount)."

• If the estimate is large, take it to another mechanic for a second opinion. If your car is not drive-able, have it towed to another repair shop for a second estimate.

• If your car is towed to a mechanic, don't allow the tow-truck driver to choose the repair shop. He or she may be paid to steer your vehicle to a particular shop.

• Don't rely on a nationally famous name when you go for a car repair. Too often at a franchise location, the parent company fails to accept responsibility for a problem.

• Beware of specialty repair shops, particularly brake and muffler shops. A good reputation goes a long way.

• Having your oil changed at an oil-change shop is fine, but don't authorize any other work.

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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 been a fan of Carmax. They've been around for 20 years and were started in Richmond, ...

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 other fuel-efficient vehicle. But as prices subsided, Americans resumed ...

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 available at any Wal-Mart gas station if you use a Wal-Mart money card or ...

No car warranty? No worries!

No car warranty? No worries!

Do you have anxiety because your car warranty is about to run out? Clark has advice that will ease your mind.

Why A Diesel Engine Won't Automatically Save You Money

Have you been eyeing a diesel-powered car in the hopes of bringing down the cost of driving?  Have the advertisements promising 45 mpg got you convinced that diesel is the secret to lowering your cost per mile? As enticing as these ads are, there are costs that cloud the waters ...

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 twice... I saw a recent article in Real Simple magazine about these third-party extended warranties that ...

New data: Cars with the lowest operation cost

New data: Cars with the lowest operation cost

When buying a vehicle, the sticker price isn't the only consideration. Here's new info about the cheapest cars to own over a 5-year ownership cycle.

Cars with the lowest cost of 5-year ownership

When you go and look for a car, what do you look for? A lot of times, it's an emotional connection, you get excited about a particular brand. They call that "getting into your funnel." But what really matters with a car? Certainly reliability is a big factor. But how ...

Car tires that get safer with use

Car tires that get safer with use

Car tire safety is about to improve, thanks to new technology that makes the tire safer with daily use.

Automatic offers smart driving assistant to save money on gas

Are you willing to put yourself to the driving test? Then get ready for new technology that can grade your performance on the road and maybe save you money. Automatic.com  offers a $100 device that plugs into your car's diagnostic port and then synchs up to your smartphone. With Automatic, ...

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