Gasoline fires are no laughing matter, even if people do find the strangest ways to endanger themselves with the increasingly expensive petroleum product. Take one Daytona Beach, Fla., man who rigged up a plastic gas can to be his car’s fuel tank – all he did was set up the gas can under the hood, Read on! →


Flashing — or erasing and reprogramming — your engine’s computer is a legitimate way to keep a car’s engine control modules (ECMs) up to date. This is done on nearly all vehicles 1996 and newer to ensure that the microprocessors in such areas as the power train and fuel injectors are regulating their systems properly. Read on! →


Ally Financial (formerly GMAC Financial Services) is preparing to originate auto loans that should please any car buyer who has suffered through an upside down loan. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ally will offer car loans in America’s five most highly populated states that will enable borrowers to sell their cars back to Ally Read on! →


A nation that many economic experts consider on the cusp of becoming a superpower, Brazil, is looking for ways to bolster new car loans and improve the welfare of its local automakers. Slow vehicle sales have sent inventory soaring to 2008 levels, but as Brazilian media indicates, the government is taking actions to stimulate automotive Read on! →


Imagine there are cracks in your car’s vinyl dashboard. If you think covering them with masking tape and coloring the tape to match the dash is copacetic, shake yourself. Real vinyl dashboard repair isn’t difficult, and it’s cheap. True, it’s more expensive than masking tape and a magic marker, but it should be. Go cheap Read on! →


In a move that will bring 2,000 jobs to the beleaguered state, construction will resume on the Mississippi Toyota plant in Blue Springs. The Associated Press reports that Toyota’s estimate is that the plant should be fully operational by the fall of 2011. It had originally been slated for completion in 2010, but the recession Read on! →


The economic climate of recession and the resulting taxpayer auto bailout apparently still has automakers gun shy, reports Automotive News. That’s because low factory inventory is becoming the rule rather than the exception lately. The result of this is that dealers need more cars to sell, as they cannot meet rising demand. An online survey Read on! →


The recession has forced many consumers to hold onto their cars for longer than they’d planned, which is both a blessing and a curse for dealer service departments, says Wards Auto. Car sales and warranty jobs are down (as well as the market for auto loans), which has prompted dealer service departments to intensify their 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! →


Getting green automotive technology off the ground requires a large capital investment; that’s why it never hurts to have Bill Gates in your corner if you’re EcoMotors International. The startup that is committed to the development of environmentally friendly automotive engine technology received a massive investment from the former Microsoft chairman in the amount of Read on! →