- A Clean Car is Money in the Bank
Purchasing a new car is a major financial investment. Keeping it clean is an easy and inexpensive way to protect its resale and trade-in value, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
“Many motorists procrastinate when it comes to cleaning their vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
- Combi USA Recalls Stroller and Car Seat Travel System for Fall Hazard
Today Combi USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of the Combi Shuttle Travel System because the car seat can disengage from the stroller. Consumer Reports discovered this problem in its tests last fall and notified the manufacturer about the problem. Combi immediately stopped selling the product, which had been available through online retailers between June 2015 and September 2016.
- Basic Tire Maintenance for Every Driver
The tires are the only thing between the vehicle and the road. When they are properly inflated and in good condition, the handling, stability and safety of the vehicle will be maximized. Conversely, when the tires are under inflated, worn out or damaged, all of the safety systems on the vehicle cannot overcome the loss of control that comes with a blow-out or hydroplaning situation. Air pressure in a tire is like oil in an engine; when it is low, the resulting internal damage is unseen until it is too late.
- A Little Auto Care Goes a Long Way
Performing simple preventative maintenance on your vehicle will go a long way toward protecting your vehicle investment, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
“Buying a new car today comes with a hefty price tag when you add up the down payment, monthly car payments and higher insurance rates. Neglecting its care can mean even higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs and lost resale value,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
- The Privacy Threat in Your Used Car
When Charles Henderson traded in his beloved convertible four years ago, the dealer made sure to collect the car keys, but he couldn't take away Henderson's digital access.
A security expert at IBM, Henderson knew to protect his private data, so before he waved goodbye to the car, he deleted his personal information from the built-in digital systems that guided him home via GPS, opened his garage door, and dialed up the friends in his phone book. The dealership also double-checked to confirm that he had made many of these moves, he says.
- All-Female Auto Shop Will Do Your Hair And Nails While They Fix Your Car
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- Invest Tax Refund in Auto Care and Earn Valuable Dividends
Although you may be thinking of ways to splurge with your tax refund, the Car Care Council recommends something more practical – invest some of that money in auto care and reap the financial benefits.
- You Don't Need the Luck of the Irish to Make Your Car Green
The luck of the Irish won’t make your car green, but performing basic vehicle maintenance will not only help protect the environment, but will also keep more “green” in your wallet, says the non-profit Car Care Council
- How to Prevent and Recover from Hydroplaning
There is nothing more frightening for drivers than losing control of their vehicle. Hydroplaning not only strips from drivers their ability to steer their car, it also causes feelings of helplessness, a terrifying experience for even the most experienced driver.
- The Heat is On
Winter is coming so the heat is on to check your vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system before the bitter cold weather arrives.
- A Word to the Wise: Winterize
Winterizing your vehicle is a wise idea, says the Car Care Council. An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather
- Holiday Road Trip Three Ps That Won't Bust the Budget
The non-profit Car Care Council advises motorists planning a road trip over the holidays to follow the three Ps – prepare, prevent and plan – to save money and avoid breakdowns.
- Don't Be Spooked By Basic Car Care
While Halloween is a scary time of year, vehicle owners don’t need to be spooked about basic car care.
- Are Your Brakes Trying to Tell You Something?
Because brakes are a normal wear item on any vehicle, they will eventually need to be replaced. Factors that can affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material. Be sure to avoid letting brakes get to the ‘metal-to-metal’ point as that can mean expensive rotor or drum replacement.
- Study Shows Top Tier Gasoline Worth the Extra Price
Location and price drive gasoline sales, according to a new survey by the American Automobile Association. But an extensive study also conducted by AAA, reveals that consumers would be wise to factor the quality of the gasoline in their purchase decision.
Using an independent engine testing lab that specializes in fuel analysis, AAA sought to answer the question: Is “Top Tier” gasoline worth the price? The short answer is yes.
- How to avoid overpaying for your rental car
One traveler who rented a car from Hertz in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., thought his “final” rate would be $150, only to find out the car-rental company upped it to $550. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) By Christopher Elliott Columnist May 26 at 5:18 PM Follow @elliottdotorg When you rent a car this summer, don’t look for one price. Look for three.
- 8 Ways to Revive Your Car After Winter
Summer, complete with pool parties, abundant sunshine and road trips is fast approaching. Is your car ready for the warmer months ahead?
- Infographic: Check engine light on?
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- Under Pressure? TPMS Dashboard Light Lets You Know
Newer model vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to warn drivers that at least one of their tires is underinflated. The dashboard light looks like an exclamation point inside of a horseshoe and, if illuminated, should be addressed immediately, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
- National Car Care Month: Headlight Maintenance 101
When is the last time you changed your headlights?
