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Don't Get Taken for a Ride. Learn How to Find a Trustworthy Mechanic

Don't Get Taken for a Ride. Learn How to Find a Trustworthy Mechanic

We've all experienced a shady mechanic. Some of us fear to take our car to any auto shop. You could end up spending thousands in unnecessary repairs. If you look on Facebook, you'll see people all over looking for recommendations for auto repair. Pay attention as you talk to your mechanic, and you can see the signs that tell you if your mechanic is trustworthy. Likewise, your careful eye will show you signs of deceit as well. Be Sure You're Asking Your Mechanic the Right Questions Your quest to find a trustworthy mechanic won't be easy. You'll find it easier to finish your journey in person. While you'll learn some through reviews, more signs are visible at the repair shop. You'll have to be ready to ask questions and cut through the technical jargon. Your car is an incredibly complicated machine, and your mechanic, like a d ... read more

10 Inventive Ways to Upcycle Used Car Tires

10 Inventive Ways to Upcycle Used Car Tires

After buying new tires, most tire companies will accept your old car tires, for an additional modest fee. However, before you turn in your old rubber to them, consider upcycling it instead. There are lots of things you can do with old tires that won't send them to the landfill. Take a look at these great upcycling ideas, and see which ones might work for you. Why Not Start With a Tire Swing?: We included the most obvious upcycling use for a tire first. But just because it's the most obvious way to upcycle car tires doesn't make it any less fun for you or your kids! Plus, it's a quick and easy way to create something new from old tires. Gar ... read more

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Car Run Longer

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Car Run Longer

Most auto mechanics will tell you that a car can run forever as long as it is properly maintained. That reigns mostly true, say auto repair experts. They point to the world record holder for the longest running car. That honor goes to a man by the name of Irv Gordon. Mr. Gordon has racked up an incredible 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo P1800. However, even the best auto mechanic won't expect his car to run that many miles. But with careful auto repair and maintenance, a car enthusiast can expect their car to drive well over the 200,000-mile mark. There are lots of things to watch out for in cars that are racking up the mileage. Here are 5 things you can do to help make sure your car is in its best condition to reach that 200,000-mile milestone, and beyond. Replace Worn Car Tires and Rims When it comes to keeping your car ... read more

What's the Deal with Balancing Your New Tires Anyways?

What's the Deal with Balancing Your New Tires Anyways?

If you're not a car enthusiast, you probably don't know everything your mechanic tells you. You, like most people, probably don't want to spend money fixing things that don't need fixing. So, when you come in for new tires, what's the deal with balancing them? You want your car to ride as smoothly as possible, but you might not realize how complicated ensuring a smooth ride can be. At high speeds, your tire balancing plays a big role. Most New Tires Aren't Perfect Your new tires have flaws. Even when your tires are fresh out of the factory, they're not perfectly round. Additionally, your tires will be uneven in weight. Considering these differences in roundness and weight, you're not going to get smooth ride without effort. Tire sho ... read more

Safety First! 5 Important Safe Driving Tips in Bad Weather

Safety First! 5 Important Safe Driving Tips in Bad Weather

Most car tire advertisements show cars speeding down the open road, under clear skies, and sunny weather. But we all know that the weather is not always perfectly sunny all the time. In fact, mother nature can get downright nasty! When mother nature is not at its best, here are 5 driving tips you can use to keep your car tires firmly on the road (and not in an auto mechanic shop): Keep a Safe Speed When on the Road The number one cause of road accidents is unsafe or excessive speed. If road conditions are bad, it's probably not a good idea to test the tread on your new tires or act like a speed demon on the highway. Speeding all the time does not save as much time as you think it may, either. But above all ... read more

7 Collectible Cars You Chould be Buying for 2018

Cars are cherished collector's items in many people's homes. Even auto repair technicians usually have their favorite ride. Of course, not every car can be a highly coveted collectible worth a few times its selling price. But rest assured that 2018 will be a great year to get a good buy on several beautiful vehicles. Here are some of the top collectible car picks for 2018, from the experts in auto repair care: Chevrolet Corvair These cars are mechanically quite simple. If something does break, the aftermarket for spare parts is still relatively decent, according to reliable auto mechanics. Right now, these cars are low on the radar and are still affordable. For those that remember, the real doom of the Corvair (and others like it) came with Ralph Nader's book "Un ... read more

5 Myths (and 2 Truths) about your Car Tires

5 Myths (and 2 Truths) about your Car Tires

Your car tires are arguably the most important component on your vehicle. For most people, they trend as among the least understood parts of a car. There are many misconceptions and myths about car tires, some of which are actually true! Here are a few of the most ‘pop'-ular of myths to take the mystery out of your new tires: 1. Your Car Tires May Burst if You Exceed the "Max Pressure" Number on the Sidewall A Myth! The "max pressure" number placed on the sidewall of your car tires has nothing to do with the tire being full to the point of bursting at all. In fact, the indicators for max pressure and max load let you know the best tire pressure and maximum weight for the car tire. Fortunately for everyone, new tires will not blow open, even when filled well beyond the maximum pressure numbers. Although they may not blow, any auto mechanic or auto repair specialist will recommend not to ... read more

Top New Car Innovations to Ask Your Auto Mechanic

Top New Car Innovations to Ask Your Auto Mechanic

We take a lot of innovations for granted nowadays in our cars, which were luxury items in the past. Items such as anti-lock brakes, air bags, and even seat belts were simply novelties not too long ago. Now, many new cars include those, along with other features not even dreamed of in the past. Even the most experienced auto mechanics are always learning of new technologies, tools and techniques to increase a car's safety and performance. Innovations are fast becoming more than just features, but a source of pride and joy among car enthusiasts. There are so many upgrades available nowadays, that even top auto mechanics can sometimes have a hard time keeping up with it all. Here are some new innovations that will be making their way into cars within the next few years (if they have not made ... read more

5 Great SoCal Eateries Perfect for Car Enthusiasts

5 Great SoCal Eateries Perfect for Car Enthusiasts

Like every city in America, Los Angeles has a deep and ingrained love affair with cars. Whether it's putting new tires on a car, performing scheduled maintenance like an oil change, or adding a car modification, Los Angeles has the best in cars for everyone. There are several eateries in LA that are also a part of classic car culture. Here are 5 great places to eat in Los Angeles that every car enthusiast should check out: Bob's Big Boy in Burbank 4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505 Bob's Big Boy is one of the original ‘California Coffee Shop' houses popular in the 50s. Even today, you can come and sit down in the beautifully designed restaurant, or take advantage of the old-style drive-in area in the back. Every Friday night, Bob's Big Boy plays host t ... read more

5 Awesome Museums and Automotive Shops in Los Angeles

5 Awesome Museums and Automotive Shops in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has it all for the car enthusiast- beautiful scenery to admire while you drive, lots of exotic places and specialty automotive shops to visit, and vintage food stops for every palette. Maybe it's the unique climate that brings people from all over the world to Los Angeles. Or maybe it's the beautiful sunshine and mild weather we experience all year long. Los Angeles is definitely a unique and worthwhile destination for every car enthusiast out there. If you're looking for some of the best places to check out beautiful cars, both new and old, check out this list of the best automotive shops and car museums that LA has to offer: The Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 The most well-known car mu ... read more