If you’ve ever purchased a privately owned used car, you may have been left wondering how to get the smell of cigarette smoke out of a car. Some people go the extra mile to detail their vehicles before sale, but if you’re scoping a spur-of-the-moment deal on Craigslist, you may be purchasing an AS-IS vehicle Read on! →


Cold winter weather inevitably leads to a frozen car door lock, no matter how well you’ve winterized your car. That’s why it’s a good idea to know about de-icing your car lock. You can deal with a frozen lock yourself, using only standard household items. Have a frozen car lock? Don’t panic The first rule Read on! →


Repossessions are on the rise In the third quarter of 2009, the national 60-day auto delinquency rate (defined by TransUnion.com as the ratio of auto loan borrowers 60 or more days past due) edged up to 0.81 percent, from .80 for the same quarter in 2008. TransUnion calculates the delinquency rate based on the approximately Read on! →


There is a significant market for after-market automotive fuel additives, but there are varying opinions as to whether such products are necessary. When one considers that most modern gasoline possesses detergents and other additives to help clean away engine deposits, spending extra money on additional fuel additives may seem less than essential. The online knowledge Read on! →


Getting your oil changed, or changing your own oil, seems like a pretty basic process. Drain out the oil, replace the filter, put everything back together, and add new oil. In some mechanics’ garages and quick-lube shops, though, “suction” or “siphon” oil changing methods are gaining popularity. What are the basic differences between suction oil Read on! →


Having a great car with bad tires is a recipe for ending up in a roadside ditch. You probably aren’t a professional stuntman, so don’t mess around. Learn why your tires are failing, and swap them out for quality rubber. It’s not just about flat tires Unless you run over a nail on the highway Read on! →


New or old, your vehicle’s paint can make a huge difference on the value and visual impact of your car. Knowing how to fix a paint scrape on your car’s finish yourself can help save you time and money. Anatomy of a paint scrape Most modern vehicles have at least three layers of paint over Read on! →


All cars these days typically come with a jack and a spare, but the jack is usually one of the screw-wound, plate metal things. It’s better to buy a hydraulic jack and a full size spare instead of the insipid donut that comes standard. Flat chance A flat tire is stressful, can be embarrassing and Read on! →


Buying a car is exciting, but it’s also confusing and stressful. You might think that the confusion and stress would end once you find the car you want and settle on a price. Even after you’ve gotten that far, however, the process can be nerve-wracking because once you’ve negotiated a price, a dealer will ask Read on! →


Carburetors had long been a part of vehicle engines, but the last carburetors were used in United States engines around the early 1990s. With the death of the carburetor came the reality that idling a vehicle engine for more than 10 seconds is not worth the cost, environmentally or financially. When engines idle Engine idling Read on! →