When it comes to the running costs of your car, it all relates to car maintenance and fuel economy, aside from car and insurance payments and any unforeseen repairs, of course. Regular car maintenance is important, because it keeps your car running reliably, so you should plan to change your engine oil and oil filter regularly, typically every 5,000 miles or six months, as well as watch for other necessary maintenance items, such as intake air filter condition, automatic transmission fluid level and condition, and engine coolant level and condition, to name a few. To save money, there are a few of these things that you can do yourself, with a few tools and a little bit of patience.
On the other hand, while car maintenance has a small part to play in your fuel economy, it really can’t fundamentally change the car itself. For example, you’d be hard-pressed to squeeze the same number of miles per gallon out of a six-cylinder sport utility vehicle as you could from a four-cylinder compact car. If you really want to improve fuel economy, you’d most-likely have to buy an economy car or a hybrid car. The problem is that, maybe you can’t afford a hybrid car right now, or they don’t even sell hybrid cars in your market. Is there anything you can do to improve your fuel economy in your current car without spending a lot of money?
Really, it all boils down to driver habits and proper car maintenance, and these five tips can save you a lot on refueling costs. Continue reading “These Five Fuel Saving Tips Won’t Cost You Anything Extra!” »
Some people go off-road because they like to have fun, and these people are typically far more in touch with their 4x4s than the average person. To get the most out of their ride, off-roadies modify their rides for more power, better flexibility, and more capability. They know the importance of quality parts and regular maintenance, but are also ready to make repairs on breakage that surely comes with extreme vehicle use. On the other hand, some people go off-road because it is necessary for their job or lifestyle, and unless you’re a hard-core off-roader, you might not be as in touch with your 4x4 as those other people are.
That being said, it’s important to keep in mind that regular maintenance is just as important for the casual or working off-roader as it is for the extremists. No matter what your status as an off-roader is, keep these things in mind when it comes to regular maintenance. Continue reading “Going Off Road? Keep Your Ride in Top Shape!” »
For automotive enthusiasts, gearheads, and car junkies, as well as for designers and artists, classic cars are a link to a mechanical past. Classic cars aren’t so much about engines and transmissions, but about a certain style that has long passed. Today’s cars are made to sell in large numbers, which is why the low-priced Toyota Corolla has sold over 40 million vehicles since 1966, but looks like practically every other small and mid-size sedan.
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Nissan’s rich history, dating back just about a century, is matched only by its rich variety of vehicles. Today’s lineup ranges from the tiny Nissan March / Micra to the Nissan NV350 commercial van, and includes everything in between, such as the subject of today’s article comparing used Nissan compact cars, the Nissan Sunny and Nissan Tiida.
Continue reading “Spring Car Comparison: a look at two of Nissan's most popular Sedans” »
Considering that, for many of us, an automobile could be the second-biggest investment you'll ever make. It only makes sense, therefore, that you'll want to find someone who can take care of it for you, that is, a trustworthy mechanic or technician. Unfortunately, it seems that, these days, there are some people that think they can pick up a wrench and call themselves a mechanic. Sure, they may be mechanically inclined, but does that make them competent? More importantly, should you entrust your automobile to inexperienced and untrained hands?
Automobiles are more complicated than ever, so finding a well-trained and competent automobile mechanic has become more important than ever, but how do you choose? Unfortunately, there's no one thing that identifies a good mechanic, but here are a few steps to help you find a trustworthy automobile mechanic.
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While the term “road rage” may have been a popular buzz-word back in the 90s, it is still a major problem. Road rage refers to the feelings that are experienced by drivers who fail to maintain self-control when dealing with some perceived offense by another driver. Sometimes, this lack of self-control results in *cough* creative hand signals and colorful language, light flashing and horn blasting, aggressive driving maneuvers, even coming to blows, that is, physical violence. Sadly, such lack of self-control has even led to murder! How could something like possibly happen?
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Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun” is a technological powerhouse that has influenced just about every other market in the world, from automobiles to smartphones to video games! Unsurprisingly then, the Japanese automobile history started in the early 1900s, not too far removed from the rest of the world, and yet has become a worldwide trend-setting machine. Indeed, even the world’s best-selling car is Japanese, the Toyota Corolla, which supplanted the German Volkswagen Beetle in 1997, having sold more than 40 million units since 1966.
Additionally, it should come as no surprise that Japanese automobiles have been the source of many automotive firsts, which left the rest of the world struggling to catch up. Here are some examples…
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The Suzuki Alto is designed to fit a very specific set of standards, otherwise known as Japanese “Kei” car standards. While many countries see these cars as undersized, sometimes even cartoonish (we prefer “cute”), they fit in perfectly with the way that the Japanese see transportation, a means to an end, that is, inexpensive and reliable transportation. It seems that others are catching on however! Continue reading “A new take on a Japanese classic: The new Suzuki Alto” »
Everywhere you look, people and goods have got to get from place to place, sometimes at the same time. If you only need to move goods, a standard pickup or cargo truck might do the job. On the other hand, if you need to move people, a sedan or SUV is just as well. In the middle is the pickup truck, as versatile as it is useful, and a pickup truck has actually been the best-selling vehicle for a long time.
Mention pickup truck, and people will probably think Toyota HiLux, indeed, it has become the benchmark by which all other pickup trucks have been compared. Of course, Toyota HiLux might be the best-selling pickup truck in some African countries, but the global best-selling pickup truck happens to be the Ford Ranger. If you are in the market for a pickup truck, you have a lot to choose from. Here are the best-selling pickup trucks on the market, today.
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Your car dashboard holds many of the gauges and warning lights that give you a glimpse into the health of your engine and essentials, as well as the state of things like speed. Keeping a keen eye on the dashboard will alert you to many problems and you can have them taken care of before they can escalate. We already ran an article on the dashboard warning lights and what they mean, but this time round, we are looking at the common dashboard problems.
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