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5 Things Your Mechanic Doesn’t Want You To Know

by Sam Dillinger

5 Things Your Mechanic Doesn’t Want You To Know

I’ve been a professional technician for nearly 20 years, since right out of high school in fact. I’ve worked in some of the largest dealerships in the country, and, one or two, of the smallest. In all of my years in…

Know How to Recognize an Accurate Auto Repair Estimate

by Sam Dillinger

Driving a motor vehicle in the United States is a fact of every day life for almost all of us. We depend on our vehicles to get us to work and home, take our kids to practice, go on vacation, and everything in between. When you use a machine…

The Truth Behind Your Gas Mileage

by Sam Dillinger

It’s a pretty fair statement to say that good gas mileage is something that interests us all. With the national average price for a gallon of regular fuel at $3.52, and premium fuel at $3.89 per gallon, (AAA’s daily fuel gauge report) getting the most out of the gas…

Extended Warranties: Needed or Not?

by Sam Dillinger

Everyone that’s bought a car in the last 30 years or so has been pitched an extended warranty. When the car is brand new, the thinking is usually that you’ve got plenty of time to make that decision later, and you’re not sure if the salesman is just trying…

Important Overlooked Used Car Buying Tips

by Sam Dillinger

The days of buying a car and keeping it till you can pass it along to your children, or other family member, are pretty much over. Cars just won’t last that long anymore. In an effort to make vehicles lighter, faster, and more fuel efficient, the manufacturer makes them…

Holiday Travel Checklist

by Sam Dillinger

‘Tis the season for holiday travel! Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and that means a road trip to visit family and enjoy some great food. Shortly after will be Christmas and New Years, which will round out the holiday travel season. This stretch of 5 weeks is the most…

The 2000 Pound Computer You’re Driving

by Sam Dillinger

Imagine this: you’re driving down the road, on a beautiful sunny day. Suddenly your windshield wipers turn on for just a few seconds and then go off. You prepare for the worst to happen, but everything continues on normally. A few days later, the same thing happens, and this…

The 5 Most Common Tools You’ll Need for Home Auto Repair

by Sam Dillinger

There are almost as many types of car repairs as there are types and models of cars on the roads. Even for the separate vehicle systems, i.e. engine, transmission, etc., there are a multitude of repairs for each system. Then there’s also maintenance items to consider. Almost every one…

5 DIY Home Auto Repairs

by Sam Dillinger

There aren’t enough sources, whether it’s via the Internet or in person, that encourage people to attempt to make some of their own auto repairs. To be clear, we’re not talking about any type of transmission repairs, any major engine repairs, electrical, etc. Those types of repairs are best…

How Does A Vehicle Get A Recall?

by Sam Dillinger

There’s a saying that only 2 things are certain in life- death and taxes. They should add a 3rd to that list: car repair. It’s going to happen whether we like it or not. Your vehicle will need repairs as it carries you through your day to day life,…