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Flat Tires: Self-Help Tips

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Drivers encounter flat tires more often than any other mechanical issues. Handled correctly, it represents only a minor inconvenience. Handled incorrectly, it can lead to serious injury and significant damage.   Changing a Flat Tire Flat tires need the right tools and a properly inflated spare. Follow these steps to an efficient, correct and safe

Know Before You Go: How Auto Insurance Works

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If you own a car, you probably have a basic understanding of how car insurance works. As soon as your vehicle suffers or causes any damage, you will need to know even more.   A Primer on Policies Most states require drivers to have insurance. Even if not required by law, you should have insurance

Driving Advice for Potholes

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After the rough Boston winter we have experienced, many roads are showing signs of wear due to excessive freezing and thawing. The pavement is weak and many more cracks and potholes are making appearances on the road. If possible, report these types of road damage to your city, county or state transportation authority. If your

Car Buying Tips: The Best and Worst Times to Buy

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Timing is everything when it comes to buying a new car. But how do you figure out when to buy? These tips will help you get the deal you want at a price you can be happy about. Shop early in the week to avoid the weekend crowds. Most consumers shop on weekends, meaning dealerships

What to know about Auto Recalls

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Despite minimal time inconveniences, automobile recalls play an important role in keeping drivers safe. Check out the questions and answers below to learn more about recalls.   What is an auto recall? A recall is a requirement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that owners of a particular car model or models manufactured

Get a Fair Shake at the Shop

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  Always Get a Written Estimate Written estimates are crucial when your car needs service. Most states require mechanics to give you a full written estimate, and if for some reason they go over your numbers down on paper more than 10 percent, they are obligated to contact you and let you know. Sometimes it’s

Robinair R1234YF Recharge Machine

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Changes coming to A/C work for auto body shops as EPA phases out refrigerant HFC-134a The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the gradual elimination of the common refrigerant HFC-134a in automotive air conditioning systems, which means auto body shops must adjust to the new chemicals coming in its place. Older vehicles can still be recharged

6 Tips for Taking Rover on a Road Trip

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Most dogs, like most humans, love a good road trip. If you plan to hit the highway with your best friend, there are a number of things you can do to keep him safe and happy on your trek.   Provide easy access Young, healthy dogs generally have no problem getting into and out of

All About Airbags

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Nobody ever wants to experience an automobile airbag deploying. However, everyone is glad they appear in milliseconds when needed. Airbags have saved thousands of lives and prevented thousands of serious injuries since the late 1980s. How does an airbag know to save your life?   Meticulous Monitoring Airbag systems have three components: sensors, inflators and

Dead Battery: Self-Help Tips

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Most seasoned drivers have experienced a dead battery and may need a reminder, but for all new drivers or lucky long-time motorists who have never had to address this challenge, we present the following steps for getting your ride back on the road.   Jumping a Dead Battery To protect both vehicles from damage and