April is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for spring and summer, when most road travel occurs. Not only does April mark the end of winter, but it’s also National Car Care Month. While many focus on oil changes, brake pads and tire pressure checks, there’s one safety element that’s critical yet often overlooked – vehicle headlight maintenance.
- April is National Car Care Month: Time to Make Auto Care a Top Priority
Car Care Inspections Reveal 80 Percent of Vehicles Need Service
Bethesda, MD – March 31, 2016 – Analytics are big these days in business, sports and politics. When it comes to auto care, the numbers tell a very revealing story as 80 percent of vehicles need service, a new part and/or repair, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.
- The Real Difference a Fuel-Efficient Car Can Make
Many of us try to make daily choices to reduce the amount of energy and effort it takes to live our lives. It's human nature to strive for efficiency. The benefits can be experienced daily, including having more time to spend on the things and people that matter most. Collectively, our actions can have a far-reaching impact, such as reducing energy consumption and contributing to cleaner air.
- Should Kids Learn to Drive on a Manual or an Automatic?
Karen learned to drive on a manual transmission and thinks it made her a better driver. But is it safer to teach kids on an automatic? Car Talk's advice, here.
- 10 Ways to Avoid a Crash
Many people equate car safety with crashworthiness. But Consumer Reports believes the technology that helps you avoid the car crash in the first place is just as valuable.
But choosing a safe car can be challenging when that technology gets lost in a showroom alphabet soup of acronyms that salespeople themselves may undervalue or underemphasize.
- Lower Gear vs. Riding the Brakes: What's Best
Joe's daily commute includes a steep mountain road. What's better for his Ford Explorer Sport Trac-using the brakes all the way down or relying on lower gear? Car Talk's answer here.
- What Really Happens When You Put Diesel in a Gas Car?
What's the worst that can happen to your car if you mix up the diesel and the gasoline? And does this happen a lot? Car Talk has the answer, here.
- How to Winterize a Car
The winter months are hard on your vehicle. Cold temperatures, dirt, and road-salt residue can all cause problems. However, there are some simple checks and maintenance items you can do that will help your vehicle stay in top condition.
If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on the windshield, or if the wiper-blade rubber shows any signs of cracking or stiffness, replace them with a new set.
- New American Supercar Debuts at 2016 North American International Auto Show
DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker and American race car driver Ben Keating today unveiled the 2016 Force 1 V10, an all new American Super Car, during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The two-seat, all carbon...
- Why Tires Go Flat in Cold Weather
As winter approaches, many motorists will experience a low-pressure warning light on the dash or simply observe that the tires look a bit less full than they should. The main reason for this is the dropping temperatures, which cause the air to become denser and consequently lower the tire pressure. Of course, tires naturally lose pressure over time, and there can be a puncture.
- Know Before You Go: How to Prepare Your Car for Winter
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- What to Do After a Car Accident
Whatever your reactions after a car accident (cursing might be the first), it’s vital to keep a clear head. These 10 steps could reduce the risk of further damage or injury, prevent hassles, and save you money later on.
You might want to keep this list in the glove compartment, just in case.
- How to Prep Your Motorcycle for Winter Storage
Cooler weather means another riding season is drawing to a close in northern regions, for all but the most hardcore motorcycle riders. And unless you count yourself as part of that hearty group, now is the time to think about proper winter storage for your bike.
- 3 Dangers to Avoid in Packed Parking Lots
As you navigate the mall parking lots during this holiday season, you may think that squeezing into an open space will be your biggest challenge. Think again. That’s because parking lots are not only rife with car accidents, but they are where most mall-related crime occurs. Drivers and walkers navigating the lot are vulnerable to being hit by cars and falling prey to theft. Also, unattended vehicles loaded with packages are open invitations for break-ins.
- Rear-Facing Car Seats Are Still the Safest Way For Young Kids to Ride
A recently released study on rear-facing child car seats may inadvertently be sending the wrong message to parents. The study's results, while meaningful to improving the overall safety of car seats, look at just one small piece of the puzzle, possibly causing some parents to jump to conclusions.
Simply put: Rear-facing car seats are still the safest way for young kids to ride in a car.
- How to Protect Your Car on Halloween
Want to hear something spooky? Halloween tricks typically start before the holiday, and your car is not immune from that mischief.
Every October, goblins, ghouls, and even zombies prowl the night and "trick" cars. But these cars aren't tricked out, they're hit with broken eggs, Silly String, or smashed pumpkins. If left on the paint for a period of time, this nasty mess can cause permanent stains that are not only unsightly but can lower your vehicle's resale value.
- Guide to the Volkswagen Emissions Recall
Volkswagen is accused of—and has admitted to—circumventing the emissions control system in about 482,000 vehicles sold in the United States since 2008 with the 2.0-liter diesel engine. As many as 11 million vehicles worldwide may be affected.
