2005 Featured Articles
the Scare Out of Auto Repair - Part 1 of 4
The best way to avoid auto repair rip-offs is to be
prepared. Knowing how to select a good technician, the
kinds of questions to ask, and your consumer rights
is a good beginning. It's
also important to know how your vehicle works and how
to identify common car problems.
Taking the Scare Out of Auto Repair - Part 2 of 4
Many parts on your vehicle are interrelated. Ignoring
maintenance can lead to trouble. Neglecting even simple
routine maintenance, such as changing the oil or checking
the coolant, can lead to poor fuel economy, unreliability,
or costly breakdowns. It also may invalidate your warranty.
Taking the Scare Out of Auto Repair - Part 3 of 4
The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely
you'll be able to head off repair problems. You can
detect many common vehicle problems by using your senses:
eyeballing the area around your vehicle, listening for
strange noises, sensing a difference in the way your
vehicle handles, or even noticing unusual odors..
Taking the Scare Out of Auto Repair - Part 4 of 4
Car trouble doesn't always mean major repairs. There
are some common causes of trouble and techniques to
help you and your technician find and fix problems.
2004 Featured Article
to Donate Your Vehicle? Beware of Tax Rule Changes.
Donating your vehicle was as simple as 1-2-3. Call a local charity
to pick it up. Get a receipt. Claim it as a deduction
on your taxes. Simple. If
you are considering the donation of your car to charity
for a deduction from your federal income tax, there
are new rules for donations made in 2005.
Prepare an Emergency Kit for your Car
You never know when you might need emergency supplies
when on the road, whether close to home, or far away.
Whether it is vehicle failure, weather conditions, or
other causes, it always pays to be prepared for an emergency
on the road.
Consider the following suggestions for your vehicle
emergency preparedness kit.
Should You Sell Your Car on Your Own?
Do you have a vehicle to sell? If you sell it yourself,
you have an opportunity to make more money on the sale
because there is no middleman making a profit on the
transaction. The tradeoff, of course, is the time and
effort required, and the ultimate sale price will depend
highly upon the information and sales skills you have
at your disposal.