The road to recovery for automakers will not be easy. That’s what General Motors Vice President of Marketing Joel Ewanick recently told Automotive News in an interview. GM has waded through bankruptcy and tremendous turnover, which might seem to make any deals designed simply to move product fast attractive. However, Ewanick insists that GM must Read on! →


Few things cause the average auto owner to cringe like the mention of transmission trouble. All most people know is that it sounds expensive. However, with some basic transmission knowledge and proper transmission maintenance, replacing a transmission can be avoided until absolutely necessary. For some cars, that time may come around 200,000 miles, although as Read on! →


When you take your vehicle to an auto mechanic, you should have reasonable assurance that they are reputable and trustworthy, rather than someone who is waiting to perpetrate one of many different auto mechanic scams. Researching a mechanic ahead of time via AAA or other industry resources helps. However, being prepared with knowledge of some Read on! →


If you’re driving at night with fogged over or dirty headlights, you’re risking the possibility of not seeing an obstacle in the road. That can spell a serious accident. Not only that, but if condensation and grime are allowed to sit inside a headlight for a long period of time, the possibility for headlight failure Read on! →


Last week, Experian PLC’s automotive information services reported that the delinquency is down for outstanding auto loans in the United States. As a result, the nation’s lenders, banks and finance companies are writing more auto loans then they have at any other time in the past. Auto loans at record highs According to Experian Automotive Read on! →


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! →