In mid-September, the EPA issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America (collectively VW) for failure to comply with Clean Air Act regulations.
- How to Extend Tire Life
Tires. Every car has them. Although they can often be neglected, it is hard to overstate the importance of caring for the only part of the car that actually touches the road. As we have been seeing with our treadwear testing, tires may not live up to their advertised promise for total tread life. But there are some simple things that car owners can do to ensure their tire go the distance...
- Are You a Severe Driver?
Things change, including the way we use our cars, how we drive them and the condition of our roads. Although normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception, says the Car Care Council.
According to the council’s Car Care Guide, severe driving refers to:
- Used Car Prices Increase Nearly Eight Percent to Hit Record High in Q2 2015, Says Edmunds.com
According to the report, the trends suggest a shifting tide in used car inventories, which are skewing more toward newer off-lease vehicles and certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. Edmunds' analysis found that average used car prices hit a record high of $18,800 in the second quarter, up 7.6 percent – or $1,300 per vehicle – from the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, the average age of used cars ...
- What's With All the Buttons: This Is How You Choose Types and Grades of Fuel
- This Is How You Choose Types and Grades of Fuel at the Pump
- Winter Driving Tips
Winter Driving Tips
- How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes
How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Car's Heater
How to Get the Most Out of Your Car's Heater
- How to keep your car's value from depreciating any faster than it has to
A car may be a depreciating asset, but you don't want its value to drop faster than it has to.
- No Need to 'Warm Up' Modern Vehicles in Cold Weather
It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm-up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.
The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems, and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road.
- 17 Weird Traffic and Car-Related Laws from around the United States
Whether you're heading down the street or across the country on a road trip, it's likely you generally follow (most) traffic laws. The majority of those rules are fairly straightforward and well known—do we even need to mention speed limits?—but some states have more obscure laws on the books, covering some rather strange topics. Curious whether you've ever been or could be in violation of some of these more eccentric traffic laws? Click through to see 20 of the oddest we could find and where they're in force.
- Holiday Road-Trip Survival Tips
Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s cottage or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate holidays with family or friends, AAA has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident.
- Dishonest Abe: Why You Shouldn't Use the Penny Test to Check Tire Tread Depth
Tire Safety: Replacing the Penny with the Quarter
- 4 Tips for Driving in Rain
Did you know it only takes 1/12th an inch of rain and 35 mph to hydroplane? The roads are more dangerous when rain comes after a dry spell. (Rain slicks the road with accumulated oil and dirt). But, you just need water. Even though most of the oil washes off after one day’s rain, wet roads are dangerous—rainy weather or not.
- Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Minimizes Thanksgiving Travel Stress
High traffic volumes and unpredictable weather make Thanksgiving a stressful time to travel. According to the AAA, the number of Thanksgiving travelers will top 54 million, the highest travel volume in over a dozen years. While you can’t control the traffic or the weather, you can make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the trip, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
- The Car Care Council Explains Your Warranty--Magnuson-Moss Act
The Car Care Council Explains Your Warranty--Magnuson-Moss Act
- Importance of Oil Changes Highlighted In New Video from Car Care Council
As part of its efforts to educate motorists about the importance of preventative vehicle maintenance, the Car Care Council has released a new video titled, “It’s Time for an Oil Change.”
Produced in conjunction with AutoNetTV Media (ANTV), the new video discusses the why, when and where to have an oil change performed, including:
- Vehicle Lights and Wipers: The Keys to See and Be Seen
As the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.
- October is Fall Car Care Month!
October is Fall Car Care Month!
- Top 10 Little Known Tricks For Better Gas Mileage
Top 10 Little Known Tricks For Better Gas Mileage
- Prepare Your Car for Fall: 3 Quick Tips
Autumn means shorter days, colorful foliage, football season, and shaking one’s head in disbelief at stores putting up their Christmas displays in October. And with the change in seasons come changes in driving conditions – temperatures drop, and many parts of the country start to see an increase in rain, ice on the roads, and even a bit of snow. Here are three ways to make sure that your car is ready for the fall
- Car Care Tips: Myths vs. Reality
Here are seven common car care myths and some pitfalls to avoid when taking care of your vehicle.
- Ignore These Vehicle Repairs and You May Get Pulled Over
Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately, but beware that ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed, says the Car Care Council.
“Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead to extra costs, such as fines or ‘fix-it’ tickets, if these problems are not taken care of when they arise,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
- The 15 Most Epic Tailgating Vehicles in College Football
There’s no right or wrong way to tailgate, but the folks who drive these ultimate tailgating vehicles are definitely doing it right. They take tailgating to the next level by pouring their heart and soul (and a lot of their savings) into an epic tribute to their favorite teams.
