Automobiles, Auto Care

If you’re having your car’s oil changed every 3,000 miles, you’re likely overdoing things and wasting money.  Most modern vehicles can go much longer between oil changes – in some cases, up to 15,000 miles. Check your Owner’s Manual or go to to see what your car’s manufacturer recommends: I should note that if […]

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1/27/08:  Late this afternoon I gave a friend a ride home; as we passed a “touchless” car wash I commented that I’d love to get the salt and grime off my car – but I didn’t dare as it was only 14ºF out – and was afraid that the doors would freeze shut before I […]

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Kevin on November 26th, 2008

Ask anyone who’s involved in the automotive aftermarket or service business what happens when the cost of gas escalates rapidly, and the answer you receive will be consistent:  people put off servicing their cars. It’s a fact. Faced with a dollar that doesn’t go as far, a lot of drivers will begin extending oil change […]

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If you’re buying a new car, there is one thing you absolutely must NOT do: do not, under any circumstances, agree to purchase any dealer installed options. Let me quickly point out that I’m not referring to items like spoilers or audio equipment, although you ought to be careful there as well. I’m referring to […]

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Kevin on July 11th, 2008

Ever wonder what auto detailers use to clean glass – or interiors – or wheels? Or how they get that spectacular show-car shine? A few years ago I became moderately obsessed with detailing and began frequenting detailing forums and experimenting with products the pros recommended. In this post I’ll cover some of the favorite tips […]

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Kevin on June 13th, 2008

Years ago I was driving from Albany to Oswego NY late at night when I realized the rear end of my car was acting oddly – it felt loose, particularly when I went around turns. I pulled over and discovered that my left rear tire was almost completely flat. The good news: I had a […]

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Do you want to avoid having the power cord for your GPS or radar detector cluttering up the interior of your vehicle but DON’T want to tap into your car’s electrical system? My company car is a lease vehicle, and I wanted a cleaner look for powering my Garmin GPS but didn’t want to tap […]

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