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Renting a Car

Renting a Car Renting a car can be confusing if you do not understand the terminology and calculated fees. Here is a brief outline of things to consider when renting a car: Selecting a Rental Company When choosing a rental car company, make sure you or your travel agent call around to compare prices. Be aware that vehicle classifications for standard, mid-size and luxury cars...

Customize: Make Your Car Your Own

Customize: Make Your Car Your Own Your car is a blank canvas on which to express your personality. Literally millions of aftermarket gewgaws and doodads can make a stripped, basic model into a classy, quick and unique mode of transportation. From key-less entry security systems to nitrous oxide kits, the automotive aftermarket has what you need to match your car to your needs. Show Wheel-arch trim...

What You Want Versus What You Need - Choosing a Vehicle

What You Want Versus What You Need - Choosing a Vehicle Technology of every kind has made driving a safer, more enjoyable, and more economical mode of travel than ever before. But as all this new technology becomes available, it requires some knowledge on your part to decide what's necessary and what's just convenient. Bordering on Essential For more than 100 years, we've found our way along the road using basic maps and...

To help you start out a new car in your life

To help you start out a new car in your life Maybe it's not your first car (think back to Mom and Dad's awful station wagon with velour upholstery that they gave you when you started your first after-school job). Maybe it's not the first time you even bought a car. Whatever the case may be, you know that it's time for a new car in your life (be it brand-new, "previously owned", or let's face it, "used")....

Auto Insurance - Factors that Affect Premiums

minimizing insurance cost Auto Insurance Automobile insurance is meant to protect you against catastrophic losses, such as a major accident or the theft of a new car. But you should not overpay for more than you need. However, you should not expose yourself to large financial risks. While it's common to carry liability coverage up to $300,000 per accident, that's probably not enough...

What is that smell of your vehicle?

I can't stand it anymore! OK, the weather changed a little, and it warmed up just enough to run the air conditioner in your car. Hopefully you have periodically used it during the year to keep the system internally lubricated. This time it's a little odd though… I know that smell ! You've smelled it before. You remember it, but your senses just aren't what they used...

The Intermittent Blues - fix a vehicle problem if it is intermittent

Feel at the end of your rope? Welcome to one of the most frustrating issues for the consumer and the technician. An intermittent condition is something that only occurs once in a while, and/or without any regularity. When you bring your vehicle in for testing / analysis, some special rules may come up. What? No guarantee? No technician can ever guarantee to find and...

Discount auto parts store

Frustrations on the job - Negotiations...: When was the last time you asked for a discount at the doctor's office? Ever take a steak into a restaurant and ask them if they will cook yours instead of theirs? Would you ask the carpenter to use half the nails to cut down on costs? Why would you ask your auto technician to put on your parts or only put 1 spark plug wire...

Cooling system - Your engine needs to stay cool

There are some ideas how to keep the interior of your car cooler and the A/C system in good order. Your engine shouldn't be left out of all of this either, and needs some special care too. Engines are not without feelings. Why do I need to change it? There is a common myth that the engine's coolant doesn't need to be changed. Not replacing the engines' coolant is...

Cooling the interior of your vehicle

How to keep the interior of your vehicle a little cooler? Now a few things to keep your vehicle's air conditioning system in top shape, and what to do if it isn't working right. There are a few new options are available if your A/C system needs help. Use it or lose it A vehicle's A/C system needs to be used. The compressors that pump the freon through the system have...

What the temperatures can really get to inside a vehicle?

A familiar tune, but perhaps an unfamiliar tale. Summertime can be hard on your car as well as your own physical well being. We have all heard the horror stories of children or pets being left in a vehicle on a hot summer day, but ever wonder what the temperatures can really get to inside a vehicle? Let's fry some eggs in the parking lot this summer I recently...

Some Anti-Lock (ABS) Brake basics

ABS Questions and Answers How do I know whether my vehicle has ABS? 1) Read your owner's manual. 2) Check your instrument panel for an amber ABS indicator light after you turn on the ignition. 3) When you buy, lease or rent, ask your dealer or rental car company or your service technician. How do I know if the ABS system is working? In many vehicles, you may...

Fed up with the gas prices???

The Grand Roller Coaster ride Welcome to San Diego, where gas prices fluctuate more than the humidity. Some major gas station chains have been on a buy-out binge, attempting to wrap up the market and secure their futures. Normal business trends in a way, and not too unlike the large home-improvement chains. buying out / driving out all the "Mom and Pop" stores, but...

Gas Facts: Yikes! How can I afford to drive?

How much per gallon? Here in Southern California, killer bees aren't the only thing to be afraid of. Keep your eyes on the gas pumps, as they seem to be increasing as much as twice a day! How can we continue to drive our cars? Anyone recently buy a SUV or truck? Upsizing suddenly doesn't seem to be way such a great idea anymore. It's going to be a bumpy road ahead,...

Electrical common sense

Some common sense for your electrical system Your vehicle and its electrical system have special needs and precautions. Two of the more common components that need maintenance are: The battery: The battery is the heart of the electrical system. It's condition determines if you are going to be able to get to where you want to go...after all, if it won't start, you're...