- A Solution That's Fit to Be Tried
The sloshing sound in this Honda Fit is likely AC related.
- New Car Care Council Video Helps Get Your Vehicle Back-to-School Ready
Back-to-school season is quickly approaching, which means family vehicles will start working overtime. The Car Care Council has released an informative new video that will help families get their vehicles ready for carpools, playdates, soccer games and more this fall.
- In The Future, Your Car Will Read Your Biology to Make Decisions for You
In The Future, Your Car Will Read Your Biology to Make Decisions for You by Kristin Houser on August 2, 2017 Gentex Corporation Next-Level Integration As automakers like Tesla, Toyota, and Volvo focus on developing vehicles that can interact autonomously with their environments, Ari Teman is exploring ways the cars of the future could interact with you .
- Car Care Tips: Myths vs. Reality | Auto & Other Vehicle Services
Hello, I'm interested in finding out more about your Car Care Tips: Myths vs. Reality CAPTCHA Car Care Tips: Myths vs. Reality Aug 5, 2018 Believe any of these myths at your costly peril Some automotive maintenance myths seem to have taken on lives of their own. Sure, they seem like logical, sound pieces of advice, but when it comes to maintaining your car, they could end up costing you extra money and time in the long run.
- Put a Stop to Brake Trouble Before School Starts
A properly operating brake system is critical to safe vehicle operation and control under a variety of conditions. Brake Safety Awareness Month is the ideal time to stop and make sure your brakes are working properly before the new school year and colder temperatures arrive.
- 30 Best Classic Road Trip Songs of All Time
Ah, there’s nothing quite like the great American road trip.
- 5 Tips For Driving In Extreme Heat
Driving in extreme heat can put specific stresses on your vehicle, so it makes sense to be aware of them. Check out these 5 tips that will make your heat wave commute easier both on your car and yourself.
- How to Reset Steering Wheel's 'Clock'
When your steering wheel says 11 a.m. but your wheels insist it's noon, it's time for a mechanic.
- Paying at the Pump is Taking Up More of Motorists' Paychecks
Don’t Let Your Tank Break Your Bank. For when you are behind the wheel this summer, AAA offers these tips to improve your driving to get better gas mileage: Observe the speed limit. Not only is it safer, it can help you save money. Lose the weight. The heavier your car, the more fuel it uses. Accelerate gradually. Avoid jackrabbit starts. Drive during cooler parts of the day. Cooler, denser air can boost power and mileage. Maintain recommended tire pressure.
- Your New Car May Have New Needs
Check out these tips for navigating fluid-change and oil recommendations on new cars
- It's Time for an Oil Change
It's Time for an Oil Change
- 10 Most Popular Road Trip Routes in the US
From "On the Road" to "Thelma and Louise" to "Easy Rider," is there any endeavor more American than the road trip? On these popular drives, getting there is more than half the fun.
- Is Your Car #RoadTrip Ready?
Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your vehicle is road trip ready so you can have any problems fixed before you go. A pre-trip vehicle checkup will help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
- Don't Let the Check Engine Light Turn You Off From Making Needed Repairs
The top 10 check engine light repairs from the annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ reinforces what the Car Care Council has been saying for years. Motorists who ignore the check engine light get less miles per gallon and could face costly repairs down the road.
- Car AC ON vs Windows Down - Mythbusters
Car AC ON vs Windows Down - Mythbusters
- Here's Why You Should Never Drive Your Car On Empty
Some drivers see their car’s fuel gauge as a nagging parent; it lights up urging you to refuel like your mom or dad would remind you to clean your room. But don’t ignore your car’s insistence on refueling, because you can damage your car by running it on empty.
- Learn about the Dangers of Potholes in New Video
The Car Care Council, in conjunction with AutoNetTV Media (ANTV), has produced a new video about the perils of potholes and how they can adversely affect a vehicle’s handling and performance.
The new video titled “Dangers of Potholes” emphasizes three warning signs that motorists should look for after hitting a pothole:
- Loss of control
- Pulling in one direction and uneven tire wear
- Tire and wheel problems
- Late-Night TV Celebrities Ranked by Car Owners Most Trusted To Work on Their Cars
If you could pick a late-night television celebrity to work on your car, there is a good chance his first name would be Jimmy. In a survey of more than 20,000 vehicle owners across the country, the results show that Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon top the list says the non-profit Car Care Council.
- 5 Fluids You Should Check For April Car Care Month
5 Fluids You Should Check For April Car Care Month
- Why Changing Your Car's Air Filter Is More Important Than You Think
Your car’s air filter is a key part of your engine’s respiratory system.