209 Blog Posts From the Car Care Tag


Bye-Bye Beetle

Bye-Bye Beetle

VW recently announced it will stop making the Beetle after 2019 — in order to “focus” on . . . electric vehicles. Yes, really. Expiation, you see — for having sinned. Which brings us to the real reason for VW’s decision, which ties in with the extirpation of the company’s TDI diesel engines: The current […]

73 Percent of Americans Don’t Recognize this Basic Car Warning Symbol

73 Percent of Americans Don’t Recognize this Basic Car Warning Symbol

Cars have been an integral part of American culture since Ford released the Model T in 1908. Millions of Americans rely on their cars every day to get to work, run errands, and take the kids to school or practice. And with the need for interconnectivity at an all-time high, cars are just as valuable […]

Fixing vs. Buying

Fixing vs. Buying

One of the reasons — probably the main reason — people buy a new car is because their old car has gotten to the point that it is costing them too much to keep. Repair bills vs. monthly car payment bills. You reach that tipping point in a vehicle’s life when it makes more sense […]

Your “Safety” Doesn’t Matter

Your “Safety” Doesn’t Matter

A reader asked me about dealing with the known-to-be-dangerous — the defective — air bag in her vehicle. Since there are more than 40 million vehicles “affected,” her questions — and my answer — may be of general interest: Pris asks: There’s an airbag recall for my 2005 Corolla. A truck I bought in the […]

Funny Noises

Funny Noises

If your car’s engine starts making a “funny noise,” should you be worried? It depends on the noise. Some noises are harbingers of real trouble. Others are usually nothing to worry about. But how do you tell the former from the latter? Let’s take a look at some examples of both kinds of noises: Ticking […]