One of the more careless practices that necessitated the subprime bailout was sloppy loan underwriting procedures. Lenders did not sufficiently weigh the risk of lending to consumers who were hard-pressed to repay, leading to excessive loan default. Wards Auto reports that this has led vehicle finance companies to take a closer look at incoming auto Read on! →


Do you know what that 17-digit number you can see in a variety of places on your vehicle means? That’s your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and it is packed full of useful data. When you register your vehicle, buy insurance, take the car in for repairs or try to help police find your ride Read on! →


Getting a traffic ticket can provoke strong emotions. You may feel anger and confusion, seasoned with a dash of desperation. Or you may just feel dumb. Speaking of dumb, here are some of the dumbest ways to get a ticket. Ramming a police vehicle When the police are at the scene of a traffic stop, Read on! →


Octane is known to have something to do with gasoline, but not everyone understands what it is. The quick version is that it’s a component of gasoline, but not the only one, and yes the octane number has something to do with how much is in every gallon. For starters, octane is a hydrocarbon Before Read on! →


Gasoline contaminated with water can ruin your fuel injectors. At about $150 each to replace, that can add up fast for a six or eight cylinder engine. While occurrences are rare, it happens, and it can be a very difficult thing to prove. Car wouldn’t start Last week, Trinity, Ala., resident Celestra Gordon stopped to Read on! →


Most experts now agree that the old 3,000 mile rule for oil changes is over-kill. However, none will argue that regular oil changes are still one of the most important ways to keep your car running for as long as possible. Also, it’s a fairly simple job and can be done cheaply at home. Getting Read on! →


Don’t think it won’t happen to you — or someone you want to impress. One morning, your car won’t start when you need it to. Rather than calling for help, however, you can be prepared for this situation. If you have jumper cables and can tell the difference between red and black and the plus Read on! →


Understand This Before Applying for a Loan You’ve come to Car Deal Expert because you want to apply for an auto loan or an auto refinance loan. One of the first things we advise you to do before applying is to know your FICO score and examine your credit report for free at AnnualCreditReport.com. That Read on! →


There are many mechanics shops around the country where you might get charged for supplies. Not all mechanics itemize this fee, but it is important to know what this fee might be covering. The business of car repair Most of us only think about two types of fees when we are thinking about car repair Read on! →


If towing a trailer is part of your summer driving regimen, the details are important if you want to keep your vehicle and trailer stable, particularly on winding roads and hills. Here’s how to tow a trailer, horse trailer or similar gear conveyance. Start with the right equipment You’re going to need the right hitch. Read on! →